The Foxboro reporTer
A keepsake edition
June 17, 2010
This group of Eagle
Scouts graduated from
Foxboro High School
19 years ago. Find out
what they, and dozens
of other former high
school grads, are doing
with their lives as The
Foxboro Reporter turns
back the clock two
decades to revisit the
stories of 29 of the
most interesting young
adults you’d ever
chance to meet.
All about ‘Where are they now?’
he concept of revisiting former because the selections from 1991, 1993 back in 1990. Mike Gelbwasser (now with
high school graduates and bring- and 1995 featured multiple students. Reprints available The Sun Chronicle) wrote three, while Evie
ing readers up to date on their Why — from the scores of profiles pub- Malm and the late Dave Comeau contribut-
accomplishments has been per- lished over the past two decades — were Reprints of this section, as well as the ed two apiece. Dave’s successor, Don Wild-
colating for several years here these 29 selected? For starters, we need- companion “Graduation 2010” section ing (now with the Cape Cod Times) wrote the
The Foxboro Reporter — but al- ed access to the original photos — either inside this week’s Foxboro Reporter, are 1997 profile of Dan & Frank Denisi, while
ways put on the back burner for one reason prints, negatives or digital files. Some in- available and can be purchased at The James Lowenstein authored the 1998 piece
or another. triguing prospects were ruled out simply be- Foxboro Reporter offices, 36 Mechanic on Michelle Anderson. The original author
As most readers know, the Reporter com- cause we could not retrieve the original im- St., for $2 apiece. For more information, and publication date is noted on each.
memorates high school commencement ages. Additionally, a handful of those we call us at 508-543-4851, or email: fox- Suffice it to say, we couldn’t have pub-
with an annual pullout section featuring cap- contacted for the project were either unin- firstname.lastname@example.org lished this section without advertising sup-
sule write-ups of every graduate (a tradition terested or had scheduling conflicts. port. Please take a moment to read through
which endures with a separate “graduation” But the vast majority were enthusias- were done by email (Eric Nelson in Abu Dha- the full-page ads; each of them have their
section inside this week’s newspaper). So a tic, cooperative and more than generous bi and Debbie Andersen in China come to own “where are they now?” stories to tell —
companion piece tracking down past gradu- with their time in responding to repeated re- mind); other interviews were conducted by and we tried to do them justice.
ates seemed a natural. quests for additional information and/or de- phone and some in person. Likewise, some Finally, we’re grateful to everyone whose
The decision to go back two decades, tails. In particular, David Field (one of the six of the “now” photos were supplied to the stories are chronicled on these pages. Do-
however, was entirely practical: In 1990 the Eagle Scouts from 1991 who is featured on newspaper by participants, while others ing the legwork for this section over the
paper started to compliment these individ- page 8) and Dan Euerle (one of four Xaveri- were taken by staff. past several months — tracking down for-
ual capsule write-ups of each graduate with an grads from 1995 featured on pages 16- Over the past two decades, a number of mer students, conducting these interviews
more comprehensive staff-generated fea- 17) were instrumental in helping round up writers have contributed to the paper’s annu- and writing the stories — has been a priv-
ture stories on selected students. For the their classmates — assistance that greatly al graduation issue. Staff writer Frank Mor- ilege any journalist would relish. Hopefully,
purposes of this section, one of these sto- simplified things for us. timer penned 10 of the original stories ref- readers will enjoy the results as much as we
ries was singled out for each of the last 20 Needless to say, logistics dictated that erenced in this section, beginning with the have enjoyed producing it.
years. We ended up with 29 rather than 20 some interviews in preparing this section very first profile of Jean and Barbara Nalen - Jeff Peterson
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2 THE FOXBORO REPORTER JUNE 17, 2010
JEAN & BARBARA NALEN K 1990 WHERE ARE THEY NOW?
ORIGINAL STORY BY FRANK MORTIMER
‘Busy weekend for the Nalens’
Published June 7, 1990
blessed BABY STEPS
left with Chris-
tian and Nicho-
las, had a great
role model in her
and followed her
ean Nalen-Dobachesky has had her share of view in Plymouth. “Finally I can see the sun set in the into health care.
blessings in life. But none quite like the first west all year long,” she says. Upper left: the
weekend in June 1990, when she received a Now retired, Jean looks back at her 43-year career happy graduates
bachelor’s degree in nursing from UMass-Boston as a registered nurse with satisfaction, happy the way in June 1990.
on Saturday and her daughter, Barbara (Nalen) her life has turned out and thrilled to have gained four
Cardosa, graduated from Foxboro High School the more children through her second marriage — 29 grandchil- Her husband, Christian, is a Mansfield native who teach-
following afternoon. dren and 3 great-grandchildren altogether. “I feel like I’ve es elementary school in Middleboro. Five years ago they re-
A registered nurse with a diploma from the La- been blessed twice — once with Bill and once with Bob,” located from Fairhaven to his childhood home — a century-
boure School of Nursing, Jean had plenty of expe- she says. “Life can be challenging at times, but God gives old dwelling that required “extensive work” to accommodate
rience but no college degree, and returned to the classroom us extra grace and blessings to move forward.” the couple’s four children: Anthony, 8, Harrison, 6, Nicholas
as her children grew older. Enrolling in “one course at a Inspired by her mom’s example, Cardosa likewise opted 3-1/2, and Caroline, 1-1/2.
time,” it took her 10 years to earn that degree. But she so for a career in health care — graduating in 1995 from Sim- Like her mother (who had five sons), Barbara enjoys the
enjoyed the experience that she already had started cours- mons College with a bachelor’s degree in nutrition (a sec- rough-and-tumble challenge of having three boys underfoot,
es towards a master’s degree when her first husband, Bill ond daughter, Christine, likewise went into nursing). She but is still grateful for having a daughter of her own.
Nalen, died in 1992. completed a dietetic internship at St. Luke’s “My poor daughter!” she exclaims. “I do hope to keep
“He was fortunate to see one grandchild, Hospital in New Bedford and currently works her ‘girly’ — as I was more interested in playing sports with
dance at one wedding, attend two college part-time at Tobey Hospital in Wareham, St. my brothers (much to their dismay) than keeping a pretty
graduations and enjoy all the hoopla sur- Luke’s and Sturdy Memorial in Attleboro. wardrobe and doing my nails.”
rounding (Boston College and Denver Bron- “My focus is to educate patients on dis- In between laundry and cleaning (and more laundry and
cos center) Tom being recruited by so many ease prevention through diet and lifestyle more cleaning), Barbara enjoys running with Jake, the fam-
colleges,” she says of her late husband. change,” Cardosa says. “I have a great job! I ily’s golden retriever, tending to the beautiful perennials
It was a difficult time. Jean maintained love to teach, especially something that has which her mother-in-law planted over the years — and, of
the family home on Mechanic Street for five such a direct impact on a patient’s recovery.” course, playing with the kids.
years, and eventually met her second hus- Cardosa also works with patients experi- “I am a master at Lego building,” she says. “I am so
band, Bob Dobachesky, through mutual encing oncology, stroke, cardiac, diabetic or fortunate to be home with them most days; they grow so
friends. Seeking a fresh start, they sold their gastro-intestinal issues, including some re- quickly. One day they will be gone and I’ll have plenty of
respective homes and acquired an ocean ceiving intravenous nutrition. spare time then.”
JUNE 17, 2010 THE FOXBORO REPORTER 3
WHERE ARE THEY NOW? 1991 K BRIAN BEAVERSTOCK
BY FRANK MORTIMER
‘Legion of Six soaring still’
Published June 6, 1991
ast weekend, for the first time in
seven years, Brian Beaverstock but- WONDER OF IT ALL
toned up his Boy Scout uniform to
attend an annual gathering of six Beaverstock, second from
New England scout lodges at Camp left in 1991 photo at top
Squanto in Plymouth. But in or out left, remains active in Boy
of uniform, the Eagle Scout and Scouting and still enjoys
1991 Foxboro High graduate — one the outdoors — as evi-
of six Eagle Scouts to come out of FHS that year denced by this trip to the
— has maintained a lifelong commitment to the Badlands, S.D. with wife,
scouting program. Karen. Below: Brian and
As an undergraduate at Boston College, Bea- Karen on a more formal
verstock remained active in the Order of the Ar-
row — the national honor society of the Boy
Scouts of America — and in 1993 was elected enrollment was 99% minority students. Farmington, N.H. He taught reading
the organization’s national “chief.” “It was a fantastic place to work,” he says. “It at Nottingham Elementary School for
“I traveled and visited many lodges and scout- had one of the strongest outreach programs and four years while working on a CAGS
ing events around the country during the year in- city-wide support.” degree in education administration
cluding the 1993 National Jamboree,” he says. True to form, Beaverstock started an after- from the University of New Hamp-
“Certainly, it was the pinnacle of my own scout- school Cub Scout pack at Zavala — and in 2002 shire, and is currently in his third year
ing career.” was named Cubmaster of the Year for the Tejas as assistant principal at Epsom Cen-
Graduating from BC with a degree in political district of the Capital Area Council. The following tral School in Epsom, N.H. She is an
science in 1995, he worked briefly as program year he was named District Volunteer of the Year. eighth-grade social studies teacher in
director at Camp Squanto, then served for 18 They embraced the Tex-Mex lifestyle — fre- nearby Strafford, N.H.
months as a district scouting executive before re- quenting Mexican food and BBQ joints, and soak- Theirs is a busy household, with
turning to BC for a master’s degree in education. ing up the music and culture — but the climate a menagerie of two lab-mix dogs and
In 1998, Beaverstock followed his future wife, took some getting used to. “Karen and I lived three cats.
Karen (of Peterboro, N.H. and Lesley University), near Barton Springs, where we swam many times “We both enjoy hiking, skiing,
to Austin, Texas, where he managed a reading tu- at 9:30 p.m. just to cool off enough to go to camping, kayaking and I’ve just start-
toring lab at Zavala Elementary School in East bed,” he recalls. ed jogging in the past year,” he says,
Austin. The school drew largely from two of the Married in July 2001, the Beaverstocks re- adding that he participated in his first half-mara-
city’s biggest low-income housing projects, and turned to New England two years later, settling in thon on Mother’s Day weekend.
4 THE FOXBORO REPORTER JUNE 17, 2010
JOHN CORCORAN K 1991 WHERE ARE THEY NOW?
ohn Corcoran may not consider 1991 promoted to the Vail Valley wine territory — and ing up with major sports figures and their favor- ORIGINAL STORY
the perfect vintage, but it remains a have been in the wine business ever since.” ite charities. BY FRANK MORTIMER
very good year nonetheless. Returning to the Boston area in 2001, Corco- Among Charity Wines’ early varieties included ‘Legion of 6 soaring still’
One of six Eagle Scouts who grad- ran met his future wife, Leah, while he was Tim Wakefield’s “CaberKnuckle,” a Chilean cab-
uated Foxboro High that June (his Ea- bouncing around the Massachusetts wine indus- ernet; Curt Schilling’s “Schilling Schardonnay,” a Published June 6, 1991
gle project involved creating a cable TV try. But his big splash came in 2005 when he Chilean chardonnay; and Kevin Youkilis’ “Sauvign-
warning about the importance of dis- teamed up with business partner Andrew Graff Yoouuk Blanc,” a California sauvignon blanc.
posing old medicines), Corcoran never to launch Charity Wines — which created a vari- Since then, the firm broadened its program to
envisioned he was headed for a Major ety of labels for fundraising purposes by team- include, not only numerous Major League baseball
League career — in the wine business. players, but other professional athletes as well —
Like many college grads, he stumbled into his altogether raising $1.4 million for charity. But af-
first job. Footloose, and armed with a bachelor’s ter a protracted battle with the Major League Play- Corcoran collaborated
degree in writing & communications from UMass- ers Association, Corcoran soured on the business with Red Sox slugger
Dartmouth in 1995, Corcoran relocated to Colo- and left Charity Wines this past December. Kevin Youkilis on the
rado with some friends. “I had $500 to my name “I’ve recently started with a new company launch of ‘Sauvign-
and ended up staying for six years,” he says. called Elite Imports which markets wine through- Yoouuk Blanc’ in ‘05,
During his stay in the Rockies, Corcoran out New England,” he says. “We’ve created a but has since left
served as tour manager for Denny Dent — an new fun brand called “Wicked Good Wines” which Charity Wines for a
“entertainment artist” whose choreographed should be launching this summer.”
new company, Elite Im-
“performances” involve painting oversized por- Corcoran currently lives in Millis with his wife
traits on six-foot canvasses to select pieces of and 3-year-old son, Declan. In his free time, he
ports. It’s first label,
music. Interesting work, but it kept Corcoran enjoys running and restoring vintage Toyota Land ‘Wicked Good,’ is due
on the road 200 days a year. So he opted for a Cruisers imported from Australia. out this summer. Top
sales job at a Denver wine distributor. “I’m not currently active in scouting,” he ad- left: one of the vintage
“I literally had never tasted wine before my mits, “but I’m sure I’ll get back in once my son Land Cruisers Corcoran
first day of work,” he recalls. “A year later I got gets to that age.” has restored.
JUNE 17, 2010 THE FOXBORO REPORTER 5
WHERE ARE THEY NOW? 1991 K BRIAN DUGUAY
ORIGINAL STORY BY
‘Legion of 6 soaring still’
Published June 6, 1991
rian Duguay escorted his wife,
Kate (Folan), to the Foxboro High
‘I try to be
School junior prom in 1990. But as humble and
she was just a freshman, her father
wouldn’t let them date further and
the two drifted apart — more so af- others. I am
ter he graduated and left for Fitch-
burg State College. fully support-
Fast forward nine years. Duguay and Folan ive and toler-
chanced to meet at a friend’s bachelorette party
in Boston — and time stood still. ant of diver-
“We danced the entire night and were married
in 2001,” he says of his wife, a 1993 FHS grad-
sity, which is-
uate who works as a surgical technologist (scrub something
nurse) at Beth Israel Hospital. “I put her engage-
ment ring on a pillow inside a cedar-lined hope I believe I
chest I made of cherry wood.” learned from
It was his first furniture project and took six
months to build. the many
Duguay has worked for more than 10 years at
Shawmut Design & Construction, a Boston-based
construction management firm, as a senior de- scouting.’
veloper in IT, creating applications for the compa- He was less impressed by recent actions of
ny Intranet system. No longer active in scouting, Wampanoag tribal leaders, who applied to have
Duguay still enjoys camping and describes a near Nantucket Sound declared ancestral lands — an
“spiritual connection” to nature. He says those unsuccessful tactic to scuttle the controversial
qualities he developed as an Eagle Scout still energy project.
guide his everyday life. “I was very disappointed in the Wampanoag
“I’m proud of my leadership abilities and as- position, and sent their chief a letter about it,” he
sertive nature,” he says. “I try to be humble and says, noting that the Rosebud Sioux in South Da-
respectful to others. I am fully supportive and tol- kota have embraced wind energy. “They consider ECO-FRIENDLY
erant of diversity, which is something I believe I it a harmonious part of the land.” Environmentally mind-
learned from the many values in scouting. I hope More recently, Duguay has been focusing his
ed, Duguay, at left in
the Boy Scouts of America will grow in those val- personal energies on renovating the couple’s Nor-
wood home, which they purchased from Kate’s
1991 photo below,
ues to embrace more diversity as they, as an or-
ganization, continue to grow.” grandfather. escorted Kate to a
An ardent environmentalist, he drives a Honda “The house is definitely a work in progress,” waiting limousine on
Civic hybrid and has been politically active as a he says. “I’m putting all new double-pane fiber- their wedding day —
member of Clean Power Now, a citizens advocacy glass windows right now, and we had the at- 11 years after he took
group backing the Cape Wind project. Participat- tic spray foamed with an environmentally friend- the FHS freshman to
ing in a benefit walk several years ago, Duguay ly product called Icynene. We were going to have his junior prom.
met Cape Wind president Jim Gordon, and came geo-thermal heating done, but it’s really expen-
away impressed. sive. There’s only so much I can do myself.”
6 THE FOXBORO REPORTER JUNE 17, 2010
JOSH GREEN K 1991 WHERE ARE THEY NOW?
an EGyPTian BY FRANK MORTIMER
An Air Force offi- ‘Legion of Six soaring still’
cer for the past 15
years, Green recogniz- Published June 6, 1991
es that hopscotching
the globe is ‘the mil-
To satisfy all parties, a plan was devised.
itary way.’ Fortunate-
There would be three weddings, the first in
ly, Wanda and Lillian Las Vegas. “This was Wanda’s wedding,”
have made his travels Green says, describing a small, intimate
a lot more bearable. ceremony held in the desert outside the city
and attended by close relatives.
“My godfather, Rev. Tim Sabin, who used
to be rector at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church,
married us off.”
Having satisfied the Air Force, the newly-
weds then concentrated on the matriarchs.
Each was given their own wedding to plan
and execute. “All they needed to do was tell
us when to show up and what to wear.”
“Wanda’s mom, Pat Tews, planned a
simple, comfortable, laid-back ceremony in
Ohio — just her style. My mom set up a su-
per-formal, big-time extravaganza in Massa-
chusetts — just her style.”
The union now reinforced with treble
blessings, Green returned his focus to mil-
itary matters — this time as a staff officer
at Air Combat Command HQ at Langley AFB
in Virginia. “The job was OK,” he recalls.
“But I felt rather ashamed in a cushy staff
job while the fight in Iraq was going on.”
So in March 2005, Green was among
some 200 Air Force who volunteered for a
n the 19 years since he received ker AFB in Oklahoma. The systems engi- paign in Afghanistan, but more important- 12-month tour in Iraq. Newly promoted to
his Eagle Scout badge and graduat- neer designed and installed communica- ly met his future wife, Wanda, an American major, he oversaw communications networks
ed Foxboro High School, Josh Green tions gear in South Korea, Saudi Arabia, contractor working for the U.S. school sys- and equipment at Camp Slayer in Baghdad.
has lived the iconic song popular- and Kuwait. tem on base. “This was a very dark time during the
ized by Johnny Cash — he’s been “I spent almost two-thirds of my time in The two were married in September 2003 war,” he says. “I can’t say I left the place
everywhere, man. For the this unit deployed overseas, and at Wright-Paterson AFB in Ohio, where he in a better condition than when I arrived.
past two years, the career Air most of that time living in a tent!” earned a master’s in electrical engineer- But I was part of the effort that laid the ini-
Force officer has been serv- he says. ing from the Air Force Institute of Technolo- tial ground work for what eventually became
ing as systems officer at Europe- Promotions brought responsibili- gy. They also were married in Las Vegas. Oh, known as ‘The Surge’.”
an Command Headquarters in Stutt- ty. In June 1999, during the Balkan and let’s not forget about Massachusetts. Returning stateside from Iraq, Green fin-
gart, Germany. war, now-captain Green was post- Green explains. “In order to marry me, ished his tour at Langley, where his daugh-
“Europe has been good to my ed temporarily on Crete, support- Wanda had to quit a well-paying job in the ter, Lillian, was born Aug. 30, 2007.
family,” Green says. “We travel a lot, ing NATO bombing missions against UK to come back to the States, and in doing After a hiatus, Green is again active in
and have visited dozens of places Serbian forces, and that fall he that lost all her benefits. The Air Force would scouting. While at RAF Lakenheath in 2002,
throughout Western Europe.” transferred to the 48th Fighter Wing cover those benefits, but only if we were le- he re-joined Boy Scouts as an adult leader,
Commissioned a second lieuten- at RAF Lakenheath, United King- gally married. So the sooner we got married and is currently assistant district commis-
ant in 1995 after graduating with an dom, as a flight commander in the after Wanda got stateside the better.” sioner and scoutmaster for a summer camp
electrical engineering degree from wing’s communication squadron. As one might expect, there was another called National Youth Leadership Training.
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, he While at Lakenheath, Green par- complicating factor: “We both had very ex- Green is due to be promoted to lieuten-
was dispatched to the 38th Engi- ticipated in the launch of Opera- cited mothers with completely different phi- ant colonel in August and move again next
neering and Installation Wing at Tin- tion Enduring Freedom, the cam- losophies on weddings.” February. “Where, I have no clue,” he says.
JUNE 17, 2010 THE FOXBORO REPORTER 7
WHERE ARE THEY NOW? 1991 K DAVID FIELD
BY FRANK MORTIMER
‘Legion of Six soaring still’
Published June 6, 1991
ICE CREAM CASTLE
Field, seen above as an
18-year-old Eagle Scout,
frequently returns to the
castle of his dreams with
Amy, Dennis and Adam.
or their very first date, a decidedly low-budget parents, John and Helga Green. “I was like a member of steps, Dennis just completed his first year as a Tiger Cub
affair, David Field and Amy Spillane picked up their family,” she says of the Greens. with Pack 33 in Attleboro. Field volunteered as the pack’s
some chocolate ice cream from Friendly’s, then For college, David haded to Virginia Tech, graduating in treasurer, and plans to remain involved so long as his sons
headed over to the “castle” at Booth Playground 2005 with a bachelor’s degree in aerospace engineering. maintain an interest in the program. “He had a good first
to scarf it down. It was a logical destination — While there, he served as lighting technician for the New year,” he says. “We’re just hoping that he’ll stick with it.
after all, Field and a team of volunteer helpers Virginians, the school’s premiere song & dance group which Field currently is grand knight for the South Attleboro
had designed and constructed he familiar land- toured nationally and recorded 17 albums over 21 years. Knights of Columbus, affiliated with St. Theresa’s Church,
mark, still a central focus of the children’s play After graduating, the 1991 FHS grad was hired by a gov- and in May attended the state convention in Sturbridge.
area at Booth, for his Eagle Scout project. ernment contractor supporting the Naval Surface Warfare He joined the Catholic fraternity several years ago after
“He always used to joke that he built me a castle and I Center in Virginia — but found himself broomed out of a the Booth Playground castle was vandalized and Amy solic-
was his princess,” Amy says. job in a round of post-Gulf War budget cutting. Trying to re- ited the South Attleboro Mom’s Club to help with repairs.
Adolescent visions of royalty notwithstanding, the Fields cover his bearings, he and Amy planned a weekend reunion As it happened, the lone response came from a club mem-
have kept close to their Foxboro roots over the years. Now in Foxboro. But romance took a back seat, as Field spent ber who had been involved in scouting, and whose husband
living in Attleboro, they occasionally bring their two sons, much of the visit on job interviews — with the best lead was an active Knight.
Dennis, 6, and Adam, 5, to clamber through, over and coming from his future wife, who then worked at Texas In- Despite the passage of time, Field remains protective
around the apparatus their dad built two decades earlier. struments in Attleboro. Within months, Field was working of his castle. Upon learning that the Booth Playground trea-
The couple also remains connected to David’s fellow Ea- for TI as a contractor in the firm’s pressure sensor division. sure was vandalized in 2006, Field contacted town recre-
gle Scouts. Like Brian and Kate Duguay (profiled on page In the 13 years since, Field joined TI (now Sensata Tech- ation director Debbie Giardino and organized a team of vol-
6), the Fields were sweethearts two years apart at Foxboro nologies) full time and holds the distinction of being co-in- unteers from Sensata that raised money and provided the
High. And Amy grew up on East Street, two houses away ventor of U.S. Patent #7197937. requisite elbow grease to make necessary repairs.
from Josh Green and across from “Green Acres,” the fami- Married in 1998, he and Amy lived in several area towns “I suppose I should have proposed here,” he says, smil-
ly homestead/community outing facility owned by his grand- before settling in Attleboro. Following in his dad’s foot- ing at his wife recently at the scene of their first date.
8 THE FOXBORO REPORTER JUNE 17, 2010
JASON LEWICKE K 1991 WHERE ARE THEY NOW?
ome wasn’t built in a day — and a dual degree in management and MIS by on Tuesdays, he says. “We have a pretty elabo-
neither was Jason Lewicke’s col- cramming four years of work into 2-1/2 years rate set-up, and bring back between 100-150 a
lection of Roman antiquities. of study — nights, breaks and summers includ- week — that way they’re always fresh.”
A serious collector of Roman ed. He currently is an IT consultant providing No longer active in Boy Scouting, Lewicke ORIGINAL STORY
coins — not to mention com- desktop support for TJX in Framingham, where still enjoys the outdoors, snowboarding, cross- BY FRANK MORTIMER
ic books, furniture and perfor- he works as part of a staff of eight supporting country skiing and roller blading the Provi- ‘Legion of 6 soaring still’
mance cars of the modern vari- 4,000 employees. dence-Bristol bike path in Rhode Island.
ety — Lewicke’s passion for the Lewicke makes frequent visits to Foxboro “I still love camping, too,” he says. “But Published June 6, 1991
republic-turned-empire was awakened by an an-
cient history course at Foxboro High School.
“It was one of the first great civilizations
where conquered peoples were assimilated —
not just as slaves — but for their culture and
technology as well,” he says. “So much of what
they did is still with us today.”
Altogether, Lewicke owns some 20 ancient
coins, including a denarius (“their main curren-
cy, sort of like our dollar bill to-
day,” he says) minted by Julius
Caesar in 43 BC to commemo-
rate the conquest of Gaul.
Now living and working in
Framingham, the Eagle Scout
was an on-again, off-again col-
legian for over a decade af-
ter graduating Foxboro High in
1991. He initially studied com-
puter science at Clarkson Uni-
versity in Potsdam, N.Y., but
ic performance prompted a re-
turn to Foxboro after one year.
“I don’t remember going to
class much,” he says candidly.
A two-year rotation of service-sector jobs
followed, including short-order cook, bartend-
er and a job at the old Foxboro Raceway — af-
ter which Lewicke returned to the classroom at
Northeastern University. He remained at North-
eastern for two years, still not long enough to
earn his degree.
Restless, Lewicke again left school for a se-
ries of jobs in computers and programming — more so in late fall; for the past 25 years when I go camping with friends I find they don’t TALL TALES
support at firms in the greater Boston area — his parents, who still live in town, have operat- always have an appreciation of what real camp- Returning to the scene of
including a failed dot-com he believed would ed Indian Rock Farm, a Christmas-tree farm on ing is all about.”
the original 1991 photo
provide a financial windfall. “I was hoping they Granite Street. Known as a cut-your-own tree Lewicke’s other true love is performance
shoot in front of Memorial
were going to give out stocks, but it never ma- operation, the seasonal business also offers cars; he owns a rare Mazda 626 GT and a 2004
terialized,” he says. wreaths, kissing balls, and trees freshly-cut Volkswagen R-32 — a high-end VW-Audi hybrid. Hall, Lewicke knows his his-
Instead, Lewicke returned to college, this each week at a farm in Ashfield, Mass. “I’d say I know a little bit about a lot of tory — as a serious collec-
time at UMass-Lowell, and by 2003 had earned “We go out and cut them ourselves,” usually cars,” he says modestly. tor of ancient Roman coins.
JUNE 17, 2010 THE FOXBORO REPORTER 9
WHERE ARE THEY NOW? 1992 K KATHY KERRIGAN
BY DAVE COMEAU
‘Two Good Sports’
Published June 11, 1992
Pare, seen with FHS
classmate Mark Beigel
in 1992, and below with
husband, Justin, and
three sons, says be-
ing a stay-at-home mom
was the best decision
she ever made.
My three sons ...
three-sport athlete at Fox- gineer for General Electric. The newlyweds crowave division where cutting-edge elec-
boro High School, Kathy settled in Canterbury, in south-central New tronics are manufactured.
(Kerrigan) Pare is still jug- Hampshire, where they still live with the “BAE is a defense contractor, so I
gling a busy sports sched- three boys and a golden doodle (half gold- worked on programs such as the YF-22
ule 18 years later — this en retriever, half poodle) named Maggie. fighter jet and Longbow missile,” she says.
time around involving her “Canterbury is a small, close knit com- But in 2001, when her Ben was born, a
three boys: Tommy, 10, Ben, munity with wonderful schools,” says Pare change in focus was at hand.
8, and Chris, 6. co-president of the Canterbury Elementary “I never envisioned I would be a stay-at-
“As you can imagine, our three boys School PTO. “I have been volunteering at home mom,” says Pare, who plans to re-
keep us quite busy,” she says. “They are the school since Tommy was in kindergar- turn to work next year when Chris enters
all involved in sports. Tommy and Ben ten — being a room parent, chaperoning first grade. “But it has been the best deci-
played indoor soccer over the winter and and helping out in the classroom.” sion I’ve ever made. There is nothing more
all three played baseball this spring. We Out of the workforce for the past nine important to me than my boys.”
also all love to swim.” years, Pare previously put her degree to The Pares may live out of state, but
A 1996 graduate of the University of good use as an engineer for defense con- they remain faithful to Kathy’s roots, often
New Hampshire, where she earned a bach- tractor BAE Systems in Nashua (formerly making the trip down Route 93 to visit her
elor’s degree in mechanical engineering, Lockheed Sanders). She started with the parents, Bill and Gerry Kerrigan, who still
Pare remained in the Granite State and, company as a quality engineer in circuit live on Merigan Way. “They were wonderful
two years later, married Justin Pare, an en- card assembly, then transferred to the mi- parents and are amazing grandparents!”
10 THE FOXBORO REPORTER JUNE 17, 2010
MARK BEIGEL K 1992 WHERE ARE THEY NOW?
BY DAVE COMEAU
‘Two Good Sports’
Published June 11, 1992
On TOP OF
Married to Ilana
since 1999, Beigel
(seen on facing page
with his classmate
Kathy Kerrigan back
in 1992) takes the
long view when re-
flecting on his teach-
ing career and the
joys of fatherhood.
ark Beigel seldom garnered “Each day of the year brings a new experience. also involved in giving environmental health semi- ‘There are no
headlines, but made his mark There truly are no dull moments, and at the end nars to students.”
in three sports at Foxboro high of every day I feel like I am having a positive im- It was Beigel’s first exposure to education, dull moments,
School. In his career as an ed-
ucator, he’s still making his
pact in this world.”
He came to teaching by a roundabout route
and it was addictive.
He took some undergrad biology classes at the
and at the end
mark — both in the classroom — graduating from the University of Rochester in University of Washington and, in 2000, decided to of every day I
and on the playing field. 1996 with a degree in environmental science and pursue a master’s degree in education. Accepted
Since 2002, Beigel has taking a job in Boston at an air quality/pollution at UMass-Amherst, he and Ilana moved back East feel like I am
been a biology / environmental science teach- consulting firm. and, after graduating in 2002, was hired at his having a posi-
er and science department chair at Suffield High Along with his future wife, Ilana (the two met “first and only teaching job” in Suffield.
School in Suffield, Conn., where he also put his at Rochester in 1993 and married in 1999), Mark and Ilana live Amherst, Mass. with their tive impact in
FHS athletic bona-fides to good use as varsity
soccer coach. Over the past seven years, he has
Beigel ventured out to Seattle in 1997, working
for the Dept. of Environmental Health at the Uni-
three children: Amelia, 7, Liza 4, and Nathan, 1
— a daily welcoming committee that makes his
piloted the Wildcats to seven successful seasons versity of Washington, overseeing projects involv- 40-mile commute to Suffield a lot more bearable.
and a state Class M championship (in 2006). ing both air pollution and human health. “They’re waiting for me when I get home,” he
“I love teaching and coaching. I can’t imagine “I was fascinated by the ‘content’ of the job — says. “And because of them, my day only gets
doing anything else at this point,” Beigel says. human biology and air pollution,” he says. “I was better.”
JUNE 17, 2010 THE FOXBORO REPORTER 11
Their Efforts Put Sparkle in
the Gem of Norfolk County
But there is much more to this That’s seems like a long way
story. All six have devoted their from a little jewelry shop on
time, energy and expertise by Central Street. But the same
serving in volunteer and elected qualities which led to success in
positions and steering many that business - honesty, respect
community improvement proj- and customer service - remain as
ects - demonstrating a lasting strong as ever. Inspired by Alex
commitment to improving the and Sonja’s example, the Spiers
quality of life here. This legacy and Weinfelds continue to make
culminated in the Spier Family their mark here in Foxboro.
Aquatics Center and the The Gem of Norfolk
Weinfeld Community County indeed!
Wellness Center at the
Foxboro YMCA, which
opened its doors in
n establishing a jewelry business
in downtown Foxboro nearly 60
years ago, Alex and Sonja Spier
began a journey that would lead
to successes they scarcely could
have imagined when leaving war-torn
Europe in search of a better life in
America. Along the way, they established
a lasting reputation for good business
and good faith.
The family real estate business, Mayfair
Realty, overseen by daughter Dianne
Weinfeld and her husband, Kevin, oper-
ates rental complexes at Pine Tree
Gardens, Putnam Village and Hillcrest
Village. Son, Greg Spier, and his wife,
Kathy, operate Maystar Realty, which
specializes in building quality homes. Above: Kathy & Greg Spier, at left, and Dianne & Kevin Weinfeld, at right, flank Alex & Sonja Spier at the Foxboro YMCA.
In photo at top, a young Alex and Sonja at the family jewlery store. Inset: the two with Greg & Dianne as children.
12 THE FOXBORO REPORTER JUNE 17, 2010
MINJOON KOUH K 1993 WHERE ARE THEY NOW?
BY FRANK MORTIMER
‘Andy reasserts Korean roots’
Published June 11, 1993
s soon as “Andy” Kouh arrived in
Foxboro from South Korea in 1990
he embraced an American nick-
name in hopes of more quickly as-
similating into a new culture. Three
years later he graduated from FHS
third in his class and headed for
MIT — absent the nickname.
“I’ll be using Minjoon in college,” Kouh said of
his given name in a 1993 Foxboro Reporter pro-
file. “I am really used to Minjoon rather than An-
A top performer for the FHS math team who
ran cross country and joined the Outdoor Club,
Kouh earned a bachelor’s degree in physics at
MIT, then enrolled at the University of California billions of interconnected neurons,” he says. “I “I enjoy interacting closely with the students,” DRUM MAJOR
at Berkeley for a master’s in physics. After work- try to understand how it can so effectively, rap- he says. “And I’ll be working on research projects
Now teaching at Drew
ing several years for PeopleSoft, a California soft- idly, and robustly process complex information. with a few undergraduate students this summer,
University in New Jer-
ware company, he returned to MIT for a PhD in In collaboration with other researchers, I build too.”
physics. mathematical and computational models of neu- Married with two children (a 5-year-old son sey, Kouh (seen be-
Armed with his doctorate, Kouh spent two rons and their networks.” and a year-old daughter), Kouh lives in Madison, low left in front of a sci-
years as a research associate at the Salk Insti- In addition to his research, Kouh teaches a N.J., near the college. He met his wife, Yumi, ence display in his se-
tute for Biological Studies in LaJolla, Calif., then course in introductory physics and an upper-level while studying at Berkeley. nior year at FHS) keeps
just last year joined the physics department at interdisciplinary course in computational neurosci- “She is a full-time homemaker, and an amaz- busy with Yumi and the
Drew University in New Jer- ence/biophysics. ing one, I might add,” he says. kids through family out-
sey as a new faculty mem- Most of those en- Kouh’s parents, Yong Woo Kouh and Byung Ok ings like this one at the
ber. rolled in the former Kouh, are retired but in good health and still liv- San Diego Zoo, while
Physics addresses the are either biology or ing in Massachusetts, while his brother, Taujoon, still pursuing an ethnic
most fundamental topics pre-med students, who earned a PhD in physics from Brown Univer- hobby: playing tradition-
in science, but Kouh’s spe- while the latter at- sity, is a professor at Kookmin University in Ko-
al Korean folk drums.
cialty — building mathe- tracts students from rea.
matical models that dem- a range of academic Although he doesn’t have much time for it
onstrate how the brain disciplines — includ- these days, Kouh also plays traditional Korean
works — is anything but ing physics, comput- folk drums as a hobby.
simple er science, math, “I used to perform in a band at MIT and in Cal-
“The brain is a complex neuroscience and ifornia, and hope to start playing in a local group
organ that is composed of biochemistry. again soon,” he says.
JUNE 17, 2010 THE FOXBORO REPORTER 13
WHERE ARE THEY NOW? 1994 K AMANDA HOUGH
ORIGINAL STORY BY FRANK MORTIMER
‘Graduate gives family a taste of the future’
Published June 11, 1994
N.H.) following the birth of their first child in 2002. Short-
ly after returning to work from maternity leave, Amanda was
injured in a car accident. “We decided it was a sign and
that I was to stay home with our daughter,” she says.
They also reasoned that being near her parents (who-
moved to Acworth several years earlier) would provide a
child-care safety net while she rehabilitated her knee.
That proved wise several
years later when Amanda be-
came seriously ill. Diagnosed
with Fibromyalgia in college,
she was now stricken with
what proved a severe case
of food poisoning. It was an
ordeal, and by late 2008
she ended up at the Univ. of
North Carolina, where doc-
tors tried different combina-
tions of medications — and
caused a rapid weight gain.
Wrye’s mother, Pam, was a
HAUTE CUISINE life-saver, coming every day
Hough and her mother, (and many overnights) to care
Pam, served up pizelles for the girls.
from their Oak Street “Now my weight is stable,
kitchen back in 1994. At not normal, but my symp-
toms are much better and
left: she joins Bill and the
don’t occur on a regular ba-
girls outside the suburban sis,” she says. “Almost three
Atlanta home. years after I first got sick,
I’m finally making some prog-
ress and don’t feel as if I’m dying.”
Active at the Lutheran Church of Our Redeemer before
leaving Foxboro (one of her signature dishes was called
“Pastor’s Chicken” in honor of former minister Rick Schul-
haus), Wrye is still involved in church affairs, overseeing Va-
cation Bible School and serving as church school superin-
manda (Hough) Wrye always loved to stir the ter on Route 1, banquet supervisor at Merrimack Hotel & tendent and fellowship coordinator. She also crochets with
pot. But the 1994 Foxboro High graduate, Conference Center in New Hampshire and function manager a group called the Yarn Angels, making prayer shawls.
who holds a bachelor’s degree in foodservice at Ashworth by the Sea Hotel in Hampton Beach. Like most kids, the Wrye girls love pizza (Gwenevere,
management from Johnson & Wales Universi- Her husband, Bill Wrye, is also a Johnson & Wales grad- 8, is partial to margarita pizza; while Analiese, 5, is con-
ty, opted to put her restaurant career on the uate. “He was friends with my roommate when I was living tent with cheese), and love to help mom out in the kitchen.
back burner while raising her two daughters. off campus,” she recalls. “He always parked at the end of “They are fascinated with the cakes I make for their birth-
Just as important, she’s made her peace the driveway and I could never get in. So I hated him.” days,” she reports. “I’ve done everything from Dora the Ex-
with the tropical climate in suburban Atlanta. The enmity was short-lived. The two started dating in ear- plorer to a teapot.”
“Luckily, every place here has air conditioning,” she says. ly 1988 and married the following October. A Plymouth native Wrye sometimes misses the energy of working in food
“But I would rather have the heat than the snow.” and Eagle Scout who later worked as a restaurant manag- service, but in retrospect favors smaller operations like Pri-
After graduating from Johnson & Wales in 1998, Wrye er, Bill is now employed by EMC Parts, specializing in point of mos or Panera Bread. “I realized later in life that those are
began working a series of food service jobs that included sales equipment and ordering systems for restaurants. the places I enjoyed the most,” she says. “Banquets and
banquet manager at the former Demitri’s Conference Cen- The couple moved to Acworth, Ga. (from Portsmouth, function coordinating is fun, but too much of a rat race.”
14 THE FOXBORO REPORTER JUNE 17, 2010
The House I Live In
The house I live in,
a plot of earth, a street,
The grocer and the butcher, The original Hick’s
house (left) was a
or the people that I meet; landmark at the corner
The children in the playground, of Mechanic St. and
Neponset Ave. for over
the faces that I see, a century, until replaced
All races and religions, by Mike Gallagher’s
handsome new office
that’s America to me. building (below).
hese memorable lyrics, deliv- At RE/MAX Real Estate Center, owner Mike Along the way he’s never lost sight of what
ered by Frank Sinatra in a Gallagher has come a long way since gradu- the business is all about: helping people
short patriotic film released ating from Foxboro High School in 1987. achieve their own dreams of home owner-
near the end of World War II, Along with colleague Gil Campos, he stepped ship. Through economic highs and lows, that
remain among the most heart- up to purchase the RE/MAX franchise in simple ideal - safety, stability and security
felt ever written about the sanctity of home 1995, reshaping and improving the business for working families - remains at the core
and its place in the American dream. The and ultimately contributing to the local of our democracy.
film received an honorary Academy Award in landscape by constructing the landmark
1946 and the title song, “The House I Live building at 30 Mechanic Street which serves That’s why there really is no place like
In,” a reminder to all Americans about what as its headquarters. home. Just ask the folks at RE/MAX Real
they were fighting for, became a national hit. Estate Center.
(508) 543-3922, Ext: 325 • 30 Mechanic Street • Foxboro, MA • www.realestatecenternow.com
JUNE 17, 2010 THE FOXBORO REPORTER 15
WHERE ARE THEY NOW? 1995 K DAN EUERLE & CHRIS SHEEHAN
FOUR OF A KIND
Still tight 15 years after graduating high
school, the four Xaverian sports captains
donned tuxes for Sheehan’s wedding in
November 2008 (see inset at right).
an Euerle, a standout stopper league in Central Park.
back who captained the varsity soc- Graduating from Fordham in 1999 with a degree
cer team, didn’t lose his passion in communications, Euerle has made a living in the
for sports after graduating Xaveri- Manhattan media world; he currently is an account
an Brothers High School in 1995. manager at Corinthian Media. After marrying his
If anything, the decision to attend wife, Therese, five years ago, the couple relocated
Fordham University in the Bronx pro- from Brooklyn to Queens, where they now live with
vided a ticket to baseball history — their 1-year-old son, Luke. A second child is expect-
albeit in enemy territory. ed this fall.
During his junior year at Fordham, Euerle worked Reflecting on the success of four local teens
every home game as a security guard at the old Yan- playing Div. 1 high school sports, Euerle credits
kee Stadium. The Bombers went 114-48 that year, the adults who coached youth
sweeping San Diego to capture their 24th World Se- sports in Foxboro.
ries. “We were taught by great
More painfully, Euerle also was on hand on Oct. people who volunteered their
16, 2003, when Aaron Boone’s epic home run off time with patience and enthusi-
Red Sox pitcher Tim Wakefield in the bottom of the asm, while emphasizing the im-
11th inning won Game 7 of the ALCS for the Yan- portance of fundamentals and
kees. “I swore I would never go back to Yankee Sta- leadership,” he says, singling
dium,” he says. out Chet Harrington in youth
A year later — Oct. 20, 2004 — Euerle broke baseball, Bob O’Leary in basket-
that promise. He was back for another Game 7 with ball and the late Peter Stanton in soccer.
a very different outcome, as Boston completed a And while grateful for the advantages of receiv-
historic comeback by pummeling New York, 10-3, on ing a Catholic high school education, Euerle also
route to the team’s first World Championship in 86 maintains a firm conviction about which influences
years. “Being able to celebrate at the stadium with helped shape his values.
other Sox fans long into the Bronx night, then riding “Xaverian was certainly a good place to prep for
home on a train filled with jubilant Sox fans was a college; it was cool and maybe gave me a little ex-
great thrill,” he recalls. tra discipline and a few less distractions,” he says.
Still a rabid Boston sports fan, Euerle subscribes “But I believe my family has had a more influential
to both the NFL and baseball cable packages (“To role in the person that I became. They have been
my wife’s dismay…”) and plays in a recreational life-long teachers and I still look up to them with ap-
basketball league at Chelsea Piers and a softball preciation and awe.”
running back who had over 1,200 The couple relocated to Beacon Hill in 2006, While all four friends maintain a special
yards rushing and 500 receiving in and married in November 2008. They now live bond (all were in Sheehan’s wedding two years
his senior year at Xaverian Brothers in Hanover with an 8-month-old son, Tucker Jo- ago), he and Euerle worked together at the old
High School, Chris Sheehan head- seph, and a black lab named Parker. Foxboro Raceway in order to pay for a pair of
ed north to Colby College, where he For the past decade, Sheehan has worked in Patriots season tickets after the then-down-
also excelled on the gridiron and real estate, and still keeps active playing in bas- trodden franchise hired Bill Parcells.
played intramural sports in the off season. ketball and flag-football leagues. Regrettably, they relinquished those seats
After graduating from Colby in 1999, Shee- It’s not that far from playing youth sports on while in college, when it became to difficult to
han moved to Brookline with two college team- playing fields around Foxboro. Though the four make it back for games, but Sheehan and Euer-
Grid captain mates, and became a Thursday night fixture at ended up pursuing different athlet- le still make a point of attending at
the Cityside Bar & Grill in Brighton, where he ic specialties at Xaverian, they played least one Patriots game a year, and
still game for met his future wife, Lony-Ann (Spelman) of Rye, baseball, soccer and basketball togeth- can take solace in having attended
N.Y. A Colgate graduate who subsequently at- er as kids. “One season we had Ad- the Snow Bowl game against the Oak-
a scrimmage tended BC Law School, she works full-time as am’s dad and Ian’s dad coaching us on land Raiders — the last game played
an attorney in the greater Boston area. the same team,” Sheehan recalls. at Foxboro Stadium.
16 THE FOXBORO REPORTER JUNE 17, 2010
iAN COLLINS & ADAM GAGNE K 1995 WHERE ARE THEY NOW?
n Nov. 4, 2008, Barack Obama made mined to break into the magazine business, and was
history by becoming the first African- hired as office manager for a non-profit, independent
American elected president of the American Buddhist magazine called Tricycle.
United States, and Ian Collins had “In a very fortunate instance of right-place/right-
a personal stake in the outcome — time, I was promoted pretty quickly to managing edi-
having volunteered for two months in tor, where I stayed for about 4 years,” he says.
Virginia as a deputy field organizer for The former XBHS wrestling star currently lives with
the Obama campaign. long-time girlfriend Jenny Wong in the Carroll Gardens
“When the announcement went out that Virgin- section of Brooklyn, working as editor-in-chief of an
ia went for Obama, the outpouring of happiness and arts & culture bimonthly magazine called Tokion. “We
emotion in a room full of people who had given enor- try to balance a focus on emerging artists, musicians
mous reserves of time and ener- and designers with coverage of creative icons who
gy to the cause is not something blazed the paths for young artists,” he says.
you forget,” he recalls. He also retains a healthy appreciation for those
Collins was well prepared for educational icons who blazed a path for himself and
the historic assignment, having his three Foxboro classmate, singling out Eileen
graduated from Xaverian Broth- Schofield (English), Denis Smith (math) and James
ers High School in 1995 and, lat- Glinski (social studies) — all of whom still teach at
er, Duke University. “Being ac- Xaverian. “They respected the curiosity, individuality
cepted at Duke was the culmina- and intelligence of the students and commanded our
tion of the whole Xaverian exper- respect in turn,” he says.
iment,” he says. “The idea was to help me get into a Collins also harbors memories of Brother Dan-
good college — so mission accomplished.” iel Skala, the school’s headmaster. “I still remember
After college Collins indulged in what could be him telling Dan Euerle, after an unfortunate encoun-
charitably called continental drift, traveling cross- ter with the buzzers: ‘Your haircut is hiiiiideous,’ in his
ORIGINAL STORY country several times, “working crappy temp jobs” most affected ‘Brother Dan’ way,” Collins says.
BY DAVE COMEAU in San Francisco during the dot.com boom, and ulti- He retains an unshakable bond with his high
mately landing in Hawaii — where he learned to surf school pals. “Adam and Dan live in New York also,
and explored the islands for two years. and we get together as much as busy schedules allow
Published June 8, 1995 “I ended up living in a very off-the-grid community — except now there are girlfriends, wives, fiancees
in a remote valley of Kauai for about six months,” he and babysitters involved (all things that Xaverian did
says. “I still miss that.” very little to prepare us for),” he says. “It’s the same
Eventually relocating to the Big Apple, Collins deter- with Chris, who just lives a little further away.”
ifteen years after graduating from Xave- ago by an indirect route. Armed with a bachelor’s brother lives a 10-minute walk away.
rian Brothers High School, Adam Gagne degree in international relations from American The high school lacrosse captain confesses
continues to approach life with a broad University in Washington, D.C., Gagne initially re- that he has picked up a stick “less than 10 times”
brush. Currently working as a media de- located to the Big Apple with his two brothers — since graduating from Xaverian. (“It’s pretty tough
veloper for the renowned Christie’s Auc- all three working on Wall Street as day traders. to find a pickup lacrosse game in Brooklyn.”) But
tion House in Manhattan, he oversees Following the 9/11 attacks, he left the finan- he does enjoy joining his former classmates for
the development of e-learning tutorials for the cial world and took a job at NYU Medical Cen- the occasional Patriots or Red Sox game.
firm’s global staff regarding the auction process. ter, where he spent five years teaching computer “We couldn’t convince Sheehan to move to
“It’s a lot more interesting than it sounds,” skills to patients with disabilities. New York City,” he says. “But we still see him
Gagne happy he says. “Christie’s is a great place to Gagne has lived in Brooklyn the past several times a year” — the most recent a late-
work, and there is still a sense of ex- 10 years — currently with his fiancé. April trip to Hanover to meet Tucker Joseph.
at famous NY citement in going to work in Rockefeller (“I wanted to let you know that I pro- Meanwhile, 15 years after the fact, Gagne says
Center and being surrounded by world- posed to my girlfriend last night,” Gagne his three pals still poke fun at his high school stat-
auction house famous pieces of art each day.” emailed on April 27, adding with some ure. “They still heckle me over how short I am in
He came to Christie’s three years wonderment: “and she accepted.”) His the ‘Captains Courageous’ photo,” he says.
JUNE 17, 2010 THE FOXBORO REPORTER 17
WHERE ARE THEY NOW? 1996 K ERIC NELSON
Eric and Marie Nelson
in nearby Dubai with an Palm
opulent Burj Al Arab,
consistently voted the
world’s most luxurious
hotel, looming in the
Back in 1996,
off to BC, but
his pet iguana,
to stay home.
ric Nelson was a fourth-grad- controlled U.S. goods and technology. serves the Boston College graduate. “It
“As compared to my er at Burrell School when he The couple opted for this assignment, is very nice looking on the surface, but
perfect attendance, I’m decided to shoot for a per- in part, because of Marie’s fluency in Ara- things break, leak and short circuit all the
fect attendance record. Eight bic. A Smith College graduate who earned time.”
not as punctual as I once years later, he graduated a master’s degree from the London Emiratis, the local indigenous people,
was,” Nelson admits. “My Foxboro High having never School of Economics, she studied Arabic site atop Abu Dhabi’s social hierarchy and
missed a day due to illness, for many years — a skill which has prov- comprise roughly 15-20% of the total pop-
health is fine and hope- injury or vacation. en curiously useless in their current envi- ulation, Nelson says. At the bottom of the
fully stays that way for a “I would generally not recommend it,”
Nelson now says of his perfect atten-
“Almost every time she has tried to
ladder are laborers from India, Pakistan,
Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, and
while — Insha’Allah (God dance. “In terms of cost, you miss out on speak Arabic, the person speaks back in other countries, who seek work on the diz-
the fun of staying home. For benefit, you English,” says Nelson, whose language zying array of development projects.
Willing) as they say in get an award that is somewhat embar- skills are — shall we say — more rudi- In their free time, there are plenty of
the Arab world.” rassing.” mentary. “I attempt sometimes, but just sights to see — both in Abu Dhabi and
Still admirably reliable, Nelson since look foolish when the person asks wheth- nearby Dubai. They’ve kayaked through
last summer has been living in Abu Dha- er I speak Arabic — and then have to re- the mangroves, toured the Grand Mosque
bi, the largest of the United Arab Emir- peat the question in English, thereby an- and Emirates Palace and explored some
ates, where his wife, Marie, is completing swering the question.” of the back alleys which the locals call
a two-year assignment for the U.S. State The couple, who met as juniors in col- home.
Dept. lege (both were studying abroad in Eng- “As compared to my perfect atten-
ORIGINAL STORY BY EVIE MALM Nelson works in export control U.S. land, but met while traveling in Amster- dance, I’m not as punctual as I once
‘Nelson finishes ironman streak: Dept. of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry & dam), enjoys a lovely apartment in the was,” Nelson admits. “My health is fine
Grad never missed a day of school’ Security, evaluating export transactions to downtown area by the “Corniche” or and hopefully stays that way for a while —
ensure compliance with the Export Admin- beach. Insha’Allah (God Willing) as they say in the
Published June 20, 1996 istration Act and prevent illegal transfer of “One could call it ‘Emirati style’,” ob- Arab world.”
18 THE FOXBORO REPORTER JUNE 17, 2010
DAN & FRANK DENISI K 1997 WHERE ARE THEY NOW?
ORIGINAL STORY BY DON WILDING
‘A double shot of dedication’
Published June 19, 1997
Seen below back in 1997 as
formidable bookends on the
Warrior offensive line, twin
brothers Dan (left in top pho-
to) and Frank Denisi attended
college together and still have
much in common — including
weekend playground time with
Frank’s son, Joshua, at left.
“The one thing about rugby is you’re al-
ways friends afterwards,” he points out.
In the past, Frank has been an active vol-
unteer presence in youth groups at Faith Al-
liance Church in Attleboro and the Church of
Emmanuel in Foxboro. He stepped back dur-
ing a recent divorce, but now finds himself
eager to resume his youth work.
Never married, Dan lives in an apartment
Bond of brothers
in Sharon, separately renting out a condo-
minium he purchased seven years ago. He
keeps track of old friends on Facebook and
also enjoys mountain biking.
“I try to stay active,” he says. “And it’s
important to stay informed about new trends
at work” — particularly emerging energy
rank and Dan Denisi weren’t to separate them.” fulfilling, professionally and personally. conservation technologies related to “green”
the first identical twins to make Thirteen years later, the brothers remain “The deadlines can be stressful, but buildings.
their mark at Foxboro High close, while moving along slightly divergent that’s the nature of the business,” Dan Having only recently paid off his student
School. But rarely, if ever, did career paths. Dan works in HVAC design says. “It can get pretty hectic sometimes.” loans from Wentworth, Dan says he is ready
two siblings ever cut such a for Bard, Rao + Athanas Consulting Engi- During their years as commuter students to head back to school for a master’s de-
similar profile. neers (BR+A), headquartered in Watertown, at Wentworth, the Denisi brothers natural- gree. “I’m thinking about something that
Fearsome bookends on the while Frank specializes in fire protection and ly found themselves in many of the same would compliment mechanical engineering,”
Warrior offensive line, both plumbing design for warehouses, high-rise courses. They also quickly grew familiar with he says.
tossed the shot for the FHS winter and buildings and hospitals. Both find their jobs an area teeming with college students. Frank currently lives in Attleboro and is
spring track teams. Both were induct- “I wasn’t too keen on the city, devoted to his 3-1/2-year-old son, Josh-
ed into the National Honor Society. but I really enjoyed the program and ua, who stays with his dad every Wednes-
Both attended Wentworth Institute my professors at Wentworth,” Frank day night and every weekend. Diagnosed as
of Technology on merit scholarships. says. mildly autistic at 18 months, Joshua is be-
And both graduated from Wentworth After leaving the gridiron at Fox- ginning to exhibit intellectual skills that usu-
in 2001 with mechanical engineering boro High, Dan hung up his cleats, ally elude autistic children — such as imagi-
degrees. but Frank took up rugby at Went- nation and sign language — his father says.
As longtime Foxboro football worth. Initially finding the game a “I really believe that everything happens
coach Jack Martinelli observed in a bit confusing, he eventually came to for a reason,” Frank observes philosophi-
1997 story by Don Wilding titled ‘A look forward to the spirited matches cally. “[Joshua] has been a blessing in ev-
double shot of dedication’: “It’s hard with other Div. 3 colleges. ery way.”
JUNE 17, 2010 THE FOXBORO REPORTER 19
WHERE ARE THEY NOW? 1998 K MICHELLE ANDERSON
BY JAMES LOEWENSTEIN
Published June 18, 1998
During high school,
Anderson helped raise
money in memory of
her grandmother (seen
in portrait below), who
died of cancer when
she was a freshman.
Today, the future CPA
has her own little help-
er: 4-1/2 year old
aving encountered a few detours on the “Originally I wasn’t sure if I would continue past that concedes it would have been impossible without an exten-
road to adulthood, Michelle Anderson is point,” says the Foxboro High School gymnastics standout. sive support system that includes two local families — her
now back in the driver’s seat and motoring But inspired by a professor, she applied and was accepted own and that of Abby’s father, Jeremy Marves.
forward with a purpose. to Bridgewater, starting full-time that fall. “I can’t even fully express how lucky I am to have these
A 1998 Foxboro High School graduate A single mother living in North Attleboro, Anderson has two amazing families behind me, supporting and encourag-
who walked away from Rhode Island Col- supported herself as a bartender and waitress — with an ing me every step of the way,” she says. “School would not
lege after one year because “at that point, occasional landscaping job thrown have been an option without them,
college wasn’t for me,” she is currently fin- in for good measure. and that has meant the world to
ishing up a bachelor’s degree in finance and accounting at Besides finishing up her degree, me.”
Bridgewater State College, and plans to sit for the CPA ex- she is currently employed at Baker In her (limited) free time, An-
am after graduating. Corbett & Geary, CPAs and Cross- derson likes to hike, camp and ca-
Anderson has come a long way over the past decade. road Business Services in Foxboro noe — and has been practicing yo-
And for that, she credits her 4-1/2-year-old daughter, Abby as a staff accountant — assist- ga for the past four years. Abby
Marves, born on Dec. 19, 2005. ing on audits, reviews and compi- shares her mother’s enthusiasm
“Becoming a mom by far was the best thing that has lations, and conducting year-end for the outdoors, and also is follow-
happened to me,” she says. “Before Abby, I struggled to bookkeeping, personal, corporate, ing in her footsteps as a budding
find my place in life. After she came, I straightened out and non-profit and partnership tax re- gymnast.
started to take my future seriously.” turns and tax research. “My family tells me she reminds
That new approach started in 2006, when Anderson en- But while proud of her deter- them of me when I was her age,”
rolled part-time at Massasoit Community College, graduat- mination to complete college and Anderson says. “I actually call her
ing in 2008 with an associate’s degree in accounting. even pursue an MBA, Anderson my Mini-Me.”
20 THE FOXBORO REPORTER JUNE 17, 2010
The Power of Friendship
t a time when commerce Spillane and William Buckley Sr., the At Spillane & Spillane and the
has become increasingly prominent legal practice and engineering Bay Colony Group, we take pride in
impersonal, too often con- firm, located less than a mile apart, preserving our families’ longstanding
ducted by email or even remain pillars in the local business commu- commitment here in Foxboro, and reaf-
texting, family businesses nity under second-generation leadership. firm our belief in the power of friendship
continue to prosper by conveying a each and every day.
simple core of bedrock values: among Through decades of business dealings -
them trust, stewardship and longevity. some shared, others not - Garrett and
Bill Sr. understood that goodwill created
Oh, and let’s not forget about friendship. in the community through lifelong
That’s important in a small town like relationships and local volunteerism and
Foxboro, where family firms like Spillane philanthropy is a key ingredient for
& Spillane and the Bay Colony Group success. It’s a worthy maxim that both
have been doing business for the better men passed down to their children, and
part of a half-century. Founded, respec- it remains a central, guiding principle
tively, by longtime friends Garrett at both firms today.
JUNE 17, 2010 THE FOXBORO REPORTER 21
WHERE ARE THEY NOW? 1999 K MICHELLE RENNIE
BY MICHAEL GELBWASSER
‘Miss Rennie feels right at home in the classroom’
Published June 17, 1999
raduating from Foxboro High School in
1991, Michelle (Rennie) Kelley could hardly
wait to get back into the classroom — as a
teacher, that is.
Married and a mother of three, Kelley
has successfully followed her dream; since
September 2006, she has worked as a re-
source teacher for grades K-4 at St. Mary’s
Catholic School in Mansfield.
“I teach three days a week, which is a perfect balance
with a young family,” she says.
A small-town love story, Kelley and her husband, Der-
ek, shared the same kindergarten classroom in 1980 at
the former Lewis School. Later, they became high school
sweethearts (he attended Southeastern Regional Vocation- and had my second child (Liam) in June 2004,” she says. geese, sometimes even a turtle,” she says.
al Technical High School) when they started dating in their While greatly enjoying her classroom assignments, Kelley Caleb, 8, and Liam, 5, attend the Igo School, in second
junior year. had always wanted to return to her own elementary class- grade and kindergarten, respectively. Grace, 3, starts pre-
The two were married in May 2000 at the end of her rooms at the Burrell School — and where she had served school at the Burrell School next fall. “We enjoy camping and
freshman year at Bridgewater State College, where she was as a classroom aide while in high school. going to the beach as a family,” she says.
working towards a dual major in education and psychology. That happened in October 2005, when she Looking back over the past 11 years, Kel-
“I made a slight change in major from elementary educa- was hired as a reading specialist in a long- ley admits it has been a whirlwind, but adds
tion (grades 1-6) to early childhood education (K-3) because term substitute capacity. that she and Derek are grateful for the op-
I really enjoyed working with this level,” she says. “As it turned out I was taking over for portunity to raise their family here in Fox-
It’s a good thing that Kelley loves working with children, reading specialist Kathleen Butts, who was boro. “Well, it has been busy,” she says.
because the couple’s first child, Caleb, was born in March on sick leave and had been my own second- “But I sure wouldn’t change it!”
2002 while she was still at Bridgewater. The young mom grade teacher,” she says.
juggled diapers and term papers while completing her stu- In October 2008, the Kelleys purchased
dent teaching requirements in Wrentham schools before Norman Lawton’s old home — adjacent to blackboard jungle
graduating cum laude in May 2003. Lawton Farm on North Street and in the
Almost without taking a breath, she launched work on a shadow of Gillette Stadium — where they live
Seen at left as a high school senior,
master’s degree in education in reading, graduating in May with an 11-month-old golden retriever puppy, Kelley had two boys while still working
2006. By then, of course, the couple had welcomed anoth- appropriately named “Brady.” Though small, towards her bachelor’s and master’s de-
er new arrival. the house is a perfect fit for young children. grees. In photo above, the family cele-
“While working towards my master’s degree I was an in- “The kids love to watch the wildlife from brates Caleb’s first communion at St.
structional assistant at the Robinson School in Mansfield, our windows: cows, deer, wild turkeys, Mary’s Church this spring.
22 THe FoXboro rePorTer JUNE 17, 2010
ERIN DEEDY K 2000 WHERE ARE THEY NOW?
BY MICHAEL GELBWASSER
‘Grad boning up for med school’
Published June 15, 2000
after “I actually go by the
name Erin Deedy-
Lee, but I’m the first
doctor in my family
so I plan to go by ‘Dr.
ack in June 2000, Erin Deedy
made no bones about her desire to
pursue a career in medicine, good-
naturedly posing with a skeleton
for a high school commencement
profile in The Foxboro Reporter.
Along the way, however, she
switched gears upon finding a ca-
reer she could really sink her teeth into — grad-
uating May 14 of this year with a DMD degree
from the Kornberg School of Dentistry at Temple
University in Philadelphia.
Deedy, who graduated from Boston University
with a degree in biochemistry and molecular bi-
ology, had been volunteering at a Boston hospi-
tal to fulfill pre-med requirements when she first
sensed that a conventional medical career might
not be for her.
“As I grew older I realized I wanted a career
with more autonomy, to work in a smaller set-
ting, with more patient interaction,” says Deedy, hundred people,” she said. “The ability to help some of their favorite pastimes.
who in high school already had decided she those without access to care was just another The two met in Salzburg, Austria in 2003
wanted to become a urologist. draw to dentistry.” while Deedy was vacationing in Europe with an-
Delaying her application to medical school, Deedy still keeps in touch with her friends other FHS classmate Janel Ovrut. (“Janel actually
from Foxboro High School (“They’ve been my met Tom first, so I have her to thank for meeting ABOUT IT
she instead accepted a research position in San
Diego. While living on the West Coast, Deedy be- support system through everything over the last my husband!” Deedy says.) Erin Deedy-Lee, seen
gan volunteering as a dental assistant for the UC 10 years,” she says), and is looking forward They exchanged email addresses and corre- in main photo with hus-
San Diego Free Dental Clinics — an experience to her 10th class reunion. Also this fall, she’ll sponded frequently, visited intermittently, and af- band, Tom Lee, struck
that really firmed up her decision to apply to the be serving as a bridesmaid for one of her high ter a five-year long-distance relationship, were a similar pose with a
Kornberg School, where she started classes in school classmates — Katherine Masci. married in August 2008 at a location close to stationary friend at Fox-
September 2006. Having spent the past four years just a her heart — the Marsh Chapel at Boston Univer-
boro High School back
Last year, Deedy cemented her decision by stone’s throw from Independence Hall, Deedy sity. Their reception was held at “The Castle,” a
and her husband, Tom Lee, this month relocat- BU landmark on nearby Bay State Road overlook-
in 2000. The couple
traveling to the Dominican Republic as part of a
volunteer effort to bring free dental care to the ed to Denver, where she willl be establishing her ing the Charles River. has just relocated to
residents of a small town. dental practice. Although Lee hails from Perth, “I actually go by the name Erin Deedy-Lee,” Denver, Colo., where
“The team I was with brought everything in a Australia, she says the Colorado landscape she says. “But I’m the first doctor in my family she will establish her
small suitcase, yet we were able to treat a few is perfect for biking, camping and skiing — so I plan to go by ‘Dr. Deedy’.” dental practice.
JUNE 17, 2010 THE FOXBORO REPORTER 23
WHERE ARE THEY NOW? 2001 K ELENA GOROBTSOVA
BY FRANK MORTIMER
‘The American Experience’
Published June 21, 2001
Seen at right a week
before her 2001 grad-
uation from Foxboro High,
Compter had been in the
U.S. only three years. A
civil engineer like her fa-
ther, she now lives in New
Jersey with husband, Bri-
an; the two met as college
freshmen at the Stevens
Institute of Technology,
and married in 2008.
hen Elena (Gorobtsova) Compter ar- “Overall I felt that Stevens was a great choice for me,” The two met as freshmen and dated both in and after
rived at Foxboro High School, her she says of the Hoboken-based school, located just across college before tying the knot in June 2008. A computer en-
command of the language was lim- the Hudson River from New York City. “The access to world- gineer, Brian currently works for the U.S. Navy at the Lake-
ited to a single halting disclaimer: class museums and entertainment, and the diversity found hurst Naval Air Engineering Station in New Jersey.
“My name is Elena and I don’t speak in New York, certainly helped shape my views and enrich Compter became a naturalized American citizen, along
English.” Along with her parents and me as a person — and I firmly believe that I would not have with the rest of her family, while still attending college. In
brother, she had just emigrated from experienced it anywhere else.” 2007, nine years after putting down roots in Foxboro, she
Russian to Foxboro, and was strug- Her college years started on a darker note, however. Lit- returned to Russia for a visit.
gling to adapt to a new home in an alien culture half a erally within weeks of arriving in the metropolitan area as “I was pleased with what I saw,” she says. “Of course
world away from her native Ural Mountains. a college freshman, Compter found herself witness to the the country had changed during my absence, with some
Looking back 12 years later, Compter, who still speaks 9/11 attacks. things changing for the better and
with a pronounced Eastern European accent, says the “I am sure that those tragic events some for the worse, but I was glad to
struggle was worth it. have affected many people, but being see the people happy and optimistic.”
“So far my ‘American Experience’ has been great,” she able to observe the tragedy first-hand Compter, too, is optimistic about
says, referencing the title of a profile in The Foxboro Report- gives you a completely different per- her life. And although she views Amer-
er when she graduated FHS in 2001. “I have a successful spective,” she says. ica’s greatness in its historic em-
and rewarding career and a family that brings me joy and For the last 4-1/2 years, Compter brace of diversity, Compter also be-
happiness. After arriving to America in 1998 at the age of has worked for Vanasse Hangen Brust- lieves that opportunities and quality of
15, I find myself 12 years later exactly where I want to be.” lin Inc. as a project engineer in Edison, life are largely a reflection of person-
Having initially planned to study computer science at N.J., and this past April sat for the rig- al character.
the Stevens Institute of Technology in New Jersey, Compt- orous professional engineering exam. “I feel my parents gave me a great
er switched majors to civil engineering as a freshman — fol- She currently lives in Eatontown, N.J. foundation for success, moral values
lowing in the footsteps of her father, who had been a civ- with her husband, Brian Compter, a and a desire to get an education —
il engineer in Russia. She graduated in 2005 magna cum Rochester, N.Y. native who also gradu- qualities that would have ensured my
laude with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering. ated from Stevens. success in any country,” she says.
24 THE FOXBORO REPORTER JUNE 17, 2010
Daring to Dream
he greatest single influence Today, Dooley Disposal So where are we
on the quality of life we enjoy Services is a locally owned now? At Dooley
here in Foxboro has been and operated, fourth-gener- Disposal Services,
those individuals who have ation business providing we’re right here in
dared to dream, and then prompt personalized service, Foxboro, and still
threw themselves into the task of competitive pricing and committed to preserv-
making those dreams come true. They high-quality work. Those ing a family tradition
dreamed of owning homes, building busi- qualities are all impor- started more than 150
nesses, and raising the standard of living tant, of course, but not years ago.
for themselves and future generations. as important as the core
They dreamed of a lifetime rich with values passed down
opportunities, and a chance to start fresh through the Dooley fami- A.J. Dooley has come a long
if things didn’t work out. They dreamed ly: self-reliance, integrity, way from his first year of youth
of the Foxboro we enjoy today, as well as personal loyalty and a baseball, above, to his business
offices on Mechanic Street. Below
Foxboro of tomorrow. deeply-ingrained work ethic. As a
left; Dooley Bros. Equipment from
longtime youth sports coach, A.J. takes the 1950’s
For some, like A.J. Dooley, that dream that legacy seriously.
included starting his own business.
Owner and president of Dooley Disposal
Services, he followed in the footsteps of
his great-grandfather, John Dooley Sr.,
who started in business back in 1856,
and passed it on to his son, John Jr.
By 1927, Dooley Brothers Inc. was one
of the largest disposal companies in
all New England.
JUNE 17, 2010 THE FOXBORO REPORTER 25
WHERE ARE THEY NOW? 2002 K CASEY IVATTS
BY FRANK MORTIMER
‘She’s on even keel’
Published June 20, 2002
WORTH HER SALT
Back ashore after
several years work-
ing aboard tugboats,
Henchman, seen in her
high school yearbook
photo below, has made
port at her alma mater,
Academy. An athletic
standout in both high
school and college, her
office now overlooks
the school’s training
ship: T/S Kennedy.
long before she graduated Foxboro High tal structure. Henchman’s junior co-op with Military Sealift before her at the academy. He, too, worked tugboats, where
School, Casey (Ivatts) Henchman wanted to command was aboard the USNS Shasta — a 560-foot long scheduling customarily is three weeks on, three off.
sail the seven seas as a ship’s captain. “I ammunition ship sailing between Guam, Korea and Japan. Like ships passing in the night, the two found them-
just can’t picture myself sitting in an office, I Between her co-op and other required training cruises, selves on opposite schedules, so she had already opted for
guess,” she declared in 2002 profile.” she made port in nearly 25 different countries before grad- a shoreside job when Mass. Maritime came calling.
Henchman never quite made captain’s rank. uating in 2006 with a bachelor’s degree in marine transpor- Henchman initially served as a mate while the acade-
But she embraced a seafaring lifestyle all the tation and a 3rd Mate’s Unlimited Tonnage License. my’s training ship was undergoing repairs, then was as-
same. Wed to a mariner, and a veteran of tug- “I like boat handling,” she says. “There really is nothing signed to the boat donation program. The school accepts
boat duty herself, Henchman works at the Buzzards Bay better than docking and undocking a large boat.” donations of yachts and other small vessels, keeps some
campus of her alma mater, Massachusetts Maritime Acade- Initially, she took a job aboard a 120-foot long ocean-go- and sells others — with donors receiving a tax deduction
my, where she oversees the college’s yacht and boat dona- ing tugboat pushing 300-foot barges filled with #2 oil from and the academy getting the proceeds.
tion program, and serves as assistant softball coach. New Orleans to eastern Florida. Several months later, she Meanwhile, Casey and Dan were married last August at
An athletic standout at FHS, Henchman brought a compet- relocated to New York City. the Bristol Yacht Club, then backpacked Peru for a honey-
itive nature and mental intensity to Mass. Maritime, known “In New York it never stops,” moon. They currently live in Barrington, R.I. — not surpris-
for its strict regimen. “Freshman year was tough,” she says, she observes. “If you are in ingly “just a few steps from the water.” He now sails as a
echoing a common lament among first-year cadets. “I went charge of a barge, while that barge chief engineer with Hornbeck Offshore Services, a Louisi-
from Foxboro High to wearing a uniform every day, having is being loaded, you are docking ana-based provider of supply vessels that also transports
room inspections, and people in your face 24/7.” ships. It’s constant work — and petroleum products via tugs and tank barges — and regu-
Ultimately, she flourished in the school’s quasi-military opportunity.” larly sails past the academy where his wife is busy at work.
environment, and by her senior year was executive offi- Her husband, Dan Henchman “I get to wave at him from the Cape Cod Canal when he
cer for 3rd Company, one of seven in the school’s regimen- of Milford, Conn., graduated a year transits,” she says.
26 THE FOXBORO REPORTER JUNE 17, 2010
DORIAN AYLWARD K 2003 WHERE ARE THEY NOW?
BY FRANK MORTIMER
‘She gathers intelligence’
Published June 12, 2003
Though her family lives
in Mansfield, Dorian
Aylward attended high
school and worshipped
in Foxboro — and in the
days following the 9/11
attacks she became a
symbol of the town’s
resolve when the mem-
orable photo below was
published on page 1 of
The Foxboro Reporter.
ven as a teenager, Dorian Aylward could be routine down sometimes.” reason: the iconic image of a steely-eyed
single-minded in pursuit of a goal, opting to at- The physical demands are likewise intense. Outfitted Aylward sporting a red, white and blue ban-
tend Norwich University on route to a career with full combat load — rucksack, ammo, M9 pistol and dana while walking across the Common
in Army intelligence. Seven years later, the 5- M4 rifle — the 120-pound Aylward comes close to doubling shortly after the 9-11 attacks captured the
foot, 4-inch dynamo is right on target. her body weight. During in- grim resolve felt by so many in September
Commissioned into military intelligence in fantry training at Fort Drum, 2001.
2007 after graduating from Norwich with a de- she was required to make As one who thrives in a regimented at-
gree in international studies, Aylward is cur- two “ruck marches” a year, mosphere, she considers Norwich a “fan-
rently serving in Iraq as a platoon leader with the 2nd Bri- but that wasn’t in the des- tastic” experience. More practically, were
gade, 10th Mountain Division, Light Infantry out of Fort ert heat. it not for the Army, she never could have
Drum, N.Y. She is officer in charge of SIGNIT (intelligence- An honor student in the paid for school — much less the master’s
gathering by intercepting signals), and her platoon of cryp- first graduating class at the degree she is pursuing in Information War-
tologic linguists and analysts is responsible for the East Foxborough Regional Charter fare. But while she considers military ser-
Baghdad area. School, Aylward was presi- vice “very rewarding,” Aylward still expects
“I’m going on seven years in the Army (four while enlist- dent of the school’s Nation- to return to civilian life within the next five years.
ed and three as an officer),” she says by email from Iraq. al Honor Society chapter Given her reputation as a fitness nut, old friends won’t
“And I’m looking at promotion to captain sometime after Oc- and active at Bethany Con- be surprised that Aylward has taken up competitive body-
tober,” when her deployment is scheduled to end. gregational Church. In high building; she slimmed down to 106 pounds to capture first
Aylward loves the job, but not the schedule: 12-hour school, she sported both place in the women’s novice category at the Arizona Copper
shifts, 24/7, with no days off and added responsibility for military-style dog tags and Classic in March 2008.
platoon leaders. “For the first few months, I was working religious pendants. “I have a permanent shoulder injury from all the (military)
18+ hour days and not sleeping well,” she says. “I’m al- Her high school years gear, but it doesn’t look like it will keep me from compet-
so moving around to different sites, so it’s difficult to get a were notable for one other ing,” she says. “My physical therapist is awesome.”
JUNE 17, 2010 THE FOXBORO REPORTER 27
WHERE ARE THEY NOW? 2004 K DEBBIE ANDERSEN
lready fluent in five languages when she
graduated Foxboro High School in 2004,
Deborah Andersen always has been able to
talk the talk. And since graduating from the
College of the Holy Cross, the devout Catho-
lic has been putting that skill to good use.
Serving with the Maryknoll China Volun-
teer Teachers Project, Andersen is currently
teaching English at a school in Zhanjiang, China — located
near Hong Kong, in Guandong Province. The vocational mis-
sion is not something she had planned on, but one she has
found “incredibly rewarding” nonetheless.
“My students are amazing,” she says. “They are shy at
first, but soon warm up and are able to respond quite well.
My first few weeks saw me taking many photos with my
students. ‘Can I take photo with you?’ then became a regu-
Accepted at Mount Holyoke College to study linguistics
(Russian literature and culture), she found few spiritual out- “I’ve often joked that I could stop traffic here in Chi- GIFTS OF
lets on campus and transferred to Holy Cross at the end of na, solely based on the fact that I’m tall and have blond THE SPIRIT
her freshman year. So it wasn’t surprising that Andersen — hair and blue eyes,” she says. “I’d not want to put it to
who was born in Sweden and moved to Foxboro as a sixth- the test, due to the daily reports of fatal traffic acci- Submerged in a
grader — would pursue a calling after college. dents, but it still has some truth to it.” group of enthu-
During the summer of 2008, Andersen was applying for The Chinese also tend to be protective of interna- siastic Chinese
jobs at Boston adoption centers when she unexpectedly re- tional visitors. “It doesn’t matter whether you’ve known students, above,
ceived a call from Rev. John McLaughlin. Formerly assigned each other for months, or they see you in the store try- Andersen is still
to St. Mary’s Church — where he befriended Andersen ing to make yourself understood. If they speak English, amazed at how
through the parish Lifeteen program — McLaughlin now they will come up and offer assistance. Always.” God works in our
works in Washington, D.C. for the Archdiocese of the Mili- Andersen’s typically day starts by 8 a.m. with a bowl daily lives — a
tary, overseeing a program that provides pastoral services of oatmeal (Chinese rice-porridge has too little nutri- lesson she was
to military personnel. He was looking for an assistant and tional value, she says). When not teaching in the class- learning while a
was hoping Andersen would be interested. room, she completes lesson plans, studies Chinese, re-
member of the
“Within a week, I was living and working in D.C., com- searches linguistics or just hangs out with friends. Din-
ing out is a frequent social activity, since other enter-
Lifeteen group at
pletely amazed at how God works in our lives,” she says.
The China connection came later. Andersen had first tainment options tend to be limited. St. Mary’s Church
learned of the Maryknoll program during her senior year at “When I don’t have leftovers in the fridge, I try to go back in 2004.
Holy Cross, but felt she wasn’t ready. Now, with McLaugh- out to eat, and usually end up running into a student or
lin’s blessing, she applied and was accepted. friend with whom I can share a meal,” she says. ORIGINAL STORY
While class sizes can be overwhelming (she had 82 stu- Andersen enjoys the varied cuisine, and has become BY FRANK MORTIMER
dents in one recent reading class), Andersen says Chinese particularly fond of a “puck-shaped, egg-inside-fried ‘Transplanted
students treat their teachers with a respect bordering on dough” concoction which foreigners dubbed a Chinese Scandinavian discov-
reverence. She also says that foreigners tend to be novel- Egg McMuffin. “There is something extra added for fla- ers home, renewed
ties in China. vor,” she says. “I don’t know what it is, but it’s delicious!” faith in Foxboro’
28 THE FOXBORO REPORTER JUNE 17, 2010
JAIMIE LANE K 2005 WHERE ARE THEY NOW?
Space odyssey ‘I’ve been thoroughly
enjoying the surprising
twist my life has tak-
en. I loved both science
and astronomy as a kid
and so I’m delighted to
see where I am now.’
Lane recalls, adding that she took advantage of
the opportunity to travel extensively in Europe.
While overseas Lane’s parents, Bill and Rose
Lane, relocated from Gary Road to the Oakland
area, and when she graduated last July with a
degree in visual communication she followed
them to the West Coast — intending to spend
the summer before returning to Massachusetts.
But after visiting the Chabot center, she ap-
plied for, and landed, a job there. So for now, at
least, her artistic aspirations remain on the back
“I’ve been thoroughly enjoying the surprising
twist my life has taken,” she says. “I loved both
science and astronomy as a kid (I remember be-
ing practically glued to a book on the solar sys-
tem in first grade), and so I’m delighted to see
ORIGINAL STORY oted “Most Artistic” by her peers when peering through Chabot’s telescopes, where I am now.”
BY FRANK MORTIMER in the Foxboro High School Class which are open for use every Friday and Saturday In her free time, Lane keeps busy tending to
‘She remains of 2005, Jaimie Lane still has a night. Energized by the deep space sights, Lane the family’s extensive gardens and coy ponds —
in Good’s graces’ sharp eye for detail. But the teen- is even working diligently to master her constel- pastimes she enjoyed at her parent’s home in
ager who left Foxboro to study at lations. “I now know that if you point a powerful Foxboro — or hiking in the nearby foothills.
Published June 16, 2005 the Edinburgh College of Art in telescope at Orion’s Belt, there’s a spectacular She also spends plenty of time with the fam-
Scotland is now working on an in- nebula there which is the closest region of mas- ily’s sled dog, Cody, who journeyed west along
ter-planetary scale as member- sive star formation to earth,” she says. with Bill and Rose and now stoutly defends their
ship/communication specialist at the Chabot Lane landed at the space center by an odd- yard against invasion by the turkey vultures that
Space & Science Center in Oakland, Calif. ly circuitous route. routinely soar over-
Lane, displaying A century-old teaching center for science While still a senior at head. Jaime describes
one of her many and space literacy, Chabot is affiliated with the Foxboro High School, Cody’s new compan-
paintings in 2005 Smithsonian Institution and features a world- the aspiring illustrator ion, another sled dog
photo at right, class planetarium, interactive exhibits and the chose to study abroad named “Tavin,” as the
studied art in col- only research-level telescopes regularly available for the cultural oppor- “dorkiest dog I have
lege and aspired to the public for live viewing in the western U.S. tunities — and Scot- ever seen.”
“I loved stargazing as a kid, especially since land didn’t disappoint. “You’d think that a
to become an il-
we had one of those books with glow-in-the-dark “In my third year cross between a Chi-
lustrator. Instead, constellations,” Lane recalls. “We even had a I lived with a Taiwan- nook, a German shep-
she is shooting really awful telescope from a yard sale that we ese couple and a Scot- herd, and a St. Ber-
for the stars at could never really see anything with — 12 years tish writer and we had nard would be a really
the Chabot Space later, I now know where to look, and can even some of the most inter- cool-looking dog,” she
& Science Center see Jupiter’s moons with it.” esting dinner parties says. “But you’d be
in Oakland, Calif. But that’s nothing like the views she gets you could imagine,” wrong.”
JUNE 17, 2010 THE FOXBORO REPORTER 29
WHERE ARE THEY NOW? 2006/2007 K MICHAEL WRIGHT/ELIZABETH MEDICKE
A classic over-
her stroke, Med-
icke now seeks
family & friends.
ORIGINAL STORY BY MICHAEL GELBWASSER
BY FRANK MORTIMER
‘Stroke left her
‘Showing the Wright stuff’ starting over again’
Published June 15, 2006 Published June 14, 2007
Image conscious Forward progress
ichael Wright is an athlete HOT WHEELS ince transferring to Bridgewater A relationship gone sour also contributed
with quadriplegia. Drew Pills- State College as a commuter stu- to clinical depression, which required hospi-
bury is a friend with a cam-
Wright, outfitted for dent midway through her fresh- talization and the stabilizing influence of an-
era. Buddies since early quad rugby in one man year, Elizabeth Medicke put ti-depressants. Additionally, she needs to
childhood (they met in day- of Pillsbury’s artistic tens of thousands of miles on her be careful about getting proper rest. “I can’t
care at age 3), the 2006 photos above, men- 2000 Hyundai Elantra (affection- pull all-nighters, that’s for sure,” she says.
Foxboro High School graduates have put tors those who sus- ately named “Jamal”), which recently died Medicke has done better since transfer-
their skills together to create a powerful tained injuries like of old age. ring to Bridgewater State College. Majoring
lens on the can-do side of a disability. his own. But if Jamal’s demise marked a sad mo- in communications with a dual minor in wom-
Wright, 22, a junior-year therapeutic ment, the best part of her college career en’s studies and sociology, she has three
recreation major at the University of New diately after the Olym- (so far, anyway) was spending a semester semesters before receiving her degree.
Hampshire, plans to transfer this fall to pic summer games. abroad, studying at the University of Limer- “This summer I really want to look for
UMass-Boston. The move will bring him Pillsbury graduated in May from the ick in Ireland. “I loved it there,” she says. a new job and get my career started,” she
closer to Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, Mass. College of Art & Design with a de- “Ireland is very Americanized, but Irish stu- says. “But I don’t exactly know what I want
where he mentors people who recently sus- gree in photography. His year-long project, dents are very accepting.” to do — it’s a conundrum.”
tained injuries like his own. He moved back “Brews, Bruise and Quest for Gold,” docu- Acceptance is important to Medicke, Of course, Medicke still has another 18
to Valley Forge Way a few weeks ago. ments his friend’s daily life. who was a National Honor Society member months to sort through future plans and as-
“It’s harder than I thought it would be to “The project is meant to inform the view- and self-described “over-achiever” until suf- pirations before receiving her degree — a
go in and talk to people who have recently er about how when one is disabled they fering a stroke in mid-November of her se- process that already is spawning an aware-
been injured,” Wright says. find ways to adapt and live ordinary lives,” nior year at FHS. Overnight, she had to re- ness of new perspectives on life,
Hurt in a car accident at age 1-1/2, Pillsbury says. “Having grown up with Mike I learn basic life skills like speaking, talk- “I’m torn between my pre-stroke self and
Wright has “incomplete quadriplegia,” with always took this for granted; however, once ing, eating. And even though she graduat- my post-stroke
more movement on his left side. Yet he has I got to college I realized that not everyone ed with her class — after months of physi- self,” she says re-
been skiing since he was six years old. has had this same experience.” cal and occupational therapy and home tu- flectively. “Be-
Wright played rugby for three years at Pillsbury photographed Wright in rugby toring — she continues to face both physi- fore my stroke
UNH through Northeast Passage, an orga- tournaments, socializing after games, and in cal and emotional challenges. I thought that
nization that provides recreational opportu- his off-campus apartment in Durham, N.H. Accepted at Stonehill College, where she success was in
nities for persons with disabilities. His con- “It was a little strange for the first cou- carried a full course load, Medicke found school, but now
fidence is such that he accepted an invita- ple of months having him follow me around the environment uncomfortable from the I believe that I’ll
tion to try out last year, in Birmingham, Ala., and document everything I do,” said Wright, start. “I don’t like partying — I almost have be finding fulfill-
for the U.S. Quad Rugby Association team, who drives a 2007 Chevy Uplander van out- a social phobia,” she says. “At Stonehill, I ment in family and
which competes in the Paralympics imme- fitted with a ramp and hand controls. felt like the odd one out.” friends.”
30 THE FOXBORO REPORTER JUNE 17, 2010
ANDREW WEISS/JARRELL GREENE K 2008/2009 WHERE ARE THEY NOW?
WINGING IT A CIRCLE
Weiss clambers OF LIFE
from the cockpit Memorable as
of an older Piper the Lion King
Warrior single- at FHS, Green
engine trainer also made his
at Purdue. mark in the
Flight stimulator Greene mountain
hen Andrew Weiss trav- me. But I’m really maxing out my credits eturning to Dorchester after ORIGINAL STORY BY FRANK MORTIMER
els he likes nothing better and getting my money’s worth.” spending his first year away from ‘FHS grad putting tragedies behind him’
than finding himself aboard Purdue’s professional flight program, home is clearly taking a toll on
an Airbus — the European- which Weiss accepts only 60 or so students Jarrell Greene. Published June 11, 2009
made airliners known as a year, allows students to obtain flight cer- That’s because the 2009 Fox-
the first commercially via- tificates and ratings by the end of their boro High School graduate who ty of action. Last year’s schedule included
ble fly-by-wire craft. sophomore year, while gaining experience in spent the past year at Bridgton Academy games against many Ivy League schools, in-
“I’m definitely an Airbus kind of guy,” turbine aircraft and large airline, full-motion in Maine is working for the Massachusetts cluding Brown, Yale, Navy Prep, Columbia,
says Weiss, who has been hooked on avia- simulators during junior and senior years. Turnpike Authority, manning a booth at the Darmouth and Holy Cross.
tion since childhood and logged many flight “It’s definitely a close-knit communi- Allston/Brighton tolls this summer. He also had an opportunity to experi-
hours before graduating Foxboro High School ty,” he says. “You eat, breathe and sleep “It’s really fun,” says Greene, whose up- ence a Maine winter. “It wasn’t that cold
in 2008. “They really are great planes.” planes and aviation.” beat outlook on life endeared him to his in Maine this year,” he says. “But I had a
Weiss just completed his sophomore The college has its own airport on cam- classmates at FHS. While some might chance to go ice fishing, try some snow tub-
year at Purdue University in Indiana, where pus, and recently replaced its fleet of 16 chafe at lengthy shifts cooped up in a ing and also go to the shooting range.”
he is taking a dual major in computer infor- new Cirrus single-engine training aircraft, glassed-in booth, Greene enjoys the inter- With any luck, practicing at the firing
mation technology and professional flight in addition to purchasing a jet aircraft to be action, and during the course of several range will be a career-long habit for Greene,
technology. The pragmatic Weiss aspires to used for training purposes. cell phone calls, could be overheard chat- who, come September, will leave the toll
a career in aviation, but concedes there al- As part of the curriculum, Weiss has ting amiably with passing motorists: “Thank booth for Framingham State College, where
most certainly will be more job opportuni- logged between 45-50 hours of flight train- you, thank you … I’ve got you covered … he will study criminology and sociology.
ties in the IT field upon graduation. ing in each of the past two years, and plans You have a nice day now, ma’am.”
“This just gives me a lot more options,” to return to Purdue three weeks early this In the past, that sunny outlook has
he says. “It’s a lot August to complete training that will enable proved a lifeline for Greene, who while in
of work, believe him to work part-time as a flight instructor. high school lost several close friends and
With trends in commercial aviation push- family members to urban violence.
ORIGINAL STORY ing airlines to operate with fewer flight per- Last year, the former Metco student
BY EVIE MALM sonnel, Weiss knows it could be years be- found himself in a very different environ-
‘Weiss taking fore he manages to break into the busi- ment at Bridgton Academy, a prep school
off, in planes ness. Ultimately, he’d love to be a cargo pi- specializing in easing the college transition
and on air’ lot, flying for FedEx or UPS. for high school seniors.
“It’s demanding and stressful,” he says A gridiron standout and football captain
Published June of his dual-major approach to college. “But at Foxboro High, Greene made the roster at
19, 1997 I’m living a dream.” Bridgton as a defensive back and saw plen-
JUNE 17, 2010 THE FOXBORO REPORTER 31
The ‘sunny’ side
of the street
ack in 1945, John Civilinski filling station, in hopes of taking
established a liquor store advantage of southbound traffic
on the northbound side of headed for the track. Over the
Route 1, adjacent to the past six decades, that decision has
North Street intersection. paid countless dividends as the fami- familiar location - continuing a tradition
Long before construction of Interstate 95, ly business, still known as “Sunnyside” started over 60 years earlier. With a wide
Route 1 was the primary north-south to long-time residents but now operated variety of beers, craft brews, fine wines
corridor and “Sunnyside Liquors,” as it as Route 1 Liquor Mart, has grown and spirits, Route 1 Liquor Mart has
was known, was well positioned to take and prospered. come a long way from its more humble
advantage of that traffic. origins - all the way across the street.
John’s son, Jim Civilinski, along with his
But when the Bay State Harness sons, Derek and Mark, still operate
Raceway opened for business in 1947, the store at its now-
John shrewdly expanded his business
across the street, a site formerly
occupied by a
32 THE FOXBORO REPORTER JUNE 17, 2010