Past Issues of the Putnam Town Crier


13-year-old in critical
condition after
bike-car collision
PUTNAM --- About 7:30 p.m. Sept. 8, the Putnam Police, Putnam EMS, and Putnam Fire Department were dispatched to the intersection of Woodstock Avenue and Van den Noort Street for the report of a motor vehicle accident involving a motor vehicle and bicyclist.
The preliminary on scene investigation determined a vehicle traveling on Woodstock Avenue and a bicycle being operated by a 13-year-old juvenile collided on Woodstock Avenue.  The juvenile sustained significant injuries and was transported to Day Kimball Hospital and later transferred to UMass Medical Center for the treatment of potential life-threatening injuries. The operator of the vehicle was not injured.
The CT State Police Collision Analysis & Reconstruction Squad assisted with on-scene   investigation. Woodstock Avenue   was closed for several hours.
The accident investigation ongoing and no charges have been filed at this time.  Anyone who may have witnessed the investigation is encouraged to contact Detective Bart Ramos at (860) 928-6565.

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The following charges were listed in the Putnam Police Department logs.  The people charged are innocent until proven guilty in court. The Town Crier will publish dispositions of cases at the request of the accused. The dispositions must be accompanied by the proper documentation. The Putnam Police Department confidential Tip Line is 860-963-0000.
Aug. 31
Patricia Roberts, 58, Thayer Street, Putnam; creating a public disturbance.
Sept. 4
Daniel Taylor-Obrien, 24, Providence Street, Putnam; disorderly conduct.
Rachel Sanborn, 25, Providence Street, Putnam; disorderly conduct.
Steven Riendeau, 32, Putnam Pike, Dayville; creating a public disturbance.
Sept. 5
Herbert Rogers, 47, Lamothe Street, Putnam; evading responsibility.
Adam Hazzard, 54, homeless, Worcester; third-degree assault, disorderly conduct.
Sept. 10
Stephen Bennett, 46, Quebec Square, Brooklyn; third-degree criminal mischief.
Elizabeth Foss, 19, Pomfret Street, Putnam; violation of a protective order, disorderly conduct.
Sept. 11
Tyler Lane, 26, Sonny Lane, Thompson; creating a public disturbance.
Derek Brooks, 36, South Main Street, Putnam; creating a public disturbance.

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Mask rules for athletes
The rules for masks for student-athletes (subject to change) says student-athletes do not have to wear masks during conditioning and skill work in their small “pods” or “cohorts”
It depends on the sport, but generally, coaches with outdoor practices have to split the team into groups of 10 that are allowed to work on skills and conditioning together without masks. When they leave those pods, before or after practice as an example, they must put their masks back on. The coaches must always be masked.
When the season starts on Oct. 1, masks will not be required for those who are on the field playing in soccer, field hockey, and cross-country, but will likely be required by those on the sideline. Volleyball, because it is played indoors, will likely have to wear masks during games.

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PUTNAM — The Putnam Police Department is looking for any witnesses or anyone with information on a motorcycle vs. fence accident Sept. 12.
Putnam police and Putnam EMS responded to Keech and Vandale streets around 8 p.m. after a 911 call.
They determined that Israel Rivera, 34, of Willimantic lost control of his 2015 Honda Grom 125 motorcycle on Keech Street and it slid into a chain link fence.  Rivera and a 16-year-old passenger sustained non-life threatening injuries and were taken to Day Kimball Hospital, police said.
Anyone with information please call Officer Kevin Cardonne at 860-928-6565.

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Workout
Members of the Woodstock Academy boys’ soccer participate in a preseason workout.  Photo by Marc Allard.

Over the past several months, people have been trying to find things to do with their suddenly abundant spare time.
Woodstock Academy boys’ soccer coach Paul Rearden used his to take a course in something he has always been interested in: sports psychology.
It may come in very handy this fall. “It’s going to be interesting. What will drive the kids to better performances if you say never mind the wins and losses?” said Rearden.
Wins and losses, truthfully, will not mean all that much.
There is no league or state titles to play for and only regional competition to play against.
That is, of course, if the boys’ soccer season even gets underway when it’s scheduled to on Oct. 1.
The Centaurs don’t seem to mind about the lack of normalcy, provided they get to be out on the field, kicking a soccer ball, with their friends.
 “It’s amazing to be playing again. I’ve been waiting all summer and with the cancellation of spring sports, I’ve just really missed sports. It’s really great to be out here and see all the boys again,” said senior defender Gabe Geyer.
He and his classmates know what the mission is: Prepare the program for the 2021 fall season.
“We’re really looking to improve and set up for next year. We’re bringing in a bunch of new guys and want to build a foundation for the years to come when there will be stuff to play for,” Geyer said.
Rearden said if there is a bright spot in that picture, it’s that the Centaurs do have some talent on the way up.
“We’ve got a very strong sophomore group and some good juniors. It’s fallen at a nice time so we can get the sophomores and juniors ready for next year,” Rearden said.
There is something for the seniors to play for this year.
Eclipse last season’s win mark.
The Centaurs won’t have far to go to accomplish that after a 1-12-3 record last year.
“We’re much hungrier,” senior Huck Gelhaus said. “We’re so fortunate to be able to play and I think we will take advantage of that. I think we will do well.”
The preseason has been a long one with most of the practices through this past weekend consisting of just conditioning and skill work.
It means Rearden, like many other coaches, are still sorting out the pieces.
He does like one thing that he has seen so far.
“We have some young ones coming in who are real leaders and have already shown that. It wasn’t a lack of leadership last year, they just weren’t as vocal. It was more lead-by-example. I think we have a good mix there this season,” Rearden said.
The seniors in addition to Geyer and Gelhaus include Richard Hickson, Andrew Johnson, Nate Majewski, Marco Maluf, Matt Marshall, James Phongsa, Colin Smith and last year’s leading scorer Eric Phongsa.
Juniors likely to see varsity time include keepers Zach Roethlein and Collin Manuilow.
Sophomores Noah Page, Jeff Phongsa, Wyatt Robbie, Brian Jameson and Baden Eaton will likely see some playing time as well.
Boys’ Soccer Schedule: Thurs., Oct. 1: vs. Ellis Tech, 4 p.m.; Sat., Oct. 3:   at Windham Tech, 4 p.m.; Wed.., Oct. 7:  vs. Killingly, 4 p.m.; Fri., Oct. 9: at Tourtellotte, 4 p.m.;
Wed.., Oct. 14: vs. Putnam, 4 p.m.; Sat., Oct. 17: vs. Windham, 4 p.m.; Wed.., Oct. 21: at Parish Hill, 4 p.m.; Sat., Oct. 24: vs. Windham Tech, 4 p.m.; Wed.., Oct. 28: at Killingly, 6 p.m.; Sat., Oct. 31: vs. Tourtellotte, 4 p.m.; Wed., Nov.4: at Putnam, 4 p.m.; Fri., Nov. 6: at Windham, 3:45 p.m.
Marc Allard
Director of Sports Information
The Woodstock Academy

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