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Keeping Score
Dave Whalen of Heath at work at Connecticut River Internists in Montague.  Recorder/Paul Franz

Keeping Score: Staying Power

Friday, April 17, 2015

Good morning! Dave Whalen is an intrinsically upbeat sort who works for Bay State Reference Labs in Turners Falls drawing blood for Connecticut River Internists. Seeing him in his white smock with his full head of brown hair and trimmed goatee, a person wouldn’t think he’s endured 15 trips to the operating room. His remarkable resilience to adversity began in … 0

Keeping Score: Slow start

Friday, April 10, 2015

Good morning! The yellow flag’s out at Monadnock Speedway in Winchester, N.H., where winter’s lingering effects has owner Larry Cirillo spinning his wheels. “We’re going to wait until May 2,” said Cirillo. “One of the bathrooms had so much ice we couldn’t get the door open, so we took the roof off, put salt down and started chopping.” The snow stayed until April … 0

Keeping Score: Spring picking

Friday, April 3, 2015

Good morning! Neither wind nor rain nor an endless winter will stop the start of the baseball season, which for the Red Sox is Monday afternoon in Philadelphia. The Carmines’ April schedule is a hump buster that’ll have skipper John Farrell hollering Mayday unless his team’s primed from the get-go. They play three games in Philadelphia, three in the Bronx, three at home … 0

Keeping Score: Home trip

Monday, April 7, 2014

Good morning! Searching for a local restaurant on the drive out of Florida I stopped at Granny’s in Starke, home of Florida State Prison where 86 convicts have been executed since 1976. At the main intersection a sign for the prison points west, and I wondered if any … 0

Keeping Score: The Remy Dilemma

Monday, March 31, 2014

Good morning! In the winter of 1978 the currently besieged Red Sox radio analyst, author, restaurant owner and Red Sox Nation president Jerry Remy was an above average second baseman who’d been traded from California to Boston. I was at the press luncheon at Fenway Park the day … 0

Keeping Score: Welcome crew

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Good morning! Whoever said the pleasure is in the journey was likely on the sort of two-lane like the road between Stuart and Sarasota, where the scent of orange blossoms collides with the sight of cows grazing and egrets flying over sprawling pastureland. Outside Indiantown, a motorist can … 0

Keeping Score: Car Problems

Monday, March 17, 2014

Good morning! Despite the warm Florida weather, I do look forward to being away from these lame-brained drivers down here in their big white SUVs, talking on cellphones with little dogs in their laps. The snowbirds were indeed migrating up toward Georgia the day I trekked up the … 0

Keeping Score: Countdown

Friday, March 7, 2014

Good morning! A week ago Thursday on the Merritt Parkway, I heard Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Greg Polanco go deep off Yankees’ hurler David Phelps and the sound of John Sterling’s call on WFAN was better than any robin or crocus sightings, it was proof that winter was grudgingly … 0

Keeping Score: Recount

Friday, February 28, 2014

Good morning! Recently I wrote that Bob Benoit founded the Mass. State Police boxing team, inspired by his days as a four-round fighter who traded punches for $50 a match in smoke-filled joints around southeastern Mass. and Providence. Retired sheriff Fred Macdonald saw the item and called his … 0

Keeping Score: Shades of gold

Friday, February 21, 2014

Good morning! During a break between bouts at the Golden Gloves regionals in Holyoke two weeks ago, time keeper Kevin Hope leaned toward PA announcer Mike Burke and quipped, “So ... I hear they want to put a marijuana dispensary on the corner of Appleton Street.” Burke sat … 0

Keeping Score: Faded glory

Friday, February 14, 2014

(First of Two Parts) Good morning! Shortly before the first bell of the Golden Gloves regional finals at the Log Cabin Restaurant in Holyoke on February 6, ring announcer Dean Fay strode up to PA announcer Mike Burke and told him, “We had to shut it off at … 0

Keeping Score: Number nine

Monday, February 10, 2014

Good morning! One summer day during my youth I saw Ted Williams hit an arcing fly ball that disappeared into the afternoon sun and reappeared on its way into the bleachers. Seeing a Williams home run was like glimpsing a shooting star, but my grammar school friend Crosby … 0

Keeping Score: Road food

Friday, January 31, 2014

Good morning! A recent “My Turn” column by Estelle Cade that appeared in The Recorder’s editorial page characterized me as a “sun follower” and chronicler of road travel who eats bad food and drinks bad coffee. She got the first part right — I bought a new Subaru … 0

Keeping Score: Florida Dispatch

Friday, January 24, 2014

Good morning! Greetings from Florida, the state that writer Graham Greene called a “sunny place for shady people,” where weirdness and mayhem run amok under the coconut trees, and where Justin Bieber sat in his yellow Lamborghini at 4 a.m. on Thursday morning and asked the police, “What … 0

Keeping Score: Repair work

Friday, January 17, 2014

Good morning! The Mark Whipple hiring got plenty of media coverage but credit the Boston Herald’s Steve Buckley with getting the scoop on the new UMass football coach. The finalists interviewed at Bradley International Airport and everyone was sworn to secrecy, but Buckley had Whipple’s name on his … 0