Our Winter luncheon, at Orlando’s in Commack was attended by 38 members. It was a great time for colleagues to catch up on the latest news in each other’s lives. Great food, especially deserts, were enjoyed by all. Thanks to the generosity of attendees a dozen items were brought in and raffled off, adding $175 to our scholarship fund. Sorry we have no photos to share – we were all having such a good time no one thought to stop and take snaps. Wishing all Happy and safe Holidays and a healthy New Year.
Sue Ann McCabe, former East Northport Middle School teacher and guidance counselor, passed away on Tuesday, December 5. Her son-in-law is Ryan Kenny, an English teacher at Northport Middle School.
She will be waked at M.A. Connell funeral Home, 934 New York Avenue, Huntington Station. Visitation Friday, December 8, 2:00 – 5:00 p.m. and 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. A funeral mass will be held on Saturday, December 9 at Our Lady Queen Of Martyrs R. C. Church, Centershore Road, Centerport.
Patricia Fingerling, long-time secretary for Northport Junior, and later Middle school, passed away on November 22. She will be waked on Monday, November 27 from 2:00 – 5:00 p.m. and 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. at Nolan & Taylor-Howe Funeral Home, 5 Laurel Ave, Northport. A funeral mass will be held on Tuesday, 10:45 a.m. at St. Anthony of Padua in East Northport, with interment at the Northport Rural Cemetery. Donations in Patricia’s memory may be made to to VNS Hospice of Suffolk, 505 Main Street, Northport, NY 11768.
On November 2, 2017, a few hundred retirees attended the Retiree Conference at the Watermill in Smithtown. After Continental Breakfast, NYSUT Vice President Paul Pecorale,VOTE/COPE coordinator June Smith and Regional Political Organizer Jeff Friedman spoke about the campaign against the Constitutional Convention and the operation of the phone banks. Suffolk Regional Office Director Peter Verdun gave an update on current issues facing NYSUT, including the Constitutional Convention and the agency fee court case, “Janus”, before the Supreme Court. The breakout sessions included a comprehensive presentation on long term care and other elder law issues, a discussion of proposed plans to expand Medicare, a presentation on the experiences of a Japanese-American in a World War II internment camp and an opportunity to make phone calls supporting a no vote on proposition 1 – the Constitutional Convention. After lunch, State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli discussed issues related to our pension benefit. In all, the day was informative, the speakers inspiring and the food was great. Thanks are due to Joan Perrini for all the hard work to make the event possible.