Past Issues of the Putnam Town Crier



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.
Oct. 1
Joshua Rock, 39, Smith Street, Putnam; third-degree assault, disorderly conduct.

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Griffins lose close game
POMFRET — The Pomfret School boys’ soccer team lost to Westminster School, Oct. 2, 3-2.
According to coach Patrick Burke, Pomfret goals came from: Fred Coulibaly 13th minute (assist to Nate Watson) and Eumir Rodriguez, 30th minute (assist to Devin Walcott) Javier Alonso had five saves.
Burke said: “Games like tonight’s game under the lights at Westminster are the epitome of what we missed during our hiatus from competitive play last fall. Two evenly matched teams battled for the entire 90 minutes tonight, and both teams can be proud of their effort. As is often the case with soccer, the difference in the game came down to a couple of crucial moments, and Westminster was able to take advantage of their final one to earn the win.”
The game started off on the wrong foot for Pomfret as Westminster was able to score on a relatively routine action just 1 minute into the game. Pomfret needed to respond and some nice play from Cole Castro, Declan Chapman, Grant Maurer, Nate Watson, Devin Walcott, and Fred Coulibaly got us momentum. Cole put Declan through for a nice run and in the 13th minute a great combination between Devin, Nate, and Fred allowed Fred to drive home a shot to the near post.
Griffins’ defense of Ethan Forbes, Gerald Gao, Eumir Rodriguez, Lawrence Viola, and Henry Cattell remained solid and goalkeeper Javier Alonso cut out a few crosses and attempts from Westy’s talented attacking threats. Pomfret would take a 2-1 lead in the game’s 30th minute. Devin’s dangerous set piece was met by Eumir. His first attempt was saved, but his follow up effort allowed him to put a high quality finish into the top of the net. Up 2-1, Westy continued to attack and in the 40th minute were able to score on a quick counter that evened up the scoreboard.
With the score tied 2-2 both teams knew the second half would be highly competitive, and Westy had the first great opportunity. Javier made an outstanding one-handed save to keep the score tied, and a few minutes later Grant and Devin sprang Declan who forced Westy’s keeper into a fine save of his own.
Then Caleb White, Dylan Tran, and Kaya gave Pomfret valuable minutes and the game was quite even. Unfortunately, in the game’s 79th minute a routine ball from Westminster was able to get through Pomfret’s lines and allow their hardworking forward to go in for a finish. Down 3-2 Pomfret continued to push. Devin went close on a set piece and then set up Grant on another. Grant’s header hit the goal post and went wide.
It was a bit frustrating to lose tonight as we felt we deserved, at minimum, a point (a tie).
Loses to Williston
POMFRET — Earlier in the week, Pomfret lost to Williston, 3-1
The Pomfret goal came from Dylan Tran, 75th ( assist Declan Chapman) and Javier Alonso had 10 saves.
Coach Patrick Burke said the boys’ varsity soccer team knew they were in for a test with Williston, which recently become one of the strongest class B teams in New England.
In the first half, Williston dominated the pace and possession of the game. Fortunately for Pomfret’s defense and goalkeeper Javier Alonso were up to the task. Gerald Gao, Eumir Rodriguez, Ethan Forbes, and Lawrence Viola faced pressure but responded effectively each time. Javier came up with some strong saves, while defenders were winning one-on-one battles. Then midfielders Grant Maurer, Devin Walcott, Declan Chapman, Kaya Horvath, and Caleb White found more of the ball. An unfortunate PK call in the game’s 28th minute gave Williston a 1-0 lead and just two minutes later a long shot also found the back of the Pomfret net and Pomfret was down 2-0.
After a tactical change at half time, Pomfret out more organized and energetic. Nate Watson, Caleb White, Fred Coulibaly, and Cole Castro worked hard on the flanks and the defense remained poised. Midfield pressure allowed Grant to put Declan through for a close chance that went just over the crossbar. A few minutes later the pressure kept mounting, and a strong win from Grant led to a through ball to Declan whose cross found the feet of Dylan. Dylan calmly powered a shot past the on rushing keeper to make the game 2-1. Van Horvath gave Pomfret a spark and they had a few opportunities as Nate, Grant, Eumir, and Declan came close. Pomfret was pushing for an equalizer but a mistake from a Pomfret set piece gave Williston a free run.
By Patrick Burke

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Some field hockey wins,
fund-raising for team
POMFRET — October for the Pomfret School varsity field hockey team means fund-raising to support local breast cancer patients and bring awareness to the school community.
This year they raised more than $2,000 to support the good work at Day Kimball Hospital and allow the team a denim and pink dress down day Oct. 1.
Then the team wore pink in its Oct. 2 game against Canterbury School.
The field hockey team is 2-4 overall and 2-3 in WNEPSFHA. Wins over Hopkins School (New Haven) and Marianapolis (Thompson) earlier this week got the team in the win column before a close 2-1 loss to Canterbury (New Milford) over the weekend.
Grace Long ’23 leads the team with five goals and one assist while co-captains Cate Gallagher ’22 and Emma McLean ’22 have three goals and one assist in the young season. Brooke Zahansky ’22 (Pomfret) has two goals and one assist with goalie Keira O’Brien ’25 (Stonington) recording two shutouts in her first season for the Griffins and first playing in the goal.
The team heads to Kingswood-Oxford Oct. 6 and hosts Ethel Walker Oct. 8 in league match-ups.
By Louisa Gebelein Jones

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John Cavaliere was happy to use his connections to land his new coaching job at Putnam Science Academy. Nick Schmidt was hoping to use anything but his connections to land one, too.
Both were hired recently to be the new head coaches of PSA’s Elite and Varsity boys’ basketball teams, respectively.
The 33-year-old Cavaliere spent the last eight years at Concordia College, where he worked his way up from volunteer assistant to head coach. Running the Clippers the last three years, Cavaliere opened a pipeline with PSA, bringing on two former Mustangs – Dan Porcic and Luc Brittian – to play for him there. When Concordia closed down in the spring, Cavaliere went looking for another college job. But a certain prep school came calling.
“Because we were so small,” Cavaliere said, “and because we didn’t have success, and because I had my head down and was trying to build that thing as best I could, I probably didn’t have the best connections throughout colleges. It ends up that the connections I built here, when a spot opened up, Coach Espinosa reached out. I only had to think about a little bit. I love the commitment to excellence here. The standards that they put in, and how successful they are and how their kids are successful.”
Schmidt’s connections to the school are not quite as direct. His father is long-time St. Bonaventure coach Mark Schmidt, who has had great success recruiting PSA players in the last few years, namely Kyle Lofton and Osun Osunniyi.
After graduating from Alfred University, where he was a four-year member of the basketball team, Schmidt served as a graduate assistant coach for two years under his father, and worked closely with Lofton and Osunniyi. He then took a position as an assistant coach at Division III Catholic University in Washington, D.C., last year, and was offered the position with the Mustangs in late summer. This will be his first head coaching job.
“I never want to ride (my dad’s) coattails,” he said. “I never liked that title of being ‘Schmidty’s kid.’ I wanted to make my own name. I could’ve stayed at St. Bonaventure and been with him my whole career. But I wanted to do it my own way. You’re not just trying to use your dad’s name, you’re doing it on your own. That’s what I’m trying to do.”
Both have already paid immediate dividends to the program. Not only are they working with their own teams, but they are at every Prep team practice as well, running drills and working with guys one-on-one.
“Both of these guys are going to bring so much to our program, and not just as the coach of their own teams, but also assisting me at the Prep level,” Tom Espinosa said. “I know we are very fortunate to have both of these guys on the sidelines at Putnam Science Academy.”
Cavaliere’s team play tough, they will play with energy, and they will be together. After that, Cavaliere said, everything else will fall into place.
“It starts with me,” he said. “I come from a philosophy of being a coach, you’re a leader by example. You must show that you’re the hardest worker in the room, provide the most energy, and be positive every single day. That can never slip. Because if you demand that from your team, you must show it yourself, otherwise you’re just not being truthful.”
“We’re not going to get outworked, we’re not going to give up. Ever. We’re not backing away, no matter who you are. We’re coming at you, we’re bringing the fight to you. If you’re able to run your stuff against us, we’re not playing our style of basketball.”
Schmidt can get loud too, though he said he’s not over-the-top.
“I’m very competitive, so I want to win. I do tend to get loud, I’m not over-the-top. If I’m yelling, it’s for a reason. Usually it’s just to get the guys going a little bit. I’m not a yeller. If I’m mad at you for something, I’m just going to pull you aside, I’m not going to try to embarrass you or anything.
“For me being a coach the biggest thing, my biggest philosophy, is having relationships with my players,” Nick said. “No matter what you do on the court, it’s about how you treat the kids. I think that’s the biggest thing, having a positive impact on their lives.”
By Stephen Nalbandian
Sports Information Director
Putnam Science Academy

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PMS soccer
team improves
PUTNAM — The Putnam Middle School boys’ soccer team fell to powerhouse Baldwin Middle School last week. Baldwin won 7 - 1 but the boys played much better this week than the score would indicate, according to Head Coach Adam Heath. The lone goal came off a beautiful set-up pass from Trevor Lamothe and header into the left side of the goal from Joao Victor Viera.
Goalies Benjamin Mayo and Logan Walker both spent time in net and played much better this week for the squad. Defense and mid-field tightened up their play anchored big time by Nikoli Kostovski, Lucas Carpio, Avery Cruz, Abdoulaye Mbye, and Devin LeBeau.
Heath said the team is very young compared to the others in the league but the boys are coming along nicely and working better and harder each day.
The next game is at 3:30 p.m. Oct. 7 at Ashford Middle School.
The Putnam’s record stands at 0-3.

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