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04/18/21 08:09 AM #75    


Ronald Paine

Sorry to hear about your stroke I was told by a cardiologist that apixaban will prevent blood clots and strokes and needed for aging people I am only saying this for information for anybody who wants to live sincerely ron paine 


04/18/21 06:41 PM #76    


Ronald Paine

I probably should not think about strokes or other medical issues  as I live in brooklyn center mn 4 blocks from the police station  Maybe I should consider a bullet proof vest  Life is always interesting ron paine  

04/19/21 06:36 AM #77    


William F. Magaletta

Ron - Thanks for the info, but my February stroke was hemorrhagic, not ischemic. Apixaban (Eliquis) is an anticoagulant (prevents clotting, not bleeding). I was on an anticoagulant (Plavix, or clopidogrel) when it happened, and the doctor took me off of it because it may have been a partial cause of the stroke. He thinks the stroke may have been caused by weak blood vessels in the brain (MRI showed that I have that), Plavix, and high blood pressure.  He switched me to one baby aspirin a day, beginning 3 weeks after I left the hospital. During those 3 weeks I was taking no blood thinner (anticoagulant) at all. In fact, in the hospital they infused me with platelets, just the opposite of giving me a blood thinner.

I don't understand "anybody who wants to live sincerely" or what it has to do with taking apixaban. Does it have something to do with a religion?

Funny thing, I always felt like I had weak blood vessels in the brain.  Maybe I knew something! :-)


04/19/21 06:46 AM #78    


William F. Magaletta

Claire, Dorothy, Stu, Dianne - Thanks for the kind words. - Bill

(The others, too, but I already addressed you.)

04/19/21 01:19 PM #79    


Peter Meisenzahl

Ron : Living in Brooklyn Center Mn , four blocks from the police station is ground zero for the madness sweeping the country at the present moment !! What to do , get a bulletproof vest , get a machine gun , get out of town , hunker down or do nothing ? Who can say ? At the very least keep your head down and say some prayers . Good luck !!!! Peter



04/20/21 06:38 AM #80    


Ronald Paine

HI bill I am not a doctor and I was only repeating what the cardiologist told me and apparently it did not be in your best interest     I felt it was important information as the cardiologist told me that people live to be 100 because the med will help prevent strokes . and I was not aware of  your medical condition  Actually I objected iniatialy to the med  but the doctor told me they were trying to save my life as I had cancer on my heart etc  at the time but they were convincing that the med was important as with my family history of males having stroke and cancer and  dieing around 70 I am in remission now and live an active life  BE well and safe 

04/20/21 07:00 AM #81    


Ronald Paine

HI peter The madness is apparent as another individual was shot and killed  sunday resisting arrest and was a thug with a record however he was white and no protest was done...Our mixed neighborhood with single family houses has a very low crime rate and we have homosexual chinese hmong viet nam white  and black  people who we all have helped one another during severe weather and family crisis at times  I feel very fortunate blessed that we all can be friends    Actually I find it ironic that saturday morning after the biggest arrest I found that a yard sale was taking place nearby selling stufff like t shirts etc from the protest  Also there were 2 black guys with rifles  watching the people and cars and with the national guard behind barricades and fences nearby.. Only in America   

04/20/21 07:37 AM #82    


Ronald Paine

Peter  We also have mexican and central american people in the neighborhood                                                My solution to the problem is     1.  have tv ads on how to behave during a police stop and for the police to have more training on how to behave when arresting people. Certainly no smoking ads on tv have helped people curtail smoking   2. do not just throw money at the families as that occured with george floyd family 27 million dollors it will not solve the problem  or bring him back  3. I contacted state and city political people but have not gotten a response as they seem  to inflame the problem with the media   Incidentently I majored in sociology and worked as a social worker in florida and vermont  and know that emotions and actions will run rampant . thanks for your response 

04/20/21 12:20 PM #83    


Peter Meisenzahl

Ron : To say you live in a diverse neighborhood is an understatement !! What a homogenized , mixed group of Americans and all probably get along well because everyone treats everyone else as they want to be treated . Your suggestions on solving our current difficulties are plain and simple and accurate in my opinion . Good luck when the Chauvin verdict comes down  !!



04/21/21 08:24 AM #84    


Ronald Paine

Hi peter  oh also  I forgot russian and african liberian immigrants in the nearby neighborhood   thanks for your concern  Actually brooklyn center police station was quiet last night  and now they are erecting new fences maybe in anticipation of the wright forthcoming trial brcause only manslaughter is the charge against the lady cop   I talk to national guard people and they some seem subdued as new orders are coming down everyday and they have different orders for different responses that are also changing   my general impression of native  minnesota people is that they are insular even though many people travel and even a national weather person thinks that the north  east does not have enough equipment during a snow storm   again thanks for your response 

04/21/21 09:55 PM #85    


William F. Magaletta

Hi, Ron - Cancer on the heart!? That's very rare. By any chance, is it why you're in Minnesota (Mayo Clinic)? Good luck!

Speaking of snow removal, Southern California (I live there) is kind of funny in that department.  They're OK where snow is expected, and where tourists are important, but otherwise it's funny. One morning in the 1970s, after a snowstorm, we drove out to Palmdale (the high desert, near Edwards AFB), expecting to have breakfast at Howard Johnson's. There wasn't much snow, but it had not been plowed at all, and the Ho Jo's was closed due to some thin snow cover in the parking lot. You could easily scuffle through it.   Looked pretty funny to a New Englander.


04/21/21 11:54 PM #86    


Ronald Paine

HI bill  actually I had large b cell cancer last summer  which was fast growing and fast dieing with 6 chemo treatments      It affected my bone liver lung and heart  apparently caused by agent orange .  In remission now and also with pre cancer on my scalp which is treatable  I am using the veteran hospital in minneapolis as they seem to have a lot of experience approx 2000 cancer patients  . My wife is using the mayo  clinic hospital after a misdiagnosis and operation  in  a minneapolis hospital     Mayo seems to be able to look at different aspects of a medical problem rather than just a one dimensional view point from some doctors   While waiting in a clinic at mayo  a young gal from california sat next to me shaking and said she was getting a genetic study   I thought at first it might be parkinsons but maybe they might be thinking crispr    just telling you this as you seem to be interested in medical    we  still get a few snow flakes as the temperature is 30 degrees but changing to warmer weather very  soon   Minnesota weather is similar to northern new england  with a lot  more wind and less  mountains   thanks for the correspondence 

04/22/21 08:32 AM #87    


Ronald Paine

HI maybe we should change to email mine is    I did not graduate from westwood as I moved  and graduated in vermont so part of my senior year in 2 schools  got me in 2 yearbooks  be safe 

04/25/21 04:29 PM #88    

Dianne Watson (Rankin)

Happy Birthday to Joe Onorato,

Hope you've had a spectacular day. We are all indebted to you and Claire for providing us this forum for keeping in touch over the years.


Dianne W


04/26/21 09:37 AM #89    


Peter Meisenzahl

Joe Happy Birthday and thank you for the work you do .Peter




09/08/21 01:43 PM #90    


Peter Meisenzahl

Hello WHS 1962 Classmates :
Dick Hargreaves was a gentleman from first grade in the Islington School to the last time I saw Dick  at our 50th reunion . Duck was also a diversely talented guy , from being an excellent student , to a good team mate on the WHS track and field team and as a member of the senior class play . Those attributes in addition to other attributes to numerous to mention . 
Dick gave so much back to Westwood as a long time math teacher at WHS and as the track and field coach . Jan and I send our condolences to Dick's wife Beth and their children and grandchildren .
Rest In Peace Dick :

Peter & Jan Meisenzahl



09/09/21 10:10 AM #91    

Louis Amoruso

Just a brief word about the passing of Dick Hargreaves:

Dick was probably one on my longest time friends.  He was quiet but if you looked closely, he often had a little twinkle in his eye.  The jokes that he and I shared often went right past our wives and others who might have been with us.  He and I would just smile and keep on talking.

He and his wife, Beth, were supposed to be getting together this coming Friday (9/10).  We had picked the day, but not the time and venue.  NOw it has been picked for us.  There will be a wake that night from 4-7 PM at the Shernan-Jackson Funeral home  (55 N. Main St.) in Mansfield.  No other public service will be held.   

It is fitting that Dick would not want to make a big thing of his passing.  

There was no other classmate who was more like me (or was like).  He will not be able to smile, or wink, ar say something humorous almost under his breath.  His sudden passing,  with only his wife nearby, seems to be poetic justice.  Their marriage was long andloving.

He told me when he called me on my birthday (thanks to this web site) that we should get together, and we will.  Maybe not the way we had intended, but still, one last time.  I think that I probably knew Doug Barbour and Phil Manley longer, but none was a closer friend.  When he died, he probably still had the big, peach bow tie that he had to wear as a member of my wedding party many years ago; I know he still had it when we celebrated our 25th anniversary.

I probably won't enjoy seeing him so much this time, but if it possible, we might just get a chance to see each other in the not-so-longer anymore future.

Lou Amoruso

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 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 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 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.  :-)


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.

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