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January 7, 2009 > Milpitas Grammar School students will attend the grand opening

Milpitas Grammar School students will attend the grand opening

Submitted By Leslie Stobbe

Alvera Borges moved to Milpitas when she was 11 years old. She attended Milpitas Grammar School in the seventh and eighth grade and graduated in 1932. She worked as a secretary and bookkeeper with Commonwealth Builders for 30 years. Alvera, 90-years-old, lives on Main Street.

Barbara Gomes Bowman's parents grew several apricot and walnut orchards on Evans Road. The oldest of 6 children, she graduated from Milpitas Grammar School in 1953. Barbara served as the Queen of the 1957 Holy Ghost Fiesta. Now, 70 years old, she is the current president of the Milpitas Historical Society.

Dennis Cuciz, 63, attended Milpitas Grammar School from the first through fifth grades beginning in 1952. Dennis's father, Frank Cuciz, was one of the first volunteer Fire Fighters in Milpitas and a Planning Commissioner. His mother, Irma Cuciz, was a housewife.

Dennis began a successful 35-year career with the City of Milpitas, in 1970, as a maintenance worker in the Public Works Department. He moved up the ranks until retiring in 2005 as the Acting Public Works Director. Dennis greatly enjoyed his work and the Milpitas community. He continues to live in Milpitas with his wife Holly who is a City of Milpitas employee.

Carole Freid, 68, attended Milpitas Grammar School from the first through eighth grades beginning in 1945 and graduating in 1954. She currently lives in Oakdale, California.

Elsie Pimentel, 95-years-old, moved to Milpitas when she was two years old. Her mother was a cook and her father a hay baler. Elsie graduated from Milpitas Grammar School in the 1920s. She worked at the Bayside Cannery once located on Main Street. Elsie also marched in the annual Holy Ghost Fiestas.

Elsie lives in the same house on Main Street where she raised her children. She spends much time in her garden tending vegetables and flowers, including orchids.

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