Sabathia should join Thome as former Burlington Indians in Cooperstown

When C.C. Sabathia took the mound for the Burlington Indians in 1998, he was a long and lanky 17-year-old from California. Three years later -- after minor league stops in Kinston, Columbus and Akron, the 6-foot, 6-inch tall lefthander was on a Major League roster, posting a 17-5 record for the Cleveland Indians, the team … Continue reading Sabathia should join Thome as former Burlington Indians in Cooperstown

Vintage move: A store shifts sites from the mall to downtown

If you talk to longtime Burlington residents, the beginning of decline of its once thriving downtown began in the 1960s as the migration from urban centers to the suburbs hit its peak and shopping Meccas were constructed to meet this new demand for proximity and convenience. Sears, Belk (then Belk-Beck) and Woolworth were the most … Continue reading Vintage move: A store shifts sites from the mall to downtown

Creating a healthy heartbeat in downtown Burlington

The heart of any city beats in its downtown. It’s the central point that historically ties all parts of a city to local government, commerce, churches, libraries, public services, transportation and information. So a strong heartbeat downtown is essential to the lifeblood of a thriving city. Ensuring a healthy heartbeat in downtown Burlington is the … Continue reading Creating a healthy heartbeat in downtown Burlington

Elon provided foundation for Brebbia’s rise to the Major Leagues

I asked John Brebbia the same question I ask everyone I interview who is associated with the university where I now work as a staff writer: "How did you get to Elon?" Some of the answers are surprising, others not so much. Elon does rate highly in a number of those college rankings released annually, … Continue reading Elon provided foundation for Brebbia’s rise to the Major Leagues

Updated: So what might college athletes be endorsing? An interesting question

UPDATE: On Tuesday, Oct. 29 the NCAA made a move toward allowing athletes to sell their brand while still on campus and playing for athletic teams -- something it seeks to put in place in 2021. This belated action is in response to the California measure passed a  couple of weeks ago and similar actions … Continue reading Updated: So what might college athletes be endorsing? An interesting question

(Updated) John Brebbia: A former Elon player to watch in the baseball playoffs

UPDATE: John Brebbia did get in Thursday's game one, but just for a short time. He was, however, involved in what was seen by analysts as a key play in the game. Coming on in the seventh inning, leadoff hitter Ronald Acuna Jr. hit a screaming shot to right field. Thinking it might be a … Continue reading (Updated) John Brebbia: A former Elon player to watch in the baseball playoffs

It was a newspaper marriage, right down to the invitation

AUTHOR'S NOTE: I first wrote this in 2007, on the 10th anniversary of my marriage to the former Roselee Papandrea. I'm sharing it again today on our 22nd anniversary. And this time I was able to include the unusual wedding invitation referenced in the story. --- It was a newspaper marriage right down to the … Continue reading It was a newspaper marriage, right down to the invitation