More Sad News …

Dr. Peter Clark, Retired Principal of Norwood Avenue School and husband of Barbara Clark, retired Bellerose Avenue Teacher, passed away on May 19.

Before becoming an administrator Peter taught English at Northport High School and in Edinburgh, Scotland, on a Fulbright Scholarship. After retiring from Northport he taught English at St. Anthony’s High School in South Huntington. After moving to Hilton Head, North Carolina he volunteered as a professor of Shakespeare and Film at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute through the University of South Carolina.

Visitation at Nolan & Taylor-Howe Funeral Home, 5 Laurel Ave, Northport, on Thursday, May 24th and Friday, May 25th  from 2:00-5:00 p.m. & 7:00-9:00 p.m. each day. A funeral mass will be said at St. Philip Neri Church, 344 Main St, Northport, at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 26th.

Sad News …

Virginia E. Skidmore’ “Ginny”, passed on May 18, 2018 at 87 years of age. Ginny was the mother of Linda Skidmore and longtime teacher aide who was  affectionately known as “Mom” at Northport Junior High School. 

Wake will be Monday from 2:00-5:00 p.m. & 7:00-9:00 p.m. at the Nolan & Taylor Funeral Home in Northport. A funeral service will be held on Tuesday at 11:00 a.m.  at the funeral home with Reverend Michael O’Connor presiding. Interment Northport Rural Cemetery.

In Ginny’s memory donations can be made online at to benefit Friends of the Farm. 

Political Action…

Adding pressure to change APPR

 As you know the State Assembly overwhelmingly passed an APPR (Annual Professional Performance Review) bill that begins to reverse some of the worst points of the current APPR regulations. As you may also know the bill has stalled in the Republican controlled Senate, even though a majority of senators have signed on as co-sponsors.

If by next Thursday the bill has not moved in the Senate, NYSUT is suggesting we show our displeasure with demonstrations across the state at the local offices of those senators who have not signed on to the bill and/or have been instrumental in blocking movement of the bill.

In Suffolk County at this time only Senators Flanagan and Croci have not signed on to support the bill. We hope that will change by next week. Watch for an update.

Visit the NYSUT website for more information on what APPR means.