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Sept. 2022- booster for variant BA.5

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Deep Breath moment:

Summer is here! Sound View Dunes Park, Soundview Ave. Southold, Long Island. (photo below)

The Sound View Dunes Trail, 1.6 mile loop, is known for its variety of terrain, including both dirt and sand. And because it’s out of the way, it’s likely to be mostly empty so you might have it all to yourself.

The hike is also biodiverse, as you’ll be going through wetlands, marsh, forest, and dunes. There are also a number of swale landforms, which are naturally occurring depressions between the dunes. Lastly, there is a public beachfront without the crowds! These kinds of short hikes are opportunities to slow down and admire the bounty of nature around you.

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2022 Scholarship Winners!

The winners of the 2022 WSR Annual Scholarship are the following WHS seniors:

1. Isabel Hernandez Flores
2. Adan Pleitez
3. Abullah Saleh
4. David A. Torres


Westbury High School
Scholarship Awards Ceremony

June 2022

WSR President, Dorie Cuilla, presented the WSR scholarship award to the 4 deserving seniors.

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In Memorium link at bottle of page



** One of our retirees has gone viral!! David Dahle has his own channel on YOUTUBE! You can check him out performing his original songs on YOUTUBE: search- David Avid and click the orange circle with the big D. Congrats David!:)

**Camille Lupa and Marge Parente both added another grandchild to their family in 2021!

Judy Bernstein's 1st great grandchild was born in Israel on April 27, 2022. A girl - Masha Bernstein. Parents are son, Joey and daughter-in-law, Ashira.   

     Welcome to the world!

**Camille Block is a retiree from Dexel in her early 90's. Her memoir, Cruising Thru Marriage, is

available on Amazon.

**from-David Dahle: Wanderlust Retiree!

At a Zoom meeting of the WSR during the pandemic, a question was floated: Do you prefer a vacation or a staycation? I suggest an alternative to both is travel.
Since retiring from WHS in 2000 I have done the following:
2022: Three weeks of car travel in Alaska. 
2008: Six months of van camping from NY to Seattle, down the West Coast,, then across the South to Florida and back to NY.  I have been to all 50 states.
2004/2007: Two trips to India, 6 weeks each time.
2009: Six weeks in Australia and New Zealand.
2010: One month in Peru.
2014: One month in Cuba.
2006: Five years in a row to Mari Gras in New Orleans, beginning with the first Mardi Gras after Katrina.
2010: Six times to Burning Man.
Since 2000 I have been to over a hundred music festivals.
For the last ten years I have lived in the Dominican Republic for 6 months each year.

**Maureen Hocker is currently living in an assisted living facility and is, unfortunately, facing challenging health issues. 

   Best wishes and warm thoughts are welcomed.

Maureen Hocker

Sunrise of East Meadow 

1555 Glenn Curtiss Blvd. 

East Meadow, NY. 11554

Room 312


**Iride Bubek passed away on June 6, 2022. 

She was predeceased by her husband, Ernest in May, 2022. Iride retired from Powell's Lane School. She was a sweet and kind person and attended a few of our luncheons.

Condolences can be sent to:

The Family of Ernest and Iride Bubek

54 Round Hill Road

Roslyn Heights, NY 11577

**We are very sorry to notify you that Esther Kosakoff passed away on July 1st. Esther was a reading teacher at Park Avenue School. Services were held today, July 6 at Temple Emmitt in New Jersey.

Condolence cards may be sent to her son David Kosakoff and family.

40 Hendrickson Ave.

Rockville Centre, NY 11570

**It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Nora Friedl - June 2022.

Nora was a retired Special Education Teacher from Drexel Avenue School. In 2004 when the WSR was formed she was a founding member. Nora served as treasurer until moving to Henderson, NV with her husband, Paul, in the spring of 2018.

Send cards to:

Paul Friedl & Family

2586 Woodson Ave

Henderson, NV 89052

**It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Adrienne Ginsberg on March 31, 2022. Adrienne was a retired Reading Teacher from Park Avenue School. Services were held on April 3 at The Gardens of Boca Raton in Boca Raton, Florida.

Condolence cards can be sent to her son Bill Ginsberg and family.

5798 Via De La Plata Circle

Delray Beach, Florida 33484

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To help the people of Ukraine, NYSUT is encouraging members and the general public to consider donating to the NYSUT Disaster Relief Fund, the union’s 501(c)3 charitable organization.
NYSUT will be partnering with relief agencies to make sure that the funds collected get to the people in areas that are most in need due to this humanitarian crisis.

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 June 2022: New Retirees!!

1. John Carcich-Powells

2. Christine Dickson-Dryden

3. Dennis Fanning-HS

4. Susan Gabriel-Park

5. Ron McKay-Drexel

6. Brian Rhodes-HS

7. Lewis White-MS

The following administrators are also retiring:

Cheri DeBellis

Wanda Toledo

Juanita Sherwood



Our 2019 Fall luncheon at EB Elliot's on the Mile, was a huge success!!


NYSUT Conference Oct. 29, 2019
WSR members in attendance: Judy Bernstein, Grace Bryant, Dorie Ciulla, and Carol Gardiner.


Thanks to all who attended the 4th ZOOM membership meeting May 9, 2022. We had fun!!

Link to meeting minutes below:


Dec 8, 2021: Return of our Holiday Luncheon at the Westbury Manor! 29 people were able to attend and $400 was raised for our annual scholarship award. A great time was had by all!:)

Pics below are from the 2019 holiday luncheon at Westbury Manor.


2019 Holiday    Luncheon!


 Westbury Manor



Great Food!


Great Friends!


Great Fun!


Great Memories!


Obituaries for members who passed recently

Nora Friedl-2022

Nora Friedl passed away in June 2022. Nora was a retired Special Education Teacher from Drexel Avenue School. In 2004 when the WSR was formed she was a founding member. Nora served as treasurer until moving to Henderson, NV with her husband, Paul, in the spring of 2018.

Adrienne Ginsberg-2022

Adrienne Ginsberg passed away on March 31, 2022. Adrienne was a retired Reading Teacher from Park Avenue School. Services were held on April 3 at The Gardens of Boca Raton in Boca Raton, Florida.

Gwen Clement- 2022

(July 10,1928-Feb 22, 2022)

Gwen Clement was a General Education teacher and also a Typing Teacher. She taught at Dryden Street school and most of her career at the Middle School where she taught typing and 6th Grade.
One of her colleagues shared these remembrances: “Gwen was old school; she had solid values about dignity, being fair and getting along, and honesty.Gwen was an exceptional educator and motivator. She was a classy lady.
Gwen used to bring in old and unusual artifacts and asked the kids what they might be used for.
If the kids learned one thing in her class, it would be manners and how to act properly; the academics would follow.”
To this colleague, “Gwen was one in a million!” What wonderful memories of a life well lived. What an impact Gwen had on her students and colleagues.

Maw-Maw, as her family affectionately called her, is survived by her two sons Bruce (Cynthia) and David (Jacqueline), both graduated from WHS, five grandchildren Daviece, Donnell (Danielle), Brandon, Christopher and Jonathan, two great-granddaughters Jaliyah and Myla, and many loving nieces, nephews, colleagues and friends. ​

Pat Francis- 2022

Patricia Ann Francis, affectionately known as Pat, began her teaching career in 1983 at Friends Academy in Locust Valley (1983 – 89) where she taught a combined 2nd and 3rd grade class.  Shortly into her career she was offered a teaching position in the Westbury School District at Drexel Elementary School where she taught 4th and 5th grade from 1989 to her retirement in 2013. Pat was a truly dedicated teacher. She was a no-nonsense teacher, however her children loved her.  She loved her children and taught them in a manner which was both strict and loving at the same time.  She simply wanted the “best” for her children and went out of her way to accomplish that task.

Outside of school, Pat was an avid health enthusiast:  walking daily, eating healthy, participating in Yoga classes, Pilates, Zumba, Strength Training and even Belly Dancing.  She was a motivator of her friends, especially her walking buddies, which were called “The Walking Club”. She often shared health tips and even registered them in health seminars. She also liked to share recipes with everyone. We remember Pat as an energizer and motivator with an infectious smile and effervescent personality.  She was a wonderful, loyal friend.

Most of all she is remembered as a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, and loving friend.  Her husband of 51 + years, Leslie L. Francis, sons David M. Francis and Michael K. Francis are fortunate to have been in her presence in the precious time that they shared.

As a member of the Executive Board she was in charge of the annual Breast Cancer Walk. Always at every luncheon with a friendly word and smile for everyone. We miss you Pat.

Thelma Tribble: 2022

Thelma Tribble was a fourth and fifth grade teacher at Drexel Avenue School. She passed away on January 30th in Whispering Pines, North Carolina.

William 'Bill' Bowden: 2022

William "Bill" Bowden was a Biology Teacher at WHS for 22 years. He had a love for horticulture and served for 12 years as the Superintendent Director of Planting Fields Arboretum in Oyster Bay. He continued to pursue his passion for horticulture, serving as Commissioner of Jurors for the Long Island Flower Show. Over the years, he worked as a consultant to some of Long Island's more prominent nurserymen. His home was a refined yet spectacular exhibition of azaleas, rhododendrons, and specimen trees, which he, and his wife of 67 years, Amelia, organized masterfully into a parade of seasonal colors.  Bill was a long-time member of the WSR and regularly attended our luncheons. He was loved by his students and admired by his colleagues.