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MAKE SPACE

Dear Friends,

With the end of 2008 behind us, here we are again to update you on how we've been.  

MAKE SPACE

Our dog in the snow
Holmdel Park in June
Jetta in snow
Our goose-chasing fake dog
Holmdel Park in June
Frozen car in our driveway
View from our kitchen in the spring
We continue living in Holmdel, New Jersey.

Here are some photos we took around our house in 2008.


Our house in the springtime
View from kitchen window in springtime
Spring at home
Our house in May
Backyard
Rhododendron in bloom in May Green grass at home in July
Mauricio cutting tree branches in June
Mauricio landscaping in June
Mauricio in backyard of home View from living room in August
Fall in Central Park
Mauricio in backyard in April
Vegetation outside living room in August Central Park (48 miles from our home) in New York City in November
Sasha with Lucia at Mauricio's 53rd birthday
Sasha in July Sasha home for winter break
Sasha and Lucia at Mauricio's birthday party in July Sasha at home in July Sasha home for winter break with Lucia
Sasha home for spring break Sasha finished her sophomore year at U. of Michigan in Ann Arbor in April, stayed for the Spring quarter (May-June) to take a couple of courses, and started her junior year in September.

From January to June of 2009, she will study abroad in Madrid, Spain.
Sasha goes to Broadway in December
Sasha home for spring break
Sasha at the Minskoff Theater in Broadway
Mauricio with Lucia and Sasha in Times Square in December
Mauricio with Lucia and Sasha in Times Square in December

Sasha eating jello
Sasha turns 21

Sasha ate jello for a week after extracting four wisdom teeth in one shot
Sasha turned 21 on December 31st
Sasha turned 21 December 31st.  Sasha with Lucia on turning 21Sasha drinks on her 21st birthday
Sasha went out to a bar just before turning 21 so she could have her first "legal" drink in the U.S. right after turning 21
Sasha returns to Michigan after summer vacation
Lucia with Sasha at EWR in March
Lucia with Sasha at U. Michigan in April
Sasha returns to Michigan in August
Lucia with Sasha at Newark Airport in March Sasha with Lucia at U. of Michigan in April
Sasha with parent in October
Sasha came home from college frequently: in February for winter break, in April for spring break, in July and August for summer vacation, in October for fall break, in November for Thanksgiving, and in December for the holidays.

Mauricio, Lucia, and Alec traveled a few times to Ann Arbor.  In March, Mauricio and Alec went by car while Lucia flew (tight on vacation days) to visit her.  Then in April, Mauricio and Lucia traveled 629 miles from Holmdel to Ann Arbor to help Sasha move out of the apartment she was sharing with Grace and Jessica and move into the apartment she was going to share with only with Jessica.

In August, Lucia spent a weekend with Sasha helping her unpack her stuff and move back into the apartment.

Finally, in December, Mauricio and Alec drove to Michigan to help Sasha move her stuff out of the apartment and into a storage (she will be in Spain in 2009) and brought her back to New Jersey.


Sasha at home during fall break
Sasha with Mauricio and Lucia during fall break 
Sasha at home during fall break
Sasha at home for Thanksgiving Sasha at Universit Towers in Ann Arbor
Sasha at home for Thanksgiving
Sasha in front of her apartment in Ann Arbor in December
Sasha worked as an arts writer for the Michigan Daily, as an intern at a National Quality Research Center in Ann Arbor, and at the clothing store Urban Outfitters during the summer.  She also wrote some pieces in Tiny Mix Tapes.

Read some of her work at the
Michigan Daily here.
Lucia prepares a care pack for Sasha in  February
During finals, Lucia always prepares a care pack for Sash, full of goodies.
Lucia prepares a care pack for Sasha in February

Sasha and Alec at home in March Alec and Sasha at home in April
Alec and Sasha having fondue to cellebrate Alec's 17th
Sasha and Alec at home in March Alec and Sasha at home in April Sasha and Alec eating fondue on Alec's birthday



Alec and Sasha and the Mac-Mini Sasha and Alec at home in July Lucia with Alec and Sasha outside Melting Pot
Alec and Sasha playing with the Mac mini in July Alec and Sasha at home in July Lucia with Alec and Sasha outside the Melting Pot, restaurant we went to to celebrate Alec's 17th birthday



Alec and Sasha outside the University Towers in Ann Arbor Alec and Sasha love to hang out. Alec and Sasha at Zilinger's in December
Sasha and Alec outside University Towers in Ann Arbor Alec and Sasha in front of Zingerman's Deli in Ann Arbor in December
Alec helps Sasha with moving boxes Alec and Sasha surfing the internet in Ann Arbor Sasha and Alec at Mauricio birthday party
Alec with boxes to help Sasha move in December Sasha and Alec in Sasha's living room right before her move Sasha and Alec at Mauricio's birthday party
Alec in storage with Sasha's stuff Sasha and Alec having fondue in July
Alec in Ann Arbor storage in December with Sasha's stuff Sasha and Alec about to eat fondue in July
Sasha and Alec in Red Bank in August

 
Lucia with Sasha and Alec in Red Bank in August
Sasha and Alec in Red Bank in August Lucia with Sasha and Alec in August at the Riverfront park in Red Bank, NJ



Alec playing bass at the Internet Café in Red Bank
Alec had a busy year in 2008.  His main activities included playing bass and guitar in his bands, playing on his soccer team, the Torpedoes,  preparing and taking the SAT, and applying to a bunch of colleges.

He visited Cornell University and Carnegie Mellon University with Mauricio in March.  In August, he visited Columbia University.
Alec at Cornell in March
 Alec playing bass with his band at the Internet Café in Red Bank  Alec in front of art museum of Cornell University


In March, Lucia suprised Alec at the Detroit airport.  Mauricio and Alec were driving to Arbor to visit Sasha and Mauricio told Alec we had to stop at the Detroit airport to pick up a box Lucia was sending to Sasha. Alec was really happy to see his mom.  Sasha was surpised, too, since she was just expecting the boys.
Alec near statue of Erza Cornell Alec with Lucia about to leave for Cornell / CMU visits
Alec at Cornell University Alec with Lucia before leaving for Cornell and CMU visits

Lucia surprises Alec at Detroit airport Alec and Mauricio before Cornell / CMU trip
Lucia suprises Alec at Detroit airport in March Alec and Mauricio about to leave for Cornell / CMU visits



Alec playing bass in April
Alec continued his love affair with music.  He played with his bands on several occasions throughout the year.  At home, playing the guitar is one of hi favorite passtimes.  Hear him playing guitar in the group Science Experiment.

Alec got his driver's license in September.  After that, it was hard to convince him to take the bus to school.

Alec playing accoustic guitar in July
Alec playing bass in April Alec playing guitar at home in July


Alec playing guitar at home in December Alec in 2008
.Alec playing guitar at home in December Alec turned 17 in 2008



Torpedoes a Memorial Day Tournament in Fort Dix, NJAlec leaving home to go play soccer in AprilTorpedoes in the shade during Rider Cup in June
Torpedoes during Memorial Day Weekend Tournament at Fort Dix, NJAlec leaving home to play soccer match in  AprilTorpedoes hide from June sun during Rider Cup
Alec playing in Sea Girt, NJ Alec continued playing soccer for the Torpedoes.  He began the year breaking his collarbone in a game Staton Island, NYC.  The only positive things he got out ot this injury was the fact that he scored a goal half a second before getting hit on the shoulder and that he had more time to prepare for the SAT.  The injury kept him away from the ball for about 10 weeks.

In the summer, the Torpedoes competed in the Rider Cup, an annual premiere-level soccer tournament.  The Torpedoes came out champions and the semi-final and final matches were decided on penalty kick.  Alec was the only boy on his team who scored his PK in both games.
Alec is a Rider Cup 2008 champion
Alec played 7v7 soccer during July-August in Sea Girt, NJ Alec displays U16 gold medal from 2008 Rider Cup



A big chunck of Alec's time and effort this year was dedicated to  college planning.  

 Besides visiting Cornell, CMU, and Columbia, Alec took two SAT prep courses.  The first was at Kaplan where he prepared for the March SAT.  Then he enrolled in private classes focused on the reading and writing portions of the SAT, which he took in June.  Alec still spent time preparing for the SAT Math Level II subject test in November and the SAT Physics subject test, which he took in December.  

Perhaps what took most time were his college applications.  Alec wants to study computer science and because there are so many good schools, he applied to 18 schools.  So far he has heard back from only one, Rutgers University.  He was admitted.  He should know where is will be going by April.



Alec blows 17 candles in one
Alec studying for the SAT in June
Alec blows 17 candles in one Alec studying for the SAT in June


Alec in front of Columbia University in August
Alec with Lucia at Columbia University in August
Alec at Columbia University in August
Alec with Lucia at Columbia University in August
Alec and Lucia on Alec's 17th birthday


Alec did some work in the summer.  He volunteered at a food pantry near Holmdel and implemented and deployed a website for our friend Silvia Barandier in August.

Mauricio and Alec at Caffe Reggio in NYC
Mauricio and Alec at Caffe Reggio in NYC in September
Alec with Mauricio and Ricardo at Joe's Pub in NYC
Alec with Lucia on his 17th birthday Alec with Mauricio and Ricardo at Joe's Pub in NYC 
Alec with Lucia in NYC in April
Lucia with Alec in NYC in April
Lucia at home in FebruaryLucia grinning at home in MarchLucia gets new Brazilian passport
Lucia having some coffee at home in FebruaryLucia at home in MarchDated photo for Lucia's new Brazilian passport
Lucia and Ana Lucia at home in December
Lucia continues to work at AT&T as a network architect.

This year she started taking ballroom dancing lessons.  Mauricio still hasn't started going with her but  tells her that he soon will.

Lucia at Xanda and Eric's wedding in April
Lucia with sister Ana Lucia at home in DecemberLucia at Xanda and Eric's wedding in April
Lucia in hotel elevator in AprilLucia at Red Hawk Grill in Ann Arbor in April
Lucia in hotel elevator in AprilLucia at Red Hawk Grill in Ann Arbor in April

Lucia near Jersey Coast in MayLucia and many bottles of beer in June
Lucia in New Jersey in MayLucia at Letícia and Diogo's in June with many bottles of beer
Lucia having a late dinner after Alec wins Rider Cup in JuneLucia at home in July
Lucia having a caipirinha with a late dinner in JuneLucia at home in July
Lucia in Ischia in SeptemberLucia eating a pizza in Ischia in SeptemberLucia on the beach in Ischia in September
Lucia having fun in Ischia in SeptemberLucia having a pizza in Ischia, Italy in SeptemberLucia on the beach in Ischia, Italy in September
Lucia in Capri in SeptemberLucia in Port of CapriLucia at Arco Naturale in Capri
Lucia near Faraglioni in Capri , Italy in SeptemberLucia in Port of Capri, ItalyLucia at Arco Naturale in Capri
Lucia in Capri in SeptemberLucia at Piazza Spagna in RomeLucia accompanied Mauricio to the AIRO 2008  conference in Ischia, Italy in September.  After the conference, they spent on e day in  Capri and one evening in Rome.
Lucia in CapriLucia at Piazza di Spagna in Rome in September
Lucia with Silvia and Ismael at AIRO 2008 social dinner
Lucia with Silvia Canale and Ismael de Farias during AIRO 2008 social dinner in Ischia, Italy
With with her new Renalva in OctoberLucia with new kitchen appliances
Lucia at home with new painting by Mauricio's mom RenalvaLucia at home in November
Our best friends Marina and Sergio are no longer together.  In August, they sold their home in Chatham and moved to New York.  Lucia and Mauricio went to Chatham in late August for a final goodbye to a place  where we had a lot of fun over the last years.

Sergio's  new apartment is in the upper east side of Manhattan.  Lucia and Mauricio got to see it in August.

Marina's new apartment is near the site of the World Trade Center.  Lucia and Mauricio visited her in October.  That day, they had lunch at the restaurant Industria Argentina. To our surprise, Lucia's childhood friend Nicole Albertal was also having lunch there.
Last day at Marina's Chatham home in AugustLucia at Marina's new apartment in NYC
Lucia in August with Marina and Catarina on last day in Marina's Chatham house Lucia  at Marina's new apartment in NYC
Lucia with Nicole at Republica Argentina restaurant in NYC in OctoberLucia with Marina and Maria Luiza at Battery Park, NYC in October
Lucia and Nicole bump into each other at Industria Argentina restaurant in New York in OctoberLucia with Marina and Maria Luiza at Battery Park, NYC in October
Lucia with Cristina Inada and Dominique in Rio in MarchIn March, Lucia traveled to Rio by herself to spend ten days with her mom, brother, and sisters.  Sister Ana Lucia flew from Santa Catarina to meet her in Rio.Lucia with friends and family at Barrashopping in Rio in March
Lucia with niece Dominique and friend Cristina Inada in Rio in MarchLucia in Rio with Cristina, nephew Thomas, Maureen, niece Dominique, Beth, and niece Alexia
Lucia and cousin Maria Luiza watching TV at home in May
Xanda and Eric wed in AprilMauricio and Xanda at her rehearsal dinner in April
Xanda and Eric cut their wedding cake in AprilMauricio with Xanda during her rehearsal dinner at Taj Lounge in NYC in AprilMauricio with Lucia's cousin Maria Luiza at Xanda and Eric's wedding reception at Tribeca Rooftop in NYC in April

The big wedding on 2008 was Xanda and Eric's.  Xanda is the daugther of our friends Marina and Sergio and we've followed her steps for the last 18 years: junior high, high school, college at UC Berkeley (go Bears!) , medical school at Tufts, psychiatry residence at Columbia, and now her wedding.

The rehearsal dinner as well as the wedding ceremony and reception were unforgettable.
Lucia with Marina and Els at Xanda and Eric's rehearsal dinnerLucia with Marina and Sergio at Xanda and Eric's wedding reception
Lucia with Marina and Els at Xanda and Eric's rehearsal dinner in AprilLucia with Marina and Sergio at Xanda and Eric's wedding reception in April
Lucia with Tania and Tuffy at Xanda and Eric's rehearsal dinnerLucia with Maria Luiza at Letícia and Diogo's in June
Lucia with Tania and Tuffy at Xanda and Eric's rehearsal dinner in NYC in AprilLucia with cousin Maria Luiza at Letícia and Diogo's in June
Mauricio and Lucia in Holmdel Park in MarchLucia and Mauricio celebrated their 27th wedding anniversary on August 16th.Lucia and Mauricio about to leave for Xanda and Eric's rehearsal dinner
Lucia and Mauricio in Holmdel Park in MarchLucia and Mauricio ready to leave for Xanda and Eric's rehearsal dinner in April
Lucia and Mauricio at Maria's 60th birthday party
Lucia and Mauricio in Ischia in September
Lucia and Mauricio at Maria's 60th birthday party in JuneLucia and Mauricio in Sant'Angelo in Ischia, Italy
Lucia and Mauricio at AIRO 2008 social dinner in IschiaMauricio and Lucia at Grotta Azura in Capri, Italy
Lucia and Mauricio at AIRO 2008 social dinner in Ischia, Italy in SeptemberMauricio and Lucia at Grotta Azura in Capri, Italy in September
Mauricio and Lucia at home in November
Mauricio and Lucia at home in November
Mauricio with Antoine Deza and  Imre Pólik at McMaster U. in CanadaMauricio outside the Fields Institute in Toronto in FebruaryMauricio still works as a researcher at AT&T Labs Research.

Mauricio's work continued taking him around the world to interesting places.

In February, he traveled to Toronto to give a talk at the Fields Institute for Research in Mathematical Sciences.  He spent a day at McMaster University hosted by Antoine Deza.
Mauricio at McMaster University in  February with Antoine Deza and Imre PólikMauricio outside the Fields Institute for Research in Mathematical Sciences in Toronto in February
Mauricio at home in MarchMauricio at home in March
Mauricio at home in March
In March, Mauricio traveled to the University of Maryland in College Park, MD to participate in the INFORMS Telecommunications Conference.Mauricio at the  U. of Maryland in MarchMauricio with Luciana Pessôa at the White House in March
Mauricio at the University of Maryland in MarchMauricio with Luciana Pessôa in front of the White House in March
In April, Mauricio traveled to Destin,, in the Florida pan handle, to attend  a conference on Sensors (Theory, Algorithms, and Applications) orgainzed by Panos Pardalos, Yinyu YeClayton Commander, and Vladmir Boginski.Mauricio and Panos in DestinMauricio at SENSORS 2009 in Florida
Mauricio with Panos Pardalos at Sensors 2008 conference in Destin, Florida in AprilMauricio with coleagues at Sensors 2008 conference banquet in Destin, Florida in April
Mauricio and Yinyu YeIn early May, Mauricio traveled to Iowa City, where he gve a talk at the Univerity of Iowa Business School.  Mauricio's host was Jeffrey Ohlmann.

In late May, Mauricio traveled to  Provincetown, on the tip of Cape Cod, Massachusetts to  take part in the Workshop on Experimental Algorithms (WEA 2008) .
Mauricio at the University of Iowa
Mauricio with Yinyu Ye at Sensors 2008 conference in Destin, Florida in AprilMauricio at the Henry B. Tippie College of Business at the University of Iowa in May
Mauricio at Lincoln Cafe in Mount Vernon, Iowa
Mauricio in  Mount Vernon, Iowa, in front of the Lincoln Cafe in May
Mauricio feasting on Lobster in Provincetown, Cape Cod during WEA 2008 in MayPaola Festa and Letícia Cataldi in Provincetown, Cape Cod during WEA 2008 in MayRenato Werneck and Paola Festa in Provincetown, Cape Cod during WEA 2008 in May
Zebra at Pilanesberg National Park, S. AfricaIn July, Mauricio traveled to Johannesburg, South Africa, to attend IFORS 2008, the 18th Triennial Conference of the Federation of Operational Research Socieites in Standton.  This was Mauricio's first trip to Africa.Speaking Portguese at dinner in South Africa in  July
Zebra at Pilanesberg National Park in South Africa in JulyBrazilian-Portguese at dinner in South Africa in July during IFORS 2008
Baboons at Pilanesberg National Park in S. AfricaMauricio at Johannesbery hotel in July
Baboons at Pilanesberg National Park in South Africa  in JulyMauricio at Johannesburg hotel in July
Elephant at  Pilanesberg National Park in S. AfricaMauricio with Celso Riberio and José Gonçalves at IFORS 2008
Elephant at  Pilanesberg National Park in South Africa in JulyMauricio with Celso Ribeiro and José Gonçalves at IFORS 2009
Hippos at  Pilanesberg National Park in S. AfricaMauricio shopping in South Africa
Hippos (background) at  Pilanesberg National Park in South Africa in JulyMauricio shopping in Johannesburg, South Africa in July
Mauricio living dangerously in South AfricaMauricio working with José Gonçalves in Johannesberg in JulyMauricio with João Neiva at IFORS 2008 banquet in South Africa
Mauricio living dangerously in Pilanesberg National Park in South Africa in JulyMauricio working with José Gonçalves in Johannesburg in JulyMauricio with João Neiva at IFORS 2008 conference dinner in July
Mauricio tuns 53 in JulyOn July 27th, Mauricio turned 53.  To celebrate, we had a feijoada for over 30 people.Mauricio with Raymond and Marthinha on his birthday
Mauricio blows 53 candles in JulyMauricio with Raymond and Marthinha on his birthday in July
High-jumping at Beijing Olympic Games in AugustFor three weeks, starting August 8th, Mauricio would either stay up really late or get up really early to watch the Beijing Games live.Swimming at Beijing Games in August
High-jumping at Beijing Games in AugustSwimming at Beijing Games in August
Mauriio in Ischia in SeptemberMauricio in Villa Lysis (aka Villa Fersen) in Capri, ItalyMauricio at Pizza Umberto I in Capri, Italy
Mauricio resting in Sant'Angelo, Ischia (Italy) in SeptemberMauricio in Villa Lysis (aka Villa Fersen) in Capri, Italy in SeptemberMauricio at Piazza Umberto I in Capri, Italy
Castelo Aragonese in Ischia, ItalyMauricio at AIRO 2008 in Ischia in SeptemberIn September, Mauricio traveled with Lucia to Ischia in Italy where he gave a plenary talk at the Annual Conference of the Italian Operational Research Society (AIRO 2008).  Paola Festa was his host.
Castello Aragonese in Ischia, ItalyMauricio at AIRO 2008 in Ischia, Italy in September
Invited speakers and AIRO 2008 conference co-chairs
Invited speakers wit AIRO 2008 conference co-chairs in Ischia
Mauricio at home with his brother Marcio in SeptemberMarcio performs in NYC in SeptemberMauricio with his brother Marcio at Sandy Hook, NJ in September
Mauricio at home with his brother Marcio in SeptemberMauricio's brother Marcio performing in NYC in SeptemeberMauricio with his brother Marcio in Sandy Hook, NJ in September
Earlier in September, Mauricio's brother Marcio, who is a musician and lives in Fortaleza, Brazil came to perform in New York City,  It had been over 17 years since he was last in the U.S.
Roberto C Resende in Ponta Negra in 1981
Mauricio's brother Roberto at Ponta Negra, Natal (Brazil) in 1981
Roberto C. Resende in 1980On September 24th, Mauricio got a call from his mother Renalva while driving home from work with the terrible news of the unexpected death of his 49-year old brother Roberto in Fortaleza, Brazil.

Within one hour of arriving home, Mauricio was on his way to Newark International airport.

He flew to Rio, met his mother, Roberto's wife Maureen, and two of his three children Thomas and Dominique at the Rio de Janeiro airport and flew with them to Fortaleza for the funeral.

To celebrate Roberto's life, Mauricio created a website.
Roberto with Lucia in 1981
Mauricio's brother Roberto in 1980Mauricio's brother Roberto with Lucia in 1981
Roberto C Resende with Mauricoi and Sasha in 1988Roberto and Mauricio in Itaipava in 2007
Roberto with Sasha and Mauricio in California in 1988Mauricio with his brother Roberto in 2007
Hotel in FortalezaCantinho do Faustino restaurant in FortalezaMaureen and Marcio at Cantinho do Faustino
Mauricio mom Renalva with Maureen and Thomas at our hotel in Fortaleza in SeptemberAfter Roberto's funeral we went to Cantinho do Faustino, a regional restaurant in Fortaleza that was one of Roberto's favorite places to eat
Marcio on rooftop at Fortaleza hotelThey spent five days in Fortaleza with Roberto's companion Anaílde, Mauricio's brother Marcio and his wife Lu.  Beach park in Fortaleza
Mauricio's brother Marcio on hotel rooftop in FortalezaMauricio's mom Renalva with Maureen, Thomas, Marcio, and Lu at Beach Park in Fortaleza
Lu and Marcio at hotel rooftop in FortalezaRenalva with Dominique in Fortaleza
Marcio with his wife Lu on hotel rooftop in FortalezaMauricio's mom with Roberto's daughter Dominique arriving at Beach Park in Fortaleza
View from hotel balconyRenalva and Maureen at Fortaleza airport returning to RioView from Facó's apartment in Joatinga, Rio de Janeiro
View from hotel in FortalezaRenalva with Maureen at Fortaleza airport before returning to Rio
Mauricio stayed at Facó's apartment in Joatinga, Rio de Janeiro
After returning to Rio, Mauricio met Lucia who traveled to Rio for Roberto's requiem mass. The church, Igreja Nossa Senhora da Paz, was packed with friends and family.

Mauricio and Lucia spent a few days in Itaipava, where his mother lives.  In Itaipava, they spent time with Mauricio's cousins Loala and Moana and his aunt Rubinete.  Roberto's son Thomas and girlfriend Viviane came to Itaipava for a couple of days.
Maria Ignez read the bible at Roberto's requiem massMauricio and Lucia in Itaipava with Moana, Loala, and Rubinete
Lucia's mom Maria Ignez reads from the bible in Roberto's requiem mass in Rio de JaneiroLucia in Itaipava with Mauricio's mom Renalva, cousins Moana and Loala, and aunt Rubintete
Mauricio and Lucia with Renalva in ItaipavaMauricio with Renalva, nephew Thomas and girlfriend Viviane in Itaiapava
Mauricio and Lucia with Mauricio's mom Renalva in Itaipava in OctoberMauricio with his mom Renalva, nephew Thomas, and Thomas' girlfriend Viviane in Itaiapva in October
Mauricio with Sergiy and Vladmir at INFORMS 2008Mauricio with UFL crowd at INFORMS 2008In October., Mauricio traveled to Washington, D.C. to give a tutorial talk at the Annual Meeting of INFORMS.
Mauricio with Vladmir Boginski, Sergiy Butenko, and Oleg Prokopyev at INFORMS 2008 in Washington, D,C.  in OctoberMauricio with U. of Florida crowd at INFORMS 2008 in Washington, D.C. in October
Mauricio at INFOMRS 2008 receptionMauricio wth Ilan and Telba Irony in Washington D.C. in October
Mauricio with Marcia Fampa, Chris Floudas, Panos Pardalos, and  Maria Hulett at INFORMS 2008 reception in Washington, D.C. in OctoberMauricio with Telba and Ilan Irony at the Lebanese Taverna in Washington, D.C. in October
In November, Mauricio traveled to Gainesville, Florida, to give two talks at the University of Florida and work with Panos Pardalos.  Mauricio's post-doc, Ricardo Silva, came along.Mauricio at UFL in NovemberRicardo Silva at UFL in November
Mauricio at the University of Florida in NovemberMauricio's post-doc Ricardo Silva at the University of Florida in November
Ricardo Silva with Panos Pardalos at UFL in November
Mauricio's post-doc Ricardo Silva with Panos Pardalos  at the University of Florida in November
Michael and Linda with kids in ThanksgivingMarina with picture of André in ThanksgivingDiogo and Els with Gabriel and Clara Elise
Michael Linden with Linda Rhodes, Adam, André, and Alec at our Thanksgiving get togetherMarina with a picture of a young André at our Thanksgiving get togetherDiogo Andrade and Els Henckaerts with Gabriel and Clara Elise in Thanksgiving
Patricia Borges with sons Rafael and Guilherme at ThanksgivingLucia with Valéria and Flavio Souza at ThanksgivingWe had many friends over for Thanksgiving.  Michael, Els, and Clara Elise came all the way from London!
Patricia Borges with sons Rafael and Guilherme at our Thanksgiving get togetherLucia with Valéria and Flávio Souza at our Thanksgiving get together
Maria in ThanksgivingMauricio with Clara Elise in Thanksgiving
Maria at our Thanksgiving get togetherMauricio with Clara Elise in Thankgiving
Letícia with mom Ana Roda in ThanksgivingDaniela and Rodrigo Toso at ThanksgivingCarlos and Janaína Oliveira at Thanksgiving
Letícia Cataldi with her mom Ana Rosa at our Thanksgiving get togetherDaniela and Rodrigo Toso at ThanksgivingCarlos and Janaína Oliveira at Thanksgiving
Christmas treeOur family on Christmas eveFlavia, Maria Luiza, and Ricardo on Christmas Eve
Our Christmass treeChristmas eveFlávia, Maria Luiza, and Ricardo on Christmas Eve
Alec with Adam and Linda on Christmas EveChristmas eve was fun, too.
Alec with Adam and Linda on Christmas eve
Paulinho and Fernanda on Christmas evePaulinho and Maria Luiza on ChristmasAlec the day after Christmas
Fernanda and Paulinho on Christmas eveLucia's cousin Maria Luiza with her son Paulinho on Christmas eveAlec on the day after Christmas
Luciana Pessôa at Shannon LabThis year we had many visitors.

Luciana Pessôa, a Ph.D. student of Celso Ribeiro from Rio de Janeiro, came to work with Mauricio from January to April.

Lucia's cousin Angela from Rio de Janeiro, along with her husband Ricardo, spent a week with us in April.
Luciana Pessôa working at AT&T Labs Research
Luciana Pessôa at the Shannon Laboratory in JanuaryLuciana Pessôa working at the labs in January
Luciana Pessôa at home in Chatham in JanuaryLucia with Luciana Pessôa at Holmdel Park in March
Lucian Pessôa at home in Chatham in JanuaryLucia with Luciana Pessôa at Holmdel Park in March
Ricardo Paula at Dimisa Drive in AprilLucia's cousin Angela visits in AprilLucia and Mauricio with Celso Ribeiro near the NJ coast in May
Ricardo Paula on our deck in AprilLucia's cousin Angela visits us in AprilLucia and Mauricio with Celso Ribeiro near the NJ coast in May
Lucia with Paola Festa and Maria Luiza in Avon-by-the-Sea, NJ in MayCelso Ribeiro, from Rio de Janeiro, spent 10 days with us in May working with Mauricio.

Paola Festa from Avellino, Italy, spent a week with us before and a week after going to the WEA 2008 conference in Cape Cod with Mauricio in May.
Ricardo Silva with Paola Festa at Shannon Lab in June
Lucia with Paola Festa and cousin Maria Luiza in Avon-by-the-Sea in MayRicardo Silva with Paola Festa at the Shannon Lab in June
Lucia with Paola nd Maria Luiza having lunch in MayRicardo Silva, from Lavras, Brazil, arrived in June to spend 12-18 months working with Mauricio as a post-doc scholar.  His wife, Flavia, came along, too.
Lucia with Paola and Maria Luiza having lunch in May at home
Flavia and Ricardo Silva at Linda's in JuneMauricio with Ricardo Silva at home in DecemberLucia Buriol visits us in July
Flávia and Ricardo outside Linda's house in JuneMauricio with Ricardo Silva at home in DecemberLuciana Buriol from Porto Alegre vists us in July
Luciana Buriol, from Porto Alegre, Brazil, spent two weeks working with Mauricio in July.  She helped Lucia organize Mauricio's birthday party.

In September, Rafael Martí from Valencia, Spain, and his wife Mila Soler spent a week in New Jersey.  Rafael was working with Mauricio, Ricardo, and Abraham Duarte.  Mila would join us for lunch every day.

 
Lucia with Mila in SetemberMila and Rafa Martí with Lucia, Flavia, and Ricardo in September
Mila and Rafael Martí from Valencia, Spain, visit us in September
Mauricio with Rafael Martí and Abraham Duarte in NJ in September 2009
Mauricio with Rafael Martí and Abraham Duarte in New Jersey in September
Abraham Duarte from Madrid, spent amost two month working with Mauricio and Ricardo at AT&T Research.

During the Christmas holidays, Lucia's cousin Paulinho and girlfriend Fernanda from São Paulo and Lucia's sister Ana Lucia and her fiancee Paulo stayed with us.
Abraham Duarte with Ricardo and Flavia at home in OctoberLelio Facó vists in November
Abraham Duarte from Madrid over for dinner in OctoberLélio Facó from Rio de Janeiro visited us in November
Lucia's sister Ana with fiancee Paulo visit us in DecemberAna Lucia and Paulo in DecemberLucia with Ana Lucia and Paulo in Long Branch, NJ in December
Lucia's sister, Ana Lucia, from Santa Catarina, Brazil and her fiance, Paulo, from Curitiba, Brazil visit us in December
Sasha at MoMA in DecemberAs they have done since Sasha was five, Mauricio and Sasha spent a day in New York City during the week between Christmas and New Year's Day.
Sasha at MoMA in NYC in December
We wish you all a very happy 2009.

Hugs, kisses, love, and peace,
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