Northport Middle School to Close for Remainder of School Year

Ron Blazer, Superintendent of the Northport – East Northport UFSD, announced that because of ongoing environmental concerns, Northport Middle School will close for the remainder of the school year. Plans are in the works to relocated eight grade students to Northport High School, seventh grade students to East Northport Middle School, and the sixth grade classes will be split between Norwood Avenue and Bellerose Avenue Schools. Read the letter sent by Superintendent Blazer to the Northport Middle School community.

Sad News …

Barbara Athanas, elementary teacher in Dickinson Avenu School for over 20 years, passed away on January 14 at the age of 76. Barbara is survived by her husband Andrew; her children Lauren, Neuse and Ryan; and two grandchildren.

Visitation was Thursday, January 16 from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. at The Brueggemann Funeral Home, 522 Larkfield Road, EastNorthport. After a funeral service at 8 p.m. the family invited people to share memories of Barbara.

Graveside service on Friday, January 17 ay 11:00 a.m. at Pinelawn Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations to the American Cancer Society online or by mail, 75 Davids Drive, Hauppauge, New York 11788

Northport Middle School Update

On January 9 over one hundred residents, staff members and retirees attended a meeting of the Northport – East Northport UFSD Board of Education to listen and respond to the report by the Board Subcommittee on Northport Middle School Soil Testing. John Kobel, retired Middleville/Northport Middle School teacher, spoke at length at the meeting, and prepared an update for the R-UTN membership. His report is in PDF format and may be downloaded HERE.

A PowerPoint of the presentation made by the Subcommittee on Northport Middle School Soil Testing can be found by visiting the Board of Education Northport – East Northport UFSD website, selecting Meetings from the menu, and viewing item 7 of the Agenda for the January 9 meeting.

Make Sure You Get Reimbursed

Social Security Administration sends out a letter every year informing you of how much you will receive for your monthly Social Security payment.  Page 1 itemizes basic payment, the standard deduction for Medicare Part B and the deduction for IRMAA. IRMAA is the amount deducted based on your income as reported on last year’s income tax form.  Northport/East Northport School District is required to reimburse you for the standard Medicare Part B and the IRMAA deductions  from your Social Security benefit. 

Recently, the district sent you a letter, “Open Enrollment”, that discussed medical plan options.  Page 3 of that letter gives instructions on how to get reimbursement for the deductions from your Social Security benefit for Medicare Part B and IRMAA –  If you do not respond by March you will get reimbursed for the Medicare Part B deduction only – losing the reimbursement for IRMAA that you are entitled to. 

For additional information, Contact Dayna West, Empolyee Benefits for the district, at 631-262-6634, or email Fran LaDuca at

Sad News

Cliff Bishop, retired elementary school principal, passed away today, December 23, at the age of 85. Cliff served as principal of Norwood Avenue Elementary for over twenty-five years. He is survived by his son Bruce; daughters Mary Ann, Joan and Kelly; eight grandchildren and his twin brother Robert. He was pre-deceased by his wife Margaret.

Visitation at Nolan’s Funeral Home, 5 Laurel Avenue, Northport, on Thursday December 26 , 2-5 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. Funeral Mass Friday, December 27 at 10 a.m., St. Philip Neri Church, Northport. Interment to follow at Calverton National Cemetery.

Donations may be made in Cliff’s memory to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s research