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  IN THE NEWS                                                                          JANUARY 2012

January 6
ROBS Breakfast

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Calendar of Events

January 19
Executive Board Meeting

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POSTED 12/30/11

     The boys basketball court at the Sonderling HS gymnasium will be named for Stan Kellner on January 7, 2012. The dedication will take place in the Sonderling Gymnasium at approximately 1:45 pm
between the JV and Varsity Game against Ward Melville.
     After the varsity game there will be a celebration at FARRELLS OF BROOKLYN, 263 Higbie Lane, West Islip, NY 11795
     Please RSVP to koreilly@bufsd.org

POSTED 1/2/12

     January 16th is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. The following is a link to the Washington, D.C. Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial website. Here you can view a video of his memorial. This web site has also contains other aspects of the memorial that you may want to pursue.
POSTED 1/24/12
     Lois (Rodriguez) Heinley's son, Ronnie, passed away on January 13th after a long illness. Lois worked at Laurel Park and East Kdg. and retired in 1990. Condolences may be sent to 681 Indian Oaks Dr,. Melbourne FL 32901.
POSTED 1/2/12
By Bill Bleyer

Originally published in,Newsday, December 29, 2011

   John J. Messbauer racked up impressive statistics in his long life.    During World War II, he was a bombardier on a B-17, flying 30 missions over Europe. He was an elementary schoolteacher for 27 years in Brentwood and Huntington, and he worked 55 summers as a Jones Beach lifeguard.
   Messbauer, 91, of Plainview, died Dec. 14 at the Hospice in Melville of Parkinson's disease....
To read more and view the entire article click here.

POSTED 1/12/12     
     Carlton Copp, husband of Marina (Marilyn) LaChicotte Copp, passed away on January 5, 2012. The burial took place on January 9, 2012. Cards and condolences may be sent to 5 Glen Lane
Syosset NY 11791.
POSTED 1/2/12

Just a reminder to our members to renew your ROBS membership for the coming year. You can download the Membership Application here and mail it along with your check for $25 dollars to Marge Kirchner, 666 Hawkins Road East, Coram NY 11727. Make checks out to ROBS.
     If you are not currently a member, please go to the Membership page of this site to learn more about the many benefits of joining ROBS.  You can also download the application from that page.
     We hope you will be joining us, and to our current members, thank you for your renewal.



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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.
      You can now 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.







January 10
Executive Board Meeting
NYSUT Office 10:15 AM

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

Rose Marie Brousseau
Brentwood Rotary Club

Ronda Brooks
Children's Social Skills Groups
Rich Graziano
Mr. Graziano's Science Class
Academic Enrichment and Remedial Websit

    Classified Section
THE TOWN CRIER -  MarilynDePlaza@aol.com

Marilyn DePlaza
"The Town Crier" was set up a number of years ago so that the retirees of the Brentwood School District could have an email center to stay in touch. Since I began to send out all sorts of information, retirees from all over the country have sent me their email addresses. Some have asked, "Do you have any idea where so and so is?" Others have sent proud news of their accomplishments, their family news, photos,etc. and sadly, we often get bad news. Many retirees whom I have never met write me to thank me for keeping this connection going, as everyone remembers the Brentwood years with warm feelings.
POSTED 1/10/12
     Ann Mattausch, former secretary at the Ross bldg, has passed away. Ann would have been 100 yrs old next month. She retired in 1972.
     Viewing will be on Wednesday - January 11th 2-4PM and 7-9PM at BRYANT FUNERAL HOME
411 Old Town Rd, East Setauket

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