Member News

From Mary O’Donnell — The family and I have just returned last night from a ten day trip to my favorite place in the world-Hawaii. During the Vietnam     War, my husband and I lived there for over four years; our daughter, Jackie, was born there in the same hospital as the former President Obama- yes, he was born in America!  On various occasions and with any excuse, I have been there at least six times.

What a thrill for me to return to visit five islands this time  and to soak up the sun and the magic of the aqua blue beaches and the magnificent music of my favorite state.  There were eight of us in our family group. If only my son, Kenneth O’Donnell, had lived long enough to  join us . As some of you know, Ken passed away on October 18, 2016 of a massive heart attack. He had gone to college in Pennsylvania, returned to teach  multi-handicapped children for 8 years in New York, and then had returned to Pa. for eight years to start his own construction business there as he had done in New York. Prior to his death, he was in the process of purchasing his seventh home in P.A.(He had bought, renovated and rented or sold 10 homes in New York prior to that.) He loved what he was doing!
  I know that Ken loved the children of the district, as well as the teachers, and I know that he is in heaven now, wishing you all the joys that this life can bring. Wish he were here. Aloha and Mahalo! Mary O’Donnell- High School

On Monday, August 21, 2017, all of North America will be treated to an eclipse of the sun and Charlotte Koonballoons will fulfill a lifelong dream of riding in a hot air balloon. The balloon ride is a late birthday present and Charlotte is very excited. We expect photos in the days to follow!



A photograph by Linda Quinn has been awarded 2nd place in the Third Annual International Phone-Ography Competition at FotoFoto Gallery in Huntington.


Joy Schmidt responded to Bobbi’s email correcting the date of the Winter Luncheon.

How many times have we all “made mistakes”?????I live in Pittsfield, Ma.  So I will not be there but I will be thinking of  you all.  When I see names from my past and I tell my 2 kids, we love it.

Andrew, makes maple syrup,he has 270 chickens and we all sell  eggs. He also has goats and cows etc. His wife cuts 45 lawns a week and their son is now 4 years old. Kristie is a teacher/librarian in the school district in Connecticut. She taught AP writing and decided to leave teaching, she was exhausted. The principal and Supt. begged her to be the librarian. We’ll see about that.

Have fun!  JOY Schmidt

Ed and Doris Nostrand recently checked off two bucket-list adventures …

First was a seven day upper Mississippi River ‘cruise’ aboard the American Queen. This is a stern  paddle – wheeled steamboat. It traveled from St. Paul, MO to the twin cities of St. Paul-Minneapolis, MN. Followed by a visit to the Mall of American, Bloomington, MN

2nd International Phone-ography Exhibition in Huntington …

A photograph by Linda Quinn, retired NHS Art teacher, is part of the 2nd International Phone-ography Exhibition at the FotoFoto Gallery, 14 W. Carver Street in Huntington. Thirty photographs were chosen for a four week exhibition from a field of 604 submissions. The exhibition runs from August 3 – August 27. Check out the web gallery of the exhibition here.

Gary Nagel, former Business Education teacher,  shares his thoughts on the passing of Ernie Taub …

I was very sad to hear of Ernie’s passing today. I worked with Ernie at the High School for 27 years and never once had a teacher-administrator conflict.  Ernie was always looking after my department with a forward and wise approach in all we were trying to accomplish. In my 33 years in secondary education Mr. Taub was the administrator I wanted to go to with any concerns or problems that would surface. Ernie was a friend & colleague who worked with you and not against you. Rest in Peace Ernest Taub, and thank you for your support and guidance at Northport High School.  Gary Nagel, Bus Ed Dept 1969-2002

Retirees:  Read Anything Great lately? Selma Firestone shares her love of reading:

One of the joys of my life is the Great Books group at the Locust Valley Library, which meets at typically two week intervals to discuss fascinating and challenging readings.
Originally started years ago to read the Great Books list, we expanded to include prize winning, international, and acclaimed authors who have things to say that prompt far ranging and mind opening ideas.  No best sellers, but the best at opening and expanding our minds to ideas for discussion.
Chinua Achebe, Robertson Davies, Herman Melville, Charles Dickens, Charles Spencer, Charlotte Bronte, Jean Rhys, Thomas Hardy, Marguerite Yourcenar, Lytton Strachey, Joseph Roth and Shakespeare have provided fuel this year.
Still to come:
Flann OBrien:  At Swim-Two-Birds    March 17
Ralph Ellison:  Invisible Man      April 7
Saul Bellow:  Herzog   April 21
Henry Adams:   The Education of Henry Adams    May 5
Homer:   The Odyssey

Carlos Fuentes:  The Death of Artemis Cruz   June 2

Meetings held from 1:30 to 3:30 at the Library’s Community Room.  NO BOOKS TO BUY.  THE LIBRARIAN GETS COPIES FOR US.  Call the locust valley library OR EMAIL ME FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION.

R-UTN member Joan Wingerter invites you to the Annual Spring Musicale at the Stony Brook Community Church on Sunday, April 3rd at 3:00 where she will be performing, along with the Harp Duo – “Happy Harps”, coloratura soprano Rachel Schutz and French Horn player Edward House. It should be a very enjoyable afternoon.

The Stony Brook Community Church is located at 216 Christian Avenue in Stony Brook. Tickets are $15, Seniors $12, Students $5.

Irene Eckert presents — Italian Cultural Month Film Series

October 2 — Marriage, Italian Style , Huntington Public Library
October 9 — Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow, South Huntington Public Library
October 15 — Priest’s Wife, Harborfields Public Library
October 16 — Too Bad, She’s Bad, South Huntington Public Library
October 23 — Two Women, Huntington Public Library
October 30 — Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow, Sayville Public Library
Programs begin at 6:30 p.m. with an introduction by film historian Irene Eckert, who will also lead a post discussion.

Other Member News for October

Ann Crandall was among the volunteers honored at the the St. Catherine of Sienna Volunteer Recognition Luncheon. Anne has volunteered at the hospital for an amazing 141,861 hours of service.

Barbara DeGere has a new name and new address, but she is the same Barbara. She has moved to Bayshore and is using her maiden name of Barbara VanBourgondien.

Rosemary and Jim Dunphy are heading to Europe for their son’s wedding in Spain and a month-long visit to Italy.

Olga Welsh sends her regards from the southland. She tells us she has been a southerner for 22 years and “like all Southern ladies, I play a lot of bridge.”

John Kobel wanted everyone to know that he missed the picnic for a very good reason — he and his wife Phyllis ver in Vancouver for the birth of their granddaughter.

Debbie Tuite and her husband Larry have moved from Kings Park to Temecula, California to live near their grandchildren.