Past Issues of the Putnam Town Crier

Signs of Spring
When the skunk cabbage fills the wetlands, you know it's finally spring. More signs of spring on page 6. Linda Lemmon photo.

N.J. hoopster
is headed
to PSA
By Ron P. Coderre
Putnam Science Academy has landed its first basketball recruit for the 2013-2014, 6-foot, 4-inch guard Kyle Menard from Paramus Catholic in New Jersey will attend school as a post graduate student.  The announcement was released May 10 by Director of Athletics and basketball coach Tom Espinosa.  
“In bringing Kyle Menard to Putnam, we feel we’ve landed a leader who will be our floor general.  This young man has a tough approach to the game and is a proven winner.  He’s been described by some as a warrior.  He may be the toughest player to ever grace the court in the history of basketball at the Academy,” said Espinosa.
According to Menard’s bio, he is an outstanding defender in addition to being an offensive force.  He possesses a very high basketball IQ.  He’s capable of shooting the ball from mid-range and three-point land.  The versatile Menard plays both shooting guard as well as the point.  When handling the ball he has the innate ability to take his defender to the post.
“We like everything we’ve read and seen about Kyle.  Our coaching staff feels he may also be able to fill in at small forward at times if necessary.  Having him on the roster gives us a good start toward assembling another competitive team for the upcoming school year,” said Espinosa.
Last year Menard averaged 18 points per game and eight rebounds per contest for Paramus Catholic a co-educational school with 1,540 students.  The highlight of the season for the Paladins and Menard came in a 75-70 loss to Hackensack, after previously upsetting No. 6 Old Tappan.  In the loss to Hackensack, Menard had 26 points, 14 rebounds, three blocks and two steals.  His effort earned him Paramus Catholic Player of the Week honors.
In coming to Putnam to join the Mustangs, Menard has already had interest from a number of mid-major NCAA Division I colleges including Quinnipiac University, Wagner and Kent State.


Putnam Elementary fifth grader class winners in the American Legion Post 13 Americanism program pose with their awards. Guests include, left to right: Legion Dept. Vice Commander Manny Rodrigues; Post 13 Chaplain Don Steinbrick; Post 13 Americanism teacher Pat Steinbrick; Post 13 Adjutant Barney Seney; AL Honor Color Guard Alan Joslin; DAR Registrar Mary Brown. Courtesy photo.

American Legion
Post 13 awards
PUTNAM --- The American Legion Post 13 recently held its Americanism Awards Ceremony for fifth graders at Putnam Elementary School. Pat Steinbrick, the Post 13 Children and Youth chairman,  said for an hour each Friday for six weeks, fifth graders learned about the Legion's Americanism Program. The program "promotes understanding and appreciation about our nation's fundamental documents. This includes the flag: folding it, meanings, displaying it, and flag history; our patriotic institutions and the basic principles of government." Classes included : Courage, Honor, Leadership, Patriotism, Scholarship and Service.
Class winners included Justin St. Martin and Hayley Kuhn of Mrs. Harris's class; Jacob Tatro and Kayleigh Lyons of Mrs. Whiteley's class; Mirabelle Bates and Jaden Garcia of Mrs. Snelling's class and Zoe Hetrick and Michael Ionkin of Mrs. Prochowski's class.
The overall winners were Hannah Smith and Noah Tomkins.

Two cited
PUTNAM — Last week the Connecticut Department of Health and Addiction services along with members of the Putnam Police Dept. conducted an investigation into the illegal sale of tobacco products to minors. Twelve businesses holding licenses to sell tobacco within the Putnam Services District were examined. Improper sales of tobacco occurred on two occasions. Infractions for Illegal Sale of Tobacco to a minor were issued to: Carissa Gaugh, 20, working at Twin Stop, 2 Grove St.; and Abdul Azeez, 31, working at K-B Mart / Sam’s Sunoco, 303 Kennedy Dr. The other 10 businesses were in compliance.

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 963-0000.
April 27
John Lapointe, 48, Park Street, Putnam; DWI, following too close.
Amy Despatie, 30, Furnace Street, Danielson; breach of peace.
April 28
Alexander Ramirez, 30, Town Farm Road, Putnam; DWI, failure to drive right.
April 29
Carissa Gaugh, 21, Providence Street, Putnam; illegal sale of tobacco to a minor.
Abdul Azeez, 31, Smith Street, Putnam; illegal sale of tobacco to a minor.
May 1
Jose Enrique Diaz, 43, Van den Noort Street, Putnam; violation of a protective order.
Toni Smith, 24, Gallup Street, Plainfield; fifth-degree larceny.
May 5
Tyler Castonguay, 19, River Road, Putnam; possession of marijuana.
Peter Longo, 36, Van den Noort Street, Putnam; disorderly conduct, second-degree reckless endangerment.
Aaron Gleason, 36, School Street, Putnam; fugitive from justice.
May 6
Joseph Harwood, 37, Buck Street, Putnam; breach of peace.

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