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IMPORTANT DATES   IN THE NEWS                                                                     MARCH 2020

March 6
General Meeting

Executive Board Meeting
March 19

Events Schedule

Meetings Schedule

POSTED 3/3/20
     Marcia Hoccheiser, the wife of Marty Hochheiser, has passed away on March 2, 2020. . The service will be held at I. J. Morris, 21 East Deer Park Road, Dix Hills NY 11746 on Thursday, March 5th at 11:00 am.
     They will be sitting Shiva Thursday 2-5 and Friday 10-4 at B'nai Israel Reform Temple, 67 Oakdale-Bohemia Rd, Oakdale, NY.
     Marty retired from the guidance department at North Middle School in 2002. Condolences can be sent to the family at 5 Thorpe Lane East Islip, NY 11730.

POSTED 3-8-20    
     The following article: "Lynn Evans Mand, 95, Lead Singer of the Chordettes, Voice on 'Lollipop' and 'Mr. Sandman'", By Daniel E. Slotnik, appeared in Newsday in February 2020. Lynn was also a special education teacher at Hemlock Park, retiring in 1989.

POSTED 3/4/20
    Shirley Stamm, Secretary to Harvey Brickman at the High School and Pine Park, who retired from funded programs, passed away yesterday.
     The service will be held on Friday, March 6th at 12pm at I.J. Morris Funeral Home, 21 East Deer Park Ave. Dix Hills, NY 11746.
      Interment will take place at Beth Moses Cemetery at 2:15 pm off Wellwood Ave, past St. Charles Cemetery.
       Donations may be made to the Parkinson’s Foundation of NY, the Michael J. Fox Foundation or the Dystonia Medical Research Foundation

POSTED 3/19/20
     Just a reminder to everyone that it is that time of year to consider making a contribution to our ROBS Scholarship fund. We know that any contribution will be so important to the scholarships that we will be able to present to the current graduating seniors. ROBS has received a Continuing Education Grant in the amount of $350 from RC21 and we are awaiting a $1000 check from a retired colleague of ours, Valerie Kujawski that will be used for a ROBS scholarship, too. Together with the money made from the Silent Auction and the generous contributions from our ROBS membership we will be able to help a few deserving Brentwood High School students this year. Remember together we can all make a difference! Please put SCHOLARSHIP in the memo line and send your contributions to:
Carmen Roldan
49 Linda Lane
North Babylon, NY 11703
     Thank you so much in advance for your contributions.

POSTED 3-6-20
   Lynn Evans Mand, who retired as a Special Ed teacher from Hemlock Park in 1989, died February 6 at the age of 95. Before teaching in Brentwood, she was the lead singer of a vocal group, the Chordettes, in the 50's and 60's. Two of their most well known songs were "Mr. Sandman" and "Lollipop". After Retiring from teaching, she moved to Elyria, Ohio. Funeral services were held in Ohio last month.
     You can read more in her obituary posted in Newsday March 3, 2020

POSTED 3/19/20
April 1, 2020 is US Census Day. NYSUT is urging it's members to participate in the Census. You can go to NYSUT online for more information and to make a pledge to complete the Census form at nysutscounts.org/pledge

For more information you can also use the following links:
What is the Census?
Why in Five?

To fill out the online Census :

How are we doing?
We'd like to hear from you.
Please visit our
Letters to the Editor

where you can share your views and comments

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.
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Check out the Famous People and Events on that special day in March and see what else happened!
Historical People and Events for March
March 2020 Holidays, Bizarre, Unique, Special Days
Bizarre and Unique Holidays in March
All About March
March 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.


Frederick L Weaver
Interviewed 7/14/1998

Click on the image above to read Fred Weaver's biography.


      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

March 17
General Meeting
West Islip Library

RC 21 Website: http://rc21.ny.aft.org
Sheila & Letty Sustrin
Children's Books Authors

John M. Sherin
Local /Regional
(Jigsaw Maps)
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