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ABOUT TOWN: Jerseys and Jesus

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SHS FRESHMEN FOOTBALL CAR WASH A SUCCESS, BUT "JESUS" SIGN OFFENDS ONE RESIDENT:  The Freshmen Football team had a this past weekend at , and raised $1900, which will pay for new jerseys for the entire team (they are replacing some from the 1980s), and also some new helmets. 

Freshmen Head Coach Eddie Rodrigues told About Town he would like to "thank everyone for coming down to our carwash last Saturday [June 16]. It was an overwhelming success in which we raised enough funds to buy new jerseys, screening for the numbers, and pay for equipment." 

"Coach Burke, Kelley, Pirri, Carew, and I would like to extend our thanks to everyone who helped out, as well as everyone who donated to the program. Go Black Knights," he continued.  

But, in the midst of this successful event, one of the players managed to offend some car owners driving by the lot. 

Christopher D'Arpino, who hosts "Animal House" on local cable access, writes the "Animal House" column for Stoughton Patch, and is the founder of the , told About Town that he was driving by the lot and told the kids he wasn't interested in a car wash. He said players started pushing signs into his windshield, including one reading, "What would Jesus do?" 

D'Arpino tells me, "My issue isn't that the sign is offensive. It's that the schools have trampled and banned religion in schools and the coaches and parents standing feet from these kids thought this sign was okay. Frankly, I think this sign trivializes religion, and makes fun of people's beliefs."

D'Arpino continued, "Invoking Jesus' name for a car wash? That's not okay. School on Good Friday wasn't okay, but they did that at one Stoughton elementary school. This is in bad taste and the coaches and parents should have known that. And, that they didn't, makes me wonder about their ability to guide impressionable children. Maybe the kids should go volunteer at a soup kitchen or mission and find out what Jesus would do." 

On Monday, Coach Rodrigues told About Town that, "I was there until noon and was not aware of that sign. I don't know anything about it. These kids are in 8th grade. We had a couple of parents there and a few coaches. I thought the signs all advertised the car wash for $5."

Rodrigues was very pleased with the event.

"We made $1900, and it paid for all the jerseys, numbers screening, and some helmets," he said.

"I wish that those who had complaints had come in and told one of us at the car wash," Rodrigues added.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY: to Stoughton's own Tom Webb. He's a Stoughton High grad. And, to Kathy Donohue-LeGrice, owner of Paradise Palms Therapeutic Massage in Stoughton. She's a grad of Lincoln Technical Institute. 

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Justin Braga June 19, 2012 at 01:55 PM
Knee-jerk reaction when seeing sub-headline was "You've got to be kidding me." Then I read on and saw Mr. D'Arpino's thoughts and couldn't agree with him more. Jesus probably wouldn't be all too concerned with the cleanliness of his car. Helping kids, yes, of course, but probably a stretch to be dropping the WWJD here. I like the soup kitchen or mission suggestion.
Mike Carroll June 20, 2012 at 12:08 AM
The sign seems like it was just a fun way of getting attention to draw people into the car wash to raise money for their team. when I saw them I laughed along with the sign that said FREE CAR WASH with a $5 donation. Mr. D'Arpino, my Jesus would probably smile when he saw the sign.
Devin Walsh June 20, 2012 at 01:31 AM
What Would Tebow Do?
Thomas blackmon June 20, 2012 at 02:00 AM
100% agree with Mr.Walsh. Remember these are kids who look up to a NFL quaterback who prays after every touchdown he scores!
Devin Walsh June 20, 2012 at 02:25 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5MGQjiBqO8A yes thomas. amendment number 1!
Joshua Chrisman June 20, 2012 at 02:25 AM
Guys lets not overlook the fact Jesus would probably not only get his car washed and donate to the kids but get out and help them the clean cars. Jesus would also never attack anyone for calling him the ideal man of morals -esspecially kids. Jesus wanted to make the world a better place for all even the outsiders and I doubt Mr D'Arpino that calling these kids out on a sign they made to get attention for their carwash is a productive use of your time. God bless.
jody williams June 20, 2012 at 03:43 PM
I would like to thank the coaches and staff that volunteered their time on Saturday to run this car wash. The goal was to raise funds to keep kids playing a sport in town. The kids were excited and were doing everything they could to gain positive attention to their attempt to raise funds. The kids were not trying to offend anyone or disrespect anyone. The coaches wanted them to market their fundraiser. The kids were not using violence or profanity to get their point across. If they were calling on Jesus for a little help in replacing the 20 year old equiptment, it sounds like it worked. I would prefer them calling on Jesus over calling the Stoughton Police Department to break up a gang fight because they are doing something that is non-productive. If nothing else, the sign certainly brought attention to their plight for new equiptment.
Dan Sayce June 24, 2012 at 04:24 PM
Why don't the " adults" let the" kids" be kids and keep thier political views to themselves.If you want the students to be creative,then let there minds go free.Do not add needless baggage.

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