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Reid’s Ride raises nearly $250K to fight youth cancers

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Reid’s Ride was off to a great start last Sunday, as large crowds attended to bike along the North Shore and raise money to defeat Adolescent and Young Adult (AYA) Cancers. Over 420 enthusiastic bikers from all over sped around the parking lot at the Lynnfield High School, warming up for the 28-mile ride through the North Shore to Gloucester.

Lorraine Sacco, excited and passionate as ever, wore a big smile ahead of the race when speaking to supporters and riders. Lorraine and her husband, Gene, Reid’s parents, organize the ride. “This is a great day for us as always,” Sacco said. “This is what I call a celebration.”

Reid Sacco was a bright Lynnfield student, athlete and musician who was diagnosed with soft-tissue cancer in 2003 and died two years later. Taking up his wish to end AYA Cancer, Reid’s parents created Reid’s Ride. The bike ride just wrapped up its 13th year.

Reid’s Ride chooses a theme every year. This year’s theme was “Making Waves for AYAs.” Reid’s Ride was proud to report that the waves were in fact a “tsunami”: the organization said that 420 cyclists participated in the ride, and collectively raised $220,000, both records. All proceeds of the ride support clinical research trials and improved specialized care for AYAs with cancer.

“We Can't Stop” was the top fundraising team at more than $16,000 raised. Honorable mentions include Lynnfield Rotary at $14,800+, “Danvers Diehards” at $14,000+, “Oyster River” at $11,000+ and “Honeybadgers” at $8,000+. Among the individual riders who made significant contributions were Liz Joyce of Danvers, who raised $12,000+, Patrice Fogg of Madbury, N.H., who raised $10,000+, and Meredith Nash of Andover, who raised $8,500+.

Many of the riders were either survivors themselves or had a close family member or friend who had died from cancer or received a diagnosis. One rider we spoke with, Carol O’Neill, was riding for her nephew who had cancer and was Reid Sacco’s roommate at the hospital. Another rider, Jeff Corbett, was a family dentist for the Saccos for 25 years and treated Reid.

Going towards the ride’s 14th year, Lorraine Sacco is optimistic about its future. “I am convinced that the Alliance and Reid’s Ride will continue to ‘make waves for AYAs’ and to improve the lives of AYAs with cancer,” she said.

The big smiles on the faces of the cyclists at the riders’ outset leaves little doubt. “This is the best ride in Lynnfield,” said a beaming rider Reid Lavoie, before pedaling away towards Gloucester.

By Melanie Higgins


 

Be Happy! The Science of Happiness and How to Be Happier at the South Branch of the Peabody Library

Do you ever find yourself wishing you could feel happier? Many of us do and we think we will feel happier as a result of something - such as finding a new job, finishing a project, losing 10 pounds, etc. However, psychologists and neurologists are now realizing that happiness can be more readily achieved through changing the way we think. Lizzie Linn Casanave, professor of philosophy at NECC, will explain this revolutionary concept and provide you with practical tools for achieving this new mindset.

Lizzie Linn Casanave has been teaching Philosophy for over 10 years. She received her BA in Philosophy/Religion and World Perspectives and her MA in Critical and Creative Thinking. She is also the Study Abroad Short Course Coordinator at Northern Essex Community College. Her curriculum includes a workshop on the ‘Science of Happiness’ which looks at happiness though the lens of positive psychology.

Be Happy! The Science of Happiness and How to Be Happier will take place at the South Branch of the Peabody Institute Library, 78 Lynn St. on Thursday, July 27 at 7PM. The program is free, but space is limited and registration is required. For more information and to reserve your free spot, please go to www.peabodylibrary.org or call 978-531-3380.

This program is presented by the Northern Essex Community College Speaker’s Bureau and generously sponsored by the Friends of the Peabody Institute Libraries.

 

Legion baseball: M-P seniors eliminated from playoffs

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After suffering a tough loss in last Saturday’s Senior Legion state sectional opener, the Middleton-Peabody (M-P) Elves fell behind early on Sunday against Methuen at Masconomet Regional High School and couldn’t come all the way back. Methuen emerged with an 8-6 victory while the Elves saw their season come to an end in the double-elimination tournament.

The Elves, who put together a 10-game winning streak during the season, finished 12-5-1 overall and placed second in the District 8 League regular-season standings after playing to a 3-3 tie against league champion Andover last week.

M-P head coach John Kowalski, who was not happy with his team’s overall performance in last Saturday’s 8-7 playoff-opening loss to Newton, was more satisfied with Sunday’s effort despite the defeat. “I’m pleased with the way we played. We had a tough inning there in the fifth, but overall, I thought we hit the ball well and played good defense,” Kowalski said after Sunday’s loss. “Hats off to Methuen. They’re a good team.”

The “tough” time Kowalski referred to was the top of the fifth inning when Methuen erupted for four huge runs after the Elves had scored twice in the bottom of the fourth to climb within one at 3-2. Methuen scored twice in the second and once in the fourth to jump ahead, 3-0.

Trailing 7-2 entering their half the fifth, the Elves stormed back with four tallies to, once again, draw within one at 7-6. Mike Stellato’s three-run rocket over the left field fence was the big blow. Andrew Manni, who had three hits, singled-in the other run. M-P’s two fourth-inning runs came on Kyle Hawes’s sacrifice fly and Mike Federico’s RBI single. Jack Seymour doubled twice and scored two times. Justin Juliano and Hawes also socked two-baggers, and Nick Aslanian and Trevor Lodi contributed singles.

Methuen added an insurance run in the seventh on a home run, and that turned out to be enough. Two players reached base with one out for the Elves in the bottom of the frame. But the final two hitters were retired.

Kowalski said the team met its objectives coming in to the campaign. “We set three goals before the season started. First, we wanted to have fun and enjoy playing the game and meeting other players. Second was to improve as baseball players, and the third was to make the playoffs. We achieved all three,” he said.

Newton rallies to steal win

In last Saturday’s playoff opener at Masconomet High School, the Elves appeared to be in good shape, leading 7-3 entering the fifth inning.

Newton put up two in the top of the fifth to cut the margin to 7-5. M-P lefty starter Nick Aslanian made it through the sixth without any damage. But a leadoff walk and a single put two runners on with one out for Newton in the seventh. Aslanian, who gave a gutsy effort (six and a third innings, four strikeouts, eight hits), was replaced by Jake Zeuli. A double and two singles later, Newton had three runs and was suddenly in front, 8-7.

Kowalski praised Aslanian’s effort: “Nick’s a fierce competitor. Against a good hitting team, he threw strikes, worked very hard and kept us in the game. He did his job.”

The Elves had runners on first and second in their half of the seventh but the final two batters were retired. Kowalski said the keys to the loss were his team’s base-running errors, inability to take advantage of scoring chances early in the game, and some miscues on defense which led to early runs for Newton.

“We should have had two or three more runs, that’s what it comes down to,” Kowalski pointed out after the game. “The reality is we should have been up by three or four runs [entering the seventh] but our base-running was horrible. We had two or three guys picked off base, and I don’t think we played smart defensively. You can’t make mistakes and give up outs to good teams.”

Bryant Dana’s two-run single in the first inning and Zeuli’s RBI groundout in the second gave M-P its first three runs. Newton tallied three times in the second. Kyle Hawes then launched a long solo blast to centerfield to regain the lead for M-P in the third. Justin Juliano’s two-run double and David Hunter’s RBI base hit in the fourth brought in three more to put the Elves ahead, 7-3.

The Elves did produce some defensive highlights over the weekend. In the Newton game, Zeuli made an excellent running catch up against the fence in centerfield, and Jake Irvine made a diving catch in right. On Sunday, Jack Seymour made a couple of tough running catches in centerfield.

Junior Legion team

The Middleton-Peabody Junior Legion team lost twice in playoff action over the weekend. M-P lost, 7-4, to North Andover last Saturday and 3-2 to Andover on Sunday in Methuen. The Juniors finished their season at 6-10-1 overall.

By Greg Phipps


   

Acoustic Archives Concert Series: Molly Pinto Madigan performs at the Peabody Institute Library

The Peabody Institute Library is pleased to announce the next concert in our Acoustic Archives Concert Series, which brings live music to the library’s historic Sutton Room. The series continues with a CD release event for singer/songwriter Molly Pinto Madigan and will be held on Monday, August 14 at 7 p.m. at the Main Library, which is located at 82 Main St. in Peabody.

Winner of the Boston Folk Festival’s Songwriter Contest and a dual Creativity Award recipient from Salem State University, Molly Pinto Madigan is a young songwriter who has earned praise for her angelic voice. Filled with smoke and roses, heartbreak and beauty and unrelenting hope, her songs combine haunting melodies with raw, poetic lyrics to create an intimate and evocative listening experience.

The Acoustic Archives Concert Series is generously sponsored by the Peabody Institute Library Foundation. For more information and to reserve your seat, please call 978-531-0100 ext. 10, or register online at http://www.peabodylibrary.org.

 

Peabody 11-12 all-stars win Little League District baseball title

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It was a cross-city battle as the Peabody Little League all-stars faced West Peabody in a final contest to determine the 11-12-year-old District 16 championship last Saturday at Gallagher Park in Lynn. Peabody had a 3-0 lead and looked like it was well on its way until West Peabody suddenly scored three runs via the long ball with two outs in the top of the sixth to tie the game. Peabody came out on top but barely, as it needed a run in the bottom of the seventh to win in walk-off fashion, 4-3.

West’s Nick Villano tagged a two-run homer, and Tyler Fawcett immediately followed by smashing one over the left field fence to deadlock the contest at 3-3. The game went into extra innings. To their credit, the Peabody all-stars overcame the shock of losing their lead by bringing across the game-winning run in the seventh.

Justin Powers scored on a wild pitch after reaching on an error and advancing to third base via a passed ball, a walk to Daniel Zizza and a wild pitch. Ryan Brunet was at bat when Powers raced home on the second wild pitch of the frame. Peabody’s first three tallies came on Carson Browne’s solo blast in the first inning and two more scores in the fourth, one of them off an RBI single by Matt Richards.

Starting pitcher Powers had a strong outing for Peabody, going 6 1/3 innings and fanning 10 hitters. On the other side, West Peabody starter Zach Fisher performed well also, allowing just two earned runs on five hits in his four innings of work. Fisher had nine strikeouts. Giovanni Guglielmo hurled the next three frames for West and did not allow a hit. He fanned six.

It was the first District championship since 1997 for Peabody, which opened Section 4 tournament play this week at Reinfuss Field in Lynn.

Softball 11-12 team falls in state finals

The Peabody 11-12-year-old Little League softball all-stars could not keep the momentum going as they ran into a powerful Jesse Burkett team and were swept in the state final round last week in Woburn. Peabody was defeated by 6-0 and 12-4 scores in the two games.

Head coach Mark Bettencourt’s team had been dominant in winning the District 16 title, outscoring opponents, 35-0, and then pulling off two exciting wins over East Bridgewater to take the Section 2 championship. But Burkett proved to be an even more challenging opponent.

Bettencourt said Peabody should feel good about its accomplishment this summer. “We have nothing to hang our heads about – to finish as the second best team in Massachusetts is something to be proud of, and these memories will stay with [the players] the rest of their lives,” Bettencourt told the press after the second loss to Burkett.

By Greg Phipps


   

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