Sad News

Curtis Fields, retired Northport – East Northport elementary teacher, passed away on June 28. Curt was pre-deceased by his wife Diane earlier this year. He is survived by his daughters Valerie M. Field and Beverly (Barry) Fielding and three grandchildren. 

Curt joined the United States Air Force as a pilot during the Korean Conflict in 1954. After retiring from the Air Force as a Captain in 1973 he earned a Masters in Education from Hofstra University. While teaching in the Northport schools we was a pioneer in outdoor education, earning fame for his “pollution field trips.” 

Curt was a brother of the Fraternal Order of the Matinecock Lodge in Oyster Bay and was an active participant in the lodges annal Oyster Fest Beer Garden. After retiring from teaching Curt became a  Real Estate agent in Syosset and a docent at The Cradle of Aviation Museum, where he most often could be found instructing future pilots on the flight simulators.

Visiting Tuesday 7-9 p.m. and Wednesday 2-4 p.m. at Whitting Funeral Home, 300 Glen Cove Avenue, Glen Head, NY 11545 ( Funeral Service 10 a.m. Friday, July 5 at the funeral home, followed by burial at Calverton National Cemetery with Military Honors.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Cradle of Aviation Museum (, Honor Flight Long Island ( or to Matinecock Lodge # 806 F.&A.M., 14 West Main St., Oyster Bay, NY 11771.

Sad News

Michael Roy Campbell Retired Northport High School business teacher passed away on June 27. During his Northport career was the work study coordinator and coach of the golf team. Michael served in the United States Army, 101st Airborne, during the Vietnam War.

Michael is survived by his wife Colleen, children Michael William, William Roy, Colleen Jill, Bonnie Michelle, Kathleen Mary and by his granddaughter Violet Aurora. Visiting Saturday and Sunday 2-5 & 7-9 p.m at Nolan Funeral Home in Northport. Funeral Service 10:30 a.m. on Monday at the funeral home, followed by interment, with U.S. Army Military Honors, at Calverton National Cemetery.

Congratulation to This Year’s Retirees

Eight of the new R-UTN Members

Kathy Amundsen – Elementary Teacher for 20 years, Fifth Avenue

Jamie Dellaquila – Elementary Teacher for 32 years, Ocean Avenue

Regina Karn – Speech Teacher for 25 years, Ocean Avenue

Tracy Meissner – Special Education Teacher for 36 years, Northport Middle School

Heidi Miles – Teacher Assistant for 16 years, Northport High School

Cynthia Porciello – Social Studies Teacher for 26 years, Northport High School

Janice Shepherd – Special Education Teacher for 28 years, Bellerose Avenue and Dickinson Avenue

Eileen Marie Smith – Family and Consumer Sciences Teacher for 30 years, Northport Middle School

Stephen Taylor – Technology Teacher for 17 years, Northport Middle School

Joan Visbal – Science Teacher for 16 years in Northport High School

Christine Zacher – Music Teacher for 34 years, Northport Middle School and Norwood Avenue school

Congratulations, Teddy Emanuel

Teddy Emanuel, retired Elementary/Middle school teacher and member of the R-UTN Executive Board, was awarded this year’s NYSUT Community Service Award for her work with CAPS (Child Abuse Prevention Services) at on Monday, June 3rd at the RC-23 Spring Lunch at the Three Village Inn. In attendance to honor Teddy were four tables of R-UTN members. Visit to Photo Gallery to see photos from the luncheon.

As a CAPS volunteer, Teddy presents workshops for Long Island students in all grades on issues of child safety, bullying and child abuse prevention. She has also developed curriculum and presented training sessions for teachers and parents on identifying and dealing with bullying.

Visit the CAPS website to learn more about CAPS, and the services they provide.

Sad News …

Michael Gallanda, beloved brother of retired East Northport Middle School teacher Jeanne Gallanda – Lederer, passed away on May 11, 2019. 

Visitation is at Maloney’s Hauppauge Funeral Home, 840 Wheeler Road, Hauppauge, New York on Wednesday, May 15 from 2 – 4pm and from 7 – 9pm. A Memorial Service will be held at Maloney’s on Wednesday, May 15, at 8 PM. 

A Funeral Mass will be held at 9:00 AM on Thursday, May 16, at St. Thomas More RC Church, 115 Kings Highway, Hauppauge.

Condolences may be sent to:
Jeanne Gallanda – Lederer
1824 Devonshire Rd
Hauppauge, NY 11788

Memorial contributions may be made to:

Suffolk County United Veterans
32 Mill Rd.
Yaphank, NY 11980

Wildlife Conservation Society
Attn: Donations
2300 Southern Blvd.
Bronx, NY 10460

The Long Island Veterans Home
100 Patriots Blvd.
Stony Brook, NY 11790