April 4, 2019 was the soft opening of The Grapevine. The shop, located at 345 Main St in the heart of downtown Westport, is owned by Bia Parente Hittman '99, her husband Seth, and a close friend. Bia told the Alumni Office, "After settling in Westport, we wanted to further deepen our roots in the community and we came across an opportunity to open a full-service wine shop, right in the heart of downtown. Now, along with a good friend, we are the proud owners of The Grapevine!"
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Father Platt installed as Pastor at St Catherine’s in Riverside
Over winter break, Robyn Pelletier ’16, a Pre-PA student at UCONN, traveled to Ghana, Africa alongside fellow SJ alumnae, Katelyn O’Dea ‘17 and Lindsay Lucifora ‘16. There, they provided medical assistance to underprivileged families. While visiting this poverty-stricken area, they were able to help over 700 patients by providing treatment and medication in which typically they would not have access.
SJ Director of Advancement & Alumni Affairs, Michele Krasznai '89 and her husband, Zoltan Krasznai '87 ran into Keith Clinkscales '82 on Feb 12th at the West LA Farmers Market. Keith is the former-CEO of Revolt TV, Vanguard Media, and VIBE. He is also the founder of The Shadow League, a digital sports platform in partnership with ESPN.
Courtney Jaser ‘01 and husband Andrew Lindgren-Robertson welcomed their daughter Hazel Jaser Robertson on January 23, 2019.
On September 15, 2018 Kelly Brennan '09 married Connor Brawley '10 at St Mary's Church in Stamford, CT followed by a reception at the Stamford Yacht Club where they arrived by boat to share their love with family and friends.
On Thursday, January 9, 2019, Ashley Ebanks '16 attended the 82nd YMA Fashion Scholarship Fund Gala. The Gala, which honored Ryan Seacrest, Martha Stewart, and Macy's Hal Lawton, raised over $3.5m for fashion school scholarships. Ashley represented the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising and was celebrated as a scholarship recipient during the Gala. Ashley was a recipient of a $5000 scholarship thanks to her case study on how Pat McGrath Cosmetics can expand globally and enter into the Indian beauty market. Ashley was also able to meet Martha Stewert, Ryan Seacrest, and actor Jake T. Austin who attended the event.
Charles “Buddy” Wade ’15 was the 2018 recipient of the Nichols College Bobby Daigle Award for Best Defensive Lineman. He received the honor at the Nichols College Awards Banquet on February 4, 2019. Congrats, Buddy!
On Thursday, Jan 31, 2019, Dr Natalie K Metz '96 hosted a seminar at the Helio's Health Center in Carbondale, Colorado on The Promise of Psychodelic Healing and the Future for Medicine. Dana Ganssle '99, a design architect living in Colorado, attended the workshop after seeing Dr Metz would be speaking.
Ray Foote '73 (Center Left) shared this picture of himself and his sons, Denis '05 (Left), Nick '07 (Center Right) and Ray '04 (Right). There are 16 years of SJ Hogs Football between them, including 2 captains, 3 All-FCIAC, and 1 Thanksgiving Day MVP.
Paul Giansanti ’01 was appointed Principal of Ansonia High School before the start of the 2018-2019 School Year. Since becoming Principal, Paul has been praised for his hard work to create career connections and opportunities for Ansonia High Students.
Elle Meegan Russell, born to parents Emily Luchansky Russell '07 and her husband, Corey Russell, at 2:58 am on Sunday, November 4, 2018. Elle was born at St Joseph Mercy Hospital in Ann Arbor, Michigan, measuring 6 lbs, 8 oz and 19 inches. She is the first grandchild of Jim Luchansky '75 and Peggy Kelley Luchansky '75.
Congrats to Kara Saranich '16 on making the Dean's List for the Fall 2018 Dean's List at Sacred Heart University!
Krysta Caltabiano '16 was named to the Dean's list at Curry College! Congrats, Krysta!
On January 3, 2019, Ed Voccola '04 stopped by to meetw ith students interested in acting and screenwriting. Ed is currently a writer for the cartoon sitcom Rick & Morty and prior to that, wrote for the show Last Man on Earth. While on campus, Ed spent time having lunch with our Cadets and even spoke to Mrs Cardillo's Acting Class. Thanks, Ed!
Members of the Class of 1993 recently gathered at Caloroso Restaurant in Shelton. The restaurant is owned by Mathew Calandro '93.
Bill '85 & Mark ’87 DaSilva were recently presented the 2018 Silver Hammer award by the Greater Valley Chamber of Commerce for their craft brewery, BAD SONS Beer Co. They were given this award alongside fellow alum Ross Baccarella '80 and his business, BTX Global Logistics.
As owners of Sitting Duck, SBC, and other local eateries, the two are no strangers to the foodservice industry. Mark and Bill look forward to watching the BAD SONS brand grow into a well-respected regional craft brewery.
On Friday, December 21, 2018, SJ boys basketball team alumni, Bobby Sullivan '18, Tim Dineen '16, Joe Lucy '16, Will Quigley '16, Cam Menefee '17, Omar Telfer '17, and Brian Dineen '18 stopped by to cheer on our current team.
Over the weekend, Joe Lucy '16 attended the Pittsburgh Steelers game and met up with fellow alum, Tyler Matakevich '11 on the field before the game. Joe Lucy, Sr '78, Tim Welch '16, Matt Welch '13, and Amanda Welch '09 were also in attendance.
Congrats to John Larkins '84, one of six individuals who have been named recipients of the John Wentworth Good Sport Award by the Connecticut Sports Writers' Alliance.
William Quigley '16 was one of four U.S. Merchant Marine Academy cadets awarded with 2018 Thomas B. Crowley Memorial Scholarships by Crowley Maritime Corp during the Containerization and Intermodal Institute’s Connie Awards luncheon on MOnday, Dec 10, 2018 in Newark, NJ
In August 2017, Colleen Wright '87 started her jewelry line, I Am Movement. The mission of I Am Movement is to raise awareness and to overcome psychological abuse...together! Those who are inspired by this movement can support and shop for handcrafted jewelry with a purpose. 17% of all sales is donated to domestic abuse coalitions.
Carly Onorato '12 and Brendan McGannon '14 got engaged on Nov 7, 2018 at Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo. The couple met while attending St Joes. Today Carly and Brendan came home to Joe to take some engagement photos. So fun!
On Sunday, Nov 4, 2018, Mark Tomey '90, and parent of Schuyler '20 and Ryan '22 completed his first NYC Marathon. Mark finished in 4:10:10. He’ll be running his second marathon in January 2019 in Walt Disney World. Great job, Mark! Keep up the good work.
Always wanted to decorate your property for Christmas, but don't know where to start? Let Christopher Donnells '89 be your guide. Look for his book, "Let There Be Lights!: A Beginner's Guide to Outdoor Christmas Decorating" on amazon!