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  IN THE NEWS                                                                          JANUARY 2013

January 4
Information / Registration

January 17
Executive Board Meeting
Meeting Dates
Published: Newsday Online, Jan 18, 2013
By Joseph Governale

     These days they seem part of the human hand. Almost everybody I know has one. Even my 8-year-old granddaughter. And she got hers simply because all the other kids at school had already gotten one. Not being able to text some friend at another table in the cafeteria proved too much for the child. She whined. She cried. She carried on. She got her wish -- a pink Disney mobile.
     So grows this ever-booming breed of cellphone users.
...Read more
POSTED 1/1/13
     Ruth McCalla's sister, Elena Thomas passed away last week. Ruth retired from Northeast Elementary in 1991.
     You may send condolences to Ruth at 8820 Walther Blvd.,Apt 4211
Parksville,Md 21234
POSTED 1/23/13
     This Year is Pine Park's 50th Birthday!
Our birthday celebration is scheduled for Friday, May 3rd.If anyone is interested in attending, please send your email address to: aanziano@bufsd.org
     We would like to send you an official evite. We are also looking for retired Pine Park staff to say a few words during our presentation. Please come and help us celebrate our birthday!
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by Ed Hannan 10/05/05

     It occurred to me the other day, after being asked by my daughter if I am happy, that I have invested much of my life energy and time in service to others. Most of the time, I think I can truthfully say, I have not expected any return on my investment except a little appreciation and
     I've always believed that love is made visible through one's work and that if I looked for medals, I was bound to be unhappy. My parents taught by good example. They worked hard every day raising seven children as well as caring for many members of our extended family. They taught us to live the Golden Rule and to think about the consequences of our actions both for here and now and especially for the hereafter.

     As a youngster a certain amount of guilt controlled my behavior, but eventually I knew I had a choice: to care or not to care; to help or not to help; to give or not to give. Not until recently did I have any "extra" money to invest for the purpose of making more money. My salary was invested in a home for my family, my children's education, my parish and various charities. I did get a money return on the house and property which was rolled over into another house—so I'm in debt again—to a bank. Sometimes I wonder whether, if I had not been given the faith in God and a life after death, I would be more cold and selfishly calculating with the investment of my time and energy. 
     Before I act, would I think: What's in it for me? What pleasure or profit is there for me? Why get involved? Real love involves pain and sacrifice. Better to use people and things to my advantage. Every investment     
must have a profit. This philosophy would never have allowed me to become a teacher. What a waste of time and energy! Where's the profit? Where's the return? But then again with this philosophy I wouldn't even be writing this let alone reading it in a room full of friends.


View the "In Memoriam" page
with the list of our Brentwood colleagues who have passed away. This list will be updated on a yearly basis.


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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.


Ruth Baker Bernhardt and
Eleanor Baker Bazata

Interviewed 2000                                    

     Ruth and Eleanor Baker came to Brentwood in the 1930’s when Brentwood was a vastly different place from what it is today. They both attended the two room schoolhouse in different years.
      In the 1940’s there were very few paved streets in Brentwood. The school district had as yet no high school back then, and students had the daunting choice of going either to Farmingdale or Central Islip to graduate.
      As adults both sisters went to work for the district, one as a clerical assigned as Front Office Secretary to the Principal in North East Elementary School and the other as a clerical assigned to that library.      Watch their interview to learn about their fascinating recollections and interesting memories of Brentwood and the Brentwood School District the way it was over seventy years ago.     

You can also view any of these past interviews by visiting History Project Interview Archives :

Balinski, Wally
Brooks, Ronda
Carey, Dick
Carpenter, Beverly
Cerullo, Peter
Corkery, Florence
Cuneen, Ray
Curio, Rich
DeBellis, Claudia
DeBellis, Helen
DeBellis, Michael
DePlaza, Marilyn
Desoto, Edward
DiMento, Peter
Edwards, Richard
Efron, Martin
Fasullo, Mike
Felicio, Anthony
Filosa, Edith
Fiore, Marcy
Hannan, Edward
Helman, Harriet
Hodges, Shirley
Kirschner, Marge
Koehler, Florence
Lane, William
Lange, Joan
Laub, Dr. Herb
Martz, David
Mascaro, Barbara
McNicholas, Barbara
Monsen, Pattie
Moss, Ken
Mundy, Rick
Murray, Alma
Nanos, Jim
O'Conner, Thomas
Pace, Ron
Purcell, Joseph
Rosenthal, Ivy
Rosenthal, Ruth
Salerno, Hank
Scharf, Karen
Sekac, Evelyn
Sheele, Raymond
Sopp, Lorraine
Spencer, Franklin
Stuhler, Patricia
Sustrin, Letty and Sheila
Vannoy, Evelyn
Veech, Chris
Walker Lloyd, Shirley
Wolfe, Jeffrey
Zuckerman, Dorothy
Zuckerman, Jack


No General Membership Meetings in Jan or Feb

February 5, 2013
Executive Board Meeting

For information visit
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

THE TOWN CRIER -  MarilynDePlaza@aol.com

Marilyn De Plaza
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 1/3/13
From Eileen Kelly, South Middle School
      It is with deep sorrow that I must inform you of the passing of my dear and cherished friend Loretta Facciarossa. She lost a very long, tough battle with cancer. Her attitude and determination are an inspiration to all who knew her. She was a clerical in the student management office in South Middle School. Her husband Kevin is a custodian in the district. Her children Leah, Nicky and Sarah have all gone though the Brentwood School District. Sarah is currently attending Sonderling. She also leaves behind her son Evan and daughter-in-law Rebecca. There are no words to express how much she will be missed.
      A memorial will be held at Maloney's Funeral Home in Ronkonkoma on Friday, January 4th.
2 p.m. - 4p.m. and 7p.m. - 9 p.m.

Condolences can be sent to:
The Facciarossa Family
254 Lincoln Avenue
Brentwood, NY 11717

POSTED 1/19/13
      My school district is in a competition on Burpee web site. They are trying to win 1300 lbs of fresh veggies for the community. If you know my district, we need it. Can you please take a minute and vote and vote many times. Please ask your friends to do so too. Sign into the following site:

Click on the "W" by NY on the map and vote for Brentwood High School. Do the easy math problem and vote.
Thank you so much.

POSTED 1/19/13
      Jeff Wolfe passed away late last evening at about 12:45 am. Jeff retired from Ross High School in 1997. He positively changed the lives of so many in Brentwood. Aside from his historical winning records with the Girl's Fencing Team, he single handedly got his girls hundreds of thousands of dollars in scholarships to universities. Below are the arrangements the family has made thus far:
     The family will be sitting shiva Tuesday and Wednesday, 1/ 22-23 from 4-7pm at his daughter's house. Victoria Wolfe 26 Beech Ct., Malverne, NY 11565.
     There will be a memorial service on February 9. Exact information to follow.
     Condolences may also be sent to his wife Harriet Wolfe @ 18 Woodland Dr., East Islip, NY 11730


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