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People Continued from page 92 and Judge Stokes. "Good golly little collie!" SNIPPETS- The basketball courts in Rehoboth have been paved. The voices in the commu- nity have been heard. The Cape Gazette published a story last summer on the poor conditions of the courts and the Cape district, encumbered by the slow process of extracting funds from the state, responded thanks to money man Andy Brandenberger who is wel- come to come a take a charge un- der the basket...I'll be in the Memorial Stadium press box Sun- day for the Ravens game against the Jacksonville Jaguars. My cre- dentials will then get me into ei- ther lockerroom with access to the players. "Say Goose! (Tony Sira- gusa) What's it like tackling Na- trone Means with a full head of steam? And please don't demon- strate." My nephew Mike, sched- uled to start at defensive end for the Ravens, was a freshman -roommate of Jhguar coach Tom Coughlin's son. "They wanted me to stay at their house when we played them in Jacksonville last season but I thought that was a bad idea, ' Mike said...I am just about to complete a 12 month walking program in which my goal was to average 100 miles a month. At the beginning of Janu- ary I calculated that if I walked a total of 366 miles in July and Au- gust I'd have 1,500 miles for the year. It's been a bear, not to men- tion bearsl but the mission has been completed. When people ask me about all the walking, most just stare at my body like, "You did all that walking and you're still that big?" Well here's the deal, average white folks. All people of color don't wish to be white and all fat people don't want to be skinny. Do you git it? Well go on now, git! Cape Region Al:hletes Of The Week Briefly RBSA's Hastings takes sunfish summer series The Rehob0th Bay Sailing As- sociation's (RBSA) Sunfish Fleet 200 completed its 12-race sum- mer racing series on Aug. 24, with Turner Hastings of Rehoboth Beach top sailor for the series. Turner, a junior sailor, far out- paced the competition by winning six races and placing second in the remaining three of this best nine of 12 race series. Second overall was Preston "Pal" Littleton of Rehoboth Beach and Potomac, Md., with Ann WhMey of Ocean View in third. In the junior fleet, Hastings was followed by John Dolan of Mills- boro, while John Eisenbrey of Dewey Beach and Middletown took third. I Johnny Aiello, of Milton, won most of his matches as a bantamweight. LARRY OLIVER Larry has been starting at noseguard for the Cape Hen- lopen football team for three years. Now entering his se- nior season the 200 pounder has become virtually impos- sible to block or drive off the football. Larry was in the Lake Forest backfield dur- ing last Saturday's scrim- mage mo.re often than the Spartan fullback. Oliver will be complemented on the defensive line by Matt Gravi- et and Tim Cannon giving Cape one of the strongest de- fensive fronts in the state. ' - - - .... r ........ : CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, August 29 - September 4, 1997 - 93 Boxer Aiello celebt';ltes 80th "The secret is not to get hit," said the healthy, fit kiello By Dave Frederick Six of seven Aiello brothers ranging in age from 56-82 sat in the back yard on folding chairs under big shade trees while on the front lawn a cadre of connected relatives played boccie ball and juggled highballs. The celebration in the back and front yards of Frank and Maria Green of Red Mill Farms was the 80th birthday of Johnny Aiello who is a member of the Delaware Sports Hall of Fame and Pennsyl- vania Boxing Hall of Fames for his" career as both an amateur and professional bantam weight fight- er. Five minutes into the interview with brothers Don, Primo, Siv, Andy, John and Tony (Emil was elsewhere), a flaming sheet cake, with a computerized image of young Johnny the fighter scanned into the icing, was presented to John, the birthday pug. There were kisses - Maria Green is John's daughter - hugs and hand- shakes then quickly the cake was gone and the men settled back down to business. With young Frankie Green and Justin Troise cooking sausage and hamburgers in the background on two large gas grills, the party looked like a scene from one of the "Godfather" movies. Wilmington natives The Aiello brothers and two sis- ters grew tp in the Gander Hill section of Wilmington on the city's east side. Four of the broth: ers boxed at the amateur level, mostly at the old Wilmington Au- ditorium and at the Defiance Ath- letic Club at 2nd and Jackson Streets, with John and older broth- er Tony becoming the most seri- ous. The parents owned a grocery store at 12th and Herald streets and although the immediate area was mostly Italian, the neighbor- hood was well integrated accord- ing to the brothers with Italian, Jewish, Irish and black all playing together in 1930s America. "We went to the playground to- gether, shot craps together and played together," Johnny Aiello said. "All the brothers, we stuck together." "My older brothgrs took care of me and looked after me," said the youngest, Don. "In fact, they still do." John Aiello and brother Tony look remarkably fit and intellectu- ally sharp for two toughguys that totaled 400 fights. "The secret is not to get hit," Johnny said. "That's what boxing Continued on page 94 Members of the Aiello clan helping Johnny celebrate in- clude (back row I-r) Don, Primo and Sir and (in front) Andy, Johnny and Tony. ELIJAH WORTHY Running back Elijah Wor- thy scored a pair of touch- downs during Saturday's scrimmage and looked light- ning quick in the process. "He can fly,n said coach Bri- an Donahue. And he's get- ting better every practice, n Worthy flashed some of his speed inside the tackles claiming the honor of being the first running back to score a touchdown under the new regime of rookie head coach Brian Donahue. LAURA CENTROWITZ Ten-year-old Lauren ran her first ever road race last Saturday in Rehoboth and won her-age group running a respectable time of 23:06. uI usually just bike and Rollerblade around my de- velopment at home, n said Lauren, who lives in An- napolis. Sometimes I run with my parents. I'm not re- ally serious about running yet. I do it just for fun. n Lauren's father Matt was a member of the 1976 and 1980 U.S. Olympic teams in the 1,500 meters, 76, and five thousand meters, 80. BOB UFFELMAN The 1981 Delcastle gradu- ate ran Saturday's 5K race in 26 minutes which ain't bad for a 6'2 n 245 pound road runner who was the center on the 1984 Delaware foot- ball team that featured Rich Gannon at quarterback. "I'm training for the Dewey Sprint Triathlon (3/Sswim-- 15m bike--and 5K run) next month,  said Bob who works at Delaware Eye Care Cen- ter in Dover. Big Bob trains by running and swimming at lunch time in the middle of the day.'I run about 12 miles a week," he said.