story & photo by Larry Kelley
or local certifi ed strength coaches and fi tness trainers, much of their work centers around athletes hoping to be stars. The middle school kid trying to gain strength and speed for varsity sports. The high school starter looking for an edge to become a college prospect. The middle- aged individual looking to shed fat and adopt a healthy lifestyle.
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residentStars Training With The Pro Stars, Future Stars
Shaping up the masses and creating personal success stories pay a trainer’s bills. But in some cases, however, local fitness gurus do train stars...pro
athletes! Though our region lacks dense population and year-round weather conducive to producing a pipeline of pros -- and support a local fitness center alone -- a surprising number of big-leaguers rely on the expertise of local athletic specialists to improve their bodies, movement and ability.
Stonington Breakwater Gets 3,000 Tons Of New Stone In Army Corps Restoration
Jacques Cesaire, lineman, San Diego Chargers, left, runs with Tim McNeil, a college player from Ledyard, and Greg Drab, trainer, Advantage Personal Training in Mystic.
Tim Yuhas of Yuhas Performance
Training in Niantic proudly lists a client base of many pros in a variety of sports. Oakland A’s relief pitcher Andrew Carignan of Norwich, veteran Major League Baseball infielder
McDonald of East Lyme, former pitcher Pete Walker of Waterford, several minor leaguers such as Anthony Giansanti of Montville, National Hockey League player Ben Guite and pro lacrosse player Adam Rand of East Lyme are, or were, among his celebrity clients.
“I love having our pros train with
us,” Yuhas said. “They are very loyal and help in many ways to get business to grow.”
Many high school pitchers have The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New England District, is proposing to make
repairs to the East breakwater of the Stonington Harbor Federal Navigation Project in Stonington.
by John Stratton G
ood things sometimes come in large packages. The U.S. Army Corps
of Engineers, New England District, is proposing to perform repairs to the east breakwater of the Stonington Harbor Federal Navigation Project in Stonington.
The Corps estimates
that approximately 3,000 tons of new stone will be needed to restore the damaged sections of the east breakwater to its authorized dimensions.
“Several sections of the breakwater incurred significant damage during Tropical Storm Irene, resulting in a loss of protection to the harbor,” said Project Manager Mike Walsh, of the Corps’ New England District, Programs/ Project Management Division. “The proposed work will restore damaged sections of the breakwater to authorized dimensions.” “Work is anticipated to take approximately two to four months to complete and is currently scheduled to start in the fall of 2012,” Walsh said. The last repair to the east breakwater was in 1958 when approximately 4,000 tons of stone were placed on the structure
to bring it to its authorized dimensions. The Town of Stonington is the local sponsor for the proposed project. The Corps describes the breakwater as originally constructed between December 1880 and November 1894. They estimate it will cost approximately $500,000 to $1,000,000 to repair the east breakwater. The project will be entirely funded by the federal government. The public notice for this proposed work, with more detailed information, is available for review on the Corps website at www.nae.usace.army.mil
. Select “navigation” under public notices or go directly to the link at: www.na
Public comments on this proposed work should be forwarded no later than March 29, 2012 to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New England District, Programs/Project Management Division (ATTN: Mr. Mike Walsh), 696 Virginia Road, Concord, MA 01742-2751 or by email to nae-pn- email@example.com
. To post your comments, visit
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joined Yuhas because of his work with Carignan, bidding to become the A’s closer, and Walker, who made the
Majors after the age of 30 thanks in large part to his training. Yuhas’ pro ties have also attracted several area hockey and lacrosse players. Greg Drab of Advantage
Personal Training in Mystic received a bump in high school football clients after his association with Jacques Cesaire, a veteran San Diego Chargers lineman who lives here in off season with his wife, a Fitch grad. The sight of the 290-pounder running along the grassy pastures of Poquonnock Plains Park with a parachute on his back is an annual summer ritual in Groton. Cesaire credits Drab’s training “for prolonging my career and cutting my body weight in half.” “We love having Jacques with us,”
Drab said. “What happens when anyone trains with Jacques, the intensity just moves up another level.”
Rajai Davis, Toronto Blue Jays outfielder and stolen-base specialist from New London, credits his winter sprinting work with Velocity Sports, housed at Waterford Workout World’s Renegade Sports Facility. The training has made his 60-yard dash time one of baseball’s fastest. Connecticut Sun guard Kara Lawson is a regular at Workout World as well. Zach Hurd of Waterford, an Oakland Raiders lineman, worked out with Al Lyman and Kurt Strecker at Pursuit Athletic Performance in Old Saybrook. Pete Kiefer, an agent and athletic trainer with Developing Baseball International, trains up to 50 pro baseball players at his indoor facility in Montville. It’s evident that the select few who rise to pro prominence need not gravitate to metropolitan areas to receive first- class training. It can can found here. And most amateurs relish the opportunity to work side by side with a star. A few get a kick out of discovering they actually can lift more or perform certain exercises just as well as the pro. “There is a great camaraderie,”
Yuhas said. “It is really neat to see a 13-year-old kid pushing a weighted sled right next to the future closer for the Oakland A’s (Carignan) who is doing the same exercise.” To post your comments, visit
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residentBook Release ‘Cannons’ Tells of Portuguese Life In A Vital Stonington Community
by John Stratton T
he Stonington Historical Society has just published a new book by genealogist Henrietta Mello Mayer. The book, “South of the Cannons, the Portuguese Families of Stonington, Connecticut,” was a long-time project of Henrietta, who was born on Omega Street in the southern portion of Stonington Borough, when it was a primarily Portuguese neighborhood.
The new book expands on a book she published privately in 1978, and is is richly illustrated with photographs, some never before seen in historical context.
The Historical Society marked the publication with a party on March 10 at the Capt. Nathaniel B. Palmer House in
Stonington, where refreshments included Portuguese sweet bread from Lou’s Bakery in Fall River, Massachusetts, a Portuguese enclave still.
Stonington was not a sleepy town. The chronology covers the traditions of waterfront life and the day-to-day achievements and escapades of a vibrant population: the launching of fishing smacks, factory accidents, activities of local bands, a gift for the train conductor, births and deaths, parades for the Festa do Espirito Santo – the Holy Ghost Festival – challenges to checker games, and fistfights, graduations, concerts and arrests, big scallop harvests and, – yes – a blue lobster in the pot. Mayer painstakingly perused decades of genealogies, assembling them page-by-page from original issues of The Stonington
Mirror, a now-vanished local paper, from 1870 to 1948. She selected hundreds of news items about the lives of the Portuguese families who lived mostly in the compact neighborhood south of Cannon Square, hence her book’s name. The $25 book is indexed for easy reference-finding.
For further information, or for a professional review copy, call 860.535.8445. To post your comments, visit www.theresident.com/2012/03/14/Cannons
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