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LETTER FROM BRENTWOOD ALUMNI STUDENT POSTED 9/13/10
To whom it may concern:
Greetings, I am an alumni student who went to Northeast Elementary School from 1974-1980. Periodically I take a look at this letter to see if there is ever anything regarding some of my teachers. I was wondering if there was ever any thought to doing something with “where are they now”. I wish I had the chance to thank some of those teachers. There are so many great memories from field day, to musicals and all the learning in between.
Here is a list of teachers I had, (pardon for the spelling).
2-Mrs. Cuccinello (my favorite). She was a mentor to me at a very difficult time as a child.
Gym- Mr. Holms
Music-Mr. Belinsky (Many of the alumni on Northeast Elementary Alumni face book would love the opportunity to thank him, he was an inspiration to many).
Art- Mrs. Rienzi
Well anyway, thanks!
SAD SHARING POSTED 9/13/10
Joan Young (a retiree from Pine Park) was killed in a terrible car accident in April of this year. The gas pedal got stuck on her new car. She taught Kindergarten at Pine Park for many years.
PROJECT SOLUTION POSTED 10/5/10
Check out The Project Solution co-founded by Tara Bracco, the daughter of Roseanne and Denis Bracco. Click onto their "Promotional Video" (in blue letters) on the upper left hand side of the page, and watch Tara Bracco, and others, promote the organization she co-founded. She is just a wonderful young woman. HEALTH REFORM HITS MAIN STREET POSTED 10/8/10
Confused about how the new health reform law really works? This short, animated movie -- featuring the "YouToons" -- explains the problems with the current health care system, the changes that are happening now, and the big changes coming in 2014. View Video
HAPPY 75TH ANNIVERSARY SOCIAL SECURITY POSTED 9/13/10
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SAD SHARING POSTED 10/1/10 by Kevin O'Reilly Last night the Brentwood Wrestling family lost its legendary, Hall of fame wrestling coach; Joe” the Gov” Campo. The Gov was a major influence on thousands of Brentwood student – athletes during his 20 year tenure as head coach of the wrestling team. Coach Campo’s success on the mat is just a microcosm of the impact he had on the Brentwood community. As many of his former wrestlers stated “he made me a better man, better father, better husband”. Coach Campo is a member of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame. In 2008 the Ross Gymnasium was named in his honor. Joe Campo was one of Brentwood’s legends; he will be missed by many. Below are just some of the “GOV” accomplishments. Enjoy the memories and RIP Joseph “the Gov” Campo. View Accomplishments ********************************** Arrangements are pending. As per Joe's son, Jose Campo, "Our goal is to go back to Brentwood into his gymnasium and have a celebration of his life and have all of the former athletes come back," Newsday, October 2, 2010
Hank Salerno's mother, Jeanine Salerno, of Herricks, L.I., 98 years of age, died peacefully of natural causes on September 18th , 2010.
A Mass for the repose of her soul was celebrated at Notre Dame Roman Catholic Church, New Hyde Park on Monday September 20, 2010. Burial took place at Pinelawn Cemetery in a private ceremony.
Condolences may be sent to Hank at:
Henry M. (Hank) Salerno
1 Given Court
A NOTE FROM KEN GAHERTY POSTED 10/2/10
Ken Gaherty who retired from Ross building in 2002 and lives in Colorado sent the following:
"Retirees Steve Rochester (Ross) and Jeff Newcombe (Freshman Center) visited during the summer of 2010. Any retiree visiting the southwest are invited to contact us for a visit and tour of the sights of four corners."
PROUD MOTHER POSTED 10/5/10 Dorothy Zuckerman's son, Richard, was recognized as one of the top lawyers in the area. He was named in the 2010 New York Super Lawyers - Metro Edition listing: Richard K. Zuckerman, Lamb & Barnosky, Melville.
SAD SHARING POSTED 10/12/10
Melenese Hamilton's daughter, Terrecina Nesmith, passed away today. Those wishing to send condolences to Melenese can send them to her at
600 Intracoastal Circle
St. Augustine, FL 32095
Melenese retired from Twin Pines in 2003.
Why did we do it? What was our purpose in taking on such an open ended “History Project”; the one for which we’ve evolved a script of questions with corresponding answers from over one hundred and fifty dedicated volunteers for nearly two decades?
We couldn’t answer the question in ‘94 when people would ask “What are you going to do with the interviews?” All we could say was that for educational and informational purposes we had better document our record or lose any chance to preserve innumerable poignant accounts, humorous stories and touching tales told to us by exemplary educators and dedicated public servants, who shortly and for reasons unknown might soon be leaving our Brentwood for good.
We decided to let time sort out the details as we commenced making appointments to ask questions and simply listen. Listen we did as this project evolved saving for subsequent generations the very essence of what it means to have been an educator or employed in a large student centered public school system during the latter half of the twentieth century. Brentwood remains an exemplar to all the others; a diverse microcosm and accurate reflection of the approximately one hundred and twenty seven neighboring school districts on Long Island and the thousands across this country. We’ve accomplished something here, something we can all be proud of having been part of, whether we were interviewed or not, ours is a claim of service that few other professionals in the State of New York are positioned to share in a like manner.
INITIALLY the practice of sitting for an hour with the Subject of our interview and giving them one hundred percent of our focused attention for that period of time seemed a little threatening to many of our friends and former colleagues. So much so in fact that many declined repeated invitations to be interviewed as they left careers behind or retired from full time employ with the District. Despite all assurances that this was not to be about investigative journalism or invading their privacy, they’ve deferred. Until now, almost seventeen years after we began, some say they may finally be ready. We say, “Better late than never”. However, to all those among you who were willing to share openly not only your classroom experiences but personal stories, precious memories from your lives and fondest hopes for the future, we say thanks for allowing us to be able to continue the process of giving as we now are able to share interviews with you, with the community and with countless regional professional educators and researchers through tentative acceptance of ROBS offer of collaboration with The Long Island Studies Institute at Hofstra University.
Commencing early next month (Nov 2010), you’ll be able to enjoy unlimited visits to www.robsny.org/ where you’ll see and hear segments from the History Project Interviews featured here in the ROBS History Project section on the Announcements Page archived each month thereafter for those wishing to return again and again.
THIS MONTH'S FEATURED HISTORY PROJECT INTERVIEW:
Wally Balinski Wally Balinski began teaching in Brentwood in 1968 and after 42 years of service decided to retire. He began teaching music in North East Elementary and alternated between there and West Middle School.
THE TOWN CRIER -MarilynDePlaza@aol.com
SAD SHARING POSTED 9/22/10
Aram Athanasian, Sonderling math teacher, died Saturday, Sept. 18, after a long illness. Services will be held at 2pm on Sat., Sept. 25, at Caroline Church of Brookhaven, One Dyke Rd., Setauket, phone 941-4245. Condolences may be sent to his wife, June Athanasian, 32 Woodhull Rd., E. Setauket, NY 11733-3735
If anyone is interested, donations in Aram Athanasian's memory may be made to either: Caroline Church Memorial Fund, One Dyke Rd., Setauket, 11733 or Memorial Sloan-Kettering Center, Limb Preservation Fund, Attention Pestone Curtis, 633 Third Ave., 28th Floor, New York, NY 10017