Tennis Club News

Sunday, April 4, 2010


"Bear with me cousin, for I was amazed
Under the tide: but now I breathe again
Aloft the flood, and can give audience
To any tongue, speak it of what it will."

-King John
King John
Act 3, Scene 4

Liam, in bare feet, pants rolled, checks the big pump. Go, Liam.

Pumping out Longfellow Park 4-2-10

Pumping out Longfellow Park 4-2-10



Let us talk about pumps. The club has a mighty 3 quarter horsepower pump, pumping water, invisibly, into the city system. That pump runs night and day and pumps mightily. During the day, we are also running back-up pumps, 3 of them, 1 third horsepower jobs, that pump water over the sidewalk and into the gutters on Willard St. Those 3 pumps run only when there is a staff person on duty to baby-sit. Baby-sitting is necessary in case the hoses go awry or the float valves get tangled up or the intake valves need cleaning. The back-up pumps are extra. We are pumping out amazing volumes of water. If the rain would kindly stop falling, our blessed water would disappear fairly quickly.

The pictures above show the city workers pumping water out of Lake Longfellow, next door. The city has pumped out Lake Longfellow twice this year. That pumping does wonders for the club because our lake is below their lake and we would end up taking in a lot of the Longfellow water. We don't need more water.

Don't despair, but keep your indoor contracts for a while longer.

Also note that the courts have opened on April 21 or 23 or thereabouts for the last few years.



We are going to try out a new feature on the newspage. Let's call it The Book Blurb. The Blurb will note books not necessarily about tennis, but authored by CTC members. So, if you members have recently, or maybe not so recently, written a book that you'd like blurbed, please let us know.

Let's start with:

Hot off the presses, a new book by Faith Moore, Celebrating a Life, Planning Memorial Services and Other Creative Remembrances. "Celebrating a Life" provides the ideas, inspiration, and how-to advice needed for creating a meaningful memorial service. Light-hearted but sensitive, this thoughtful guide covers it all."
While We Were Sleeping by David Hemenway.

"This book powerfully illuminates how public health works with more than sixty success stories drawn from the area of injury and violence prevention."

The Parents We Mean To Be: How Well-Intentioned Adults Undermine Children's Moral and Emotional Development by Rick Weissbourd.

The New Yorker review said, "In this ardent and persuasive inquiry, Weissbourd, a Harvard psychologist, warns that 'happiness-besotted' parents do children a disservice by emphasizing personal fulfillment over empathy."

Inside Urban Charter Schools: Promising Practices and Strategies in Five High-Performing Schools by Kay Merseth "an inspirational and practical how-to guide for school reformers."



The club directory for 2010 doesn't exist yet. Membership hasn't been finalized. Other than membership listings, all of last year's information is available on the website.

Some useful links:

Here's a link to the espn site, with pro ranking.

And a club member (let's call him Sol) suggested a link to the International Tennis Hall of Fame in Newport, R.I. The site is rich.

We still have the tournament draws (from 2001 to 2004) available on-line (including all of the results), thanks to the Java Kid. We are re-locating the links, however.



"On the court, tennis players exchange not only ground strokes but lots of information. It's a richly interactive sport, both verbally and non-verbally. If players communicate clearly, simply, and consistently, the game will proceed more quickly, and with less fuss and misunderstanding. Here are a few guidelines that can make the game more fun, friendly, and fair for all...."

We've had some requests to run Craig Lambert's piece, sampled above, on Tennis Communication. (We'd better leave this link up on the newspage permanently.)



The Yearbook link will take you to the last newspage from 2008. From there you can see the whole of the Persistent Archive of last year's news.

Website Note: The time and temperature icon below is a link to a Boston weather site.

Click for Boston, Massachusetts Forecast

Joe DeBassio, Webmaster.

Website Note II: The honey-comb icon is also a link. It takes the clicker to an archive of all the past news pages so that said clicker can read the news pages for the whole year (2009). The less-than link (<) next to the honeycomb icon will take clickers to the previous issue of this year's newspage.

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