02/01/16 4:30pm
BOV DeSTEFANO PHOTO | Cori Cass at his desk at Chase.

BOB DeSTEFANO PHOTO | Cori Cass at his desk at Chase.

Give this a try: For the year 2006, name the Heisman trophy winner, Miss America, Academy Award winners for Best Actor and Actress and the winner of the Pulitzer Prize. (more…)

01/18/16 2:00pm
COURTERY PHOTO | Ben Jones

COURTESY PHOTO | Ben Jones

Did you ever have a tree fall on you? Neither have I, but last Thursday when I heard Ben Jones had passed away in Florida, I think I know what it feels like.

The news came as a shock, even if it was expected when 93- year-old Ben and his wife Betty said goodbye and left for Florida last month (see the Reporter Thursday for a full obituary of Ben). (more…)

01/17/16 3:00pm
COURTESY PHOTO Tyler Cardillo, number 2, on his way to a 4:11 mile and a Florida State championship.

COURTESY PHOTO Tyler Cardillo, number 2, on his way to a 4:11 mile and a Florida State championship.

Growing up in the 1950s, I’d occasionally see a young man running along the streets of the city, but I don’t recall ever seeing a woman running.

Today, regardless of age or gender, it seems all the streets should have a separate lane just to accommodate the multitude
of runners.

In 1954, 25-year-old Roger Bannister became the first man to break the four-minute mile. I remember pictures of him all over our high school for his tremendous accomplishment. (more…)

01/02/16 3:00pm
BOB DeSTEFANO

BOB DeSTEFANO

When I look back to just one single year in my life, the longest was when I went from 17 to 18. Now, one year goes by so fast it seems like a month.

With this, the last Eye on the Ball for 2015, I’m  centering my thoughts on how sports, in this tiny, unique place, shows us the importance they play in our lives. (more…)

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12/02/15 8:00am
BOB DeSTEFANO PHOTO | Ray and Prima Evangelista in the kitchen Ray redesigned to enable him to prepare gourmet meals for friends and family.

BOB DeSTEFANO PHOTO | Ray and Prima Evangelista in the kitchen Ray redesigned to enable him to prepare gourmet meals for friends and family.

How many friends do you have who have given you unconditional love in your life?

You know what I mean — people who might not like what you are doing or disagree with you, but would never say or do anything that would hurt you in any way.

I had one until three days ago. (more…)