This was the
first of what hopefully will be many reunions. Joe and Maggie were kind
enough to get this going for us. We met at Top's diner in Harrison on
April 01, 2007. Many of us thought that it was an April Fools joke but
it wasn't. The day was cold and dreary but we did not
notice because the long lost acquaintances had built into fond
friendships over the years. Joe and Olga stood by the doorway of
the diner and greeted each of us as we approached. We all looked
into each other's faces while searching the deep recesses of our memories for glimpses of those
long lost child hood friends we had not seen for so many decades.
We've all changed so much but after a few minutes it was as if
we had never parted. The conversation was quick paced as we
all rushed to recount all the wonderful things that have filled our
lives since we last met, while narrating childhood memories and singing
long forgotten chants.
If you were fortunate enough to be there with us, these pictures may
help you relive that warm evening; and if you could not join us,
perhaps this will rekindle some fond memories and provide some
additional incentives for you to join us at the next reunion.
Joycee Vartoukian, Elina Herna, Ileana Espinosa, Olga Stegura -
Pirone, Karen Giacobbe, Joyce Lane, Margaret Harkin - Pisco
Octavio Diaz, Arthur Alvarado, Joe Buckley
As much as he wanted to, the miles of separation prevented
Normando Matos fom joining us for this first reunion but he is joining
us in spirit and sent us some pictures so we can remember him by.