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RIDGEFIELD MEMORIAL HIGH SCHOOL
Post 50TH CLASS REUNION Letter


Dear Classmates:

The RMHS 50th Class Reunion was held the weekend of September 26, 2014. Participants included graduates from 1964 and 1965, as well as graduates from 1962, 1966, 1967, and 1978. Mother Nature treated everyone to a perfect weekend with temperatures in the 70’s! Classmates came from far and wide - California, Idaho, Colorado, Florida – and the entire East Coast. The Reunion gave everyone a perfect opportunity to reconnect with their classmates – to reminisce and to share life stories.

The weekend began on Friday with a tour of the high school. Joe Crociata coordinated and lead the tour for over 40 graduates. Attendees had the opportunity to see the many changes that have taken place over the years including the new Science and Technology Labs which replaced the original science labs you may remember from 50 years ago!! After the tour, off to Tutto A Modo Mio on Bergen Boulevard for an informal dinner. After dinner, many headed down the Garden State Parkway to Doolan's Shore Club in Spring Lake Heights to connect with those who were staying at the hotel.

During the day on Saturday, classmates began exploring all that is Spring Lake and the Jersey Shore – sightseeing, shopping, the beach, Seaside Boardwalk, the ongoing recovery efforts related to the devastation of Super Storm Sandy – and simply took the opportunity to reconnect with all we knew about the Shore throughout our childhood and teen years.

The Reunion continued on Saturday evening with a fantastic cocktail hour in the Atrium and a delicious dinner and dancing in the Main Ballroom. Ninety members of our classes attended and enjoyed the many stories and memories from our high school years. Mr. Harvey Weiss, a former RMHS teacher, Administrator, and Principal, and our Special Guest for the evening, talked about our RMHS years when he was a new college graduate starting his long and dedicated life to education.

Sunday winded down with an informal buffet breakfast in the morning at Doolan’s. Goodbyes and well wishes were exchanged as many people headed for home.

For those who lived in the area or were staying on, a Sunday afternoon “Farewell Party” was held at Ron and Elaine Deramo's home in Lavallette, NJ. Over 50 graduates attended. At the end of the evening everyone was treated to a spectacular sunset – a perfect ending to an extraordinary weekend!

This Reunion happened due to the combined efforts of many RMHS graduates - Joyce Mead, Joe Crociata, Tom Longa, Tony Bergamo, Pat Maley, Barbara Gahn, Barbara Susinno, JoAnn Cargill, Ralph Maltese, Bob Mead and Elaine Deramo; and Linda Silletti and Muriel Cronenberg (Class of 1965), and others who worked behind the scenes and wish to remain anonymous. Thank you!!

Special recognition should be given to two classmates who helped collect, edit, and organize all the photos from the weekend - Michele (Saladino) Allison, and Paul Van Dort. Paul deserves particular recognition for his contributions – he has organized and posted the photos and maintains our web page at www.rmhs64.pmphoto.us. Thank you, thank you both.

One person who deserves a huge measure of thanks is Ron Deramo. Since the reunion’s inception, he has been the force behind everyone involved in the ongoing organization and coordination of this project.

He has devoted countless hours to our 50th reunion efforts and I would like to take this opportunity to sincerely thank him for all of his hard work over the past year. Thank you Ron!!!! We could not have done it without you.

(Written by Joyce Mead)

50th Class Reunion Photos

September 27, 2014


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There were many more photos but these are some of the best. While I was not able to attend, putting the 50th Reunion together for the website gave me the feeling that I was there.

Many thanks to Ron, Elaine, Joyce, and Bob and others who made the reunion possible.

Special thanks to Michele Saladino Allison for editing all the photos and making my work much easier.

To all my classmates, in the words of Mr. Spock, "Live long and prosper."

Paul