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Joseph DeFreitas

Joseph DeFreitas, Staff Writer

 Hi, my name is Joseph DeFreitas and I'm a senior at Joseph A Foran High School. I participate in indoor and outdoor track, while managing cross country in the fall . During the winter, I like snowboarding, and also love to travel when I have time off from school. This is my second year in journalism, and I am looking forward to a fun year, and hopefully lots of opportunities to add my input to the Mane Street Mirror.

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Family Ties: Matt, Sawyer, and the rest of the Miller family enjoy a night out .

Passing the Torch

Senior Siblings Memories and Advice
Chris Adkins and Joseph DeFreitas | June 7, 2023

          One of the most important connections has always been the older and younger sibling duo. With seniors getting ready to graduate in the spring and many underclassmen siblings only just beginning their high school journeys, many impactful memories and farewells are in store.       ...

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A Charity for the People: Keeping Milford Warm organization poses outside of City Hall with Mayor Ben Blake. November 21, 2023.

A Toasty Winter for Milford

Local Charity Provides Heating Families in Need
Chris Adkins and Joseph DeFreitas | February 8, 2023

          Keeping Milford Warm is a charity organization that aims to provide funding to low-income families in the city of Milford, Connecticut, to help them keep warm during the winter. The charity helps pay for heating in these families' homes to ensure that they are able to stay warm and safe...

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Your 2022 Boys Basketball Captains: The 2022 boys basketball captains pose for a picture after their first practice on December 7, 2022.

Winter Sports: First Half Recap

Mid-Season Action
Chris Adkins and Joseph DeFreitas | January 10, 2023

              With winter sports being officially in swing over the last month and a half, teams across Foran have begun to reach mid-season form. With teams fighting to qualify for states, and athletes striving to reach new personal records, the last few weeks have been full of action.    Boys...

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Your 2022 Play For a Paws Champions: Boys soccer stands with their championship trophy from their charity volleyball game victory, November 17, 2022.

Play For a Paws: Foran’s Charity Volleyball Game

Chris Adkins and Joseph DeFreitas | November 30, 2022

          On November 17, Foran’s fall sports athletes, faculty, and staff participated in a charity volleyball tournament. The tournament is called “Play for a Paws.”            Volleyball head coach and fundraiser chair Mrs. Jessica Hoffer comments, “The charity that we have selected...

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Stars in the kitchen: Culinary student prepares blender before a class time cooking session, October 2022.

National Cookbook Month: A Taste of Fall

Chris Adkins and Joseph DeFreitas | November 1, 2022

          The fall season is National Cookbook Month. Many people have family recipes that have been passed down from generation to generation. Cookbooks have been around forever, and October is just another excuse to dust off those recipes.            Although the written cookbook may...

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Girls Soccer Star: Daniella Boutote makes a play on the ball during a club soccer game, March 7, 2021.

A Glistening Future: A Look at Fall’s Freshman Athletes

Chris Adkins and Joseph DeFreitas | October 10, 2022

          Out with one class and in with the next! The fall season of highschool athletics has always boasted the most popular turnouts in the student sections, and with the turn of the new academic year, Foran has a new and exciting roster of freshman athletes ready to embark on their first high...

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City Hall 9/11 Memorial: A Triangular plaque behind City Hall commemorates those who lost their lives on September 11th highlights in particular former Milford residents Seth Morris, Michael Miller, and Avnish Patel.

Monumental Milford

Remembering a Town's Fallen Heroes
Joseph DeFreitas, Staff Writer | March 29, 2022

     Milford, Connecticut is known for its stunning downtown and luscious Green. With hosts of lively shops and exquisite restaurants, downtown Milford can become an even more bustling place to be when the warm weather comes around. With the more commercial atmosphere the Green and downtown Milford...

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Keeping a Healthy Heart: Track and Field members Basit Iddris, Nate Huebner, and Joseph DeFreitas exercise a healthy heart on a snowy afternoon.

Heart Scan Revolution: Cardiac Imaging Takes a Leap

Luke Thomas and Joseph DeFreitas | February 24, 2022

     Within the United States, more than five million citizens live with congestive heart failure and an additional 550,000 thousand are diagnosed every year, as reported by Emory Health Care. The condition contributes to 287,000 deaths a year, with more than 50% dying within five years due to complications.   ...

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Inspiration On The Basketball Court: Foran Basketball player Joe Gaetano shoots a 3 against Hand settling the score against Hand in the Lions Den.

Klay Thompson: A Return to Ball

Luke Thomas and Joseph DeFreitas | January 31, 2022

     This past Sunday, after a long 941 days, Klay Thompson saw the court for the first time since game six of the 2019 NBA Finals, where he infamously tore his ACL in an effort to wheel the Golden State Warriors back from a 3-1 series deficit. His journey back to the game has been one to behold,...

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McPherson Square, Washington D.C. OCA national and AAJC organized a Rally for Asian Hate. Photo Courtesy: Anja Voges, March 21, 2021.

School Take on Asian Hate

Elizabeth Tran and Joseph DeFreitas | December 17, 2021

     Ever since the Covid-19 outbreak, discrimination among the Asian-American community, both nationally and locally, saw a significant increase. Stop AAPI Hate, a website tracking Asian hate crimes in the nation, highlighted just how prevalent the issue has been in recent months.       Between...

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Thanksgiving in Milford: A scarecrow is decorated with a character from the movie IT in downtown Milford. Photo courtesy: Fiani Lin, October 30, 2021.

Overcoming Covid-19 this Thanksgiving

Joseph DeFreitas and Luke Thomas | November 17, 2021

     2020 was a year of ups and downs for our community. With this year's holiday season just around the corner, many families are looking to celebrate Thanksgiving to its fullest, a bright change from the year before. With regulations on Covid-19 loosening up over the past months, and the vaccine...

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Faces of the 2021-2022 NBA Season: DeMar DeRozan, Russel Westbrook, and Klay Thompson in their 2021-2022 season jerseys.

Big Teams Making Big Moves

How the 2021 NBA Offseason has Fared and Who to Keep an Eye On
Tyler Vinhais and Joseph DeFreitas | October 18, 2021

     With the 2021-2022 NBA season approaching, many teams have made offseason moves altering their chances to win the NBA finals.       Teams such as the Los Angeles Lakers and Chicago Bulls have utilized this offseason to their advantage in forming a contending group for the championship.  ...

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