Tuesday, May 8, 2012
The annual CF walk comes to Dedham on May 20 as the Coughlins and thousands of other families seek to find a cure.
Bob and Christine Coughlin have participated in the annual Cystic Fibrosis Walk in Dedham since the walk's second year in 1996. Little did they know at that point that their push to raise money for Cystic Fibrosis research would grow stronger. "It was an ironic twist of fate," said Bob Coughlin. "We were involved in a fairly rare disease, and then it got real personal, and we've stepped it up." In 2002, the Coughlins had Bobby, born with Cystic Fibrosis. And ever since that day, the now 10-year-old bottle of energy must go through a daily regimen of taking enzymes, other medication and using a nebulizer. If he doesn't, he could be in trouble. The combination thins mucus build-up in Bobby's body, which can cause dangerous and painful …
Friday, March 2, 2012
Carmen Dello Iacono III will play tight end for the Eagles this coming season.
Although no media guide exists for Dedham High School football, Jake Santamaria, the school's former principal and athletic director, rattled off college football programs alumni went on to play for. There's Brown, UMass-Amerst and Harvard, and a handful of others. But there's just one other player who went on to play in a power six conferences - Big East, ACC, Pac-12, SEC, Big 10 and Big 12. Until now. Carmen Dello Iacono III, a 2011 graduate of DHS, earned a try-out with Boston College last week, and won a spot on the 2012 team. "At the end of the try-out they told me I made the team," Dello Iacono said. "I love the sport. Every since I stopped playing in high school, I knew I wanted to play in college." Dello Iacono III, will wear the …
Wednesday, February 22, 2012
Bradbury gave decades to helping local veterans returning from war.
Two words classic of his generation sum up James Bradbury, better known as Big Jim: family and veterans. "He was bigger than life. He was an icon that Dedham will probably never see again," said Larry Rooney, a friend of Bradbury's. Friends recalled the 82-year-old Dedham resident who died Friday as someone who cared deeply about his large family and helping veterans when they returned home. Bradbury was born in 1929 in Dedham, attended the Ames School and Ames Junior High School before moving on to be a three-sport athlete at Dedham High School, graduating in 1947, friends recalled. "He was a friend you could really depend upon. I am really proud of his friendship," said life-long friend Francis O'Brien. "I still cherish his friendship …
Monday, January 30, 2012
An eighth grade student is 'trying to build the world' MLK wanted.
For one Dedham Middle School eighth grader an eight-hour day of service didn't just reignite his passion for giving back, but has spurred his drive to lead others into action. Joe Borsellino represented Dedham at Gov. Deval Patrick's Project 351 in Boston on Jan. 14, and now wants to bring the same enthusiasm that Joe and the other 350 Massachusetts students felt in the Hall of Flags to the corridors of DMS and beyond. "I definitely feel different after coming back from that experience," Joe said. "I have more enthusiasm to help people more [...] I'm ready to take any challenge before me and help anyone." Joe attended the second annual Project 351 day from a well-deserved recommendation from DMS principal Debra Gately. "In addition to what…
Thursday, January 12, 2012
Payoff wanted by Haitian authorities to release supplies, Pastor Joseph says.
Two years ago Wednesday, an earthquake killed hundreds of thousands of Haitians, many more suffered injuries and one of the world's poorest countries fell to the mercy of international help. Aid flooded in from all over the world. People arrived to help build housing, deliver food and give donations to those who needed it most. That help made it to the people it was meant for - but that help has also subsided. Months later, Dedhamites united around the Dedham Temple Haitian Seventh-Day Adventist Church on Washington Street to pack a 45-foot tractor-trailer full of supplies for the country in such desperate need of goods. That help has never made it to the people it was meant for. The trailer remains loaded, stuck in a port in Haiti, and …
Thursday, December 29, 2011
Coaches praise Emily Mosca, a three-sport athlete for her leadership abilities.
Emily Mosca answers the question of her favorite sport to play with poise and honesty - and the way a coach would want. "Obviously it is the one I'm playing at the time," she says. "It's hard to chose because they are so different." The Dedham High School senior is revving up for a Bay State title run as the backstopper for the varsity girl's hockey team - a task she learned from her sister, and learned well. Mosca, a 4-year varsity player, posted a 1.36 goals against average in the 2010-11 season, and through four games has a GAA of 1.75, allowing seven goals and earning four wins. "She's just been the backbone of the team. She keeps us in every game," her hockey coach Joe Huff says. "She is a huge leader in the locker room." When Mosca …
Monday, October 17, 2011
The 2011 Dedham graduate participated in a 1.25-mile walk just three months after breaking a vertebra.
For Matt Burns, the past three months have opened up his eyes and taught him not to take anything for granted. On July 23, Matt struck his head against a pool, breaking his C5 vertebra. He spent four weeks in a full-time rehabilitation center before going home and continuing physical therapy at Journey Forward in Canton. Matt participated in Journey Forward's second annual Making Strides event on Saturday where clients march 1.25 miles in a show of strength and support.