The Wellesley Middle School Newspaper Fall 2010
Chilean Miners Rescued
The Chilean miners were finally rescued Tuesday October 12th. They had spent 65
days underground due to a massive collapse in the San Jose mine near Copiapo,
Chile. The mine cave center was at a depth of 1000 feet. The collapse sent down
NEWS 700,000 tons of rock. This is a description of their entrapment and their survival.
The Chilean miners had some food from emergency supplies. Every 48 hours the
COMICS miners would eat 2 spoonfuls of tuna, half a cookie, and half a glass of milk. All the
ACTIVITIES miners starved for 17 days straight before the rescue team found them. Later when
STORIES the rescue team was able to drill to their cave, a diet of meat and rice to eat, and
medical supplies was sent to them through small holes.
ART Later games and electronics were also sent down into the mine. The miners got a
movie projector and were able to watch the Chilean football games. They were also
Editors: sent music players with speakers. Bibles. and rosaries. Surprisingly the miners
Bill made part of their refuge into a casino where they played dice games, dominoes,
Noor and cards. The doctors had the miners exercise so that they were strong and fit
enough to ride in the rescue capsule. It was important to keep both their minds and
bodies active while in captivity. Continued on page 2...
Gulf Oil Disaster
Matt Can you imagine Exxon Valdez oil tanker spill times eighteen? That would be the
Abby size of the Gulf oil spill. It all started out when a bubble of highly explosive
methane gas was dislodged and blew up right beneath the drilling platform. Then,
Faculty Advisor: the platform sank, and the pipe that brought oil to the platform broke. Eleven
Lynne Johnson people died in the blast. Oil flowed into the Gulf of Mexico for months.
How could this happen? British Petroleum (BP), the drilling company in charge of
Deepwater Horizon, the name of the well, rushed through things and cut corners.
The cement they used as an extra wall between the pipe and water was not mixed
with the other materials correctly, and that is what let the gas bubble get in. Also,
BP failed to test whether or not the cement casing had bonded together correctly.
That is another precaution they could have taken to reduce chances of a blowout
or failure to keep the gasses under the sand. Unfortunately, these precautions
were not taken and we now have an environmental catastrophe on our hands.
The spill may seem bad, but it could have been a lot worse if BP had not done
anything. They tried multiple strategies to reduce the amount of oil entering the Gulf.
Right when the spill began, BP sent in boats to set the oil on fire and burn it off. Also,
chemicals called dispersants, which are used to break up the oil, making it easier to
Continued on page 2...
Chilean Miner Rescue cont. from front page…
The rescue of the miners was the toughest http://in.reuters.com
rescue in history. On the first attempt to drill http://news.yahoo.com
down to the miners, the rescue team drilled a
hole that veered off just missing the trapped http://english.ntdtv.com
miners tunnel. On the 22nd of August the rescue http://buzz.yahoo.com
team received a sign of life when miners left a http://news.yahoo.com
note on the drilling equipment.
After first sending food and medical supplies to Gulf Oil Spill cont. from front page…
the trapped miners, the rescue team began to
make an escape shaft so that the miners could be clean up. Farther out, helicopter teams flew
brought up in a two-foot diameter capsule. around the Gulf, looking for oil that escaped.
Finally on October 12th the miners were pulled Once notified, skimmers, boats that filter oil out
out of the mine alive, one by one. This was both of water, would go and clean it up.
an impressive engineering feat as well as an
emotional, miraculous rescue. The miners The spill killed many animals. It killed crabs, fish,
received support and encouragement from all pelicans, and many other sea-faring creatures. It
over the world. killed coral reefs as well. Corals house many fish
and invertebrates, so many fish also lost their
The miners survived and are now celebrities, but homes. The spill completely messed up the food
they will continue on with life like the rest of us. chain. The oil that washed up in the bayous, or
After being trapped for sixty-five days, the marshes, of the Gulf smothered plants. This
miners are reunited with their families. They are made it harder for herbivores to find food,
receiving monetary gifts and offers from around starting a chain reaction. In the water, it started
the world, as this true story could eventually by killing microfauna, like eggs and plankton.
become an inspiring book or movie. Also, it bred oil-eating microbes, which depleted
oxygen. These two factors worked against the
In Chile, they will be heroes for the rest of their fish, starting another chain reaction.
lives. But most have said they will not return to
working in the mine. Some may have Post The spill hurt the economy of the south. Tourism
Traumatic Stress Disorder. dropped, due to the oil. This meant hotel and
motel owners were not getting many customers.
The miners had lost an estimated twenty-two Also, restaurants’ businesses were ruined. No one
pounds each while underground. They used will- wants to eat seafood from a place where the seas
power and positive thinking to force themselves are full of oil, even if the food is clean! Fishing
not to give up hope. From what the miners did, was destroyed with all the fish, crustaceans, and
to what they learned, they have taught the world shellfish dead. There was nothing for the
an amazing story of human survival and fisherman to catch. With tourism, dining, and
community. fishing halted, the economy was taking a beating.
The Gulf area spill will be remembered as an
historic disaster. The economy is down, and
wildlife is dead. However, there is a sense of
hope. In the Louisiana wetlands, life is coming
back. Grass is growing again. It may not be much
but it is an important first step. Hopefully, this
will spread across the gulf—not only in wildlife,
but in businesses too. Then, the Gulf of Mexico,
whether it happens in six months or six years,
will be able to return to its unique bayou culture,
and its unique way of American life.
National Go egra phic , October 2010 Issue.
finally able to get traction. This group here is locally trying to
foment the same type of sentiment, which is really bad.”
Kareem claims that the five students joined the prayer on their
own, and that this issue is a school matter to ABC-TV, “It just
seems sort of a sensational kind of publicity seeking kind of
Mosque Field Trip Controversy thing…I’ve double- and triple-checked with our tour guides and
By Matthew & Keenan she certainly didn’t invite them to participate in the prayer.”
Publishers of The Green Pufferfish
Americans for Peace and Tolerance® is an organization that has
Organization Claims WMS Students “Prayed to been against the mosque. Charles Jacobs, head of the APT
claims to WHDH-TV Boston, “People who have ties to the
Allah” on Class Field Trip
mosque [ISBCC] have ties to people connected with terrorism.”
On Tuesday, May 25th, 2010, sixth grade students from the
Jacobs claims that the woman came to him in advance, saying,
Wellesley Middle School (WMS) took a field trip to the Islamic
“There was this woman who kind of serendipitously met our staff
Society of Boston Cultural Center® (ISBCC) as part of an
at another occasion and told us that this trip was planned and that
Enduring Beliefs and the World Today social studies curriculum.
she was quite concerned about it. We suggested that if she was
going to go she bring a camera to see what was going on.”
As most students watched the prayer, five joined the Islamic men
in the movements of the prayer. A mother chaperoning shot a
Jacobs posted the video on his website Thursday, September 16.
video of the students moving with and imitating the Muslim men.
That same night, his group left flyers on people’s cars at
Wellesley Middle School, the same night as back-to-school night,
Four months later, the video was released by the Americans for
during which parents of WMS students go to the school and learn
Peace and Tolerance (APT), an association that has been critical
about their children’s classes. Jacobs also claims that the
of the ISBCC. The video was published on their website.
mosque chosen for the field trip was too “radical,” and a more
“moderate” mosque should have been chosen. He says that the
According to press sources, the Americans for Peace and
ISBCC was teaching about the glories of Islamic history, hinting
Tolerance® waited until school was in session to release the
that this was related to attempted conversion to Islam. He also
mother’s video in order to get a response from the school system
believes that the mosque taught false lessons on jihad, the act of
and parents. The APT then posted it on their website for the
defending Islam, and the false information from these lessons has
public to view.
not been corrected by the school.
The press attempted to organize an interview with the mother who
In the conclusion of the video on the APT’s website, it states, “In
shot the video, but was not successful. However, ABC News
fact, all across the country there are reports of radical Islamic
received a memo from her attorney, Rob Meltzer, stating, “The
groups, engaging in Dawa, which literally means proselytizing for
apology alone, without some concrete steps to ascertain the truth
Islam, taking advantage of poorly conceived social studies
and guarantee that this won’t happen again, is not likely to resolve
class…planting seeds of Islam inside non-Muslim students. If
the matter.” He also stated that she plans to file a lawsuit against
your local school is taking field trips to a mosque, contact us.”
the Wellesley Public School system, for violation of civil rights.
“There’s that prayer area where you see them praying, with men
The Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center® regularly hosts
and if you wanted to pray as a female, you can go over to the
school field trips to teach about their religion. ISBCC president,
female area, but the rest of us just stayed right there, they didn’t
Bilal Kareem, is worried that this is anti-Muslim sentiment, saying
ask us – no one had to leave, and no one was asked to pray. I
to NECN reporters, “We get about 15 groups a month that reach
think, you know, if someone wanted to they weren’t going to stop
out to us…I think that’s the larger story – I mean what I’m
you, but no one was encouraged, no one was asked, there was –
concerned about is that this fringe group, anti-Islamic,
no…She [producer of video] manipulated what actually
Islamaphobic group [APT], which has made its mission to kind of
occurred,” says Dahri Myers, a chaperone on the mosque field
attack mosques, and this kind of association and others in
trip to WHDH-TV Boston.
general...You’ve got the whole mosque issue being hot in the
news across the country, my guess is that this is when they’re
Not all people think so positively. “It was totally inappropriate, to mother who was interviewed for the cameras said that it was made
be sure…they’ll fix it, and they’ll go forward. The kids will learn all clear that the women were only saying what would be said when
prayers started, that she was translating. “It didn’t seem like anyone
about each other’s religions and they’ll probably be a lot better for
asked the boys to pray.”
it,” said a passerby at WMS to NECN.
The Americans for Peace and Tolerance (APT) said it was against
A teacher at the middle school, Ms. Learner, agrees, saying that, radical Muslim teachings, and that the Mosque had already been
“[The students] should be complimented for it. It was very sweet linked to Muslim Extremists. Some people, however, have wondered
why the video took so long to come out- the field trip was months
of them. I happen to greatly admire the program [Enduring
ago. While the APT says that’s how long it took to make the video,
Beliefs and the World Today].” with captions, but most don’t think it takes that long. “Look at CNN,”
one mother said. “They do that in a few hours. Sure they don’t have
“My husband and I thought it was opening their eyes to a different that kind of technology, but four months?” People like her think it was
type of practice,” explains Lisa Sheeler to WHDH-TV Boston. released to make people vote for a specific person in the upcoming
November elections. Search middle school mosque on YouTube.com
to see the video.
Some people however, have strong feelings going past the
original video. “Here’s a group that says “Peace and Tolerance”
and what they’re preaching, appears to me, to be hate.”
Wellesley Public Schools superintendent Bella Wong apologized By Christina
to WMS parents in a letter sent out on Friday, September 16,
stating that the involvement of the students was a mistake, and Have you ever been forced to sit on the floor on the bus? Well many
that she is sorry for the offense it may have caused. However students have. I have seen and experienced many people come up
she also states that the school system will visit a mosque this to a teacher and tell them about some of the things wrong with the
middle school buses, but the complaint I’ve heard most is that
year. students are being forced sit on the ground. This is neither safe nor
fun for most students. Some people say that they are terrified to sit
According to recent polls by WHDH-TV Boston, 41% of people near 8th graders. Others say people are taking up separate benches
say that the mosque field trip was appropriate, however 59% for themselves or reserving them for friends. This is a serious issue
disagree. that bus drivers can’t do enough about.
To better understand the issue I interviewed a classmate. From this
This article is an excerpt of a longer, more comprehensive article. interview I have realized that students may feel pressured to sit on
For more information and the full article, contact: the floor. One reason this might happen is because there are no
official rules and that people sit by grade. I am aware that the 8th
graders take up the back of the buses, the 7th take the middle, and
the 6th get 2 or 3 rows. So may of the 6th graders are forced to sit on
Keenan the floor. I do agree that the buses should be divided by grade but
that it should be equally divided.
I also interviewed a policeman, and to my surprise there are no laws
The Middle School Mosque Controversy about wearing seatbelts, standing, sitting on the floor, or any other
By Cameron safety issues.
In late September, camera crews pulled up to the edge of Wellesley I suggest making a list of rules for the middle school buses. It could
Middle School, interviewing people, getting shots of the school. Why? say things like, 6th graders get the first 4 rows, 7th graders get the
middle 4 rows, and the 8th grade gets the back 4 rows. It could also
The reason is back in the spring, during the 6th grade World Religion simply state that students must have a seat to sit on.
unit. When learning about Islam, the students took an innocent field
trip to a mosque, the Islamic place of worship. Parents were invited
to be chaperones, and the kids had a fun time. But a parent was
video taping the whole trip. Four months later, after the Americans Why Announcements Don’t Work
Peace and Tolerance made the video, it was released onto
YouTube.com. The video now had edits. When the people teaching
us about Islam said good things about Islam, the video made it sound
like they were trying to convert the kids to Islam. The climax of the You know the scene: its homeroom, everyone’s talking, your teacher
video was during the prayer ceremony, when some boys who weren’t is telling them to quiet down, but no one can wait to tell what they did
of the Islamic religion began to pray with the people who had come to last night. Then the bell rings, you head off to first period, and realize
the mosque to pray. Students on the trip and parents, including one you didn’t hear if soccer practice is cancelled over the PA. It’s a
common fact that when even one person is talking, the quiet, muffled
voice from the speakers is almost impossible to hear. 3. Noise: Leaf blowers, especially gas powered ones, are very
noisy. When your neighbor turns on his leaf blower or hires a
It’s also known that the events Mr. Frank says are important. You landscaper with leaf blowers, there is no escape from this nerve-
hear about bake sales, clubs, sports, and the occasional reminder racking noise except to leaveyour house. People who have to hear
not to be very rowdy on half days. Yet for over thirty years we still that much noise suffer from hearing loss, sleep problems, anxiety,
use PA speakers. They just don’t work! We need a new way to do hostility, depression, and hypertension. The noise 50 feet away from
announcements in the mornings. a leaf blower is the same as the noise from a garbage disposal (70-
80 decibels). The World Health Organization (WHO), the National
I say Mr. Frank should email the teachers the list of announcements. Institutes of Health, (NIH), the United Nations, and many scientific
The teachers project up on the Smartboards, and every one can see and medical publications have recognized noise pollution as harmful
it without stopping their conversation. People with special needs can to humans. The town of Wellesley limits the hours leaf blowers can
be told the announcements separately. Maybe my way isn’t the best be used. But these hours ignore the need for quiet during the day
solution, but one thing is sure: what we are doing now isn’t working. required by babies, workers on the night shift, the ill and retired, and
the growing number of home workers.
All of the harmful problems of leaf blowers described above often
Leaf Blowers – Not Very Green cause the most harm to the leaf blower operators themselves. These
are usually less fortunate members of our society who would have
By Matthew trouble getting other jobs. It may be more work to rake a yard by
hand, but it is much healthier!
There are lots of people in Wellesley working on "green" projects to
help the Earth. These projects includechanging to more eco-friendly References:
light bulbs, switching to hybrid cars, and doing more to recycle. But a) www.noiseoff.org
there is one major cause of pollution in Wellesley that seems to be b) "Health and Environmental Impact of Leaf Blowers", California
ignored: the harm caused by gas powered leaf blowers. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Gas leaf blowers are everywhere in Wellesley, especially in the Falll.
And they are very harmful for the environment. They create
poisonous emissions, blow harmful dust and particles into the air that
we all breathe, and cause such loud noise that people's health is Jack in the Box By Amanda
made worse. In fact, they are so bad that over 400 communities in
the United States have voted to ban the use of gas powered leaf Day 1 in The Box:
My world is dark,
Here are three reasons why gas powered leaf blowers are so bad: My world is a black box,
That doesn’t mean I’m alone,
1. Pollution: gas powered leaf blowers burn a dirty mixture of gas I hear murmuring voices,
and oil that often does not get cleaned up by any clean filter such as shuffling feet,
the catalytic converter filter in most cars. The result is a very creaks of doors
poisonous exhaust. Emissions from using a gas leaf blower for 30
minutes equals driving 7700 miles in a car at 30 mph. Some of the I don’t think I’m suppose to hear that,
exhaust emissions from these leaf blowers contain chemicals like but They,
benzene and formaldehyde that scientists know cause cancer. Those robots,
2. Dust and particles: leaf blowers blow dust, fecal matter (pet & how much I can see.
animal poop), pesticides, spores, pollen, and other substances into
the air the cause allergic diseases. Leaf blowers are estimated to I see that,
emit 2.6 pounds of this "dirty dust" into the air for each hour they are They will die eventually,
used. This causes young children more sickness because they can't and I will rule.
defend against asthma. Senior citizens can get lung and breathing They’re scared of that.
problems. Scientists have identified at least 20 different biological Too bad,
substances in this "dirty air" from leaf blowers that can cause health there’s nothing you can do about it.
problems for humans.
1: Enemy __________
2: Chain ___________
3: Regalia _________
4: Van Item ________
5: Near Gym ________
6: What is the theme?
A Fun Little Crossword
Submitted by Christina
4. Place of learning
5. Classmates you enjoy being
7. Subject using numbers
3. Room to learn in
Peace is a person helping
Peace is a butterfly
Peace is a dream
Yet to come
Peace is a pretty white dove
Peace is respect forever
Peace is a sparrow in flight
Peace is God’s warm hands
And peace will bid us good-
Now peace is only to visit
Here tomorrow and gone the
But when respect is forever
Then peace will be here to
6: Countries is the theme
towards the empty changing rooms. I snuck into the boys’
changing room and stuffed Craig’s old uniform into his bag
before heading home. I took the bus back to my school and
walked from there.
As I walked through the center of town, past all the little
shops and stores, I passed by a Halloween shop. Everything
Hit it (Part 1) was on sale starting at 50% off. Including wigs. I pushed
open the door.
“Hi there. Just to let you know, all wigs are on sale starting
50% off. Do you need any help? Or are you just
“No.” browsing?” The counter lady asked. I could tell she really
“Why not?!” I protested. didn’t care.
“Because you’re a girl. This is a boy’s only volleyball
team,” the coach crossed his arms. She was slouching in her chair looking into her laptop. She
“But I can play better than some of the boys on the team!” I wore a name tag with the name Bridget on it.
shouted pointing to the four scrawny kids sitting on the side “Um… I’m looking for a wig,” I mumbled lamely.
lines. The rest of the boys’ volleyball team were practicing “Hm. What color?” Bridget looked up at me. She took in
while Craig, Jordan, Aaron, and I fought with Coach Ned. my tied-back chestnut-colored hair and weird electric blue
eyes. She looked at my high cheekbones and ears that were
“Just let her play, Coach. It can’t hurt anybody, only the set too far back.
other team,” Craig said backing me up.
“Yeah, we need skills like hers. It’s like a volleyball star in “You need blond. That’s what you need. To match those
a girl’s body!” Jordan exclaimed. There was a long and perfect electric eyes. Come on, I’ll show you what you
awkward silence. I gave him a look. need,” she smiled.
“Jordan, you’re such an idiot,” Aaron said bluntly. Jordan At first, she showed me a lot of long haired girl wigs. I told
glared at him. her I needed a guy’s wig. Bridget raised her eyebrows but
led me over to some wicked hairstyles.
“If you want to play, go join the girls’ team over on that
side!” Coach pointed to the other side of the gym where the “If you’re going to cosplay as a guy, you definitely want
girls were just standing by the net chatting and laughing. golden brown spikes. It’ll match your cheekbones better.
The girls’ team’s coach was painting her nails. Here, I’ll help you put it on.” I let her pull into the
“They’re not even practicing! The girls’ team don’t have changing room. The store was empty except for her and I,
the same persistence as the guys do! Look at them, they’re but I wasn’t surprised due to the low range of costumes.
just standing there talking about their nails!” All of us She wrapped my hair into a bun and snapped a hair net onto
looked at him expectantly. Coach’s eyes almost softened my head. She took the pins and clipped the wig into place.
for a moment. Then they reverted back to their cold glare
state. “How does it look?” She asked me. I nodded in approval.
The pins hurt a little, but I wasn’t expecting a dozen sharp
“I said no and that’s final! If you protest anymore than you pins not to.
already have, you won’t even be allowed to watch our “Will it stay in if I’m doing a lot of rigorous activity?” I
games!” Coach stormed away and screamed at the boys to asked her.
pick up their practice. I bit my lip and began to walk “Hun, there‘s only one way to take this wig off and it‘s this
towards the bathrooms to change out of the uniform Craig clip under the elastic.”
had lent me. I was grinning from ear to ear as I left the shop with a
“Hey,” Craig grabbed my shoulder and spun me around. plastic bag in hand.
“Don’t worry about it, Star. I’m sure he’ll come around.”
To be continued...
“I don’t think so, he seemed pretty serious. Thanks for
trying anyway, but if I can’t play along side you guys, I
don’t want to play at all.”
“The girls team isn’t that bad. They just need a tougher
coach than that lazy old bag over there. You could
volunteer and whip them into shape!” Aaron suggested.
Maggie walked home slowly, scuffing her boots in the piles of
leaves. The air was blowing cold gusts at her , swirling the
“Nah, I’m not even old enough to be a coach. I’m younger
leaves up and up, a tiny tornado of red, orange ,and yellow.
than all of those girls so I highly doubt they’d listen. I have Maggie had just started middle school, and it was already
some studying to do at home, I might as well get on that. autumn. She liked all her teachers, but something kept
See you guys in school,” I gave them a wave and walked
worrying her. Something was strange; something was
different. Something was not right. At Hollis Mansion
For example, whenever her class walked into a classroom, the
teachers stopped talking, and looked guilty. Her Art teacher Prologue
was even chanting something when they crept in the room
silently. The red Jeep wound its way through the maze of
"What could be happening?" Maggie asked her friend, Polly, twisting roads. A huge, stone mansion loomed
in the cafeteria later that week. ahead. The roads were empty. The clouds pushed
"Well…" Polly said (Polly had an overactive imagination, against gray mist but were ignored. Beyond the Jeep
sometimes), "it's almost Halloween… and you never know, lay a meandering road that led to the mansion. A
before Halloween. " forest, with dark peering leaves surrounded the
back wall of the mansion.
"What are you getting at, Polly? " Maggie said impatiently.
"I think maybe our teachers are witches!"
Maggie's first reaction was to laugh, but she stopped after Part 1: The Dream Vacation
considering it for a minute. Witches aren't real, right? But The Jeep pulled up in the long driveway next to th e
when she thought about it…the signs were sort of pointing in mansion. A boy and a girl slipped out and onto th e
that direction… "Maybe" she said, "just maybe…you could be winding, gravelly drive. Daisy, blonde-h a ired with a
right." huge imagination, rubbed her shoulders and stretched
out her legs. Nath an, the younger boy yawned and
After school that day, Polly and Maggie gathered some friends murmured, “I’m so tired…”
and met in the library. The girls shared their information, and Mrs. Brick, mother of Da isy and Nath an, hopped out of
smiled knowingly when they saw the idea dawn on the other the car and grabbed her purse. S he told hold of two
girls. suitcases and stared up at the ta ll, towering mansion.
"What do we do? Do we have a plan?" said Emma. (Emma “Well,” she excla imed, brightly. “Th is will be your
loved to have a definite plan, and was good at making them, home for the next two months! Don’t you th ink it’ll be a
too.) lovely summer vacation?”
"Well…that's what we need you for." Maggie said. Polly
nodded. Da isy loved adventure and she had looked forward to
th is trip wholeheartedly. Secretly, she thought it was
A day later, the girls met before school. Each girl had a great fun to live in a house no one else had been in for
notebook, pencil, and a card. They nodded to each other, fif teen years.
exchanged a few mumbled words, then left to go to their
Mr. Brick waved a key in the a ir and strode up th e
stone steps. With a f lourish, he unlocked the front door
and thrust it open.
And the things got even stranger. Maggie saw a pot–a
cauldron?–on her teachers desk, and a funny black cloak thing Na th an looked at Da isy with a slightly uncertain
in her closet. She quickly wrote these things down, and expression. “You go first, Da isy.” Nath an was not as
checked off her teacher's name on the card. thrilled as Daisy to explore a three-hundred-year-old
Meanwhile, Polly made some discoveries, too. When she mansion.
slipped into her math class a bit early, she saw her teacher
guiltily shoving a broom under her desk! Da isy marched up the stone steps. The mansion looked
a t least a thousand years old, about to crumble on her
As it turned out, all the girls had seen similar things. So after head. Mounted on the front door was a small plaque
school, they went to the principal to tell him all about it. th a t h ad a picture of an angry vulture. The wind
When they told their problem he smiled and said "Really? Is whistled in Daisy’s ear.
that so?" several times. But they could tell that something was Perfect, she thought.
wrong here. It was then that Maggie saw his guilty look, and
his hand inching forward to hide the tiny black kitten under his Mr. Brick held open the door and beckoned to Daisy and
desk... Na th an. Finally, Da isy took hold of Na th an’s red
To be continued... shirt and dragged h im inside. The first th ing they saw
was a portra it of a ta l l, dignified man. His face looked
pleasant but his eyes were glaring. Mrs. Brick was a t
their hea ls. S he became death ly silent as if a change
h ad overcome her.
Da isy’s arms began to get goose bumps but from th e
chill, not from spookiness. When she turned around, sh e
swept her gaze through the rooms. The floor was th ick
with dust. Da isy leaned down and brushed her finger on
the marble floor. Her finger was covered with a brown glowing fire. Mr. Brick poked the logs with a stick and
film. When Daisy took a closer look she saw faint a shower of glittering ashes flew up.
footsteps on the floor. As if someone had just treaded on
these floors. Except… the travel agency had mentioned “There’s a forest out back where you might f ind some
th a t no one had been here for fifteen years. interesting bird and insect species,” Mrs. Brick piped up
as she took a big bite of a cheese-and-tomato sandwich .
Da isy looked up. The chandelier above her was fill ed “And also some interesting species of ghosts,” Nath an
with candles nearly burned to the bottom. muttered under his breath.
Mrs. Brick floated through the house, menta lly noting “And, not too far away is a beach !” Mr. Brick added as
any broken or torn objects th a t needed replacing. Daisy he munched on an apple.
followed her mother.
“Hey, Da isy, c’mere!” Nat h an called, tugging his “It sounds pretty … fun, Dad,” Nath an replied,
sister’s sleeve. Da isy stepped gingerly over a suitcase. uncerta inly. “But, how long will it take for the house to
Na th an was at the windows. The curta ins, once a be… fixed up?”
dreamy lilac were now a faded, grimy gray. Th e “Where will we sleep?” asked Da isy, licking some
curtains’ fringe looked as if a dog had chewed it awa y. chocolate off her fingers. She hoped they could sleep in
Moths had gotten to the curta in before Daisy and sleeping bags to make the whole “spooky” effect even
Na th an. They looked as if they h ad had a feast. One spookier.
corner of the curta in, however, looked as if it were
h astily ripped off. “Tomorrow we’ll clean th is whole house floor to
ceiling,” Mrs. Brick promised. “Don’t worry, dear. I t
“Maybe someone got hurt and needed a bandage,” looks a little dusty, but noth ing we can’t fix.”
Na th an piped up, earnestly. “Maybe a soldier lived “Where will we sleep?” repeated Da isy.
here!” Mr. Brick pointed a finger upsta irs. “You’ll h ave your
“I doubt it,” Da isy answered, dryly. S he inspected th e own rooms.”
curtain. It looked like a preh istoric artif act. Even
better. Maybe some preh istoric ghost lived here too. Shuffle, shuffle… Shuffle…
Mr. Brick entered the home, carrying four more Cre-e-e-eeak.
suitcases. He panted slightly, dropped the suitcases Upsta irs came a noise of a baseball bat trying to force a
with a thud and said, “Why don’t I start a fire in th a t window open.
fireplace and we’ll h ave some s’mores?” Mr. Brick yawned and stretched. “It’s been a long day,
kids. I say we hit the sack.”
Mrs. Brick rummaged through a large plastic bag th a t
he ld some groceries. “Here’s a can of juice… Some “I’m not too tired,” Nath an replied as he finished off
bread… Aha ! We’ll h ave sandwiches and s’mores for h is sandwich. “I want to explore.”
dinner… Not much of a nutritious dinner but wha t can I “Oh, me too!” Da isy grinned at her brother. “Mom,
say?…” can’t we—?”
Da isy followed her mother into the large kitchen. A “Nath an, Da isy, I th ink we should all sleep.
huge black stove took up one corner of the kitchen. It, Tomorrow, you’ll h ave plenty of time to explore.” Mrs.
too, looked ancient. Another great item th at would look Brick began to pile up paper plates, cups, and napkins.
like fun to explore.
“But, Mom, I’m not tired or scared or—” she was
Da isy looked around the kitchen, trying to place where A scream pierced through the darkness, bouncing off the
the noise was coming from. She loved solving mysteries. walls and ceilings.
A small, round table was placed in the exact center of
the room. It h ad only three legs. The fourth one was It wasn’t Nath an, Da isy, or Mr. and Mrs. Brick.
shattered on the ground. Gray curta ins shrouded th e W h ich meant—
windows as if trying to conceal some secrets with in. There was someone else in the house…with them.
A th ick coat of dust lined nearly everyth ing in th e Da isy hopped up and darted up the sta irs, leaving her
house and dark shadows seem to lurk around every family beside the fire.
(To be continued in the winter edition of “The Locker)
Th is summer vacation was really looking up.
Ha lf an hour later, the Bricks sat cross-legged on th e
Please recycle this
floor of the living room. Wh ite sheets covered a ll t h e newspaper :0
couches and cha irs. The room was dark except for th e
Boston Sports Teams
Number 86 Semih Erden just came to the Celtics. In 2008, he was chosen as the 30th pick in the second round.
He is 6 foot 11 inches being tall is one of his strengths as a Basketball player. He’s from Turkey and is 24 years
old. Smih is supposed to be a very affective rookie this year for the Celtics. His stats were impressive in the
2010 Preseason Stats
EFF + 8.12
The Patriots drafted Devin McCourtny in the first round, with the 27th pick. He’s a tough 22-year-old
cornerback (defensive backfield) and great at special teams He has the number 32 and he is 5 foot 11” and for
his university he went to Rogers State University. In his senior college year he had 74 tackles and 1
interception. He was rated 4 out of 167 CB’s in college.
G Ret. Yards Avg. TD
13 14 356 25.43 1
For the second overall from the Plymouth Whalers the Bruins got center
Tyler Seguin. He has the number 19 and is 6 foot 1”. He shoots right and is
from Brampton, Ontario, Canada. He’s 18 and just got his first goal against
the Coyotes a few weeks ago.
Season Team Lge GP G A Pts PIM
2008-09 Plymouth Whalers OHL 61 21 46 67 28
2009-10 Plymouth Whalers OHL 63 48 58 106 54
The Red Sox are in a very tough situation right now. They need to stop the Yankees
from getting Cliff Lee or else the Yankees will be unstoppable. They need to get
him or prevent him from going to the Yankees. I think next season the Red Sox
need to get better shortstops, hitters and good relievers. If they can do that, they will
be a very good team the next year.
Celtics Extin guish Heat in Hockey Sticks and Hel mets
Seaso n Opener By Christian
At the start of the season, you’d like to have new equipment,
right? This is my equipment that I would recommend. So for
The Celtics pounded the Miami Heat in the first game of helmets, I recently had a Bauer 1500. It’s a basic starter
the season, the score 80-88. They were ahead by as helmet that most people find comfortable but don’t buy again.
much as 19 points, but in the end, it was a close game. But if you’re starting hockey, I would recommend it. I have a
Ray Allen had a great game, scoring 20 points. Paul Reebok 4K with a CCM (Tacks?) cage. The 4K is OK,
Pierce scored 19 points and Kevin Garnett scored 10 because it’s an out of the box fit with a adjustable head size. It
points. O’Neal scored a neat ally-hoop and played nice lets out sweat and keeps you cooler than the Bauer 1500, but
defense, while the Heat’s Big 3 struggled to coordinate isn’t as protective as any of the higher priced Bauer, CCM,
and work well together. So far, it looks like a promising Reebok, Easton, and so on helmets.
season for the Celtics.
For sticks, I have a NikeBauer Vapor V2 with a Patty Kane
curve, the original Bauer Vapor (before NikeBauer) shaft,
What was once the “Big Three” is now the “Big Four”. with a Bauer Vapor X blade with a Kane curve, a Reebok 4K
The members of the big three are Paul Pierce, the Boston with a Datsyuk curve, and a Reebok 9K O-tech stick with a
small forward, Ray Allen shooting guard and Kevin Hamrlik curve. I’m getting a Bauer One95 in the mail soon. I
Garnett power forward contributed to the Celtics 17th would not recommend any of the sticks I have, except for the
world title in the 2008 season. Pierce was a Celtic for 12 9K and the original Bauer. If you want them, it’s too bad. (Out
years since being drafted by Boston in 1998. Allen and of stock.) The V2 has the most flex you’ll ever find and is
Garnett were both drafted by Minnesota in ’95 and ’96 easy to break. The 4K is too heavy. I would recommend a
and were drafted by Boston in 2007. With Boston center Bauer TotalOne stick, it looks really good in performance but
Kendrick Perkins out until at least February with costs a lot. Another choice is the Easton ST, as it’s great for
anything and it’s very durable. It’s cheaper than most sticks.
preseason ACL surgery, the Celtics will have to rely on
Another great stick is the Easton SE16. It has incredible feel,
the oldest player in the NBA. 38 year-old Shaquille but the blade wears out too quickly. Even though the Easton
O’Neal drafted in 1992 has joined the Celtics to fill in S19 looks really good, don’t buy that. It’s as expensive as a
for Perkins with newcomer Jermaine O’Neal. TotalOne and breaks really easily. The new CCM U+CL 2011
version is great, and is used by many NHLers. But, you have
Outlook For The Season: Ray Allen is coming back to wait a little longer because it’s not on the market. And now,
from his worst season since his rookie year in 1996. Warrior has come out with their last Dolomite, which is less
Allen is expected to still be able to score 15-16 points a than a TotalOne and more expensive than a ST. It’s great stick
game but his age is catching up to him at 35. Pierce is but I prefer it with the Spyne blade. Also, don’t get a Reebok
coming back from a solid season in 2009. However 8.0.8, it’s only good for slapshots. I recommend it for
defensemen who only take slapshots. If you get a really good
Pierce is also getting on in years at 33 and is getting
deal on a Easton S17 2009 version, don’t buy it. The blade is
slightly slower but is still expected to be a big player. He
just signed a 4-year $61,000,000 contract and will finish The Easton SE16 stick.
his career as a Celtic.
Kevin Garnett is also coming back from a good season
but his numbers are slowly getting worse since he joined so flexible, and I can’t get any snap off of it. In my opinion, if
the team in ’07. Shaquille O’Neal will mainly be playing you have a soft blade, the impact is absorbed by the blade And
center for the Celtics this season but when Perkins comes out weaker.
comes back Shaq will likely only play for short periods
Hope you guys and girls out there take my opinion, and I’ll
of time. At 38 his age and physical condition are write a new review next time. Oh yeah, and the Bauer One80
catching up to him and he is at the end of his career. I and One60 are OK to get along with last year’s One95.
hope this year we play more games like this one. GO
HAPPY AND SAFE HOLIDAYS TO
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