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Page 1 of 21 General Announcements Archive 4/8/18, 10:47 PM General Announcements: (archive) For those classmates who wish to make general announcements, please email them to your Webmaster for website posting and / or email promugation, as applicable. 1. Charles A. Merlini: Of note, another terrible loss. Our amazing classmate, Bill Merlini, had an exceptional younger brother, Charles A. Merlini, whose eulogy is very much worth reading — click here to read about a very thoughtful and extraordinarily capable human being. 2. David Ducore: Click here to view the first page of the first edition of The Southerner (Great Neck South Senior Highschool) newspaper in black and orange. Click here to view the first page of the first edition of The Southerner (Great
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General Announcements: (archive)

For those classmates who wish to make general announcements, please email them to your Webmaster for website posting and / or email promugation, as applicable.

1. Charles A. Merlini: Of note, another terrible loss. Our amazing classmate, Bill Merlini, had an exceptional younger brother, Charles A. Merlini, whose eulogy is very much worth reading — click here to read about a very thoughtful and extraordinarily capable human being.

2. David Ducore: Click here to view the first page of the first edition of The Southerner (Great Neck South Senior Highschool) newspaper in black and orange. Click here to view the first page of the first edition of The Southerner (Great

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Neck South Senior Highschool) newspaper in black and white.

NOTE: If any classmate happens to have an original copy of The Southerner first editlion, please forward it to your Webmaster for inclusion herein.

3. Scott Flower: Thank you, Scott, for providing an original copy of the Great Neck South Senior High School Class of 1959 Commencement Excercises. Clck here to view the front of the South Commencement Exercises, and click here to view the back of the South Commencement Exercises.

Scott also provided interior and exterior group photos from the 40th Reunion. Again, many thanks, Scott.

4. Michael Silbert has been

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resurrected: Your Webmaster received some erroneous information and apologizes for the promulgation of his premature demise. Thank you, Liz Sollinger Eliot, for catching this error.

5. Billie Goldin unfortunate change of plans: We have not sold our home and are not sailing around the world. The fates changed our wonderful plan. My husband had a fall and is now in assisted living, in Florida. We will remain here with hope for the future.

6. Ronald Poons identified in 40th Reunion Photos, Page 3 and confirmed by burn scars on his right ear from a big fire that he was fighting. Thank you, Cindy Bloking (daughter of Liz Segal) for this information.

7. Worried About Iran? Great Neck

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Has Just Been Taken Over by Iranians. Click here to read the article about what has happened to our town.

8. Your Webmaster, Michael S. Arlow, has been in contact with Joan Lazaunik, the Alumni Representative for the Great Neck North Senior High School. Similar contacts are in process for the Great Neck South Senior High School. More on this later.

9. A note from David Tucker: See Personal Announcements below.

10. Reunion Facebook Page: Done; see item 12 below.

11. Class Directory Committee formed. Please assist Lynn Robbins, Billie Goldin, Pat Davis, Jane Tulman and Ed Boshnick with new contact information for

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forwarding to your Webmaster. We need to contact every surviving classmate to ensure that nobody is omitted from our reunion announcements. We need current street addresses, email addresses, and telephone numbers.

12. The 60th Reunion Facebook Page is up and running. Thank you Aaron Goodman.

13. DONE — Your Webmaster needs one each of the North and South 1959 Graduation Yearbooks for computer flatbed scanning of all graduates. Thank you Fred Giffords.

14. 1959 Arista (North) and Vist (South) yearbooks are in review.

15. 30th Reunion Photos additions made; more photos needed.

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16. Aaron Goodman has offered to lead breakout talks at our 60th Reunion.

17. Jo Ann Volk Lederman shared a link about the importance of adolescent friendships.

18. Lucy Simon:I am sorry to report thatLucy Simon died onJanuary 5, 2015. Shewas a lovely and talentedclassmate who will bemissed by all. Thank you,Michael Bumagin, forproviding this update.

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19. Susan Nelkin:I am also sorry to reportthat we recently alsolost another vibrant andtalented classmate,Susan Nelkin Lee, whowill also be dearly missed.Click here to view herobituary.

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20. Webmaster: Mike Arlow has been in touch with Great Neck South Senior High School Librarian, Judy McClellan, in an effort to get a high resolution copy of the complete first issue of The Southerner student newspaper for website promulgation.

Mike Arlow has also been in touch with Great Neck North Senior High School

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Director of Alumni Relations, Joan Lazaunik, in an effort to obtain contact and related information for members of the Class of 1959 to aid in promulgation of website and reunion information.

Additionally, you will notice that a placeholder has been installed on the home page of our website to include entire copies of the 1959 yearbooks for both the (Arista) north and south (Vista) high schools yearbooks; the yearbooks, when promulgated, will also be searchable for ease of locating specific people, information, events, etc.

Of general interest, included here is a copy of a few pages from the 200th Anniversary Guide Post Special Edition of

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the Great Neck North Senior High School school newspaper.

Finallly, Mike Arlow has also been in touch with Andrea Fortunoff Abramson by telephone. She chaired our last reunion and graciously provided me with some insight and recommendations that included a suggestion for providing charitable assistance for those classmates who may have financial difficulty in making the journey to our 60th Reunion venue. As always, we are open to, and encourage your comments, recommendations, ideas, input, constructive criticisms, etc.

21. Classmates Caring For Classmates: During , many Florida residents lost their electrical power. Fred

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Abeles, who lives in Boynton Beach, Florida is currently caring for his aging mother, Helen, in his home; she is 98 years old. When the electrical power failed, Mike Arlow called numerous classmates in Florida to assess their situations and to see if help or communication assistance from afar could be provided. In Fred Abeles case, Fred Giffords was called, who immediately volunteered the use of his Florida dwelling, which had power, for Helen Abeles to use. Helen was near death from heat exhaustion and was having great difficulty in breathing. Unfortunately, she was in too fragile a state to be moved to take advantage of Fred Gifford's offer. Fortunately, she survived and is with us today. Thank you, Fred Giffords for your gracious offer. A photo of Fred and Helen

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Abeles follows.

NOTE: Helen Abeles died peacefully on Saturday, October 28, 2017.

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22. Reunion Planning Coming Together,October 23, 2017: Much is developing quickly, behind the scenes, and often faster than anticipated — Congratulations Class of 1959!

We are now in the data acquisition portion in preparing for our 60th Reunion, finding lost classmates and remediating bad email addresses. Currently, the following classmates have volunteered and have received their assignments:

Lynn Belsky Robbins

Edward Boshnick

Patricia Gerson Davis

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Billie Goldin

Jane Tulman Reynolds

Last night, Dorothy Adler Bennett volunteered to update the Class of 1959 Formatted Alphabetical Directory With Private Addresses. Your Webmaster is really happy that Dorothy came on board and is feeding her contact information as it contemporaneously becomes available. The list that Dottie is updating will be used for mailings and other communications, and will also be used to update our online Class Directory.

This afternoon, your Webmaster received an email from Enid Schildkrout Van Couvering, who will be sending in copies of The Guidepost school newspaper for promulgation on our Website.

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This evening, Jo Ann Volk Lederman is planning a full weekend, and more, of exciting events for our 60th Reunion. Your Webmaster finds this effort to be incredible, since Jo Ann is still recovering from the effects of Hurricane Irma. Jo Ann will be planning and coordinating reunion activities with Bruce Colan, Jason Zellner and Masha Schwartz Zellner, and Billie Goldin. This meeting is scheduled to take place at Joanna's Marketplace (family owned) in Miami, FL. It is totally amazing at how quickly things are coming together ! ! !

Additionally, your Website was updated today with additional Announcements, an updated Class Directory, and a new Photo Gallery third page has been added with expandable images (thank you, Eddie Goldin).

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From your correspondence and phone calls, I am overwhelmed with the excitement, words of praise, appreciation, anticipation, and sincere thanks that so many of our classmates have recently expressed to me, personally, for working to bring our 60th Reunion to fruition.

With this in mind, we need at least four (4) more volunteers to assist in a variety of clerical and communications activities. You can make this happen. Please contact your Webmaster to assist in this area.

There are a few more areas where we also need additional inputs for our Website, as follows:

AnnouncementsCurriculum VitaeDeceased ClassmatesPhoto Gallery

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Tributes20th Reunion Photos

Please contact your Webmaster if you have any information supporting any of the aforementioned categories.

Finally, I am looking forward to making our 60th Reunion happen. Your help is essential and appreciated by all.

Thanking you in advance, I remain, respectfully submitted with best regards, your Webmaster and de facto class historian, Michael S. Arlow.

23. It is with deepest sympathy that we announce the death of Carolyn Eileen Siegel, 53, daughter of our classmate Eileen Siegel, from pneumonia, after sunset, on November 2, 2017.

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24. Cindy Bloking, daughter of Liz Segal-Berenson, submitted a front page article from the Great Neck Record newspaper from Thursday, July 17, 1958 that makes for an interesting read. Click here to view.

25. Recent Website Updates: The following changes have been made in this website edition of March 3, 2018:

Announcements: General Announcements 1 - 24 have been archived.

Bad Email Addresses: This list is being updated.

Class Directory: Has been updated.

Curriculum Vitae: Numerous classmates added.

Deceased Classmates: Unfortunately, this list

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keeps growing and is not up to date.

Missing Classmates: We have not made as much progress here as I had hoped for in spite of access to costly databases. Action Item: Please review this list and advise if you have any current classmate contact information.

Photo Gallery: Pages 3 and 4 have been updated with additional photos. Page 4 also includes ground level and flyover photos of both the North and South high schools; these photos are highly detailed and can be enlarged to where you can begin to see some classroom details through the windows.

Tributes: No changes to date. We need your help here with classmate submissions.

30th - 50th Reunion Photos: One minor ID correcton and two updates that require your input.

1. See 30th Reunion Photos, last photo; we need to identify this woman.

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2. See 40th Reunion Photos, Page 3, last photo; we need to identify this man on the right.

3. Please send any photos that you may have from ALL previous reunions, with identifying captions, to your webmaster for website posting.

60th Reunion Chatter: Obsolete correspondence and information has been archived. New information has been added regarding the dates, time, and general location of your 60th Reunion. A copy of the reunion survey is included for your review.

1. Reunion Survey: A 60th Great Neck High School Class of 1959 Survey is being sent directly to your email inbox. Your timely completion of this survey will help with reunion event, lodging, and logistics planning.

2. Action Item: Please respond to this survey at your earliest convenience, as our upcoming reunion is less thsn one year away.

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Video Memories: No recent changes or additions.

Yearbooks: This section is now complete with both the Vista and Arista 1959 Yearbooks posted online — in a fully searchable format.

Webmaster Contact: No changes to this page, however, you may be receiving emails from [email protected], and/or [email protected], and/or [email protected], and/or [email protected] because AOL and Earthlink have placed SPAM filters on some classmate email addresses that prevent emails emanating from [email protected] from being received.

Action Item: If you have an AOL or Earthlink email account, please contact your Internet Service Provider (ISP) by email or phone and request that they whitelist [email protected] so that all webmaster correspondence will get through to you.


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