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

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