Written by Stanley Greenberg Friday, 28 September 2012 00:00
I was a freshman at CCNY (City College of New York). I had just graduated from high school and was 16-and-a-half years old. Honestly, I was not very worldly and my education was vastly underwhelming in both social aspects and in the knowledge department. However, I had been accepted to this great learning academy and I was determined to do my best.
Lunchtime at CCNY turned out to be an experience I had to conquer. I took my brown bag lunch that my mother had prepared for me, with its obvious oil stain on the outside. I was about to enter the lunchroom at the college.
As I opened the door, a whole cacophony of sounds emerged as I peeked sheepishly into the huge eating hall. A symphony of guitars and bongo drums almost split my ears. Students were dancing atop the lunch tables and everyone seemed quite happy and comfortable with the spectacle that I observed. Only I was frightened and somewhat terrified by the fact that everyone in the room was relaxed and contented at the proceedings.
I immediately closed the doors and sought a quiet place in the park where I could devour my tuna fish sandwich in peace. I vowed never to enter that insane asylum again.
Three years later, during my senior year, I became one of those bad actors in the lunchroom. I never danced on the tables and my musical abilities were slight, so I never picked up a guitar. But in the last three years, I had developed a series of friends and acquaintances that I could meet in the lunchroom and feel quite comfortable with. I also think that I had matured along the way. Even the girls paid attention to me.
Why am I dredging up this experience and writing about it at this time? I have grandchildren who are taking the SATs and will soon be entering schools of higher learning. Maybe my story will be of comfort to them.
Friday, 17 May 2013 00:00
Legislator Judy Jacobs, (D-Woodbury) attended the recent Plainview-Old Bethpage CARES Project PACE NORC (Naturally Occurring Retirement Community) Walk sponsored by the Mid Island Jewish Community Center in Plainview. This Wellness Walk was filled with family activities, including face painting and a bouncy house. There was a community expo, a 50/50 raffle, live music and refreshments.
“It is a wonderful opportunity for everyone to come out, walk, get fit and have fun,” said Jacobs.
Thursday, 16 May 2013 00:00
The Plainview-Old Bethpage Board of Education unanimously approved of 15 tenure recommendations during a school board meeting last week. The boardroom was packed with family and friends of each tenure recipient. Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources Timothy Eagen commended them for the employees’ “efforts, hard work with our children and professionalism.”
From JFK High School, guidance counselor Christina Rivas-Laline and teachers Owen Dugan, Michael Horun and Jennifer Santorello were recommended; teacher Linda Curran from H.B. Mattlin Middle School and JFK; teacher Amanda Gundling from POB Middle School and H.B. Mattlin Middle School; teacher Rachel Quattrocchi from POB Middle School; teacher Risa Henkel from POB Middle School and JFK High School; teacher Brian Gurney from POB Middle School; social worker Marc Galloway from Parkway School and Old Bethpage School; District Psychologist Jennifer Strangio-Lott, district teacher Jennifer Hoffman; teacher Dina Futterman from Stratford Road School; teacher Tara Gaudreault from Pasadena School and teacher Debra Lovett from Parkway School.