Sunday, September 27, 2015
Four more classmates!
Gary Schultz, Dan Quinn, Sharon Rubenstein and Patrick Kirk (not pictured) have all bought their tickets, bringing the classmate count to 82, 105 total, with three weeks to go! Sharon will be making her way here from San Francisco, while the other three will all be coming from New Jersey. It is especially good to hear that Dan will be joining us, as he was previously listed as "Haven't heard from" in our Who's going? list.
A new round of Classmate Trivia questions have been posted, as well as the answers to last round's questions. Click below to play!
Friday, September 25, 2015
From Suzy Hering Jones-
Hi everyone I am very sorry to tell you this but I
will not be able to attend as planned. I just came home last night from a 2 day hospital stay after what they first thought was a possible stroke but later determined to be Bell's Palsy. The way I
look right now I am ready for Halloween (I will be the Joker this year) but definitely not ready to see you guys. Also I have a compromised immune system again due some previous more serious issues
and flying or being in crowds isn't in their top 10 things for me to do in the next few months!
I know you will all have a terrific time and I am looking forward to seeing all of the pictures!
Suzy Hering Jones
She wore Levi's, was crazy about the Stones, loved Wild Horses and had a crush on a guy named Frank. Kit Villani Argenti reminded us of all this when she completed her Classmate Profile Questionnaire. Check the Classmate Profile of Kit and many other members of the Class of '75, and if you haven't yet completed your questionnaire, what are you waiting for?
Thursday, September 24, 2015
Mike Chico will be joing us on October 17. Mike has stayed in the area here, and still lives in Bergen County. We look forward to seeing him!
Wedenesday, September 23, 2015
Today, Wayne Olsen begins his occasional blog here, with his own humorous take on Classmate Trivia.
September 22, 2015
PVHS Homecoming - This Saturday!
Pascack Valley High School Principal Tom
DeMaio has extended his invitation to our class to attend the second annual Homecoming BBQ. The barbecue will be held adjacent to the football field on Saturday, September 26, 2015 from
11:30 a.m- 4:30 p.m. while the PVHS football team takes on West Milford High School at 1:00 p.m.
The event will feature food, music, and fun, an will be a great opportunity to hang out with some old classmates at our old stomping grouds. The barbecue will be held rain or shine (if there is inclement weather the event will be held inside the school). Admission to the BBQ is $10 for adults and students and $7 for children 10 years old and under.
If you're interested in joining us, send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saturday, September 21, 2015
We are pleased to welcome Sue Clark Dauria, who just purchased her ticket to the Main Event.
Sunday, September 20, 2015
Three more classmates!
Wendy Piper Stitz, Alice Scotten and Nancy Dinneny Corcoran-Davidoff have each just bought their tickets for the October 17 Main Event! Wendy is driving 12 hours from her home in North Carolina to join us, while Alice is coming from Delaware. Nancy, forever a Jersey girl, still lives in Bergen County and was kind enough to give a nice donation, for which we are thankful!
With about four weeks to go, we are well beyond our numbers for the 35 year reunion. We now have 77 classmates paid, 98 attendees altogether, compaired with 74 and 87, respectively, in 2010. We are on our way to reaching our target of 100 classmates!
Saturday, September 19, 2015
The tour of Pascack Valley High School has been scheduled Saturday afternoon of Reunion Weekend, October17, 2015, at 2:00 pm. For those who attended back in 2010, you know that this was one of the highlights of the weekend. Principal Tom DeMaio was kind enough to make special arrangements for us, as was Assistant Principal John Puccio who will be volunteering his time to lead the tour. Assisting will be Kathie Schaefer Warner's daughter, PV senior Janine Warner.
Friday, September 18, 2015
$10.00 Reunion Tickets Available
From the early planning stages of our reunion, it has been our main objective to see to it that none of our classmates misses out on this great event because of costs. We want to make sure that everyone who wants to attend, does attend. To that end, we are now able to offer a very limited number of $10.00 tickets to those classmates who might otherwise not be able to join in the festivities. This offer is open only to classmates, and not to guests, and will be sold on a first come, first served basis. We also would ask if your financial situation permits, a full price ticket may be purchased here.
Thursday, September 17,2015
Diane Fulcher Koester sends her regrets, along with a very nice donation. Thanks, Diane!
This is Diane Fulcher Koester. I do not think I will be able to come out east for our reunion.
Although I say that, I have learned to never say never. I one time said I would not move cross country and here I am living outside Seattle Washington. As much as I would love to come to see everyone, I have once again gone back to school and will will be starting work in October. I have been known to do things on a spur of the moment, so if I can last minute, I will let you know. I have made a donation either way. Enjoy and please take lots of photos.
Also please tell anyone if they head out to see beautiful Seattle let me know
Tuesday, September 15, 2015
New classmate profiles have been posted!
See what Stephanie Serra Dalley, Glenn Lutjens, Paul Jackson and Paul Stuckey have been up to, here!
Monday, September 14, 2015
From the shores of Barnegat Bay, Steve Burton will be arriving here for Reunion Weekend. Steve is the owner of the Marina at Southwinds in Forked River, New Jersey, and from the looks of his Facebook page, it would appear that life is good!
Saturday, September 12, 2015
Thank you, Stacye Latz Page, for your generous donation!
Saturday, September 12, 2015
In answer to some questions we've recently received, the Main Event will begin October 17 at 7:00 pm with a cash bar cocktail hour, and will go on until midnight. Afterwards, we will congregate at the hotel's bar at Boomburger until closing time at 3:00 am
One of the reasons we chose the DoubleTree for our reunion was their extensive menu choices. Here's what they have in store for us.
Fresh Fruit Display
International & Domestic Cheese Board
Friday, September 11, 2015
New PV Indian logo may be in the works
The Record - September 8, 2015
HILLSDALE – Pascack Valley High School’s graphic design students will be tasked with creating an alternative logo to replace the school’s previous “Indian Head” logo, the district’s School Board President Jeffrey Steinfeld said on Tuesday night.
The district intends to reach out to the Ramapough Lenape Nation to get input on the designs, Steinfeld said, before choosing a new one. The goal, Steinfeld said, is to create a logo that is not “offensive.”
“One of my concerns about a lot of the discussion here is – I don’t know if the Lenape Indians would say if the old logo was offensive or not,” Steinfeld said after the district’s Board of Education meeting on Tuesday night. “But I don’t think we, as non-Native Americans, can make that determination. That’s why I would like to work with members of the Lenape Nation.”
Steinfeld said the new logo would likely have some Native American influence in it.
Thursday, September 10, 2015
Add three more to the list! Peggie Burke, Neil Hudes and Stacye Latz Page are all coming to the Reunion. While we saw Peggie and Stacye in 2010, Neil is a reunion newcomer. He joins Steve Hager, Julie Bateman Wolf and Dave Speiser as one of four classmates attending the reunion who moved before senior year, never receiving their PV diplomas.
We now have 93 people who will be attending the Main Event.
Wednesday, September 9, 2015
Tuesday, September 8, 2015
Linda Snyder Donohue and Ellen Schmidt Odenath have taken advantage of the Labor Day sale, and purchased their tickets to the main event. Linda was able to attend the 2010 reunion, but this may be Ellen’s first (please correct us, Ellen, if we’re wrong). And thanks, Ellen, for the donation!
Sadly, Allison Moorehead will not be attending, as she shares with us:
“With a heavy heart I will not be able to
attend. I was so hoping I could pull it off
My plate is full what with being a single mom of a 16 yr old girl- taking in a 15 yr old German foreign exchange student 1 week ago and living 2000 miles away in AZ.
I hope everyone has a great time (which I know you all will). Plz take loads of pics, please, of everyone!!!
I will be thinking of all of you....
Lov from the desert...
Monday, September 7, 2015
This weekend, Gloria Tomitsch Lituma and Jer Janssen each bought tickets and will be attending October 17, 2015. Gloria had been uncertain as to whether she'd be able to make it, as she was an expectant grandmother of twins, scheduled to arrive around the time of the Main Event. Fortunately, the young kids showed maturity and consideration, arriving early so that grandma could avoid the scheduling conflict. We are also looking forward to seeing Jer, who will be making the trek from her home in Pennslyvania.
This brings our total attendees to 87, which is the same number of people we had attend our 35th in 2010. And that's with almost six weeks to go! As is usually the case, we expect a lot of ticket sales in the weeks immediately preceding the event, making for a big turnout.
Saturday, September 5, 2015
We are pleased to announce that Jeff and Lois Jasper have graciously accepted our invitation, and will both be joining us for the main event on October 17, 2015. As our freshman class advisor, Jeff was one of the first teachers to have spoken to us as students of Pascack Valley High School way back in 1971, when he concluded his introduction at our opening assembly with the old Art Metrano magician routine, "magically" making his fingers jump from one hand to the other while humming some ridiculous musical accompaniment. What a way to break the ice! Jeff was a great inspiration to us during our short time at Valley, and continues to be a steady, positive guiding force for the students he teaches, coaches and counsels as he begins the 2015-2016 school year at PV.
Friday, September 5, 2015
Try your hand at classmate trivia! Every Wednesday and Sunday we will ask 5 new questions concerning little known or hardly remembered facts about the members of the class of 1975 on the column to your right. Answer the questions here before the next round of questions are posted. The classmate with the most correct answers between now and Oct. 17 will win a $25 American Express gift card which will be awarded at the reunion. Contest open to members of the classs of 1975 attending the reunion only. Contest not open to members of the reunion committee, their families, and residents of North Dakota. : ) Decisions of the judges may be arbitrary but in any event, are final.
The new, Indian-less PV Logo
Thursday, September 3, 2015
The Record - September 3, 2015
Pascack Valley High School will phase out its “Indian Head” logo — a stark rendering of a Native American warrior with a painted face and a Mohawk haircut — and replace it with the initials “PV” in a simple serif font, the district’s superintendent said this week.
The change, which will unfold gradually as stationery stocks are depleted and equipment and uniforms wear out, is the latest local example of a movement away from stereotypical depictions of Native Americans among team logos and mascots that is playing out nationally, from the youth level to the top echelons of professional sports.
Kathleen Schaefer Warner <Kathleenwarner57@gmail.com>(Thursday, September 03 15 04:03 pm EDT)
Once again, the white man eradicates the Indian! This is a matter of local heritage and pride! I have never seen any PV Indian in mockery of The People Who Inhabited this Land before White People stole, sickened, and destroyed their native culture! PV '75 Pride! Proud of the Smoke Signal, the Warrior, the Tribe!
Tuesday, September 1, 2015
Mary Alosio, Kathy Kelly Heyboer and Sandy Kaczala Irwin have all bought here tickets for the reunion. While Kathy was around for our 35 year reunion, neither Mary nor Sandy have been around since at least the 20 year reunion back in 1995. Sandy, however, did attend the class photo back in July as well as the Iron Horse afterwards. We look forward to seeing them all!
Friday, August 28, 2015
Plans have been finalized for our kick-off to Reunion weekend on Friday, October 16!
Realizing that people have different interests, we've made the evening's events and times flexible, allowing people to do what they want to do, when they want to do it.
For those interested in attending the home football game against Old Tappan, we will meet at the high school at 5:30 pm for the 6:00 pm game.
At 7:30 pm it’s “On Deck at Domani.” Those who are not interested in the game or spending much time there will begin congregating at the bar at Domani restaurant in Hillsdale at 7:00 pm, with the buffet dinner starting at 7:30 pm. Owner Ray Lazzaro has been very accommodating, giving us the private party room and promising to keep bringing out the food as long as people keep coming. That means those classmates who would like to stay at the football game until the end can arrive fashionably late at Domani and not miss any of their great food.
Our menu for the evening will be:
Assorted italian dessert (cannoli and cookies etc)
The cost will be $30.00 per person, tax and gratuity included, with a cash bar. Tickets for “On Deck at Domani” will go on sale next week. Domani is located at the King’s Shopping Plaza, formerly the Stop & Shop/MediMart plaza in Hillsdale.
While we have the private party room at Domani until midnight and people are welcome to stay until that time, at about 10:30 pm or so, we will start heading over to Lou’s Tavern in Hillsdale, where many of us will hang out till closing time.
The evening's events promise to be a great start to a great weekend! We look forward to seeing everyone there!
Thursday, August 27, 2015
Janet Grapengeter informs us that she had to make the difficult choice between spending October 17 in Mahwah with us, or spending it with her husband and their daughter on the Eiffel Tower, celebrating Megan's 20th birthday. Megan is a junior at Brown, studying in Paris.
Okay, maybe it wasn't such a difficult decision. Janet sends her regrets and regards, but plans on seeing everyone for the 45th. She shares:
"All is well. Being an empty nester has its advantages....my husband and I are back to our favorite hobby, racing sailboats, and travelling whenever we can fit it in. Daughter Megan is a two time all-American sailor at Brown majoring in International Relations (hence the semester in Paris.)
We will toast to the 40th from the Eiffel Tower where we will be dining and celebrating Megan's 20th birthday! Please give my regards to all!
Wednesday, August 26, 2015
As many of you know, in early July, eighteen of us gathered at PVHS for our "class photo," which was followed by a get together at the Iron Horse. As shown in the photo above, we all had a great time getting together and enjoying the company of our old classmates.
Well, we're doing it again, but without the photos.
On Tuesday, September 8, 2015 at 7:30 pm, we will be having our Reunion Tune-up at the party room at Domani (picture below), the same venue at which we will have our Friday dinner the night before the Reunion Main Event. Nothing fancy! We'll just be sitting down for a good meal and great conversation. If you're in the area, please join us! We'd like you to let us know in advance if you plan to come by emailing us at email@example.com , but even if you show up unannounced, we'd love to see you!
In case you're no longer familiar with the area, Domani is located in the King's Shopping Plaza, formerly the Stop & Shop/MediMart Plaza, in Hillsdale.
Wednesday, August 19, 2015
New Item: Pascack Valley's Indian mascot not going anywhere . . . for now
The Indian mascot has been a controversial subject in the Pasack Valley community, particularly in the past several weeks.
According to a published article appearing in the August 17, 2015 edition of the Pascack Press, a 2015 PV graduate has circulated an internet petition to be submitted to the Pascack Valley High School adminstration in support or the preservation of the Indian mascot, amid concerns that the school would be bowing to pressure by some to have it removed.
In the meantime, a counter-petition has been circulating urging the Board to drop the Indian mascot.
The Pascack Press reports Superintendent Erik Gundersen (no relation to Nancy) has acknowledged that the "district faced criticism from some for the fact our mascot is a picture of an Indian with a mohawk (haircut)," and that some "believe the image is racially offensive to Native Americans." Nonetheless, Gundersen characterized the petition supporting the mascot as being premature, or not necessary at all, as there has been no motion or Board discussion about changing it.
Monday, August 17, 2015
Here are photos of the latest classmates joining us. Debra and Sue, we'd love to post more recent photos of you, if you don't mind sending them to us at firstname.lastname@example.org . Better yet, why not complete a Classmate Profile Questionnaire? As for Frank, we'll go with your old picture.
Sunday, August 16, 2015
With just about two months left, Jane Buckley Schwartz, Frank Piscopo, Susan Wiss Morgan, Kim Kohlsaat, Debra Klempau, Patricia Schank Carlson and Dan Taylor have purchased tickets. At this point, 79 people have their seats reserved for the main event.
Saturday, August 15, 2015
Patti Martin, Greg Goodell, Nancy Bonard and Mary Jane Gray Weck have each bought tickets to the reunion! Patti will be travelling from her home in North Carolina, while Nancy, Greg and Mary Jane retained their New Jersey heritage and live locally. With just over two months to go, we have now sold 70 tickets to the reunion. Our goal is to have 100 classmates attending, and if ticket sales continue the way they have, we may just have a shot at it.
Friday, August 14, 2015
Thom Huettner will be making his way down from his home in Cape Cod to join us on October 17. Thom was a pleasant surprise, as we hadn't heard back from him at all until he bought his ticket. Meanwhile, we will also be looking forward to seeing Dave Speiser, one of those classmates who headed down to Florida before having been graduated from PV. Dave just purchased his ticket as well,
Thursday, August 13, 2015
Nancy Meyer Luce will be attending! Nancy has become our adopted member of the class of 1975, having actually been graduated in 1974. She was a big part of our reunion in 2010, and even became a member of the "Breakfast Club," which presided over closing ceremonies for the 35 year reunion at the Suburban Diner at about 4:00 am Sunday morning following the main event (see photo below). Nancy, thanks for the donation!
Wednesday, August 12, 2015
From Barbara Wilkins Reames Williams:
"Hey Class of '75, Barbara Wilkins Reames Williams unfortunately can not attend the 40th reunion. We have an adult son that will be getting married during that time. Would've been much easier to attend a reunion during the summer months. Being retired now, my husband and I need more time to budget and make plans for traveling. We just started living on fixed incomes and bills come first as always. Please keep my information and let me know in the future what goes on. Maybe the 45th reunion if we have one. Thanks for the invite and I'll be thinking of all of you. Have a great reunion and I'll be looking forward to seeing pictures on FB or PVHS '75 website. Take care everyone and God Bless!!
Wednesday, August 12, 2015
As you may recall, Steve Hager moved to Florida after sophomore year, and never received his PV degree. He still lives in Florida, but he'll be joining us on October 17. Steve has two adult children, enjoys scuba diving and golf, and has become a bit of a gym rat in recent years. Thanks, Steve, for the donation!
Monday, August 10, 2015
Both the states of Colorado and Connecticut will be represented on October 17, 2015.
We are happy to report that Kelly Spence and Sharon Taylor Canale both signed up for the reunion. Sharon shares with us that she recently celebrated her 34th wedding anniversary by walking the Camino de Santiago, and that she is happily retired and the proud grandmother of two. We hope that Kelly and Sharon would send us more recent photos that we could post, though we're sure they haven't changed much in 40 years!
Friday, August 7, 2015
Welcome home, Rick Cordova!
Rick just signed up, and will be travelling here from his Arizona home to join us for the the reunon. It's been a long time, Rick! Looking forward to seeing you!
(Editor's note: Rick has since advised that due to unforseen circumstances, he wil not be attending.)
Wednesday, August 5, 2015
Michelle Stasko Benasillo and Art Stone are the two most recent classmates who have signed up for the reunion on October 17. Extra special thanks to Art for his generous donation.
Friday, July 31, 2015
We made the papers! Our class photo from earlier this month was published in the Pascack Valley Community Life on July 30, 2015. While the PVCL is not exactly the New York Times, it was nice to have some recognition and to keep the reunion conversaton going, at least on a local level.
Tuesday, July 28, 2015
Help pick songs for the reunion playlist!
One of the things that defined our high school years was the music. When you think back to some of the best times in high school there was always some song or some band that seemed to have laid down the soundtrack for the memory. That's why we decided to recreate that soundtrack for our reunion by having the class decide which songs will be played. That's a lot better than have our music selected by some twenty-something year-old disc jockey who thinks we were all protesting the war, doing the hustle while listening to the Bee Gees in our leisure suits and love beads. Through our music survey we are asking each classmate who will be joining us to choose three of his or her most memorable songs from the era to be played on Saturday night, October 17. We'll squeeze as many of those songs as we can into the playlist, and expect to be able at least to play each person's number one choice, if not all three. So what is it you would you like to hear? Some Lou Reed? The Dead? The Who? The Stones? Zepplin? The Allman Brothers? Air Supply? (Just kidding about that last one. Their first single was not released unitl 1976 and are ineligible for our playlist.) In any case, as long as the song was released as a single or on album between 1971 and June 1975, you can choose it for the playlist by clicking here.
Sunday, July 26, 2015
(Note: Since posting, we discovered that having comments appear before "The Smoke Signal" pushed everything too far down the page. We therefore have a special page for Comments that you can access here. We still would like to hear from you!)
We've had over 5,000 visitors to this website since we launched on November 26, 2015. Roughly speaking, that means each surviving member of our class has visited an average of 18 times! However, this has pretty much been a one-sided conversation. Even though we've have reserved a place down at the bottom of the column for comments, we have not had one person commenting! So, we've decided to make it easier. Rather than making you scroll all the way down to the bottom, we have inserted a place to accommodate your comments and questions right at the top! Do you have a question about the reunion? Have some news you'd like to share? Would you like to brag about a son, daughter, or grandchild? Like to share a memory? Do you want to find out what happened to a classmate you've lost touch with? This is the place! Any question, comment or shout-out you have is welcome, as long as it is consistent with the good spirit of this website.
As always, if you'd like to contact us without posting it to the website, you may do so at email@example.com .
Sunday, July26, 2015
We may be calling you!
Over the past couple weeks, some of the members of the reunion committee have been reaching out to classmates by telephone to see if they would like to join us on October 17, 2015. Debby Bucky Birrer, Kit Villani Argenti, Art Stone, Liz Janssen, Bob Zorowitz, John Murano, Bob Hubbard, Carol Rekow Flach, Kathie Schaefer Warner, Jordan DeFlora and Frank Piscopo have all volunteered to work the phones for our "pledge drive." At the start of our phone campaign, we had about 79 people who told us they'll be coming, 40, who have said "maybe," and about 30 who cannot/will not attend. We still have about 140 classmates who have not told us anything, one way or another. It is those classmates that we are first calling.
Most of the people we have called have been pleasantly surprised to hear from us. That happens when you receive an unexpected call from someone you haven't heard from in 40 years, even if you don't remember who they are! Occassionally, we get a response like one we received from a classmate who will remain nameless, who snapped back, "Why are you bothering me????" (To quote Queen Elsa, "Let it go!") That is the rare exception, as most people are positive and receptive, even if they decline the invitation.
If you have already purchased your ticket, you're safe! However, if you have not previously responded to us, or if you said maybe, you can look forward to our call!
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Monday, July 20, 2015
Friday, July 17, 2015
Sunday, July 12, 2015
In case you're wondering who that is in the group photo at PV, that's Art Stone, Jordan DeFlora, Bob Zorowitz, Kerry Fay Craffey, Greg Goodell, Mary Jane Gray Weck, Bob Hubbard, Diana Grassi Grossman, Barbara Mansfield Spielmann, Richard Spielmann, Sandy Sunny Kaczala Irwin, Jane Buckley Schwartz, John Murano, Karen Arigot O'Reilly, Tom Shine and Kathie Schaefer Warner.
Thanks to Diana Grassi Grossman and her husband, Glenn, for becoming the latest sponsors of the reunion. The Grossmans are owners of Blend Air Mechanical - Heating Cooling and Plumbing, which serves Bergen, Rockland, Orange and Weschester Counties.
We thank Richard and Barabara Spielmann for their donation, and we are glad that they will both be joining us October 17, 2015.
We heard from Mike Thomas, who is living in Easton, Pennsylvania, home of former heavyweight champ Larry Holmes, and just across the Jersey state line. We hope to see Mike at the reunion, though his heavy travel schedule which takes him away months at a time may interfere with that.
July 8, 2015
On Tuesday, July 7, 16 classmates gathered on the campus of Pascack Valley High School for our "class picture." It was a memorable occasion in itself, as some of us have not seen each other in 40 years. To add style and class to the session, Kathie Schaefer Warner secured the services of a professional photographer, who patiently helped us all to stand up straight and look nice for the camera.
The glorious results will be posted here for everyone's perusal in the next few days.
Afterwards, most of the attendees headed out to the Iron Horse for a pre-reunion gathering and to feast on pickles, cole slaw, burgers and railroad ties. All in all, it was a good preview as to what will be in store for us on October 17.
Our group portrait from the Iron Horse, taken by our highly skilled professional waitress, is posted above.
Special thanks to PV principal Tom DeMaio for his cooperation in arranging this event!
Tuesday, July 7, 2015
So far, it looks like we'll have good weather for the photo shoot tonight at Pascack Valley High School. As of 5:00 am, the WCBS forecast indicates the last threat of thundershowers will occur at 5:00 pm, and that there is only a 20% chance of precipitation occurring at 7:30 pm. Other forecasts are not so optimistic, but they are not really worth considering. Last headcount we have is for about 17 of us to be there. For those who will be attending, we have a large table reserved at the Iron Horse. Save your appetite!
Monday, July 6, 2015
It was great hearing from Anthony Damico this weekend. After suffering health issues over the past few years, Anthony is keeping busy with meeting the demands of being a single parent to his two teenage children, with his daughter having recently completed three years her high school's pre-med program, and his son entering the high school's pre-engineering program as a freshman this fall. Anthony makes his home in Boyton Beach, Florida . . . maybe we should have the reunion in Florida, as it seems more classmates live there than any other state!
Friday, July 3, 2015
Plans are underway for our "Class Photo" on Tuesday, July 7, 2015, at 7:30 pm. We have made arrangements with PVHS principal Tom DeMaio to have the school marquee sign (shown above) display a special message for our class, while we have a photograph of our group gathered around to be used in the Pascack Valley Community Life as well as this website. Afterwards, we'll be headed to the Iron Horse (note change of venue) for a pre-reunion get together. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and details. We hope to see you there!
Wednesday, June 24, 2015
Due to vacation, we won't be posting too much new stuff here until July 3. In the meantime, if you're local, please make plans to join us on July 7.
Saturday, June 20, 2015
On Tuesday, July 7, 2015 at 7:30 pm, members of the Pascack Valley Class of 1975 will gather at the school to pose for reunion publicity photos, to be used in the local newspapers and this website. Afterwards, we'll all be heading out to Domani in Hillsdale for some dinner and conversation. So far, there's been a lot of interest and it looks like we'll have a pretty good turnout. If you're interested in joining us, contact email@example.com
Wednesday, June 17, 2015
Patti Martin was back in Jersey this week for her daughter's wedding, and stopped by to say hello. Patti has made her home in Wake Forrest, North Carolina for about ten years now, and was happy to announce that she will be back on October 17 to attend the reunion. Speaking of North Carolina, Diana Grassi Grossman will be also be leaving the Garden State for the Tar Heel State within the next few months, but count her in for the reunion as well, as she just bought tickets for her and her husband.
Sunday, June 14, 2015
We have some recent ticket sales to report. Debbra Bassant Edwards, will be travelling to the reunion from Missouri, while Glenn Lutjens will be coming in from Colorado. Joyce McCarthy Snyder and Gerry Murphy, who both make their respective homes in different parts of Pennslyvania, have also purchased tickets. Meanwhile, we've heard from Barabara Bober and Sue Cardinali Bothfeld, who who both said they hope to make it, Jay Gerbehy, who says he's thinking about it, and Kevin Mayer, who hasn't ruled it out. On the other hand, Tom Mulligan stated gruffly, "You guys have fun."
Friday, June 12, 2015
It all kicks off Friday evening, October 16. We have booked Domani Ristorante in Hillsdale, located in the Kings (formerly Stop & Shop) Shopping Plaza at 8:00 pm. This is where many of us will meet after the PV football game, or for those who are not into that, where things will get started. More details as we get closer to the event.
Wednesday, June 10, 2015
Kelly Spence is alive and well and living in Colorado, though he spends a lot of time on the road. He hopes his busy work schedule allows him to join us in October. His wife Karen said she'd like to join Kelly in coming back east for the reunion and to enjoy some decent seafood, which we understand is rare in the Rockies.
Friday, June 5, 2015
Blast from the past! We heard from Jim Manginelli, who will be attending the reunion with his wife of 25 years. Jim lives in a "nice home" in Mobile, Alabama, and is the proud grandfather of three. Thanks, Jim, for the donation!
Tuesday, June 2, 2015
Following up on the May 23 post, we heard back from Chuck Frahm, who advises that right now he's planning to attend. His job situation may be taking him overseas in October, however, which may prevent him from doing so.
Sunday, May 31, 2015
We have some new Classmate Profiles! Thanks to the creative efforts of Lesley Goddin, new entries have been posted for Nancy Conrad Lembke, Wayne Olsen, Vaune Albanese, Patti Martin, Robert Davis, Karen Kalfian, Bob Hubbard, Eugenia Slutzky Pinon, Carolyn Nagengast Martynowski, Lori Sadlon Zucaro, Glenn Andrews, Elizabeth Janssen, Cathy Stackpole, Gerry Murphy and Jean Kleister Pagano. Unfortunately, some technical difficulites have prevented us from immediately posting all the photos we received, but we should have straightened out shortly.
Update: We were mistaken. Lesley explains there were no technical difficulties, other than many classmates who completed their questionnaires without sending in photos. If you are one of these folks, please send a current photo to firstname.lastname@example.org .
Have you completed your Classmate Profile Questionnaire?
Friday, May 29, 2015
Do you remember Ms. Hering? Marilyn Hering was a long time English teacher at PV who retired some years after we were graduated. In her retirement she became an author of at least two novels; "A Woman Possessed" set within the abominable working conditions in the silk mills of Paterson, and "A Woman Beloved" a love story potraying the treatment of the mentally ill and alcoholism at the turn of the century. Ms. Hering is one of three local self-publishing authors featured in the Record in April last year, which was followed up with an interview in June in the Pascack Valley Community Life. Mrs. Hering now lives in Harrington Park, NJ.
Wednesday, May 27, 2015
Monday, May 25, 2015
Saturday, May 23, 2015
When asked about attending the reunion, Chuck Frahm responded as follows:
Chuck declined further comment, leaving us to speculate whether that means he plans on going, needs a ride, or is undecided and flipping a coin.
In any case, we do hope to see Chuck in October. We haven't heard much from him in recent years, but understand he was with the FBI, and that before retiring, Chuck headed the counterterrorism division of the Bureau in New York .
Friday, May 22, 2015
Perhaps the most intriguing answer to the "Whatever happened to . . . ?" question comes when it is followed by the name of classmate Wendy Naylor. Actually, she no longer goes by that moniker, having acheived success as the popular new age musical artist known to her fans as Wah! Wah! has made a name for herself among the yoga crowd establishing an extensive music catalogue, recording 20 albums and having her own YouTube music channel. She has toured worldwide, authored several books, lectured at Princeton and was most recently featured in Ladies' Home Journal Some people in our class are Wah! fans and have even seen her in concert without recognizing her as our classmate. Earlier this month, John Murano, Bob Zorowitz and Liz Janssen caught up with Wah! at a concert in New York State, and had the chance to chat with her after the show.
Her fans may call her Wah!, but to us, everyone knows it's Wendy!
Thursday, May 21, 2015
Nancy Conrad Lembke and her husband,Mike, will be making the trip from their home in Miramar, Florida to join us in October. Nancy is a military counsellor and Mike an army chaplain, and have lived the nomadic military life for the past 36 years. They have two adult children and a two year old grandson, and look forward to their retirement when they will be moving to the Boston area to live closer to them. Let's hope Nancy hasn't become a Red Sox fan!
Tuesday, May 19, 2015
John Giacchi has plunked down his $65.00 and will be joining us October 17. John lives in Park Ridge, as do many other classmates, where he tells us his heroes are his two wonderful sons. After 36 years, he still does business as John's Tropical Fish Aquarium service, and says, "see y'all soon!!!"
Monday, May 18, 2015
And the winner is, Lesley Goddin! Lesley was the lucky classmate who has won herself a $50.00 American Express gift card, by having her name drawn from amongst those classmates who have purchased a ticket for the reunion by the May 15, 2015 deadline. Thanks to everyone who bought their tickets already! Having working capital helps us plan for a better event!
Monday, May 18, 2015
Saturday, May 16, 2015
We have recently learned that one of our teachers has a famous son. Robert Sean Leonard, son of Spanish teacher and department head Robert Leonard, is best known for playing Dr. James Wilson in the television series House, M.D and Neil Perry in the movie Dead Poets Society, and won a Tony Award for his performance in The Invention of Love in 2001. He presently appears as Dr. Roger Kadar on the television series Falling Skies. As for our Mr. Leonard, last we've heard, he's 83 years old and living in Waldwick.
You can check out what we've found out about some of our other teachers by visiting our page, "Whatever became of . . . ? (teachers' edition)"
Thursday, May 14, 2015
If you think you might have a shot at winning the award for the furtherst distance traveled for the reunion, think again. Rob Denehy and his wife, Christina, just purchased their tickets for the reunion, and will be making the 6840 mile trip from their home in Dubai, UAE. We look forward to seeing you, Rob, and thanks for the very generous donation!
Friday, May 8, 2015
Where are they now? We've heard from a couple of classmates recently. Here's what they're up to.
Bob Gitlin is known to his fans as Rocky Rhodes, cohosting the Rocky & Lissa morning drive time radio program at WKRZ, in the Scranton, Wilkes-Barre market. You can listen live weekday mornings. If you'd like to get in touch with Rocky, he's given us his email address at email@example.com .
Bob Alacci is living in Glassboro, New Jersey, with his wife of 33 years, Honora. Bob was Director of Human Resources for the NFL league office, as well as NFL Films, before leaving due to health issues.
Tuesday, March 31, 2015
The Reunion committee met on Thursday, March 31, 2015 and selected the theme, "Friends Revisited" for the 40 year reunion, based upon the suggestion submitted by Richard Spielmann. Tickets will be going on sale within the next two weeks. Prices will be $65.00 through August 15, 2015, and $75.00 thereafter. Check here often for details!
Members of the Reunion Committee at Tuesday's meeting, L to R, more or less, Bob Hubbard, Jordan DeFlora, Liz "Vanna" Janssen, Frank Piscopo, John Murano, Mary Riley Viehoefer, Lesley Goddin, Art Stone, Kathie Schaefer Warner and Kit Villani Argenti (Not pictured: Debby Bucky Birrer, Carol Rekow Flach and Wayne Olsen) Frank, Mary and Lesley appeared via ooVoo teleconferencing.
Thursday, March 19, 2015
Thursday, March 5, 2015
Wednesday, March 4, 2015
Thursday, February 26, 2015
February 2, 2015 - We lost classmate Susan Micklas, who passed away from complications relating to pneumonia.
December 4, 2014 - We are saddened to learn about the passing of Brian Begen, who has succumbed to a long illness.
November 30, 2014 - One of the great things about trying to locate our classmates is getting in touch with friends with whom we may not have spoken in years. On the other hand, we also learn about those who are no longer with us. For classmates who have kept in touch, and in particular, those who attended the 35 year reunion, we were all shocked and saddened to hear about the recent passing of Lorainne Helfenbein Minetto and Laura Jean Suessman Holland. However, just in the past few days, we learned about the passing of five classmates. Although none of them passed away very recently, we were not made aware of any of them being lost until now. They are Jane Shattuck Eacret, on August 23, 2013, Jean Vernon Ellsweig, on March 18, 2012, Mindy Cooper Godfrey, on November 9, 2011, Chuck Romolo on August 18 2009 and Doug Politzer on October 8, 2005. Along with our other departed classmates, we will keep their memories alive in our hearts as we gather together for our 40 year reunion.