Letters to the editor, June 14

Cartoon by Jim Meadows

Watch and learn from The Challengers

The final game of STLL’s Challenger Division was played on Sunday, June 10 at 3 p.m. on the Con Ed west field. The sun wasn’t shinning and drops of rain drizzled upon the players who were undaunted by the less than perfect weather conditions.

The game started out with some fashionable femininity when Anna, wearing the number 1 over a tiered flounce skirt and guided by Red Team Coach Katie, hit the first homer of the game. Number 19, Jonathan, gave the ball a powerful whack before removing his cap, showing off his natural red hair, and rounding the bases with the stride of a long distance runner. Neil, always handsome in shirt number 6, toured the bases, with his own unique style, pausing only to consider a career in photography.

Jamison, number 14, wowed the crowd (especially the pitcher) when she slammed the first ball tossed part way to The East River! Robbie, a tough guy to the finish, made his way to second base wearing jersey number 10 and displaying a true sense of sportsmanship. Jaden, who traveled south from Bronx, N.Y., to wear number 17 with pride has a good-natured mom to run him around the bases. Rory donned the number 8 and a good-looking pair of glasses, before demonstrating his skill and speed.

Under the direction of Blue Team Coach John, Zack, number 18, was the first man up and clobbered the ball before bringing it home. Jake and Joey, wearing the numbers 1 and 2, respectively, taught the ball a lesson, or two, with equal amounts of enthusiasm.  Ryan, sweet 16, worked the crowd as he took the bases, at a distinguished pace, knowing he looks good in a hat. Ray had the good sense to wear a sweatshirt over the number 18 and didn’t let the lousy weather dampen his game. Allegra, wearing lucky 13, was wheels with a fortune as three buddies got behind her and her chair: she made her way to home plate with a smile.

Wow! What a game! My congratulations to all the players (including those who didn’t show up due to the weatherman’s forecast) whose winning spirit awarded them second season trophies, the parents who got them dressed in their uniforms and out to the field, the buddies who grasped the opportunity to learn that their peers with special needs have a uniqueness that requires caring understanding, and the supportive fans that cheered.

I look forward to seeing you all in 2019 as The Challengers enter their third season.

Thanks for a great game, guys.


Peg Donohue, ST

Creeped out by cowardly letter

In the May 31 issue of Town & Village, Stuy Town resident Barnaby Miles wrote in a letter of his inability to enjoy the tranquil surroundings and read in the community due to the constant begging of squirrels and pigeons (“Creeped out by all the critters”). Unfortunately, following the publishing of this letter, Miles received an anonymous letter in the mail accusing him of being a squirrel and pigeon hater and killer and warning him to enjoy his books at home — or else. The letter (obtained by T&V, but not published here due to its general craziness as a response to what is hardly the first squirrel-related complaint in Stuy Town) has been forwarded to management. Miles has since requested that T&V publish his response.

First off, most of us semi-intelligent people agree that anonymous letters are a clear sign of irresponsibility and cowardice. You should have the integrity to take ownership of your opinions – or else keep them to yourself.  When I received your postcard, delivered to my private address, I didn’t realize that I was reading an anonymous letter… otherwise I would have trashed it straightaway as most recipients of anonymous letters do.

Secondly, your semi-threatening words “We will keep an eye on you…we know who you are … you will be sorry” were a highly inappropriate response.  Very offensive, and probably an indication of what kind of dysfunctional person you must be. Lastly, your accusations of my “killing” the squirrels and “poisoning” the pigeons are egregiously incorrect.  I avoid the animals/rodents at all costs. I just resent them for ruining my quality time on the “oasis.”

I would be most interested in engaging in a civilized, respectful, open-minded conversation with you if you have the courage to identify yourself.


Barnaby Miles, ST

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