Tuesday, April 1, 2014

2014 April

I give up. Where did March go? I had the best of intentions of getting a newsletter out in March, but something kept coming up. Work. Avoiding work. Shoveling – still! Something. Always something.
I guess the biggest something was that my daughter went to Arizona for a week on an alternative spring break. She and 10 kids from her college worked at a homeless center there, and stayed at the staff’s group home. She loved it. Didn’t want to come home. Got to see the Grand Canyon, too, which is on my bucket list. A wonderful experience for her.
But a reminder for me. You see, in August she’s going to Denver for 11 months. She’s going to be volunteering at a school for underprivileged kids there, and living in a group home with other recent grads who are also volunteers in the area. 11 months. My little girl. I’m not sure what this is going to be like. I’m not sure how well I’m going to sleep for 11 months with my daughter 1,981 miles away. I’m hoping it’s going to be great for her.
But you know what it means if it is.

Some sad news. Classmate Jimmy Wall died in February. His obituary is here:
http://www.lincolnfuneralhome.org/obituaries/obit_view.php?id=540
As always, please share any remembrances of Jimmy.
Condolences to his family and friends.

Mr. Kenneth Leshner, a long-time teacher and coach at Cranston East, died recently. Here’s his obituary:
http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/providence/obituary.aspx?n=kenneth-leshner&pid=170261530&fhid=28475
Condolences to his family and friends.

The numbers haven’t changed at all since last time. We still think we know the whereabouts of about 672 of our classmates. Let me know if you get some new contact information.

Cosima Fallon is very proud of her older brother, Dave Fallon. “A current news anchor/reporter and afternoon host with RI public radio station WRNI is being inducted into the RI Radio Hall of fame on May 8th at Twin River. A 46 year news career includes 20 years in Boston Radio and 20 years in Providence Radio, including WPRO, WEAN, WPJB and several in Boston and Hartford. Fallon is also a former director of the RI General Assembly's Legislative Press bureau.”
Here's a link http://ripr.org/post/riprs-own-dave-fallon-honored-rhode-island-radio-hall-fame

David Fowler continues to prepare to run the Boston Marathon again this year, as a fundraiser for his son’s foundation. He writes great blogs about his training here:
http://speakerscorner-dave.blogspot.com/

I’m probably the only classmate who doesn’t run into Gene Blair at Twin Oaks.  Luckily, he lets me know what’s going on with him through email. “Things are well here. Our 2 boys are married, homeowners, and parents now. Nicholas is a  programmer and a producer at channel 12, after being a program manager at WPRO radio for many  years. He and his wife have an 18-month-old son. Our younger son Joseph is a Phys Ed teacher and football and basketball coach at Mount Pleasant High. He and his wife (also a teacher, at Matunuck Elementary) have a 5-month-old baby girl. The house does seem empty but when the grandkids show up I feel like I'm 30 years old again. My wife Joanne and I recently traveled to Italy with friends and family, including Napoli, Amalfi, Sorrento, Pompeii, Florence, and Rome, where we saw Pope Francis. Then on to Monaco, St. Tropez, Barcelona, and Madrid. One notch off the Bucket List!”

Carol Safford DeBeradinis is celebrating the recent birth of her new granddaughter, Lily Paige. Lily was born on February 18th and is beautiful and healthy.

Neal Storme is a popular and energetic musician in Seattle. He and his group have a gig in Pioneer Square on Friday. Check him out here:
http://fandalism.com/nealstorme/

We have lots of ways to keep in touch online, now. For example, we have a web site:
www.chse1971.com
(thanks to Ernie Sutcliffe for starting and maintaining)
and Facebook group:
http://www.facebook.com/reqs.php#/group.php?gid=51722469479
and a Facebook event for the last Reunion:
http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=192240297471327
and for the recent Birthday Party:
https://www.facebook.com/events/529679410426095/
Check out one or more of these easy ways to see what people are up to.
And, by the way, I post these updates online at http://chse1971.blogspot.com/.

Question: what was your FAVORITE vacation, and what made it so?

Going to see the Red Sox Monday night. Yes, I’m wearing snow gear.

See you next month.

Ed DeJesus
exdejesus@gmail.com



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