Dear Wheatley Wildcats and Other Interested Persons,

Welcome to The Wheatley School Alumni Association Newsletter # 38.

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Martin Tierney – Gone But Not Forgotten

Writes Rhoda Kalkin Schneider – “He was the type of person if you had anything you wanted to talk about (not only the subject, which was science, but personal) he was there for you.  A good listener and adviser.”

Howard Storm – Deceased January 2019 – Yet Another Appreciation

Writes Renee Gershen Nadel (1960) – “I am deeply saddened by the death of Howard Storm.  He was an English teacher we will all remember.  He fostered the love of reading in me and encouraged me to read aloud even though I was shy.  I have gone on to lead many book clubs and think of him often.”


1960 – Carl Stewart – An Educator Speaks Out about High School Football

Writes Carl – “I am writing to address the issue that has been raised on several recent occasions regarding the decision by the Administration of the school district to end participation in high school football.  Frankly, I was shocked by the willingness of some alumni to ignore the voluminous evidence of the dangers of football to developing brains.  But more than ignoring the evidence, these proponents of a brutal sport have posited a view that is completely unsupported by the evidence, i.e., that school "spirit" and feelings of connectedness to other students are fostered mainly by participation in school sports.  Robotics, drama, music (band, chorus, etc.) community service, and other activities can be just as much a force for encouraging feelings of being connected for students.

I speak about this with at least a fair amount of exposure to education.  In addition to my continuing practice of law, albeit on a considerably reduced schedule, I just finished 10 years as the Chairman of the school board of the Southern Berkshire Regional School District, here in extreme western Massachusetts.  In addition, I have been a member for five years of a select committee studying education in the Berkshires, the Berkshire County Education Task Force.  Although we do have some different issues than are experienced in suburban and city schools, many of the problems are common to all schools, particularly at the middle and high school level.

There are many team sports played at public school that are decidedly less dangerous than football, for example, soccer, basketball, volleyball, tennis, and softball.  Student participation in football is declining in many parts of the country as parents and educators get greater information on its dangers.”

1961 – Patricia Kirk Hefferan – Time Flies By

Writes Patty – “Well, Arthur, you wanted an autobiography, so I will send you an autobiography.  Here goes.

I  wanted to attend Cornell University and become an ornithologist after high school, but my parents thought that was ‘for the birds.’  So I ended up at the Katherine Gibbs School on Park Avenue, complete with hat, gloves and high, high heels. The only birds I saw were pigeons, but a man did "goose" me on my first ride on the subway into school.  After Katie Gibbs I worked for a local law firm on Jericho Turnpike named “Zuckerman, Haber, Sulsky and Simenowitz.”  It was a great job.  I became a sort of Della Street [Perry Mason’s resourceful secretary, played by Barbara Hale], rushing to courtrooms and engaging in exciting legal work.  I eventually was able to do most of the basic legal forms on my own.  

I married Kenneth Schult and moved to New Jersey.  My parents were horrified.  New Jersey - good grief!  We had four children together, three girls and a boy.  I became active in the La Leche League and worked actively to re-establish breastfeeding as the optimal way to feed a baby.  Over the years we flipped the stats from 80% who did not breastfeed to 80% that did.  Now it has become the norm.  Ken and I divorced after 15 years, but during that time I returned to college to become a Registered Nurse and also earned my Master's Degree.  I took extra credits in chemical dependency and became a Bereavement Counselor.  I met Paul Burger, who looked a great deal like Sean Connery.  Paul was a physicist and a member of Mensa.  We got married and remained so until he died of a stroke after 22 years together.  We had just moved to Sussex County, one of the last remaining rural areas in Jersey.  Friends who first visited us thought they were in another state.  It looks like West Virginia.  Sussex County is trucks, dogs and guns.  Oh yeah - and bedrock Conservatives.  Two years after Paul's death I met and married my present husband, Pete Hefferan.  Pete taught me to shoot.  I have shot with all types of guns, including machine guns.  I have a penchant for blasting old cars into dust on the shooting range.

Pete is a fascinating man who led safaris in many countries in Africa and traveled worldwide engaged in various activities, some nefarious, some not.  He is an explosives engineer.  He works for Picatinny Arsenal with the EOD (Explosives Ordnance Department) and Special Ops.  He also oversees safety concerns.  I continued working as an RN and gravitated to working in the ER, specializing in crisis resolution.  I became a full-time crisis junky and eventually became the Manager of the Psych ER at Mountainside Hospital for many years.  I loved doors flying open and cops rushing in and turning a crisis situation around. 

I started singing in our church choir in 7th grade.  I still raise my voice in song, including as a member of the Unity Choir, a 60-voice ensemble dedicated to sacred hymns.  Turns out taking Latin at Wheatley was a smooth move.  We put on four professional performances a year.  I also sing in my church choir at Our Lady Queen of Peace.  Pete and I share a deep, orthodox Catholic faith that is the mainstay of our marriage and our commitment to each other.  I am presently engaged in setting up a Parish Nursing program as part of my role as a Faith Community Nurse. 

As to other passions, Pete and I are dedicated to rescue animals, and all but my husband's hunting dog is a rescue.  I wrote a children's book entitled "The Cats and the Great Sadness," but it is still looking for a publisher.  I am presently working on a larger novel entitled "Myrrh."  Even if nothing gets published, I have enjoyed writing for writing's sake.  Up until I developed osteoarthritis I rode horses.  After my horse, "Good Ol' Guy," stopped dead in a canter (it happens) and threw me over his head, I decided my equestrian days were over. 

I am dedicated to the pro-life movement.  I am taking courses as a Healing Touch practitioner, using the body's energies to heal.  Quite fascinating.  I dislike ending my life story on a sad note, but I lost my daughter Julie in a fatal car crash 18 years ago and my daughter Diana 3 years ago during out-patient surgery.  My husband's love and support, along with our faith, has helped me through these tragedies.  Working as a nurse healer has acted as a balm.  I have 6 grandchildren, ages 2 years to 19 years. They live in Colorado and Oregon, but I visit as often as I can. 

Fifty years have flown by.

Patty Hefferan RN MA FCN”

1961 – Jerry Mintz – Remembering Brother Bill

Writes Jerry – “Hi, Art!  My sister Lisa's post about our late brother, Bill, reminded me that Lisa and I found a trove of Bill's artwork and it is posted here in our online museum.  I am not an art expert, but some people have said they are like Pollock or Kandinsky.  Bill died in 1966 at age 20, the greatest tragedy in our family.  I'd love to hear from anyone about ideas to exhibit or let people in the art world know about Bill's paintings.

I continue to direct AERO (Alternative Education Resource Organization), organize conferences and teach table tennis.  I work with an Olympic coach.  Our AERO conference this year was in Portland, OR.  Our international conference this year was in Ukraine.  Jerry”

1962 – John Kapinos – A Bio Instead of an Obit!

Writes John – “Hello Art,

Based on a prior suggestion of yours to send you a bio rather than the obituary arriving first, I thought I would comply!

I'm John Kapinos, Class of 62'.  I totally enjoyed my time at Wheatley; however, no one accused me of being a great student, at least not based on grades.  Yes, my focus was mostly on sports and a few of the classes I really enjoyed.  In hindsight, I chalk up my mediocre grades to being a late bloomer.

Most of my classmate's comments in the 1962 Yearbook talk about how much fun we all had in and out of school.  But, two of my teachers’ yearbook comments also stand out in my mind.  The first teacher comment: ‘to the imaginer of the most impossible situations I've ever met and the fastest talker.’

The second teacher comment: ‘With best wishes to the fellow who shouldn't have missed the boat.’  In looking back, I can see how that second comment was "right on" at the time.  Luckily, there were additional boats to catch in the future.

One of the best ‘boats’ I did catch was Karen, a wonderful, lovely wife of over 50 years and our two great kids and four grandkids. 

The second ‘boat’ was joining IBM in 1967.  A lot has changed since then.  I can remember, after a series of tests in the interview process, being asked if I was interested in ‘programming.’  I recall asking the interviewer, who turned out to be my first manager at IBM, ‘Programming?  What exactly is programming?’  Up to that point in college we didn't even have calculators, I had a slide ruler hanging from my belt.  Yes, a lot has changed since then.

I have attended all the class reunions at Wheatley and participated in the career session talks with the seniors at the time, highlighting the idea that if you don't know exactly what you want to do with  the rest of your life at 17, don't worry, things can still turn out great.  It seems ironic to me after asking that “What is programming?’ question that one of my initial assignments at IBM was de-bugging Main Frame Operating Systems Software in customer locations.

I spent 30 years with IBM, much of it moving around in IBM Management positions.  I started in Manhattan, then went to Richmond, Virginia; San Jose, California; Tampa, Florida, and ended up with 5 Years in Tokyo, Japan.  What a "boat" ride it was?!

The ride continues; after IBM I ended up running a couple of startup companies, and I continue to be in business with my son, running four franchisee locations in Sarasota, Florida while I live in Fountain Hills, Arizona.   

I have kept busy mostly having fun in my version of ‘Retirement’ with a bunch of extracurricular activities.  For one of the businesses I became a licensed Insurance Claims Adjuster.  I attended certification classes and became certified as a Golf Instructor.  I attended a two-week Stage Hypnosis certification class in Las Vegas; go see Marc Savard at Planet Hollywood, "V" Theater; he was my instructor.  I took four years of painting classes at night at Scottsdale Community College and had my paintings for sale in four galleries.

Our most fun retirement activity has been that my wife and I were "hired" as Volunteers to teach computer classes on cruise ships.  We spent 120 days per year for 5 years sailing the seas, mostly in Europe, the Caribbean and near Alaska.  Our last cruise in the program was 72 days in the Mediterranean and Black Seas.

One final bragging note, I am an avid Pickleball player, and in 2018 my partner and I took the Silver Medal in the 70+ National Pickleball Tournament in Indian Wells, California, six months after having a hip replacement. 

Wheatley continues to fill me with fond memories.  I feel a greater connection with Wheatley than any college.  I received a B.S. in Business Administration, Finance, from the New York Institute of Technology by attending most of my classes at nights and on weekends while commuting to Manhattan on the Long Island Rail Road.  At the Wheatley reunions I still tear up on hearing our alma mater song.

Stay busy, my friends.

John Kapinos , Wheatley Class of 1962

1964 - Ellen Solow Holzman – Why Children Should Be Vaccinated

In a Letter to the Editor that Newsday published on September 19, 2019, under the heading “Get vaccinated to help those who can’t,” Ellen wrote as follows:  “A parent described the effect of a school ban against students who are not vaccinated as ‘Hell, absolute hell’ [‘LI anti-vaxxers protest,’ News, Sept. 17].

I was born in 1946 and had measles, mumps and chickenpox.  If I could have had vaccines to prevent those diseases, I would have, because I went through misery.  Mumps made my throat hurt so badly that I couldn’t swallow for days.  Measles made my eyes hurt so much that, though I was a voracious reader, I couldn’t stand to be in a lighted room, much less read.  And with chickenpox, I remember being crusted with calamine lotion and trying hard not to scratch, because I didn’t want scars.  With all, I ran terrible fevers and had aches and pains.  And I was fortunate not to have permanent damage, aside from bad memories.  Why would loving parents risk putting their children through these?  Science supports having vaccinations, but no science supports the decision not to, except in certain rare cases of conditions that make vaccines dangerous.  Those children need the protection of herd immunity.  To deny them that is selfish.”

And in an email to the Wheatley School Alumni Association Newsletter Editor Ellen writes as follows:  “You can add this statement to the post:  My husband and I moved out to Mattituck after we both retired.  We had owned a house there since about 2005, and it was always our plan to live on the North Fork.  We love being near the water and the wineries and the whole relaxed semi-rural lifestyle here.  We also have a small apartment in Manhattan, so we have what my husband likes to call a “bi-coastal” lifestyle, heading into the City about twice a month via the Hampton Jitney to go to the theater and museums and to visit our children, who all live nearby or within mass transit range (Manhattan, Queens, Croton).  I had begun keeping a notebook on our winery tastings, just to keep track of where we had been and what we had liked (there are about 50 wineries out here!), and after I retired from teaching English at Wheatley I started a blog.  You can find it at or through my Facebook page.  We always enjoy company when we go for tastings, so if anyone would like to join us they are welcome to get in touch via email,”

1965 – Judy Jasinski Wilson – Deceased

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Writes classmate Malcolm “Rusty” McNeill – “I am saddened to say that Judy Jasinski passed away on Sunday, November 3, 2019 in San Diego from complications due to cancer.  Her younger sister, Mary, called our classmate Sharon Neely with the news.  I have spoken with Mary and Judy's son, Josh Wilson, in the last week about any arrangements for a funeral or memorial service.  There will be no service.  The family will celebrate Judy's life by casting her ashes into the Pacific Ocean not far from where she once lived in San Diego.  Josh has promised to send me her obituary when it becomes available, and I will post it here at such time.

Judy spent most of her adult years on the West Coast, marrying and raising two children, and working for Pfizer as a marketing rep.  She and classmate Benita Roach remained very close for many years until Benita's passing.  Judy moved to College Station, Texas later in life to be close to her parents.  That's where I bumped into her in early 2005 following the death of my wife, Harriet.  Judy owned a beautiful home deep in the woods not far from Texas A&M University.  I drove up several times from Houston and we became good friends.  Judy was an angel for me, helping me deal with the sadness and lighting my way to a new life.  You really cannot thank people like that enough.  They come into your life unexpectedly when you need help, and they make it their business to give you that support, to hold you up and push you back into the daylight.  Judy did that for me, and I will always be in her debt.  Please remember Judy in your thoughts.  ‘She rests now.  The pain is gone.  There is no more fear.  Now she rests.’”

Writes classmate Eliot “Ike” Evans – “So sad.”

1966 – Claude Levy – Holiday Music Man

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1967 - Photograph of Ms. Berger’s North Side School Kindergarten Class, 1955 – One Session

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First Row (L-R) – Judy Orgel, Kathy Sterritte, ???, Charles Bell, Fred Sellerberg, Sue Gerson

Boy Sitting Far Left In Light-Colored Sweater – Jimmy Bressman

Second Row (seated) – Brian Higgins, Judy Saland, Rose Mok, Leslie Falkoff, Angel Mallon, Ellen Neely

Third Row (standing) – Charles Short, ???, Louis Strenger, ???, Seth Bardo, ???, ???

Fourth Row (sitting by window) – Shirly Vogl, Barbara Smith, ???

1967 - Photograph of Ms. Berger’s North Side School Kindergarten Class, 1955 – Other Session

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First Row (L-R) – Abbe Levine, ???

Second Row – Susan Altman, Steven Lax, ???, Ethel Dowdell?, Howard Kirchick, Joseph Tartaglia

Third Row - ???, Stevie Fliegel, Dana Keillor, Dinah Pedowitz,

At ironing board – Melissa Davis?

Fourth Row – Mary Ann Young (with baby carriage), ???, ???, Charlie Randall, Ken Markham, Jack Wolf, Douglas Brautigam, ???, Judy Berkan?

Larry Weiss?, James DeGroat, Bobby Scandurra, John Telfeyan

1967 - Photograph of Ms. Doxie's North Side School Kindergarten Class, 1955

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First Row (L-R) - Linda Furst, ??? (moved early), Debbie Siraco, Linda Dimmler, Linda Caterino, Susan Adler

Second Row - ???, Dennis Zacharkow, Frank Vedder, Lesley Llewellyn (“Llew”) Bond, Diane Costello, Leslie Strachan, Kevin Reilly, William Linhart (legs crossed)

Third Row – John Stedman, Larry Baum?, Kenny Lang, Ron Koch, Paul Hearn, John Miller, Richard Friedman, Danny Quaranto, ???

On the counter  – Art Engoron, ???, Ed Klumpp

1967 - Photograph of Miss Hack's Willets Road School Kindergarten Class, 1955

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First Row (L-R) - Leslie Metzger, Laurie Monk, Jill Simon, Sondra Watkins

Second Row: - Wendy Weil?, Linda Stone?, Beth Lubell, Mara Danziger, Amy Pastarnack, Alane Spielberger, ???

Third Row - Leslie Freier, Marion Standish, ???, Fern Katz, ???, Vicki Schwartz

Back Row - Howard Senft, Dickie Potemsky (?), Peter Kaplan, Steven Miller?, Billy Wilson?, Lee Fein, Eddie Goldstein, Dan Silver?, Shep Messing, Andy Summers

1967 – First Grade – Mrs. Zahariades

1st Row (L-R): Ethel Dowdell, Linda Caterino, Bonnie Krafchuk

2nd Row: Janice Giarracco, Leslie Falkoff, Judy Saland

3rd Row: Shirley Vogl, Linda Furst, Ben Ross

4th Row: Courtney Keister, Ken Markham, Lewis Dimm

Standing: Jimmy Byrnes; Steven Lax, Tom Boland, Mitchell Solomon, ???, ???, Jack Wolf, Mrs. Zahariades; Ron Koch; Dennis Zacharkow; Scott Geery; Ken Lang; ???

1967 – James Bressman – Man in the Middle

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1967 – Robert Scandurra – First Date

Writes Bobby – “I Watched the Netflix Movie "The Irishman" the other night, which is also now in theaters. Another DeNiro, Pacino, Pesci, Italian blockbuster movie but centered on Jimmy Hoffa.  Evidently much of the movie was filmed in Williston Park!  I was amazed when a scene opened up and squarely in the middle of the scene for what seemed like 10 seconds was a shot of Hildebrandt's Ice Cream parlor!  I literally fell out of my chair!  Very memorable place for me as the scene of my first ‘date.’  In 7th grade Danny Quaranto and I ‘double dated,’ and we both walked girls from the East Williston Little League Field to Hildebrandt's and back for an ice cream.  Danny's date was Judy Berkan and mine was Alane Spielberger!”

1967 – Richard Schwarz – Daughter’s Wedding

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Writes Richard – “Hi Arthur, My daughter Laura’s wedding on Long Island.  My son Cliff on the far right got married 5 weeks later.  Busy but wonderful time!!  Rich Schwarz”

1967 – Art Engoron – One Opinion, Two Articles

1970 – Eric Amerikaner – Hildebrandt’s in “The Irishman”

Several people have mentioned that “The Irishman” includes scenes inside and outside “Hildebrandt’s,” the fabled Williston Park ice cream parlor.  Eric sent the following two photos:

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1970 – Bar Mitzvah Photo

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Seated (L-R): Abigail Frank, Nancy Reuben, Fran Perlstein, Cindy Horowitz, Sindy Levitt, and Andrea Chock.

Standing:  Susan Weiss, Ellen Karasyk, Jonathan Gold, Stephanie Polansky and Jane Roeder

Guess whose bar mitzvah it is!

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1970 – (L-R) Jane Roeder, Robin Halpern, Janet Goldberg, and Jill Wolf – Out West, in “So Cal”

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Writes Jane – “Hi Art, Robin Halpern, Janet Goldberg, Jill Wolf, and I got together in Southern California last week.  We rented a house in Malibu near the ocean.  Here’s a photo from our day trip to Santa Barbara.”

1970 - Deborah Silverman Sloyer – Driver’s Ed. Scare Tactics

Writes Debbie – “Hi Art, I was on the phone tonight with classmate Joanie Shacter, reminiscing about Wheatley adventures.  We started talking about Driver’s Ed, and I got the same bad feeling that I had in 1969 when, prior to beginning the course, we had to watch a movie called, “The Last Prom.”  That movie gave me nightmares for years.  I was a 16 year old impressionable girl, and the sight of that car crash and the mangled bodies put me over the edge.  I don’t understand why ‘the powers that were’ decided to show that film to a group of high school students.  Funny what we remember.  Warm regards, Debbie (Silverman) Sloyer”

1971 - Wayne Peiser – From Long Island to New Jersey

Writes Wayne – “Hi Art: Nice to hear from you.  My brother Jay (1966) passed away on June 10, 2002.  I saw him two days prior, when we went to see a Liza Minnelli concert at the Beacon Theater.  I received a call that there was a problem and went to his apartment in Jamaica Estates, Queens.  It was too late.  Apparently he died of a heart attack.  He had had open heart surgery a few years earlier.  Our mother passed away in September 2009, and our father passed away in November 1971 (the year I graduated from Wheatley) from a car accident two blocks away from my home on Brown Street in Mineola.  Ironic that my dad and brother died at the age of 55.  I am the only sibling that survived.

Presently I have been retired for two years after working at a book publisher (formerly ‘The McGraw-Hill Companies’ and now ‘McGraw-Hill Education’).  I worked just shy of 40 years with the company in the same department.  The last position I had was processing book orders for the Professional and Reference Group.  Our books covered subjects like Plumbing, Electricity, Architecture, Design, etc.  We also published study guides for the ACT, GRE, SAT and other subjects.

I presently live with my husband on a 10-acre farm in Howell, New Jersey.

I was asking about Vivi Cilmi, 1964, because our parents lived across the street from each other on Brown Street in Mineola.

Take care, and maybe one day I’ll come to a Wheatley School Alumni Association luncheon in the city.


1971 – Paul Rosenfeld – Long Live Sockey!

The Sockey All-Stars – Among those standing are (L-R) – Steven "Linde" Linde, Danny "Rocket" Reich, Dave "Prez" Kurman, Kyle "Eggs for Short" Jerome.

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The Sockey Boobs – Among those standing are (L-R) – Jeff "Boom Boom" Zahn, Charles "Boo" Kaplan, Bob "Lefty" Angle, Paul "Rosey" Rosenfeld, Mitchel "Strudel" Perlstein and assorted kids.

Writes Paul Rosenfeld – “The Wheatley School Class of 1971 held its 49th annual Old Timer's Day Sockey game at North Side School on Saturday November 30, 1:00 p.m.  Sockey (a combination of soccer and hockey rules) started as a daily lunch hour game played with a tennis ball, from about 1968-1971, on the Wheatley outdoor basketball courts.  Danny "Rocket" Reich published a newsletter called ‘Sockey Illustrated’ with all the recent statistics and player info.  ‘Sockey Illustrated’ was issued five days per week, Monday through Friday. Our League President, Principal Richard Nixon, read it in his English classes if the students promised to behave.  This increased the popularity of Sockey, as all the seniors were subjected to hearing about the prior day's games and stories.

After we graduated in 1971, we decided to hold an Old Time's Day Game the Saturday after Thanksgiving, when we all returned home from college.  We have been playing every year since then with the game moving to North Side once the Wheatley asphalt was taken over by tennis courts in 1993.  Some of us have kids in their 20's and 30's who have played in this game most of their lives.  After the game, we have the tradition of heading over to Hildebrandt’s on Hillside Avenue, for refreshments.

In 1987 we were written up in Sports Illustrated.

Originally there were three teams, but only the All Stars and The Boobs have survived intact and with mostly the same players.  Richard Nixon was President of the league, "Bullet" Bob Bernstein was Vice-President (he often attended Old Timer's Day Games and threw out the opening ball), and Joe McCormack was our Treasurer (we still have had no accounting for all the dues that were paid over four decades)! 

Every player had a nickname and we even had jackets made with the Sockey logo and our names on them; we still wear them to games (some are in the photos).  Of course, women were banned from the game; however, no one had the guts to tell them, so women have played through the years. One year we interviewed Santa Clause and passers-by at the Roosevelt Field Mall and asked who was going to win the big game - the All Stars or the Boobs. We also interviewed Wheatley's newest (at the time) Principal, Mike Glennon, who promised to clear the field at Wheatley of sand that had been deposited there by the construction company, which he did!!

We all still look the same as we did in High School.  Some players live in the area and others travel from other states to play.

If this letter gets published before November 30, the Boobs are going to win. If after November 30, then the All Stars probably won.

As for me, I have been an Assistant District Attorney in the Bronx DA’s Office for over 38 years, handling homicide cases.  I live with my wife Jamie, a Pediatrician, who is a Child Abuse Expert in the Bronx, and we have two kids, one of whom, Asher, just got married, November 2, and lives in N.Y.C.  Our daughter Kira lives in Corpus Christi, Texas with her fiancé.

Paul "Rosey" Rosenfeld

(formerly)139 Bengeyfield Drive

East Williston

Now Chappaqua, N.Y.

1974 – Laura “LauRha” Frankfort – Fondly Remembering Wheatley Teachers

Thank you for letting us know about Merle Levine.  She was truly one of my favorite teachers……She really saved my life.  When I was very troubled she had me write a daily journal that I still have.  Releasing all that angst was just what I needed…Wow!  Reading it now is quite the trip.  She would take me to the Oyster Bay Planting Fields after class and we would sit and talk and read the journal together.  She got me to Doctor Ethel Staples, the school psychologist, and then eventually to a shrink.  Between her and Pete Pane they saved my life.  I am so grateful for such insightful teachers.  Today I give back……I have been teaching music, art, writing, improvising, and Medical Qi Gong to all ages for over 45 years.  The power of communication, letting it all out in the light!  I am so lucky to have such wonderful jobs.  Inspiring others to play, create, smile, and be healthy.  Thank God for our creative spirit!  Thanks again, Art.”

1974 – Golf Outing – Tradition!

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Writes Glenn Hogan – “Yearly golf trip for 30+ years.  That’s (L-R) John Clemente, John Mosca, me, Roger Boccio.”

2000 – Lauren Turkel – Learned Lawyer

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More on Football – Reactions Welcome

Fan Mail:

Faculty (Loretta “Lori” Wilson “Momma” Roux) – “Dear Art, My name is Lori Wilson Roux.  I taught Physical Education for 33 years at Wheatley and Northside.  I truly enjoy reading about our former students and all they have accomplished in their lives.  Many of my hockey players called me “Momma Roux.”  I appreciate all you do with your letters and look forward to Number 38.  Thanks again for all your time and effort!  Stay well.  MOMMA  ROUX”

1959 (Stu Sanderson) – “Hi Art, Newsletter Number 37 is as interesting as ever.  Alumni are clearly happy you keep this thing going.  Be well,  Stu Sanderson  '59”

1960 (Joanne Festa) – “Thank you, Art, for your dedication to our Newsletter.  As we grow older, the Class of 1960 reminds us of those with whom we shared HS days.  May those who have passed RIP.  Smiles, Joanne Festa”

1960 (Carl Stewart) – “I eagerly await each of your Wheatley Alumni chapters and I, as well as many others, appreciate your commitment to this endeavor.  Keep up the good work.”

1961 (Rhoda Kalkin Schneider) – “I enjoy reading and keeping up with graduates and all the goings on with Alumni.  Thanks.” 

1961 (Patty Kirk Hefferan) – “I want to thank Arthur and Keith for the reunions and the newsletter that keeps all of us in touch with each other.  Stay well.”

1963 (Donna Harmelin Rivkin) – “Dear Art, Thank you thank you for keeping our memories of Wheatley alive and well!  I appreciate all your hard work in putting together the Newsletters.  I am a senior citizen now, and reading other people’s experiences keeps me young.  Love you!!”

1966 (Claude Levy) – “As usual, thanks for your newsletter.”

1967 (Fred Amato) – “Thanks for all the time and effort that you put into this; all ‘Wildcats’ greatly appreciate  what you do.”

1967 (Richard Schwarz) – “Thanks for being the taskmaster to keep the Wheatley alumni informed!”

1969 (Deborah Willard Goldenberg) – “Dear Art, Jirka & All Wildcats: Back in September 1968 the talk was of the invasion of Czechoslovakia by the Soviets.  Being that my family was very close with the Glasers (George 1965; Tom 1968), we had additional concerns.  We wondered whether Jirka would ever be re-united with his family, or even if that was wise.  So when I saw his picture in Wheatley Alumni Newsletter # 37, I wondered why he looked familiar.  As I read on, I remembered.”

1970 (Joseph Elterman) – “Thank you for all of your hard work in sending out these newsletters.  I am grateful for all that you do for our Alma Mater.”

1970 (Jon Stein) – “Nice job on the newsletters.”

1971 (Wayne Peiser) – “Thanks for all the interesting stories of Wheatley.  And a big hello to Elvira (‘Vivi’) Cilmi Kunz.”

1971 (Paul Rosenfeld) – “I have been reading your newsletters and enjoying the reminiscing among the different classes.”

1974 (LauRha Frankfort) – “Thank you so much for these wonderful newsletters.  You Rock!   LauRha Frankfort” 

1974 (Glenn Hogan) – “It's great that you keep this going with all the work it takes.  Thank You very much!”

1979 (Amy Gould) – “Thank you for all you do!

1979 (Gwendolyn “Wendy” Maude McClure) – “Brilliant!  Thank you Arthur.

2006 (Sara Purvin) – “Thank you for maintaining the Wheatley Alumni Network!”

2009 (Amanda Hartman) – “A fabulous newsletter!  I particularly enjoyed reading about Jirka Kende's story, and now I want to book a tour of New York City with Jared Goldstein for my mom and sister!!”


That’s it for The Wheatley School Alumni Association Newsletter # 38.  Please send me your autobiography before someone else sends me your obituary.