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  IN THE NEWS                                                                NOVEMBER 2008

December 5, 2008
Holiday Luncheon

Details & Reservations

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Holiday Wrap Party
December 10, 2008

12:30 PM
Kris Dougherty's house.
E-mail for directions: Krississu@optonline.net

Executive Board Meeting
December 18, 2008

See Meeting Date Schedule


     On Friday, October 24, John Sherin and his Quartet performed at the Snapper Inn in Oakdale. John retired in 1992 from Brentwood Ross High School where he taught social studies. You can read the full story below, "Well, Who Knew?", in the "What You Didn't Know Column."

     Their performance at the Snapper Inn was a success and greatly enjoyed by all who attended. If you missed it, you can watch these short video clips. Sit back and enjoy
Play Playboys Live video


Play 50's Jazz Experience video
       "Blue Lights"


     This year we are concerned about our decline in membership for ROBS. Our current membership is 261 members as opposed to last year which was 420 members. If you have not yet paid your dues, please send your check to Marge Kirchner ASAP. Perhaps you just forgot, so please take a look at your check register to see if you have paid or not. Please go to the Membership Page for the application and mailing instructions, and to see how your dues are dispensed. You can read more about the effects of the membership decline in the article "Temporary New Look" in the September-October Issue of the ROBS Newsletter


A letter from Peter Vercillo
Project Hope Chairperson

Dear ROBS Member,
     This is now the 12th year for ROBS PROJECT HOPE. As you may know, PROJECT HOPE is a way for the retirees of the Brentwood school community to show we are still concerned about the children of the area. Through SUBURBAN CHILDREN INC., ROBS adopts local families during the traditional holiday season. Food is provided for Thanksgiving and many gifts are bought, wrapped and presented at Christmas time.
     In the past, many of you have generously supported this endeavor. Your efforts have been very much appreciated, not only by the folks at Suburban but especially by the children and their parents.
     Through our donations, PROJECT HOPE touches the lives of many. It is a way to add o the joy and the spirit of the season. Please help continue this fine tradition. Checks should be made payable to ROBS/PROJECT HOPE, so that we may keep proper records. Please send checks to: Peter Vercillo, 26 Willoughby St., Brentwood NY 11717.
     Thank you for your loyalty and support. Best wishes for the special weeks ahead.
Peter Vercillo
Project Hope Chairperson


POSTED 11/6/08

     I wanted to take the opportunity to remind all the Teacher Center Liaisons and course instructors that Bo's retirement party is coming up and I need to provide numbers to the restaurant.  The details are below. Please let me know ASAP if you plan on attending.  Bo is leaving in January.
Friday, November 21, 2008
5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Captain Bill’s in Bay Shore 
The cost is $65 and includes hors d’oeuvres, dinner, dessert, unlimited wine, beer, and soda, as well as a gift.  Come and help us show our appreciation for the only secretary the Teacher Center has ever had!
Thanks for your quick response.
Director Brentwood Teacher Center
Fax: 631-434-3720



     Jean was Front Office Secretary at South Elementary School and for Conrad G. Follansbee when he was the Principal at the South Annex to the High School & Administrator for the Maslow-Toffler School.
(Masslow-Toffler School 1979)

     The following is a message from Jean along with a photo of her and her husband Frank:
"Hi All, 
     This is us at our church gathering which took place after the 11:00 Service.  It was a ground breaking ceremony and there was music and singing and a short Service and then a
nice lunch.   They are expanding our church to make more room for
more people who want to join.
    We were Ushers the whole month of August.  We enjoy being members of this United Methodist Church.
     Love to all." 

                View Photo


By John Sherin

    Fifty years ago before anyone else used the name, we were the "Play Boys". We became the Jon Sherin Quintet after several of us married.
     Today we use the name of who ever among us books the engagement. Now a quartet we lost our beloved keyboard and piano player Joseph Caruso, to cancer in 1996. He was the identical twin brother of vibes player Victor Caruso
     Our percussionist John Morena, has arranged with the Snapper Inn for us to play there on Friday, Oct. 24th from 6 - 10pm. Alexander Abruzzo will be on guitar.
      We're glad to still be together after so long a friendship. We don't play as often as we'd like - lives, family and careers continue to move us in different directions; as they have for over half this century in education, architecture, music, and business.
      We play modern jazz with a distinctive Shearing sound and do many classic American melodies of the 30's. 40's 50's and beyond.
View Photos


     My name is Ruth Teich and I'd like to tell everyone why my daughter calls herself an Internet Orphan. At least twice a day I spend time on my new-found, dearly loved website www.paperbackswap.com. there I am known as Ruth T, nickname RegencyBelle, email address: thegrandsophie@hotmail.com. People all over the country have sent books I've selected from the PBS list of available titles. I've paid nothing for this service. When I have mailed items to Club members who

request my books, I've paid for the postage -around $2. I even print my own book wrapper from the screen. Some club members print their postage that way too. Once you join, I recommend that you decide on a nickname and perhaps, an email address dedicated to books. Before you do so, you will have the opportunity to list 10 books you would like to trade. For this, you will get 2 credits to enable you to select 2 books. Once other members, and there are thousands across the country select a book from your shelf, mail it and receive another credit. I could go on for hours, writing about the over 2,500,000 books from categories such as Mystery, SciFi, Cooking, Romance, Westerns, History, Religion and Children's Literature and many more too numerous to mention. Instead, why don't you log on the website. You'll have your own personal tour guide who will explain things a lot better than I can.
     If you would like to contact me, my phone number and email address are listed in the ROBS Directory and send your phone number to me. If you decide to join the PBS group. I would appreciate it if you used my nickname and or email address when they ask you how you found out about PBS. I think I get credit for this. There's always that extra book on my Wish List. That reminds me..............
Happy Reading
Ruth Teich
Northeast Elementary Teacher

* Articles appear in ROBS Newsletter September-October. See Newsletters

  THE TOWN CRIER -  MarilynDePlaza@aol.com

Marilyn DePlaza

POSTED 10/26/08

(Brentwood H.S.Yearbook 1980)

       Bill Heran, who retired from Sonderling H.S. Guidance in 1990, passed away this morning. The viewing will be on Wednesday 2-4:30 pm and 7-9 pm at Chapeys Funeral Home in East Islip. The funeral will be Thursday at Christ Lutheran Church on Carleton Avenue in Islip Terrace, north on Sunrise Hwy on the east side of Carleton.  Condolences may be sent to Bill Heran's family at:
                  6 Dorset Lane
                  East Islip NY 11730

POSTED 10/31/08

Eleanor Burkitt, secretary at Southeast front office 1990, passed away on October 29, 2008. Reposing  at  O.B. Davis Funeral Home  1001 Rte. 25A  Miller Place. Visitation Sunday 2-4 and 7-9 pm. Funeral Mass Monday  at 10am at St. Mark's Roman Catholic Church, Shoreham. Interment - Long Island National Cemetery.
Condolences may be sent to:
    414 Belfast Lane
    Ridge NY 11961

POSTED 11/18/08

     Anita Alleyne  (South JHS) died November 10, 2008. Condolences may be sent to 20 Cambria Rd. Syosset NY 11791

POSTED 11/10/08

     Peter Vercillo's mother, Rosalie Erario, passed away yesterday morning.  The viewing will take place at:  Bryant Funeral Home,    411 Old Town Road,         Setauket, NY 11733   631.473.0082
    Visiting hours are on Wednesday November 12, 2-4 pm and 7-9 pm.  In lieu of flowers donations may be made to American Diabetes Association or  St. Judes.
      Mass will be held on Thursday November 13 at 9:45 am  St. Gerard Majella R.C.,   300 Terryville Rd, Port Jefferson Station  
       Burial will take place at St. John's Cemetery in Queens.
Condolences may be sent to
Peter Vercillo   
26 Willoughby St. 
Brentwood NY 11717 

Peter retired from Twin Pines Elementary School in 2003. He is currently on the ROBS Executive Board heading Project Hope.

POSTED 11/18/08

(Brentwood H.S.Yearbook 1964-66)

     Jean Kasin Killian of Islip & Beacon, NY passed away on November 12 in her 93rd year. She was head of the Home Economics Department in Brentwood


Dear Colleagues,
  You are invited to have lunch with me, Lil  Jason, Loretta Ellington and all our friends who care to join us on Thursday, March 12, 2009.
   We will eat again at Padrino's  (unless you know some other restaurant that will reserve a table for us during season) at 12 noon.  This year, we will have a slight change. Everyone will pick up their own checks and can order from the menu or have the buffet, whichever one chooses. Most of you are familiar with the food and location, but I will still need a final count by March 10th to give to the owner. Please call me at 561-488-1267 (H) or 561-716-6068 (C) for further information or email me at MarilynDeplaza@aol.com

POSTED 11/5/08

Grace Fishenfeld (Sonderling, 1992) has shared with us that grand daughter Jessica Fishenfeld sang the Star Spangled Banner at the Nassau Coliseum Islander hockey game on Nov.3. View her performance.

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