There are literally hundreds of thousands, if not millions of New Yorkers who have, over the past decades, relocated in Florida. That includes no small amount of former Roslyn residents. In fact, the First Lady of Florida, Carole Rome Crist, is a Roslyn native and a 1987 graduate of Roslyn High School.
Recently, a number of Roslynites, those either residing or wintering in the Sunshine State, held a reunion at the Chalfont condominiums in Boca Raton, FL.
The reunion took place on Feb. 4, and was attended by up to 70 present and prior residents of Roslyn. The day was an occasion for recollection, reflection, and "rejoicing."
"We who had settled in Roslyn in the 1950s, '60s, '70s, and '80s, who lived the suburban lifestyle, who raised our children, volunteered, and in all ways contributed to making Roslyn a vibrant and popular community, were ecstatic to renew our connections," said Elese Itzler. "You can't imagine the excitement in the room as we recognized and rejoiced in seeing one another."
The success of the reunion, Ms. Itzler added, was arranged over a two-week period by word of mouth. The organizers expected that only a handful of people would turn out, but instead there was the large turnout of 70 people, which has inspired the organizers to make the reunion an annual event.
"It was testimonial to the happiness of our days in Roslyn, the depth of the friendships we made there and the wonderful memories we share," she added.
Ms. Itzler said the group enthusiastically looks forward to the second annual reunion next winter. It is inviting anyone who expects to be in South Florida in February 2010 as a resident, a snowbird, or a vacationer to attend.
For information on the reunion, call Lee Itzler in Boca Raton at (561) 479-0062 to have your name placed on the invitation list.