Appearing in our July 2014 Alumni Newsletter is a message from our Alumni Editor and Coordinator, Stu Rothstein '64. It is self-explanatory and reads:
"The Newsletter is going out to all people who paid their dues between 2011 and 2014. The January 31, 2015 Newsletter will be going out to all of you who paid between 2012-2014."
Stu writes further, "If you move, please notify me (email@example.com), because the postage is getting expensive. Please do not send me any payments for 2014 after October 15, 2014 and date them for 2015. If you do, I will return them."
We hope you will continue your subscription to our Newsletter and catch up with the lives of your fellow classmates after 53 years down the path to senior citizenship. Enjoy your lives!
* PROF. ASHER J. MATATHIAS *
THESSALONIKI MAYOR BOUTARIS SWORN IN
WEARING YELLOW STAR OF DAVID AMID GOLDEN DAWN PROTESTS
Thessaloniki Mayor Yiannis Boutaris wore a yellow Star of David badge like the ones worn by Jews rounded up in the northern city during the Second World War, on Thursday for his swearing-in ceremony.
Boutaris pinned the badge to his jacket amid protest by leftists against the presence of Golden Dawn MP Artemis Matthaiopoulos on the municipal council. Mathaiopoulos gained 7.7 percent of the vote when he stood for Thessaloniki mayor in May’s local elections, helping Golden Dawn elect two councilors.
Protesters exchanged chants and insults with Golden Dawn supporters who sat in the opposite public gallery at the municipal council. Boutaris pleaded with both sides to calm down.
“The municipal council is not a coffee house or a soccer stadium,” said Boutaris, who prevailed comfortably in May’s elections, winning 58.1 percent of the vote in the second round to secure a second term.
His decision to wear the yellow badge carries significant symbolism as almost 90 percent of Thessaloniki’s Jews were killed during the Second World War after being transported to Nazi German concentration camps, leaving only some 10,000 survivors.
Such sense and sensitivity displayed by Mayor Ioannis Boutaris of Thessaloniki is to be commended and emulated by sane and decent Greeks everywhere. He has done honor to the memory of his city's majority Jewish population exterminated in the Holocaust of Greek Jewry, and brings hope to those of us who see Greece's plunge in to the depths of anti-Semitism --- becoming the foremost nation to be contaminated with this contagion in Europe --- as the nadir of moral depravity.
Now, alas, the Hellenic parliament is ready to take the long overdue step and pass legislation against racism, Holocaust-denial, xenophobia, and homophobia. Then, let Greece adopt former education and religious affairs minister Maria Repusi's welcome initiative, also long in coming, to incorporate mandated Holocaust studies in curricula in Greece and parochial schools abroad, including Astoria's Greek day school!
* SHEILA BLUMENFELD FELSEN *
We were invited to a Boomers night at the Fairfield Senior Center last spring. Apparently the townspeople using it were aging and they were looking for fresh meat. The offered lectures (interesting ones on history, etc), pickleball lessons, ping pong and pool, computer classes, exercise equipment and, of course, free food. I dragged my hubby. We had taken Lifetime Learners classes at the center and I have exercised there in the past when my aerobics teachers were on vacation so I felt comfortable there.
It was a nice night; everyone was friendly, no wheelchairs and canes, and mostly the attendees were my age, give or take 10 years. A dear friend of ours who lives in Sacramento plays pickleball and recommended it highly so we tried it. It's a cute game, an easy form of tennis. A huge number of people in our exercise classes play, both in our town and neighboring towns, and love it. The guy 'in charge' was a genial, affable and very welcoming fellow, probably in his late 60s, tall and fit. He has been emailing me regularly to come back and was also keeping us in the loop about events at the center.
A couple of days ago I got an email from another person that John had fallen. A subsequent email said that he had severe back injuries and needed several operations as there was spinal damage. This morning an email said that they were optimistic but no visitors.
We live in a colonial style house. 3 floors, plus a room over the garage that you can access only from the back porch or garage....on steps that would rival those in the Ann Frank house in Amsterdam. It is a feat to negotiate those stairs with anything in your hands and that is a large room that we do use for storage. In the basement, which is huge, is my washer and dryer, an extra refrigerator and a freezer, along with tons of kid's toys, bikes they can ride around in there, a pool table, TV, things we might need 'one day', and enough food and drinks for our whole alumni organization should the apocalypse come. When we entertain, which is less and less these days, I am constantly running up and down to get extra pots, foods, etc.
I'm thinking that poor John didn't do that kind of severe damage falling on his driveway. I woke up thinking about all my stairs: 14 up, 13 down, stairs to the attic, stairs to get from the garage to the main level. I'm worrying about falling too. My kingdom for a ranch! Hubby is VERY resistant. He loves it here. I'm thinking that no matter how many times we go to the gym, one day this house is going to do us under. Come next spring, depending on our reactions to a first time wintering in Florida, decisions will have to be made. I'd welcome any input from anyone who has made the leap to a saner living situation.
One of the longest running rivalries in high school football history ended today, August 21. Tilden spokesman Ron Post conceded to TJHS spokeswoman Thea Alpert in a tie victory with concessions that don't come easy in battle; but this was without doubt an easy win-win for two of Brooklyn's competiting high schools of yesteryear.
Accepting my request for exposure of our Dec 11 luncheon in Florida, Ron Post writes: "Yes, I would be more than happy to send out your email (even though I am a Tilden graduate but we beat your football team many times on Thanksgiving Day. Ron" "Thank you so very much, Ron," I replied. "As the Dodgers deserted Brooklyn for LA, so did less than a handful of our students transfer to Tilden. Tilden won THIS game but certainly not the war. I'm for peace - Tildenite or not, welcome home, Brooklyn! And so the memories continue...."
IRMA SHERMAN LATINSKY
INVITATION TO TJHS LUNCHEON/REUNION
Irma Sherman Latinsky returns to Florida in November. This translates to parties, more parties, and more parties! Irma has once again ignited interest in a winter reunion/luncheon and you, our TJHS sisters and female spouses of TJHS male graduates of all graduating years are invited!
Note: This invitation will post on our Class page and as private messages or postings on many Facebook pages, not in a private mailing - because of computer issues with mass mailings. You are therefore asked to please share the details of our upcoming Florida luncheon with TJHS grads.
THEME: Winter Wonderland in Florida - For Women Only
DATE: Thursday - December 11, 2014
TIME: 1 P.M.
ADDRESS: 16850 Jog Road, Delray Beach, FL
DETAILS: Separate checks
RSVP:: by December 2 - December is Florida's busy season - we need to know in advance how many reservations you require. Plan early. Tell Irma to count you in!
CALL: Irma - 561-638-3802
ABOUT HENRY'S -"Henry’s is the winner of Boca Raton Magazine’s 2012 and 2013’s Readers’ Choice Award for Favorite Restaurant and Best American Cuisine. Henry’s offers classic and contemporary comfort food in a warm and inviting setting. Henry's also offers a beautiful patio for al fresco dining during cooler months. The menu at Henry’s features the best in-season products, select cuts of meat and poultry and the freshest seafood available.
"Executive Chef, Ben Burger, offers a wide variety of menu options including Horseradish Crusted Salmon, Turkey and Mushroom Meatloaf and Coriander-Seared “Rare” Yellowfin Tuna. Henry’s also offers a large selection of gluten-free, vegetarian and low-calorie menu options."
* AL CINAMON '55 *
DRIVERS MED COURSE
A driver over 65 is likely to never drive drunk. Unfortunately, alcohol is only one drug that impairs drivers. Older drivers are the most likely to drive while under the influence of multiple medications. Drugs typically affect people differently at age 60 than at age 20. With age, people tend to gain weight and lose muscle tone, which changes the way chemicals are absorbed. An older body can also take longer to rid itself of drugs.
So if you are taking medication, should you be driving? Most likely, yes. But the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) advises that it’s best to be absolutely sure before you get behind the wheel. While most medications don’t affect driving ability, some prescription and over-the-counter (OTC) medicines can cause reactions that may make it unsafe to drive. These reactions may include sleepiness/drowsiness, blurred vision, dizziness, slowed movement, fainting, inability to focus or pay attention, nausea, and excitability.
Driving while on medication can also be a legal issue. State laws differ but in New York driving under the influence of certain medications (prescription and OTC products) could get you in the same kind of trouble as people caught driving under the influence of alcohol.
Knowing how your medication – or any combination of them – affects your ability to drive is clearly a safety measure involving you, your passengers, and others on the road.
Products that could make it dangerous to drive include some anti-depressants, some cold remedies and allergy products, tranquilizers, sleeping pills, pain relievers, diet pills, drugs containing stimulants such as caffeine, or codeine. It’s also important to know that you should never combine medication with alcohol, which would create a synergistic effect (a greater effect than if each were taken separately).
If you must drive, don’t stop taking your medicines unless told to do so by your doctor. Do talk to your doctor or pharmacist about possible side effects of the medicines you take.
It would also be advisable to carry a list of your medications including names and dosages, just in case of an emergency.
Please assist us in our effort to maintain a Web presence that performs in the best possible manner. I am here to present you with quality reading material, help navigate your journey through the halls of TJHS and to assist you in re-connecting with long-time friends. Your submissions and suggestions are welcomed! Please direct correspondence to TJHS1961@aol.com
MISSING GRADS - I've received hundreds of requests to locate your friends. Be assured that each request remains active until the person is found. It may take a day, a month, even a year or more, but we are working diligently to find them. Lend a hand -- alert '61 Jeffersonians in hiding to come-out-come-out-wherever-you-are!
PROFILED BUT NOT REGISTERED? - Please be advised that a profile exists for all students of TJHS 1961 including those “Missing.” If this is your first visit to our web page, please do not create a second Student File. First consult the 1961 Class Directory which is listed in alphabetical sequence by last name. It is accessible at the top of our page within the TJHS 1961 orange header.
If you are a regular visitor but have not registered, please do so by assigning your private password. Without a registered password you will not be able to gain entry to your file or edit - nor will you be unable to contact students who elect to maintain privacy - nor will you be able to post messages or become involved with many activities available to those who are. Your Password is confidential - you and the Classreport organization alone maintain such information. Assign your private password: refer to the "Sign In" box (upper right), then click "Lost Password" and, upon prompt, enter your "PW." Then click "Save."
SOCIAL LINKS (i.e. Facebook, et al.) have been added to many profiles by the respective registrants. The links you post should lead where directed. In instances where the link was not added correctly, it leads to a dead zone. Accordingly, we have deleted the invalid link and added a notation in your respective Bios. Please test your links before posting.
ABOUT YOUR PROFILE - We have completed yet another phase in updating personal biographies. Your profile now includes the Honor Societies, Service Clubs and Extra Curricular Activities (ECA) you performed for our Alma Mater. Learn more about your role and those of the young adults with whom you forged friendships in high school because of your services to our school. Check out biographies on Classreport.
PRACTICING EMAIL COURTESY - When you forward e-mail received from others, please delete the forwarding history, which includes the e-mail addresses of EVERYONE listed. It is a courtesy to others who may not wish to have their e-mail addresses sent throughout the Internet. Erasing the history helps prevent spammers from mining addresses, computer fraud, identity theft and viruses. Always use the "BCC" feature when sending e-mail.
Conversely, when preparing e-mail which originates with you, so as to maintain the privacy of those to whom your communication is forwarded, it is necessary that you "BCC" everyone rather than publish private contact information for all to see. "BCC" is a standard feature and represents "Blind Carbon Copy." The feature is an option in email preparation. Please use it.
THE CLASS OF '61 has officially entered the world of TECHNOLOGY . Reunion invitations will be available to you on this web page and via e-mail. If you have not provided us with your e-mail address, kindly add it to your Classreport profile. Now is also the time to update your profile and correct all outdated data. It is your decision whether to go private or public with this information so that others may reach out to you; however, be assured that if you wish privacy, your email address will not be viewable to anyone but the Office; plus, my outgoing e-mails are always distributed as "blind copies." When someone requests your e-mail address, it is my policy to drop you a note requesting permission to share.
Note: Our presence on Classreport will continue strong, as will the continuation of the TJHS Alumni Association and the TJHS Alumni Newsletter. Our newsletter is brought to you by Al Solomon '49, Alumni President; Stu Rothstein'64, Editor and Coordinator; and literary contributions from Alumni members. Tell us of your news ... write your Class Administrator!