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Jason Altchek ’75 (third from left), receiving the NASA Stellar eam Award

the long commute by bus and train,” writes Howard Goldstein. “Being somewhat (maybe I’m understating it) geek , my non-BFS high school was not the best time. BFS was a nurtur- ing environment that challenged me in spite of my desires to “play” too much at the Park. I benefited from both intellectual and moral challenges that seem to have served myself and others in the caring profession I even- tually chose after an unsatisfying career in technology.” Howard is enjoying his second career as a con- sumer rights attorney in Florida.

Daniel Wallick writes, “I’m currently living in suburban Philadelphia work- ing for The Vanguard Group, a mutual fund compan , and enjoying it very much. My wife and I have three children – ages 9, 7 and 3 – so life is often simply getting to the next event with minimal amounts of dam- age. My parents still live in Brooklyn and my two sisters still live in NYC, so I get back to the Big Apple fairly regularly. It was great to read about Michael Henderson in the recent BFS newsletter. I remember very dis- tinctly playing on the same basketball

es, Virginia, teachers do have social lives. This spring, gathering for a wonderful evening in Marjorie Duncalfe’s home were Martin Moore, Pat (McIlnay) Lea, Don and Jennifer Knies, Larry and

endy (Abel)

eiss, Frank


alerie Lindquist, and

Shelly and Hardy Adasko.

In photo from left are Shelly Adasko, Pat Lea, Frank and

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team as him back in the 70s, but he certainly continued to improve to great heights. In my office, I have a photograph from my 8th grade BFS basketball team. I have many fond memories of basketball at BFS. Thanks for a terrific newsletter.”


Accolades keep coming in for Stone Park Café, owned and operated by Josh Foster and Josh Grinker. Their restaurant, located at 324 Fifth Avenue at the corner of Third Street in Park Slope, took first place in the vote for AOL City Guide’s Best New York Restaurant. Congratulations on this wonderful honor.


Arva Blackwood reports that she is having a wonderful time, working at a day care center in Brooklyn and life is really good. She and her fiancé will marry later this year. She sends her best to everyone.

Congratulations to David Concepcion. He is one of twelve writers accepted into the 2006 Latino Writer’s Lab for his work-in-progress, a screenplay tentatively titled “Red Stick Nation” that focuses on a Native American minor league base- ball team and the discrimination they face as they play in their divisional playoffs. Hopefully we will be able to see Red Stick Nation on the big screen some time down the road. Congratulations, David.

“I think of Mr. DeLuca every time I think of BFS,” writes Kitti Ongarjphanchai from Thailand. Kitti is an architect and also teaches at a universit , currently advising two thesis students per year. Last year he

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also taught a third-year architectural design studio. He continues to help manage his family’s business. Kitti writes, “I got just got married last year in April. Finally! Life is going well.”


Tony Leo and Romy Reading were married in New Orleans in April of this year. We hear it was a wonderful ceremon , right in Jackson Square, followed by a second line (a tradi- tional New Orleans wedding parade). Tony’s brother, John Leo ’92, was best man. BFS classmates in atten- dance were Katie-Flynn Jambeck, David Catalano, and Jennie Price.


Nora Bita Manz writes us with won- derful news: “Sgt. Paul A. Manz, USMC and I were married September 24, 2005 at the Abington Baptist Church and celebrated our nuptials with a reception in our backyard in Abington, PA. I currently work as the Assistant Director of Admissions at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia. After graduating from Alfred University in 2000, I attended Teachers College, Columbia University and received my MA and

Paul Manz and Nora Bita Manz ’96 on their wedding day

Ed.M. in 2002. I would love to hear from my friends from BFS.” To cor- respond with Nora, please contact Susan Price at 718-852-1029, ext. 208, sprice@brooklynfriends.org.


Who knew? Julio Pabon is now a reality television star. He is one of four lucky Yankee fans selected for YES’ Ultimate Road Trip 2, a weekly

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A Little Street Where Old Friends Meet

“Your last BFS newsletter stirred up memories of Brooklyn Friends School for me, when I saw that very old picture of the Friends School Bus, Coach Alan Hughes and that line up of boys.

Marion and Alan Hughes lived next door to us in Brooklyn and they encouraged my parents to send me to Brooklyn Friends School. I started in 8th grade, that was after a trip with my parents to Coach Hughes’ Camp Minnewawa in Raymond, Maine, where I met some of those wonderful Friends School students.

Accolades to Brooklyn Friends School for providing us with an outstanding classical educa- tion. I felt well-prepared and graduated from the University of Vermont in 1945. It was so nice to read in Class Notes about Niel Rising’s eight grandchildren. My husband and I have eight grandchildren also, all boys – two in college and the rest go down to age 10. The 10 year old, his brother and their parents are moving to Switzerland this summer for four or five years. Our best wishes to Niel, Bob MacCrate and our dear classmates. Also, we really enjoyed the article about

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