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  IN THE NEWS                                                                          JULY/AUGUST 2013

July 18
Executive Board Meeting

August 22
Executive Board Luncheon

September 13
General Membership Meeting
Welcome New Members
Meeting Dates

POSTED 7/5/13
Published online in HISTORY.COM

     Variously known as the Fourth of July and Independence Day, July 4th has been a federal holiday in the United States since 1941, but the tradition of Independence Day celebrations goes back to the 18th century and the American Revolution (1775-83). In June 1776, representatives of the 13 colonies then fighting in the revolutionary struggle weighed a resolution that would declare their independence from Great Britain. On July 2nd, the Continental Congress voted in favor of independence, and two days later its delegates adopted the Declaration of Independence, a historic document drafted by Thomas Jefferson. From 1776 until the present day, July 4th has been celebrated as the birth of American independence, with typical festivities ranging from fireworks, parades and concerts to more casual family gatherings and barbecues. Read more.

POSTED 7/26/13

     Amazing! Here are some rare historical photos and descriptions. As we view them we wonder what it was like to be there and may be surprised with something we've never seen. Some well over 100 years old. View photos

POSTED 8/14/13

     On Thursday , August 15, 2013
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM at the Brentwood Public Library, 34 Second Avenue Brentwood, AARP will be holding a community conversation focusing on common sense solutions to Medicare and Social Security.
     Come for the conversation and stay to find out what else AARP has to offer in your area this summer. We're sending a clear message. Americans deserve responsible solutions to these vital programs, not harmful cuts.This event is free and open to the public, but your RSVP is required. Register now and bring a friend, too! Click here or call 1-877-926-8300

POSTED 7/15/13
Published online at www. history.com
     On August 28, 1963, more than 200,000 Americans gathered in Washington, D.C., for a political rally known as the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. Organized by a number of civil rights and religious groups, the event was designed to shed light on the political and social challenges African Americans continued to face across the country. The march, which became a key moment in the growing struggle for civil rights in the United States, culminated in Martin Luther King Jr.’s "I Have a Dream" speech, a spirited call for racial justice and equality. Read more. . .
     You can also view the " I Have a Dream" speach on YouTube

POSTED 7/18/13

     Frances Koch, retired teacher from Southwest Elementary School, wife of Rudy Koch, retired Brentwood teacher and mother of Dawn Lore current Resource Room teacher at Northeast, passed away last night after a long and valiant battle with cancer.
     Wake: Branch Funeral Home, 190 E. Main St (Jericho Tpke.), Smithtown
Sat - 7pm to 9pm
Sun 2 - 4pm and 7 - 9pm
     Funeral: Monday, 22nd at 9:45am at St. Patricks Church, 280 E. Main Street, Smithtown
     Condolences can be sent to Rudy Koch
20 Legend Ct. Smithtown, NY 11787

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By Bill Lane 7/76

I was with Patrick Henry when his
famous words were sai;
My heart was sad when Crispus Attuck's
blood ran wildly red.
The troops could feel my presence as
they fought for Bunker Hill
And those who froze at Valley Forge
sure needed strength of wil.l
I shared a horse with Paul Revere on
his now famous ride!
And when I heard of Arnold’s plot,
I helped to stem the tide.
My spirit was elated at the sea
war and its stories;
I felt ashamed at what was done
to Loyalists and Tories
I stood on guard with sentries in
the middle of the night
My force helped spur on John Paul
Jones as he began to fight
The joy and exultation when the war
was finally done
Gave me a pleasant feeling in
the fall of ‘81.
I am the spirit of Freedom.

My character and wisdom helped
the families moving West.
I eased the plight of trappers
as they carried out their quest
My eyes saw stars at midnight; my
ears heard coyotes wail
I shared the food of cowboys
on the lonely cattle trail.
When all the stirring stories
of the West are finally told,
I’d be with all those miners as
they searched for precious gold
I drove a wagon westward with
a sign, “Pike’s Peak or Bust!”
My sympathy extended to the
farmers fighting dust
A thousand Irish muscles in
a thousand Irish backs,
And I helped them lay a thousand
miles of U.P. railroad tracks
I’ve ambled down some dusty streets
with lawmen of renown
Who brought some law and order
to a lawless western town
I am the spirit of Adventure.

I floated high among the clouds and
looked down on my lands
My native groups had split themselves
in many, many bands.
They are free to roam at will,
wherever they may go.
For food and tool and implements they
hunt the buffalo.
They ride and hunt their enemies
with knife and bow and lance,
And for religious purity they
praise the sun in dance.
At one end of my area a stranger’s
ship did dock
My people went to meet them at a
place called Plymouth Rock.
From there my peoples suffered as the
whites spread like the plague
For they lied and killed and cheated and
their treaties were so vague.
Now sadness stalks the lodges of
the Blackfoot and the Sioux
Since they have stopped believing
in the force of Manitou.
I am the spirit of the Indian God.

The immigrants kept coming to
the promise of our shore.
For they liked the opportunities
we held out to the poor.
Some worked on farms or factories
and some at army camp
But all of them were grateful to
the “Lady with the Lamp”:
The Irish and Italians and the
Englishmen and Swedes
Found help and sanctuary as they
satisfied their needs.
In the midst of all this plenty
came the deadly parasites
Who stole the people’s money
and limited their rights.
Like the snake who comes to Eden
and depopulates the place
They thrive on lies and hatred and
extol a super race.
My presence just may stop them
so that at some future day
We can celebrate three hundred
years of Freedom, U.S.A.
I am the Spirit of Brotherhood.


June 4
Executive Board Meeting

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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

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. We 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.
   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.


Dr. Herb Laub

History, Economics, English

     Herbert Laub was born in 1938.  He arrived in Brentwood on Labor Day in September of 1962. Recently out of Graduate School, he’d just completed his Masters Degree at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania and was looking for a teaching position on Long Island. He applied to a local Education Placement Agency that arranged for him to come to Brentwood where he was interviewed by Assistant Principal Harvey Brickman and the then Social Studies Department Chair Milton K. Siler Jr.
He got the job and taught Global and American History, Economics and courses in English for 31 years as he moved between Ross and Sonderling Building and the newly created 10th Grade Center. He also served for 21 years as Junior Varsity Tennis Coach working with Clem Stancik, (teacher of English), with whom he developed  a close working relationship based upon a mutual love of the sport.
   Completing his Doctorate at Stony Brook University, he began work from 1974 to 1976 taking a temporary hiatus then resuming work in 1985.  He had completed his thesis in May of 1996 when he was interviewed  a month later on June 8.
     Herb retired in 1993 and began working with the Writers Group, an assemblage of former colleagues compiling stories of their former teaching experiences in Brentwood. They ultimately donated the work to the reference collection of the Brentwood Public Library. By his own admission Herb would have taught longer than 31 years, (to quote him), had  “things been different”.
     He shares his views here on American education, edu-tainment and the role of parents in their children’s public education. 

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

Anthony Felicio
Barbara Mascaro
Barbara McNicholas
Beverly Carpenter
Edward Hannan
Eleanor Baker Bazata
Evelyn Sekac
Florence Koehler
Franklin Spencer
Ivy Rosenthal
Jack Zuckerman
Jeffrey Allen Wolfe
Joan Lange
Joseph Purcell
Karen Scharf
Ken Moss
Lorraine Sopp
Lynn Desoto
Marcy Fiore
Marilyn DePlaza
Mike Fasullo
Patricia Stuhler
Pattie Monsen
Rich Curio
Richard Mundy
Ron Pace
Ronda Brooks
Ruth Baker Bernhardt
Shirley Hodges
Shirley Walker Lloyd
Wally Balinski


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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.

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