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  IN THE NEWS                                                                SEPTEMBER - OCTOBER 2010

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).

K-Mrs. Graff
1-Mrs. Warren
2-Mrs. Cuccinello (my favorite). She was a mentor to me at a very difficult time as a child.
3-Mrs. Shevac
4-Mrs. Cook
5-Mrs. Rosenthall
6-Mrs. Zuckerman
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!
Thank you,
Joseph DiMaggio

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.

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.

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

POSTED 9/13/10

Click on photos to enlarge.

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

Lighthouse Wrestling, "Coaching Legend and Champion Person, Joe Campo Passes Away at 85" by Gary Abbot USA Wrestling

POSTED 9/24/10

    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
      Hauppauge,NY 11788
Email: HnRSalerno@aol.com

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."

Ken's address is
85 Log Cabin Lane
Bayfield,Colorado 81122

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.
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.


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November 16
10th Annual NYSUT
Retiree Conference

Contact: Dorothy Zuckerman


General Membership Meeting
Start in September
WI Library 10:15 am

October 17

Breast Cancer Walk
Jones Beach

October 19
Eastern Penitentiary & Guided Ghost Tour of Philadelphia, PA

October 26
Welcome Annual Brunch
New Retirees
Information & Reservations

RC 21 Website: http://ny.aft.org/rc21

Sheila & Letty Sustrin
Children's Books Authors

John M. Sherin
Local /Regional
(Jigsaw Maps)600
Geography Manipulatives


Complete Team Building Kits
Teaching Cooperation/ Collaboration
Emotional Intelligence (EQ)


Alida Thorpe
Island Vision Photography, Inc.

Rick Mundy
Watercolor Prints of L.I., Adirondacks, NYC...

Gloria Hannemann
Hardwood Flooring and
Home Improvement


Elmon Kazandjian
NYC Art Gallery

Fred Sheiferstein
Where in the World are Fred and Ken?

Rich Edwards
Travels with Rich Edwards

Rose Marie Brousseau
Brentwood Rotary Club
Ronda Brooks
Children's Social Skills Groups



      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.


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.


Marilyn DePlaza
THE TOWN CRIER -  MarilynDePlaza@aol.com

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

POSTED 9/26/10
     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


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