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  IN THE NEWS                                                              MARCH - APRIL 2011

March 3, 2011
April 1, 2011

General Meetings

March 17, 2011
April 14, 2011
Executive Board Meeting
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Calendar of Events

POSTED 3/10/11
     It is with deep regret that I inform you of the passing of Elaine Friedman, mother of Janet Gewirtzman, Freshman Center librarian. The funeral will take place at 10am at I.J. Morris, 21 East Deer Park Road, Dix Hills, NY, on Friday, March 11th, followed by a burial at Beth David in Elmont Queens.
The shivah will be observed at the home of Jay and Janet Gewirtzman, 28 Gleason Drive, Dix Hills, NY, through Thursday, March 17th at 2pm (with the exception of Shabbat) and at Gurwin Assisted Living Residences from 2 pm – 4pm on the last day.
POSTED 3/17/11
     I would like to inform our members of a concert that our past president, Phyllis Goodwin, will be a participant. The Huntington Choral Society will be performing on April 16 at Huntington High School. If you can make it, I am sure you will have an enjoyable evening. You can view the attached flyer for details.

POSTED 4/21/11
     The April issue of Preservation includes a special feature on the history of The Chordettes and their connection to the Barbershop Harmony Society. The author, Grady Kerr, said, "I must tell you how much fun I had putting this together. I actually had the honor of talking with three of the Chordettes while researching this issue. One of them was Brentwood retiree, Lynn Evans Mand who retired as a Special Ed teacher from Hemlock in 1989. She now lives in Elyria, Ohio.
     The April issue of Preservation is now available and FREE online at http://www.barbershop.org/preservation-publication.html. Pages 11-17 of this issue pertain to the Chordates.

POSTED 3/17/11
    Denise Variello's husband Barry has passed away. Denise retired in 2005 from Loretta Park.
The arrangements are:
      Tomorrow, March 18th
      Massapequa Funeral Home,
      Merrick Road, Massapequa
      516 882-8200.
Hours are 2-4 and 7-9.
Funeral on Saturday, Saint Rose of Lima in Massapequa. Home address - 57 Beach Road, Massapequa, NY 11758.

POSTED 4/18/11

Arrowhead 1980
     Stan Yankowski, long time principal at Brentwood High School, passed away. He will be waked at Grant's Funeral Home in Brentwood on Tuesday, April 19, from 2:00pm to 4:00pm and 7:00pm to 9:30pm. The funeral Mass will be at St. Anne's RC church on 2nd Avenue in Brentwood on Wednesday, with burial at LI National Cemetery at Pinelawn. The time of the Mass has not been set but information will be available from Grant's, 273-4443, on Monday.
POSTED 4/26/11
     Stan Kellner, Former Brentwood High School Varsity Basketball coach died Sunday of complications following a stroke. Funeral services will be held Sunday, May 1, at 10AM at I.J. Morris FuneraL Home in Dix Hills. 21 East Deer Park Rd. Phone #499-6060.

POSTED 3/11/11
     Lois Morella, who retired in 2001 from Laurel Park, is recuperating from a double heart by-pass. She will be spending the next few weeks at "The Arbors" in Westbury. Get well wishes can be sent to her home at:
     Lois Morella
     15 Walsh Lane
     Westbury, N.Y. 11590

POSTED 4/19/11
     Terry Cornelius a clerical at Northeast and the Business Office has passed away. Visiting hours are today 2-4 and 7-9 at Grant's Funeral Home. Mass tomorrow at St Ann's at 9:45.
     Those wishing to send condolences to her husband Ray, the address is:
11 Sunwood Circle
Central Islip,NY 11722


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March 23, 2011
Brooklyn Museum & Weeksville

April 14, 2011
Grand Central Station & Sotheby's Auction House

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Sheila & Letty Sustrin
Children's Books Authors

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Complete Team Building Kits
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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


     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.
      Commencing early next month (Nov 2010), you’ll be able to 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.




THE TOWN CRIER -  MarilynDePlaza@aol.com

Marilyn DePlaza
"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 3/1/11

     Ruth Walker, a former employee at Laurel Park Elementary School, passed away on February 28th. Here is the information regarding the wake:
Wednesday, March 2, 2011
     Chapey & Sons Funeral Home
     1225 Montauk Highway
     West Islip, N.Y.Tel. # -631-661-5644
     Hours: 2-4 P.M. and 7-9 P.M.
      No details yet regarding the funeral which is scheduled for Thursday, March 3rd. The family has requested in lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Alzheimer's Association.  Cards can be sent to the family at:
     Mr. Brad Walker and Family
     15 Wilken Lane
     Brentwood, N.Y. 11717

POSTED 4/29/11

Dear Colleagues,
     Over so many lunches I've had through the past few years with colleagues, we have often spoken of how wonderful it would be if all of the BHS retirees could get together.
     Recently, Harriet Helman, Chris Veech and I decided to put this together. Attached you will find the invitation to our September reunion. All of the details are included on the invitation; you will have the opportunity to select one of four possible dates for our gathering.
     In addition to the attachment, the invitation also appears below. Please note that following the invitation is a list of colleagues' names whose email addresses we still need. Please forward the invitation to any colleagues you are still in touch with or send their email addresses to me. Thanks!
     Truly looking forward to hearing from you!
Warmest Regards,
Judi Hearst Weissman


POSTED 3/9/11

     The luncheon has been cancelled for this year. It was scheduled for Friday, March 18. There were 3 people who could not come due to health issues. With such a small group...only 7 of us..I feel that it may be a better idea to wait till next year. I have told "Massimo's" to cancel the reservation. If anyone wants to have lunch with me in Boca that Friday, I would be happy to meet you at "Seasons 52.", my favorite restaurant. Call me at 561-488-1267 or email me at MarilynDePlaza@aol.com.


POSTED 4/25/11
     Ron Albaum just called to tell me that Stan Kellner passed away yesterday. He had been in an auto accident and was in a coma for a few days and then passed away in hospice. His funeral will be held next Sunday. I am waiting for more information from either Steve Rochester or Marty Riger and will past it along to all of you....as soon as I have it.
     Stan's funeral with be this Sunday, May 1 at 10 AM and will be at IJ Morris in Dix Hills.  By the way, Ron told me that Mitch Kupchek took the red eye in from LA to see his coach when he was in a coma...

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