Written by Stanley Greenberg Friday, 03 August 2012 00:00
It was the summer of 1950.
I had just been dropped off in Monticello, NY from my father’s pride and joy, his forest green 1947 Buick. I was venturing forth to find an elusive summer job. A pair of black waiter’s pants was draped over my arm. I was heading for an employment agency in Monticello, the queen city of the Borscht Belt.
A car pulled up alongside the road and the gentleman who was not driving asked me in a deep voice, with a thick Yiddish accent, “Are you a busboy?”
I fibbed instantly and said, “Yes, I am.”
“Jump in the back seat!” he ordered.
We flew off to the Sunnyland Hotel, a small hotel in Parksville, NY. I soon learned the intricacies of “bus-boying.” Set the tables, take the side orders (ketchup, pickles, hot tea, sour cream, etc.) and eventually clear the dishes after the meal. Kosher dairy meals were more difficult than meat meals because no one filled up on the food. Another tuna salad, another pickled herring and another order of cold borscht with potato and sour cream kept us going back and forth to the kitchen.
I had a bad luck streak going for me; I somehow kept dropping and breaking drinking glasses. This would happen only when the owners were around. I received some glares from the proprietors, but I managed to last the season.
This all came back to me when I viewed a documentary called Welcome to Kutsher’s: The Last Catskills Resort at the Sid Jacobson JCC in Roslyn. It brought back the carefree days of being a waiter and a busboy. Kutsher’s was the classy hotel of the Catskills. There were over 200 hotels, big and small.
Kutsher’s was Kosher. Kutsher’s had the finest entertainment at their nightclub. They had golf, tennis courts, horseback riding and luxurious pools. Wilt Chamberlain of Kutsher’s, a future Hall-of-Famer, was the tallest bellhop in the mountains. He also played basketball against other hotels on Wednesday evenings; a lot of betting went on.
They were one of the last places to close after their New York City patrons started taking cheap trips on planes and cruise ships instead. The trips to Europe and the Bahamas took the place of a week in the Catskills. It’s a bygone era, stuck only in the memory of the elderly. Bye bye, Kutsher’s!
Wednesday, 15 May 2013 00:00
During its April and May meetings, the Birchwood Civic Association welcomed Board of Education members and candidates from the Syosset School District, as well as Board of Education members and administrators from the Jericho School District to discuss budget proposals and issues facing the districts. The BCA voted to endorse both the Syosset and Jericho budgets, as well as the Jericho Library budget, acknowledging that all made a strong effort to retain programs while staying below the state tax levy cap. In addition, the BCA voted in support of Jericho's Proposition 2 regarding the establishment of a capital reserve fund. The Syosset Library budget was not reviewed.
Thursday, 16 May 2013 00:00
Susan Parker, a resident of Syosset for 24 years, is running for a trustee seat on the Syosset Board of Education.
A mother of three and employee of the Syosset Fire District for the past seven years, Parker has been an active PTA member for the past 21 years on a local and county level. Parker received her BS from SUNY Binghampton and her MBA from Boston University. Parker says she has two “gainfully employed” graduates of the school district, and a son currently attending Syosset High School.
Thursday, 16 May 2013 00:00
The Syosset Braves varsity boys lacrosse team (7-1) were victorious over the Plainview JFK Hawks (5-3) last Friday afternoon, 12-5 in Conference I play. The Braves are the number two seed going into the playoffs, and the Hawks are the number six seed.
Ending the first two periods with a 6-2 lead, the Braves’ defense reduced Plainview’s potential comeback to only one goal, while Syosset scored four.
Friday, 10 May 2013 00:00
Monmouth University sophomore Ashley Sandler of Jericho was named Northeast Conference tennis co-player of the week in April. The Syosset High School grad earned her second career league honor after posting a 4-0 record, including a 3-0 NEC mark, in a week that saw the Blue and White go 3-1.
Sandler did not drop a game in rolling to a 6-0, 6-0 win over La Salle’s Allison Amrein then stopped Wagner’s Rachel Jurgielewicz, 6-0, 6-4. Sandler edged the Mount’s Renee Deane in a marathon three-set affair, winning 6-2, 3-6, 13-11 and ended her week with another 6-0, 6-0 victory, this time over St. Francis’(Brooklyn) Akuila Edwards.