GREENWICH — Monsignor J. Peter Cullen was installed as the grand marshal of the 45th annual Greenwich St. Patrick’s Parade by the Greenwich Hibernian Association on March 2 at the organization’s annual St. Patrick’s dinner dance. The parade will be step off at 2 p.m. Sunday March 24, from Town Hall.
Cullen has strong Irish roots: His Irish ancestors include the Cullen, Collins, Nawn and Curley families. His Cullen ancestors came from Ireland to Boston in the 1850s. His ancestors came from counties Roscommon and Cork.
He was born in Boston, the third of five children, and his family moved to Greenwich in 1958 when he was in college. He received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in theology from St. Mary’s Seminary and University in Baltimore. In addition, he received a doctorate of ministry from Jesuit School of Theology in Berkeley, Calif., and a certificate of intercultural communication from the Catholic University of Puerto Rico.
Ordained a priest in 1967, Cullen was assigned initially to Puerto Rico and later to St. Mary and St. Peter Parish in Bridgeport, where he worked for many years in the Hispanic Apostolate. While in Bridgeport he served on the Affirmative Action Agency of Bridgeport and the City Board of Fire Commissioners.
Cullen was then transferred to St. Aloysius Parish in New Canaan, where he was pastor for 17 years. From there, he was transferred in 2007 to St. Michael the Archangel Parish in Greenwich, where he served as pastor until his retirement. While at St. Michael’s, Cullen served as chairman of Greenwich Catholic School.
A dedicated member of the Knights of Columbus for more than 30 years, he was awarded the honors of a fourth degree knight in 1998. He is also a member of the Fr. Myron V. Miller Assembly 1794 in Stamford. He has been a dedicated Chaplain to Orinoco Council 39 in Greenwich and is also Connecticut State Chaplain
Parade information and updates will be posted on the Greenwich Hibernian’s website at www.greenwichhibernians.org
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Professional Tennis Registry honored Jack Waite of Riverside as its Connecticut Member of the Year at its International Tennis Symposium at Hilton Head Island, S.C.
The award is presented to a member who has shown dedication and diligence in promoting and supporting tennis and PTR. As the former director of development for PTR, Waite oversaw the certification program for the U.S. and Canada. Currently, he is the director of racquet sports at Burning Tree Country Club in Greenwich, where he oversees the tennis, platform tennis and pickleball programs.
A native of Wisconsin, Waite earned a degree in industrial engineering from the University of Wisconsin, where received Big Ten Player of the Year honors in 1991. He played on the ATP Tour from 1992-2002, reaching a career high ATP world doubles ranking of #44 and singles of #410.
Waite accumulated doubles wins over Roger Federer, Boris Becker, Patrick Rafter, Michael Chang, Goran Ivanisevic, Thomas Muster and the Bryan Brothers, as well as a singles win over Tim Henman. He won ATP Tour Event Doubles Titles in Palermo, Italy (’94); Auckland, New Zealand (’96); and Marbella, Spain (’96).
His volunteer service includes roles as a representative on the ATP Player Council, the USOC Athletes Advisory Committee, the USTA Nominating Committee, chairman of the USTA Pro Circuit Committee and member/chairman of the PTR Education Committee, and currently serves on the PTR Board of Directors as treasurer.
PTR is the largest global organization of tennis teaching professionals with more than 16,500 members in 125 countries. It has the greatest percentage of multicultural and women members of any such organization. PTR is dedicated to educating, certifying and serving tennis teachers and coaches around the world in order to grow the game.
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Deborah Cahill of Greenwich earned a master of arts degree from the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, Ala., during its fall 2018 commencement in December.
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Joshua Petshaft of Greenwich graduated from Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pa., in fall 2018 with a master’s degree in analytical finance degree with a major in analytical finance.
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Three local students at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, Ala., earned honors during the 2018 fall term at The University of Alabama. Gabriella Ferraro of Cos Cob was named to the Dean’s List. Kelly Repaci of Greenwich and Ashley Feighery of Riverside were both named to the President’s List.
Dean’s List honors go to students with an academic record of 3.5 or above. Students on the President’s List have an academic record of 4.0 (all A’s).
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Steven J. Adams of Greenwich is among the 1,067 cadets recognized for their outstanding work during the fall 2018 semester at the Citadel in Charleston, S.C. The Dean’s Lst is a recognition given to cadets and students whose grade point average is 3.20 or higher.
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The following students have been named to the Champlain College Dean’s List for achieving a grade point average of 3.5 or higher in the Fall 2018 semester at Champlain College in Burlington, Vt.: Tyler Chapman of Greenwich, who is majoring in game programming; Erick Costa of Greenwich, who is majoring in graphic design & digital media; Benjamin Robbins of Greenwich, who is majoring in graphic design & digital media.
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Three local students have been named to the Dean’s List for the Fall 2018 semester at the University of Delaware in Newark, Del.: Lauren Mahr of Cos Cob, Laura Stasio of Greenwich and Mallory Reinken of Greenwich.