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Interesting People throughout History “Aunt Mary” Mary Dobkin By Pam Teel

Most people reading this article probably have never heard of Mary Dobkin, but ask someone from Baltimore and they can probably tell you who she was, and what she did for the poor youth of the inner cities. Dobkin was born in 1902, in Russia. She was three when her father died. Her mother aban- doned her soon after. She left Russia to live with her aunt and uncle, who lived in Baltimore, Maryland. That arrangement soon came to an end. When Mary was six years old, she was found barefoot, alone, and unconscious, on a cold winter night. She had severe frostbite. In those des- perate days, families often went without food, and the children were sent out on the streets to beg. Her uncle and aunt already had five children to feed. They never came to claim her, and never saw her again. Mary grew up being a ward of the state of Maryland. In 1910, Mary had been adopted by Anne and Harry Dobkin. She spent much of her remaining childhood in hospital welfare wards enduring long series of operations, as doctors tried to repair the damage to her feet and legs. She endured well over 100 operations, including the amputation of both feet and part of one leg, a little later on in life. Dobkin used a wheelchair or crutches for most of her life. She learned English by listening to a radio in her hospital room, and because her room front- ed the stadium where the Baltimore Orioles played, she became fascinated by the screaming crowds. She eventually taught herself to read by combing the sports pages for baseball news. She also followed the gamed devoutly on the TV, while in the hospital. At a therapy camp, she learned to catch and hit a baseball from a wheelchair. Her love for baseball got her through her darkest hours. After her adopted parents died, Dobkin lived in poverty as an adult in public housing in Balti- more. She saw how the children in her neighborhood acted, some stole things from local stores, other were well on their way to becoming juvenile delinquents. She believed baseball could en- courage the children in her neighborhood to do better. When a neighbor’s grandson, who lived near her in the projects, wanted to start up a small baseball team, he asked her to help him, since

she knew everything there was about the sport. She accepted the challenge, and they put a team of local boys together. When they met up to practice, she taught them everything that she knew about the game. The kids helped to sell raffle tickets to help pay for equipment for the team. After a local merchant approached her about some of the kids on her team stealing from him, she told him that she would keep the kids from stealing from his store if he would help buy uniforms for her new team. He agreed to pay for the uniforms. The Dobkin Dynamites were on the front of the shirt and the merchant’s business name was on the back. When Mary laid the rules down to her team, the kids on the team who were guilty of stealing from the merchant were given a choice. They couldn’t lie or steal anything anymore, they couldn’t swear, and they had to keep their hands to themselves. If they didn’t, they were off the team. The kids came around, because they knew Mary meant business. The merchant was often seen at their games and he and her neighbor helped Mary out when needed. With Mary as their coach, they eventually became good enough to join in with other youth teams. Mary never looked down at the families they came from, or what color their skin was, or even if they had a handicap. She let them all play. She even included girls on her teams. “You be good to kids, and most of them will come out on top,” she once stated. Mary saw the good in them all. She saved countless numbers of children from the streets by keeping them in active in sports. When Mary first started coaching, she was met with some prejudices. Number one was her being a woman coaching a boy’s team. She also had parents who reacted harshly to having a black boy on the team. Some of them pulled their sons off the team, but Mary found others to play. She met every challenge that came at her. The children affectionately called her “Aunt Mary.” Many times they would just go over to her house and hang out. Mary would always bake cookies for them. Over the years, Mary raised funds to provide hooks for a handless boy that she met while in the hospital , and then she trained him to catch a baseball with a special made mitt. When Vice President Hubert H. Humphrey threw out the first ball at a 1965 Major League All-Star game, that youngster was the bat boy for the game. Another boy, born without a hand and foot, learned to kick a football and became a water boy for the old Baltimore Colts. Mary Dobkin, the crippled woman, coached and guided thousands of Baltimore’s poorest children both on and off the baseball field. She became Balti- more’s first woman municipal baseball manager in 1941 and in the ensuing years, organized and coached sandlot baseball teams, and later formed an athletic club for children who were as impoverished as she was. The Mary Dobkin Athletic Club reached over 50,000 Baltimore children, and expanded to softball, basketball, and football activities, as well. Her youth sports programs were mainly supported by donations and benefactors. Prominent among them were Dr. Ralph and Ida Katz,. Anonymously, they donated a lot of money to keep the program going, because Mary’s organized sports teams and leagues for inner-city youths helped to keep the kids off the streets and out of trouble. ...continued on page 8

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Continued from page 6... Interesting People throughout HistorY “Aunt Mary” Mary Dobkin In 1965, the Baltimore Orioles held a "Mary Dobkin Day" to honor the local coach for her work, and invited two of the boys involved in her programs to be honorary batboys for that game.. Dobkin threw the ceremonial first pitch at the sixth game of the 1979 World Series, played in Baltimore. Mary had always wanted to give back to her home town because of how they took care of her, being a ward of the State. She made a vow that one day, in some way, she would give back; and she fulfilled that promise. Her extraordinary service to the poor youths of Baltimore resulted in a national television tribute in 1979, when her story became a television movie called “Aunt Mary.” starring Jean Stapleton as Mary Dobkin. Ellis Cohen was one of her former Dobkin Dynamites. His bi- ography formed the basis for the TV movie. “The kids can’t say to her, you don’t know where I’m coming from,” Ellis stated. "I was the first manager to integrate a team, the first to play a girl, the first to coach three sports (baseball, basketball, and football), the first living person to have a playing field named for them, and now I'm the first to have my story told on TV," Dobkin noted of her many accom- plishments. Dobkin always volunteered her services, because a salary would have jeopardized her disability benefits. Beyond sports, she was noted for throwing an annual Christmas party for the children of her neighbor- hood. A Mary Dobkin Park was dedicated in Baltimore in 1975. She died in August 1987, at the age of 84, after a stroke. There is an exhibit about Mary Dobkin at the Babe Ruth Birthplace and Museum in Baltimore. Among the alumni of Dobkin teams were Tom Phoebus of the Bal- timore Orioles, and Ron Swoboda of the New York Mets. Ms. Dobkin became known to most of the famous major leaguers of the era, and her athletic club office was adorned with autographed photos of many of them. Even in her older years, she appeared regularly on the practice field, using crutches to move from child to child, alternately yelling and coax- ing them to try harder. “We’ve had kids on my teams who have become doctors and lawyers,” Mary stated, and 35 went on to become policemen. You should have seen what cop-haters a lot of them were, but my greatest joy is the boys who are now grown up, and are bringing their own kids to practice. Some of them are my best coaches.” She didn’t have much money, but what she did have made up for all of the money in the world. Mary had love and patience, understanding, and determination. She was fair and just, and treated all children the same, no matter their race, gender, or handicap. She shared her love for baseball with others who needed an outlet, a way to escape their poverty. She brought out the good in the hopelessness of the times and gave the children something to feel proud about. The world needs more people like Mary Dobkin in it!

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Monroe Township News | As We Age Should People Over Age 75 Be Screened for Colorectal Cancer? From the untimely death of “Black Panther” star Chadwick Boseman, to a recent photo essay in GQ magazine, the rapid rise in the rate of colorectal cancer among younger adults has been in the news lately. This increase played a key role in the new recommendation by an independent US advisory panel to start screening for colorectal cancer at age 45 instead of 50. Screening for colorectal cancer, which can detect cancer and precancerous lesions before symptoms develop, has been shown to reduce deaths from the disease. But while the US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) just updated its guidance to recommend screening for all adults aged 45 to 75, the panel concluded that the “net benefit” of screening after age 75 is small, and did not change its guidance for this age group. Now, a new study provides some evidence that screening for colorectal cancer appears to be beneficial for people beyond age 75 as well. Although the study’s findings don’t contradict the advisory panel’s screening recommendations for older Americans—that is, that the decision should be made on a case-by-case basis—the researchers believe their results provide helpful information for physicians to use in discussing whether their older patients should get screened for colorectal cancer. Because the task force suggests that decisions about screening people 76 to 85 years old be made selectively, “it’s been a bit of a gray area for physicians, and for [older] patients, to know what to do,” said Andrew Chan, M.D., M.P.H., a professor of medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Chan co-led the new study assessing the impact of colorectal cancer screening in more than 56,000 people aged 75 or older. His team found that the risk of dying from colorectal cancer was reduced by more than a third in people over age 75 who had been screened by colonoscopy or sigmoidoscopy, compared with people in the same age group who did not undergo either of these screening tests. The findings were published May 20 in JAMA Oncol- ogy. The study's results are noteworthy because they provide some of the first real-world evidence suggesting that people might benefit from screening beyond age 75, said Shivan Mehta, M.D., a gastroenterologist and health policy researcher at the University of Pennsylvania, who was not involved with the new study. Nevertheless, the decision to screen people aged 76 to 85 should still be made on a case-by-case basis by considering the potential benefits and harms for each patient, said Asad Umar, D.V.M., Ph.D., of NCI’s Division of Cancer Prevention, who also was not involved with the new study. The new findings, which came out after the latest USPSTF guidance was developed, might make physicians a bit more likely to recommend screening for their older patients, “but these recommendations should still be personalized to the patient,” Dr. Mehta said. Concrete Data from Two Long-Term Studies In its latest recommendations on colorectal cancer screening, USPSTF concluded that, for people 76 to 85 years old, “patients and clinicians should con- sider the patient's overall health, prior screening history, and preferences” in deciding whether screening is appropriate. The panel’s guidance for people over age 75 is based mainly on studies that use computer modeling to calculate the benefits and harms of screening for people in this age group, Dr. Umar explained. “There are risks involved with colonoscopy, such as bleeding and perforation of the colon, and also risks involved with the preparation, especially in older people,” Dr. Umar said. Preparing for a colonoscopy requires a thorough cleansing of the entire colon before the test, which can lead to dehydration and other problems. And the risk of these possible harms tends to be greater in older people, Dr. Umar added. To get more concrete information on the impact of colorectal cancer screening with colonoscopy or sigmoidoscopy beyond age 75, Dr. Chan’s team used data from two large, long-term studies of US health care professionals, the Nurses’ Health Study and the Health Professionals Follow-up Study. Study participants receive questionnaires every 2 years about their health and health-related behaviors, such as diet and exercise. From 1988 through 2014, participants were asked whether they had undergone either colonoscopy or sigmoidoscopy in the past 2 years and, if so, why the tests were done. Colonoscopy examines the inside of the colon using a thin, tube-like instrument with a light and a lens for viewing. Sigmoidoscopy is a similar procedure that examines only the lower part of the colon and involves a less extensive preparation. However, this procedure is not widely available in the United States. Both procedures can be used to remove precancerous lesions, or polyps, if they are detected. Evidence Suggests Benefits of Screening Beyond Age 75 Among more than 56,000 participants who reached age 75 during the study, the team identified 661 new cases of colorectal cancer and 323 deaths from the disease. They then compared the rates of new colorectal cancer diagnoses and deaths from the disease among participants who reported having a screening colonoscopy or sigmoidoscopy after age 75 and those who did not undergo either test. There are other, less invasive screening tests for colorectal cancer, but this study “focused on colonoscopy because that has been and continues to be the primary mode of screening” in the United States, Dr. Chan said. And most study participants reported undergoing screening colonoscopies rather than sigmoidoscopies. Screening after age 75 was linked with a 39% reduction in the incidence of colorectal cancer and a 40% decrease in the risk of death from the disease. The researchers found similar reductions in the risk of death from colorectal cancer, whether or not participants had ever undergone screening before age 75. Among participants who had a history of cardiovascular disease or multiple underlying health conditions, no clear reduction in colorectal cancer–related deaths were seen with screening. However, these findings were less definitive than the overall results, Dr. Umar said. ...continued on page 26

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Millstone Car Crash Injures Four By Pam Teel On September 20th, four local youths on their way to Allentown High School in the early part of the morning were seriously injured in a head on car crash. According to the East Windsor police, a Trenton man was charged with the accident as his vehicle crossed over the double yellow lines and entered the other lane. A toxicology report revealed that the driver’s blood was above the legal limit. They also found an open container of alcohol in his motor vehicle. The driver was arrested, charged, and released pending a court date. He was charged with assault by auto- 4 counts DUI. The accident occurred on Windsor-Perrineville Road, near Cedarville Road. The four students were in a 2019 Nisson Sentra and were hit by a sole oc- cupant in a pick-up truck. Upon arrival, East Windsor Police, Robert Wood Johnson EMS, Capital Health Paramedics, East Windsor Rescue Squad # 1, East Windsor Rescue Squad #2, Robbinsville EMS, and Millstone Fire-EMS personnel immediately began administering first aid to several individuals. Millstone Township Fire Department, Hightstown Fire Company and East Windsor Fire Company responded and extricated a passenger from the sedan. All four individuals in the sedan suffered serious injuries and are still in the process of recuperating. The driver of the sedan was transported to Capital Health Regional Medical Center by Millstone Township Fire Department EMS. The front passenger and a rear seat passenger were transported to the McKnight Elementary School by Robert Wood Johnson EMS and East Windsor Rescue Squad #1 and then transported by medevac to RWJ New Bruns- wick by NJ State Police NorthStar Medical Helicopter and RWJ Barnabas Health Helicopter. The other rear seat passenger was transported to Capital Health Regional Medical Center by Robbinsville EMS. The driver of the Toyota Tundra pickup truck suffered minor injuries and was transported to RWJ New Brunswick by East Windsor Rescue Squad #2. There were two sets of brothers in the car. Charlie and Jordan Duffy and Celso and Mathew Eurich of Millstone Township. The students were very in- volved in sports with three of them on the Allentown High School Varsity Soccer team. The families would like to thank everyone for their well wishes, love, support, and concern, and a big thanks and gratitude to all of the responders from around the area who came to their children’s rescue. We wish all of the boys well. We will be praying for a full recovery, and hope that they are all on their feet real soon! If you want to send personal cards to help cheer them up, you can send to P.O. Box 252, Millstone TWP, NJ 08535 An open letter from Aimee and Chris Duffy:

An open letter from Erica, Celso, Rosemery, Celso Jr., & Matthew: From the bottom of my heart I would like to give a huge THANK YOU to everyone who has donated to us, sent us well wishes, and to the first responders and medical staff who courageously saved and took good care of Celso, Matthew, Jordan, and Charlie!! There are not enough words out there that can express how incredibly thankful we are to each and every one of you. Accidents like these are every family’s worst nightmare, and al- though the boys have a long recovery ahead of them, they all con- tinue to fight! You have all given them, and us, the strength to push forward and get the justice the boys deserve. We are all graciously overwhelmed with the support we have gotten from our community over the past month. A special thanks to: • Millstone Township Fire Department • Millstone Township Volunteer First Aid Squad • East Windsor Police Department • East Windsor EMS • New Jersey State Police You all are the best kind of people: courageous, selfless, inspiring. I could not be more satisfied with the care the boys have received. You guys are angels, and the gift of God. Thank you everyone for all the healing wishes and support. The boys will overcome this! Remember to hug your loved ones a little tighter tonight and always let them know how much you love them. Love, Erica, Celso, Rosemery, Celso Jr., & Matthew • Robbinsville Township Fire Department • Robbinsville Township Police Department • Capital Health Regional Medical Center • Robert Wood Johnson Hospital

To the first responders that arrived at the scene… We do not know who you are… but you are the GUARDIAN ANGELS of Jordan, Charlie, Matthew, and Celso. Your bravery, selflessness and courageous actions are the miracle of humanity! You are the best that human beings have to offer, yet we don’t know you and you do God’s work without seeking acknowledge- ment. • Millstone Township Fire Department • Millstone Township Volunteer First Aid Squad • East Windsor EMS • East Windsor Police Department • New Jersey State Police To the staff at Capital Health Trauma, Capital Health Re- gional Medical Center and Robert Wood Johnson PICU and Robert Wood Johnson Trauma : You are the saints and angels that live with us every day. You are the Hand of God that protects, heals and saves humanity with the over- whelming spirit of goodness that you have been blessed with. To be in your midst is awe inspiring. You represent the epitome of humankind yet you serve others with humbleness and selflessness that is breath- taking. To our community, neighbors, family and friends, your outpouring of support and help has meant EVERYTHING to us. Jordan and Charlie continue to fight! They have a long way to go but with God’s helpers here on Earth, we pray they have a full recovery. A word of support. A well wish for the boys is the medicine they need. Love, Aimee & Chris • Robbinsville Township Fire Department • Robbinsville Township Police Department

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A Pandemic Tea Party By Pam Teel Local resident, Gina Schneller, always liked to write. Whether it was poetry, creative writing, or short stories, she would always read her material to her family and friends for feedback. In the back of her mind, she had always wanted to publish a book, so she decided to take a chance on a self-publishing company and create her first children’s book. It’s title, A Pandemic Tea Party, centers around her characters, Julie and Billy. Despite the physical and emotional challenges that Julie faced, due to COVID-19, Julie finds comfort in her imagination. By using her own creativity, she is taken to a safe land where there is happiness and hope, but most of all, a mental break from the ongoing stress and isolation due to the pandemic.

A big kid at heart, Gina likes to do arts and crafts and use her imagination. She wrote this book as a way to teach children how to cope with their fears about the covid pandemic and how not to be afraid to talk about it with their parents. The book was written not just for children, but the whole family to hopefully provide comfort during a diffi- cult time. It invites you the reader to join, Julie, Lady, and Billy and all her new friends at an exciting tea party. Taking into account the amount of stress and anxiety today’s children must be going through during the pandemic; fear foremost, being isolated from their friends, being forced to wear masks, lockdowns, etc., this author wants to let the children know that this is a topic that you can talk about. It’s very important to express your fears and anxiety so that you don’t fall into a depression or become overly anxious at such a young age. The story is uplifting and follows Julie, how she has been impacted by covid, and how her normal routine had suddenly changed, and not for the better. No vacations, no in school learning, no hanging around with her friends, can make anyone’s life lonely and boring. During that time of isolation, Julie learned to use her imagination and delve into the land of make believe as a way to forget about covid for a while. Millstone resident, Lauren Castellano did the illustrations in the book. She is a freshman in high school and enjoys spending her free time drawing and painting. Art has always been forefront with Lauren, but during the pandemic, the love for art grew even more. She was grateful to have had this oppor- tunity to do the illustrations; viewing it with the hopes of enlightening the situation and easing the minds of individuals in a way that will reach them through her artwork. You can find, A Pandemic Tea Party on Amazon, at Barnes and Noble, Target, and ABEbooks. JUNCTION BARBER SHOP Fun Facts! Quote of the Day: "Yesterday's home runs don't win TODAY'S GAMES." - BABE RUTH Word of the Day: Circumlocution (noun): the use of an unnecessarily large number of words to express an idea This Month in History: Tuesday - Friday 10am to 6pm

December 1: In Montgomery, Rosa Parks is arrested for refusing to give up her seat in the front section of a bus. (1955) December 2: The toilet paper roll was patented (Patent #465,588) (1891) December 7: Martin Van Buren becomes the eighth Pres- ident of the United States, and the first president to be born in this country. December 8: John Lennon, singer, guitarist, songwriter, and poet for the Beatles, was assassinated in New York City by Mark David Chapman in 1980. December 15: Gone With the Wind premiered in where else but Atlanta, Georgia. (1939) December 16: The famous World War II "Battle of the Bulge" began. (1944)

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VETERANS DAY 2021 Veterans Day originated as “Armistice Day” on November 11, 1919, the first anniversary marking the end of World War I. Congress passed a resolution in 1926 making it an annual observance, and it became a national holiday in 1938. Then-President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed legislation in 1954 to change the name to Veterans Day to honor all those who served the country in war or peace. On this day, the nation honors military veterans with pa- rades and other observances across the country and a ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia. The following facts are possible thanks to the invaluable responses to U.S. Census Bureau surveys. We appreciate the public’s cooperation in helping us measure America’s people, places and economy. VETERAN POPULATION DID YOU KNOW? 17.4 million The number of military veterans in the United States in 2019. 1.6 million The number of female veterans in the United States in 2019. 12.3 million The percentage of veterans in 2019 who were Black. Additionally, 76.2% were non-Hispanic White; 1.8% were Asian; 0.8% were American Indian or Alaska Native; 0.2% were Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander; and 1.4% were some other race. (The numbers cover only those reporting a single race.) 7.2% The percentage of veterans in 2018 who were Hispanic. 50.4% The percentage of veterans age 65 and older in 2019. At the other end of the age spectrum, 8.4% were younger than age 35.

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