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The Spartan Walkway, completed in 2011 as part of our school's 50th anniversary celebration.
 Apr. 10, 2018 - - - Gary Regnier, brother of classmate Susan Regnier Guay, passes away
We extend our sympathies to classmate Susan Regnier Guay on the passing of her brother Gary Regnier, ELHS 1963, on Apr. 7, 2018. Please click here for Gary's obituary.
Gary in 1963 (senior portrait) and later in life.
Apr. 4, 2018 - - - New photos of Birchland Park Jr. High teachers added to our site
Courtesy of new guest member Kristine Kasmer Sinicrope, who attended Birchland Park Jr. High School a year behind us, then went to Cathedral High School, we have added seven photos of our teachers to the Birchland Park Jr. High School page. Kristine took these photos in June 1966 and March 1967. Please scroll down to the bottom of the teachers' photos to see them.
Social studies teacher Mrs. Winifred Reynolds in 1966. Photo courtesy of Kristine Kasmer Sinicrope.
 Apr. 1, 2018 - - - Mr. Albert Viveiros, father of classmate Jane Viveiros Beaulieu, passes away
We extend our sympathies to classmate Jane Viveiros Beaulieu on the passing of her father, Mr. Albert Viveiros on Mar. 30, 2018. Please click here for his obituary.
Mr. Viveiros
Mar. 28, 2018 - - - Mrs. Estelle Krause, our oldest living teacher, approaches 101
Mrs. Estelle Krause, who many of us had for English at Birchland Park Junior High School, is our oldest living teacher. She'll be 101 on Jun. 15, 2018. She taught at Birchland Park from 1961-1986. Currently, she lives in Quincy, MA. 
Mrs. Krause in 1977 and 2016.
Mrs. Krause, front row, far right, during her induction into the East Longmeadow Public Schools Educators Hall of Fame in 2009. In the back row, second from left, is Mr. James O'Hearn, one of our English teachers at Birchland Park, who was also inducted following his 39-year career there, from 1965-2004.
Mar. 4, 2018 - - - ELHS 1968 graduate Gary Tarpinian in the news
Many may remember 1968 graduate Gary Tarpinian, one of the smartest and most active students during his four years at ELHS. Gary is the co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Morningstar Entertainment, Burbank, CA, which produces documentaries, entertainment, and reality television for the Discovery Channel, History Channel, TLC, National Geographic, and many more networks. He won an Emmy for a show he produced for ESPN. Last summer, he produced the documentary Amelia Earhart, The Lost Evidence for the History Channel. Please click here for an interview in The Republican about this show. Click here for Morningstar Entertainment's home page.
Gary in 1968 (senior portrait) and in 2017.
 Feb. 23, 2018 - - - Classmate Dorene Meyer Paul passes away
We have learned that classmate Dorene Meyer Paul, who was in our class during eleventh grade, passed away on Nov. 15, 2017. Please click here for her obituary and click here for our In Memory tribute to her.
Homeroom photo in Dorene's junior year. Front row: Mrs. Ruth Yetwin, Virginia Martin, Brenda Misitano, Marilyn Medbury, Janet McCarthy, Lee Mazzaferro, Dorene Meyer. Row 2: George Lull, Karen Martin, Pamela Murphy, Catherine Maurer, Lois Melbourne, Jane Mertz. Row 3: Paul McNamara, Richard Mondoux, James Manferdini, Thomas Mineo, Franklin Miorandi, Richard Malmstrom. Row 4: Bruce Moore, Edward McDonough, Richard Maurer, John McGrady, Andrew Malloy, Douglas Milroy. Not pictured: Glenn Kelly, Scott Moore, Marilyn Man, August Maserati.
Dorene with her brother, Steve, ELHS 1972, later in life.
 Feb. 23, 2018 - - - Dennis Arbour, ELHS 1968, passes away

Dennis Arbour, ELHS 1968 passed away on Jan. 25, 2018 in Rockport, ME. Some may remember Dennis as a talented artist and guitar player. Here is his obituary: 

"Dennis Arbour was born on Jul. 7, 1950, in Springfield, Massachusetts. He died peacefully on Jan. 25, 2018 at the Sussman House, in Rockport, ME.

"Dennis was an exceptionally spiritual individual, and he bravely fought a long battle against bone cancer.

"He life pursuits included art, West Coast Indian carvings, carpentry, music, boat building, working for New York Illustrations, and writing his book, Being the Phoenix. Spirituality and kindness were his guiding light.

"Dennis is survived by his sister, Cynthia Smaldone; his brother, Richard Arbour; his wife, Lesley Arbour, and his two stepchildren, Emily Churchill and Jonathan Bernhard. His memorial service will be held this coming spring."


Dennis' senior photo and later in life.

Please click here for the names of upperclassmen who have passed away of whom we're aware.

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