John F. Kennedy Class of '74

35-year Reunion with a Gala Dinner Celebration

"At  J.F.K. We Care" 

Dear JFK Alumni,

Have very sad news. Our classmate, Marie-Denise Valiquette, passed away on July 30, 2014 and I miss her dearly. She?d been battling breast cancer for the past five years. She was only 57 years old. She leaves behind her loving family and friends and all the people whose lives she touched with her warmth and kindness. She was a tender, compassionate, beautiful soul with a warm, generous heart who?ll be very sadly missed.

With Kind Regards,

Carol Zimmermann-Busato


Dear classmates,
Back in 1995, our classmate Michelina Polletta was involved in a car accident, which tragically claimed her life. Her daughter Jennifer De Pippo survived the accident, but sustained brain injuries as a result.
In her recently published book, entitled
Jennifer chronicles these last 18 years of arduous rehabilitation.
Through her strong determination, this Paralympics hopeful, inspires readers, 
and proves that obstacles & challenges can be overcome.
Her book can be obtained through Amazon and Chapters.
The book can also be purchased from our classmate Anna Maria Polletta.
Anna Maria can be contacted at: [email protected], or by phone 515-324-9410
The cost is $14.99 and all profits from the sale of each book will be donated to the
Make-A-Wish Foundation
which helps grant wishes to children with life-threatening illnesses.
Kind regards,
Anna Del Balso
JFK Class of '74
[email protected]
"At  J.F.K.  We Care"

Hello Classmates,  
Some of our classmates are interested in holding our 40-year class reunion next year. However, they were thinking of taking a poll to see what day would suit most of our classmates. The following are the options the committee came up with:
Sunday, Oct. 12, 2014  or  Saturday, Nov. 8, 2014. Please let us know by taking this poll.
If you have trouble accessing the poll, this link might help:
Kind regards,
Anna Del Balso


Hello Classmates, 

Our class friend, Michel Arsenault, has recently written an article for the magazine L'actualité titled
He had this to say:
Tu verras qu'il s'agit de théâtre dans les prisons en Italie. Les gens que j'ai rencontrés à Rome -- les acteurs professionnels qui encadrent le théâtre amateur en prison -- m'ont fait une très forte impression.
Je me suis senti très chanceux d'avoir pu, grâce à votre influence à vous tous, apprendre l'italien quand j'étais adolescent. Sans parler l'italien, je n'aurais jamais pu faire ce reportage.

Bises parisiennes,



Dear Classmates,

Many of you have already heard by now, and it is with deep sadness that we announce the death of our dear classmate Elio (Elia) Draicchio, who passed away suddenly on March 5, 2013 in Bahrain.
It would seem that the probable cause of death was a ruptured aorta.
Today we received word on the details for the viewing:
Sunday March 17, 2013
02:00 P.M. - 08:00 P.M.
Urgel Bourgie
3955 Côte de Liesse,
St. Laurent, Qc
A photographic tribute to Elia was posted on "The Lost Target" website
(click on "PDF Presentation" & wait for the photos to download)
Anna Del Balso
JFK Class of '74
[email protected]
"At J.F.K. We Care"


From Nick Grana - Happy Holidays (To share with all)

To all my JFK Class of 74 schoolmates,

I want to take this opportunity to wish you and your families a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! This is the time of year we spend around loved ones and enjoy some holiday cheer. But it?s also a time to reflect on our commitment to help others in need and think of ways we can make this a better place to live in. There are many people out there that will be without shelter, food or even worse?.love and support. Let?s all make an effort to try and change this for those who really need it!!

Be merry and especially?.be safe!! Look forward to seeing you sometime soon.

Buon Natale - Merry Christmas - Joyeux Noel - Feliz Navidad


T. 514.813.4413.





Merry Christmas and Happy New Year
Dear JFK Alumni,
We are wrapping up a year filled with wonderful times having reminiscent & rekindled old & created new friendships with our JFK classmates. We are thankful for the many opportunities & good times we shared, helping us create new memories for years to come.
May you and your loved ones be filled with the Spirit of peace, hope and love during this Christmas Season & may God also bless your families with true joy that will linger in your hearts throughout the New Year. Wishing you much health and great tidings for the New Year.
We also pray that the entire world will witness a new dawn filled with peace & healing in 2011.
Many Blessings,
Anna Del Balso
Corrie Bertone
Kathy Agostino


Several classmates will be happy to know, that the Class of '74 yearbook is now available our website.  Many thanks to Maria Salvo, and in particular Maria's young nephew, Dominic Salvo, who scanned the book, and Carol Zimmermann, who edited the file.

Classmates had a great day at the Golf Tournament. Thanks Ralph for your time & energy in organizing this successful event. See photos..
Gaetano & Silvana Marinelli's sons, Marco & Danny have recently opened a new restaurant, the "Houston Steak House", located at 1001 Square Victoria in Old Montreal. They would like to invite everyone to come and check it out. Please check the sidebar for more information.


Manhattan Getaway - June 2010 weekend

Photos of the weekend getaway to Manhattan have just been posted. Looks like our classmates and friends had a wonderful time. See the photos..



Tony Colannino Foundation Fundraiser

Dear Classmates,
Kudos to the JFK class of 1974.  Thanks to your kind generosity, we have raised for the Tony Colannino Foundation $3,141.00 at our 35-year reunion, and an additional $650.00 through the DVD sales. Read the letter of thanks from the Tony Colannino Foundation.
Kind regards from the organizing committee. Let's keep in touch.
Anna Del Balso
Corrie Bertone
Kathy Agostino

Dear Classmates,
We recently received a supply of the Class of '74 slideshow on DVD.  The DVD includes scanned photos taken mostly in 1973-74 and the 5th year reunion. The cost is $20.00 and this is the price set by the supplier. Please check DVD for furthur details...

The Spring Season JFK Class of '74 Ladies' Brunch
March 21st, 2010 was a great success!
Recent photos are now up... and you can also see photos from past events.


Mike Arseneault provided us with the article he wrote in L'actualité back in 2002. It's a very good article about JFK and his reflections 30 years later. 

He has a book out - Perdu en Afrique, published by Stanké in March 2009. Please check the sidebar for more information. 



A Word of Thanks

Dear classmates and guests,

Attached you will find a (long overdue) word of thanks from the organizing committee of the JFK class of 1974 reunion:

We also want to bring to your attention the new heading entitled "Upcoming events" on our webpage. This is where all future events will be posted. Emails will not necessarily be sent out to advise classmates of upcoming events, so we encourage you to check out the site on a regular basis.
We also welcome suggestions for other events and, as well, ideas for the website. Remember this is our class website. It belongs to the members. Therefore, please sign up if you haven't already done so.
On behalf of the organizing committee with kind regards,

Anna Del Balso
JFK Class of '74

Greetings from Carol Ann


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Gaetano & Silvana Marinelli's sons, Marco & Danny have recently opened a new restaurant, the "Houston Steak House", located at 1001 Square Victoria in Old Montreal.

They would like to invite everyone to come and check it out. Happy Hour between 5:00-7:00 p.m. is hosted by a live DJ.  We wish them great success.





Mike Arseneault has a book out - Perdu en Afrique, published by Stanké in March 2009.  It's a collection of his journalistic reports concerning the social, political and economic problems that he's seen first-hand working in Africa.