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  IN THE NEWS                                                                          NOVEMBER 2013

November 1
General Membership Meeting
Events Calendar

November 21
Executive Board Meeting
Meeting Dates

December 6
Holiday Luncheon
Events Calendar

December 9
Wrap Party
Events Calendar

POSTED 11/1/13

     It's time to renew your membership in the Brentwood Historical Society or join for the first time.
     The Brentwood Historical Society is a voluntary association of individuals having a common interest in the history of Brentwood, NY, and its predecessor community, the City of Modern Times. It is dedicated to the preservation and marking of those sites and structures which have inherent historical value or which are associatively tied to the history and development of the community. It seeks to promote an awareness and appreciation of the history of the community and of the contributions made by all those who have settled here and made it their home.
     You can go to the website at www.brentwoodhis.org for more information an to download a Membership Application.

POSTED 11/16/13

     Agnes Andwood, mother of Brentwood High School Retirees Don Andwood (Librarian) and Betty Stosuy (English teacher) passed away on November 16, 2013. Here are the details?
     The viewing hours for Agnes Andwood will be: Tuesday , November 19 from 2-5 and 7-9 pm at Albrecht, Bruno & O'Shea Funeral Homes, Inc., 62 Carleton Avenue, East Islip NY
     The Mass of Christian Burial is at 9:45 am on Wednesday, November 20, at St Mary's RC Church 20 Harrison Ave., East Islip ,NY.
      PLease keep Betty, Don and the family in your thoughts and prayers.

POSTED 11/2/13
     There will be a tree and plaque dedication in memory of physical education teacher Melenese Hamilton.
     A gathering of her friends and colleagues will be held at 4 PM on Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013, at Twin Pines Elementary School.
     The school address is 2 Mur Place, off Voorhis Drive, in Brentwood.
     If you have any questions, or would like to donate to this cause, please contact or make out a check to:

Peter Vercillo
26 Willoughby Street
Brentwood, NY 11717

     When writing your check, please add Melenese Hamilton's name to the check memo line.
     Thank you very much.

    Peter Vercillo
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Published online at www.AARP.org

     As the 50th anniversary of President Kennedy's assassination nears, AARP looks back by documenting events in history beginning with his Presidential campaign.
     View the online articles here.

POSTED 11/5/13

     The ROBS Christmas Wrap Party will be on Monday, December 9, 2013 at the home of Kris Dougherty.
Address: 16 Brushwood Court, East Islip, N.Y. 11730
Time: 12:00 P.M.
Telephone # 631-581-1828
      If you are interested in helping to wrap presents for our four adopted families, please contact Kris, so that we know how many wrappers to prepare for. Please bring along a pair of scissors that you can use.

Thanks so much.
Sheila & Letty Sustrin
E-Mail: twinniesls@optonline.net

By Greg Myre
Published online at www.NPR.org
November 10, 2012

     Back in the 1970s, U.S. drivers faced two separate oil crises that led to long lines at gas stations. Many Americans feared it would be a recurring nightmare, but gas lines have been rare over the past three decades.
     Read the story here.

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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.

November 20

NYSUT Regional Conference for Retiree Councils 17-23 2013

Registration Form

Support VOTE-COPE with your voluntary contribution. Download the VOTE-COPE Contribution Card here.

Social Justice Efforts Critical to Union's Mission
Published in NYSUT United: A Union of Professionals, Sept/Oct 2013

      In helping educators plan ahead, NYSUT has provided a selection of social justice events and resources for each month of the school year. The following are those listed for the month of November:

Nov. 11 — Veterans Day
      Students can connect with Honor Flight programs to write letters to veterans, donate money and get involved with a regional flight to help transport heroes to Washington, D.C. Visit www.honorflight.com.
For veterans and their family members in need of services, contact NYSUT's Social Services at 800-342-9810 to speak with a social worker.

Nov. 20 — Transgender Day of Remembrance
      Memorializes those who have been killed due to anti-transgender hatred.

Nov. 25 — International Day for Elimination of Violence Against Women
A United Nations-led effort; www.un.org/en/events/endviolenceday.  

Nov. 28 — On Black Friday, encourage shopping at venues that sell Made in the USA products, at Union Label online sites and at Fair Trade festivals (www.fairtradeusa.org) around the state today. For info, visit www.equalexchange.coop.

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.


David Martz


    Dave Martz served the Brentwood School District for 30 years from 1961to 1991. He retired in June of that same year remaining in Brentwood for several additional years. All three of his children had attended Brentwood schools. He’d been a Ross Building Associate Principal under Carmine Puleo who’d held the title of Brentwood High School Principal beginning in the early eighties.
     Dave arrived in Brentwood in August of 1961. Educated in West Virginia, he had a solid background in the biological sciences and genetics which he taught briefly in college. At first he thought of engineering as a career. He’d grown up in the mountains of western Maryland in his home town of Cumberland, MD. As a middle child, between an older brother and younger sister, he joked in his interview about becoming a member of middle management. His family solidly supported his decision to switch to education from engineering even though his father had been a business man, he’d always talked of becoming a teacher.     
     Brentwood was different in the ‘60’s. It was a district that was growing into one of the largest school districts in the State of New York and was positioned in the middle of the largest period of expansion Long Island had seen up to that point.
     About 20 minutes into this interview, (the very first of a series), a bell signaling the end of classes can be heard. It calls attention to our having forgotten to turn off speakers in order that background noise from changing classes not be heard on our recording. TV Studio Director Bill Rogers, was helpful in getting us up and running for this, our first interview in the ongoing History Project series. It took place in the Sonderling Television Studios of BHS on April 19, 1996.

Behind the scenes with Dave Martz, Bill Rogers and John Sherin.

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

Baker Bazata, Eleanor
Baker Bernhardt, Ruth
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

November 19
General Meeting

December 5
Day Trip to NY City

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 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 11/2/13
     A Medicare Summary Notice or MSN is a notice you get in the mail from Original Medicare that lists services you received over the previous three months from doctors, hospitals or other health care providers. It tells you what the provider billed Medicare, Medicare's approved amount for the service, the amount Medicare paid, and what you may have to pay. Watch this video to learn how to read an MSN. Understanding MSN's
     You can get further information online at Medicare Interactive. It is a dynamic, independent online resource of free information that helps older adults and people with disabilities navigate the complex world of health insurance.

POSTED 11/15/13

      Our Brentwood Colleague Bob Hoppey passed away on November 12, 2013. Charlotte DeMarco posted the following on our retirees page on Facebook.

Rest in Peace Bob Hoppey.
A great teacher on the varsity field and a motivating teacher in the Physical Education Program. It is a real loss to lose a colleague like Bob. posted by Tony and Charlotte DeMarco

HOPPEY - Leo Robert of Setauket, NY, and formally of PortJervis, NY, died Tuesday, November 12, 2013 at home with his family by his side. He was 81. Bob was born February 4, 1932 in Port Jervis, NY, the son of the late Leo and Hilda Judge Hoppey. Beloved husband of the late Alice Thorpe Hoppey. Bob was a 1951 graduate of Port Jervis High School where he was a four sport athlete. He continued his education earning a Bachelor's Degree in Physical Education from Cortland College. He is a member of the Cortland College Athletic Sports Hall of Fame, Suffolk County Sports Hall of Fame, and Long Island Lacrosse Hall of Fame. Bob taught Physical Education at Brentwood High School for over 30 years where he also coached lacrosse. Surviving are his wife, Dorothy Conroy Hoppey, sons Michael (Regina) and Timothy (Ellen), daughters, Kathleen Roberts (Larry), Sharon Lauer (Jim), and Ellen Cabana (Fran), sixteen grandchildren, and one great-grandhild. A Memorial Celebration will be held at The Old Field Club in Setauket, NY on November 18, 2013 from 3 - 7 PM. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to: The Brentwood Lacrosse Scholarship Fund, 17 Huyler Court, East Setauket, NY 11733.

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