Three eighth-grade girls are braving the Parks and Recreation Department’s boys basketball league this season and, according to coaches, the girls are definitely holding their own.
Basketball commissioner and coach Mike Brawner said, “initially there were a few boys who were wary of playing with girls, but (the girls) run, they hustle, they fit right in.”
The girls said that the boys don’t pass to them as much as they’d like but this season has helped them become better, more aggressive basketball players.
Which goes along with what coach Chris Leonard said about how anyone, boy or girl, can earn the respect of teammates, “I think the guys respect her because she’s not afraid to scrap for a rebound.”
Patch also met Tony Petrone, who’s braving the kitchen at as the head chef for a restaurant that just opened to the public. Petrone took the throne on Christmas Day of last year and is thrilled to be running a kitchen again.
The restaurant was recently , whereas previously they only cooked for guests of the Inn and by reservation only. But, that has all changed and the staff is really excited about their updated menu.
Speaking of business endeavors, Mayor Rodolico blogged about his plan to make Ledyard more attractive to new and existing businesses and he mentioned some of the obstacles Ledyard faces. The mayor ended his blog with an open invitation to share your ideas about how Ledyard can compete with surrounding towns.
Patch took nominations all week from readers for their and in Gales Ferry took the cake, so to speak.
Patch reader Mimi Peck-Llewellyn said this in her nomination, “I also like most anything at Felicia's - I have a "sweet" spot for the almond cake and my husband loves the carrot cake. However, we like to try whatever new she whips up!”
And Patch reader David Moorehead said this in his nomination, “It's so hard to choose from her goodies. My favorites are the apple strudel and carrot cake, but there are soooo many others. Her sandwiches and soups are also tops. A great opportunity for lunch and a tempting dessert.”
I won’t repeat it all here but here’s a hint: next time you’re there, look around for the two pictures that hang near the front door. Felicia’s two grandfathers shared their love of cooking with her and you can thank them for that really good meal or dessert.