Athlete of the Month: R.J. Boyle

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By Steve Svetovich

Holy Cross Crusaders senior R.J. Boyle once again was the staff ace as his team won the Lackawanna League Division II title and entered district playoffs with a win.

The Crusaders finished the regular season with a 12-2 record, 8-2 in league play.

Boyle finished the season with a perfect 6-0 record and 1.35 ERA. He was 6-1 the previous season and has 20 career wins.

Son of Rich and Michelle Boyle, the ace hurler also plays second base for the Crusaders. He has a .280 batting average.

Holy Cross, coached by the veteran Sandy Menichetti, beat Wyoming Seminary, 8-5, in the first district playoff contest. “We work hard as a team and we put out results,” said Boyle. “We have a real good shot to win the district playoffs and go far. We have the momentum right now. We all feel this is our year.”

The pitcher-infielder said he learned a lot from his parents. “They always tell me to be the best person I can be. They tell me it is more important to be a good student than it is to be a good athlete. Be a student first and an athlete second.”

And Boyle has learned plenty from coach Menichetti. “He tells us if we put in the time then all of our hard work will pay off.”

RJ Boyle Photo 3Boyle, the student, has an impressive 3.6 grade point average. He is a member of the National Honor Society, Pro Life, the Language Club and Crusaders for Compassion. He said Math is his best subject.

He enjoys listening to music in his spare time and would like to see country artist Luke Bryan in concert.

A four-year member of the Holy Cross varsity baseball team, he played one season of freshman basketball.

He will enter his eighth season of travel baseball with the East Coast Sand Hogs this summer. He also plays American Legion baseball in Dickson City.

He talked about what it takes to be a good pitcher. “You need to work hard and put the time in. And then you will get results.”

Boyle is going to study biology next year at Gwynedd Mercy near Lansdale.

He eventually would like to become a physical therapist.

“I want to do something in medicine that is going to help people, especially young athletes.”

He also is expected to play baseball in college.

He talked about his Holy Cross experience.

“I have been very happy here. It is a small school and you get to knowR.J. Boyle leads Holy Cross pitching staff

everyone. That makes for a good baseball team and experience.”

One aspect of the game has been a sure thing. The Holy Cross Crusaders always play confident with R.J. Boyle on the mound. “I enjoy pitching for this team. We have a great group of guys.”

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Little Sisters of the Poor host 10th annual golf tournament

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The Little Sisters of the Poor will host their 10th  annual golf tournament on Saturday, June 11, at the Scranton Municipal Golf Course, Lake Ariel.

Golf tournament registration begins at noon with a shotgun start at 1 p.m. The format is captain and crew. Singles will be placed on a team. The cost is $100 per golfer which includes green fees, use of a cart, an official tournament shirt, a gift bag, a pre-tournament refreshment reception, a light meal during the tournament and a post-tournament dinner at the course clubhouse. Golfers will also have a chance to win prizes based on their performance in the tournament including a new car courtesy of Matt Burne Honda, Scranton.

Several types of golf and sponsorship packages, which are great advertising vehicles, are also available including hole signs for $100 and sponsorships of $250, $500, $750 and $1,000. There will also be a grand raffle of the Sisters’ famous gift baskets as well as prizes valued at over $100.

For more information, please contact Mrs. Jackie Galvin, M.S., director of development and communications, at (570) 343-4065 ext. 3144 or scdevelopment@littlesistersofthepoor.org. Golf registration is also available at www.littlesistersofthepoorscranton.org.

All proceeds will be used to purchase a new bus for the residents of Holy Family Residence.

Committee members for the Little Sisters of the Poor golf tournament on June 11 include, seated from left: Jerry Musheno, tournament cochairman; Patrick J. Sheridan, tournament cochairman; Gene Cosgrove, Mother Theresa Louisa, l.s.p.; Sister Marie Therese, l.s.p.,and tournament cochairman, and Bob Blaker, maintenance director. Standing: Lisa Blaker, director of activities and volunteer coordinator; Janet Skibinski, MaryCarol Kanton, Jackie Galvin, M.S., director of development and communications; Karen Caruso, development assistant, Ann Kwak; Pete Kanton, and Charlie Butler. Also serving on the committee are Debbi Bean, R.N., director of nursing; Joan Blaker, Atty. Jim Conaboy, Atty. Kevin Conaboy, Mike Crossin, Theresa Durkin, Tracy Genell, Bill and Kathy Hughes, tournament cochairman; Chris James, Bill McDonough, Carole Paswinski, Eddie Ruddy, Pat Salmon, Kim Simchak, business office manager; Tim Speicher, and Dave and Joyce Tressler.

Keystone UNICO scholarship recipients

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The Keystone Chapter UNICO National recently awarded three High School Seniors $1,000 each and a certificate of achievement for both their academic standing and community service involvement.

Pictured in the front row, from left are scholarship recipients Maren Lindemuth, Dunmore High School, who will attend Penn State Worthington majoring in Mathematics; Cassandra Diehl, North Pocono High School, who will attend Penn State Main majoring in Chemistry and Secondary Education; and Christina Brannon, Holy Cross High School, who will attend The University of Scranton majoring in Biology and Philosophy.

Standing in the second row are Cathy Bianchi, Keystone UNICO President-elect; Valerie Riggi, Keystone UNICO Treasurer; and Sandra Collins, Keystone UNICO Scholarship Director.

Dunmore couple volunteers at Autism Awareness Night

11156173_10205249165886222_846971379182303857_nBy Steve Svetovich

Gary and Lynne Duncan get a lot of satisfaction working in a helping profession as rehab therapists.

But one of their biggest thrills each year is volunteering at the annual Autism Awareness Night every April in Minooka.

The 11th annual Autism Awareness Night was held Saturday, April 30, at Divine Mercy Parish Hall, Minooka.

Several hundred attended to support autism awareness.

“It is the one event of the year I would never miss,” said Gary Duncan, an occupational therapist for a Traditional Home Health, Dunmore. “It is the single most important event I attend each year. It is the most important autism support event of the year. I would never miss it. It is the one event I absolutely never miss.”

Duncan, who heads the Neighborhood Watch Group in Dunmore, is one who volunteers at events he believes in. “And I believe in this,” he said. “It is the number one fund raising event for autism in this area. It is for a great cause.”

Lynne Duncan, a speech therapist at Allied Services, Scranton, has volunteered at the annual event since its inception. “I think it’s all great,” she said. “It is a wonderful event, and I wouldn’t miss it. It’s just fabulous.”

All money raised from the event went to support autism awareness.

Autism and autism spectrum disorder are both general terms for complex disorders of brain development.

These disorders are characterized, in varying degrees, by difficulties in social interaction, verbal and nonverbal communication and repetitive behaviors.

These include autistic disorder, Rett syndrome, childhood disintegrative disorder and Asperger syndrome.

Autism spectrum disorder can be associated with intellectual disability, difficulties in motor coordination and attention and physical health issues such as sleep and gastrointestinal disturbances. Some persons with autism excel to a very high degree in visual skills, music, math and art. Some excel at a genius level in these areas.

Autism has its roots in early brain development. However, the most obvious signs of autism and symptoms tend to emerge between 12 and 18 months of age.

Some infants and toddlers begin to develop normally until the second year of life, but then regress.

Autism Speaks continues to fund research on effective methods for earlier diagnosis, as early intervention with proven behavioral therapies can improve outcomes.

Increasing autism awareness is a key aspect of this work and one in which our families and volunteers play an invaluable role.

Autism now affects one in 68 children, including one in 48 boys.

Autism is the fastest growing serious developmental disability in the a United States.

Autism receives less than five percent of research funding of many less prevalent childhood diseases.

Boys are nearly five times more likely than girls to have autism.

There is no medical detection or cure for autism.

There are more than two-million individuals in this country with autism. Government statistics report a 10 to 17 percent increase for the diagnosis in recent years. There is no established explanation for the increase, although improved diagnosis and environmental influences are two reasons considered.

Betsy Walsh is president of the Minooka Lions Club.

Mari Walsh is chairman of the Board of Directors of the Minooka Lions Autism Awareness Foundation. Rita Castaldi is vice chairman. Joe Castaldi is treasurer.

And Gary and Lynne Duncan continue to volunteer for something the couple really believes in.

“We feel strongly about this,” said Gary Duncan. “We support this cause all the way.”