Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionThe Schenectady County Public Library (SCPL) and Friends of SCPL are iconic institutions in the area’s educational and cultural life. I’m delighted that they are supporting The Reading Is Fun Program (RIF)’s first annual Grand Reading Jamboree, to be held in the historic Proctors Theatre complex, donated for the event, on April 21, noon to 4 p.m. RIF’s many volunteers promote early-childhood literacy by working on foundational reading and conversational skills and vocabulary with especially challenged 4-9-year-olds in pre-K, Kindergarten, and Grades 1-3 in the Schenectady City School District. The Jamboree is keyed to that mission. Friends is funding Nina Crews, a leading children’s-book author of color, to participate in the Jamboree and it’s defraying the cost of two costumed famous children’s-book characters, Cat in the Hat and Thing One and Thing Two. Another outstanding children’s-book author of color, Ty Allan Jackson, is joining Nina Crews at the Jamboree, to resonate with an anticipated large gathering, especially with those from Schenectady’s communities of color SCPL will issue library cards at the Jamboree and organize a book-nook with diverse literacy activities for young children and literacy information for adults.The Jamboree will be for about, and by Schenectady children — about getting and keeping them on the reading track, for all of their lives. In that interest, RIF has arranged for the outstanding Culinary Arts Department at the Steinmetz Career and Learning Academy, an off site part of Schenectady High School, to cater the event, which many children’s books and other items will be gifted to the youngsters.CDTA is donating buses for those needing rides and from the Jamboree.ALVIN MAGIDNiskayunaThe writer is founder and executive director of The Reading Is Fun Program (RIF). He is an emeritus professor of political science at University at Albany/SUNY.More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesNiskayuna girls’ cross country wins over BethlehemEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motorists
Standing among men made giants by pads and cleats, Frankie Telfort is almost dwarfed. He exudes an austerity punctuated only by the gold chain and diamond studs he decorates himself with. He rarely smiles.Until late July of this year, the cusp of the new season, Telfort was one of the most highly touted football recruits in the country: a fast, slightly undersized outside linebacker known for the strength of his hits and the depth of his football intelligence.Looking on · Frankie Telfort (right) was all set to play linebacker at USC. But after being diagnosed with a heart condition, Telfort has found a new role. – Tim Tran | Daily TrojanOne day in July, however, Telfort was diagnosed with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, a congenital heart defect that could be deadly for a high-performing athlete. Telfort’s career as a player ended immediately. Standing among his fellow Trojans after a recent practice, he recalled those moments of loss with a detached honesty.“It was pretty tough, just trying to transition from playing ball to not playing ball. It’s something you love and it gets stripped away from you,” Telfort said, his voice steady as he recalled the memory.But Telfort’s words suggest that those few weeks after his diagnosis are a time still etched raw in his mind.“I played ball for the last 10 years of my life and it kind of seemed like a bad dream or something like that,” Telfort said. “I had a lot of sleepless nights, a lot of nights I cried — I’m not afraid to say that.”After his diagnosis, USC made the decision to honor Telfort’s full scholarship and to allow him to remain on the field as an assistant linebackers coach. Telfort threw his full weight into the responsibility, maintaining a strong visibility in practice by offering advice, doling out criticism and getting down in the mud with his former teammates.“I’m just an extra set of eyes,” Telfort said. “I’m looking at what my linebackers are doing. I throw in my two cents every down and when they make a mistake or something like that.”Defensive coordinator Rocky Seto has watched Telfort’s transition from player to coach in the little time that has passed and suggested that the young man has “tremendous potential.”“One of the things that was his strength as a player was the knowledge that he had and how much he studied,” Seto said. “Coaches have to be really into it and dig in as much as they can. He’s already done that as a player, so if he continues to dig in I foresee great things for him as a coach.”Though Telfort said he has had little trouble adapting to the sudden distance between himself and his teammates, he admitted the transition from player to coach has forced him to shift perspectives rather quickly.“Let’s say you get like your bell rung one play or you’re out of breath, you’re not really thinking about your plays. Whereas as a coach, you’re always thinking about plays and what the players need to do and what assignments they have,” Telfort explained.Seto, himself only a little more than a decade removed from the game as a player, remarked that while Telfort has suffered no disrespect from the older and more experienced players, the pure newness of his situation could make things hard for him.“It’s so hard to have that separation,” Seto said. “I remember when I first started volunteering after I got done playing, there’s still a connection with your old teammates. He’s in the transitionary phase right now, where he’s trying to learn and see what coaching’s all about.”Outside linebacker and fellow freshman Jarvis Jones praised Telfort’s presence on the sideline, particularly the palpable energy and experience that the coach brings every day.“He’s pushing us real hard. He’s working on our blitzes, our get-offs, our cut-blocks and everything you could think of to become a better player,” Jones said. “Frankie is a great coach. He’s got a lot of energy. He tries to push us everyday to be the best players we can be.”Jones not only spoke highly of Telfort’s effectiveness as a coach, but also of his presence as a rallying point for the team.“When he gives us a pregame speech, when Frankie talks everybody’s really feeling it. He’s one of the best out of us because he can’t do it,” Jones said. “He’s just trying to play through us, and we play through Frankie. I love him like a brother, and everybody really respects Frankie and what he does for us.”When asked about his future prospects on and off the field, Telfort displayed a practicality that belied his youth, expressing his belief that education is paramount to his future.“I’ve got to graduate first. I want to major in creative writing with a pre-med path, so I got my hands full,” Telfort said. “Hopefully I can either go to med school here or back closer to home. I guess after that there’s always the coaching option, just because I love the game.”Earl Sims, Telfort’s former football coach at Gulliver Preparatory School in Miami, reminisced about how Telfort’s drive pushed him through those first dark days after his diagnosis.“He was devastated, and when I asked how he felt, whether or not he was feeling homesick, whether or not he wanted to give it up and come back home, he was adamant about not coming home because he left to pursue a plan and he didn’t want to give up, even if that plan had changed,” Sims said.Telfort’s former coach remembers the neophyte coach’s writing ability fondly, remarking that while Telfort may still be searching for the next step in the face of a brave new world, he is well-suited to rewrite his story.“I remember saying to him ‘God never makes mistakes. This might be his will for you to move on to something else.’ Everybody has a story, and everybody builds their story by their lives,” Sims said. “Frankie’s trying to figure out how to put together his own story now.”
“That is really going to be up to Buff and his leg or ankle and that aspect of things,” Cheveldayoff said about how long Byfuglien’s recovery could take via the Athletic. “There’s still a few more phases to go before anything potentially could become real. He’s working at an outside clinic. Do we know how the progress [is going]? Sure. We get updates on how the progress is going. Are we directing it? No. The doctor who he had the surgery [with] is directing it.”Byfuglien’s absence from the Winnipeg Jets has loomed over the team like a specter this season. The burly defenseman took a personal leave of absence in September that later turned into speculation he was considering retiring.The Jets suspended Byfuglien during training camp so as to get off the hook for his $7.6 million salary until he does report, but the matter was only further complicated when the 34-year-old underwent ankle surgery in October and the NHLPA filed a grievance on his behalf challenging his suspension.The 2010s: Crosby named NHL Athlete of the Decade | NHL All-Decade TeamOn New Year’s Eve, the general manager noted that Byfuglien’s injuries limited him to only 16 NHL games in the last calendar year (10 in the regular season, six during the first round of the 2019 NHL playoffs). He added that the defenseman has progressed to the rehab phase as part of his recovery from that October surgery; however, he doesn’t know how long that phase will last. As the clock turns to 2020, Winnipeg Jets fans must wonder whether suspended defenseman Dustin Byfuglien will even take the ice for the team this season. Will the team even welcome him back after he returns from an October ankle surgery and if he wants to play?General manager Kevin Cheveldayoff on Monday tried to answer those questions when he spoke to reporters as part of a state of the union address of sorts midway through the Jets’ season. “The first and foremost thing is Dustin Byfuglien has to decide in his mind that he wants to play,” he added. “That’s the biggest hypothetical, so we can all answer those hypotheticals if that one gets answered first. He’s been off for quite a while now.”Dustin Byfuglien has RIDICULOUS accuracy! 😱 pic.twitter.com/nzMOiDfMmm— DJ Blitz (@djblitzwpg) April 15, 2019When it comes to the players association’s grievance filed on Byfuglien’s behalf, Cheveldayoff said he has not yet received an update on the potential timeline for that process. He also did not know whether or not Byfuglien is close to skating again, and even said he has not spoken to the veteran defenseman in some time.Ultimately, the cards appear to be in Byfuglien’s hands — and his team, sitting just inside the Western Conference’s playoff picture on New Year’s Eve, does not seem to know how or when he might play them.
Deele Harps wish to offer sincere condolences to the family and friends of former player Gabriel Crawford who died suddenly this week and was buried on Saturday.A minutes silence was held before Saturday’s game. RIP Gabriel.Deele won the game , beating Glenree Utd 5-2 with Shane Gallagher(2) , Gary Wilson-McGirr , Paul Lynch and Aidy Gallagher on the scoresheet. There was no winner of the weekly Club Lotto , the numbers drawn were 2, 12, 15, 20 , Noeleen Catterson matched 3 numbers to win €25. Next weeks jackpot now stands at €1475. Lottos are available from committee members and selected sellers. FOOTBALL: DEELE HARPS CLUB NEWS was last modified: January 12th, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:FOOTBALL: DEELE HARPS CLUB NEWS