David C DeDonato ( '82 ) recently achieved top awards with Barnum Financial Group, Office of MetLife as one of the top Financial Planners in the firm for 2012. David, his lovely wife Susan and their wonderful children Ava (8 yrs old ) and Olivia (4 yrs old ) reside in Monroe , CT
Congratulations to Keith Clinkscales '82 for founding and developing TheShadowLeague.com, a site dedicated to presenting journalistically sound sports coverage with a cultural perspective that insightfully informs sports fans worldwide.
Elizabeth ‘ 02 married Tim Juselis on Nov. 3, 2012 at St. James Church in Stratford. The reception was at Great River in Milford. Both are graduates of UCONN ’06. Tim is a Captain in the United States Air Force and Liz is a nurse in the NIC unit at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. They live in Philly and will be moving to Missouri this summer as Tim will be stationed at Whiteman Air Force Base in Knob Noster, Missouri.
Kneeling: Dennis Laccavole ’71, Peggy Kurhar ’71, Liz Marino ’02, Anthony Bombaci ’02, Malissa Brennan ‘02
Congratulations to Jessica Lauren Bonvicini Adriel '94 who just published a new book, "The One Way Writer". This is Jessica's fourth book for her career and we join her in celebrating this accomplishment.
The Get In Touch Foundation, founded by Mary Ann Wasil '82, hosted it's inaugural New York City "Cocktails and Cabaret" event on February 21, 2013, at the Yale Club to a sold out crowd. Funds raised at the event support the mission of the Get In Touch Foundation - to encourage gals of all ages to get in touch with their bodies, information, and each other, in their crusade against breast cancer.
The evening showcased the talents of Jim Ferris '84, currently appearing on Broadway's "The Lion King," as MC, and with his wife, Erin McGuire, and several of their Broadway friends, they entertained the crowd with a Broadway revue and a special guest appearance by Broadway legend Ben Vereen. If you'd like to be invited to the 2014 NYC event, or any other Get In Touch regional events, sign up at getintouchfoundation.org.
Congratulations to Mary Ann on her book "A Diary of Healing" now available on Amazon.com
pictured above, Christine Donohue Brown ’87, Michele Gomez Krasznai ’89, Kit Dunkin Lattarulo ’82, Lisa DeTullio Russell ’82, Mary Ann Wasil ’82, Helen Scully, alumni parent and former faculty, Eileen Scully ’87, Chris Scully ’85, Jim Ferris ’84, James Riccio ’81 and Zoltan Krasznai ‘87
Alyssa Antonucci '07 is preparing for a very exiting Spring and Summer season with her business Beads by Alyssa. Over the past year Alyssa has reached new heights as a 23 year old small business owner. Not only has she donated pink bracelets to the breast cancer survivors participating Seymour Pink's Pounding the Pavement for Pink 5K this past fall; but, has also sent bracelets to some of our troops in the United States Army and Marine Corps serving over seas. This past fall Alyssa’s bead creations have also been a part of raffles her SJHS 2007 reunion. Her bracelets are currently being sold at The Mad Hatter Botique in Seymour, Connecticut, as well as, Couture Fitness studio in Milford, Connecticut. While preparing for the busy craft season ahead, BBA's new collection of "Creamsicle" beads have recently been featured in the New England fashion and lifestyle online blog, Vineyard Love Knots. Even Rachel Ray, has her own Beads by Alyssa, which were given to her by a family member on the set of her daytime talk show. While anticipating the warm craft season, Alyssa keeps busy creating and selling unique and custom order bachelorette and bridal party bracelets. BBA was a vendor at Quinnipiac University's main campus this past February, a feat she has been aspiring to reach for over a year. Alyssa's aspirations to reach new goals and never give up all while "being unique" are accredited to her father's perseverance, hopefulness and strength she so admired while he so valiantly tried to fight his battle with cancer “never giving up” unto his final days. One of her greatest achievements yet is having her bracelets being sold in The Boutique at Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale New Haven.
Congratulations to David Hoha '71 on his promotion and relocation to Juniper, FL! David will be Florida Aircraft Factory Operations (FAFO) Engineering Manager. David has travelled throughout 56 countries for short bursts of time (3 month stints) during his time at Sikorsky Aircraft but always ended up in CT. "It will be a big change in my life, my families lives as I leave them as well as close friends and the wonderful group from the class of 71 that have rekindled relationships from 40 years ago. There is a lot to miss but there is a lot to experience in this new work environment and I am only a few hour flight away".
"It was very exciting when we saw the smoke come out of the chimney and realized it wasn't turning black. The thousands of people gathered in St. Peter's Square started moving quickly toward the front of the piazza to get a good look at the new pope when he appeared. When they announced his name, there was a moment of confusion because no one around me seemed to know who he was. Soon after, a man appeared on the balcony of St. Peter's in a white cassock who I had never seen before. But the one thing I did know was that this was the new Holy Father, who the cardinals, guided by the Holy Spirit, had elected to lead the Church. And suddenly everyone was clapping and shouting 'Viva il papa!' Before he gave the crowd his first blessing, he asked us to spend a moment in silent prayer for him. And for over a minute the massive crowd was completely silent. It was a very powerful moment, one that I'll never forget."
I'll be ordained a priest in May (Memorial Day weekend at St. Theresa's in Trumbull). Deacon John Connaughton'94
Lauren Fernandez ('10) was recently awarded 1st runner-up at the Miss New Haven County / Miss University of New Haven pageant hosted on March 2, 2013. This pageant is a preliminary for the Miss Connecticut Scholarship Program that eventually leads to the Miss America Scholarship Program. Lauren was the most decorated participant at the pageant, receiving the Ann DeMatteo Interview Award, as well as recognition for having raised the most money for the Children's Miracle Network, the non-profit charity that has partnered with the Miss America Scholarship Program this year. Lauren is a 2010 graduate of SJHS, and is currently a junior in the pre-med program at the University of New Haven.
Amy Warren '03 is leading the student trip to Costa Rica again this summer! She is taking her students between grades 5 and 10 to complete animal rehabilitation for sloths, monkeys, and sea turtles. Amy finished a Masters in Education last May and started working on her 6th year degree in Educational Leadership in January.
Further congrats to Amy on her engagement to Richard Casey Jr.
Ken Martin ('95) is excited to announce that his restaurant business Colony Grill is opening its third location this spring, in Milford, CT. Colony Grill also has locations in Fairfield and Stamford, CT.
Pictured above Rebecca Santoli, Executive Director of Advancement, Ken Martin '95 and Michele Krasznai '89 Alumni Director.
A 20-year-veteran EMT is Trumbull's new executive director of EMS. Joseph Laucella '95 stood out among 40 during the search for a candidate for the new position, which was finalized Thursday night by the Town Council. He starts March 25. Laucella is a Shelton resident, married and father of two young girls. He started as an EMT at age 16 in Shelton.
Congratulations to Kim Luczaj '94 on her marriage to Bryan Sage.
From left to right: Wendy & Kevin Finch '94, Tracy & Stephen Burke '94, Maria & Brian Spillane '94, Caryn & Kevin Sullivan '94, Kim Luczaj Sage '94, Ray & Jill Hira LaPlante '94, Peggy Roac '94, Jason McCombs, Jen Rosso '95, Jay Lewis '94, Ken & Sue Sheridan Richardson '94
Congratulations to Joseph Detullio '86 for receiving the 2012 Art Directors Guild Award. Joe is a Production Designer on Saturday Night Live and is being recognized for his extraordinary work. Please join us in congratulating Joe on this achievement! 2012 Art Directors Guild Awards
Luke Cooper '94, head of Baltimore-based investment firm, Performant Capital Partners, is also an attorney and author. He has been making presentations to various educational organizations in the context of his upcoming book, which will serve as a practical toolkit to help young adults and entrepreneurs actualize success. He emails, “My book will be about seldom discussed practical concepts. I am committed to helping the parents, teachers, mentors and advocates design better solutions to serve our nation’s youth." Luke is a board member of the Children’s Scholarship Fund of Baltimore. For more information, visit lukeonlife.com.
The Lion King's Jim Ferris, a 1984 graduate of St Joseph High School, will be the host of our 1st Annual New York City Pretty In Pink Cocktail Cabaret & Women of Strength Awards on February 21 at The Yale Club of New York City.