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Hello, this is Walt Okon. We have been asked to start up the Cantelmi Family News. So I will try. I need your help. Send me things via email. I will put them in the WP Cantelmi News is now a Web News Letter.
Dominique Morley has been extended an invitation to be A Student Ambassador next summer. The program is called People to People Student Ambassadors. President Eisenhower established this program in the 1960's and currently President Bush is the Chairman.
Beginning next June and ending in July, Dominique could possibly spend 22 Days in Australia and New Zealand. To be selected, you have to be nominated by a teacher, alumni or academic achievements. There are only 30 students chosen through out the United States. Just being selected is a true honor.
The first meeting will be held in October. Dominique and her Mom will attend this meeting to find out the details. Cousin Louise has already spoken with the organization and found out this is an opportunity of a lifetime but a very expensive one. It certainly is a once in a lifetime trip and would be thrilling for Dominique.
|Cantelmi Family Reunion.
A Cantelmi family reunion is
being planned for in Florida between 29 March and 07 April 2002.
This should be the Easter break for the teachers and the students.
We are looking for your help and ideas.
The forcast looks great for The Fall Leaves on the East Coast.
The East Cost will have bright clear weather with lots of Sun shine.
|October HAPPY BIRTHDAYS
Paul Robert Keiser 10-7-32
Send in your birthday dates so I can publish a complete list.
The School has just started this year.
Cousin Norm Cantelm has just advised us that their son Daniel who is now 4 years old is just starting pre-school @ St. Coleman Church in Fort Lauderdale. Norm and JoAnn & Daniel are all excited about this new phase in daniel's development. (04 Sept. 2001)
|Cantelmi Family Reunion
Hello out there in Cantelmi Family land. Some of the Cousins are
talking about holding a Cantelmi Family Reunion. The current plan
is for Florida in April 2002. We are trying to work out the details.
We would welcome your thoughts and ideas.
|Cousin Roy went to Dallas
Cousin Roy went to Dallas September 9-14. He was a trainer at a class designed to teach consultants how to advise CEO's. Unfortunately, disaster hit the World Trade Center during his class.
However, he did have a wonderful visit with Darren and Catherine Brown during his stay. They treated him royally--chauffeuring him to and from their lovely home and affording him Texas hospitality and a delicious dinner. In addition, Anthony and Dominique provided lots of fun. Roy also learned more about their family plans to move "Down Under" in December. All in all, it was a memorable evening!
Roy's trip home was uneventful, and his plane arrived right on time.
He had to go through lots of extra security, but it was worth it!!
This is Grand Mom and Grand Pop Cantelmi
|Returning from Italy!!!
Cousins & Aunts & Uncles: Bill and I went to Italy recently. We had a very nice time & if you are at all interested, you can read about this trip. Please be warned, it can be boring, long and annoying....so don't read it if you aren't in the mood. Thanks, Jackie
|14 Miles from the Pentagon
By: Walt Okon
I was just fourteen miles from the Pentagon when we heard the first plane went into the twin towers. I was in my office sitting at the desk when my staff started running out into the the hallways of the building to see the TV monitors. The second plane hit and then the Pentagon. We quickly moves all the people into the basement. Our building is a big military building and some what a target in the Northern Virginia skyline.
Our people were calm and did listen to directions. After a quick assessment it was decided that our building should be evacuated. Mothers were released first to go pick up children from school and to go home. Next, the rest of the people were sent home. We all returned to work the next day and started a head count of all people. Now, all government people have to report in at 9 AM every morning for head count. The other interesting think is we pray at most every office gathering. It seem we are all now interested in having God as part of our lives.
|THE TRIP TO ITALY
Departure: 9/2/01 Denver, Colorado/Newark, New Jersey/Milan, Italy
Day 1 – Milan
After arriving at the hotel, we were “on our own”. Bill & I walked around the city for hours, having lunch at one of “my restaurants” (in planning for this trip, I had certain restaurants picked out that were recommended by various authors of travel books & I am referring to them as “my restaurants”). Anyway, during our walk, we found a grocery store, bought cheese & fruit & had supper in our room that evening.
Insights: The “deluxe motorcoach” isn’t deluxe. The 41 (or so) people on our tour are all very nice & from a variety of states. Sorry to say but the Italians in Milan are rude. If you’re walking on the sidewalk & one or two pass you by, they simply do not move over. They’ll bump right into you!
Day 2 – Milan
After this full day, we returned back to Milan, took a rest, & then ventured out again walking around the city & supplying ourselves with more cheese & fruit for another supper in our room that evening.
Day 3 – Milan to Venice
Today was a long bus day with a stopover in Verona (famous for Romeo & Juliet). A lovely town and we wished we could have stayed there longer. Finally arriving in Venice, a water taxi took us to our hotel (The Splendid Suisse Hotel). Tried in vain to find one of “my restaurants” and did not. We wound up spending a lot of lira for a mediocre dinner at a typical tourist restaurant.
Day 4 – Venice
Venice has lots of dogs. In the evening, I counted thirty. The gondola’s are everywhere – nik-nak stores abound – tourists everywhere. In the evening, we discovered a beautiful church in a nice residential area. Mass was going on, & so we went to Mass. Picked up some more cheese & fruit for supper in our room. Note: we’re doing a lot of walking during the day & it’s nice eating in the room at night, watching a little CNN (it’s in English) and relaxing before going to bed.
(This tour does not include dinners. I picked this particular Perillo Tour BECAUSE of that reason. Most of the people touring with us are eating in restaurants, all of the time, of course).
Day 5 – Venice to Florence
Day 6 – Florence
|Day 7 – Florence
The tour group went to Pisa today. We did not. Been there, done that! Believe it or not, we went to Mass again (10:30 AM). This Mass was in English at the Duomo. Then we walked, walked, walked. Spent a lot of time in the Boboli Gardens. Couldn’t go to one of ”my restaurants” for dinner because they were all closed tonight, but we wound up finding one that was very good. Florence is a nice city as long as you stay away from the areas where the hoards of tourists are mingling.
Day 8 – Florence to Sorrento
Day 9 – Sorrento
Turning on the T.V., we soon found out just indeed what they were talking about! Feeling sick inside, many of us in the tour group mingled in the hotel lobby, talking & crying, but after a while, Bill & I decided to go into town, and amazingly (considering the state that we were in) we found a Mass going on & went to Mass again. The priest looked like Larry Cantelmi.
Day 10 – Sorrento to Rome
Day 11 – Rome
Day 12 – Rome
Day 13 – Rome to Newark, New Jersey
Day 14 – Newark to Denver
This was quite a trip considering everything. As I said above,
the people on the tour were all very nice people. Taking this Perillo
Tour was also very nice. Would we do a tour again, should we return
back to Italy? No. We would stay away from the cities &
spend our time in the countryside far from the maddening crowd.
P.S. We found this joke in a magazine on one of the planes: Did you hear about the agnostic insomniac dyslexic? Every night he lies awake in bed wondering if there really is a dog.
By: Jackie Brown
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