Northampton, Massachusetts

CHILDS PARK

August 1994 – August 1995

Brick cottage
43 Woodlawn

woodlawn cottage

woodlawn snow

ben ski

 

Jackson Street kindergarten
Mr. Snape drove the bus
“Got your backpack?” mr snape 2

 

RED JEEP 360

Carol’s Jeep 1994
Ben liked it even then

new jeep

Liked it more when he got to drive it in 2005
Parked it on Woodlawn
Across from Northampton High School

old jeep

 

FLORENCE

A Village of Northampton
August 1995 – July 2016

130 Hillcrest Drive

 

Spring

 

2011

Mama Bear and her Cubs
In our backyard
Dr. Husband caught them perfectly
They visited many years in early May

bears b

bears c

bears A

3 little bears

 

Fall

path from jfk

 

sylvia reading hammock

 

 

Summer

 

 

summer kitchen

 

 

Winter

 

 

 

 

Last Christmas 2015

selfie xmas

 

TRIP TO GRAND CANYON
2002

Ben’s 13th birthday
He wasn’t happy with cabin living

ben hates cabin

 

 

 

 

 

AND ZION NATIONAL PARK

AND LAS VEGAS

Preferred the Bellagio pool

vegas baby

Came back home
To a finished porch

 

 

GARY’S 50
1998

Ben  Carol  Betsey&Ellis  Nancy  Robert&Rosemary&Matthew
Carole   Cathy&Dennis   Joey   Deb&Craig&Jamison   Cindy&Bob&Ray
Vera&Don   Peter&Anne   Mike&Kim   Denise&Pat   John&Ann

Peng Yew catering
Yum

gary 50 flowers

gary 50 drgary 50 b&e

pop ben gary 50

gary 50 gary

 

NORTHAMPTON CLAN TO IRELAND
1997

Clifden Galway wedding
Connemara golfing
Bus tour around the West of Ireland
100 wedding guests from NoHo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BEN’S ELEMENTARY YEARS

Lots of backyard birthday parties
Families neighbors friends
Phyllis Ryan from Leeds school

 

Leeds leads the way
His school “moms”
Vice Principal Kathy Tudryn
Principal Dr. Gail Furman

 

 

 

 

 

Ben became Mayor of Leeds
Star performer

 

ABN AMRO Boston

Ridiculous Commute

Kept in touch with senior management from ABN AMRO after moving to Northampton. Sint Niklaus Day 1995 Lex called and asked me to head up the New England group. I told him Northampton was 100 miles from Boston. But. He made an offer I couldn’t refuse. Senior Vice President & Managing Director with great compensation package and corner office on the 39th Floor of One Post Office Square overlooking The Harbor.

Didn’t drive on highways, so took the back roads to Springfield at 5:30 am to catch the Peter Pan Bus or a car service where Johnny from Exeter was my regular driver. Either way, 200 miles every day.

Within three years restructured the marketing group and turned around a struggling office from 3% to 10% ROE. Then, they promoted me to regional Managing Director. The commute to Manhattan was really ridiculous. But. Did it. For a bit.