Happy New Year ~ 2009
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With the end of 2008 behind us, here we are again to update you on how we've been.
|Our goose-chasing fake dog
||Holmdel Park in June
in our driveway
|We continue living in Holmdel, New Jersey.
Here are some photos we took around our house in 2008.
|View from kitchen window in springtime
||Spring at home
|Rhododendron in bloom in May||Green grass at home in July|
|Mauricio landscaping in June|
|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 and Lucia at Mauricio's birthday party in July||Sasha at home in July||Sasha home for winter break with Lucia|
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
From January to June of 2009, she will study abroad in Madrid, Spain.
|Sasha home for spring break
||Sasha at the Minskoff Theater in Broadway|
|Mauricio with Lucia and Sasha in Times Square in December|
|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 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 in August
||Lucia with Sasha at Newark Airport in March||Sasha with Lucia at U. of Michigan in April
|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 with Mauricio and Lucia during fall break
||Sasha at home during fall break
|Sasha at home for Thanksgiving
||Sasha in front of her apartment in Ann Arbor in December
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.
|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||Sasha and Alec eating fondue on Alec's birthday|
|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 love to hang out.|
|Sasha and Alec outside University Towers in Ann Arbor||Alec and Sasha in front of Zingerman's Deli in Ann Arbor in December|
|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 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 August at the Riverfront park in Red Bank, NJ|
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
He visited Cornell University and Carnegie Mellon University with Mauricio in March. In August, he visited Columbia University.
|Alec playing bass with his band at the Internet Café in Red Bank||Alec in front of art museum of Cornell University|
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 at Cornell University||Alec with Lucia before leaving for Cornell and CMU visits|
|Lucia suprises Alec at Detroit airport in March||Alec and Mauricio about to leave for Cornell / CMU visits|
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 bass in April||Alec playing guitar at home in July
|.Alec playing guitar at home in December||Alec turned 17 in 2008|
|Torpedoes during Memorial Day Weekend Tournament at Fort Dix, NJ||Alec leaving home to play soccer match in April||Torpedoes hide from June sun during Rider Cup|
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 played 7v7 soccer during July-August in Sea Girt, NJ||Alec displays U16 gold medal from 2008 Rider Cup|
big chunck of Alec's time and effort this year was dedicated to
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 at Columbia University in August
||Alec with Lucia at Columbia University in August|
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 in September|
|Alec with Lucia on his 17th birthday||Alec with Mauricio and Ricardo at Joe's Pub in NYC|
|Lucia with Alec in NYC in April|
|Lucia having some coffee at home in February||Lucia at home in March||Dated photo for Lucia's new Brazilian passport|
|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 with sister Ana Lucia at home in December||Lucia at Xanda and Eric's wedding in April|
|Lucia in hotel elevator in April||Lucia at Red Hawk Grill in Ann Arbor in April|
|Lucia in New Jersey in May||Lucia at Letícia and Diogo's in June with many bottles of beer|
|Lucia having a caipirinha with a late dinner in June||Lucia at home in July|
|Lucia having fun in Ischia in September||Lucia having a pizza in Ischia, Italy in September||Lucia on the beach in Ischia, Italy in September|
|Lucia near in Capri , Italy in September||Lucia in Port of Capri, Italy||Lucia at Arco Naturale in Capri|
|Lucia 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 Capri||Lucia at Piazza di Spagna in Rome in September|
|Lucia with Silvia Canale and Ismael de Farias during AIRO 2008 social dinner in Ischia, Italy|
|Lucia at home with new painting by Mauricio's mom Renalva||Lucia at home in November|
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.
|Lucia in August with Marina and Catarina on last day in Marina's Chatham house||Lucia at Marina's new apartment in NYC|
|Lucia and Nicole bump into each other at Industria Argentina restaurant in New York in October||Lucia with Marina and Maria Luiza at Battery Park, NYC in October|
|In 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 niece Dominique and friend Cristina Inada in Rio in March||Lucia 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 cut their wedding cake in April||Mauricio with Xanda during her rehearsal dinner at Taj Lounge in NYC in April||Mauricio 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 dinner in April||Lucia with Marina and Sergio at Xanda and Eric's wedding reception in April|
|Lucia with Tania and Tuffy at Xanda and Eric's rehearsal dinner in NYC in April||Lucia with cousin Maria Luiza at Letícia and Diogo's in June|
|Lucia and Mauricio celebrated their 27th wedding anniversary on August 16th.|
|Lucia and Mauricio in Holmdel Park in March||Lucia and Mauricio ready to leave for Xanda and Eric's rehearsal dinner in April|
|Lucia and Mauricio at Maria's 60th birthday party in June|
|Lucia and Mauricio at AIRO 2008 social dinner in Ischia, Italy in September||Mauricio and Lucia at Grotta Azura in Capri, Italy in September|
|Mauricio and Lucia at home in November|
|Mauricio 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 Pólik||Mauricio outside the Fields Institute for Research in Mathematical Sciences in Toronto in February|
|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 University of Maryland in March||Mauricio 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 Ye, Clayton Commander, and Vladmir Boginski.|
|Mauricio with Panos Pardalos at Sensors 2008 conference in Destin, Florida in April||Mauricio with coleagues at Sensors 2008 conference banquet in Destin, Florida in April|
early May, Mauricio traveled to Iowa City, where he gve a talk at the
Univerity of Iowa Business School. Mauricio's host was Jeffrey
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 with Yinyu Ye at Sensors 2008 conference in Destin, Florida in April||Mauricio at the Henry B. Tippie College of Business at the University of Iowa in May|
|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 May||Paola Festa and Letícia Cataldi in Provincetown, Cape Cod during WEA 2008 in May||Renato Werneck and Paola Festa in Provincetown, Cape Cod during WEA 2008 in May|
|In 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.|
|Zebra at Pilanesberg National Park in South Africa in July||Brazilian-Portguese at dinner in South Africa in July during IFORS 2008|
|Baboons at Pilanesberg National Park in South Africa in July||Mauricio at Johannesburg hotel in July|
|Elephant at Pilanesberg National Park in South Africa in July||Mauricio with Celso Ribeiro and José Gonçalves at IFORS 2009|
|Hippos (background) at Pilanesberg National Park in South Africa in July||Mauricio shopping in Johannesburg, South Africa in July|
|Mauricio living dangerously in Pilanesberg National Park in South Africa in July||Mauricio working with José Gonçalves in Johannesburg in July||Mauricio with João Neiva at IFORS 2008 conference dinner in July|
|On July 27th, Mauricio turned 53. To celebrate, we had a feijoada for over 30 people.|
|Mauricio blows 53 candles in July||Mauricio with Raymond and Marthinha on his birthday in July|
|For three weeks, starting August 8th, Mauricio would either stay up really late or get up really early to watch the Beijing Games live.|
|High-jumping at Beijing Games in August||Swimming at Beijing Games in August|
|Mauricio resting in Sant'Angelo, Ischia (Italy) in September||Mauricio in Villa Lysis (aka Villa Fersen) in Capri, Italy in September|
|In 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, Italy||Mauricio at AIRO 2008 in Ischia, Italy in September|
|Invited speakers wit AIRO 2008 conference co-chairs in Ischia|
|Mauricio at home with his brother Marcio in September||Mauricio's brother Marcio performing in NYC in Septemeber||Mauricio 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.|
|Mauricio's brother Roberto at Ponta Negra, Natal (Brazil) in 1981|
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.
|Mauricio's brother Roberto in 1980||Mauricio's brother Roberto with Lucia in 1981|
|Roberto with Sasha and Mauricio in California in 1988||Mauricio with his brother Roberto in 2007|
|Mauricio mom Renalva with Maureen and Thomas at our hotel in Fortaleza in September||After Roberto's funeral we went to Cantinho do Faustino, a regional restaurant in Fortaleza that was one of Roberto's favorite places to eat|
|They spent five days in Fortaleza with Roberto's companion Anaílde, Mauricio's brother Marcio and his wife Lu.|
|Mauricio's brother Marcio on hotel rooftop in Fortaleza||Mauricio's mom Renalva with Maureen, Thomas, Marcio, and Lu at Beach Park in Fortaleza|
|Marcio with his wife Lu on hotel rooftop in Fortaleza||Mauricio's mom with Roberto's daughter Dominique arriving at Beach Park in Fortaleza|
|View from hotel in Fortaleza||Renalva 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.
|Lucia's mom Maria Ignez reads from the bible in Roberto's requiem mass in Rio de Janeiro||Lucia in Itaipava with Mauricio's mom Renalva, cousins Moana and Loala, and aunt Rubintete|
|Mauricio and Lucia with Mauricio's mom Renalva in Itaipava in October||Mauricio with his mom Renalva, nephew Thomas, and Thomas' girlfriend Viviane in Itaiapva in October|
|In 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 October||Mauricio with U. of Florida crowd at INFORMS 2008 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 October||Mauricio 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 the University of Florida in November||Mauricio's post-doc Ricardo Silva at the University of Florida in November|
|Mauricio's post-doc Ricardo Silva with Panos Pardalos at the University of Florida in November|
|Michael Linden with Linda Rhodes, Adam, André, and Alec at our Thanksgiving get together||Marina with a picture of a young André at our Thanksgiving get together||Diogo Andrade and Els Henckaerts with Gabriel and Clara Elise in Thanksgiving|
|We 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 together||Lucia with Valéria and Flávio Souza at our Thanksgiving get together|
|Maria at our Thanksgiving get together||Mauricio with Clara Elise in Thankgiving|
|Letícia Cataldi with her mom Ana Rosa at our Thanksgiving get together||Daniela and Rodrigo Toso at Thanksgiving||Carlos and Janaína Oliveira at Thanksgiving|
|Our Christmass tree||Christmas eve||Flávia, Maria Luiza, and Ricardo on Christmas Eve|
|Christmas eve was fun, too.|
|Alec with Adam and Linda on Christmas eve|
|Fernanda and Paulinho on Christmas eve||Lucia's cousin Maria Luiza with her son Paulinho on Christmas eve||Alec on the day after Christmas|
|This 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 at the Shannon Laboratory in January||Luciana Pessôa working at the labs in January|
|Lucian Pessôa at home in Chatham in January||Lucia with Luciana Pessôa at Holmdel Park in March|
|Ricardo Paula on our deck in April||Lucia's cousin Angela visits us in April||Lucia and Mauricio with Celso Ribeiro near the NJ coast in May|
|Celso 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.
|Lucia with Paola Festa and cousin Maria Luiza in Avon-by-the-Sea in May||Ricardo Silva with Paola Festa at the Shannon Lab in June|
|Ricardo 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|
|Flávia and Ricardo outside Linda's house in June||Mauricio with Ricardo Silva at home in December||Luciana Buriol from Porto Alegre vists us in July|
Buriol, from Porto Alegre, Brazil, spent two weeks working with
Mauricio in July. She helped Lucia organize Mauricio's birthday
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.
|Mila and Rafael Martí from Valencia, Spain, visit us in September|
|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 from Madrid over for dinner in October||Lélio Facó from Rio de Janeiro visited us in November|
|Lucia's sister, Ana Lucia, from Santa Catarina, Brazil and her fiance, Paulo, from Curitiba, Brazil visit us in December|
|As 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,