Sad News …

We are sad to announce the passing of Esther Scott, former Norwood Avenue music teacher, on November 18, 2017, just shy of her 97th birthday.
Her music education career in New York spanned three decades, teaching in Fleischmanns, Northport – East Northport and Rocky Point. She was very active in both SCMEA (Suffolk County Music Educators Association) and NYSSMA (New York State School Music Associations), serving for two years as the State Chairperson of Choirs for NYSSMA.

In 2003 she moved to Potsdam to be closer to family and continue her work as a music educator at the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam. A celebration of her life is planned for June 30 on the SUNY Potsdam campus.

Donations in Esther Scott’s name may be made to the The Crane School of Music, c/o Potsdam College Foundation, 44 Pierrepont Avenue, Potsdam, NY 13676 or online at (Note “Esther Scott” in “Specific Program” box).

The R-UTN Welcomes 2018 Retirees

We congratulate all the 2018 retirees and welcome you to the ranks of the Retired – United Teachers of Northport. We wish you a relaxing and enjoyable summer, and hope to see you at the Annual R-UTN Picnic on September 11 at the Vanderbilt Museum in Centerport.

Al Cicio
Debbie Culbert
JoAnn D’Abreu
Linda Dickman
Alecia Ernst
Ruth Gaines
Mindy Kurtzman
Janet Lambert
Diane  Lipari
Kevin McGinn
Jon Meyers
Mary Ann Murphy
Virginia Neill-Meade
Jayne Sandmann
Delores Scollan
George Searing
Don Sherman
Pauline Stasiuk
Joanne Sweeney
Claudia Tippett
Janet Zagaro

Watch Eye Witness News Tonight

Northport Middle School (Middleville Middle/Junior School) will be on Channel 7 Eye Witness News again at the 5 o’clock news. This is Part Two of the continuing story of the Chemical Contamination and poisoning of students, teachers and staff that is still going on today. 
The teacher who has been teaching in John Kobel’s former classroom, G 51, for the last seven years has just been diagnosed with “Heavy metals poisoning“. She thought that only K wing was contaminated and had no idea that the steel door in the floor at the back of her room was a cesspool. 
One of the Board of Ed Trustees who has been fighting to help has made public that her son was diagnosed with “Heavy metal poisoning” after spending three years in that building. She and two other board members have tried to pass a motion to do ground water and soil (both surface and deep) sampling but they always loose the vote by a count of 4 to 3. 
 There will be other people speaking in the report tomorrow. 
Please, we need your help. Tell everyone to watch Channel 7 Eye Witness News tomorrow at 5 o’clock. We need to help our fellow teachers and staff and, of course, the children.
Thank you, 
John Kobel
R-UTN Member and Retired Northport Middle School Teacher

What you need to know if you are traveling outside the US.

Are you planning to travel outside the US? Then you should be aware of how your health insurance works during foreign travel.

Empire Plan coverage is available worldwide, primarily in the form of reimbursement. If Medicare is your primary insurance, you should be aware that Medicare does not provide coverage outside the United States (with a few exceptions).

If you require medical care while abroad, the American Embassy can usually provide names of reliable, English-speaking doctors. After receiving medical services, ask for copies of your medical records in English, if possible. Keep a receipt when you pay your bill. When you get home, submit the records to the appropriate Empire Plan administrator. The Plan administrators will reimburse you directly for covered expenses. If you are Medicare primary, remember that Medicare does not provide coverage outside the United States. If no other coverage is in effect, The Empire Plan is primary until you return.

The above paragraph was excerpted from the publication, On the Road with the Empire Plan. The publication  is a must read for all New York State retirees who travel out of New York, both in the United States and internationally.

Click the buttons below to download the New York State publications or to learn more about Medicare and foreign travel.




Thanks to member Ed Nostrand for sharing the information about Medicare and foreign travel.