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POSTED 2/1/22

     It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of our friend and colleague Adrienne Eastman, who died on January 29, 2022. Adrienne was a long time member of ROBS and served on the Executive Board as the BCA Liaison. She retired in 2000 from the Brentwood Schools Human Resources Office in Administration. She was a good friend to many and will long be remembered for her kindness and gentle ways.
     The funeral arrangements are as follows:
Moloney-Sinnichkson Funeral Home
203 Main Street
Moriches, New York 11934
Wake on February 2
Hours 2-4 and 7-9

     In lieu of flowers donations can be made to St Jude Children's Research Hospital , 501 St Jude Place, Memphis TN 38195

     Condolences can be sent to the family at 71 Terapin Street, Mastic, New York 11934

May she rest in peace

POSTED 2/4/22
     ROBS is going to make a $100.00 donation to St Jude Children's Research Hospital (as per her family's request) in Memory of Adrienne Eastman. She was such a lovely lady and a very devoted member of ROBS ... We will miss her very much! May her memory be a blessing and may she rest in peace.

POSTED 2/10/22

      Bob Acker, a retired Special Education teacher, passed away peacefully at home with his family surrounding him. He fought a long battle with cancer. Bob taught Business and Special Education (self-contained classes) at the Brentwood High School and at West Middle School as Resource Room teacher. He retired form WMS in 1996. He still was in contact with many of his Brentwood friends both active and retired. He made a huge impact on many of the special education teachers. May he rest in peace.

POSTED 2/16/22
     It is with deep sadness that after a long battle with Alzheimer’s, we report the passing of Marilyn Fuchs, retired clerical-Freshman Center, mother of Lori Bollbach, retired clerical- South Middle School.
     Arrangements areas follows:
Thursday, 2/24/2022
2pm-4pm  and 7pm-9pm
Overton Funeral Home
172 Main Street #A
Islip, NY 11751

Funeral Services:
Friday, 2/25/2022 9:45am
St Mary’s RC Church
20 Harrison Ave
East Islip, NY 11730

Condolences may be sent to:
Lori Bollbach
3210 Shenandoah Drive
Tyler, Texas 75701

In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be sent to: The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America

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February in History
Why did we do it?
     What was our purpose in taking on such an open ended “History Project”; for which we evolved a script of questions and got answers from over 150 subjects for two decades?
     We couldn’t answer the question in 1994 when people would ask “What are you going to do with the interviews?” All we could say was that for educational purposes we had to document our record now or lose the chance to preserve so many poignant accounts, funny stories and touching tales told by exemplary educators. We knew these dedicated public servants might shortly, for reasons yet unknown, be leaving Brentwood for good.
     So, we decided to let time sort out the details. We began scheduling appointments. W
e asked questions and listened saving for generations the essence of what it meant to have been an educator or employed, in this large public school system during the second half of the 20th century. Brentwood remains an exemplar to all others; a diverse microcosm of America reflecting 124 districts on Long Island while simultaneously resembling thousands across the U.S. We’ve accomplished something here to be proud of. Whether we were interviewed or not, ours is a claim of service that few professionals in the State of New York or elsewhere have positioned themselves to share in the way we have.
     INITIALLY the practice of sitting with a subject for an hour and giving them a hundred percent focused attention seemed somewhat daunting to a number of friends and colleagues. So much so in fact that many declined our repeated invitations to speak with us as they left careers or retired from full employment. Despite all assurances that we were not about investigative journalism or invading privacy, they deferred. Now, twenty years after we began, some are saying they may be ready. “Better late than never” we say. However, to all among you who were willing to share not only your classroom experiences and personal stories, but precious memories from your lives along with your fondest hopes for the future, we say “Thanks”. Thanks for allowing us to continue the process by paying it forward as we share these interviews with the Brentwood community and countless professionals and researchers near and far. Through an acceptance of ROBS offer of collaboration with Archivist Dr. Geri Solomon and The Long Island Studies Institute at Hofstra University our History Project lives on in academia as well as in the collection of the Brentwood Public Library, thanks to Director, Thomas A. Tarantowicz.
   You can enjoy unlimited visits to www.robsny.org where you can watch and listen to segments from featured Interviews in the ROBS History Project Section on our Announcements Page each month. Return here to listen and learn again and again.

Frank Carnese Xavier Jr.
March 26, 1999

Click on the image above to read Frank Carnese's interview.


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

View May 8, 2015 History Project Celebration Photo Album

View History Project Slide Show on YouTube


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