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Welcome to our Chat Page. If you'd like to extend greetings to classmates "on line", or give us some news about yourself, here's the place to do it. Just send an email to jnmazzei@atmc.net  to get your message posted. Listed below are items shared up to now.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all our classmates! The contributions of all those who have written and sent pictures, the collaboration of Fred and John--They are all really Terrific! I so enjoy your notes.  
Kathleen Hennessy Stoll

Merry Christmas to you and the family and the Class of 1954.
Harley Anderson

Merry Christmas!
Carolyn Whitford Scott
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Joe and Nancy, Thank you for your interesting tidbits and fun as well as making everyone welcome. I too wish everyone a healthy, happy Blessed 2014.
Eleanor Noone O'Connell
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Season's Greetings to you and all our classmates.
And to Carolyn Scott, my granddaughter is enjoying your weather today in Orono at U Maine , taking finals this week, as a wildlife major. You must be around that area. She loves it.
John Keane
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Happy Holidays to all!
Fred Merk
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And a merry Christmas to all. All my best
Nicole Huss Gastone
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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to y'all!!!!!
Mona McLellan Calthorpe
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As Mona noted above, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, y'all!!!!
Joe Mazzei
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From Janice McKay Aucoin
December 18, 2013

(Re Harley's cab) "I love this,"

From Eleanor Courier Chenevert
December 18, 2013
hahaha Oh my Lord, Harley pulled us all in with that one, didn't he. I really thought it was a legitimate warning....good laugh...we can maintain our sense of humor right thru our 70's....

From Nicole Huss Gastone
December 18, 2013
(Re Harley's cab) "I love this,"

From Gerry Turner Cummings
December 17, 2013
We are having a snow storm and the streets are terrible. This is our 2nd in a week. It is supposed to snow until 9PM. But I still love Belmont

From Carolyn Whitford Scott
December 17, 2013
Good Morning all you southerners!!!

It's fifteen below zero this morning here.

Are you SURE you don't want to live here year 'round?

From Nicole Huss Gastone
December 13, 2013
Hello Joe,

The weather is certainly cooling down here too, as we are approaching Christmas.

I am back from the South of France where I had a great time picking 850 lbs of olives in one week with two friends. Real hard work, but fun to be in the sun.

Could I please add for your chat page that all these news, interesting conversations, exchanges of information, and contacts are only possible because we have one very dedicated friend who takes care of it all for us.

From Rob Yacubian
December 13, 2013
As I read your message in western Mass. about 30 minutes after you sent you sent it, it's 15 degrees. Count your blessings. However, I know what you mean. After my 8 days in Albuquerque for Christmas with my family of great-nieces and great-nephew I'll be heading to Boca Raton, FL and my older sister's in Dorado, PR until next May. I long for the warmer weather. (Spent two weeks at Thanksgiving in Boca Raton). Why is it that so many of us don't like the cold weather and snow as we've matured? We are due a snow storm on Sat. of 5-10.

From Mona McLellan Calthorpe
December 13, 2013
Hi Joe,

Wow, John's paintings are beautiful. My husband painted in oils & I know how hard it is to paint water. John certainly has captured it! Fred's photo is just pristine - quite an eye. Makes me miss New England in the fall - I can smell the leaves!!! However, back to reality - I am in Florida & tomorrow night I will be in my shorts & flip flops (75 degree weather) watching the Bradenton Yacht Club's Christmas boat parade (Christmas lights galore) on the Manatee River. Not the same as "home" but fun!

From Fred Merk
December 13, 2013
Hello Joe,
I can only echo what John has said .....
Not only am I helping him with ideas for his incredible talent, your website facilitates distribution to his friends.
"Warm fuzzies all around" and Happy Holidays to all!
Thanks,

From John Keane
December 13, 2013
Hi Joe,
You are a wonder ! Very creative openness to generate this presentation.
Your original idea on the way back to North Carolina has been a wonderful gift to the Class of ‘ 54.

It continues to bear fruit, and will do so in 2014, I’m sure.
Many thanks,

From Fred Merk
December 11, 2013
Hello Joe and Nancy,
There is something new taking place with BHS'54 that might be of interest to the class...a collaboration between classmates... ie John Keane and myself.

First of all... thank you for posting the 3 sunset photos. They caught John's eye and we have been in communication ever since.

Then John sent me a preliminary jpg of his latest painting "The Path"....attached scroll down.
It evoked a strong childhood memory for me involving another classmate ...Eric Markus.

As you know Eric and I have been friends since the age of 4 and we remain very close.
Yesterday I sent Eric an e-Mail including John's painting and my comments about it.

I have sent other nature photos to John including a Flaming Maple on the Androscoggin River in NH ....Attached.
He is about ready to put this on canvas and later perhaps some sunset paintings......We will keep you informed.
It's a nice story...correspondence and pictures included.
I am very excited about all this.
We leave it to you......if and how much to share with our classmates.

Thanks and Happy Holidays to you and Nancy

Reply: Fred & John, I'm pleased that you have gotten together to share interests. As our 50th reunion  came to a close, I heard some classmates say, "I wish that we could keep in touch." On the drive back to NC, I thought, "There is a way to make this happen." This wish led to the start of our web site and its pages. So, all are welcome to use their BHS54 web site as a forum among and between our classmates. I've saved the 'thread' of conversations between John and you. If any of our classmates wish to see your exchange, I'll gladly forward them as requested, and cc you and John.

The attachments you sent are displayed below. Happy Holidays to all of you...  JM

 

From John Keane
December 3, 2013
Hi Joe,
It’s really pleasurable to read about how those “ faces in the yearbook” ( Kathleen and Steve and others ) have built and fulfilled their lives in such interesting and genuine ways.
Keep those stories coming

From Kathleen Hennessy Stoll
December 3, 2013
We wpent the week-end in Chicago. where my son, an X-ray crystallographer, was part of the team at AbbVie that developed treatment (cure!) for Hepatitis C and Lymphoma! He is head of Structural Biology at AbbVie.) I used to tease him that he was in the field of designer drugs! No more.

We have three children, two of them scientists. (Sarah teaches at Georgetown and researches nanotechnology.)

One Christmas they were discussing their science, and of course not understanding a word of it, I said "You guys went into science so we would not understand what you're talking about" Their answer was--you are right!

Our youngest child is Executive VP of External Affairs, and a registered lobbyist for health care, part of the Catholic Sisters of Charity of Saint Augustine. She is the only one who dared to take us on. She has a business degree, but she is involoved in all public policy issues--and she and I are on the same United Way committee on Health. Myron is jumping up and down about sharing his experience as a lobbyist and lawyer for Ohio Bell--trying to advise her.

And now, our oldest granchild has applied for early Admission to Smith--6 generations. I cannot believe I have such great kiids, and working on the next generation!

From Steve Wasby
December 2, 2013
I don’t draw “very purty pictures” –John’s are great—or take great pics of sunsets (a la Fred), and I don’t have Marvin Zonis’s media exposure. Years ago when Marvin and I were having lunch in a restaurant in Chicago, heads kept turning because they recognized him from TV. He is indeed a “public intellectual,” a positive term.

If someone recognizes me in the supermarket, it’s only because I’ve been on local access TV because they televised the meetings of Eastham’s Zoning Board of Appeals, which I chaired. Fortunately, no one came up and punched me out, although I suspect some were tempted.

But I do write – scribble, scribble, scribble, or tap-tap-tap on the keyboard. I didn’t have space in my BHS schedule for Personal Typing, but my mother forced me to a choice: go to business school in the summer to learn to type or teach yourself. I taught myself and have always been able to do better than hunt-and-peck. Of course, my typing speed means that I churn out far more words than I should, and it is far more difficult to cut text (hack, slash, and burn) is far more difficult than to put down a few words on the page deliberately and carefully.

So that you may see what I’m doing in what I call my “alleged retirement,” without inflicting on you links to the actual documents, here are some topics on which I have recently written articles, all of which are very soon to “see the light of day.” These are in addition to one on retired U.S. Supreme Court justices sittings on the courts of appeals, about which Joe already posted something:

- federal appellate judges’ comments to each other on lawyers’ (lack of) competence, in which I draw on the papers of a senior federal judge to which I’ve been granted access and which contains hardcopy of the emails that judges send each other while considering cases (Journal of

Legal Profession, out of the University of Alabama Law School), and - what a U.S. court of appeals judge contributes to the law of the state from which the judge was selected (Willamette Law Review) (that’s in Oregon, pronounced Orygun, and it’s pronounced WillAMette (as in Willamette, dammit), not Will-a-Met.

I am especially proud of another project of which I am not the author. I have “seen to publication” –meaning doing the final editing, etc-- a book-length manuscript  by a deceased Vanderbilt Law School colleague and friend, Robert Belton, the first tenured African-American law prof at Vandy.

The book is about the case of
Griggs v. Duke Power Co., the 1971 Supreme Court decision on employment discrimination under Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, which Belton litigated in the lower courts for the NAACP Legal Defense Fund. The story Belton tells extends from the 1964 enactment of Title VII through the Civil Rights Act of 1991, and it is set in the context of the Legal Defense Fund’s litigation campaign against employment discrimination. The book will be published by the University Press of Kansas this coming March, and the title is The Crusade for Equality in the Workplace: The Griggs v. Duke Power Story..

Oh, I also give talks about the structure of the court system – including an annual visit to an AP Government class at nearby Harwich High School. Can’t figure me as a high school lecturer, can you? (Charley Myers, are you watching over me?)

From Jack Hanrahan
December 2, 2013
In case anyone might be interested, The score of the football game on Thanksgiving morning was:
Watertown 54 Belmont 35. This tradition began in 1921 and has continued every year except the game was cancelled in 1940 due to heavy snow. There was a time in my young years when this game was "The Super Bowl". If my records are correct, Belmont leads the 92 year series with 45 wins, 43 losses and 4 ties. What a great traditional rivalry!!!

From John Keane
November 28, 2013
The William Homer Flagg House was built there in 1863 on Pleasant Street as a summer home, with no heating system, and floor to ceiling windows to allow breezes to go through.

They moved a big yellow 1825 house back off this lot and up onto Wellington street , in order to build this one. It is currently occupied and for sale right now ( better hurry ).

Flagg was Winslow’s uncle. Winslow was in the Civil War at the time as an artist-commentator for the news , doing front line sketches and paintings.

He eventually returned to stay with his uncle for extended periods, and painted people and lawn scenes among other pieces.

Incidentally, the house will be open on December 7 TH and 8 TH for costumed tours, at $10.00 per person.

From Fred Merk
November 25, 2013
Hello Joe and Nancy,
Speaking of sunsets......the best ones I have ever seen are in Aruba! Here is one more for posting.....the last....I promise!.

Aruba sunset with cacti

From Nicole Huss Gastone
November 25. 2013
Hello Joe,

Along with all the others I so enjoy your chat page and your keeping it up with such regularity. Thanks again.

I haven't been in touch for so long, I should have told you how much I appreciated sitting in on the first planning meeting for the next reunion. I stayed with Marion and it was lovely to see her again.

My three weeks in the US went so quickly, spending time between New York, its museums, Fire Island, Connecticut and Boston. I just spent enough time in Paris to change suitcases and went off to Poland for ten days with a group of friends. I spent October in Paris, then went to Luxembourg and met high school friends there, and now I am coming to the end of a three-week stay in Cambodia. The weather is in the nineties and although it is supposed to be the dry season, we are having quite a bit of rain. There was just a heavy downpour right now, but it will dry up very quickly.

I think that Paris is cold at this time, but I will only stay a few days and go on to the south of France to pick olives at a former colleague's place for ten days. It has become a tradition for more than ten years now. Then it will be time to prepare for Christmas with the children and enjoy my 2-day old new grandson and his sister.

So I am not part of the creative and entrepreneurial people Kathleen lauded, but just a permanent wanderer, and enjoying life.

I wish you all a very happy Thanksgiving and am looking forward to our meeting again.

All my best to all of you.

From Arlene Harootunian Terrasi
November 24, 2013
Just want to say thank you for all your efforts in setting up this website....never knew about the William Homer Flagg house...will certainly make a visit soon. Nice to hear from our classmates...near and far. I was saddened to learn of so many who have passed. Has anyone heard or know of Ellie O'Connell?

Happy Thanksgiving to all.

From Kathleen Hennessy Stoll
November 23, 2013
Our local University, CWRU, makes a big deal of "lifelong-learning" and offers good courses, with great professors and students--but our HS class has offered more examples of that in actual practice than any institution of learning--Smith or CWRU, Members of our class are painting, writing and publishing books, and great photography, We are extraordinary life-learners, and entreprenuers, and thanks to Joe, we know that!

From Rob Yacubian
November 23, 2013
I knew that Winslow Homer painted in Belmont. As far as living there all I can think of is years ago that he summered there at a house of a cousin------near the police station on Concord Ave. Anyone heard this or something similar?

From Kathleen Hennessy Stoll
November 23, 2013
BEAUTIFUL! Thanks so much for sharing! I also received an article by Marv Zonis on "Government on the Backs of the People"--and he has sent many others about international issues that have been very informative. How creative can one HS class be? I would put us at the top of the list!

From Fred Merk
November 23, 2013
Hello John, Rob and Kathleen,
Thank you all for your kind comments on the BHS '54 web page!
It's been fun working with Joe and Marion on the spreadsheet list for our next reunion.
John, congratulations on having your
outstanding paintings exhibited at the Belmont Gallery of art....they are truly magnificent...especially 'Undefeated'!
It reminds me of the pounding surf on the rough Northwest Coast of Aruba....your color is perfect for a tropical sea.
I had no idea that Winslow Homer lived in Belmont.
Attached is another sunset photo at Lake Massapoag taken last Summer by my son John. Both photos were taken from the same spot.
My Best to each of you,

From John Keane
November 23, 2013
Hi Joe,
For classmates expressing interest, here is the William Homer Flagg House on Pleasant Street opposite the library. (Winslow's Uncle). You can see Boston clearly from the second floor, front windows. 

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From Kathleen Hennessy Stoll
November 17, 2013
The word that comes to mind is "awesome"! Fred's picture, John's art, and the words from our classmates. We have matured and devloped our talents in so many ways, and have so much more in common than we knew as adolescents growing up in a community of so much talent--still to be developed. My granddaughter here in Cleveland had a "generation day"--and among the surprises--there are 57 different languages/countires/ethnicities/ and the challenges they face in coming to a common understanding make our class at BHS look easy--but it was not then--but it is now. I so enjoy reading about what we are all doing. and seeing the photos and paintings--the creativiity seems to increase with age. Thanks so much for your work to enable us to know the talents in our class!

From Rob Yacubian
November 16, 2013
What a beautiful sunset shot.

From Gerry Turner Cummings
November 16, 2013
I want to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving and a Healthy 2014

From John Havice
November 16, 2013
Hi Joe,
I think it is a great idea to have former classmates who did not graduate with the class in 1954 be added to your email list. Thank you for adding me to the list.
Hope you and Nancy have a wonderful Thanksgiving.
Best Regards,

From Fred Merk
November 16, 2013
...Because Lake Massapoag is really a damed up river....the water level is lowered each fall so abutters can clean up their beaches. Yesterday Elizabeth's son and I went to the Tyngsboro cottage and were doing just that when we were treated with another marvelous sunset.

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From Joanne Vernon Andrellos
November 16, 2013
I wish all of our classmates and their families a very happy, peaceful and warm Thanksgiving. I’m really looking forward to our reunion and know it will be a great success.

From Kathleen Hennessy Stoll
November 15, 2013
Great pictures! thanks you for sharing them with all of us. Best wishes for the Thanksgiving Holiday to all.

From Mona McLellan Calthorpe
November 15, 2013
Hi Joe, Happy Thanksgiving to all from Palmetto, Fl. Wow - John Keane's paintings are fantastic! He has certainly captured the power of the ocean & I feel like I am standing on the ledges in Maine. I am a huge fan of Homer's and visited his studio in Cape Elizabeth, ME when I lived in Maine. He has a sister who conducts the tours of his studio - she is quite an interesting little lady. I am also a fan of the Wyeth's who also were famous for their ocean paintings.

From John Keane
November 14, 2013
Hi Joe,
The Belmont Gallery of Art, across from the police station, has an exhibit until December 15, called  "Inspired By Winslow Homer", in which I had two paintings accepted. Homer lived and painted for a while in the house across the street from the library on Pleasant Street. The gallery is in the Homer Municipal Bldg, 3rd floor, www.belmontgallery.org .
You can put this and the jpegs on the "Chat" if you wish. Hope you are enjoying mild weather.

 

The one above is called "Undefeated". The one below is called "Unmovable".

 

From John Keane
October 30, 2013
I read the nice article and sent Paul an email congratulating him on his business as well as his energy level....

When words come in from various classmates I always enjoy reading them. When I see a name mentioned, it always brings an inner smile remembering “back then “.
Regards

From Gail Perry Marshall
October 28, 2013
Mornin' Mr. Joe,

A dandy article in the PORTSMOUTH (N.H.) HERALD -this AM about our own PAUL LUCY's business in PORTSMOUTH (great small city)!!--nice pic also!!

Leaves almost gone here in York Maine--- cool but still some golf!

best to you both,

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If you wish, the link below should take you to the article:
http://www.seacoastonline.com/articles/20131029-BIZ-310290364   JM

From Harley Anderson
October 13, 2013
Thanks Joe,
I missed John Havice when he left our class, but got to spend time with his dad, Dr. Charles Havice, when he was Dean of Chapel at Northeastern University and I was a Professor and a Dean in the College of Business at Northeastern.

Many happy memories at BHS.

From Marvin Zonis
October 13, 2013
Amazing photo. Recognizable faces. Racially unified. Different days. And I was so happy to hear from John Havice, my next door neighbor for so many years. John and our neighbor across the street on Goden, Ron Clark, had the graciousness to attend my mother's funeral. Two lovely people. Marvin Zonis

From Steve Wasby
October 11, 2013
OMG but that’s a great pic, and before I opened the chat page and saw the identifiers, I did a pretty good job of identifying people – but they say one’s long-time memory is the best. Wow!

Another thing that struck me is that that age was when the girls were bigger than the boys; we caught up later.

From Harley Anderson
October 11, 2013
What a beautiful picture. I did not go to the Chenery school , but recognize 17 of them.

From Carolyn Whitford Scott
October 11, 2013
Thanks to John Havice for the photo. Lots of fun seeing all the familiar faces once again. What wonderful memories. Just two weeks ago, we were camping in Thomaston, ME and visited the daughter of our Chester Road landlord. She is now over 90. Precious memories of those years. It was nice to be able to still name everyone! (well, almost!)

From John Havice
October 10, 2013

I was a member of the class of 1954 until I left BHS in the tenth grade to attend Belmont Hill School.

Recently I came across your website. Reading your "chats" brought back so many wonderful memories of friends and classmates that I knew from many years ago.

My home was on Goden Street. Marvin Zonis was my next door neighbor.

I went to Chenery, the junior high, and the high school, where I met my future wife, Susan Osborn, class of 1955, in French class.

I have a 1948 photo of the Chenery sixth grade class with everyone identified. If you send me your address I will be glad to send the photograph to you.

I will enjoy reading future "chats". Keep up the good work.

Thanks for the memories.

The enclosed picture is the sixth grade photo of the class of 1948 at Chenery. I tried to identify everyone from memory. Hopefully I got it right.

Susan and I live in Lynnfield, which is about thirty minutes from Belmont. We go through Belmont fairly often. Our three children all live not very far from us. I retired in 1999 after a rewarding career in teaching.

The class of 1954 was fortunate to have parents who chose to live in Belmont. It was a great town in which to grow up.

My best to you and Nancy.

W. L. Chenery School Class of 1948 (Sixth Grade)

From Susan Bliss Alden (via Carolyn Whitford Scott)
September 30, 2013
With much regret we post the passing of Susan Bliss Alden's husband - Peter Dunham Alden, MD. Susan and Peter had been married for 56 years. For those of you who wish to do so, condolences may be sent via the obituary link below:

From Harley Anderson
September 17, 2013
Great picture of two really nice guys with their young looking spouses. Thanks for all you voluminous efforts and results Joe and Marion. It is very much appreciated by so many.

From Fred Merk
September 16, 2013
Hi Joe,
It has been fun working with you and Marion on updating Xcel spreadsheets for the new class list. I admire the amount of time you and she have spent trying to contact as many classmates as possible....phonecalls..e-Mails and searching Social Security Records Etc.
Thank You!

Recently Elizabeth and I had a reunion on the Cape with Classmate Sergei Snegireff and his wife Sandi.(photo below).

We had lunch at "The Chartroom" ....a well known restaurant in Cataumet MA.
All the Best to you and Nancy,

FMs and SSs

From Nancy O'Neil Eckstein
August 26, 2012
Nancy's current address information is:
Nancy A. Eckstein
21 Executive Drive
Mashpee, MA 02649
508-681-0810
nancyanneckstein@gmail.com

All information is as before. Just her home phone # is changed. Her cell # is still: 513-739-7514

From Carolyn Whitford Scott
August 11, 2013
Marion's note brought back so many fun memories of that trip in 1962. Camping in Mesa Verde SO HOT. Sleeping under the stars on a southern California ranch. Camping at Mount Rainier. Taking a break in the lodge at Yosemite while Marion and David camped out and van loads of Girl Scouts arrived beside them with all their hair rollers, giggling, etc. Visiting folks in St. Louis whose pet turtles roamed the cellar floor. Going up the Columbia River. Touring Yellowstone and the Grand Tetons. Receiving a personal tour of the San Francisco area from my soon-to-be-stepfather. I remember at the start of the trip, the AAA person doing the trip-tick said "you cannot do that trip in six weeks" but with the energy of youth and four drivers, we did!! I have been west several times since then, and I cannot remember what we did on what trip, but those are a few things I do remember from 1962.

From Steve Wasby
August 11, 2013
Joe:
You might be interested in the officers and board of the Alumni and Friends of Belmont High School, taken from a mailing my brother Roger, BHS 59, received. The Honorary Chairman is Robert Foley (Lt.Gen, Ret, USA), BHS 59; the President, Peter Leofanti, BHS 58; the V-P, Robert Reardon, BHS 08; the Secretary is Susan Orowan Martin, BHS 59; and Erich Ippen (BHS 58) is Treasurer. There are 16 others on the board, including former BHS Principal Foster Wright. No one from our class is on the Board; a year ahead of us are Warren Farrell (53) and Sandy Wenner Armstrong (53), and the nearest after us is Lois Farrell (BHS 56).

The Class of 1959 gives a scholarship, (in honor of their class advisor - Coach Stone), and has an endowment invested by AFBHS. There is a separate Mel Wenner endowment, to which one can designate contributions. Contributions are tax-deductible.

 

 

 

 


The Path


Flaming Maple on the Androscoggin River in NH

Christmas Greetings from our Classmates - December, 2013