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             News2@robsny.org. Announcements will be posted each month on this page. If you miss any previous month's announcements,
             you can view them at the Archives page of this web site. You can also read more news in our Newsletters. In addition, if you have
             your own web site, and would like to share it with other members, let us know and we can include the link on the ROBS site.

  IN THE NEWS                                                                JULY - AUGUST 2010

POSTED 7/5/10

     Each year during the winter holiday seasons, the organization, Suburban Children, sends us families in need. This year through ROBS Project Hope, run by Peter Vercillo, adopted four families. The following is a letter received from Suburban Children in appreciation for Robs efforts:

Dear ROBS Members.
     On behalf of the four families you adopted for Thanksgiving and Christmas. I would like to extend my sincere thanks to all of you. These parents have had extreme hardships this past year and your generosity greatly eased their worries.
     As we all know from the media; this has been an extremely difficult time for low income and homeless families. Without the kindness and support you have demonstrated, our families would have had little to bring them joy this year.
     Again, I thank you for all your support. I wish you a healthy, safe and Happy New

Michele Beecher
Educational Liaison
Suburban Children. Inc.


     Kathy Williams Ging was honored with the 2010 NYSUT Community Service Award. The Journalism Awards in Class R-II for ROBS Newsletter for 1st Place in Best Feature Story and Best Opinion Writing was presented to Acting Editor, Carmela Criscione. The 1st Place for Best Website in Class R-II was presented to Gloria Hannemann, webmaster.
     Please view the photos in the ROBS Meetings & Functions 2009-10 photo Album in the Photo Gallery Page.

POSTED 7/12/10

     The Brentwood HS Class of 1960 would like to invite the teachers to be their guests at their 50th reunion to be held on July 15-17. This includes an informal gathering Thursday night and a picnic on Saturday. The dinner dance will be on Friday evening. You can attend one or all events. Click here to view flyer.
     For more information you can contact Diane Baumann Hoyt
Reunion Committee,

POSTED 7/21/10

     Robert Lloyd, husband of ROBS member Shirley Walker Lloyd passed away on July 20, 2010.
      Visiting hours are Thursday 7-9:30 pm and Friday 2-4:30 pm and 7-9:30 at the Lang-Tobia-DiPalma Funeral Home 406 Deer Park Ave. Babylon.
      The funeral Service will be held on Friday at 8 pm. Condolences may be sent to Mrs. Shirley WalkerLloyd 105 Sequams Lane East, West Islip NY 11795

ROBS 2010 SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS                   
POSTED 7/5/10

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      Each year ROBS provides 4 scholarships to graduating seniors entering the field of education
      Katherine Guzman was the recipient of the Jack Zuckerman Scholarship Award. Katherine attended Northeast Elementary, East Middle and Sonderling High School. She was a member of the National Honor Society, Future Teachers of America and volunteered for Habitat for Humanity. She will attend St. Joseph’s College with a major in Secondary Spanish Education.
     Lindsay Baillie was the recipient of the Lilian Kelly Scholarship Award. Lindsay attended Loretta Park, South Middle and Ross High School. Lindsay was a member of the National Honor Society and the Tri-M Music Society. She will attend St. Joseph’s College and major in Secondary English Education.
      Ashley DeJesus received the ROBS Scholarship Award. She attended Twin Pines, North Middle and Sonderling High School. Ashley was a member of the National Honor Society, Future Teachers of America, skilled athlete and an excellent community volunteer. She will major in Education at Dowling College.
      Michelle Rodriguez is the winner of the RC21 Scholarship Award. Michelle attended Laurel Park, East Middle and Ross High School. She is a member of the National Honor Society, has significant involvement in community service She will major in Education at St. Joseph’s College.
      Good Luck to all of our well deserving scholarship winners.

Printed from Newsday, "My Turn" Saturday, June 26 2010

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     Being retired teachers, and now co-authors of children's picture storybooks, we spend the majority of our time visiting schools.
     We are sometimes disappointed at the lack of a dress code in so many schools among the adults. We always try to look our best; a bright blouse, appropriate accessories, casual pants, or something that would be pleasing to the children and staff.
     When writing our book series about a teacher [sustrinbooks.Com], we created a character who always dressed as a teacher should. We like to think that we have influenced youngsters to want to look their best,
     There is a definite place for flip-flops, shorts and tank tops in schools. However, all of these should be worn at special occasions like picnics, dress-down days and other informal events.
     It's so easy to be traditional and modem at the same time. It just takes thought when you prepare your clothing each morning. Think of where you'll be going, who you'll be with and what you'll be doing. "Grown-ups are role models for our future generation!"
Sheila and Letty Sustrin,
     Deer Park

POSTED 7/7/10

From Marge Kirchner, Treasurer

     Up to this point, your Board has been accepting VOTE COPE contributions to send to New York State. Accepting those contributions isn’t a simple act. Each member's name, contribution amount and check number must be put into a data base. That takes time and mailing them to Albany takes postage that seems to rise in price all the time.
     More importantly, we don't get membership credit for those checks I forward to the state. Last year we had almost 100 checks submitted to me for VOTE COPE. Yet, ROBS only received membership credit for 57 contributors. Those 57 contributors were members who are enrolled in pension deduction.
     Pension deduction for VOTE COPE is very simple and we greatly encourage you to sign up. The form on the back of this bulletin will guide you as to how to do it. Look at it this way, if you have a pension deduction of $2.00 per month, it will cost you $24.00 dollars per year. A $3.00 deduction will cost you $36.00 per year. YOU control the amount.
     PLEASE sign up for pension deduction for the organization that affords amazing benefits to all retirees. This is a win-win situation! You don't have to write a check, I don't have to do the paperwork involved in recording your contribution and mailing it to the state, AND the state will credit our local with more contributors.
     In keeping with this information, starting with this notice, we will NOT be accepting any more checks for VOTE COPE.

Marge Kirchner

POSTED 8/5/10

     Ronnie Burr (NE Elem) died in July of a heart attack following serious illness. Condolensces may be sent to his sister Carol Lionetti
8 Old Pine Lane
Commack, NY 11725-5106

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POSTED 7/21/10

Photo taken from Brentwood Library History Room
    Daurice Snyder began her career in Brentwood, NY in the 1930's. She provided dance instruction to the public and private schools in Brentwood for many years. Through the BTA the proceeds of her yearly recital went towards providing scholarships for Brentwood students. Listen to Daurice Snyder as she recounts her career in dance.

This interview is taken from the Brentwood Library Local History Room.




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POSTED 7/10/10

This is spectacular! This is Grace Fishenfeld's granddaughter, Jessica. Wait till you hear her sing!
This is one of the songs Jessica sang last night at the 4th of July concert at Steppingstone Park. Hope you enjoy it! Click on the link below.
Jessica's performance

POSTED 7/10/10

Hi, I enjoyed a beautiful day with a student from my painting class at Sonderling in 1973. Wonderful Vinny de Giralamo could not attend the opening of my current gallery show because his son was getting married that day. WHAT A HOOT. THE FOLLOWING WEEK VINNY AND HIS PARENTS VISITED AND SAW THE SHOW. The day was flooded with warm memories and validation that teachers touch lives.
Ellie Lipkins Steffen

POSTED 7/10/10

Hi- I just wanted to let you know that for our 20th anniversary, Jan and I got married on June 5th at the Jedidiah Hawkins Inn in Jamesport. We honeymooned in a villa in Provence ( with our kids) It was great.
Jeff Goldschmidt

POSTED 8/27/10

Photo taken post 1968    
We are saddened by the news of the passing of Edwin Thompson, retired Purchasing Agent for Brentwood School District. Mr. Thompson was the District’s Purchasing Agent for over 30 years.

Arrangements are as follows:
Raynor & D’Andrea Funeral Home
245 Montauk Highway
West Sayville, NY
Sunday, August 29, 2010
2:00 – 4:30 p.m. & 7:00 – 9:30 p.m.

Funeral Mass
Monday, August 30, 2010, 9:45 a.m.
Our Lady of Snow
Blue Point

Condolences can be sent to the Thompson Family in care of Raynor & D’Andrea Funeral Home.

POSTED 7/10/10

       Ruth Bernhardt, Northeast Secretary from 1954 to 1979 has passed away in Livermore, California. She had many friends in the Brentwood school district who I'm sure would like to be aware of her passing. Her son (My nephew) states they will have a service for her in Livermore on Sunday, July 18, but services and Burial in Brentwood cemetery have not been arranged for as yet and he will notify me when they are. Would you kindly pass this on?
Eleanor Bazata

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