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It was a friendship that began, like so many, with two mothers waiting for their kids outside a kindergarten door.

The door was at Warren Point Elementary School in Fair Lawn. The year was 1983. The moms were Sheryl, who was waiting for her son Matt, and Paulyn, waiting for her Mark.

The boys burst out of school together. “This is my new friend Mark!’’ Matt told his mother. They wanted to have a play date. The mothers were left to work out the details. 

Sheryl Fabi (Photo: Courtesy of the Fabi family)