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09/10/21 11:02 AM #92    

Robert Chamberlin

I so appreciated Lou's reminiscence of Dick Hargreaves.  I lived just down the street from Lou in Westwood, and didn't meet Dick until our 6th grade went to the Pine Hill School in Islington.  His true, exemplary character always stood out to me even in those early days.  Later in high school our participation on the track team gave me greater insight into Dick and how special he was.....and Lou captured it very well with his "twinkle in the eye" comments. Also, similarly,  Dick and I would share side comments throughout practices and events.  Years later when I saw him at reunions, he had that same twinkle and genuineness to him!  Wish I had been fortunate enough to have him as a teacher....am sure he was great one.  You will be missed, Dick.

Bob Chamberlin 


09/19/21 04:55 AM #93    

 

William F. Magaletta

I'm sorry to hear of the death of Dick Hargreaves.  I met him in the first grade, and I envied him his cowboy outfit, which he wore to school one day.  At that time, I think, he lived on either Grafton Avenue or the street that ran between Grafton Avenue and East Street, near the corner of Grafton.

Re the twinkle in the eye, yes, that was a remarkable thing about him.  How does anyone have a twinkle in the eye, or at least a pronounced twinkle like the one that Dick had?  It's strange if you think about it.

 


 


10/27/21 04:55 PM #94    

Suzanne Perkins (Gunston)

Steve Vantine, I would love to see those old Pond Plain School photos. I was in your class. My email address is gunston@gwi.net. I would love to see them as I have almost no pictures of myself as a child. Thanks, Suzanne Perkins Gunston. Hope you are well.


10/28/21 03:22 PM #95    

 

Steven Vantine (Vantine)

Suzanne, I sent the class pictures earlier today (from vimsnv@gmail.com) Enjoy !


11/13/21 05:04 AM #96    

 

William F. Magaletta

Here's something that's been bothering me for years.  Thought I'd mention it here, see if anyone has any thoughts about it. 

Has anyone (not here, but in the country or the world) ever collected , or even recorded, the origins of street names?  Recording them would seem to be an obvious thing to do.  Why wouldn't city and town governments require a statement of origin for naming a street? I've always wondered why the street I grew up on is called Carroll Avenue.  Who or what was Carroll?  Why was a street named after him, her, or it?  For all we know, it was someone's cat. :-) Or maybe it was an important person. Or maybe it was someone's girlfriend Carol, and he didn't know how to spell it. :-)

 

 

 


11/14/21 12:33 PM #97    

John Spears

Maybe, Bill, your street was the first to be paved. 
Hence:  Car Roll. 


11/15/21 03:35 AM #98    

 

William F. Magaletta

Hi, John

Could be.  :-)

Bill


11/15/21 11:06 AM #99    

 

Douglas Barbour (Barbour)

Hi Bill, I think they do require it when the original plans for the area are submitted to the local zoning boards or whatever they had back in 1620 when this all started in this area. Finding that information would be a task.


12/12/21 04:44 PM #100    

 

William F. Magaletta

Hi Douglas - That's very interesting.  I'm surprised.  So at least it's conceivable that all this information could be collected into a database.  Do you know anything about whether the same is true in many states?


 


12/13/21 03:01 PM #101    

Louis Amoruso

Hello Bill,  It is good to see that you are inquisitive as ever.  Are you looking for some massive challenge to occupy your time?  I am not sure that street names (or possibly even town names) are neccessarily worth your effort!

I can tell you the the town of Mansfield, Mass.  does not appear to have any explanation of the origins of any street names.  They do check to make sure that the street name you are proposing does not conflict with any existing street name although sometimes they allow a name for a STREET be the same as a name for an AVENUE or the like.  Most of those, that I have ssen, have been very old names that go back to the first names used for public ways.

I can also tell you that the streets in my area (and the development next to us) have names of the contractor's family members and children.  I know some of them personally, so there is little more story that that.

Towns can be more interesting.  Mansfield Massachusetts is named after Lord Mansfield who was an English jurist and judge.  His family still exists living in and about Mansfield U.K.   The "oroginal" lord sits in a painting on the walls of town hall here in the US.  His (I hope I get this right) great, great, great, great grandfather was the one after whom the town was intentionally named.  I am told that he was deeply touched when he found that Mansfiel MA was directly named for his relative and that the picture hangs in the room where the select board meets.

There are 300 plus cities and towns (including some that now rest at the bottome of a reservoir) that could probably be investigated and thier origins identified.  It might be interesting for the first few anyway.  However, I admit, a glass of port and an early bed time seem more appealing to me lately.

                         Happy Holidays,  Lou Amoruso


12/13/21 04:33 PM #102    

 

William F. Magaletta

Hi Louis -

Aw, I always thought it was named after Jayne Mansfield. :-)  Anyway, no, I'm not looking to undertake a project like that.  I'd just screw it up somehow. 

There's a street around here called Lark Ellen Avenue. It's named after a famous singer of the 19th century of that name (although I had never heard of her), so called because she sounded like a bird.  When she toured the US and Europe, she would tell her audiences how homesick she was for "the birds and bees and dear little animals of West Covina."

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Not sure how happy it can be at 77-78... :-)

Bill


02/20/22 04:09 PM #103    

Dianne Watson (Rankin)

Greetings,

I have been wanting to reach out and ask what you think about two things for months, but life kept interfering.With the clock ticking away, I am determined to do that today.

First, I was delighted to get a note belatedly through Vicky DeVoy from Amy Davenport, Princpal of Westwood High, thanking our class for the $2000 scholarship we provided in Memory of Danny Morrisson. What made my heart sing even more was Vicky passing along a handwritten note from the recipient of the scholarship, Parsa Masomi, thanking us for our generosity "which will help me in my next steps to  join the frontiers of biotechnology for the preservation of the natural world."   I haven't been able to find Parsa online but have an address where I can reach out and find out where he/she (can't tell) is going to school and wish him/her good luck from all of us.

According to Vicky, we have been the only class that has continued supporting the Alumni Association's scholarship fund. They gave up their post office box because it cost more than $200.00 a year.I would love to see us continue this tradition of conributing. Initially, I was going to ask if you would like to donate this year in Memory of Carol Martin Baldwin and Richard "Dick" Hargreaves, whom we lost last year. I checked our In Memory page and was reminded we also lost Sheila Savage Starrat earlier in the year.  Would you support a contribution honoring all three?

If so, the easiest way to contribute would be to write a check to the Westwood High School Alumni Association,Inc, and write WHS Class of 1962 Memorial Schlarship in the "For" line. Mail it to Victoria DeVoy, 40 Church Street, Westwood, MA 02090. She will provide you a receipt. If you prefer to donate t through paypal,

                         (this is not case sensitive) 
Click on:  Scholarships
Click on:  DONATE (in yellow box)
Click on the box beside the word Donation
Click on Class of 1962
Fill in dollar amount
Fill in your "Shipping" information and your email
Click on the blue Donate button
Click on your payment method, complete the form, and submit.
 
As soon as I hear there is support for doing this or any suggestions for changing,I'll be ready to update everyone and get my check in. I'm hoping we can do this and at least match our last effort. If you are in touch with any clasmates who don't use this web site, please pass along the infromation.Once we know we have support, we can work on details like notifying family members, etc. 
Many thanks,
Part 2 will follow,
Cheers,
Dianne Watson Rankin
 
 
 
 

02/21/22 03:46 PM #104    

 

Peter Meisenzahl

Hi Dianne :

A reunion in September would be a convenient time , I think . And an in person reunion is preferable as any other model , zoom etc would be sterile . I would be happy to join any committee that is formed to organize an in person reunion.

Jan and I will be in Naples Fl for the month of March and we hope everyone is safe and healthy .

Peter & Jan ( Kellie ) Meisenzahl


03/06/22 12:02 PM #105    

 

Douglas Barbour (Barbour)

Dianne, 

I would love anything live and hoping we are back to the new normal this fall. I have a number of trips planned for the fall (Covid permitting) but would attend if able. Yes to the scholarship. I am still working but would try and help if needed. Hope this finds you and yours happy and healthy. I just finished my (Ihope) cancer treatment so I am feeling pretty positive.

Doug


03/07/22 03:58 PM #106    

John Spears

Hi Diane  

I agree with Peter and Doug, in aiming for a September in-person reunion.  Omicron's surge seems over.  New infections are dramatically dropping, but not so much daily American covid deaths. Yet.  On the hopeful side, Omicron being so infectious seems to have prevented new variant waves.  We'll see how the spring and summer go. 
 


03/08/22 08:48 AM #107    

Dianne Mafera (Packer)

How can it be 60 years already!  A reunion is  a wonderful idea.  Perhaps a hybrid reunion would be an option.  Those who could travel would meet in person and those of us who cannot could enjoy “seeing” and chatting with you all.  This way no one would be excluded.
Dianne Mafera Packer


 


03/08/22 12:38 PM #108    

 

Richard Youlden

Dianne...I am also agreeing with Peter, Doug, & John concerning our possible 60th Reunion. It would be really great to see everyone again. Hopefully we don't wind up in WW III +have to hold our Reunion in a big bunker.

Hope everyone is doing well in our "Class of '62".


03/20/22 07:20 PM #109    

Robert Chamberlin

 

Bobthanks again for all you do?

 

 

Dianne, thanks once again for being the glue that holds us together.  We have some travel plans but if available (and able!) Sep has seemed to work in past and good target. Happy to do contacting if needed.

 

 


08/22/22 09:01 AM #110    

 

Dorothy Silver (Perkins)

As some of you know we are talking about having an up coming reunion.In checking with some friends I have learned that Jerry Seavey has recently suffered a serious fall which has put him in the ICU unit @ WakeMed hospital in Raliegh. He has had massive brain damage and his cognitive function is impaired. With everything else that is going on in the world can we all take a moment and say some prayers for him and his wife.                   Dot Perkins


08/23/22 12:23 PM #111    

 

Peter Meisenzahl

Dot : What horrible news , but thank you for sharing it . I will say a prayer for Jerry and hope for some recovery .  

Peter

 

 

 


08/23/22 06:21 PM #112    

 

Ronald Paine

prayers for jerry and his wife and family   i hope that the cognitive  damage is workable but i know it takes time and and a lot of difficult times for his wife to understand what is he is going thru sincerely ron paine 


08/24/22 02:29 PM #113    

Phylis Tyler (McCafferty)

Dear Dot, thank you for sharing the sad news and i will add my prayers and energy for Jerry.  Also , Dianne, as i have mentioned to you, I cannot make the October reunion and if there is a zoom possibility or chat rrom that would be fun. 

I am all in favor of continuing the memorial scholoarship fund and will send a check shortly.  I have meant to do that already for Dick, but, alas, I got distracted!!  I hope everyone is faring well and we can at least staymore in contact with each other 

Thank you Dianne, for all you do to herd the WHS 1962 cats!!!!!!  :)
Phyllis


08/26/22 06:04 PM #114    

 

Douglas Barbour (Barbour)

Still trying to process the news about Jerry. If anyone can make it back from this it would be him. I thought he was going to attend the last reunion but he cancelled. I was hoping to talk him into coming up for this one. This is very sad news.


09/22/22 11:46 AM #115    

Robert Chamberlin

I want to add my additional thoughts and prayers for Jerry and his family.  Also, sorry to hear about Tom Massey's passing....we shared a similar connection with the sea.

Am so sorry to hear of Phil Manley's passing . We  began our friendship many years ago as Cub Scouts with Rick Youlden's Mom as our Den mother.  In past few years we have had lunch with Phil and his wife in Honolulu, and on a different occasion at his vacation spot  as well. I loved talking to him about the company he built around medical imaging software that he developed.  He was also a par golfer....way out of my league.

Bob Chamberlin

 

 

 


09/27/22 09:33 PM #116    

 

Mark Valencia

MESSAGE TO THE WHS CLASS OF ’62 FOR ITS 60TH REUNION

  In the waning Autumn of my life I think of our class often—both those long gone and those still here.  After a few beers and tokes I sit by my pool at dusk and listen to ‘Golden Oldies”. As the sky over the Ko’olau mountains purples and grays, my thoughts drift to my youth and the valuable life lessons I learned from you in that sheltering womb that was Westwood and Westwood High School.

It was there that I learned my basic faults and attributes. In my later life I tried to manage my faults—not always successfully-- and enhance my attributes.

I learned that my behavior was eccentric–in retrospect I probably had ADD—but that I also had a gift for looking at problems in a different way.  I discovered that pursing these alternatives with follow-up hard work could lead to outcomes others considered useful.

I learned that if you stand up for yourself, situational outcomes may be more favorable for you. But I also learned you have to know when-- and when not to push. This came in handy in dealing with bad bosses and colleagues—and just downright nasty people-- I encountered in my career.

I learned that speaking one’s mind has consequences. This is one lesson that I did not apply very well and my career suffered because of it. But I like to think I learned how to do it more ‘appropriately’ based on my Westwood High experiences.

I learned to trust—and the hard lessons of false expectations. In my post Westwood life, I have had few friendships as deep as  those I made there. Indeed, I have had few friends that I trust sharing my inner thoughts with like those in my Westwood days.

Most important, I learned how to sort of navigate socially. You all helped me learn how to do so and taught me what was socially right and wrong. I was friends with a wide range of classmates with both ‘good’ and ‘bad’ traits. This helped me recognize such traits in others and better understand people I encountered along my way.

With your help I made it around the race track of life. Oh I scraped the wall a couple of times –but I did not crash and burn. I owe that to all of you.

So have a wild and crazy 60th Reunion . Although I can’t be there in person I will be there in spirit!!

Cheers, Mark (Gink)


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