Luciana and I thought we would do something different this year….brings me back to my disco days at On the Rocks in Mashpee!

I know it’s been a couple of years since I caught up with you. 2007 was a year of many challenges, many of them difficult. 2008 has been a year of transitions and has brought our family many wonderful things…

Luciana is 15 now, and is truly starting to blossom into a beautiful young woman. I sense that the days of teen turmoil are starting to be behind us. She was on the high school dance squad, was one of the featured dancers in the high school performance of ” Thoroughly Modern Millie”.

Luciana’s passion for basketball has grown this past year. She made the high school varsity basketball team as a sophomore. She will be playing on an AAU National Elite team in the spring. I volunteer coach her high school team and a 7th Grade travel team. Luciana is my assistant coach on the travel team and we are having so much fun coaching together.

Last year, I met Deb while performing with Pentucket Players in “Beauty and the Beast” ( no, I wasn’t the Beast) and Guy’s and Dolls (yes I was a gangster…quite a stretch role for me. ) We have crossed many roads and shared so many fun experiences together. I am so happy that she has become and important part of mine and Luciana’s life.

I completed my ninth Pan Mass Challenge this summer. All told, we raised $35 million and 100% of the money raised went to the Jimmy Fund. I want to thank everyone who sponsored me and support our quest to wipe cancer from the face of the earth.

Well, I hit the big milestone this year. My Mom, Luciana and Deb pulled off a huge surprise party for me, with friends from every part of my life, great food and of course, live music. For my fiftieth, I decided to finally buy that Harley whose siren song beckoned to me all of these years. Deb and Luciana love riding with me and I put 6500 miles on it this year!

Our 11th Annual Toys for Tots Holiday Party was a great success! We celebrated the opening of the Boom Boom Room with a jam session. The crowd got into it; dancing and even singing backup on a couple of songs.. Most importantly we collected over 75 Toys to give to needy children I was so overwhelmed by the generosity of our guests in this time of true need.

I know that many of us face the New Year with great trepidation. We worry about our 401K’s, our jobs, the value of our houses and how we have to “sacrifice”. Every once in a while, something happens to put it all in perspective. I was sitting in one of my friends’ office and one of his staff came in with a request. An eight year old boy, Trey, had terminal cancer and for Christmas he wanted to get as many Christmas cards from as many people as possible. It really brought things into perspective. I’ll share with you what I shared with Trey. “If you believe it hard enough, your dreams will come true.”

Here is hoping that Trey’s, and your dreams will come true. Peace.

8 replies
  1. LizDux
    LizDux says:

    Lovely card, Dave….count your blessings for your greatest gift in life….your family.

    Let’s work on those plans to get together in 2009!

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  2. Peter Visch
    Peter Visch says:

    Hi Dave,
    Good to hear from you again. I still have a DVD (non-sensored version) here waiting for you. When will you come over to pick it up?

    Have a good NYE and an even better 2009!!
    Peter

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  3. Tam Cronin
    Tam Cronin says:

    Happy New Year Dave and Luciana! Loved your disco moves, Dave! Hope you have a great 2009 and we see more of you next summer on the bike. (No, not the motorcycle… you know which bike I mean!) Much love, Tam

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  4. Laura LaMalva
    Laura LaMalva says:

    Dave and Luciana –
    So glad things are going well for you both!
    Sounds like Luciana is excelling in both theatre and basketball. Carley made her Varsity team as a freshman and we’re psyched!
    Enjoy the New Year!
    Laura, Fran, Rachael and Carley

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  5. Anonymous
    Anonymous says:

    Hello, Fiondas!

    Roberto e-mailed me this link – loved the update and loved the elf-moves. I´d like to see Dave pull those off for real.

    The post-GSE part of the year has been very busy, but you and all our friends are always in my thoughts.

    Enjoy 2009 even more than you enjoyed 2008!

    All my love,

    Ana
    [email protected]

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