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Pirates Sign OL Wilson Bell

By Mick Moninghoff
December 9, 2019
Worcester, MA

The Massachusetts Pirates have signed offensive lineman Wilson Bell for the 2020 season. Bell played this past year with the Baltimore Brigade of the Arena Football League. A former NCAA National Champion, Bell played in both the ACC and SEC and signed a contract with the Buffalo Bills in 2018.

A former member of the Jacksonville Sharks, Bell said it was a 2018 postgame conversation with two-time All National Arena League defensive end JD Griggs that sparked his interest in Massachusetts.

“I heard about the organization when I played against the Pirates,” he said. A few of the players told me they had a good thing going (in Massachusetts). I’m just so grateful to still be playing football. I’m going to be 25 this year. A lot of people don’t get this opportunity so I’m grateful to be playing, that people are interested in keeping me around and that they believe in me. I want to maximize my potential and be able to influence guys around me in a good way, a positive way. I want everybody to have just as much fun as I’m having on the field. I try to bring that energy to whatever team I’m on,” he added.

Pirates President and General Manager Jawad Yatim is hopeful that Bell plays as well for the Pirates as he did in Jacksonville.

"I remember Wilson from our first season when he was playing for Jacksonville and he was impressive every time we played one another. I thought he was one of the best players in the league that year, and to be able to add someone like that to our offensive front is a great move in my opinion. We’re certainly glad to have Wilson on board," Yatim said.

Bell arrived at Florida State in 2013 and played in two games before suffering a knee injury. He took the season as a redshirt year as the Seminoles went on to claim the Atlantic Coast Conference title and the BCS National Championship with a 34-31 win over Auburn. The lessons he learned that season are still with him today.

“It was amazing. When I was a Florida State, I’d never been around so many leaders on one team and that’s how we got there. Everybody wanted to see everybody make it. The leaders on that team made you want to practice. We were always prepared for business. That was my first experience as a freshman in college and that (attitude) is what I have taken with me. That’s what I was looking for and I want to bring that to any team that I am on. It was an amazing first experience,” he said.

After seeing action in two games in 2014, Bell started every game on the offensive line for the Seminoles in 2015. He helped pave the way for running back Dalvin Cook, who rushed for single season records of 1,691 rushing yards and 1,935 all-purpose yards. He also blocked for Cook’s record setting day as he gained 266 yards and three touchdowns in a 34-14 win over the University of South Florida.

In 2016 he started just five games and the following season enrolled at Auburn as a graduate transfer where he was used in a backup role. Still the Eight Mile, AL native did draw attention as he was named to play in both the SPIRAL Tropical Bowl and the College Gridiron Showcase.

Many believe that the South East Conference is the best in college football and Bell, who stands in at 6’5”, 335 lbs. concurs.

“Yes, everybody is big in the SEC. Don’t ever think that you are the biggest guy on the field. You might get away with that in the ACC; you might have a few guys who are undersized who are quick, but in the SEC, everybody is big and that was an eye-opening moment for me. I had no idea that the competition was so much better. Some teams might not win as much like Ole Miss or Mississippi State, but everyone is well trained, and they know what they are doing. I didn’t fear going to the NFL after my experience in the SEC,” Bell said.

The NFL did not come calling right away. In 2017 Bell signed with the Jacksonville Sharks where he started three games. In 2018 he signed and had a look from the Buffalo Bills. There he learned that physical size was not the number one asset.

“It’s less about brawn and more about brains. People last longer in the NFL because they know what they are doing, they know how to be coached and technique is everything. I was the biggest guy there and I thought I was going to over-power some vets, but these guys were good with their hands. They had their technique down that prevails overall. You don’t have to be the biggest guy but know what you’re doing, be coachable, and have good technique. That’s what I took away from that.” Wilson said.

After his stint in Buffalo, Wilson returned to the Sharks. In 2019 he signed with the Baltimore of the AFL and appeared in three games.  Bell, who majored in writing, editing and media at FSU has been putting those skills to use, currently working as a teacher in an alternative school, teaching classes in photo shop and Microsoft Office.

The Massachusetts Pirates are members of the National Arena League (NAL). The Pirates play all home games at the DCU Center located at 50 Forster St. Worcester, MA, 01608. Pirates season tickets for the 2020 season are now available starting at $99.00. For more information on the Massachusetts Pirates please call (508) 452-MASS (6277), email contact@masspiratesfootball.com or visit www.masspiratesfootball.com. Follow the Pirates on Facebook, at Facebook.com/MAPirates, on Instagram @mass.pirates, as well as on Twitter @mass_pirates.
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As part of our commitment to the community, the Whitin Community Center is pleased to offer the following Red Cross certified courses this Winter, for ages 15 and older. Pre-registration is required.
First Aid, CPR & AED for Adult & Child
Tuesday, February 25
5:30-9:30pm

$70 Members
$85 Guests

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Lifeguard Training
Must be 15 years old with swimming ability. Includes training and certification in First Aid, CPR for the Professional & Lifeguarding. Please bring one-piece bathing suit, towel, paper & pen. Waterfront Training is NOT included in this class. Pre-registration is required.

Please bring extra one-piece bathing suit, extra towel, lunch, snacks & drink to these following day sessions.

SESSION I
December 26, 27 & 28
8:00am-5:00pm

SESSION II
February 19, 20 & 21
8:00am-5:00pm

$290 Members
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Join us for the December 11th CEU Presentation, "Inpatient Detoxification for the Medically Complex, High-risk Patient

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A Unity Radio Holiday Celebration
Live From the Backroom at Michael's Cigar Bar 

Come Down and Join us December 17th 2019 and meet & greet the Unity Radio staff and On-air personalities!

Join us for a little food, a little drink and Great Music with "Sounds from Down Under" with Howie "the Piper" Stein and Steve "the Beat" Bourasa

Doors Open at 5 - Event Open to the Public - 1 Exchange Place Worcester, Ma!
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Santa’s Coming To Whitin Community Center!

WHITINSVILLE - The Whitin Community Center (WCC) is pleased to announce our 12th Annual FREE Santa’ s Coming event provided by the Blackstone Valley Children’s Place Staff. Santa’s Coming will be held in the WCC’s Gymnasium from 10:00am-1:00pm on Saturday, December 14, 2019 for all children and their families FREE of charge. While waiting to sit on Santa’s lap, the Gymnasium will be filled with 20 fun holiday-themed games and activities for the kids including: face painting, a holiday photo booth, snowman bowling, gingerbread mini golf, “up on a roof top” present toss, write a special letter to Santa and our Troops, and making magic reindeer food to take home! Santa will also have a special surprise for every child! Don’t forget to bring your camera!

Thank you to the following sponsors and supporters of this year’s event including Gaudette Insurance, Koopman Lumber & Hardware, Mill House Wine & Spirits, Osterman Propane and UniBank.

The Whitin Community Center is committed to enhancing the health and well-being of individuals and families and building a strong community in the Blackstone Valley. We offer social, recreational, educational, and outreach programs that bring community members of all ages and backgrounds together. The Whitin Community Center is the Blackstone Valley’s most complete family and recreation center with two swimming pools, a gym, fitness center, early learning programs, summer camps and a seven and a half acre park. For more information call 508.234.8184 or visit www.Whitin Community Center.org.
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One on One: Dennis Gorman, attorney at Fletcher Tilton, guitarist for In-Xpensive Winos

WORCESTER — By day, Dennis Gorman works as an attorney at Fletcher Tilton PC, assisting clients in areas that include estate, trust, tax, charitable organizations and corporate practice.
At night, he can be found jamming on his guitar as a member of In-Xpensive Winos, a band that plays classic rock tunes by the Rolling Stones, Aerosmith, Jeff Beck and Foghat (to name a few) in clubs and at events, largely in Central Massachusetts and surrounding communities. In-Xpensive Winos will perform a fundraiser Friday at Fiddler’s Green, 19 Temple St., to benefit the nonprofit jazz radio station WICN 90.5-FM.
After graduating from St. Peter’s High School in Worcester, Gorman received his undergraduate degree in accounting from Nichols College, a master’s degree in taxation from Bentley University and his J.D. cum laude from Suffolk University. In 998 he joined Fletcher Tilton, Worcester’s oldest law firm.
Why did you go into law and was it something you always wanted to do?
I’m a CPA as well as a lawyer. When I was working in public accounting, one of my friends was going to law school and I got the idea to go into the field from him. Clients, when they were in dire straits, would call their lawyers before their accountants. It looked more interesting and challenging than what I was doing, so I decided to bite the bullet and go to school at night. I probably did 90 hours weekly for five or six years between getting my CPA and law degree.
What are your specialty areas and why did you focus on them?
Because I’m a CPA and had my master’s in taxes, I was able to get back to advising businesses and doing estate planning, estate and trust work. ... It was just a natural fit for my background.
When did your interest in music begin?
I was 7 or 8 when the Beatles came out in 1964. I’ve always loved music. My generation grew up with all the British bands. I took lessons in the early and mid-’60s for a while but then dropped it and always regretted that. About eight years ago, my son bought me a guitar for Christmas and so I immediately started taking lessons ... and went from there.
Then I formed a band, almost right from the beginning, because the only way you are going to get good at playing is if you get up in front of people. The band has evolved over time.
Tell us about the band and the music you play.
The band is called the In-Xpensive Winos. Keith Richards is my favorite musician and the Rolling Stones is my favorite band. One of Keith’s side projects was called X-Pensive Winos, so I used a variation of that name. We play classic rock from 1965 to the 1980s.
Janis Joplin, Credence Clearwater Revival, ZZ Top ... a lot of mainstream stuff. Largely we play in Worcester and surrounding towns. We played in Greenwich Village in New York City at the Bitter End. ... That was a blast. It’s the oldest club and we played there a month and a half after Lady Gaga went back to perform. It’s where she started out.
We just did a big show at the new Beer Garden Pavilion in Worcester, a really cool place.
What skills do you need to do both jobs? Are there similarities?
I’m kind of a front person in the band, although I have two lead vocalists. I sing a little bit but I tend to be the person on the microphone working the crowd.
I’m an outgoing person. In my profession, I think most successful lawyers are outgoing and at ease with people and able to communicate with them. I’ve been able to help develop a good following for the band ... being engaging and schmoozing.
Is there a standout experience from a concert you can share?
There was an instance when I was singing a song early on in my career and I completely forgot the words. I got brain fry so I just sang anything.
After the show, I asked people in the audience whether they picked up on that and they said, “Geez, no, we didn’t.” My guess is that musicians do that a lot and just have to wing it.
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