I commend you on your kind words to Nancy in how Nancy has to deal with her grief and still maintains this great Germantown Web-site which was created by Doug- her wonderful husband. It is so ironic that you are posting when a few days from now - our alma-mater,Saint Francis will be closing. Two weeks ago, I was talking to Lou Pauzano,your neighbor from Wayne&Manheim and Fellow Happy Hollower. Lou goes to Wildwood during the summer and he was not sure Wildwood is still your stomping-grounds but I am happy to see your are still kicking. I would guess that there will be many SFA and Hollow People attending The Last SFA Mass. We had a great class at SFA and we were blessed to have so many nice and beautiful girls as classmates- Sabina did make them humble. Recently, on this site, we were discussing Brill's Pool Hall and around the corner on Chelten Avenue,The VFW was named after Rowland Adomoli. Rowland "Mole" Adomoli was our classmate at SFA and a tought character but you and I liked him. You had the capability to get along with everybody and even at a young age, you had emotional intelligence. I went to The Continental for A Germantown- get together and there was a large crowd and I thought that I saw your old buddy-Johnny Boy. The McGeehans and Raffaeles were well known families in Germantown and The Hollow. Mike McGeehan was Johnny Boy's Uncle and the last time that I saw him was at The Continental. Your brother,Joe Raffaele, was at Gillespie's on Wayne Ave. when Mike had that horrific encounter. I only wish that Goony or the owner of the tailor-shop,a few doors from The Raffaele Steak shop was there at that time and I can assure you that there would have been a different ending. After The SFA Mass on Sunday, many of us will be heading to The Continental for food and beverage. I remember being with you at The Continental in 1955 for our SFA Graduation Party. It was hosted by The Simons Family and Linda Simons was in our class and Bud Simons,her father, was running The Continental at the time. Bud Simons even brough Ted Williams into the establishment-Paul Borian and Rocky,your brother,would have been impressed. Rocky and Bor were great baseball players and Bud Simons was a professional player-a pitcher.
.I read on this site that Linda Simons is riding horses in New Hampshire. You and I bet on the ponies and I hope that you had the winner in The Belmont. The Chapman Family who owned Smarty Jones, came into our restaurant in Jarrettown. Dom! It would be great to meet you in the future-We go way back,try the 40's. John Bruce Schmitt- SFA