WEST HAVEN – The Notre Dame High School lacrosse program is now in the hands of former Quinnipiac University player and Branford High School assistant coach A.J. Alessi.
Alessi, who was a high school all-American at Branford and helped lead Quinnipiac University to the league playoffs in each of his four years as a Bobcat, was tapped by athletic director Tom Marcucci, ’66, to be Notre Dame’s second lacrosse coach in the program history.
Alessi replaces Robb Bajoras, who guided Notre Dame to to 53 wins and six CIAC Class M state tournament berths in his seven years as Notre Dame bench boss.
DANBURY – During her 106 years on earth, Mary Alice “Mae” (Durkin) Ryer has worn many hats. She has worked in the offices of a hat factory in Danbury, raised two children, spoiled three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren and served as a faithful parishioner, first at St. Patrick and later St. Joseph parishes in Danbury. And for 45 years, she wore the starched white nursing cap that she earned from St. Francis Hospital School of Nursing.
Mrs. Ryer is an alumna of the 1931 class and is believed to be the oldest living graduate of that nursing school, which closed in 1997.
HARTFORD – The Joyce D. and Andrew J. Mandell Center for Comprehensive Multiple Sclerosis Care and Neuroscience Research at Mount Sinai Rehabilitation Hospital, a St. Francis Care provider, has been awarded a $500,000 grant from the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.
This is the largest research grant ever received by the Mandell center, which will use it to research the capacity and performance of upper extremities, including arms, hands and shoulders, in individuals with multiple sclerosis (MS).