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WPCNR PRESS BOX. From White Plains Little League. November 1, 2003: The White Plains Little League introduces Instant Online Registration for the Spring baseball/softball season beginning today on the internet at the all-new WPLL website: www.eteamz.com/WhitePlainsLittleLeague. The Online Registration period is from November 1 through December 14th.

December 14 is the deadline for registering for the 2003 season.Parents may register online using a credit card, saving themselves a trip to the inperson registration scheduled for December 12 and 14.
Inperson Registration will be conducted 2 days only at Ridgeway School, White Plains in the cafeteria on Thursday evening, December 14 from 6 PM to 9 PM, and Saturday, December 14, from 9 AM to 4 PM.

Ages 5 to 15 Can Play. Must register by December 14.

Parents wishing to register their children from ages 5 to 15, in Tee Ball, Instructional 1, Instructional 2, Machine Pitch, Minors, Major, and Senior baseball and softball are required to register by December 14, otherwise they will be placed on the Waiting List and run the risk of their child not being able to participate.

Parents will have the opportunity to meet league officers, and have their questions about league play answered at the in-person registrations on December 12th and December 14.

Fees for 2003

Due to continuing increased costs for uniforms and equipment, WPLL is announcing an increase in its registration fee. The fee for Tee Ball, Instructional I, Instructional II and Machine Pitch Divisions will be $75.

The fee for the Minors, Majors and Seniors baseball and softball divisions will be $90. The higher fees for these three divisions is due to an increase in umpiring fees.

Multiple Child Discounts! Late Registration Penalty.

Parents registering three or more children will pay a flat fee of $200. A late fee of $25 per child will be assessed for those registering after the December 14 deadline, and a $25 late fee only for a family registering three or more children.

Uniform Costs, Equipment Upgrades Contribute to Fee Increase

Although league sponsors help offset the cost of uniforms and equipment, WPLL continues to maintain one of the lowest registration fee rates in Westchester County. Other towns charge $100 per participant on average. Additionally, assistance scholarships are available. WPLL has never turned away anyone due to financial difficulties. Each player receives a major league replica baseball cap, uniform shirt, pants and socks.

Opening Day April 5, 2003

The Spring 2003 season Opening Pitch will be officially thrown on Saturday, April 5, with the annual WPLL Opening Day Parade and Opening Day Games. The spring season runs through June 22, and includes a 12-game regular season schedule, and a single elimination playoff format for the minors, majors and seniors divisions only. Games are played weeknights at 6 PM, Saturdays beginning at 9 AM with games schedule through the day, and Sundays, beginning at 11 A.M.

Registration Moved to Provide Better Team Preparation

Newly elected WPLL President, Billy Ward, said the registration period was moved up to December 2002 for the upcoming 2003 season, by necessity, to insure uniforms would be ordered and distributed to all teams by March at less cost.

He said the December 14 deadline, it is hoped, will result in timely tryouts in the minors, majors, and seniors divisions, allowing the league to complete its draft process in a timely manner. The objective is to form teams by mid-February enabling more team practices and clinics starting shortly thereafter.

Trying out for the big leagues? NO PROBLEM. Moneyback if you make a Middle School, JV, Varsity team.

WPPL League Information officer, Billy Wooters, advised parents that players expecting to tryout for the middle school and private schools junior varsity and varsity school teams that if they make another team and choose not to play WPLL, they would receive a full refund.

However, Ward and Wooters indicated it was necessary if they thought they were going to play in Little League, that their parents must register them before the December 14 deadline.

Board of Directors elected

The all-volunteer 2003 White Plains Little League Board of Directors was officially elected on September 26, 2002. WPLL Board of Directors positions are in place for a required period of one year only (calendar year October 1 through September 30) as per Little League Headquarters, Williamsport, PA.

A safer, more big league Little League

WPLL announced it would continue to enhance the quality of uniforms and equipment with an eye to safety and durability. WPLL has also indicated it would continue to insure the safety of all participants with its continuing efforts with the City of White Plains on field improvements. A significant amount of field improvements have been made over the past few years and will continue going forward. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact e-mail the league at whiteplainslittleleague@yahoo.com.

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200 Asian Americans Running for Office Nationally

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WPCNR NEWSREEL. From Maureen Keating-Tuchiya. October 31, 2002:Worth taking note of is the intriguing number of Asian Pacific Americans running for office this coming Tuesday. There are 3 Gubernatorial candidates, 4 Lieutenant Governor candidates, 14 running for the House of Representatives, 30 State Senate candidates and 93 State Representative candidates.

APAICS Chair Clayton Fong stated, “It is exciting that we have identifie
close to 200 APA candidates who are running next week. And there were many more APA candidates who ran in primary elections, but unfortunately did not advance to the general elections. It is vital that the Asian Pacific American community continue to identify, encourage and train qualified APAs to run for public office. This is one of the major roles that APAICS plays on behalf of the community. Post November 5th , we look forward to having more APA elected officials as role models to inspire the next group of candidates.”

“Some of the key races that we are watching are the Hawaii gubernatorial race where a win by Mazie Hirono will enable Hawaii to retain an APA governor; the Guam gubernatorial race where Congressman Robert Underwood is running against Felix Camacho; and the Colorado Fourth Congressional District seat where a win by Colorado State Senate President Stan Matsunaka will make political history by sending the first APA Member of Congress from Colorado,” commented Daphne Kwok, Executive Director of APAICS.

Asian Pacific Americans Register to Vote in Record Numbers

“According to analysis prepared by Karthick Ramakrishnan, a research fellow at the nonpartisan Public Policy Institute of California, of data from the U.S. Census Bureau, voter registration increased from 56% to 63% of all eligible APA voters from 1998 to 2000. The voting rates increased from 37% of eligible APA voters in 1998 to 53% in 2000. Even though midterm elections usually have lower voter turnouts, it is important that next week we will be able to dramatically improve the APA voting rate from the 1998 37% turnout,” stated Daphne Kwok.

The Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies (APAICS) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, educational organization based in Washington, D.C., that seeks to build a politically empowered APA community, to fill the political pipeline for Asian Pacific Americans to enter and advance into elected office, and to be a resource to Congress about the APA community.

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Strut and Fret Your Hour Upon the Stage…Fort Hill Players Offer Acting Classes

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WPCNR WHITE PLAINS VARIETY. From FHP. October 31, 2002: The Fort Hill Players will conduct 3-Hour Acting Classes beginning November 16 for adults college age or older who have the thrill of the stage still in their veins. It is an effort with a two-fold mission: extending the magic of theater and to attract new talent to the Fort Hill reportoire group.

The class will feature David Jacob, a professional actor with professional motion picture and television acting experience, conducting the classes from 10 AM to 1 PM Saturdays beginning November 16.

Four classes will be held at Rochambeau School, 228 Fischer Avenue, White Plains November 16 and 23 and December 7 and 14.

Aspiring actors will be required to memorize a dialogue and will receive individual coaching on their craft. For additional information, call Joan at 946-5143.
The course will be taught by person with a strong background in film, television, and theater. Mr. Jacob has studied the Eric Morris Technique with Joy Morris at Carnegie Hall, the Margie Haber Technique with Margie Haber, and the Meisner Technique with Ron Stetson at the Neighborhood Playhouse in NYC.

Player on stage, screen and tube.

His film credits include Six, Deadly Run, Still Waters Burn, the Cat, The Limits of Thermal Traveling, Some of These Days, and Silence of the Lambs.

His Television credits include the Sci-Fi Channel, Spin City, Muppet Special, USA Up All Night, America’s Most Wanted, Guiding Light, All My Children, One Life To Live, and American Movie Classics Promos.

On stage, Mr. Jacob appeared in Off-Broadway and Regional Productions of: Cigarettes and Chocolate (which opened in SOHO, and toured in Europe) Like a Brother, 10% in Maple Grove, Summer and Smoke.

Professional Class Atmosphere.

Jacob, according to the Fort Hill Players, is an energetic instructor who prides himself on his ability to have actors draw from within their own experiences. His classes are educational, challenging, and fun! Beginners and experienced actors mix easily.

Students will be required to memorize a monologue. Each student will get individualized instruction at each class. There are no make-up classes.

The tuition for the David Jacob Acting Classes is $65 (for all four classes), by check, in advance, made out to Fort Hill Players and mailed to: 921 Colony Drive, Hartsdale NY 10530.

Deadline for registration: November 9th. Confirmation will be made upon receipt of registration fee.

Please include address & phone number or email address.

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Oswaldo Ramos is BACK on the Ballot Opposing Nick Spano

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WPCNR Evening City Star Reporter. By E. Hezi, Yonkers Tribune October 30, 2002:The Appellate Division: Second Judicial Department has unanimously overturned the ruling by the Supreme Court in Westchester County removing Oswaldo Ramos as the Democratic Nominee.

The decision by the Appellate Division restores Oswaldo Ramos petition for the 35th Senatorial District. It further orders the Westchester County Board of elections to place Mr. Ramos name on all ballots for the November 5 elections, opposing State Senator Nicholas Spano.

The decision was reported to Westchester Network affiliate, The Yonkers Tribune by Mr. Ramos’ Campaign Manager, Herbert Padilla.

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15 Families Will Adopt Foster Kids Thursday. Need for More Foster Parents Huge.

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WPCNR County Clarion-Ledger. From Westchester County Department of Communications. (EDITED) October 30, 2002:Ending months or sometimes years of waiting for a child, 15 Westchester families will finalize adoptions on Thursday, Oct. 31 in ceremonies that will begin at 9:20 a.m. and end at 12:40 p.m. at the Westchester County Family Court in White Plains. The annual Adoption Day announces the need for more foster parents to step up to the plate and rescue a child.
Judge Joan O. Cooney, Supervising Judge of the Family Courts, said parents and children as well as social workers, attorneys and court personnel would participate. “This is always a special day for the parents and the children being adopted,’’ said Judge Cooney. “Through adoption these parents are giving a child a warm, loving and permanent home and family. We wish them all the best.’’

Kevin Mahon, Commissioner of the Department of Social Services which is responsible for the eight agency adoptions that will be finalized on Thursday, said he hoped that more people would be encouraged to become foster or adoptive parents.

“For every child who is adopted here today, there are dozens who need foster homes as well as permanent homes,’’ said Mahon. “We hope that this happy occasion will encourage more people to open their hearts and their homes to a child.’’

To become a foster/adoptive parent a person must, among other things, be a Westchester resident; be at least 21; have an income sufficient to meet family’s needs and be in reasonably good health.

November is Adoption Awareness Month, and orientation and training for prospective foster and adoptive parents is being held right now. A foster parent orientation is scheduled for Nov. 2 and an adoption orientation is scheduled for Nov. 21. The next three day foster/adoptive parent training sessions are scheduled for Nov. 9, Nov. 16, and Nov. 23.

For more information or to register for any of the orientations or trainings, call (914) 995-KIDS (5437).

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Spano: The Drought Emergency Is Over. Continue to Conserve.

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WPCNR AFTERNOON TRIB & POST. From Westchester County Department of Communications.(EDITED) October 30, 2002:Following New York City’s lead, Westchester County Executive Andy Spano today announced that as of Nov. 1 the county will lift the drought emergency that was first declared back in April. But a “drought warning,” which calls for voluntary conservation and education measures, is now in effect.
Above-average rainfall in September and October has replenished the Catskill/Delaware reservoirs enough that mandatory water restrictions originally imposed on April 1 can now be lifted, he said.

“New York City has informed us the our reservoirs are now at 68 percent capacity, which is normal for this time of year, but although mandatory restrictions are lifted, we are asking businesses and residents to voluntarily reduce water use since we have a long way to go to reach the 100 percent capacity we’re required to have by June 1.’’

Spano said although the mandatory restrictions have been lifted, people should continue to save water. “We encourage people to continue to conserve because who knows how much rain and snow we will get this winter, and we don’t want to be in the same position we were last year come springtime,’’ said Spano.
Following New York City’s lead, Westchester County Executive Andy Spano today announced that as of Nov. 1 the county will lift the drought emergency that was first declared back in April. But a “drought warning,” which calls for voluntary conservation and education measures, is now in effect.

As a result of the emergency declared April 1, businesses and governments that use more than 1,000 gallons of water per day were asked to develop a plan to decrease water usage by 15 percent. The mandatory restrictions applied to all municipalities, schools, businesses, landlords and building owners. Restaurants were barred from serving water except upon request and lawn watering and car-washing restrictions were in place.

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg also announced today that the city’s drought emergency would be lifted as of Nov. 1, affecting 1 million upstate wpcnr_users in a four-county region, including Westchester. Westchester gets about 85 percent of its water from the New York City reservoir system; therefore it follows the lead of New York City in regards to water shortages.

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Amy Paulin Does Commercial for Tony Sayegh.

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WPCNR WHITE PLAINS NEW GAZETTE. October 29, 2002 UPDATED: The Republican Party is running a television commercial as of today, on local television stations using Amy Paulin’s tape-recorded remarks to Robert Fois as the point of the commercial. A viewer who first saw the spot Tuesday evening on Channel 26, they report, was shocked hearing Ms. Paulin mocking the pronunciation of Arab-sounding names in the tape recording. A spokesman for Mr. Sayegh’s campaign told WPCNR Wednesday the spot is being aired on an extensive buy, including cablechannels CNN, Lifetime, and others. He said, no network was refusing to air the spot.
One week ago, Mr. Sayegh held a news conference announcing the existence of the “Amy Tape,” a conversation Ms. Paulin had with Eastchester Town Report correspondent, Robert Fois, that he had recorded. The tape, the transcript of which can be read elsewhere on WPCNR, was characterized as Ms. Paulin’s repeated attempt to indicate to reporter Fois that Mr. Sayegh’s funding was coming from outside the 88th Assembly District and from possibly Arab contributors. Mr. Sayegh was shocked by the tape and in the news conference accused Ms. Paulin of inappropriate remarks with racial overtones.

Ms. Paulin has not returned WPCNR telephone calls requesting an explanation for whether she had reviewed Eastchester Town Report stories for “fairness” to her, or whether she had been told by the Eastchester Town Report that Fois, the reporter had been fired. A newspaper article in the Journal News on last Monday’s news conference had reported Ms. Paulin as saying Fois had been fired for “baiting” her during the interview on the tape. A correction stating that Mr. Fois was on a leave of absence only was made by the paper after the article appeared. Fois had told WPCNR he had requested a leave of absence himself when the Eastchester Town Report refused to listen to the Paulin tape.

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City Court Judge Found Too Slow In Reviewing Cases.

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WPCNR Evening News. From NYS Commission on Judicial Conduct Press Office. October 29, 2002:The New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct has determined that Roseanna H. Washington, a Judge of the White Plains City Court, Westchester County, should be removed from office.

In a determination dated October 1, 2002, the Commission found that Judge Washington failed to render timely decisions in numerous small claims cases, failed to report the delays to court administrators, and failed to respond to letters from the Commission, which was investigating her conduct.

The Commission found that the judge, who sits part-time and has a caseload of only 75 to 80 small claims matters per year, developed a “significant backlog” of cases after becoming a judge in 1997.

Despite the “active intervention” of her administrative judges and numerous complaints from litigants, the delays continued, even after the judge was on notice that the Commission was looking into the matter. The Commission found that Judge Washington “seriously compounded” her misconduct by filing “false, misleading and incomplete” reports of the delayed cases with court administrators.

The Commission concluded that the judge’s conduct “has demonstrated that she is unable or unwilling to properly carry out the duties of a judge.”

The Commission Proceedings

Judge Washington was served with a formal written complaint dated April 16, 2001, and filed an answer dated May 7, 2001. A hearing was held before a referee, Honorable Janet A. Johnson, in White Plains, New York on September 28, 2001. The referee filed a report with the Commission on March 4, 2002. The parties submitted memoranda with respect to the issues of misconduct and sanctions. Oral argument was held on June 20, 2002.

The Commission filed a determination dated October 1, 2002, in which eight members concurred. Three members, Judge Frederick M. Marshall, Christina Hernandez and Alan J. Pope, Esq., were not present.

Court of Appeals Review Next.

The Commission transmitted its determination to the Chief Judge of the Court of Appeals, pursuant to Judiciary Law Section 44, subdivi­sion 7.

A judge may either accept the Commission’s determina­tion or, within 30 days from the date he received the determina­tion, make a written request to the Chief Judge for a review of the determina­tion by the Court of Appeals.

Pursuant to Judiciary Law Section 44, subdivision 7, if Judge Washington does not request review by the Court of Appeals, the Court of Appeals will issue an order removing her from office in accordance with the Commission determination. Removal automatically bars a judge from holding judicial office in the future.

If the Commission’s determination is reviewed by the Court of Appeals, the Court may accept the determined sanction, impose a different sanction including admonition, censure or removal, or impose no sanction.

Statistics Relating to Prior Determinations

Since 1978, the Commission has issued a determination of removal in 139 cases, 108 of which involved part-time judges. (More than two-thirds of the judicia­ry in New York State are part-time.) The Commission has censured 207 judges and admonished 190 judges.

The Court of Appeals has reviewed 73 Commission deter­mi­nations. The Court accepted the Commission’s sanctions in 60 cases. Of the remaining 13 cases, two were increased from censure to removal, and eleven were reduced: eight removal determi­nations were modified to censure, two censure determina­tions were modified to admoni­tion, and one censure was rejected and the charges dis­missed.

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Delfino and Spano Create Waterfront Park for White Plains

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WPCNR Afternoon Trib & Post. By John F. Bailey. October 29, 2002 UPDATED 7:30 PM: After a 30-minute circumnavigation “Mayor’s Regatta” tour of St. Mary’s Lake by rowboat, Mayor Joseph Delfino and County Executive Andy Spano signed a $1 a year, 30-year lease with Westchester County to create a waterfront park on the shores of Silver Lake. It was named “Liberty Park” in honor of the September 11 victims of the World Trade Center attack.

STAR OF THE SHOW: Silver Lake, otherwise known as St. Mary’s Lake, being navigated by the “Mayor’s Regatta,” 12 rowboats supplied by Westchester County, commanded by specially trained White Plains Recreation & Parks personnel, setting sail on a circumnavigation of the lake. Here, we note the flotilla of dignataries and media navigating to the North end of Silver Lake Tuesday afternoon.
Photo by WPCNR News

ADMIRAL ANDY AND CAPTAIN JOE ON SILVER LAKE TUESDAY ASSUMING THE LEAD OF THE SILVER LAKE EXPEDITION. The lake described by our guide, Lonnie Sanders, as approximately 20 feet deep at the deepest point with sandbars on the Harrison side, and deeper shores on the White Plains side with a 75 square foot island at the northern end. The waters were tranquil and reflected autumn glory as Mr. Delfino, Mr. Spano, and Councilpersons Robert Greer, Tom Roach, Rita Malmud, Glen Hockley, and Benjamin Boykin were rowed about the lake for approximately 20 minutes.

The park is scheduled to open in the Spring for boating, and is open to the public for walking tours and hiking immediately. A citizen’s committee will be formed to discuss and create a preliminary plan for development of the park in the next few weeks, according to Department of Parks and Recreation Commissioner Arne Abramowitz. He said that environmental courses in the school district would be able to conduct their field trips at the park. He said White Plains would continue with “more landscaping, thinning and clean-up” in the coming weeks. Six to 10 truckloads of wood trail chips were trucked in by the Department of Public Works to prepare the park so far. A “wood-chip trail” has been cut through the first portion of the park North of the former Dellwood Dairy parking lot.

Introducing Liberty Park

During the news conference that followed the cruise, held on the lake’s Western White Plains Shore, the Mayor announced his plans to call the park Liberty Park “in honor,” he said, “of the victims of the terrible tragedy that occurred in our country on September 11th. This peaceful spot is an appropriate one for reflection but it is also a perfect place for us to celebrate life and nature and to enjoy the company of our family and neighbors — the very liberties we most cherish in our lives.”

COUNTY EXECUTIVE AND THE MAYOR ADDRESSING DIGNATARIES TUESDAY ON THE NEW “WHITE PLAINS WATERFRONT”. Mayor Delfino recalled iceskating on the lake as a boy in White Plains, and dreaming of White Plains someday owning the property. He said “today is my happiest day in 22 years of government.” He thanked Andy Spano for spearing the acquisition of the property by Westchester County in 1989. Mr. Spano laughingly said, “I’m glad I made him (Delfino) happy. He’s been talking to me for years about it.” Spano thank Legislator Bill Ryan for “steering the boat through the (county) legislature.” Mr. Spano and Mr. Delfino signed the lease and unvield a sign for “Liberty Park,” both shaking hands.

The Mayor will be forming a September 11th Memorial Committee to establish a permanent memorial in White Plains in recognition of the White Plains residents who perished at the World Trade Center. According to Delfino,

“The committee will be charged with determining what type of memorial is appropriate, where it should be located, and how we can get the community involved to ensure that the memorial gets built.”

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Shay’s Angels: A Sports Story You Won’t See in the Papers.

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WPCNR PRESSBOX. From “Robin” of USA Hockey. October 28, 2002People always say how mean kids can be, never how nice they can be. This will either make you cry, give you cold chills or leave you cold, but it puts life into perspective! A story of some real Angels in the outfield.
At a fundraising dinner for a school that serves learning-disabled children, the father of one of the school’s students delivered a speech that would never be forgotten by all who attended. After extolling the school and its dedicated staff, he offered a question. “Everything God does is done with perfection. Yet, my son Shay cannot learn things as other children do. He cannot understand things as other children do. Where is God’s plan reflected in my son?”

The audience was stilled by the query.

The father continued. “I believe,” the father answered, “That when God brings a child like Shay into the world, an opportunity to realize the Divine Plan presents itself and it comes in the way people treat that child.”

Then, he told the following story:

Shay and his father had walked past a park where some boys Shay knew were playing baseball. Shay asked, “Do you think they will let me play?” Shay’s father knew that most boys would not want him on their team. But the father understood that if his son were allowed to play it would give him a much-needed sense of belonging.

Shay’s father approached one of the boys on the field and asked if Shay could play. The boy looked around for guidance from his teammates. Getting none, he took matters into his own hands and said, “We are losing by six runs, and the game is in the eighth inning. I guess he can be on our team and we’ll try to put him up to bat in the ninth inning.”

In the bottom of the eighth inning, Shay’s team scored a few runs but was still behind by three.

At the top of the ninth inning, Shay put on a glove and played in the outfield. Although no hits came his way, he was obviously ecstatic just to be on the field, grinning from ear to ear as his father waved to him from the stands.

In the bottom of the ninth inning, Shay’s team scored again. Now, with two outs and the bases loaded, the potential winning run was on base. Shay was scheduled to be the next at-bat. Would the team actually let Shay bat at this juncture and give away their chance to win the game?

Surprisingly, Shay was given the bat. Everyone knew that a hit was all but impossible because Shay didn’t even know how to hold
the bat properly, much less connect with the ball.

However, as Shay stepped up to the plate, the pitcher moved a few steps to lob the ball in softly so Shay could at least be able to make contact. The first pitch came and Shay swung clumsily and missed.

The pitcher again took a few steps forward to toss the ball softly toward Shay. As the pitch came in, Shay swung at the ball and hit a slow ground ball to the pitcher. The pitcher picked up the soft grounder and could easily have thrown the ball to the first baseman. Shay would have been out and that would have ended the game.

Instead, the pitcher took the ball and threw it on a high arc to right field, far beyond reach of the first baseman. Everyone started yelling, “Shay, run to first, run to first.”

Never in his life had Shay ever made it to first base. He scampered down the baseline, wide-eyed and startled. Everyone yelled, “Run to second, run to second!”

By the time Shay was rounding first base, the right fielder had the ball. He could have thrown the ball to the second baseman for a tag.

But the right fielder understood what the pitcher’s intentions had been, so he threw the ball high and far over the third baseman’s head. Shay ran towards second base as the runners ahead of him deliriously circled the bases towards home.

As Shay reached second base, the opposing shortstop ran to him, turned him in the direction of third base, and shouted, “Run to third!”

As Shay rounded third, the boys from both teams were screaming, “Shay! Run home!” Shay ran home, stepped on home plate and was cheered as the hero for hitting a “grand slam” and winning the game for his team.

“That day,” said the father softly with tears now rolling down his face, “The boys from both teams helped bring a piece of the Divine Plan into this world.”

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