Wednesday, December 7, 2011

2011 December

I'm not sure if I've mentioned this before, but my wife Ellie has been trying something new for work. Ellie is a psychologist, and for years she was a clinical therapist with her own private practice. She got kind of burned out listening to the problems of people who didn't make any effort to change, and she took some time off. But since September, she's been teaching 2 sections of an introductory psych course at Dean College in Franklin, MA. She enjoys interacting with the kids, but doesn't like having to be a behavior cop in the classroom, which I don’t blame her for. But I'm certainly proud of her for trying out something new. I think that they’re lucky to have her for a teacher.

We found another classmate last month, bringing the number that we think we know the whereabouts of to 652, a new maximum! Yay us! Please send me any contact information for classmates that you come across. It all helps.

Thanks to everyone who contacted me about the detached retina I suffered in October. Since the first cryogenic procedure to re-attach it, I’ve had a laser procedure on the same retina (to help keep it in place) and another retina procedure on the other retina (to prevent that one from being a copycat and detaching also). I can’t claim that this has been a lot of fun, but I do still have good vision in both eyes, and it gets better week by week. Thank heavens for modern medical technology that makes this possible! We’re all at the age where we are dealing with medical issues of all kinds. It’s nice that our class can support each other as we go through these things.

I’ve been in touch with Linda M. (Rozzero) Ousterhout. Linda lived in Mississippi for a time in the 70s, after she married her husband David, but moved back to RI in 1978. Her son David graduated from Mississippi State and is now a golf course superintendent at the Mount Washington Resort in Bretton Woods, NH (a beautiful place!). Her daughter Maria graduated from Northeastern. Linda’s husband is the Director of Public works in Narragansett, RI. Linda has worked mainly in bookkeeping for a variety of companies in RI, including as Accounting Supervisor for South Shore Mental Health in Charlestown. They currently live in Narragansett, but intend to move to their second home in Bartlett, NH. “I enjoy the e-mail updates of our class. I have actually gotten in touch with a couple of former classmates that I have not spoken to in years.”

Mary Caldarola Smith is still in the teaching biz, working with first graders. She recently ran in the 10K part of the Marine Corps Marathon in Washington DC. She also plans to run a half-marathon in Orlando in February! “My kids are both in college so our house is very quiet. I like when they come home!”

Diane (Phillips) McCabe responded to the online fundraiser for the Cranston East music program. “It is good to hear that CHSE is still strong in the realm of music. One individual who deserves a huge "tip of the hat" is Paul Mancini, who was a mentor to me since I was in grade school: as a member of my school chorus, then the city chorus, and finally the CHSE chorus and acapella choir. I have come to respect his dedication to music, to those he taught, and to the Judeo-Christian content of the music we sang. Paul was never ashamed of it and allowed us to proclaim it through the music we sang.”

This brings up an interesting topic: Who at Cranston East influenced your life for the better?
For me, there were two special teachers: Mr. Horton and Miss Burns. I had Mr. Horton for English my first year at East. He passed out blank notebooks to us all and said, “Write.” I’ve been writing ever since. He was very encouraging with my first poems and stories. Thanks to him, writing has been both a career and a hobby for my entire life.
Miss Burns taught us calculus, and she did such a terrific job that, not only did I do well on the Calculus AP exam, but I also received three courses worth of math credit free in college, and I was well into my second year of college before I hit a math course that she hadn’t already taught us in high school! Not only that, but she somehow wangled for me and Paul Broomfield to attend a 3-week summer course in programming at URI, during which I learned how to program in 3 languages, which put me on the path of a lot of my later career working with computers.
I’m very lucky to have had both of these wonderful teachers. They literally changed my life.

Tom Iacono was interested in some of the RI history trivia mentioned in the last update. When Tom lived in Texas in the 80s, he read about and visited the Alamo, and noticed that there was a lone Rhode Islander listed amongst the defenders who died there. His name was Captain Albert Martin. Martin served as Col. Travis's emissary, meeting with Santa Anna's staff in a failed effort to have the two leaders meet and talk, then risking his life delivering an appeal letter for help, then returning to the Alamo with 32 more volunteers. He died at the age of 28 on March 6, 1836. “I don't know how, but his remains were returned to his birthplace and he is buried in the Old North Burial ground in Providence. Albert Martin is an American and Rhode Island hero that few, if any, Rhode Islanders know about.”

We have lots of ways to keep in touch online, now. For example, we have a web site:
(thanks to Ernie Sutcliffe for starting and maintaining)
and wiki:
(also thanks to Ernie)
and Facebook group:
and a Facebook event for the last Reunion:
Check out one or more of these easy ways to see what people are up to.

That’s it for me. What’s going on with you? Let us know!

Merry Christmas! Happy Chanukah! And best wishes for a wonderful New Year!

Ed DeJesus

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

2011 November

“What?!” you’re probably thinking. “Why am I getting this monthly update promptly on the first of the month instead of two weeks late like I’m used to?” We wanted you to be aware of something special that is going on that is time-sensitive. The Cranston High School East Music Department is in a national competition to receive a large sum of money, sponsored by the TV show Glee. Your part is simple: go to this web site:
and click on the VOTE button. You can vote once a day, every day until the deadline, which is November 7. As they say in Chicago, vote early and often!

No difference in numbers from last month. We still believe we know the whereabouts of 651 classmates.

Condolences to classmate Debra (Brzoza) Abilheira, whose father died last month. (Does anyone have an email address for Debbie?)

Condolences to classmate Gene Blair, whose father died in October.

I heard from classmate Harry Law, who assures me that I have his correct email address. Harry and his girlfriend live in Bellingham, MA. Between their blended families, they have 7 kids (ages 22 to -34) and 16 grandkids (from 1.5 through 17 years old). This sounds like a family where there’s always a LOT going on.

Classmate John Dyer, though living in Florida, is steeped in Rhode Island lore to share, including:
* Actor Christopher Walken lives on Block Island.
* Actor James Woods is living in RI caring for his elderly mother. His brother ran for mayor of Warwick a few years ago. He is related to the Wood's Heating family.
* The town of Quahog in the TV show Family Guy is modeled after Cranston. So says creator Seth MacFarlane. Your children will be sooooooooo impressed when they hear that one.
* In Ken Burns' documentary film The Civil War, Elisha Hunt Rhodes lived in Pawtuxet, on Broad Street across from Sheldon Street.
Who else has some Rhode Island trivia to share?

Multitalented classmate Joe Ricci is branching out yet again. He’ll be appearing in a local (Maryland) fund-raiser show for the Harford Leadership Academy on Tuesday, November 15. Joe will be performing a tribute to Groucho Marx, including classic movie bits and a song. Let’s wish Joe best wishes for a fun night.

We are still trying to track down long-missing classmate Karen R. (Griffin) Pettis. Does anyone have any contact with Karen?

We have lots of ways to keep in touch online, now. For example, we have a web site:
(thanks to Ernie Sutcliffe for starting and maintaining)
and wiki:
(also thanks to Ernie)
and Facebook group:
and a Facebook event for the last Reunion:
Check out one or more of these easy ways to see what people are up to.

Thank you to everyone who reached out to me after my problem with a detached retina in October. I’m back to work contracting and can perform most activities fine, including going to the gym. The right eye is still challenging, kind of like looking through a rainy windshield, but it’s improving week by week. I’ll be having a preventative laser procedure on my left eye in about a month, which I’m hoping will give me super vision powers. I’ll let you know.

That’s it for me. What have you been up to? Keep us up to date, okay?

Take care.

Ed DeJesus

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

2011 October

This has not been a fun week for me. I was having trouble with the vision in my right eye: a shadow across the left side of my field of view. Concerned, I saw my optometrist, who assured me that it was nothing serious, just one of those annoying floaters. But, within a few days, the blockage had gotten bigger and moved to the center of my field of view. I asked classmate Ernie Sutcliffe, who’s an ophthalmologist, for a referral, and got another from my primary care physician. The doctor who examined me told me I had a detached retina in my right eye, and immediately sent me to their retina expert. He confirmed the diagnosis, and I had a procedure done right there to reattach the retina, using a cryogenic instrument and an injected gas bubble (you don’t want the details, believe me).
Needless to say, this was all a tad disturbing. But, by the next day, the shadow was gone and I could see objects with my right eye. It’s been 5 days now, and I am starting to be able to see ordinary screen print. The doctors anticipate that I’ll recover most of my vision. They also found that my left eye is kind of tending in the same direction, so they plan to do a laser treatment on that one to fix that retina in place so it doesn’t go anywhere.
I’m really glad that there are such treatments for such problems. Otherwise…

I still haven’t gone through the info from the Reunion (and now I finally have a good excuse), but we did locate some more people through the magic of Facebook. As a result, we now think we know the whereabouts of 651 classmates, a new record! Yay us!

I do have some sad news to report. Classmate Ken Rogers died this past weekend in Florida after a long struggle against cancer. Here is his Facebook page with a final message from him, and tributes from friends and family:
Classmate Franne Donovan reports: “Ken Rogers's Memorial Service will be held on October 15, 2011 at Carpenter-Jenks Funeral Home, 659 E. Greenwich Ave, W. Warwick, RI. Visitation at 1 PM, memorial service at 2 PM, including military honors service. The Westerly Sun and the Providence Journal will have more information (Thursday edition).”
Our condolences to Ken’s friends and family.

Condolences to Gail McKenney Marsigliano on the death of her mother, Lillian McKenney.

Bruce Brailsford and his wife, Joyce, celebrated their 24th anniversary in August.
His youngest son Bill graduated from the University of Hartford this past December and is employed as a computer tech with the Branford School system.
Youngest daughter, Kelly, after nearly 3 years at UConn, decided she no longer wants to be a nurse and has transferred to the University of New Haven to become a Forensic Psychologist or something to that effect!
Oldest daughter Jaclyn is married to Roy, a Special Ed teacher at the Branford, CT High School and has a daughter Skylar who will be 3 in August and a son Cayson 6 months.
Oldest son Greg, the only one of 4 kids still in RI, just became the Senior Field Engineer with a Tech Firm in Fall River. Also, he and his wife Melissa are expecting their first child in October!
He also found this web site for the CHSE class of 1961, if you want to compare and contrast:

We’re still looking for classmate Karen Richardson Griffin Pettis, who fell off our radar a while ago. Any sightings?

I’m also unsure of a number of email addresses. If you know the correct email addresses for the folks in the list at the bottom, please let me know.

We have lots of ways to keep in touch online, now. For example, we have a web site:
(thanks to Ernie Sutcliffe for starting and maintaining)
and wiki:
(also thanks to Ernie)
and Facebook group:
and a Facebook event for the Reunion:
Check out one or more of these easy ways to see what people are up to.

Well, the Red Sox sure set records this season! Losing games in September, most pitiful showing against Baltimore…

That’s about it for me. What’s going on with you? What awful medical predicament would you like to share with everyone?


Ed DeJesus

Here are the people whose emails I’m not sure about. If you have email addresses for any of these folks, please let me know.
Sandra R. Orenberg Greenspan
Anne Ardillo Urbach
Anthony V. Grossi
John M. Lester
Susan Radtke Lindia
Brian McDonald
Robert Thompson
Arthur Butler
Roy Eckloff
Darlene Burdick Gnip
Dave Dowding
David Macaruso
David B. Fowler
Debra A. Pless Johnson
Dorothy Cantone McDonough
Harry Law
Gail Glen Whitfield
Barbara Joyce Halavik
James D. Bickford
Jane Garland Bartholomew
John D. Jetty
John L. Dyer
John W. Callahan
Linda Dimeo Gillooly
Marianne C. Votta
Terri (Maria) Gliottone Iannotti
Sheila J. Lawrence
Frances Grabowski Dorsky
Doreen Dias Holmes
Dianne C. Saffron Dugan

Thursday, September 8, 2011

2011 September

Except for the Reunion in June, this has not been a fun summer for me.
I was laid off in June, as I’ve reported. My car, washing machine, and
dryer all died. My sailboat developed an unfixable crack. My son went
through all kinds of uncertainties about which friends were or were
not going to share an apartment with him in the fall. Similarly, my
daughter didn’t find out for months where on campus she would be
living or with whom. Their financial aid got cut drastically due to a
ridiculous set of rules. And I never actually took any vacation.
Mind you, it all got better. I’ve been working at a contract that
looks like it will go at least to the end of the year. We have a new
washer and dryer, and I’m leasing a new car. I gave the sailboat to
someone who can fix it and sail it. My son is settled with 3 friends
in a Brookline apartment and loves it. My daughter has a new, friendly
roommate in a dorm with A/C. And my wife is excited about her new job
teaching psychology at Dean College. So, all’s well that ends well, I
guess. Still, the highlight was definitely the Reunion!

I still haven’t gone over all the information that people returned for
the Reunion, so our count remains the same: we think we know the
whereabouts of 649 classmates. Darn good after 40 years.

But here’s something weird. A classmate has
discovered 2 classmates who haven’t been on any of our lists for, oh,
about 40 years. Karen Richardson Griffin and Donna Marie Votolato, we
owe you an apology! If anyone has any information about either of
these alumni, please let me know, and I’ll try and get in touch with
them. Thanks for the sharp eyes, and to Ernie Sutcliffe for
passing the information along.

Condolences to Gail Cavanaugh Santosuosso, whose father died in July.

Condolences to Maryann Pezza Matano, whose mother died in August.

Sherry Brodeur Combs retired after 26 years as a civilian working with
the Army in July. She has already started work as a legal secretary in
the Clayton County (GA) District Attorney's Office. “I am looking
forward to it, new people, new ideas and new goals. And I guess you
could say a new life.”

Donald Aquilante reports that he and his wife really enjoyed the
Reunion. Their daughter made the Dean’s List at Johnson and Wales
University. She’s majoring in Hotel/Hospitality Management with a
minor in Casino Gaming and Cruise Ships. Which, I’m sure, sounds more
fun than it actually is to study.

Joe Ricci’s daughter Elizabeth has just started a blog with Here is a link to her first effort:
This is the same multi-talented young woman who won an award
for her work on this video:
I’m impressed!

Jakki Kougasian Horan, who also makes her living as a technical
writer, reports that her youngest daughter, Maggie, graduated from
American University in May. “I was overjoyed to have her home again.
In June, she landed a job as a forensic accountant in VA, and back she
went. She told me that, during the earthquake, she had to hang onto
her desk to keep her chair from rolling around, and while she was
rocking (but not rolling), she kept thinking, ‘This can't be an
earthquake. My life just isn't that interesting.’”
Jakki recently became an instant grandmother of two, thanks to her
oldest daughter, Victoria, and Victoria’s fiancé George’s two children
(ages 10 and 6). “I had no idea that I wanted to be a grandmother, but
once it happened, I felt that same sense of something important being
filled in my heart.”

We have lots of ways to keep in touch online, now. For example, we
have a web site:
(thanks to Ernie Sutcliffe for starting and maintaining)
and wiki:
(also thanks to Ernie)
and Facebook group:
and a Facebook event for the Reunion:
Check out one or more of these easy ways to see what people are up to.

I’ll bet your summer was better than mine. Write and tell us about
what you did, where you went, and how you spent your time.

Go Sox! And Pats!

Ed DeJesus

Friday, July 15, 2011

2011 July newsletter

Now that was a party! More than 200 classmates and their guests enjoyed our 40th Reunion, held at Bonnet Shores Beach Club in Narragansett on June 10. For many, this was their first reunion ever or their first one in a long time, and they picked a good one to attend. The setting was – no other word will do – perfect, under a kind of pavilion, open at the sides but protected by the surrounding buildings of the club, and only 50 feet from the beach! Mad props to Dan Barry for scoring this location. The food was great. The DJ lured people to dance, not that we require a lot of luring. Name tags were definitely necessary: I recognized a lot of people who hadn’t changed much from high school, but there was a lot of “Ohmygosh, is that you?” As often happens with a class of 720, you can’t know everybody, and I got to meet and talk to many classmates for the first time, as well as reconnect with long-time friends. I walked around in a kind of happy daze, just enjoying seeing all these people reconnecting. Our class is a fun bunch of nice people, and definitely the kind to party with. More than once, I heard people say, “We should do this every year!” Sounds good to me! It was great seeing everyone!
Photos from the bash are all over Facebook, especially on our class’s page:
and the Event page:

As I talked to people at the Reunion, I noticed, as I have so many times in the past, how many of our classmates make helping others a part of their life, whether it’s through their work, their family, or their pastimes. As a class, we have funded the Ruth P. Roseman Award since 1976 to provide small scholarships to CHSE students. The “profit” from the Reunion goes to fund this Award. We didn’t make as much profit this time around as we had hoped. If you would like to contribute a little something towards this Award, please send your tax-deductible donation to:
Pat Giarrusso
11 Bow and Arrow Trail South
Wakefield, RI 02879
Thank you!

BTW, if you’re looking for a DJ, the one from the reunion was very good (after we asked him to turn the volume down a little – sheesh, I felt like my grandfather!). You can reach Caswell Cooke at

I haven’t had a chance to go through all the returned slips that people mailed in with their checks, so I haven’t updated the class database yet. What a slug, right? So, no change in the numbers from last month. We still believe we know the whereabouts of about 649 classmates, quite a feat after 40 years.

Condolences to Christine Carlevale McAllister, whose father died only a few days ago.

Once again this year, Jon Foster will be riding in the PanMass Challenge to raise money to help the Dana Farber Cancer Institute conquer cancer. This is personal for Jon: his brother, Harris, just found out his cancer has returned. If you’d like to make a donation, or read more about this event, Jon’s page for this ride is at:
or you can mail donations directly to him at:
Jon Foster
149 Dexter Lane
North Scituate, RI 02857
Best of luck, Jon!

Teddy deCaro brags that her nephew, Jonathan Feiler, is the new Director of Wine Education and Head Sommelier at the Ocean House in Westerly/Watch Hill, RI. “If classmates are in the area, they should stop in and ask for him and say they graduated from Cranston East! They can enjoy wine with a delicious meal! He will explain the different wines and how it will pair with their meal. They also have Friday night clambakes.”
Twist my arm!

A great article about classmate Bill Dubé and his wife Eva Håkansson (whom we met at the Reunion) and their fascination with electric motorcycles:

A number of classmates stayed at Nancy and Tom Iacono's Bed and Breakfast in Narragansett for the Reunion. You can too! Contact them at (401) 792-8264 or

As foreshadowed in earlier messages, my company did in fact sell the division I worked for and I did in fact lose my job as a technical writer early in June. With some other high school classes, this would keep a person from attending a reunion out of embarrassment that they weren’t a golden financial success. Luckily, ours has never been that kind of “my yacht is bigger than your yacht” class. When I mentioned to folks at the Reunion that I’d been laid off, everyone offered their sympathy and encouragement, and some handed me their card and said, “Call me.” That’s the kind of class we have. By the way, I’m working as a contractor while I continue with my job search. We’ve all been there, right? It will work out.

We have lots of ways to keep in touch online now. For example, we have a web site:
user name: chse
password: kutnetski (yes, I know it’s misspelled)
(thanks to Ernie Sutcliffe for starting and maintaining)
and wiki:
(also thanks to Ernie)
and Facebook group:
and a Facebook event for the Reunion:

Our Facebook group is large, growing, and active. Dip a toe into the 21st century and check it out!

That’s it for me. How are things with you?

Yay, Bruins! Go Sox!

Ed DeJesus

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

2011 June newsletter

I’ve never played golf before, except the miniature kind with the little windmill and loop-the-loop. But I go by this driving range in my town all the time, and I’ve always been curious about what it’s like. This past week, my wife and daughter were traveling in California, and I found myself with some time on my hands, so I went to the driving range to try it out. For a small fee, they gave me a bucket of balls and a 7-iron, which I have no idea what the significance is. For a while, I watched other people hitting balls, which looked straightforward enough. They would put one of the balls on the square of green carpet, squint off into the distance, bend their knees, stare at the ball intently, lift the club as far as they could, then whack the ball. Easy. I did exactly as they did and totally missed the ball. But I persevered and finally did hit it. I also eventually got the ball to not ricochet off the little fence that protects the next player from my shots. I felt a real sense of accomplishment when one of my shots actually went up into the air, sailing almost to the 50-yard pole. After working my way through the bucket, I managed to get a few nearly to the 100-yard pole. I also gained a new respect for the golfers you see on TV. Golf is hard work. I can’t imagine playing an actual game: it would probably take me days to complete an entire course. Still, I tried something new, and that’s a good thing to do at any age.

The Numbers: As near as we can tell, we now know the whereabouts of 649 of our classmates, a new record! This is especially amazing, considering that we just did a gigantic mailing and had to admit that a lot of the addresses we had were wrong. Yay us!

Yes, there is still time to send your check in for the Reunion. Make it out for $50 per person, payable to “CHSE”, and send it to:
Pat Giarrusso
11 Bow and Arrow Trail South
Wakefield, RI 02879
I’m attaching a list of the nearly 150 people who have already sent in their checks, as of about a week ago. This is not everybody who’s going! Every day, I get emails from people telling me they just sent their money in. My guess is we’ll have about 200 classmates partying on the beach in Narragansett. Let’s get this party started!

The details, once again:
Friday, June 10, 2011
Bonnet Shores Beach Club
175 Bonnet Point Road
Narragansett, Rhode Island
Cocktails 6:30 ~ Buffet Dinner 7:30
Music ~ Cash Bar ~ Casual Attire
$50 per person attending
Facebook event:
Facebook group:

Q: Can I pay at the door? I may be able to come, but I’m still not sure.
A: Yes, but let Pat, Dan, or myself know beforehand if you’re thinking of coming.

Q: What should I bring?
A: A smile. A good attitude. A willingness to speak to at least one person you don’t know. Yearbook. Camera. Photos of your kids, grandkids, and great-grandkids. Or cats, grandcats, and great-grandcats.

Q: Shorts? Really?
A: Sunset in June in Narragansett: that could mean shorts. I’ll also bring long pants and a jacket. You never know.

Joe Ricci’s daughter Lizz recently won a MUSE Award, from the American Association of Museums, for a video she helped make about the Textile Museum. I happened to see this video and was very impressed by it. Congratulations!
Here’s a link to Lizz’s group’s video:

Don Aquilante tells us that he and his wife just celebrated their 36th anniversary. They have one son and one daughter, who just finished her sophomore year at Johnson & Wales.

I received a real genuine letter on real genuine paper from Donald Thacker the other day. He regrets that he won’t be able to attend the reunion, but wishes everyone good health and happiness. Donald lives in Valatie, New York with his wife of 30 years, Shirley. They have two sons, Donald 3rd (26) and Bryan (23). Donald works for Amtrak, and Shirley is a teaching assistant for children with learning disabilities. He expects to retire in two years. It was great hearing from him.

We have lots of ways to keep in touch online now. For example, we have a web site:
(thanks to Ernie Sutcliffe for starting and maintaining)
and wiki:
(also thanks to Ernie)
and Facebook group:
and a Facebook event for the Reunion:
Check out one or more of these easy ways to see what people are up to.

That’s it for me. Remember: get your checks in for the Reunion. I hope to see you there!

Ed DeJesus

Here are the people who had already sent in their money for the Reunion as of about a week ago. Many are bringing spouses or significant others:
Richard DiGennaro
Monika Szynkarski Curnett
William Holmes
Sandra Yattaw Hoyt
Helen Dittleman-Dolan
Arthur Toegemann
Susan Moretti Buontempo
Monty Gold
Dezi Halmi
Dennis Eckloff
Thomas Iacono, Nancy Goldis
Wayne Wallace
Roberta Martellucci
Donald Aquilante
Steve Wasser
Bonnie Kennedy Lynn
Roberta Henry
Gail Fowler Mohanty
Ernie Rheaume
Trudy Saccoccia Cipriano
Jennifer Jutras Chace
Bill Donovan
Beverly Caldarola McFarland
Robert Wilson
Corinne Kilpeck
Gene Blair
Mark Hall
Anthony Limberakis
Carol Myron
Dan Squillante
Kevin Dailey
Franne Donovan
Barbara Abbott Tuttle
Jean Conneely Smith
Joyce Singer Lee
Ed Dejesus
Bill Dube
Jane Garland Bartholomew
Debra Feldman DeAlmo
Anna Ambrosino
Linda Carcieri
Louis SanAntonio
Karen Kahn Rubin
Dan Deery
Catherine Burgess Dibiase, Thomas Burgess
Linda Gronneberg Gaulin
Ron Carn
Robert Avakian, Carine Avakian
Larry Gibson
Pamela Pinskey
David Deverell
Paul Sciaraffa
Susan Rotella
Terri Gliottone Iannotti
Cosima Fallon
Walter Horridge, Kathy Horridge
Frank Koslow, Kathy Canavan
Candace Williams Gauvin
Marilyn Wexler, Steve Kingsbury
Paul Varadian
John Callahan
Wayne Kezerian
Lynne FreedmanTurkus
Ed Ianni, Rena Ianni
Mary Caldarola Smith
Janice Moretti
Carol Madonna Sears
Susan Beach Dyl
Paula Pasquale
Gerald Renza
Pat Giarrusso
Debi Zannella Iacono, Dennis Fontaine
Pat Dewey Giarrusso
Tony Grossi
Michael Mizer
Richard White
Brian McMahon, Diane McMahon
Lauren Goding Johnson
Donna Stubbs Procaccianti
Diane Fusco
Patti Nulman Simpson, Noel Simpson
Rhonda Rinaldi Pomeroy, John Pomeroy
John Scanlon
Judy Baker Danho, Gabriel Danho
Claudia Sugerman Akerstein
Ernie Shaghalian Jr.
Donna Lepizzera Caldamone
Anna Dias Laughren
Ruth Carlevale McAllister, Mike McAllister
Barbara Buckler Shapiro
Brenda Pandozzi D’Aguanno, Steven D’Aguanno
Donald Baker, Mary Baker
Todd Moody, Connie Moody
Sharon Simone Girard
Alison Barrie
Jean Colaneri, Richard McGovern
Joel Levine
Donna Schultz Hudson, James Hudson

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

CHSE 1971 Reunion FAQs

Here are some frequently asked questions about the upcoming Reunion.

Q: When and where is the Reunion?
A: Friday, June 10, 2011
Bonnet Shores Beach Club
175 Bonnet Point Road
Narragansett, RI 02882
6:30 - ?

Q: Is that like right on the water, with a fantastic sunset view of
Narragansett Bay?
A: Yes!

Q: Sweet! How much is this going to cost me?
A: A mere $50 per person

Q: Not bad! What does that include?
A: Fantastic and memorable setting for a reunion
Terrific buffet-style dinner
DJ playing tunes that we’ve actually heard of
Friends you haven’t seen in a LONG time: Priceless!

Q: How about, you know?
A: Yes, there’s a cash bar.

Q: Is this on the magnificent sandy beach, with the surf pounding, and
the waves hissing right up onto the sand?
A: That’s the one.

Q: Do I have to get all dressed up for this?
A: Nope. Casual attire.

Q: Do I need to lose 50 pounds before June 10th?
A: No. We want you to look like the rest of us.

Q: What if I don’t want to drive home afterwards?
A: Try these hotels for special rates:
Nancy and Tom Iacono's Bed and Breakfast (401) 792-8264
Holiday Inn, South Kingstown 401-789-1051 877-805-9008
The Village Inn at Narragansett Pier 401-783-6767
Pearls, 41 Pelham Street, Newport 401-848-0061

Q: So, who’s going?
A: You know that kid from your homeroom? Yeah, he’s going. And that
girl with the hair? Her, too. And that kid who – I wish they’d taken a
picture of that for the yearbook! He’ll be there.

Q: Sounds awesome! Am I too late to sign up?
A: Not at all.

Q: So where should I send my check?
A: Pat Giarrusso
11 Bow and Arrow Trail South
Wakefield, RI 02879
Please make the check out to CHSE

Q: Is there a Facebook page where I can find classmates before the Reunion?
A. Yup. This one’s for the Reunion itself:
And this one’s for the class of 1971 in general:

Q: Thanks!
A: Anytime. See you there!

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

2011 May newsletter

My company, Iron Mountain, is trying to sell the division that I work in, Digital, to an as-yet-unknown buyer. Agita! I’m kind of hoping we get bought by Disney, or maybe Hershey’s. Anyway, this is not the ideal scenario when you have two kids in college and your wife is out of work. I’ll let you know what happens.

Last month, I mailed out more than 700 invitations to the Reunion. Boy, is my tongue tired! What’s even more astonishing than the number sent out is that only 77 have come back from the Post Office marked as Return To Sender, Unable To Forward, or Kidnapped By Space Aliens. Compare this to the last time I sent out a mailing like this 5 years ago, when we mailed out about 500 invitations and about 200 were returned. Part of the difference this time around is because online people-search is so much better now: when I did a diligent search for missing classmates, I actually found them. But most of the credit goes to everyone who made phone calls for me, rounding up stray classmates. Thanks to all of you for making this so successful!

Oh, right, the numbers. As near as we can tell, we now know the whereabouts of 646 of our classmates, a new record! Compare that to 7 years ago, when I first started keeping track of this, when we only had 400 or so. Yay!

If you haven’t sent in your check for the Reunion, do it right now. I’ll wait. Make it out for $50 per person, payable to “CHSE”, and send it to:
Pat Giarrusso
11 Bow and Arrow Trail South
Wakefield, RI 02879
This is going to be a great party! We have a beautiful location, at Bonnet Shores Beach Club, which should be fantastic at sunset. We’re arranging delicious food, fun music, and a cash bar. I, personally, have reserved a room at a local hotel so I don’t have to drive home afterwards. Classmates are flying in from all over the country – and from out of the country! You DON’T want to miss this once-in-a-lifetime event. See you there!

Speaking of which, Tom and Nancy Iacono may still have room at their bed and breakfast. You can contact them at or 401-792-8264.

As I’ve mentioned before, there is a down side of trying to contact classmates. We’ve just learned that classmate Susan Wylie died about two years ago, of cancer. She was a Special Education teacher. She taught and lived in many places, including California and London. Her father reports that she lived a life of dedication and commitment. She didn’t marry, and had no children. Our condolences to Susan’s family and friends.

Dale (Waterman) Bonanno shared memories of our classmate Dave Stewart. “When we were in Park View, Dave, Karen Robinson, and I used to go to the old Park Cinema and meet there. We’d tell those old jokes about books with silly titles and authors. We really had some great laughs together. I am glad I have those memories about him, he was a great guy. That memory about him never fades.”
Thanks for sharing, Dale. It’s good to remember our classmates like this.

If you’ve been following his blogs, you know that Dave Fowler did successfully run the Boston Marathon yet again. I’ve lost count of how many times this is. You can read about it here:
You can still make donations to the foundation that Dave set up in memory of his son, Nick, here:
or here:
Congratulations to Dave!

Dave Lanni reports that he recently had the opportunity to personally meet Michelle Obama and Jill Biden at a special military event held at Sears Holdings Distribution Center in Columbus, Ohio. This event kicked off the Military Recognition Campaign called "Joining Forces". “Both Michelle and Jill were very impressive with their presentations as well as this initiative, which is truly patriotic in recognizing the employment needs of our service men and women.” Dave has a new position as Vice President of Human Resources for the Arden Companies, a Midwest manufacturer of outdoor furniture and accessories. Best wishes on the new job!

Anna (Dias) Laughren and her family have lived just outside of Washington, DC in Rockville MD since 1984. She is a nurse manager at a small hospital in Montgomery County, MD. Her husband is a Division Director for the FDA. Her oldest daughter, Kelly, is finishing her degree in visual arts at the University of Maryland, Baltimore Campus. Younger daughter, Emily, is attending Boston University (Anna’s alma mater for grad school) and is a computer science major. Emily lives near Fenway and it’s always fun to go and visit her. Anna and her family are planning a trip to Sand Hill Cove this year. “We went back last year for the first time in about 10 years. Reconnected with some old friends including Kathy Stamp. We had a blast!!! RI will always be home!!! What can you say about a place where the beach is only 40 minutes away at the most!!!”

We have lots of ways to keep in touch online now. For example, we have a web site:
(thanks to Ernie Sutcliffe for starting and maintaining)
and wiki:
(also thanks to Ernie)
and Facebook group:
and a Facebook event for the Reunion:
Check out one or more of these easy ways to see what people are up to.

That’s it for me. Remember: get your checks in for the Reunion. You don’t want to miss out!

Have a \s/uper day!

Ed DeJesus

Monday, April 11, 2011

2011 April newsletter

Well, we all survived spring break, with my son and daughter both back from college for a week. The biggest issue was about cars. I need to take my car to work each day, and my wife was driving a rental (long story involving recalls) that neither kid was old enough to drive. I think I’m going to have to buy them some kind of car to use for the summer. When I was in college, I owned a series of crappy cars, which were all I could afford. The last one was a sort of mongrel Buick that was the size of an aircraft carrier and had fenders from four different cars on it. Other drivers would literally swerve out of my way when they saw that car coming, naturally assuming that anyone driving a POS like that must be either a lunatic or a demolition derby trainee. It cost me $50 at the time. It was the car I owned when I started my first job out of college at IBM. While I was out of town on a training class, this car was impounded by the police and I never saw it again. I’m looking for something like that for my kids. Now, though, I may go as high as $51.

As you can imagine, with the Reunion coming up, we’ve been putting a lot of extra effort into finding missing classmates. The results have been dramatic. We’ve “found” more than 50 fellow classmates in just the last month. This brings the total of those whose whereabouts we think we know to 585, an all-time high. I’d like to thank everyone who has been helping with new information about classmates, but especially Franne Donovan, Cosima Fallon, George Alford, Lauren Goding Johnson, Ernie Rheaume, Dan Deery, Jon Foster, Pat Dewey Giarrusso, Alison Barrie, and Gene Blair. I hate making phone calls, and these people saved me from that task. Thank you!

I also have to give special thanks to Ernie Sutcliffe for setting up our wonderful online yearbook. I’ve been using this fantastic resource A LOT to track down classmates to send invitations to. Thank you!

Dan Barry has a few items about the Reunion to share:
* The committee is working on getting either a 60s type band or a DJ to provide music throughout the event. It will be a fun night at the beach.
* If you want to help out with preparations, or at the Reunion itself, contact Dan or myself.
* As we have done in previous years, any profit from the Reunion will help to fund the 2012-2016 Ruth P. Roseman Award that our class gives to the student or teacher who did the most for the graduating class. We have been doing this most years since 1976.
* Please reach out to any classmates you are in contact with to let them know about the Reunion and encourage them to attend.
* Get your reservation to Pat Giarrusso at 11 Bow and Arrow Trail South, Wakefield, RI 02879.

If you’re looking for a place to stay before, during, or after the Reunion, please keep in mind Nancy and Tom Iacono's Best Kept Secret Bed and Breakfast in Narragansett (401-792-8264. Only $75 for classmates, breakfast included! (Usually $150.)

Everyone should be receiving a paper invitation within the next few days. We mailed out 700! If you don’t receive one, please let me know. We may not have your correct mailing address.

It’s always a thrill to locate a classmate who we’ve lost track of for a while. Sadly, there’s another side to that picture, namely, that when we start looking for classmates, we find that some of them have died. We believe that the following classmates have died:
* Betty Ann McElroy in 1999
* David B. Stewart in 2010 (online article here
* Jacalyn Ann Chartier Pico in 2002 (online article here
* Barry Lindia, in 2010 (online article here Classmate Kathleen Stamp writes that she worked with Barry at the Providence Journal and everyone there loved him.
If anyone would like to contribute a remembrance of any of these classmates, please send them to me.

As many of you know, classmate Dean Bengtson is a missionary in Sendai, Japan, in the middle of the area that has been devastated by a massive earthquake, tsunami, and radioactivity from the nearby nuclear reactor. Dean is making a tremendous effort to help people get the necessities of life as they try to put their lives back together. If any classmates would like to support this project, please visit Samaritan's Purse (Japan Relief) at

Dave Fowler continues his preparations for participating in this year’s Boston Marathon, in memory of his son, Nick. You can read all about his struggles here:

Dan Deery sent me a beautiful photo from his son’s wedding last year at Clemson University. Young Daniel and his new wife are both civil engineers and work for the same company in Greenville, SC. Dan’s oldest daughter Sarah is in her 3rd year at the Vanderbilt School of Medicine in Nashville. Dan’s youngest daughter Rebecca is a junior at Clemson majoring in biological sciences and secondary education. Dan’s wife Robyn works for Georgia Pacific as a Plant Controller. They’ve been married for 25 years. Dan says, “I’m retired now for the 3rd time and looking for the next big opportunity. I've been awfully blessed with bright, healthy and hard-working kids with really good heads on their shoulders.”

Dan Barry’s daughter, Meghan Barry, is vice president and co-founder of the animal rescue group Help Save One. Read more about their work here:

Marilyn Wexler Kingsbury writes that her older son is a senior at Muhlenberg College in Allentown, Pennsylvania (where coincidentally classmate Alan Mittleman's wife runs the Hillel). He’s been accepted at Tufts Graduate School, within commuting distance of where Marilyn and her husband live. Her younger son is a sophomore at William and Mary in Williamsburg Virginia. Marilyn says, “I find it a little strange that they text message each other in the house, but I know that is a generational phenomenon.”

We have lots of ways to keep in touch online, now. For example, we have a web site:
(thanks to Ernie Sutcliffe for starting and maintaining)
and wiki:
(also thanks to Ernie)
and Facebook group:
and a Facebook event for the Reunion:
Check out one or more of these easy ways to see what people are up to.

That’s all from me. What are you up to these days? We’d all be interested to hear.

Have a super day!

Ed DeJesus

Thursday, March 10, 2011

March 2011 Update

My son and daughter, who are both in college, are coming home for Spring Break next week. I have mixed feelings about this. On the one hand, I love having them around and getting to have actual conversations with them, instead of the disjointed text message exchanges we usually have. I’ll get to hear about what they’re studying, who they’re hanging out with, and what music I’ve never heard of they’re listening to. On the other hand, Ellie and I are starting to get used to a semi-empty nest. We kind of like having the whole house just to ourselves. We’re becoming accustomed to only having each other to consult about what to eat for dinner and how to spend our evenings. And we’re actually getting to spend time together as a couple, which we’d almost forgotten how to do. So, having the house the way it used to be will be a change and take a little adjustment. But this is one of those good problems to have: at least my kids are coming home, and they have a home to come home to.

With the Reunion approaching fast, we are making a dedicated effort to find as many missing classmates as possible, and to verify the contact information of the ones we already have. As a result, we now thing we know the whereabouts of 528 classmates, which is a new all-time record! Many people have been passing along contact info, including Gene Blair and Ernie Rheaume. I have to give a special thank you to Franne Donovan and Cosima Fallon, who have been making many many phone calls to contact classmates. If you are in contact with any classmates, please let me know whatever info you have.

Condolences to Anthony Limberakis, whose father, John A. Limberakis, died in June. His father was a priest in the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America for more than 60 years, including 15 years at the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church in Cranston. Here’s a memorial site to Father Limberakis:

George Alford was involved in a serious rollover car accident in February. Despite significant injuries, George is on the mend. He says, “I could say I was just lucky, and that I wear a seatbelt all the time, and that is what saved me, but I know better than that. God holds all the cards, all of them. We are under his law, and love.” You can contact George at

As many of you know, David Fowler makes a practice of running in the Boston Marathon each year as a fundraiser in memory of his son, Nick. This year, Dave is starting a foundation called “Help in the Nick of Time” to carry on Nick’s caring spirit. You can read all about it on Dave’s blog:
I recommend reading the blog just to enjoy Dave’s writing. If you think you can contribute or help out, so much the better.

Several people let me know that Florence Cardogno Voccola was recently interviewed on the local RI news at her F Bianco women’s boutique. Here’s a link to that interview:

Let’s see, what is that I’m forgetting? Oh, yes! We’re having our 40th-year Reunion on Friday, June 10, 2011 at the beautiful Bonnet Shores Beach Club in Narragansett, RI. Cocktails will be available at a cash bar at 6:30 PM, followed by a buffet dinner at 7:30. That should allow plenty of time for circulating and conversing. Casual dress. Tickets are $50 per person. Please mail checks made out to “CHSE” to:
Pat Giarrusso
11 Bow and Arrow Trail South
Wakefield, RI 02879
Thank you to Pat for handling the money once again!

After seeing some of what goes on behind the scenes of an event like the Reunion, I want to express my thanks to class president Dan Barry for all that he does. There are, no exaggeration, a thousand details that must be taken care of, and Dan consistently steps up to volunteer his time – and money – to make sure that everything goes well. Let me tell you that not all alumni classes are as lucky as we are. My sister’s class, also from CHSE, has a president who is AWOL, not even attending the reunions, never mind planning and managing them. Please take the time, at some point, to thank Dan for all he is doing for us.

By the way, there is lots to be done already, and we can use your help. We are trying to contact all classmates either with a mailed invitation, an email message, or a phone call. We need people to call classmates and verify addresses. If you can dial 10 digits, you can help. Please contact me and I’ll give you some numbers to call. As we get closer to the time, there will be other tasks to be done.

At the bottom, you’ll see the names of some of the classmates we’re still looking for. Please let me know if you have any clues for any of them.

We have lots of ways to keep in touch online, now. For example, we have a web site:
(thanks to Ernie Sutcliffe for starting and maintaining)
and wiki:
(also thanks to Ernie)
and Facebook group:
and a Facebook event for the Reunion:
Check out one or more of these easy ways to see what people are up to.

Baseball season’s starting soon! Go Sox!

Have a super day!

Ed DeJesus

Here are the people we’re looking for. Please let me know if you have any clues:
James F. Adams
Alice A. Allard Greenard
Joyce Amato
Anna Ambrosino
April Amiot Howell
Phillip M. Arons
George F. Bagley
Linda Baris
Rebecca E. Barnes
Susan E. Beach Dyl
Doris A. Benson
Paula Boffa Taylor
Janet Bonner DelBonis
Bruce Bookbinder
Susan J. Bottomley
Linda A. Bouchard
Robert W. Boyd
Susan Brill
Shelley L. Brough Mingus
Linda Arlene Brousseau Gormley
Charles Brown
Curtis Brown
Dorothy Buchanan Rocchio
Janet Buckley Flynn
Joseph Cacchiotti
Elaine Cantagallo Mailhot
Mona T. Carron
Joseph F. Carter
Claire M. Cassiere
Donald Castrignano
Gail Cedar Heymsfield
Stephen Champagne
Christine Champane Babbidge
Susan R. Charboneau
Jacalyn Chartier Pico
Paul Ciccone
David E. Cohen
Harvey Cohen
Janet P. Cohen
Marcia C. Cohen
William Collinson
John Collinson
John Conaty
Jean Conneely Chiello
Maureen Conway Hallam
Steven H. Cook
Michael Creta
Donna Croner Pytka
Timothy J. Cunningham
Michaela Daley Pilloni
Theresa Danella Tanner
Russell A. DeConti
Susana Del Carpio
Jane M. Delbonis Angelini
Steven Delponte
Joanne M. Desimone
Lucille M. Desimone
Ronald J. Desimone
Vincent DiBattista
Anthony R. Difillipo
Joseph DiFusco
Joan DiMeglio
Ray J. Eisenstadt Immerman
Karen C. Erickson
Edward A. Faiola
Elyse Feldman
Stephen C. Feragne
Robert Fitzgerald
Paula J. Frye
Joyce Fusco
David Galoski
Cynthia M. Geremia Fox
Clifford Goodhue
Stephanie Grant Dutra
Barbara Green Darowski
Marlene Greenberg
Marc Greenfield
Milton Greenhalgh
James Grimshaw
Sandra G. Grossi Howie
Demetrio Guerriero
Mary Haggstrom Ostrowski
John F. Hanley
Timothy J. Harrington
Craig Hart
Linda Harwood
Frederick D. Hoyle
Colleen Hughes Kraft
Susan Hunter Lee
Frank Iacabbo
Donna A. Jamgochian
Diane L. Jamgochian
Kathleen Johnston Morrison
Michael Jones
Julie A. Kasmicski
Mark Kemble
Barbara A. Lake
Edward Lawrence
Barry J. Levin
Robin Faith Levy
Robert Long
Jeffrey C. Lucas
Sharlene Lundy
Jennifer R. Lyles
Louis Macaruso
David MacNeill
Michael E. Mailhot
Gary Manchester
Louise Marchetti
Richard A. Marrocco
Paul K. Martin
Joanne Martini
Audrey Mastrostefano
Jo-Anne Mattera Andreoli
David W. Maynard
Frederick J. McCaughey
Joseph P. McDonald
Betty Ann McElroy
Linda Meglio
Charles E. Melino
Walter R. Mendillo
Richard C. Merlino
Robert Merluzzo
John Miller
Robert E. Mills
Michael F. Mizer
Stephen F. Moran
Jessica G. Morris
Joanne V. Murphy Cady
James E. Nerney
Joseph J. Nevola
Francesca Notti McDonald
Ellen O'Neil Capaldi
Robert J. Paliotta
Richard Parenteau
Marie S. Pasquazzi Lawton
Kenneth Pastore
Randy Perry
Michael Pomfret
Roxane Poulin
Joyce Prignano
Lynn D. Proctor Cameron
Debra Quattrucci
Marianne V. Quinn
Alajander Rekrut
Steven Renzi
Lynn M. Reuter
Jo-An Ricci
Catherine Ricci Chenes
Mary E. Robbins
Karen A. Robinson
Paul G. Roiff
Wayne R. Russo
Anna M. Ryan
Antonio Sabella
Trudy Saccoccia Cipriano
Beverly Samson Goyer
Sebastian Santoro
Steven Santurri
Linda S. Schietromo
Donna J. Sciarra
Shirley Senecal Klug
Rhonda L. Shapiro
Susan L. Sheehan
James Sheridan
Louis Shore
Carol Silk
Dennis Silvia
Robert M. Sivo
Sharon A. Soderlund Cormier
William J. Sousa
Anthony J. Sousa
Eileen R. Spelman
Stephen J. Spera
Daniel Squillante
Kathleen M. Stamp
David B. Stewart
Paula Tagliaferri Morretti
Frances Terranova
Donald E. Thacker
Cheryl Thomas
John J. Tobin
Claudia M. Tocco
Paul R. Tracy
Michael J. Tremblay
Debra L. Urbano Domenico
Diane Vanasse
Francis J. Vincent
Richard M. Volpe
Dennis Wahl
Laura Waite Sullivan
Donna Waldron
Sharon A. Walker
James Wall
Lawrence Werchadlo
Richard J. White
Pamela Wholey Gelfuso
Thomas J. Wiggins
Maureen Willette
Jacqueline T. Zanca