LA SALLE MILITARY ACADEMY CLASS OF 19646th ANNUAL WINTER REUNIONCOCOA BEACH, FLORIDAJANUARY 14-17, 2011(Read letter below)
LA SALLE MILITARY ACADEMY CLASS OF 1964
6th ANNUAL WINTER REUNION
COCOA BEACH, FLORIDA
JANUARY 14-17, 2011
Once again, our annual winter class reunion was another successful event. This year’s
holiday weekend enticed 11 classmates to travel to Cocoa Beach, Florida. The Inn at
Cocoa Beach was host again this year for the 6th Annual Reunion of the LSMA Class of
Participants included: Gary O’Donnell (West Palm Beach); Ron & Karen Pabian
(Ponte Vedre, FL); Tony & Rosetta LaVeglia (Huntington, NY); Tom & Crystal Duxbury
(Davie, FL); Donn & Maureen Githens (Tallahassee); Bob & Nancy Finan (Arlington,
VA); Frank & Lucille Scarpulla (Boca Raton); Pat & Jackie DeLorenzo (Tampa) Jay &
Cathy Costarino (Indialantic, FL); Jay & Donna Cincotta (Merrick, NY); and John
Connors (Cocoa Beach.)
As we watched the play-off games on Sunday, we connected via phone and e-mails
with others who previously attended our Florida class reunion including: Ed & Norma
Spode (Lower Gwynedd, PA); Ben & Linda Jacobellis (Lavallette, NJ); and John &
Molly Keenan (North Kingston, RI.)
The welcoming event was a cocktail party hosted by Karen Sempler, owner of the Inn,
who has a fantastic penthouse that occupies the top two floors of the Inn overlooking the
ocean. From her wrap-around balconies, we watched two of the locally-based cruise
ships embark from Port Canaveral heading south toward the Caribbean. Later, we moved
to Yen Yen’s in downtown Cocoa Beach for a filling Chinese dinner (then we were all
hungry two hours later!) We ordered enough food for the entire class of 1964 in spite of
the fact that some of you were not there.
On Saturday, a few adventurous folks tried their hand at sport shooting at a local pistol
range where the women are rumored to have outshot the aging cadets. Based on last
year’s successful trip, several others travelled 20 miles south to attend the Indialantic
Arts & Crafts Fair. The entire group motorcaded over to Melbourne to have a casual
seafood lunch on the patio at the River Rocks Restaurant on the Banana River. Gary
O’Donnell rode his Honda Hog about 120 miles from West Palm to join the group for
lunch. The weather was just right for this outdoor event. Saturday night’s dinner was
another great gourmet meal at Café Margeaux in Old Cocoa Village where the owner is
beginning to treat us like family because of our consistent attendance. We were upgraded
to a private dining room with very attentive servers. One young lady even opined that
she hopes when she gets “as old as us” she will have good friends that bother to get
together every year. It is continually rated as one of the best restaurants in Florida. As
has been our tradition, we raised a glass to toast the memory of those classmates,
roommates, and old friends no longer with us: John Barker, Mike Bernhardt, Louie
Catapano, John Dittmaier, Drew Geoly, Bill McCarthy, Larry Molloy, Tim Monahan, Joe
Natale, Don Ogilvie, Joe Pastore, and Paul Statham.
The weather was excellent throughout the weekend and those of us who left snow, ice,
and wind chills behind us really appreciated the high 60s, low 70s. Each morning, we
took full advantage of the complementary breakfast including fresh fruit, homemade
muffins, and do-it-yourself eggs.
On Sunday, groups broke off for local lunches at the Pig & Whistle in Cocoa Beach
and Milliken’s Reef in Port Canaveral. We spent the afternoon and the early evening
packed into the party room provided to us by the hotel, this year with a brand new flat
screen TV (plenty of snacks, wine, beer, and other libations) to watch the playoff games.
The Bears/Seahawks game was relatively calm, but the Jets/Patriots game brought out a
whole new side of Frank Scarpulla who was seated down in front in full Jets attire. John
Keenan was only accepting our phone calls while the Patriots were ahead. By the end of
the game, we could no longer reach him at home in RI. A pizza party followed the Jets
victory and a few of the couples hit some of the local restaurants including the Fat Snook
to close out the night.
Throughout the weekend many participants took advantage of beach walks for
exercise (there is also a small gym at the Inn) and visited local attractions such as Ron
Jon’s Surf Shop and Harvey Fruit Shippers to invest in the local economy.
Everyone departed on Monday, some early to beat the traffic and forecasts of torrential
rainstorms and others to get in the TSA line to get groped before their flights.
Tony LaVeglia insisted on going through the line twice!
Photos of the attendees and the various events (primarily eating and drinking) were
memorialized by several shutterbugs. After we consolidate and then censor these
pictures, they will eventually be available for viewing on the LSMA Alumni Association
website. Since we have not found a better deal anywhere else yet, everyone made next
year’s room reservations before they departed.
For next year’s 7th Annual Winter Class Reunion, the dates are January 13-16, 2012,
which is the MLK 3-day holiday weekend. We have also begun discussing ideas for our
50th Reunion in 2014. Tony will be opening this subject up for public discussion to
solicit ideas, suggestions, and unsolicited offers to use your castle, yacht, or beach house
that sleeps 60 (since we want everyone to show up in 2014.) Of course, these facilities
all need to be handicapped accessible by then.
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