It's been a long 18 months of planning but we are thrilled by the turnout and enthusiasm so many of you have expressed about gathering for our 50th Newton High School Reunion! We are in the homestretch and will soon be partying to celebrate this very special moment in our lives together .... 'old friends are forever'.
This website has detailed information about the weekend as well as our class so please take the time to check it out. Here is important timing of events during the Reunion weekend which you will want to note:
5:30 for Friday night informal gathering at Hotel Indigo - come whenever !
6:00 for Saturday Night Reunion at Brae Burn - Cocktail hour
9:30 (and later) for Sunday informal breakfast gathering at Hotel Indigo
We were fortunate to have our classmate Judi Gorgone create a fun design for the reunion. Click here to view the items available for purchase. Proceeds will help fund future reunions (yes, there will be future reunions!).
On Sept 17th we will send a final email blast to all registered classmates which will include a detailed menu for the buffet on Saturday night. Until then, we've posted a partial menu. Click here to view the menu.
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, and Jean Thomason McCaughey.
Candy (Candace) Pasquarosa LaChapelle, Chairperson - NHS 66 Rocks!!!
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.