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The extended family of Pedro and Kelly Godoi--far right on the couch and on the floor--react to a non-call of a foul during the blowout World Cup in the first half while watching at their home in Loudon. Ronaldo Cabraz, 12, yells in front as the rest of the family show a collection of reactions as a Brazilian play was knocked down and there was no-call.
 Godoi is the owner of the Red Blazer in Concord. 

(GEOFF FORESTER/ Monitor staff)

Ray Duckler: A family affair, exciting at the start, fades to sadness

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

At 3-0, Pedro Godoi, born and raised in Brazil, got off the couch, dragged aside the screen door and disappeared outside. At 6-0, Pedro’s 13-year-old son, Joao, pulled aside the other screen door, across the living room, and disappeared, too. Neither father nor son could watch the unthinkable, the unimaginable, a 7-1 loss to Germany in the World Cup semifinals. … 0

Ray Duckler: Conflict in Korean? Police action? It was war

Saturday, July 5, 2014

George Delorey’s eyes said more than the labels attached to the carnage in Korea during the 1950s. A conflict? A police action? Let’s stop the nonsense and identify truthfully what happened on that peninsula from 1950 to ’53: war. The Korean War. No other terms fit. “We got overrun one night at Heartbreak … 0

Lake Escapes: A short walk up Rattlesnake Mountain offers a high payoff

Monday, June 30, 2014

Normally, a great panoramic view involves a long, steep hike. Not so in Holderness, where a 2-mile walk on the Old Bridle Path leads to a rocky plateau atop West Rattlesnake Mountain. And down below, spread out like a gentle painting, lies Squam Lake, where Jane Fonda tried to mend old wounds with … 0

Ray Duckler: Bhutanese refugees move to the head of the class

Thursday, November 21, 2013

An interpreter was needed to translate what the woman with flowing pink pants and dark hair, pulled straight back, had sung about to the class. Durga Pokhrel, a Bhutanese refugee, wants education for her children, their children and … 0

Ray Duckler: Moving on, past the team to join another team

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Emma Bradley’s walk from the coach’s office to her locker, a stretch of hallway no more than 100 feet, covered a lot of ground. The eighth-grader at Bow Memorial School, cut from the school’s basketball team just moments … 2

Citizen of the Year George Segal: Sanel Auto Parts giant, a lot more

Friday, November 15, 2013

A slide show and two big screens showed the future of downtown last night during the Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce’s 94th annual meeting. A packed ballroom of diners could see an artist’s rendition of the Main Street … 0

Ray Duckler: After picking up the tab, Ellen Degeneres takes care of Henniker's Sarah Hoidahl

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

The lone figure rolled the Bissell sweeper over the carpet, near a section of empty booths. It was quiet, about 3:15 p.m., midway between the lunch and dinner crowds at the Concord Ruby Tuesday restaurant. Nothing seemed out … 1

Ray Duckler: Eight, in this case, was more than enough

Sunday, November 10, 2013

More than six decades ago, with war raging in Korea, 17-year-old Elton Warriner wanted to join the Marines. His parents, though, insisted he stay in Dunbarton, on the family farm. Milk the cows, they told him. Pick the … 5

Ray Duckler: Caring for kids, Mary Jane Wallner never goes out of style

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Where do you begin? Chairwoman of the House Finance Committee? Nearly 3½ decades as a member of the House? The face of day care in this region? Mom, wife, friend? How about starting with the picture displayed the … 0

Ray Duckler: A balancing act between sadness, justice in Addison case

Friday, November 8, 2013

This may surprise you, but Nick Willard, the lead investigator in the Michael Addison case, says he’s in no rush. No rush for a final resolution. No rush to put Addison to death, even though seven years ago … 0

Ray Duckler: Finding peace by fighting stigmas and accepting death

Sunday, November 3, 2013

The other day, the director of the state’s National Alliance for the Mentally Ill mentioned Ken Braiterman and “courage” in the same sentence. More information was needed. Was NAMI’s Ken Norton referring to the longtime pioneer, the voice … 1

Ray Duckler: Take me out to the ballgame, to watch him pitch and meet his mom

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Bill Glahn turned around and expressed support for World Series hero John Lackey, once a maligned figure, Wednesday night during Game 6 of the World Series. And Lackey’s mother appreciated it. “I said something that may have been … 0

Ray Duckler: Running for his senior project and much more

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Brandon Richardson’s senior project scares the heck out of him. Terrifies him, actually, as he put it last week. That’s because Richardson, who’s had more goals in life than a star hockey player, never takes the easy way … 3

Ray Duckler: Can you hear me(ow) now? Just fine, thanks

Saturday, October 26, 2013

The cat meowed, then the little girl signed with her hands, then the mom cried with joy. Meow, sign, cry means a lot at the Nealley home in Epsom, where Kim and her husband, Scott, live with their … 0

Ray Duckler: These days, Red Sox Nation fears nothing

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

At Fenway Park on Oct. 17, 2004, everything in New England changed. Hope, one of humanity’s greatest treasures, soared like a David Ortiz blast into the night. People around here knew, or suspected, they had something to embrace, … 0