newsandviewsjb

NEWS&VIEWS by Jacqueline Bennett

Posts tagged “Windham CT

The Tale of “Big Tom Roberts” – Windham, CT Cop & Stone Mason

Posted on August 20, 2018

By Jacqueline Bennett newsandviewsjb.com   With the 2018 celebration of the 125th anniversary of the police department in Windham, Connecticut going on – a.k.a. Willimantic Police Department – my brother reminded me of a family connection to the early days of the WPD. According to our mother, her grandfather Tom Roberts walked the ‘rowdiest’ beat in the city.   “They called him ‘Big Tom Roberts’,” she would say, “He was known to be tough but fair.”   This colorful part of the family history has been passed on by word of mouth, and through the years it was corroborated by more than one of the family elders who were contemporaries of my mother. Many of her grandchildren have probably heard the tales and certainly…

Windham Bigg Play, “Remy’s Grinders” & Another Successful Super Bowl Sunday Fundraiser

Posted on February 8, 2016

  Article & Photos by Jacqueline Bennett newsandviewsjb.com   “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” – Margaret Mead   It was another successful year for the annual Windham Bigg Play, Inc. Super Bowl Sunday fundraiser featuring “Remy’s Grinders”. According to Bigg Play board members 650 grinders were sold this year which marked a historic 50th anniversary for the National Football League Super Bowl event. Proceeds from the “Remy’s Grinders” sales will help send young baseball players abroad on goodwill trips.               Bigg Play – Baseball International Goodwill Games Promoting Learning and Advancement of Youth – made its first trip in 1996 to…

Enjoy “Remy’s Grinders” Again

Posted on January 27, 2016

  Write-Up & Photos by Jacqueline Bennett newsandviewsjb.com The New England Patriots may be out of contention but Super Bowl Sunday continues as a great American tradition, with this year marking the 50th anniversary for the annual football showdown.  In Windham, Connecticut & beyond, “Remy’s Grinders” remain another great tradition. As many will attest – simply the best!                                   For the eleventh year, “Remy’s Grinders”, which gained fame being made at the old downtown “dugout” store, are being sold to benefit a good cause – to help “Bigg Play” kids with traveling expenses to play baseball abroad. (Read the original newsandviewsjb story “Lengendary ‘Remy’s Grinders’ Reappear on Super…