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Salem Community Patriot August 6, 2010 - 7

Salem Softball League Hosts Third Annual Jimmy Fund Game

Jeanne Lombardi throws out the ceremonial first pitch of the Jimmy Fund Softball Game. Tis year’s game was dedicated to the memory of her husband and former Salem softball umpire, Joe Lombardi

by Chris White The Salem Softball League hosted its third annual Jimmy Fund Softball Game last Thursday evening, July 29. The game featured about 30 participants, which included both past and present Salem softball players, along with their parents. The daughters’ team included Danielle Walker, Ashley Chopelas, Amber Chopelas, Ashley Stoodley, Casey Stoodley, Danielle Stoodley, Nicole Gubellini, Kris Harty, Joanna LoConte, Jenn Vadala, Brenagh Walker, and Melanie Sachs. Meanwhile, the parents’ team included Nick Vadala, Pam Walker, Ann Gubellini, Ed Ceaser, Freida Ceaser, Ken Harty, Carmine LoConte, Phil Relf, Karen Cleary, Mike Sachs, Terry Armstrong, Mike Spampinato, and Steve Chopelas. Bill Narkunas umpired the contest. This year’s event was dedicated to the memory of Joe Lorenzo and Joe Lombardi, who each

passed away from cancer recently. Both men were actively involved in the Salem softball community. Lorenzo served as a coach, director, and president of the Salem Softball League, while Lombardi was a Salem softball umpire. The Salem Softball League made a $250 donation to the Jimmy Fund in memory of both men. Before the game, Lombardi’s wife, Jeanne Lombardi, threw out the ceremonial first pitch as an honorary captain for the daughters’ team. Salem softball president Carmine LoConte then presented Jeanne with the league’s donation made in her husband’s memory. After the game, Jeanne ended the night by saying, “I now can understand why Joe loved coming down.” The entire event was organized by former Salem softball president Bob McQuinn. McQuinn started hosting the game in 2007 in order to raise

money for the Jimmy Fund by selling Jimmy Fund T-shirts at the event. The game was not played in 2008, but started up again in 2009. Only coaches and Salem Softball League officials played in the inaugural game, but the event has evolved into a parent vs. daughter activity. Now, those who wish to participate in the game simply make a donation to the Jimmy Fund. This year, there was also a Boston Red Sox ticket raffle won by Jim Massahos, who has been very generous to the Jimmy Fund and Salem softball over the years. “The game is just to remember the families and friends, who have come through the Salem Softball League and have lost their battle with cancer, or have beaten their battle with cancer,” McQuinn said. “It’s also just to get together and have a good time, and always know in the back of our minds that, while we’re here, we’re making some extra money for the Jimmy Fund.” The Jimmy Fund Game is only one piece of McQuinn’s efforts to raise money for the Jimmy Fund each year. Since 2001, he has participated in the Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk every year, and he will do so again this September. He also did the walk in 1997. He’s raised over $26,000 in his previous 10 walks combined, and this year, he’s raised over $1,500. McQuinn said one of the reasons he does

the walk is to celebrate his family’s health. As a matter of fact, members of his family and extended family participate in the walk with him at different parts. “I do the walk because I have two healthy girls,” McQuinn said. “I walk to celebrate their health.” The other reason he walks in the event and

raises money for the Jimmy Fund is to make a difference. He said when he served as the Salem Softball League President in 2001, and learned of a few cancer-related deaths within the community, he was convinced he had to do the his next walk in 2001. And he’s done it ever since.

Dog Lovers Beware: Would-Be Scammers Barking Up Your Tree

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New Hampshire Attorney General Michael A. Delaney announced that consumers should be aware of classified advertising scams targeting dog lovers—also known as the Puppy Scam. This scam has circulated over the years and has begun to resurface again, targeting New Hampshire residents. The scam involves the promised delivery of a puppy when the

purchase price and all requested fees such as vaccination and shipping costs are paid, when, in fact, the seller does not have any puppies for sale. Some scam artists use fake or stolen photos in their ads, claiming they are pictures of puppies for sale. The advertisement instructs prospective buyers to wire money in

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advance and refers them to a money wiring service such as Western Union or Money Gram. In other cases, the scammer sends a check or money order to the victim in advance to cover shipping or insurance costs. They typically spend too much money and instruct the victim to forward the overpayment by wire transfer. Of course, their method of payment turns out to be fake, which the consumer only discovers after wiring the money to the scammer. When the puppy is not delivered, the buyer discovers he/she has been scammed and all attempts to contact the seller are unsuccessful. In the latest incarnation of this scam, the dog owner claims to be a missionary serving in Africa. In order to avoid these types of scams, the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Bureau offers this advice: Wiring money is like sending cash. Never wire money or give your account information to anyone unless you are absolutely sure you want that

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Salem High’s Nicole Gubellini makes contact with a pitch “Being president of Salem Softball for the two

years I was, I heard a lot of things that go on in other peoples’ lives, and found out how many people are affected by cancer,” McQuinn said. “It’s a disease that has to be beaten. My theme is to make a difference.”

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