We did it . . . the Big 50!
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Message from Reunion Committee:
Your 50th Reunion by all accounts was a BIG success! The committee worked for 18 months to find the right place to hold the event, and were thrilled with the BraeBurn Country Club with all it's rooms and space to spread out and visit with classmates. They accommodated all our menu and table set ups, like the Memorial table with all our classmates that had passed; our NHS Memory tables with lots of fun items to look at including a track letter sweater and NHS Band jacket! WE also had a table with messages from classmates who unfortunately couldn't attend and a "Photo booth" to get one last photo with your besties! We were thrilled by the turnout and enthusiasm so many of you have expressed about our 50th Newton High School Reunion. WE all celebrated this very special moment in our lives together .... 'old friends are forever'.
Photos of the reunion have been complied from various classmates. If you have some photos to share please send them now to TheNHS66Reunion@gmail.com. Our Junior High Class photos taken the night of the gala are posted below. You will find two of each Junior High. We certainly look great! The candids are on the 50th Reunion tab at the top of this page. They include photos from some of the Friday and Saturday activities as well.
We were fortunate to have our classmate Judi Gorgone create a fun design for the reunion. These items are available for purchase, check them out by clicking at the top of this page on NHS66 Store. Proceeds will help fund future reunions. Yes, there will be future reunions!
Our website (www.nhs66.org) will continue to be the GO TO place for communication. We will not share your email contact, if you let us know it is private. We want to keep you connected to the class of 1966! Please always keep us updated with a current email, it is not in our budget to send mailings thru the postal services going forward.
Mini Reunions are what will be planned going forward. These will be casual events planned by individuals or groups in various regions. Please go to the top of this page and click on "Mini" to see more information on the Mini Reunions. We will let you know about them thru our website, emails and Facebook. As we mentioned, no postal mailings will be sent.
A very special thank you to a fabulous committee who have gone way above and beyond in their tireless efforts. Thank you Ellen Berman, Mike Berman, Barbara Burman McIntosh, Kathie Gardner Hebden, Ted Kelly, Joe Marcus, Peter Ryan, Martha Sylvester Warren, Jean Thomason McCaughey and Candy (Candace) Pasquarosa LaChapelle, Chairperson - NHS 66 Rocks!!!
If you would like a copy of the Junior High Photo sent to your email address, please send your request to: TheNHS66Reunion@gmail.com
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We will email you both shots that are listed here.
One Class • NHS '66
Do you remember?
The Class of 1966 had 851 in the graduating class. We came mostly from 5 Jr.Highs and were randomly divided up into "Houses". The house system had only been in existence for six years. With a school of 2500 students it was hoped that this system would provide a friendly and personal environment for students to grow as individuals and organize their own activities.
Our class had by far the most active Class Committee, in its efforts to improve student social life. Class President Bob Berlin (Captain Bob) led the charge with other members of his team: Dick Jefferson,1st VP; Candy Pasquarosa, 2nd VP; Fran Deats, Secretary; and Jay Reynolds, Treasurer. They were advised by a most effective and much loved Miss Gianferante. The most important and ambitious project taken on by our class was the Youth Center. Many put in hours of hard work led by committee head Susan Gradone and raised $5000.
Who could forget?
In our senior year the first female Student Council President was elected at NHS! Under the leadership of Betsy Snider the school was in very good hands. The Snider Administration (Steve Selkowitz, V.P.; Nancy Schulman, Sec.; Stephen Jigger, Treas.) promised a "Good Deal" for everyone. The Tiger Cage (school store) was improved. Vending machines were installed in the cafeteria. Students could eat outside during good weather. In addition there was an Alumni Day, Faculty basketball game and who could forget "Bermuda Day".
Our Senior Supper, renamed "Treasures of '66" took place in a decorated gym with Capt. Bob Berlin directing classmates. A great received talent show kept everyone laughing as classmates attempted to let their meal settle. Mike Silberman and George DiBennedetto ended the show with a wonderful rendition of Sonny & Cher's, "I Got You Babe."
Did you know?
Over the past 50 years we have lost a number of classmates. While many of our classmates served our country while at war in Vietnam, to our knowledge we only lost one classmate, Richard Forte in December, 1968. He was mentioned in the book, Doc:Platoon Medic, a True Story of Vietnam's Most Courageous Warrior-Healer (Evans & Sasser). He also was remembered by the city of Newton where they named a park for him, The Richard J. Forte Memorial Park, at 235 California Street.
Over the years friends and spouses have emailed to tell of their losses. Cancer seems to be a familiar thread. One daughter wrote to say her mom (who died of breast cancer) loved her high school days and was always showing her the NHS yearbook and the funky girls gym uniform! Another son of a classmate wrote to say his dad died when he was young and was looking for someone who may have known him, to tell him what he was like.