Thayer Academy grad testifies against Whitey Bulger

Coolly and calmly, former hit man John V. Martorano today continued to lay out a grim parade of murders in horrific, cinematic detail in his testimony in the trial of notorious gangster James “Whitey” Bulger in US District Court in Boston. 
Martorano, who testified that he tried to be a nice guy and rejected the label serial killer, has confessed to 20 murders but served only 12 years in prison after agreeing to testify for the prosecution.

My dad is really up on all of this Whitey Bulger stuff. Normally, I couldn’t care less, but when Dad said he heard that Martorano went to Thayer Academy, I got interested. After all, this guy killed 20 people. Not many people in the ISL can post that in their senior superlatives.

I looked it up, and sure enough, Thayer can claim this guy as one of their own! Sure, it was only for 6th and 7th grade, but so what?

You can take the boy out of Thayer, but you can’t take Thayer out of the boy.

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Catalina Island

As North Eastern preps rang in Memorial Day with barbecues on the Vineyard, all of us SoCal dwellers hopped on our boats and jetted off to Catalina Island for the weekend.  Many of the local yacht clubs have coves over at the island for their members to anchor/moor in.  Balboa Yacht Club in particular hosts an “Opening Day” over Memorial Day Weekend each year, signifying the official opening of the cove for the season.  While no wine mixers were attended, a fabulous time was enjoyed by all.  My family was spread across 3 boats and had at our disposal 4 paddle boards, 3 coves, 2 jet skis, and endless sun.  Saturday was spent hanging out between 2 coves (Moonstone and White’s); riding the jet skis, wakeboarding, paddle boarding, heading to shore to meet up with friends.  Sunday we headed to Avalon, the town everyone knows Catalina for.  We relaxed at the Tuna Club (the world’s oldest fishing club) for a while before hitting the bars and the Descanso Beach Club.  We left Monday afternoon, making it home just in time for the BYC barbecue.

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PS- Family friend Corinne, from Boardwalks and Boulevards, came with us.  Check out her post about the trip here!

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Hit the links if you aren’t at Figawi

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There has been so much noise in the golf world about Sergio Garcia talking about Tiger Woods and fried chicken. We’re all just way too sensitive. The real focus should be on how Sergio plays slower than a Galapagos Tortoise.

Many of our readers will be at Figawi, even though the weather is supposed to be less than ideal. We expect to have some of our readers sending us photos from Figawi parties, so follow us on Twitter and Facebook for updates.

The Boss will most likely be on the links after picking up a new set of sticks for a graduation present. I think that we would all agree that the hardest part about golf is getting into the right club.

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Concord Button Downs Announces New Collaboration

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With the upcoming release of its spring line, Concord Button Downs has joined forces with five additional clothing companies to help expand the importance of American made clothing. In partnering with these other organizations, Concord Button Downs plans to release a lookbook highlighting products exclusively made in the United States. The project has been coined, “The Made in America Collaboration.” Along with this new partnership, Concord Button Downs will release their new line of fine shirting, as well as a renovated website. Just like their previous line of men’s shirts, Concord Button Downs’ founder, Dan Castelline, continues to produce quality products that are made in the United States. To help with “The Made in America Collaboration,” Castelline connected with: Collared Greens, an eco-friendly neck wear company located in North Carolina, Jack Donnelly Khakis, a Georgia based pant company, Lemon & Line, a bracelet brand founded in Rhode Island, Gameday Blazers, a South Carolina company producing colorful sport coats, and Orvis, a renowned sporting brand with headquarters in Vermont and Virginia. All five companies seek to create products that represent the richness and history of American-made clothing. “My hope for this lookbook was to create a collaboration of quality products made in States for alike customers. We want to highlight the craftsmanship of domestically made goods via multiple boutiques and companies” said Castelline. Concord Button Downs is excited to bring its customers a completely renovated website, spring line, and a new collaboration on Thursday, May 16, 2013. To purchase these products or learn more about upcoming promotions, visit www.concordbuttondowns.com.

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“The Made in America Collaboration is a stockpile of photographs, which highlight garments produced by local craftspeople. This collaboration was established to further unify companies that promote American made products, and believe in domestic ingenuity. Through the generosity of five independent clothing brands we outfitted our model entirely in American made apparel. As a result, this lookbook accentuates the unsurpassed quality of American products, while also demonstrating each company’s allegiance to support alike organizations. We feel privileged to have hosted such an event, and believe this shoot proves that Made in America is stronger now than ever before.”

-CBD Founder, Daniel Castelline

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I’m really looking forward to seeing this “Made in U.S.A.” Lookbook as well as Concord Button Downs’ new site and Spring Line. Keeping a clothing brand’s manufacturing process domestic is no easy task. Celebrate the quality and history of domestic apparel by hash tagging #MadeinUSAcollab and liking CBD on Facebook.

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Prepping Your Wardrobe for Yachting Season

Saturday May 11th was the Opening Day of Yachting Season for Balboa Yacht Club, the official start of my summer mindset.  Below you’ll find many of the outfits donned by boaters and non-boaters alike to inspire your wardrobe. Enjoy!

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Both outfitted entirely in Vineyard Vines

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White and pastels were common

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Stripes were clearly a popular choice

What are your summer staples?

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Independent School League Campus Rankings

St. George’s School in Middletown, RI

Reflecting upon my 5 years spent in the Independent School League, (I didn’t repeat; I included my year in the lower school) I’ve seen a fair amount of each campus in the distinguished league. After playing in a lacrosse game at St. Sebastian’s yesterday, I realized that while a handful of schools in the ISL have beautiful campuses, some are a bit inglorious in comparison. After discussing this observation with Groton alum and Chief Editor of T&V, Will Holley IV, we decided to put our heads together and rank the campuses of the ISL.

The Groton School on a rainy Fall day

3 Categories: Layout, Buildings, Grounds

Each category rank 1/5

#1: 15 Points – The Groton School

#2: 14 Points: – St. George’s School & Middlesex School

#3: 13 Points: – The Governor’s Academy, Nobles & Greenough School , Roxbury Latin School

#4: 12 Points – Lawrence Academy

#5: 11 Points – Milton Academy & St. Paul’s School

The Rest: Belmont Hill School, Brooks School, The Rivers School, St. Sebastian’s School, Thayer Academy, St. Mark’s School, Buckingham Browne & Nichols School

The famous castle of Nobles & Greenough for boarding students

Groton ultimately takes the cake due to its gorgeous grounds. Its landscape was designed by Frederick Law Olmsted who is famous for his design of Central Park in NYC.

   Layout  Buildings  Grounds Total Score
 Belmont Hill  2  4  4  10
 Brooks  2  2  3  7
 BB&N  1  2  2  5
 Governor’s  4  5  4  13
 Groton  5  5  5  15
 Lawrence Academy  4  5  3  12
 Middlesex  4  5  5  14
 Milton  4  3  4  11
 Nobles  4 5  4  13
 Rivers  2  3  3  8
 Roxbury Latin  3  5  5  13
 St. George’s  5  4  5  14
 St. Mark’s  3  2  3  8
 St. Paul’s  3  5  3  11
 St. Seb’s  1  1  2  4
 Thayer  1  3  3  7

While the endowments of the ISL range from unpublished (cough..Thayer..cough..) to $433 million (St. Paul’s), each school has a uniquely beautiful campus. As F. Scott Fitzgerald put it, “Riches have never fascinated me, unless combined with the greatest charm or distinction.”

The Rivers School

Roxbury Latin

St. Paul’s School

St. Mark’s School

Milton Academy

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Media Tease — Figawi 2013

With the annual Figawi Race Weekend being only a month away, I figured I’d throw together a bunch of classic photos from years past.

Have any good Figawi photos worth sharing? Send them over.

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Tie One On, A Bow Tie Tutorial

Everyone, yes everyone, should know how to tie a bow tie.  I mean, The Boss is literally a pro.

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Wearing High Cotton

Done in under 30 seconds, with better dimples than a clip on.

I found this great tutorial from SarahBelle93x, who is just fantastic.  I actually found her on instagram after seeing that she was in the same business as an old friend of mine, Allie Evans.   If you haven’t come across her instagram or youtube account yet, I definitely recommend checking her out!

As promised, the bow tie tutorial:

If your prom hasn’t come up yet (mine isn’t until June 3rd!), consider one of these bow ties that all of the girls will love!
college bow tieRep where you’re going next year! Go Tarheels!

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Old school prep

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Match her dress

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The Great Gatsby Collection by Brooks Brothers

F. Scott Fitzgerald was a life-long Brooks Brothers customer. Double Academy Award winning designer, Catherine Martin noted “Brooks Brothers is mentioned several times in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s writings as a representative of the ultimate gentleman’s purveyor of fine clothing to the American man of distinction.

The line gives a modern twist to the decadent fashion of the roaring twenties. 

The narrow lapels and hightened armholes on the jackets are great ways in which BB altered the line to display the classic Gatsby style. If you’re in need of a new three piece suit for your prep school’s Graduation festivities, the Gatsby line is the way to go.

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Boston Marathon Bombing

The thoughts and prayers of the Twines & Vines family go out to everyone involved in today’s terrorist attack, the entire city of Boston and the state of Massachusetts.  A few of our writers are from the Boston area and I personally have been to several Boston Marathons; this one definitely hits home.  

I would like to quote something which a friend and classmate of mine posted today on Facebook regarding the event;  Ward Scott is a sophomore at the United States Naval Academy and a proud American.

I normally don’t post about these things, but I felt compelled today. Boston’s a great city full of great Americans and great people.
Just at a time when popular support for the War on Terror is at what seems to be an all time low, this happens.. It’s incredible to see how time and time again, the terrorist for some reason thinks that his tactics of targeting innocent civilians will strike fear in the heart of the American, that his bombing our cities will shake us, will make us weak and prompt us to hide and revert to the pre-WWII isolationism that emboldened Imperial Japan and Nazi-Germany.
But just as Bin Laden learned, these attacks on our innocents do NOT shake us; these attacks do NOT make us weak. Contrary to their incredibly short sighted and historically ignorant strategies, tactics and goals, the United States only comes closer when cowards attack from behind.
Behind Boston, we will stand, and we will make sure that any ass-clown that thinks bombing a street in the US will scare us into isolation learns that you don’t mess with the U.S. I am certain that we as a country and a community will only come closer and rally behind this to ensure that this type of cowardice is wiped from the face of the Earth. I only hope that our leaders – especially our politicians – can do so in a more informed and responsible way than has happened in our past.

God bless the city of Boston… It stands today, and it will stand tomorrow.

*this is my own personal opinion and in no way reflects the opinions of the USN, USMC, or DoD

God Bless Boston and God Bless America.

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