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January 2010
Volume 43, Number 5
Local 1, American
Federation of School
Administrators, AFL-CIO
                                                           COUNCIL OF SCHOOL SUPERVISORS AND ADMINISTRATORS

Union                                      Day Care Complaint                                                                                   Your Rights

Demands                                                                                                                                 When
DOE Payroll                                Goes To State Board                                                                          Schools Are
Data                                               BY ANNE SILVERSTEIN

                                              CSA has filed an unfair labor practice
                                                                                                                                        Shut Down
      BY ANNE SILVERSTEIN                 complaint with the NYS Employment                                                             n   Stay On Payroll
                                          Relations Board concerning the stalled Day
    Following up on a promise CSA         Care contract negotiations. The complaint
                                                                                                                                        n   Keep Health Benefits
President Ernest Logan made at the        was filed Dec 2.
                                              The union has filed the charges against
                                                                                                                                        n   Accrue Time Toward
CSA 45th Educational Leadership
Conference, the union has asked the       the city and the Day Care Council (DCC).                                                          Pension
DOE for a copy of its current man-        The crux of the complaint is that the city
agement pay plan.                         is the true employer of CSA’s Day Care
                      CSA filed the        Directors and Assistant Day Care Directors
                  request on Nov. 17,     because the city provides the funding to
                  and DOE officials        those centers and is in charge of contract
                  said they would         negotiations. The Office of Management
                  respond by Dec. 29.     and Budget and the Office of Labor
                      During        his   Relations, and not the Day Care Council,
                                                                                                                         YURIDIA PEÑA
                  annual address at       also handle the talks, as anyone who has
                                          been present during talks can see and hear.     n Arlene Edwards-Hammond, Early
                  the Nov. 7 Confer-
                                              In the complaint, CSA summarizes the        Childhood Director, spoke about the impor-
                  ence, Mr. Logan
                                          problem: “DCC has engaged in surface bar-       tance of communicating with lawmakers.
                  said, “I want them
President Logan to open their books.      gaining with CSA under the premise that
                  Show me all the         they have no control over the funding for       good faith.” CSA has been trying to move      n Jamaica High: One of many to close.
people that work there, where they        the contract. The City, as the “funding part-   negotiations along since the last contract
are and how much they make … I            ner” with DCC, has failed to negotiate in                         Continued on Page 6                     BY BOB REICH
want to see what’s happening with
the DOE.”                                                                                                                                   “Our school is closing.”
    Mr. Logan said that school leaders,                                                                                                     “Our school is being phased out.”

                                                    ‘Meet and Greet’ Party
who are still reeling from the last                                                                                                         Frightening words I am certain.
round of budget cuts, have the right                                                                                                    And words some of you have heard
to know that all the fat has been                                                                                                       recently after the city’s latest announce-
trimmed from the management hier-                                                                                                       ments last month that it will close a
archy at Tweed before the next budget                                                                                                   number of schools including Jamaica
cuts are implemented.                                                                                                                   High School and W.H. Maxwell Career
    “You have a right to know that                                                                                                      and Technical Education High School.
you really do have most of the money                                                                                                    Mayor Bloomberg has closed nearly
in your schools. If school dollars can                                                                                                  100 schools since he took over the
be saved by cutting administrative                                                                                                      school system in 2002, and more
costs, we want that to happen before                                                                                                    announcements are expected.
we cut anything else at the school                                                                                                          It is important, in the event that
level,” he explained.                                                                                                                   your school closes, to know that you
    The request was made under the                                                                                                      have rights and that CSA has fought
state’s Freedom of Information Law,                                                                                                     to protect you. To that end, if you hear
commonly referred to as a FOIL                                                                                                          your school is closing – through offi-
request. The public has the right to                                                                                                    cial channels rather than the rumor
request and inspect any documents                                                                                                       mill – the following applies:
or records maintained by an agency                                                                                                          1. Throughout the phase-out
and deemed available to the public.                                                                                                     period, the Principal determines who
(Certain documents are deemed                                                                                     ANNE SILVERSTEIN      is excessed from the school. Excessing
undisclosable.) The city had five days                                                                                                   is in order of seniority in license. In
                                             n CSA Executive Vice President Peter McNally hosted the CSA President’s Club
to respond to the initial request, and
did so by notifying the union that it
would respond by Dec. 29.
                                             Reception on Dec. 16 at the Water Street Restaurant and Lounge in Dumbo. About
                                             235 President’s Club members attended. More photos and story on Page 3.          3         elementary and middle schools, all
                                                                                                                                        supervisors hold the same license and
                                                                                                                                        thus determining the excessing order
                                                                                                                                        is obvious. In high schools, supervi-
                                                                                                                                        sors are licensed in different areas. The

CSA Sponsors                                                       A Full Year of Important                                             Principal determines which license
                                                                                                                                        areas are excessed first and then

Teaching and                                                       Vacation       Benefit                                                excesses within seniority within that

                                                                   Ideas for You Updates
                                                                                                                                            2. If you are excessed, you are
Learning                                                                                                                                placed in the Excess Pool and will be
                                                                                                                                        assigned to a position by Human

3                                                                  11                                    13                             Resources as an excessed supervisor.
                                                                                                                                                        Continued on Page 6
2                                                                                          CSA NEWS                                                                              January 2010

                                                                                                      PRESIDENT’S PAGE

                                                            When You Have To
         Council of School
    Supervisors & Administrators
       American Federation of School
       Administrators, AFL-CIO, Local 1
                                                           Cut Through The Bone
    16 Court Street, Brooklyn, NY 11241-1003
             Phone: (718) 852-3000              Are School Principals Really Like CEOs? By Ernest A. Logan
              Fax: (718) 403-0278

                              n recent years, we’ve been told                                                             sent our way for only two years. The
                                                       that NYC Principals and other                                                               third year might be a lot uglier.
                Ernest A. Logan                        school leaders have become so                                                                   Whether you’re in an affluent, mid-
           Executive Vice President                    empowered that they might as                                                                dle class or poor district, you’re dreading
               Peter J. McNally                        well be CEOs or other high-rank-                                                            the cuts to come. Ultimately, your most
              First Vice President              ing officers of their schools. In the old                                                          impoverished students – mainly minor-
              Randi Herman, Ed.D
                                                days, when the economy got shaky, the                                                              ity youngsters, who are the emerging
               Mark Cannizzaro                  Chancellor advised district offices what                                                           American majority – will suffer most.
                   Treasurer                    to slash. Today, budget decisions are                                                              Their parents won’t be able to provide
               Laverne Burrowes
                                                allegedly in the hands of Principals and                                                           them with tutors and cultural opportu-
                Vice Presidents
              Robert Kazanowitz,                they’re the ones who take the heat                                                                 nities outside of class. If they are in dis-
            Richard Oppenheimer,                about what gets cut first and which chil-                                                          tricts that are economically disadvan-
                 Nancy Russo,
         Irwin Shanes, Retiree Chapter          dren get hit hardest. But the truth is that                                                        taged, parent associations won’t be able
                Ronald Williams
                                                many of the decisions are dictated by                                                              to hold auctions and fairs to pay for
    Advisory Committee, Members At Large        the DOE and you’re left holding the bag                                                            “extras.”
               Sandy DiTripani,
       William Pinkett, Retiree Chapter,        as some of you did when the number of                                                                  Extras aren’t extra, of course. They’re
               Myrna Walters,                   school aides was recently reduced. It                                                              our lifeblood: Cultural subjects and
        Executive Director Operations
            Anita Gomez-Palacio
                                                may have seemed great to be empowered in good times,                           sports help children become better people and keep
               General Counsel                  but it may not be so great when times are bad.                                 many of them in school. Tutoring for regular course
                Bruce K. Bryant                    Here’s a New Year’s resolution: I’ve been speaking up                       work, Advanced Placement (AP) tests and the SAT deter-
                  Counsel                       against budget cuts in schools and I’m not going to stop.                      mine where students go to college or if they go at all. Part
              David Grandwetter
                                                You spent all summer dealing with city cuts. Some of                           of the lifeblood is also the support services, offered by
                   Phil Fodera                  you were hit so hard, you threw yourself on the                                guidance counselors and social workers, that keep kids
                                                Chancellor’s mercy with budget appeals before you could                        straight so that serious harm doesn’t befall them. In the
       Executive Director Field Services        open in September. This month, you will be hit with                            worst of times, this could be considered an “extra,” too.
               Audrey Fuentes
                                                another projected 1.5 percent city cut and in April with a                         If you have part-time teachers for gym or cultural sub-
                Field Directors
        Juanita Bass, Stephen Bennett,          projected 4 percent state cut. As I write this in mid-                         jects like music, poetry, painting, theater – the arts that
        Phyliss Bullion, Bernard Lopez,                                                                                        have humanized us
        Lena Medley, Kathleen Murphy,
                                                December, the Governor has just announced a hold on
       Daisy O’Gorman, Steven M. Rosen,         school aid to keep the state solvent till the New Year.                        since the dawn of
              Margaret Williams
                                                Many of you have cut to the bone and now need to fig-                          civilization – you     Empowerment
            Assistant Field Directors
                                                ure out how to cut through the bone while maintaining                          soon may have to
           Mary Aloisio, Mildred Boyce,
       Mark Brodsky, Charles Dluzniewski,       high standards for students.                                                   let them go. If
                                                                                                                                                      during bad times.
          Joanne Frank, Aura Gangemi,
            Pat Glassman, Ray Gregory,
                                                                              • • •                                            you’re in an ele-
        Ellie Greenberg, Robert Jeanette,
                                                                                                                               mentary school or

         Kate Leonard, Christine Martin,           t could get worse. Partly because of global competi-
          Bill Meehan, Thelma Peeples,                                                                                         middle school or a small high school without PSAL fund-
           Cynthia Sanders, Shelli Sklar           tion, President Obama is making a colossal investment
                                                                                                                               ing, you may have to give up the after-school athletic
                                                   in education. President Sarkozy is trying to do some-
              Grievance Director                                                                                               instructors who help those children fight obesity and ill-
                Robert J. Reich
                                                thing similar in France as is Prime Minister Hatoyama in
                                                                                                                               ness and sometimes discover a true talent for sports. If a
              Assistant Directors
                                                Japan. Yet while our federal government is pouring cash
                                                                                                                               guidance counselor retires or moves to another town, will
           Carol Atkins, Robert Colon,          into education, states are drowning in so much red ink
              Marlene Lazar, Ph.D,                                                                                             your first choice be to find a replacement? If after-school
            Phyllis Casolaro Williams           from the ‘08 banking crisis that they can only use the
                                                                                                                               instructors teach your intervention programs, could you
         Director of Communications             President’s dollars to backfill holes. These are dollars he
                Chiara Coletti                                                                                                          get stuck foregoing remediation for your struggling
               Assistant Director                                                                                                       youngsters and college-prep for the more advanced?
               Antoinette Isable                                        Closing the Gap                                                 You might even have to question whether you can
      Director of Governmental Relations                                                                                                offer AP classes during the day if class size soars
                  Noah Franklin
              Assistant Directors
                                                                                                                                        above the number that works for AP.
                   John Khani
                 Sondra Peedan                                                                                                                                • • •
            Alithia Rodriguez-Rolon

                                                                                                                                          n these fiercely challenging times, we all want
                 Director of IT
                 Egal Sanchez                                                                                                             to work with the Chancellor to find solutions.
          CSA Conference Chairman                                                                                                         No question we want him to cut consultants
              Pierre Lehmuller                                                                                                        and contracts at Tweed before anything is cut
             CSA Retiree Chapter
             Neil Lefkowitz, Chair
                                                                                                                                      elsewhere. We also want to work with elected offi-
            Gary Goldstein, Director                                                                                                  cials and the rich and powerful, many of whom
                 CSA Historian                                                                                                        send their children to private schools, and con-
                Jack Zuckerman
                                                                                                                                      vince them to make sure that funding for public
                 CSA NEWS                                                                                                             education never gets cut. Slighting public educa-
            Editor Anne Silverstein                                                                                                   tion won’t ever benefit society, democracy or cap-
        Editorial Assistant Yuridia Peña                                                                                              italism. To emphasize that succinctly, I’ll quote
     Production Consultant Michele Pacheco
      Production Assistant Christine Altman                                                                                           New York Times columnist Bob Herbert, who
       Design Consultant Louis Silverstein
                                                                                                                   YURIDIA PEÑA
                                                                                                                                      called our crisis in education “the greatest
                                                                                                                                      national security crisis.” He also said, “If America
    CSA News (004-532) is published 10 times      n On Dec. 7, CSA President Ernest Logan moderated the first of a series of
    a year for $35 per year per member by         panels entitled "Closing the Achievement Gap" sponsored by the NYC DOE              is to maintain its leadership position in the world
    CSA, 16 Court St., Brooklyn, NY, 11241.       Division of Teaching and Learning. The first one was held at St. Francis College     and provide a first-rate quality of life for its citi-
    Second Class Postage paid at Brooklyn, NY
    and additional mailing offices. POSTMAS-       in Brooklyn. The panel was followed by a presentation by Ronald E. Walker,          zens here at home, the educational achievement
    TER: Send address changes to CSA NEWS,        Executive Director of the Coalition of Schools Educating Boys of Color.             of American youngsters across the board needs to
    16 Court St., Brooklyn, NY, 11241.
                                                                                                                                      be ratcheted way up.”
January 2010                                                                           CSA NEWS                                                                                                 3

     ‘Meet and Greet’ Party Honors                                                                                                                            COMING
       President’s Club Members                                                                                                                             (
                                                                                                                                                                Events are at CSA’s Brooklyn
                                                                                                                                                               Headquarters, 16 Court Street,
                                                                                                                                                                  unless otherwise noted.

                                                                                                                                                              JAN. 6, 4:30 PM: CSA
                                                                                                                                                               District Chairs
                                                                                                                                                              JAN. 7, 10 AM: Retiree
                                                                                                                                                               Chapter Advisory
                                                                                                                                                              JAN. 7, 4 PM:
                                                                                                                                                               NYCESPA Executive
                                                                                                                                                              JAN. 11, 4:30 PM:
                                                                                                                                                              JAN. 12, 5 PM: ABENY
                                                                                                                                                               Executive Board
                                                                ANNE SILVERSTEIN                                                                              JAN. 14, 5 PM: CSA
   n PS/IS 288, D-21, Brooklyn was well represented. Above, from left, Assistant
                                                                                                n Willisteen Moore, Day Care Director of the Grant             Latino Caucus
   Principals JoAnn Trani, Denise Lambert, Diane Martinez and Principal
   Joelene-Lynette Kinard.                                                                      Day Care Center, Manhattan, and City Councilman-              JAN. 20, 5 PM: CSA
                                                                                                elect Daniel Dromm hadn’t seen each other in 25 years
                                                                                                                                                               Executive Board
                                                                                                when they worked together at Grant DCC. Mr. Dromm
       BY ANNE SILVERSTEIN                                                                      was the Assistant Director and Ms. Moore was a                JAN. 21, 4:30 PM:
                                                                                                kindergarten teacher. When Mr. Dromm left, Ms. Moore           Irish Committee,
    CSA hosted a holiday party for CSA                                                          was promoted.
President’s Club members to thank                                                                                                                              Department of
them for their political involvement                                                                                                                           Education
and to introduce them to recently
                                                                                                                                                              JAN. 25, 4 PM:
elected City Council members. About
235 in-service and retiree members
                                                                                                                                                               NYCESPA Executive
attended the Dec. 16 affair at the                                                                                                                             Board
Water Street Restaurant and Lounge,                                                                                                                           JAN. 26, 4 PM: Pre-
Dumbo, Brooklyn.
    In attendance were City
Councilmen Ydanis Rodriguez and
James Sanders Jr., and City Council                                                                                                                           JAN. 28, 9 AM: Retiree
members-elect Danny Dromm, Karen                                                                                                                               Chapter Executive
Koslowitz, Debi Rose, Stephen Levin,
Jimmy Van Bramer and Brad Lander.
    Executive Vice President Peter                                                                                                                            Please check with the
McNally thanked the union’s guests                                                                                                                            event organizer to confirm
for their past political activity and                                                                                                                         times and dates.
urged them to continue their work in
    President’s Club members are those
who contribute $8 or more a pay                                                                                                                             ABENY to
check to CSA’s PAC.
                                             n Above left:
                                                           From left, Prin
                                                                                                                                                            Hold Student
Helping To Fight                             Director Joan
                                            Shuldiner is th
                                                           ne Frank. Dr. M
                                                            e Principal of
                                                                            cipal Eloise M
                                                                             essineo is the
                                                                            the High Scho
                                                                                           essineo, Princi
                                                                                            Principal of Lo
                                                                                                           pal Ben Shuldi
                                                                                                                           ner and CSA As
                                                                                                             uis Brandeis Hi                sistant
                                                                                                                                                            Essay Contest
the Legislative
                                            Martin Fiasco                                   ol for Public Se                 gh School, Man
                                                          naro, Principa                                     rvice, Brooklyn                  hattan. Mr.       The Association of Black
                                            Principal Organ               l, Brooklyn Stud                                   . Above right,
                                                             ization, Scienc                io Secondary                                                    Educators of NY will honor the
                                                                              e Skills Center              School and Na
                                                                                                                           ncy Baldwin, As
Battles                                                                                       High School, Br
                                                                                                               ooklyn.                      sistant         winners of its annual Bridge from
                                                                                                                                                            Africa essay contest on Feb 6 at
                                                                                                                                                            1 p.m at the Cadman Plaza
                                                                                                                                                            Library in Brooklyn Heights. For
                                                                                                                                                            information, contact Aletta
                                                                                                                                                            Seales at
                                                                                                                                                                 In other news, Principals of
    CSA Sponsors 5th ‘Teaching & Learning’ Event                                                                                                            every public elementary, middle
                                                                                                                                                            and high school are invited to
                                                                                                                                                            select a student who has demon-
               BY YURIDIA PEÑA                         The Executive Leadership Institute               winning schools are honored during a                strated outstanding brotherhood
                                                   will return as well, and will present two            special ceremony. Recipients receive a              and service for the ABENY
     CSA is again a major sponsor of the           workshops. And for the first time, the                check for $1,000, a trophy, a banner                Human Service Certificate. The
  5th Annual Teaching and Learning                 New York State School Administrators                 with the name of the student(s), the                deadline for submission of
  Celebration on March 5 and 6 at the              Consortium (NYSSAC) will sponsor an                  teacher(s) and the school. Each school              names is March 30. ABENY also
  Hilton NY hosted by Thirteen/WNET                event. In addition, as with last year                also receives 10 passes to the Teaching             offers scholarships to NYC pub-
  and WLIW21.                                      when 160 CSA retirees volunteered at                 and Learning Celebration. School proj-              lic school seniors. The deadline
     Highlights of the two-day conference          the Conference, CSA expects a similar                ects are based on collaborations between            for applications is April 30. For
  include a plenary session led by Arne            enthusiastic turnout from the Retiree                teacher(s) and students that demonstrate            information, contact Dr. Sheilah
  Duncan, US Secretary of Education.               Chapter this year. (For information                  how a school integrates technology in               Bobo at (917) 412-9099.
  Discussing early childhood education             about volunteering, contact the Retiree              the classroom. The competition is open                  ABENY's next membership
  will be Lisa Henson, CEO of The Jim              Chapter at (718) 625-3434.)                          to all K-12 teachers and their students in          meeting will take place on Jan.
  Henson Company, creators of Sesame                   Another highlight of the conference              public and non-public schools.                      17 at 3 p.m. at the Bedford
  Street, PBS Kids and other television            is the Chase Multimedia in the                          For information on the competition, visit        Stuyvesant YMCA. For informa-
  shows for children.                              Classroom Award Competition. The 10                                tion, contact President Mellouise
                                                                                                                                                            Murdaugh, at (917) 971-7162.
4                                                                                     CSA NEWS                                                                              January 2010

          The Grievance Corner                                                                                                          Bob Reich

           An Overview of Your Role and Responsibilities
                                         t is important to understand your role        are due to complete probation during the          year. Contact the Membership

                                     I   within the school community and
                                         within the administrative cabinet.
                                         Principals, Assistant Principals,
                                         Supervisors and Education
                                     Administrators provide the educational
                                     leadership within the school system, yet
                                                                                       school year) but leave enough time to
                                                                                       observe, yes, those who are tenured.
                                                                                          CSA members who are Principals and
                                                                                       Assistant Principals have a work day of
                                                                                       seven hours and 15 minutes exclusive of
                                                                                       lunch. Your lunch is equal to a period in
                                                                                                                                         Department at
                                                                                                                                         and obtain a voucher to see a pension
                                                                                                                                         consultant who can help you plan for
                                                                                                                                         your future.

                                                                                                                                               eing certified in your license area is
                                     each has a specific role and rights.
                                        Within a school, the administrative
                                     team consists of the Principal, Assistant
                                                                                       your school.
                                                                                          All CSA members should review the
                                                                                       collective bargaining agreement to make
                                                                                                                                         B     crucial. If you have advanced from a
                                                                                                                                               teaching position to a supervisory
                                                                                                                                         one and have either let your teaching
                                     Principal and any Supervisors of… or              sure you are receiving the correct salary.        certification expire or have failed to
                                     Education Administrators that the                 Be especially cognizant of when you               make it permanent, that can affect your
                                     Principal has included. When this team            should receive your longevity payments as         continued employment as a supervisor as
                                     meets, team members should be free to             the Department of Education does not              well as your right to revert to your last
         The proper                  share ideas and thoughts and respect
                                     one another, but when the meeting ends
                                                                                       always remember to do this in a timely
                                                                                       manner. (After reviewing the contract, if
                                                                                                                                         appointed position.
                                                                                                                                             On that topic, if you do not meet the
         role of                     there is one voice.                                                                                 terms for certification as a supervisor you
                                                                                                                                         can also lose your position. Do you have
         Principals                  Roles and Responsibilities
                                         Our collective bargaining agreement
                                                                                                   CLIP THIS ARTICLE                     a certification issue or question? Check
                                                                                                                                         with the state or with the HR Connect
         and other                   clearly relieves CSA members from lunch             This column is designed to be cut out and       Partner who works with your site.
                                     duty. Administrators are not required to            inserted into a binder. Cut on dotted line,     Related questions to certification can be
         supervisors.                do “lunch duty” but they can be                     punch holes where indicated, and fold to        addressed to us at CSA. New certification
                                     expected to supervise those on lunch-               fit.                                            requirements include 150 hours of pro-
                                     room assignment. Your role is to ensure                                                             fessional development every five years.
                                     that staff is performing their responsibil-                                                         The DOE will soon issue a memorandum
                                     ities and that student safety is ensured.         you still have questions about salary, do         on this topic. Remember – you can lose
                                         Principals and Assistant Principals are       not hesitate to contact CSA.)                     your license if you do not take the appro-
                                     master teachers and should conduct timely            Wherever you are in your career, CSA           priate courses.
                                     and supportive observations of all staff. Be      provides every member with free pen-                  Questions not asked are questions that
                                     certain to make a priority observing those        sion consultations. You are entitled to           may haunt you in the future. Do not hesitate
                                     who are new to your school and those              three during your supervisory career              to contact me at with any
                                     who are probationary (particularly if they        with no more than one in any calendar             issues or concerns.

Letters                                                                                                                                Member
CSA Conference:                                  To the Editor: I have been a CSA mem-
                                                                                                                                       U P D AT E
                                                 ber since late August 1988. During that
Hospitable, Educational and                      time I have attended nearly every con-                   Excerpts From Weekly E-Mail “Blasts” to Members
a Good Time for All                              vention. This year's convention was by
                                                 far the best.                                     Programming Issues                            remains intact in the Fund for as long as
                                                                                                                                                 the member remains in-service as a DOE
   The following letter was sent to CSA              The plenary session and workshops
President Ernest Logan. A similar letter was     were rewarding. I was able to network             Cause Problems at TRS                         employee. Members may withdraw funds
sent to RC Chair Neil Lefkowitz.                 with many of the vendors with whom I                  On Dec. 11, TRS notified CSA that         only when they leave CSA. The future
                                                 do business in making my school a bet-            due to computer programming issues,           Fund Administrator will notify the mem-
Dear Ernie: Thank you for presenting me
                                                 ter place for students and teachers.              TRS is unable to separate non-UFT par-        bers of the establishment of each account
CSA’s Leadership in Government Award
                                                 However, the most rewarding aspect of             ticipants in the Tax-Deferred Annuity         and send more detailed information.
at your Conference [on Nov. 7]. It is a
great honor to be recognized by your             this year's convention was as follows. As         plan (TDA) from UFT participants in the
                                                 the CSA Chair for District 19, I pur-
organization, and I appreciated the
                                                 chased a table. The CSA members and
                                                                                                   plan. Therefore, all TDA participants will
                                                                                                   temporarily see their interest rate drop
                                                                                                                                                 20 Year Pension
opportunity to speak with the members
of your Retiree Chapter at their morning         teachers from my school who were in               to 7 percent effective Dec. 11. However,      Settlement Update
meeting.                                         attendance are still raving about their           TRS has assured CSA that the problem              TRS expects to begin making pay-
   I am grateful for your kindness and           experience at the convention and are              will be rectified within three months and     ments on or around Feb. 5 in the final
support, and I look forward to working           eagerly looking forward to next year's            all non-UFT participants’ interest rates      chapter of the 20 Year Pension settle-
with CSA to maintain and strengthen              convention. But what was most special             will revert to 8.25 percent and partici-      ment. In-service       members’ ITHP
NYC’s educational system.                        was that on the Monday after the con-             pants will be made whole.                     (Increased-Take-Home-Pay) accounts will
                   –THOMAS P. DINAPOLI           vention, as I visited their classrooms, I                                                       be credited for January of this year. If
                         NYS Comptroller         witnessed the implementation of the                                                             you submitted a payment election form
                                                                       data and strategies         CSA Establishes Annuity                       and that choice is not reflected on the
                                                                       that they brought
                                                                       back to the school
                                                                                                   Fund for Members                              postcard, contact the Settlement Hotline
                                                                                                                                                 at (1-800) 295-4716.
                                                                       from the work-                 Last month, the final benefit from the
                                                                       shops that they             current contract was established: A new
                                                                       attended. Because           annuity fund called the CSA
                                                                       of this, I too am           Compensation Accrual Fund was cre-
                                                                                                   ated. Each year, $708 will be deposited
                                                                       looking forward to
                                                                       next year's conven-         into the Fund for every in-service CSA
                                                                       tion as a means of          DOE member who is on payroll on Dec.                Retirement System
                                                                       furthering the suc-         9. The Fund will be administered by a
                                                                       cess of my school.          Board of Trustees and a professional                December 2009 Unit Values
                                                                           –JOSEPH A. COSTA        investment manager. The Trustees are                 Diversified Equity: 51.621
                                                                                     Principal     CSA President Ernest Logan, CSA                        Stable-Value: 19.385
                                                                                IS 218, D-19,      Executive Vice President Peter McNally,             International Equity: 9.100
                                                                                     Brooklyn      CSA First Vice President Randi Herman,
                                                   ANNE SILVERSTEIN                                                                                    Inflation Protection: 9.999
                                                                                                   CSA Advisory Committee member Sandy                     Socially Responsive
n NYS Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli with CSA retirees. From left,     (Mr. Costa is the           DiTrapani and CSA Executive Board                          Equity: 8.713
Dee-Dee Goidel, Mr. DiNapoli, Pat DeMeo, Retiree Chapter Chair Neil    District Chair for          member Debra Handler.
Lefkowitz and Retiree Chapter Director Gary Goldstein.                 CSA in District 19.)            Each member’s individual account
January 2010                                                                            CSA NEWS                                                                                                 5

                                              Keeping Kids in School                                                                                                 N AT I O N

                                                                                                                                                            RHODE ISLAND:
                                                                                                                      n CSA Executive Vice
                                                                                                                      President Peter McNally,              Reform Plan
                                                                                                                      left, listens to Sterling             A new reform plan was recently
                                                                                                                      Roberson of the UFT.                  unveiled to raise student profi-
                                                                                                                      Sitting next to him is                ciency, improve failing schools and
                                                                                                                      Special Counsel Katherine             teacher quality, and level the play-
                                                                                                                                                            ing field between low- and middle-
                                                                                                                      A. Lemire, Judge Monica
                                                                                                                                                            income students. State Education
                                                                                                                      Drinane; and                          Commissioner Debora Gist said the
                                                                                                                      Superintendent Cami                   plan stands, whether or not addi-
                                                                                                                      Anderson.                             tional resources become available.
                                                                                                                       KARA KAISER/
                                                                                                                                                            The state is struggling to meet the
                                                                                                                       MILLER PHOTOGRAPHY                   needs of public schools now and
                                                                                                                                                            anticipates losing federal stimulus
                      BY ANNE SILVERSTEIN                                        The five-hour symposium entitled “Promoting School-                        money after next year. (The
                                                                             Justice Partnerships: Keeping Kids in School and Out of Court”                 Providence Journal)
        CSA Executive Vice President Peter McNally was among                 featured several panels and an overview by education theorist                  KANSAS:
    a host of educators and legal experts who gathered on Nov. 13            Pedro Noguera.
    in the law offices of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom                   Mr. McNally was a participant on a panel entitled                          Little Engineers
    to discuss models for keeping kids in schools and out of the             “Opportunities and Challenges” with Sterling Roberson, the                     Derby school district is leading the
    criminal justice system.                                                 UFT’s Director of Student Safety; Katherine A. Lemire, Special                 nation in offering engineering
        Former NYS Chief Judge Judith Kaye, who is now a lawyer              Counsel to the NYC Police Commissioner; Judge Monica                           classes in elementary school.
    at Skadden, Arps, opened the day’s activities, and moderated             Drinane, Family Court; and D-79 Superintendent Cami                            Project Lead the Way’s engineering
    the panel on which Mr. McNally sat. Judge Kaye is a mem-                 Anderson. The other two panels were entitled: “Models of                       curriculum was offered at three
    ber of the permanent Judicial Commission on Justice for                  School-Justice Partnerships” and “Perspectives from the NYC                    schools this year and one school
    Children.                                                                Schools” with Sue Finn, Principal of PS 169, Manhattan.                        will serve as a pilot program for a
                                                                                                                                                            primary aerospace engineering les-
                                                                                                                                                            son plan. It is hoped the classes will
                                                                                                                                                            increase interest in math and sci-
                                                                                                                                                            ence. (The Wichita Eagle)

  Safeguarding Schools                                                                                             Ray Garcia                               TEXAS:
                                                                                                                                                            Texas Training
                                                                                                                                                            A preliminary study has shown
   Setting the Tone From the First Day                                                                                                                      that Texas schools of education are
                                                                                                                                                            not doing a good job of training
                                  he collecting, sharing and feedback of infor-               munity including school staff who may know                    future teachers. The criteria for

                           T      mation on school-related incidents, crime
                                  and related quality-of-life issues is essential
                                  in maintaining a safe school environment
                           and preventing incidents from escalating or even
                                                                                              something that can lead to solving a crime or
                                                                                              preventing a serious incident. Lately, we have
                                                                                              been experiencing a different phenomenon
                                                                                              where serious incidents, for the most part, have
                                                                                              been prevented inside the schools but are occur-
                                                                                                                                                            grading the programs included
                                                                                                                                                            admission standards, course
                                                                                                                                                            requirements, faculty quality, and
                                                                                                                                                            teacher preparation in math and
                                                                                                                                                            reading. Reportedly, schools were
                               The NYPD’s Comp Stat accountability system                     ring nearby. Some of the incidents may have                   not asked whether they wished to
                                                                                                                                                            participate. The study has come
                           has become an integral crime-fighting system                       started as minor disputes inside a school but have
                                                                                                                                                            under fire from many college
                           that has gained national recognition. It can be                    led to serious crimes outside.
                                                                                                                                                            deans who pointed out that they
                           summarized in one simple statement: "Collect,                          The NYPD School Safety Managers have
                                                                                                                                                            meet rigorous state and national
                           analyze, and map crime data and other essential                    joined me in building our networking capabilities             standards. (Houston Chronicle)
                           performance measures on a regular basis, and                       by attending school-based safety meetings. In
                           hold NYPD managers accountable for their per-                      these meetings, we try to build relationships so              ALABAMA:
                           formance as measured by these data.”                               we can help school administrators identify and
                               The four key Comp Stat strategies are:                         resolve any issues that can interfere with school             Reading Struggles
   Pointers                1) Timely and accurate intelligence.                               safety. The periodic meetings create a higher level           The recent results of the high school
                                                                                                                                                            exit exam indicate that central
                           2) Effective tactics.                                              of accountability for all stakeholders including,
   to ensure               3) Rapid deployment of personnel and resources.                    but not limited to, the precinct school sergeant,             Alabama students are struggling
                                                                                                                                                            with reading. Of 367 public high
                           4) Relentless follow-up and assessment.                            the school safety supervisor, parent coordinator,
   safety                      I can honestly say that this process is most                   Assistant Principal Security, UFT chapter chair,              schools, 130 failed or were deter-
                                                                                                                                                            mined to be borderline failing. Five
                           effective when we get the cooperation of, not                      Children’s First Network safety administrator, and
   through                 only NYPD managers, but everyone in the com-                       parent and student representatives.                           out of seven Birmingham high
                                                                                                                                                            schools failed and one received a
   the school                                                                                                                                               borderline passing score.
                                                                                                                                                            Reportedly one of the main issues
   year.                           Police Managers Available for Meetings                                                                                   for students is transience. A pro-
                                                                                                                                                            gram known as Read 180 has been
                                                                         Sherman Richards, Bronx West            Sheila Skinner, Brooklyn North             implemented to help turn results
                             H    ere is a complete list of all of the
                                  NYPD Managers who can help you
                             host safety meetings in your schools:
                                                                         cell: (347) 865-3023
                                                                                                                 cell: (347) 865-3064
                                                                                                                                                            around. (

                                                                         email:    email:   LOUISIANA:
                             Ramon F. Garcia Jr., Director (citywide)
                                                                         Naomi Aice, Manhattan North             Ronnie Williams, Brooklyn North
                             cell: 347-865-2082,
                             email:       Commander                               Commander                                  Career Diplomas
                                                                         cell: (347) 672-3843                    cell: (347) 865-1038                       Louisiana has instituted a new
                             Kelly L. Johnson, Deputy Director
                                                                         email:      email:     career diploma. As a result, the state
                             Brooklyn/Queens/Staten Island
                             cell: (347) 865-2098,                       Richard Covais, Manhattan South         Keith Cottman, Staten Island               has come under fire for reportedly
                             email:            Commander                               Commander                                  lowering its standards for students
                                                                         cell: (347) 865-3578                    cell: (347) 865-2113                       who are not destined for a four-year
                             Audie Cruz, Deputy Director,
                                                                         email:     email:     college. State education leaders are
                             Bronx and Manhattan
                             cell: (347) 865-2116, email:                Jeffrey Gralto, Queens North                  These managers can also share        working to ensure that the program
                                   Commander                               crime-related information concerning       has real value to students. About
                                                                         cell: (347) 865-2142                                                               one-third of the 700,000 public
                             Gary Armstead, Deputy Director                                                      your schools or in the immediate vicin-
                                                                         email:                                              school students do not graduate on
                             Special and Support Services                                                        ity. In addition, they can assist you in
                             cell: (347) 865-2093                        Wilbur Jones, Queens South              contacting the appropriate police units.   time, according to recent data.
                             email:      Commander                               Networking serves as a valuable strat-     Proponents of the diploma say it is
                                                                         cell (347) 865-2164
                                                                                                                 egy for getting a lead, gathering infor-   meant to reduce the state’s dropout
                             Vincent Sica, Bronx East Borough
                                                                         email:                                                rate. (Education Week)
                             Commander                                                                           mation, identifying issues and solving
                             cell:(347) 865-3050                                                                 problems. As always, safety first!                          — COMPILED BY
                             email:                                                                                                          CHRISTINE ALTMAN
6                                                                              CSA NEWS                                                                               January 2010

         N AT I O N                     What Happens to You When Schools Close?
        Labor                           Continued from Page 1
                                        “An excessed supervisor who is unable to
                                                                                        acting supervisor pending the C-30 and are
                                                                                        not selected, the system deems you an
                                                                                                                                        ing is closed, you do not have a right to be
                                                                                                                                        placed in the excess pool as a supervisor.
                                        secure a regular position may be placed in      appointed supervisor in excess and you             I urge you to follow this advice:
CALIFORNIA:                                                                             again revert to the excess pool.                   n Do not listen to rumors.
                                        an alternative supervisory position estab-
Recovery Campaign                       lished by the Chancellor in another school          6. The collective bargaining agreement         n Do not panic and retire.

A rally call has been sounded by        or office within the district (borough for       ensures that those in excess or those placed       n Do not resign.

the San Francisco Labor Council to      high schools),” says the CSA contract.          in an alternative assignment will be cred-         Call your field director or central CSA,
begin an organized labor cam-               3. If you locate a position within the      ited for all seniority and salary.              and get the correct information as to your
paign in support of economic            same district that you were in, you are             7. When the school is finally closed, any    rights.
recovery, jobs, and against the         placed in the position without a C-30           supervisor(s) remaining in the building is         Never forget: The excessing rules ensure
wars. The Council adopted a reso-       process.                                        (are) deemed in excess. The placement pro-      that appointed supervisors will be placed,
lution that calls for labor to mobi-        4. If you locate a position in a district   cedures outlined above then apply.              will continue to accrue time towards sen-
lize and march on Washington this       other than the one you were just in, you            8. Important: If you are an interim act-    iority and pension and, most important,
spring, to demand that the wars         must go through the C-30.                       ing supervisor – and have never been            will continue to be paid and have health
be ended and that the cost sav-             5. If you take a position as an interim     appointed as a supervisor – when your build-    benefits.
ings be put towards jobs.
(Workers Independent News)

Layoff Ruling
                                        Day Care Complaint Goes to State Board
Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee        Continued from Page 1                           rejected and the response to the two eco-                         three kids in the house,”
received support from a Washing-        expired on June 30, 2006, to no avail; the      nomic proposals was that it was a “City                           he said. He encouraged
ton superior court judge in a case      city has cancelled numerous collective bar-     issue”, insofar as most of the funding to                         members to get organ-
over layoffs. The union’s con-          gaining sessions, the last of which was         operate the covered Day Care Centers is                           ized: “Its time for a
tention was that Rhee hired too         scheduled for Dec. 15. CSA General              provided by [NYC]. The import of the                              change. It is time we do
many young teachers over the            Counsel Bruce K. Bryant amended the com-        response was that DCC was not authorized                          something for our chil-
summer, creating a situation that       plaint to include that cancelation. In a Dec.   to respond to the proposals because the                           dren,” he said.
required later cuts. Cuts were          10 letter to the state, Mr. Bryant wrote,       City controlled the negotiations.”                                    Mr. Logan aired his
based on performance as well as         “…the cancellation was in whole or in part          On Dec. 9, CSA President Ernest Logan                         frustrations about the
seniority; many veteran teachers        motivated by CSA’s filing of the charge. The     addressed dozens of Day Care administra-                          contract negotiations
were laid off. The layoffs are                                                          tors at Goddard-Riverside Day Care Center                         with the city and Day
                                        foregoing constitutes a continued pattern of                                                    Bruce Bryant
reportedly one reason for the lack                                                      in Manhattan. Mr. Logan gave a brief his-                         Care Council, “Every
                                        bad faith bargaining …”
of a contract. (Education Week)
                                            In the body of the complaint, the union     tory of early childhood education in NYC                          time we have a date,
                                        says, “On March 21, 2007, CSA made five          and the battles Day Care Centers face today.    they cancel,” he said.
NEVADA:                                 proposals to the DCC for modifications to            “You can’t compete against the voucher.         CSA staff member Yuridia Peña contributed
Teachers Flip                           the expired agreement. One proposal was         You can’t compete against auntie having         to this report.
The Nevada State Education
Association is working to change
the law that is preventing Nevada
from seeking “Race to the Top”
funds. The state law does not
allow for test scores to be used in
evaluating teacher performance.
The union was against changing
                                            Political Agenda                                                                           Noah Franklin
the law but, with the political shift
tying testing and teacher evalua-
tion together, it has changed its          Crunch Time for Budget Cuts in early 2010
position. “I’m a realist. The law is
                                                                                                            Advocating for the Arts               sponsored Resolution 837,

going to change. . .,” said Ruben                                                  s 2009 drew to a
                                                                                   close, CSA was work-         On Nov. 23, Mr. Logan sub-        which calls for such a restoration
Murillo, President of the Clark
County Education Association.                                                      ing at the state level   mitted testimony to a NY City         of dedicated funding.
(Las Vegas Sun)                                                                    to oppose midyear        Council hearing on arts educa-
                                                                                   education budget         tion. In it, he said, “While CSA      Looking Ahead
ILLINOIS:                                                              cuts and, at the city level, to      believes that Principals need a           Here’s a run-down of some
                                                                       support restoration of a dedi-       large measure of autonomy             issues CSA will follow in early
Supreme Grievance                                                      cated funding stream for arts        over the way they run their           2010 on the city, state and fed-
The U.S. Supreme Court is hearing                                      education in NYC.                    schools, we believe that the          eral levels:
the case of M.L. Pope, one of five                                                                          DOE must restore mandated                 n Mayor Michael Bloomberg
unionists who was fired by Union                                       Midyear Budget Cuts                  funding for arts education for              has ordered the DOE to cut
Pacific Railroad in 2000. The case                                         In a letter-writing campaign     all NYC schools, in much the                1.5 percent of its budget
involves whether the union had                                         aligned with other labor unions      same way as it was mandated in              for this fiscal year and
sufficient opportunity to defend                                       and education advocacy               the Project ARTS initiative.”               another 4 percent next
Pope and the others as their griev-                                    groups, CSA President Ernest             Project ARTS was a dedi-                year.
ances were thrown out without
being heard by a federal panel. The
                                           ‘We believe                 Logan sent messages to NYS           cated funding stream from the             n Gov. Paterson has unilater-
                                                                       lawmakers urging them to resist      DOE, introduced in the late                 ally withheld some educa-
union inadvertently excluded doc-          that the DOE                further cuts to schools, as pro-     1990s and eliminated in 2007.               tion funding for this fiscal
uments in submitting papers to the                                                                                                                      year. The question remains
National Railroad Adjustment               must restore                posed by Gov. David Paterson
                                                                       in his Deficit Reduction Plan.
                                                                                                                Mr. Logan continued, saying
                                                                                                            “With budget decisions now                  whether this will become a
Board. The union was not given the
chance to re-submit the materials.         mandated                        In his Nov. 30 letter, Mr.
                                                                       Logan said, “CSA strongly
                                                                                                            made at the school level, the
                                                                                                            midyear budget cuts and deeper
                                                                                                                                                        permanent cut.
                                                                                                                                                      n The recently passed state
The case is expected to be settled
this term. (Press Associates, Inc.)        funding                     opposes the proposed cuts to         cuts planned for next year will              budget legislation borrows
                                                                                                                                                         against future revenues.
                                                                       education.” He explained that,       back most school leaders
NEW YORK:                                  for arts                    “If these (new) cuts are enacted,    against the wall once again:                 This may remove money
                                                                       school leaders will be forced to     they are likely to feel forced to            from next year’s educa-
CUNY Strike                                education                   increase class size; eliminate       scale back arts programs even                tion budget.
CUNY staff members at the New                                                                               further in order to focus on              n The state legislature is
York Research Foundation are               for all NYC                 essential subjects in the arts
                                                                       and other areas; eliminate           mandated subjects...”                        considering a bill to
poised to strike over salary and
health care benefits. The founda-          schools.’                   enrichment programs; and ulti-
                                                                       mately, reduce more support
                                                                                                                He suggested that City
                                                                                                            Council members should take
                                                                                                                                                         remove the charter school
                                                                                                                                                         cap and allow student test
tion is a nonprofit that handles                 —ERNEST LOGAN         staff ...”                           action to, “…create a dedicated              scores to be factored into
sponsored research at the                                                  On Dec. 2, the state legisla-    funding line with budget allo-               teacher evaluations.
University. Staff members say man-                                                                          cations for schools to prevent            n The US Senate is expected
                                                                       ture passed budget bills without
agement is using the economy as                                                                                                                         to pass legislation that
                                                                       the education cuts sought by         more declines in arts education
an excuse to offer lower increases.                                                                                                                     would strengthen early
                                                                       Mr. Paterson, and Mr. Paterson       and capitalize on the benefits of
(                                                                                                                                childhood education
                                                                       has said he will sign those bills    arts education for children.”
                 — COMPILED BY                                         despite his belief that the cuts         At present, 33 of the 51 mem-           through new early learn-
               CHRISTINE ALTMAN                                                                                                                         ing challenge grants.
                                                                       were not deep enough.                bers of the City Council have co-

Complete Retiree
SPRING PROGRAM                                                                                                                                     SECTION
Four Pages: A Complete Listing of Cultural and Educational Events
    Dear Colleagues:                                                                               PLEASE KEEP THIS SECTION FOR FUTURE REFERENCE
    As we offer another stimulating Educational/Cultural program, I wish to take
                                                                                            Play”. With the small size of the group,              FILM AND DINING CLUBS
                                                                                            Bob and Brian can personalize instruc-
    this opportunity to express my appreciation and unswerving support for the              tion for the participants even though             PLEASE NOTE: The Film and Dining
    committee members and our three team leaders: Michael Ebenstein, Marty                  everyone may not be at the same play-             Clubs have been set up in a similar fashion.
    Smith and Emerson Spry.                                                                 ing level.                                        We do not have a fee for either club. When
    The sophisticated offerings coupled with superb management skills on the                    Please note: If we have sufficient            registering, provide us with an e-mail
    part of the organizers and event leaders assure continued growth and success            numbers, we will run two sections as              address or telephone number. Anyone
                                                                                            listed above. Section one will be filled          who registered last semester does
    for this outstanding service provided to our members. Enjoy the offerings!
                                                                                            first and then we will fill Section 2.            not need to register again. You are
                                                                                                                                              already in the system.
    Fraternally,                                                                            SP10C4 Opera Retrospective                            Once you are a registered member, you
    Gary Goldstein                                                                          Instructor: Ron Attivissimo                       will be placed on the club’s contact list.
    Director CSA Retiree Chapter                                                            Location: 16 Court St., 4th fl., Rm E             Members of both clubs may bring
                                                                                            Dates: Mondays 4/12, 4/19, 4/26, 5/3,             one guest without restrictions. Our
                                                                                            5/10                                              goal for both clubs is to involve as many
                                                                                            Time: 10 am to 12:30 pm                           members as possible.
                                                                                            Fee: Member $40, non-member $45                       Once we know the size of these clubs,
                                                                                            Limited: 15 participants                          we will create procedures to ensure we are
    Dear Retiree Members:
                                                                                            This class will function as an opera ret-         providing everyone with equal access.
                                                                                            rospective featuring arias, duets, trios,
    The Retiree Chapter’s Educational/Cultural Program has come a long way                  scenes, yesterday’s great divas as well as        SP10C6 Brooklyn Film Club

                                                                                                                                                                                                SPECIAL PULLOUT SECTION
    since its inception five years ago. Building on the strong foundation that              today's great stars. As we progress               CSA Leaders: Mark Kaufman, Lois
    Martin Smith and the RSSA’s Social and Cultural Committee had achieved                  through the sessions, the current per-            Honig
    prior to its merger with the Chapter, the Educational/Cultural Program of the           formances in NYC will be addressed as             Location: Brooklyn Academy of Music,
    Retiree Chapter now runs upwards of 70 events per year. Each semester, hun-             well. The group will listen to and com-           30 Lafayette Ave., Brooklyn, or other
                                                                                            pare singers performing the same arias            downtown Brooklyn theater locations.
    dreds of our fellow members and their guests take part in a wide range of
                                                                                            and duets. Libretti and translations will         Date: Will vary
    activities from golf classes in Queens to Art Gallery walks in Manhattan. Each          be provided. Join Ron each week for 2             Time: Will vary
    semester, our program continues to evolve and develop as the membership                 1/2 hours of delightful music and con-            Fee: Free registration for members. All
    helps the Educational/Cultural Committee direct its course. As always, your             versation featuring the world's greatest          participants are responsible for purchas-
    input is important and we look forward to seeing you at our events.                     singers.                                          ing film tickets.
                                                                                                                                              Limited: 20 participants
    Sincerely yours,                                                                        SP10C5 Digital Camera                             This club has been created to provide
                                                                                            Instructor: Leonard Fagen                         social opportunities for members to
    Michael Ebenstein
                                                                                            Location: 16 Court St., 4th fl., Rm. E            explore both classic and recently
    CSA Retiree Chapter Educational/Cultural Coordinator                                    Day/Dates: Mondays, 5/3, 5/10, 5/17,              released film productions in a cordial
                                                                                            5/24, 6/7                                         and intellectual environment with their
                                                                                            Time: 1 pm to 3 pm                                fellow colleagues. After each film offer-
                                                                                            Fee: Member $47, non-member $52                   ing, the group will meet to discuss the
                                                                                            Limited: 10 participants                          film. Anyone who registered last
                 ONLINE REGISTRATION AT                                                     Learn to use a digital camera, take better        semester need not register again.
       WWW.REGONLINE.COM/RETIREECHAPTERSPRING2010                                           photographs and work with a simple                You are already in the system and
                                                                                            computer photo program. During the                are registered for the spring
                                               for those who enjoy knitting and want        first two weeks, we’ll discuss digital            semester. Welcome back!
                CLASSES                        to spend a few hours with those having       cameras and photographic composition.
                                               a similar interest. Please bring the fol-    During the last three weeks, participants           SP10C7 Dining Club
SP10C1 Book Club                               lowing items to the first class: knitting    will learn a simple computer photo pro-             CSA Leaders: Stanley Wilson, Harriet
Instructor: Erica Shatz-Spry                   needles (size 7 or 8), a crochet hook (“F”   gram. During the five- week session,                Cohen, Barbetta Krinsky
Location: 16 Court St., 7th fl., Rm. 711       or “G”), and worsted yarn. An instruc-       we’ll also discuss the various computer             Location: Will vary according to mem-
Dates: Tuesdays, 3/2, 3/23, 4/13, 5/4          tion book may be purchased – at an           programs, photographic papers and                   ber interests
Time: 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm                       additional cost – for those new to the       computer accessories available, as well             Dates: Will vary – We will offer three
Fee: Member $25, non-member $30                class or to knitting.                        as how to upload photos to an online                dining opportunities this semester
Limited: 12 participants                                                                    service. You need a good working                    Time: Mainly lunch – around 2 pm
The Retiree Chapter Book Club provides         SP10C3 Golf         T, P, S                  knowledge of computers for this class.              Fee: Free registration for members. All
its members with a social element as           Instructor: Bob Guido, Brian Gerowitz                                                                          participants will be respon-
well as an intellectual one. Our mem-          Location: North Shore Towers, Grand                                                                            sible for the costs of their
bers share good company while pursu-           Central Parkway, Floral Park, NY                                                                               lunch. Prices will vary
ing a shared cultural interest. This           Dates: Wednesdays: 4/7, 4/14, 4/21,                                                                            depending upon the
model has worked in the past, and we’ll        4/28                                                                                                           restaurant.
continue it this spring. Participants will     Time: Section 1 meets from 10 am to                                                                            Limited: 15 participants.
again meet for four sessions. The first        11:30 am and Section 2 meets from                                                                              This club has been created
selection is Lacuna by Barbara                 11:30 am to 1 pm                                                                                               to provide members an
Kingsolver. Please read the book prior to      Fee: Member $140, non-member $145                                                                              opportunity to explore
the first meeting. Future selections will      Limited: 8 participants per session                                                                            new dining experiences in
be decided by the group as a whole.            Robert Guido and Brian Gerowitz are                                                                            a social setting.
                                               PGA professionals who work at the                                                                              PLEASE NOTE: We expect
SP10C2 Knitting and Crocheting –               North Shore Towers Golf Club. For this                                                                         the minimum cost for each
Learn, Review, Share                           class/clinic, we will follow the theme                                                                         event to be at least $35. This
Instructor: Vera Julia Gordon                  from last semester which was “Course                                                                           excludes the cost of beverages.
Location: 16 Court St., 7th fl., Rm. 711                                                                                                                          Anyone who regis-
Dates: Tuesdays: 3/9, 3/23, 4/13, 4/27                                                                                                                        tered last semester
Time: 10 am to 12:30 pm                                                                                                                                       need not register
Fee: Member $25, non-member $30                 KEY TO SYMBOLS:                                                                                               again. You are already
Limited: 15 participants                                                                                                                                      in the system and are
Members new to knitting and crochet-            T   TRAVEL INSTRUCTIONS WILL BE MAILED                                                                        registered for the
ing, those who are experienced, and                                                         n Marty Smith, who is usually behind the camera, smiles for        spring semester so wel-
                                                P   PARKING/TRANSPORTATION IS AVAILABLE
those who have that special project with                                                    the lens during the Chapter’s Sept. 10 trip to Yankee              come back!
which they need help will benefit from          S   THIS EVENT IS SOMEWHAT STRENUOUS        Stadium. Mr. Smith is one of the coordinators of the
this class. This will also provide a setting                                                Educational/Cultural Program.                                       Continued on next page
                  COMPLETE RC SPRING PROG

                  n Last year’s popular events                        Above, a detail from
                  Flushing Town Hall, the stepping off point for the Queens Jazz Trail trip on
                  April 23, 2009, that explored the neighborhoods where jazz greats Louis

                  Armstrong, Count Basie, Billie Holiday and others lived. Above right, the
                  Retiree Chapter’s digital camera class continues to be a good draw. This
                  spring, the class will be taught by Leonard Fagen. Bottom right, cold
                  weather did not keep in these intrepid walkers during a walking trip
                  through Williamsburg in the fall of 2008. Justin Ferate was the guide.
                  Photos of trip by Marty Smith.

                  Continued from Previous Page                                                                 SP10L3 Museum of Modern Art
                                                                          LECTURES/SEMINARS                    Docent Tour and Lecture - Monet’s                TRIPS/WALKING TOURS
                                                                                                               Water Lilies             T, P, S
                               THEATER CLUB                                                                     CSA Leader: Emerson Spry                    SP10T1 Behind the Scenes at the
                                                                   SP10L1 UN Lecture          T, P, S
                  SP10C8 Theater Club                              Presenter: UN Lecturer, TBA                 Location: 11 West 53rd St., Manhattan        Waldorf Astoria             T, P, S
                  CSA Leader: Stanley Wilson                       CSA Leader: Emerson Spry                    Date: Wed., March 24                         CSA Leader: Stanley Wilson
                  Location: 400 E. 56st St. Apt 8M,                Location: 1st Ave. and 46th St.,            Time: Tour – 9:30 am to 10:30 am;            Location: Oscar’s, 50th St. and
                  Manhattan                                        Manhattan (United Nations Visitor’s                  Lecture – 10:30 am to 11:30 am      Lexington Ave., Manhattan
                  Dates: First session:                            Entrance)                                   Fee: Member $15, non-member $20              Date: Wed., March 17
                           Wed., May 26                            Date: Friday, March 12                      Limited: 25 participants                     Time: Lunch, 11:30 am to 1 pm;
                           Theater performances:                   Time: 10:30 am to 12:00 pm                  For the first time in the Museum’s new                 Tour 1 pm to 2 pm
                             June 1 or 2;                          Fee: Member $10, non-member $15             building, MoMA presents an exhibit fea-      Fee: Member $54, non-member $59
                             June 8 or 9,                          Limited: 25 participants                    turing the full group of Claude Monet’s      Limited: 40 participants
                             June 15 or 16                         Do you enjoy keeping up with world          famous paintings produced late in the        Our visit to this world-famous landmark
                  Time: First session: 2 pm to 4 pm                events and political machinations           artist’s life. These paintings hold a spe-   begins with a sumptuous buffet lunch
                  Fee: Member $15, non-member $20                  across the globe? The world today is a      cial status with the Museum's audience.      in the Waldorf’s Oscar’s American
                  Limited: 11 participants                         challenging place with many dangerous       Much like MoMA's Abby Aldrich                Brasserie. Following lunch, a docent will
                      This club will function the way the          flash points. Join us as we return to the   Rockefeller Sculpture Garden, they pro-      take us around the building, providing
                  book club does. After attending a the-           United Nations for a special private        vide a modern oasis in the center of         insight as well as tidbits about the hotel.
                  ater performance, we will meet in a              briefing about a major endeavor of the      midtown Manhattan. These works will
                  local coffee shop to discuss what makes          United Nations Peace Keeping                be complemented by two loans of              SP10T2 Behind the Scenes at the
                  the show enjoyable. We’ll explore char-          Department. Due to security, please be      related paintings. Join the Chapter on a     New York Stock Exchange T, P, S
                  acter development, plot, playwright              sure to arrive for check-in at 9:45 am      docent-led tour of the exhibit followed      CSA Leader: Michael Ebenstein
                  style, set design, set lighting, staging         and bring an appropriate govern-            by a lecture. This should be a wonderful     Location: 11 Wall St., Manhattan.
                  and music. The first session will be at          ment-issued photo ID (i.e. driver’s         morning.                                     Exact meeting location will be provided
                  Stanley Wilson’s home. Future sessions           license.)                                                                                prior to the event.
                  will meet at the theater, with follow up                                                                                                  Date: Thurs., March 18
                  at a local shop as stated above.                 SP10L2 Identity Theft                       SP10L4 Metropolitan Museum of                Time: 8:30 am to about 10:30 am
                      Shows will be either Wednesday               Presenter: NY State Assistant Attorney      Art Lecture and Docent Tour –                Fee: Members only, $5
                  matinees or Tuesday evenings at 7 pm.            General                                     Modern Artists             T, P, S           Limited: 25 participants
                  (See dates below.)                               CSA Leader: Emerson Spry                    CSA Leader: Emerson Spry                     The New York Stock Exchange has been
                      Once you are registered for this club,       Location: 48 Wall St., Manhattan            Location: 1000 Fifth Ave. at 82nd St.,       largely closed to visitors since 9/11. This
                  you are responsible for paying for the           Day/Date: Monday, March 22                  Manhattan                                    semester, we have secured permission to
                  set of three tickets. Please bring a             Time: Tour at 10:30 am; lecture at          Date: Tues., May 11                          do a behind-the-scenes tour of the
                  blank check to the first meeting.                noon                                        Time: Lecture from 10 am to 11 am;           Exchange. We will partake in some sim-
                                                                   Fee: Members are free and are welcome       Tour from 11 am to 12 pm                     ple refreshments prior to walking down
                                                                   to bring spouses.                           Fee: Member $10, non-member $15              to the Exchange floor to take part in the
                                                                   Limited: 50 participants                    Limited: 25 participants                     opening bell ritual. Afterwards, we will
                                                                   Identity theft has become the fastest       Spend a special day at the Metropolitan      be escorted around the floor and given
                                                                   growing crime in the US and around the      Museum of Art. Join the Retiree Chapter      insights into the comings and goings
                    KEY TO SYMBOLS:                                world. Hear first-hand from a staff         for a docent-led tour and a lecture on       of the Exchange. Leaving the floor, we
                                                                   member from the NYS Attorney                modern artists of the 20th century.          will continue with a brief tour of the
                    T   TRAVEL INSTRUCTIONS WILL BE MAILED         General’s office about what a private       Discover the innovative, avant-garde         Exchange building itself. Due to secu-
                    P   PARKING TRANSPORTATION IS AVAILABLE        individual can do to protect him or her-    and the abstract with works by Matisse,      rity, please make sure you arrive on
                    S   THIS EVENT IS SOMEWHAT STRENUOUS           self. The seminar presentation will last    Picasso, Pollack and Rosenquist as well      time. Be sure to bring an appropriate
                                                                   about 45 minutes to one hour with a         as other artists who defined the last 110    government-issued photo ID (i.e. dri-
                                                                   Q&A period to follow.                       years in the art world.                      ver’s license.)
GRAM: Cultural and Educational                                                                                                                     SECTION
                                                                                                 F09T7 Behind the Scenes at Yankee             SP10T11 Woodlawn Cemetery T, P, S
                                                                                                 Stadium T, P, S                               Guides: Susan Olsen, Woodlawn’s
                                                                                                 CSA Leaders: Harriett Fortson, John           Director of Historical Services or Brian
                                                                                                 Oricchio                                      Sahd, Executive Director of the Friends
                                                                                                 Location: Yankee Stadium, East 161st          of Woodlawn Cemetery
                                                                                                 St. and River Ave., Bronx                     CSA Leader: Lucie Elio
                                                                                                 Date: Fri. May 7, or Thurs., May 13           Location: Webster Ave. and E. 233rd
                                                                                                 Time: 11 am to 12 pm                          St., Bronx. Meet at the Jerome Avenue
                                                                                                 Fee: Member $13, non-member $18               cemetery entrance. This is the last stop
                                                                                                 Limited: 30 participants                      on the #4 subway line. Free parking
                                                                                                 We have been able to arrange to revisit       inside the cemetery entrance.
                                                                                                 the year-old Yankee Stadium. Join us for      Date: Wed., May 19
                                                                                                 a 45-minute tour. We will visit the           Time: 10:30 pm to 12 pm
                                                                                                 museum, dugout, batting cages, dressing       Fee: Member $10, non-member $15
                                                                                                 room and the new historic monument            Limited: 25 participants
                                                                                                 park. Afterwards, join us for a Dutch         Woodlawn Cemetery may be one of the
                                                                                                 treat lunch in one of the stadium restau-     most beautiful cemeteries in the world.
                                                                                                 rants. The fee does not include lunch.        Established in 1863, the cemetery is 400
                                                                                                 PLEASE NOTE: As of publication time,          acres of rolling lawns, spectacular trees
                                                                                                 we were unable to secure an exact date.       and impressive memorials designed by
                                                                                                 May 7, is our primary date. If there is a     many of the nation's most accomplished
                                                                                                 problem, May 13 is the back-up date.          artists and architects. It is located just 30
                                                                                                                                               minutes from Manhattan, and just
                                                                                                 SP10T8 A Food Walking Tour in                 below Westchester County. The
                                                                                                 Astoria, Queens T, P, S                       Woodlawn Cemetery is accessible by
                                                                                                 Tour Guide: Susan Birnbaum                    railroad, subway and primary roadways.
                                                                                                 CSA Leader: Mark Kaufman                      Join us for a docent-led overview of the
                                                                                                 Location: Meet at 30th Ave. and 31st          cemetery followed by a Dutch treat
                                                                                                 St., Astoria, Queens                          lunch at the Rambling House restaurant.
                                                                                                 Date: Wed., May 12                            The fee does not include lunch.
                                                                                                 Time: 10 am to about 11:30 am
                                                                                                 Fee: Member $40, non-member $45               SP10T12 Snug Harbor Cultural
                                                                                                 Limited: 25 participants                      Center and Botanical Garden T, P, S
                                                                                                 The diversity of ethnic neighborhoods         CSA Leader: Lois Honig, Carol

                                                                                                                                                                                               PULLOUT SECTION
                                                                                  MARTIN SMITH
                                                                                                 helps to make New York City a very            Dougherty
    n An overnight trip to Connecticut was a resounding success. The Sept. 12-13 offering took   exciting place to live or visit. Join the     Location: 1000 Richmond Terrace,
    members to two Yale Art Museums and a cruise around the Thimble Islands. Participants        Retiree Chapter for its very first Food       Staten Island. Free Parking at East Gate
    stayed overnight in New Haven and had dinner together at Scozzi’s Italian Restaurant.        Walkabout. Travel around the world in         next to Music Hall
                                                                                                 about 90 minutes (more or less) as we         Date: Tues., May 25
    SP10T3 City Hall and Tweed                     SP10T5 French Culinary Institute,             taste our way along some of the most          Time: 11 am to 1 pm
    Building       T, P, S                         Tour and Lunch                                diverse streets in NYC. Today, Astoria is     Fee: Member $14, non-member $19
    CSA Leader: Jeannie Tarantino                  CSA Leader: Harriet Cohen                     home to piano makers and film studios.        Limited: 25 participants
    Location: Park Row and Beekman St.,            Location: 462 Broadway, Manhattan,            Our tour will concentrate on Astoria’s        Join the Retiree Chapter as we visit the
    Manhattan                                      The L’Ecole Restaurant                        international diversity through a tasting     Snug Harbor Cultural Center and
    Date: Tues., April 13                          Date: Thurs., April 29                        experience. Our tastings will include         Botanical Gardens. This is one of New
    Time: 10:30 am to 12 pm                        Time: 11 am to 2 pm                           foods from four continents: spinach           York City’s most unique architectural
    Fee: Member $5, non-member $10                 Fee: Member $50, non-member $55               pie, South American sweet bread, pizza,       complexes and historical landscapes.
    Limited: 20 participants                       Limited: 25 participants                      middle eastern pastry, special hot dog        There will be a docent tour of: the
    Join us for a 1 1/2-hour docent-led tour       From Zagat’s to the Michelin guide to         from Chile, Greek pastry, olives, feta        Neuhaus Center for Contemporary Art,
    of City Hall and the Tweed building. In        the former Gourmet Magazine everyone          cheese and, if available, some home-          the Music Hall, Neptune’s Fountains,
    City Hall, we will visit the rotunda, the      raves about the French Culinary               made gelato. We will end at Bohemian          the Veteran’s Memorial Hall, the
    NY City Council Room and the gover-            School’s restaurant L’Ecole. Join the         Hall where everyone can purchase a            Chinese Scholars Garden and the new
    nor’s room. The tour of the Tweed              Retiree Chapter as we visit the French        beer on their own or some Czech food.         Tuscan Garden. Following the tour, we
    building includes the conference room          Culinary Institute for a tour of the facil-                                                 will have a Dutch treat lunch at Tug’s
    and the Lichtenstein sculpture. We will        ity and a sumptuous lunch. Please note                                                      Restaurant across the street from the
                                                                                                 CHELSEA ART GALLERY TOURS                     Snug Harbor grounds. The fee does not
    meet at the City Hall security gate at         that this fee will cover the tour as well        The Art Gallery Tours with Tina
    Park Row. Please be prompt. We are             as the lunch and coffee or tea, but not                                                     include lunch.
                                                                                                 Weintraub have been successful for
    required to enter together with our            alcoholic beverages.                          many semesters now. Join Ms.
    reservation/confirmation letter.                                                                                                           SP10T13 NY’s Parisian Upper West
                                                                                                 Weintraub and explore the Chelsea art         Side and Roerich Museum               T, P, S
    Afterward, join us for a Dutch treat           SP10T6 Walking Tour of Greenwich              scene. This year, weather permitting, we
    lunch at a local restaurant. Fee does not      Village T, P, S                                                                             CSA Leader: Stanley Wilson
                                                                                                 will visit four galleries and tour the High   Location: 105th St. and Broadway in
    include lunch.                                 Tour Guide: Barry Feldman                     Line, the new public park built on an
                                                   CSA Leader: Emerson Spry                                                                    Strauss Park, Manhattan
                                                                                                 abandoned stretch of elevated railroad.       Date: Thurs., May 27
    SP10T4 Apollo Theater Tour and                 Location: Outside the subway stop at          For your convenience, we have two tour
    Sylvia’s Restaurant T, P                       Christopher St., Sheridan Square, and                                                       Time: 1 pm to 4 pm
                                                                                                 dates because this event has proved to        Fee: Member $18, non-member $23
    CSA Leader: Lucie Elio                         7th Ave. S., Manhattan                        be so popular. Please choose only one
    Location: 253 W. 125th St., Manhattan          Date: Wed., May 5                                                                           Limited: 25 participants
                                                                                                 day. After each tour, we’ll gather over       Join tour leader Justin Ferate and dis-
    Date: Tues., April 20                          Time: 10 am to 12:30 pm                       lunch, which is included in the fee, to
    Time: 11 am to 12 pm (Lunch follows)           Fee: Member $15, non-member $20                                                             cover the Parisian treasures of the Upper
                                                                                                 continue our discussions. T, P, S             West Side. The Riverside-West 105th
    Fee: Member $44, non-member $49                Limited: 25 participants
    (Fee includes lunch at Sylvia’s)               This historic district of New York evokes                                                   Street Historic District is an exquisite
                                                                                                 SP10T9 Chelsea Art Gallery Tour 1             Beaux Arts neighborhood with what
    Limited: 25 participants                       the eclectic character of the city.
                                                                                                 Tour Guide: Tina Weintraub                    must surely be some of the most impos-
    Join us as we visit this historic and leg-     Venerable architecture abuts glass skin
                                                                                                 CSA Leader: Marty Smith                       ing developer-built structures in all of
    endary theater. The Apollo Theater             contemporary residences. Quiet mews
                                                                                                 Location: TBA                                 NYC. Elegant limestone mansions boast
    director will be our guide for this special    behind graceful iron gates contrast with
                                                                                                 Date: Tues., May 18                           mansard roofs, carved pediments, fluted
    occasion. As we tour the facility, Billy       the public life of Washington Square.
                                                                                                 Time: 11 am to about 3 pm                     Ionic columns and scallop-shell arches.
    Mitchell will disclose little-known facts      Some of the sites we will visit include:
                                                                                                 Fee: Member $50, non-member $55               Then we visit the Nicholas Roerich
    about the theater and those who have           McDougal Alley, Washington Square, site
                                                                                                 Limited: 13 participants                      Museum. Nicholas Roerich, a Russian
    performed there. Afterwards, we will           of the Triangle Factory Fire, Judson
    lunch at Sylvia’s Restaurant. The cost of      Memorial Church, St. Luke-in-the-Fields,                                                    painter, explored the mythic origins,
    lunch is included in the fee.                  and Literary Walk. Finish the day with a                                                    natural beauty and spiritual strivings of
                                                                                                 SP10T10 Chelsea Gallery Tour 2                humanity. We’ll continue the tour end-
                                                   Dutch treat lunch at a local restaurant.      Tour Guide: Tina Weintraub
                                                   The fee does not include lunch.                                                             ing at the Hungarian Pastry Shop near
                                                                                                 CSA Leader: Barbetta Krinsky                  the Cathedral Church of St. John the
                                                                                                 Location: TBA                                 Divine. We’ll eat lunch – Dutch treat –
                                                                                                 Date: Thurs., May 20                          prior to our walk at TOAST, a restaurant
      REGISTER ONLINE AT WWW.CSA-NYC.ORG OR                                                      Time: 11 am to about 3 pm                     on Broadway. The fee does not include
                                                                                                 Fee: Member $50, non-member $55               lunch.
      WWW.REGONLINE.COM/RETIREECHAPTERSPRING2010                                                 Limited: 13 participants
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                  RC SPRING PROGRAM BROCHURE                                                                                                                                  January
                  Listing of Cultural and Educational Events                                                                                                              SECTION
                  Continued from Previous Page                SP10T15 Guggenheim Museum and                               OVERNIGHT                        you a registration packet with detailed
                                                              Lunch T, P, S                                                                                information. Each registrant is responsi-
                  SP10T14 Humes Japanese Stroll               CSA Leader: Harriet Cohen                      SP10T16 Overnight To Outstanding              ble for his or her own hotel registration.
                  Garden        T, P, S                       Location: 1071 5th Ave. (at 89th St.),         Attractions in New Jersey                     We will provide the special code needed
                  CSA Leader: Mark Kaufman                    Manhattan                                      CSA Leader: Barbetta Krinsky                  for your group rate registration.
                  Location: Dogwood Lane, Locust              Date: Mon., June 14                            Location: New Jersey overnight                PLEASE NOTE: The fee above covers all
                  Valley, L. I.                               Time: 11 am to 1:30 pm                         Dates: Sat./Sun., June 26 and June 27         admissions and docent tours. All other costs
                  Date: Thurs., June 3                        Fee: Member $45; non-member $50                Fee: Member $27, non-member $32               including food and hotel charges must be
                  Time: 10 am to 11:30 am                     Limited: 20 participants                       Limited: 15 participants                      covered by you.
                  Fee: Member $15, non-member $20             In every city, certain venues are iconic.      Times: Saturday: 10 am to 12:30 pm
                  Limited: 25 participants                    The Guggenheim Museum is one of                The Glenmont Estate and Thomas                SP10T17 NYC Evening Harbor
                  The John P. Hume Japanese Stroll            these in NYC. Join us for a docent-led         Edison National Historical Park and           Dinner Cruise
                  Garden was created for Ambassador           tour that will include some of the             Laboratories, West Orange, NJ (self-tour      CSA Leader: John Oricchio
                  and Mrs. John P. Humes in 1960. This        museum’s highlights as well as their spe-      audio guides); 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm              Location: 1 World’s Fair Marina, Pier
                  four-acre Japanese garden was inspired      cial exhibit: Haunted: Contemporary            Thomas Edison Museum, Edison, NJ              One (Details to follow.)
                  by the aesthetic of its deciduous wood-     Photography. The exhibition examines           State Park. (Docent-led tour); Check-in       Date: Tues., June 29
                  land context. A sense of discovery is       the myriad ways photographic imagery           at Clarion Hotel Palmer Inn, Princeton        Time: 6 pm to 11 pm
                  engendered by the serpentine paths          is incorporated into recent practice. In       by 6 p.m.                                     Fee: Member $75, non-member $80
                  that traverse hillside terrain allowing     the process, it underscores the unique         Sunday: 10 am to 11:15 am Johnson             Limited: 40 participants
                  the garden experience to unfold one         power of reproductive media while doc-         Grounds for Sculpture Park (docent-led        The Association of Assistant Principals
                  step at a time. The garden features         umenting a widespread contemporary             tour); 11:15 am to 1 pm. You’ll have          has chartered a cruise boat for the
                  native and Asian plants, including an       obsession, both collective and individ-        time for lunch before the docent-led          evening of June 29 and has offered the
                  extensive use of moss and bamboo.           ual, with accessing the past. Afterward,       tour of Nassau Hall and the Art               Educational/Cultural Program an oppor-
                  Join the Retiree Chapter as we tour this    we will lunch in the new Guggenheim            Museum, Princeton University, 2:15 pm         tunity to join our colleagues on this
                  special garden that is being supported      dining facility. Lunch is included in the      to 3:30 pm.                                   cruise. Because the AAP has sufficient
                  and preserved by the Garden                 price.                                         The Clarion Hotel Palmer Inn offers           numbers this will be a private cruise,
                  Conservancy. Our visit will encompass                                                      non-smoking rooms, two double beds, ,         giving us the opportunity to meet-and-
                  a docent-led tour of the garden to be                                                      HBO, free wireless, clock radio, hair         greet our colleagues still working in the
                  followed by a Japanese tea ceremony                                                        dryer, hot buffet breakfast and free park-    city’s schools. The ship will cruise the
                  demonstration.                                KEY TO SYMBOLS:                              ing. Our group rate for each hotel room       East River to the Statue of Liberty and
                  PLEASE NOTE: This garden is on a hilly                                                     is $155.24 inclusive of taxes and gratu-      then return to its port around 11 pm.
                  site, with some paths having uneven walk-     T   TRAVEL INSTRUCTIONS WILL BE MAILED
                                                                                                             ities. Some of us will gather for a Dutch     The cruise will offer buffet dining, an

                  ways. There are also numerous steps               PARKING TRANSPORTATION IS AVAILABLE      treat dinner at a nearby restaurant on        open bar, a DJ and dancing. The dress
                  throughout the area. Proper walking shoes     S   THIS EVENT IS SOMEWHAT STRENUOUS         Saturday evening. Approximate cost:           code will be casual. Members as well as
                  are a must.                                                                                Around $35 per person. We will send           their guests will be registered together.

                                                      What You Need To Know To Register
                     GENERAL PROCEDURES                                          MAIL-IN PROCEDURES                                            on a wait list will be done automatically
                                                                                                                                               through the program’s online email system.
                     1. Only CSA Retiree Chapter members and                     1. Your original registration form will be returned      3.   Please note that all rules and procedures listed
                        spousal members will be registered during the               with a notation of either “Registered or “Waiting          above for general and mail-in registration will
                        period of time up to Thursday, February 11,                 List” The turn-around time for registration
                                                                                         .                                                     prevail for online registration.
                        2010. Guest registrations received prior to                 should be no more than three weeks. If you do         4.   Once you have completed this process, you
                        February 11, 2010, will be placed on a waiting              not receive notification within this time period           credit card will be charged for those events for
                        list until February 12, 2010. After February 12,            you should call the Retiree Office at (718) 625-           which you are registered. The system will not
                        2010, all registrations will be on a first come             3434 and speak to Michael, Marty or Emerson.               charge your card for events where you are wait-
                        first served basis.                                      2. For Educational/Cultural events you must sub-              listed.
                     2. Please note: Members can choose to either reg-               mit a separate check for each event you wish to      5.   When you finish the registration process, you
                        ister by mail or online. Guests may only regis-              attend. For example, if you wish to register for          must make sure to print Your Registration
                        ter by mail. The online system will not allow                five events you must complete one form but                Record. It will be your only copy of your regis-
                        guest registrations.                                         submit five separate checks. This will be the             tration.
                     3. If you are put on a wait list, and a cancellation            same process if you are completing a registra-       6.   Cancellation policy for all events is shown
                        occurs in a particular event, the Retiree Office             tion for your spouse or for a guest. Starting this        below.
                        will contact you and ask your permission to                  term, once we are sure that an event will run,
                        place you on the registered list. No such                    checks will be deposited for those who are reg-
                        change in your registration status will be made              istered. For those on the wait list, their checks    CANCELLATION POLICY
                        without contacting you and getting your                      will be held. For wait list people, if you do not
                        approval.                                                    attend an event your check will be marked
                                                                                                                                          1. For either mail-in or online registrations of all
                     4. Individual members will be placed in programs                VOID and returned after the event runs.
                                                                                                                                             Educational/Cultural events, refunds will be
                        in the order in which their registrations are            3. All checks are to be made payable to CSA                 given for program cancellations made up to a
                        received.                                                    Retiree Chapter and mailed to: CSA Retiree              month prior to the date of the event. For can-
                     5. Members may register for any or all of the pro-              Chapter, Attn: Educational/Cultural Committee,          cellations less than a month prior to the event,
                       gram events. All events are to be placed on                   16 Court Street, Brooklyn, NY 11241-1003.               refunds will only be issued if we can fill your
                       one form. However, it is important that each              4. Cancellation policy for all events is shown below.       slot from the waiting list. There will be no
                       registrant must complete a separate registra-                                                                         exceptions. All cancellations must be in writ-
                       tion form. If you intend to register by mail,                                                                         ing or by email. Call the Chapter office at
                       make additional copies of the registration form           ONLINE REGISTRATION                                         (718) 625-3434 if you have questions.
                       as needed. Copies of the various registration                                                                      2. All refunds will be processed only after the
                       forms can be found on the CSA website                                                                                 event has been concluded.
                                                                                 1. Online Registration can be done by logging
              under the Retiree Chapter                                                                          3. In the case of mail-in registrations, checks will
                                                                                    onto the Retiree section on the CSA website
                       heading in the “Upcoming Events” section.                                                                             be voided and returned to the registrant.
                                                                                    ( and following the prompts
                     6. In the case of too few registrants for an offering,         on the website.                                       4. In the case of online registrants, refunds will be
                        the CSA Retiree Chapter reserves the right to                                                                        activated through your credit card.
                                                                                 2. Once you finish the process of registering, noti-
                        cancel the program with full refunds.
                                                                                    fication of whether you are registered or placed
January 2010                                                                   CSA NEWS                                                                                         11

                                                                                                                                           In Memoriam
                                                      Travel Desk
                                                          GARY GOLDSTEIN                                                                 n GLORIA DUBOIS, 56, passed away on
                                                                                                                                         Oct. 8, 2009. Ms. DuBois retired in 2008
                                                                                                                                         as an Assistant Principal of PS 226, D-75.
                                                                                                                                         She is survived by her husband, Earl
            High Spirits on the High Seas                                                                                                Connell. Condolences may be sent 94
                                                                                                                                         Prusakowski Blvd., Parlin, NJ, 08859.
                                                                                                                                         n AUREA “RUBI” LORANS, 75, a former
                                                                                                                                         Principal, passed away in Scottsdale, AZ,
                                                                                                                                         on Oct. 4 after a seven-year battle with
                                                                                                                n The CSA Travel         cancer. She retired in 2003 as Principal
                                                                                                                Desk took a cruise on    of CES 58, D-9, Bronx, after more than 30
                                                                                                                the Caribbean            years with the city’s schools. Ms. Lorans
                                                                                                                Princess during          consistently demonstrated support for
                                                                                                                October. The ship        CSA and worked diligently on behalf of
                                                                                                                sailed from Brooklyn     her colleagues when she served as an
                                                                                                                to San Juan, Puerto      Executive Board member. Condolences
                                                                                                                Rico, with stops in      may be sent to her daughter, Roxanne
                                                                                                                Bermuda, St. Kitts,      Lorans, at 6111 E. Redbird Rd., Scotts-
                                                                                                                Antigua and St.          dale, AZ, 85266.
                                                                                                                Thomas. The Travel       n WILLIAM H. MAY, 79, died on Aug. 10.
                                                                                                                Desk returns to the      He started teaching math in the late
                                                                                                                Caribbean in             1950s at New Utrecht High School,
                                                                                                                February. Details,       Brooklyn, where he remained for over a
                                                                                                                see below.               decade. Later in his career, he was a
                                                                                                                                         Research Associate at the central Board
                                                                                                                ELEANOR GOLDSTEIN        of Education, and retired in 1989 as Direc-
                                                                                                                                         tor of School Financial Aid. His wife, Diane
                                                                                                                                         May, retired in 1995 as an Education
                                                                                                                                         Administrator with the Office of Student
     For more information about these programs, contact Gary
                                                                     Mediterranean Cruise via Spain                                      Information Services. She met her hus-
                                                                     Aug. 21-29, 2010                                                    band when she was a social studies
                                                                         Another brand-new offering to the sunny climes of the           teacher at New Utrecht HS. Condolences
                                                                                                                                         may be sent to her at 140 Cadman Plaza
  President’s Week Caribbean Sail                                    Mediterranean. We’ll fly from NYC on Aug. 21 to Barcelona
                                                                                                                                         W, Apt. 27G, Brooklyn, NY 11201.
  Feb. 13-20, 2010                                                   where we board Royal Caribbean’s Voyager of the Seas the next
     Sail on The Pearl, Norwegian Cruise Line’s newest master-       day. We’ll sail to Naples (Capri), Rome, Florence, Nice,
  piece. Informality with elegance sets the tone. We depart Feb.     Marseilles and return to NY from Barcelona on Aug. 29. Voyager      More obituaries, Page 13
  13 from Miami and sail to Samana, St. Thomas, Tortola and          offers fine dining, a major shopping arcade, ice skating shows
  Great Stirrup Cay returning to New York from Florida on Feb.       and skating, and rock-climbing. (See website for details at
                                                                                                                                         n IDA ROSENSPAN died on Oct. 11, 2009.
                                                            An option for those who would
  20. RATES include roundtrip air fare from New York to                                                                                  She is survived by her spouse, Sheldon
                                                                     like to spend some time in Barcelona: For $575 per person,
  Florida: Inside, $1,249 per person, double occupancy; win-                                                                             Rosenspan, a retired Assistant Principal.
  dow, $1,449; balcony, $1,649; mini-suite, $1,849. Add $216         you’ll arrive on Aug. 20 for a two-night pre-cruise stay.           Condolences may be sent to him at 23E
  per person for port and government charges. Optional insur-            RATES, including airfare, have been reduced by $350             Yorkshire Court, Leisure Village West,
  ance is available. (Visit to view the vessel.)         for a limited time: Inside cabin, $2,599; window, $2,899; bal-      Manchester, NJ 08759.
                                                                     cony, $3,199; junior suite, $3,799. Add $198 for port and gov-
                                                                                                                                         n FRANCES SAVITZ, 86, died on Oct. 8,
                                                                     ernment charges. Optional insurance available.
                                                                                                                                         2009. She was the wife of Alex Savitz, a
  A South American Dream Cruise                                                                                                          retired Principal from Staten Island. In
  March 13 - 28, 2010                                                Sail to Canada and New England                                      1987, Ms. Savitz retired as a school sec-
      Fly from NYC to Santiago, Chile, on March 13. Sail March
                                                                     Sept. 25–Oct. 2, 2010                                               retary of Susan Wagner High School,
  14 from Valparaiso on Celebrity’s Infinity to La Serena, Arica                                                                          also on Staten Island, after 28 years of
                                                                        Take a cab to the port of Brooklyn and board the magnifi-
  Chile, Manta, Ecuador, transit the Panama Canal, Cristobal,                                                                            service. Condolences may be sent to the
                                                                     cent Caribbean Princess on Sept. 25, 2010. We’ll sail to Newport,
  Panama, Cartagena, Colombia and disembark in Fort                                                                                      Savitz family at 121 Almond Rd.,
                                                                     Boston, Bar Harbor, St. John and Halifax. We’ll return to           Freehold, NJ 07728.
  Lauderdale for the return flight to NYC. RATES include cruise
                                                                     Brooklyn on Oct. 2. These rates are for early bookings and will
  amenities and airfare: Inside, $2,574 per person; window,
                                                                     not last. Your deposit will guarantee the rate! RATES (for dou-     n GEORGE SCHUMER, 84, passed away
  $2,749; balcony, $3,279; balcony with concierge, $3,649. Suites,                                                                       on July 29. Mr. Schumer began teaching
  triple, singles available upon request. Optional insurance is                                                                          at PS 155, Brooklyn. For many years, he
  available. Add $298 port and government charges.                                                                                       worked with emotionally disturbed chil-
                                                                                                                                         dren in the “600” schools. He retired as a
                                                                                                                                         Supervisor of Special Education, Brook-
  Alaska By Land and By Sea                                                                                                              lyn, and belonged to the South Florida
  July 16-23, 2010                                                                                                                       Regional Unit. He is survived by his son,
     A brand new program! Alaska by land and sea, if you so                                                                              Brian. Condolences may be sent to
  desire. We’re offering a seven-day cruise through magnificent                                                                           George Schumer’s sister, Sylvia Cooper,
  scenery, but we’re also offering a four-day land trip prior to                                                                         at 215 E. 79th St., Apt 5F, NY NY 10021.
  the cruise for those who want a longer visit to our 49th state.
     The four-day “add on” bus tour runs from July 12-16 to          ble room): Inside, $899 per person; window, $1,169; balcony,
  Denali Park, Fairbanks and Anchorage. Then we’ll head down
  to Seward where we’ll board Celebrity’s Millennium on July 16
                                                                     $1,479; mini-suite, $1,749 (best value!) Add $108 port and
                                                                     government charges per person. Optional insurance.
                                                                                                                                               25 Years Ago
  to Skagway, Icy Strait Point, Ketchikan, Juneau, and the                                                                                               (1985)
  Hubbard Glacier. You will disembark in Vancouver for the           The Orient                                                               Before the state Senate Com-
  return flight.                                                                                                                            mittee on Education, CSA Presi-
     Cruise only, and airfare: Inside cabin, $2,098; window,                                                                               dent Ted Elsberg responded to
                                                                         It’s never too early to save big bucks and travel in luxury
  $2,449; balcony, $2,998. Cruise, land tour and airfare: Inside,                                                                                        UFT President Albert
                                                                     and visit the jewels of the orient! Join us in Hong Kong on
  $2,999; window, $3,398; balcony, $3,948. Add $200 to bal-                                                                                              Shanker’s public at-
                                                                     March 29, 2011, as we board the elegant Azamara Quest and
  cony rate for concierge service. Add $198 for port and govern-                                                                                         tacks on school ad-
                                                                     sail S.E. Asia to Hue (Vietnam), Ho Chi Minh City and
  ment charges. Optional insurance is available.                                                                                                         ministrators. Said
                                                                     Sihanoukville (Cambodia), Bangkok and Singapore. This regal
                                                                     vessel holds only 650 passengers and provides excellence                            Mr. Elsberg: “These
  Trains of the Colorado Rockies                                     throughout.                                                                         senseless, divisive
                                                                                                                                                         tactics come at a
  Aug. 14 - Aug. 22, 2010                                                Rates below include cruise, taxes, and port charges. Air is
                                                                                                                                           time when teaching and supervi-
      Ride aboard the famous Durango and Silverton narrow            not included as some of us will use points or purchase tickets
                                                                                                                                           sory groups should be working
  gauge Silver Railroad through the San Juan Mountains.              to suit individual preferences. Inside, $2,048 per person, dou-
                                                                                                                                           together for higher salaries, public
  Journey on the world’s highest cog railroad to Pike’s Peak.        ble occupancy; window, $2,349 per person, double occupancy;
                                                                                                                                           support of the schools and effec-
  Then spend two nights in Durango re-living the excitement          verandah, $2,699 per person, double occupancy. A $450
                                                                                                                                           tive teaching performance.” He
  of the old west. ALL-INCLUSIVE RATES include airfare.              deposit per person holds your stateroom without penalty until
                                                                                                                                           publicly invited Mr. Shanker to
  $2,399 per person based on double occupancy. For an itiner-        90 days prior to departure. If insurance is purchased you may
                                                                                                                                           join him in the effort for improv-
  ary, email Gary Goldstein at               cancel for medical reasons any time with full refund.
                                                                                                                                           ing educational services and its
12                                                                                CSA NEWS                                                                               January 2010

     The Welfare Fund                                                                                      Douglas Hathaway, Ph.D

     You Must Notify the City of Changes in Life Status

                                      UESTION: I am a Principal. I had a      before, but I do not recall specifics. Could       policy. Your prescription drug benefit will
                                      baby 18 months ago and have tried       you answer it one more time?                       automatically become that health plan’s
                                      four times through my payroll sec-          ANSWER: I once joked that this was the         Medicare Part D drug plan, eliminating the
                                      retary to add her to my health plan     second most popular question I am asked,           need to enroll in another drug plan. In fact,
                             to no avail. I am completely frustrated and      after “Where is my check”? Over time, it           as the letter from the city indicates,
                             don’t know what else to do. Can you help         has actually become the most popular ques-         enrolling in a different Medicare Part D plan
                             me get my child covered?                         tion, so let’s answer it again.                    could negatively impact your city coverage.
                                 ANSWER: Certainly. That’s why we’re              About three months before your 65th                The OLR letter mentions one item
                             here. You faxed us the paperwork – an            birthday, you will receive a mailing from the      that does not apply to CSA retirees in
                             enrollment form and birth certificate. A         Social Security Administration and the city        GHI Senior Care. The letter says that if you
                             Welfare Fund staff member walked them            Office of Labor Relations. Social Security will    enroll in another Medicare Part D plan, you
                             across Court Street and waited until the         offer you the opportunity to enroll in             cannot participate in the city’s optional
                             DOE Health and Welfare staff member              Medicare Part B. If you are retired and have       rider, which includes drugs and 365 days of
                             updated your records.                            no benefits elsewhere from a second job or         hospital care.
                                                                                                                                     CSA retirees do not have to worry about
     Sometimes                   This highlights something I mention at       through an employed spouse, you MUST
                                                                              accept Part B. Sign the enclosed ID card and       this. Under a long-standing agreement with
                             every membership meeting, both for in-serv-
     we have to              ice and retired members. Whenever you            send a copy to the NYC Office of Labor             the city, the Retiree Welfare Fund pays the
                             have a change in your life status – having a     Relations, Medicare Premium                        premium for this rider directly to the city
     walk your               baby, getting a divorce, marrying or register-   Reimbursement,40 Rector St., 3rd Floor, NY,        on behalf of CSA retirees who are in the
     health                  ing a domestic partner – you MUST inform         NY 10006. The city will reimburse any pay-         GHI Senior Care plan (Medicare supple-
                                                                                                                                 ment). This was arranged when the pre-
                             all the parties that maintain your records.      ments you make over the base Medicare Part
     enrollment              That means filing the appropriate paperwork      B deduction – $96.40 a month in 2009 – in          mium for the drug portion of the rider was
                                                                              August of the following year, i.e., 2009’s         close to $180 per month causing many
     papers to the           with a payroll secretary or human resources
                                                                              reimbursement will be mailed in August.            retirees to switch to a spouse’s plan. While
                             department and contacting the CSA Welfare
     DOE to                  Fund as well.                                        Your city-provided health plan will auto-      the premiums have dropped, we continue
                                 While you might think in this age of         matically become a Medicare supplemental           this practice as a service to our retirees.
     get things              information technology that the Fund and
     done right!             the city’s health plans routinely pass per-
                             sonal information back and forth, privacy
                             regulations prohibit such an exchange. It is
                                                                                             Pre-Retirement Workshops Scheduled
                             your responsibility to ensure that all parties            CSA has scheduled three workshops in January for members considering retirement
                             are notified. We have developed relation-             this winter. We’ll review city-provided retiree health benefits as well as Welfare Fund
                             ships with staff at all the health plans and          benefits. We’ll also review the process for converting from in-service to retiree status.
                             city agencies so that we can expedite things          These workshops are aimed at Department of Education members only. Seating is limited.
                             when necessary, but it is still your responsi-        Reserve your seat by calling the Welfare Fund at (718) 624-2600. As we usually have a
                             bility to initiate the status updates.                waiting list, if you cannot attend your workshop, call the Welfare Fund as soon as possible
                                                                                   to cancel so we may make your seat available. All workshops start promptly at 4 p.m.
                                UESTION: I am a retired Assistant                      n Jan. 26, CSA,16 Court St., 4th floor large conference room, Brooklyn
                             Q  Principal who turns 65 on Feb. 22. What
                             happens to my GHI plan when I become
                                                                                       n Jan. 21, MS 127, 1560 Purdy St., Room 216, Bronx
                                                                                       n Jan. 27, Queens Educational Leadership Center, PS 193, 152-20 11th Ave.

                             Medicare eligible? What about Medicare                      Whitestone, NY 11357
                             Part D? I’m sure you’ve answered this

                               Annual Report:
                  DAY CARE COUNCIL/CSA WELFARE FUND 2009
         This is a summary of the annual report                                                                                               If you request a copy of the full
     for the Day Care Council/CSA Welfare         You have the right to receive a complete                                                annual report from the plan adminis-
     Fund, employer identification number 11-                                                                                             trator, these two statements and
     2504726, for the year ended June 30,         statement of the assets and liabilities of the plan.                                    accompanying notes will be included
     2009.                                                                                                                                as a part of that report. The charge to
         The annual report has been filed with
                                                                                                                                          cover copying costs given above does
     the Internal Revenue Service, as required    enced a decrease in its net assets of      held for investment.
     under the Employee Retirement Income                                                                                                 not include a charge for the copying of
                                                  $8,322. During this plan year, the plan        To obtain a copy of the annual           these portions of the report because
     Security Act of 1984 (ERISA). The Board
                                                  had total income of $639,884 includ-       report, or any part thereof, contact the     these portions are furnished without
     of Trustees of the Day Care Council/CSA
     Welfare Fund has committed itself to pay     ing employer contributions of              office of Dr. Douglas V. Hathaway,            charge.
     certain optical, dental and medical          $513,573, retiree contributions of         Administrator, Day Care Council,
     expenses and prescription drug claims        $158,600 and losses from invest-           Council of School Supervisors and            By Mail or In-Person
     incurred under the terms of the plan.        ments of $36,642.                          Administrators Welfare Fund, 16 Court            You have the right to examine the
                                                     Plan expenses were $648,206.            St, 34th Floor, Brooklyn, NY 11241-          annual report at the main office of the
     Insurance Information                        These expenses included $111,905 in        1003. You may also call him at (718)         plan at 16 Court St., Brooklyn, NY
        The plan has a Life Insurance             administrative expenses and                624-2600. The charge to cover copy-          11241-1003 and at the US
     Policy with Guardian to provide death        $516,629 in benefits paid to partici-       ing costs is the actual cost of repro-       Department of Labor in Washington
     benefits and prepaid dental programs          pants and beneficiaries. In addition,       ducing copies, but no more than 25           DC., or to obtain a copy from the US
     provided by Dentcare. The total pre-         $75,200 was reserved for direct bene-      cents per page or any part thereof.          Department of Labor upon payment of
     miums paid for the year ended June           fits payable.                                   You also have the right to receive       copying costs.
     30, 2009 were $19,672.                                                                  from the plan administrator, on                  Requests to the Department of
                                                  Know Your Rights                           request and at no charge, a statement        Labor should be addressed to:
     Basic Financial Information                     You have the right to receive a         of the assets and liabilities of the plan       Public Disclosure Room, N4677
        The value of plan assets, after           copy of the full annual report, or any     and accompanying notes, or a state-             Pension/Welfare Benefits Programs
     subtracting liabilities of the plan, was     part thereof, on request. These items      ment of income and expenses of the              US Department of Labor
     $1,298,775 as of June 30, 2009.              are included in that report: an inde-      plan and accompanying notes, or                 200 Constitution Ave. NW
     During the plan year, the plan experi-       pendent auditor’s report and assets        both.                                           Washington, DC 20216
January 2010                                                                        CSA NEWS                                                                                        13

                                  Benefit                                                                                    OBITUARIES

       Health Plan Deductibles                                                             Denise Simone, Principal
        Will Reset in January                                                              and Shakespeare Expert
                                                                                                      BY YURIDIA PEÑA                         students and colleagues. She was known
  BY DR. DOUGLAS V. HATHAWAY                  from $135 in 2009. The base social secu-
                                                                                                                                              as a Shakespeare aficionado who loved
                                              rity deduction for Medicare Part-B
                                                                                              “She inspired me every time I was in the theatre and the arts. As a young adult,
   Various health plan deductibles reset      remains $96.40 per person per month
                                                                                           her classroom,” wrote one student.                 Ms. Simone was a stand-up comedian.
       on Jan. 1. For in-service              since there is no Social Security cost-of-
                                                                                              “She became more than just my                      “Her laugh and her enthusiasm for
          Department of Education             living adjustment (COLA) in 2010.
                                                                                           Director, she became a friend,” wrote teaching was contagious. I will truly miss
            and Day Care members,                 For those whose Medicare-adjusted
                                                                                           another.                                           her,” wrote Nicole Colletti, a student
             the SIDS dental deductible       gross incomes (MAGI) are more than
                                                                                              That’s just two of the hundreds of                 “She gave me my first journal, which
              of $25 and the MEDCO            $85,000 per individual or $170,000 for
                                                                                           comments made by grieving students on inspired me to write more often and led
               prescription           drug    couples, OR who first become eligible
                                                                                           Facebook in response to the death of to my writing for the school newspaper
                  deductible of $50 per       for Medicare in 2010 OR who are not
                                                                                           Denise Simone, 50, the Principal of New and eventually NYU,” wrote another for-
                      person/$150 per         yet collecting Social Security, the
                                                                                           Explorers High School, who died on Oct. mer student, Jasmine Garcia.
                          family reset.       Medicare B premium begins at $110.50
                                                                                           22, 2009.                                             Ms. Simone received her BA in
                            The       2010    per person per month. (See table below
                                                                                              During her 29 years in the NYC school Education and MA in English from
                             deductions       for premiums by income and filing status.)
                                                                                           system, Ms. Simone inspired hundreds of Brooklyn College. In 1980, she began her
                             begin from           For those enrolled in the GHI En-
                                                                                                                                                    education career at Seward Park
                           the first dental   hanced Medicare Part D prescription
                                                                                                                                                    High School, Manhattan. She then
                   visit or prescriptions     drug plan, the out-of-pocket limit in
                                                                                                                                                    taught English – her specialty was
purchased at a pharmacy in 2010.              2010 will increase to $4,550 before cat-
                                                                                                                                                    Shakespeare – at Leon M. Goldstein
   For retirees who are eligible for          astrophic coverage kicks in. The pen-
                                                                                                                                                    High School for the Sciences,
Medicare, the Medicare Part B                 sion deduction for this plan will increase
                                                                                                                                                    Brooklyn, and at Susan E. Wagner
deductible will increase to $155, up          to $113 per person.
                                                                                                                                                    High School, Staten Island. In 2007,
                                                                                                                                                    she was appointed Principal of New
                                                                                                                                                    Explorers High School, Bronx.
             Medicare B Premiums for                                                                                                                   Ms. Simone is survived by her
                                                                                                                                                    parents, Vincent and Evelyn
              Those 65 Before 2010                                                                                                                  Simone, and her brothers, John and
                                                                                                                                                    Vincent. Condolences may be sent
                                                          IRMAA*       Total Monthly       n Denise Simone, far right, with a student cast from a to the Simone family at 97
   Individual Income               Joint Income           Amount         Premium           school production.                                       Yorkwood Dr., Brick, NJ, 08723.

      Less than or                 Less than or
    equal to $85,000

   $85,001 to $107,000
                                 equal to $170,000

                               $170,001 to $214,000


                                                                                           Dr. Howard Hurwitz, 93,
  $107,001 to $160,000         $214,001 to $320,000       $110.50         $206.90          a CSA Founder, Fought
  $160,001 to $214,000

  More than $ 214,000
                               $320,001 to $428,000

                               More than $428,000


                                                                                           Ethnic Surveys in 1970s
                                                                                                    BY ANNE SILVERSTEIN                    the union, and Dr. Hurwitz, prevailed.
  *Income Related Monthly Adjustment Amount                                                                                                    Dr. Hurwitz began his career in 1938 as
                                                                                               Dr. Howard L. Hurwitz, 93, a High           a high school social studies teacher,
                                                                                           School Principal, a syndicated columnist,       became an Assistant Principal for 13 years
                                                                                           an author, and one of the founders of CSA,      at Manual Train-
Drug Co-Pay                                   Medicare Rules                               died on Sept. 23. His work with the union
                                                                                           included serving as the newsletter editor
                                                                                                                                           ing and Jamaica
                                                                                                                                           High Schools, and
Waiver Saves                                  and Domestic                                 and one of the union’s vice presidents dur-
                                                                                           ing the union’s early tumultuous decades.
                                                                                                                                           became Principal
                                                                                                                                           of Long Island

Money For All                                 Partners                                         Dr. Hurwitz also wrote 12 books includ-
                                                                                           ing The Last Angry Principal, which told of
                                                                                           his battles with the NYC Board of Educa-
                                                                                                                                           City High School
                                                                                                                                           in 1966. A gradu-
                                                                                                                                           ate of Brooklyn
             BY CSA STAFF                                  BY CSA STAFF                    tion and his outrage with the permissive        College, he re-
                                                                                           social mores he felt would be the down-         ceived his Ph.D in
    The CSA Welfare Fund and                      The rules for Medicare vary depend-      fall of schools and society.                    political science
DCC/CSA Welfare Fund, in conjunc-             ing upon whether you’re married or               One such fight became a cause célèbre       from Columbia                 CSA FILE PHOTO

tion with MEDCO, are once again               are in a relationship with a duly-regis-     after Dr. Hurwitz’ suspended a student in       University       in   n Dr. Hurwitz
offering a promotion aimed at saving          tered Domestic Partner.                      March 1976. At the time, Dr. Hurwitz was        1943.
members money if they switch their                CSA in-service and retired members       Principal of Long Island City High School.          For many years, Dr. Hurwitz also wrote
prescriptions to a generic medication.        are permitted to provide health benefits     After refusing to allow the student back        a twice-weekly column for a Queens’ news-
    If you order a new prescription for a     to a duly-registered Domestic Partner        into the building, Dr. Hurwitz earned the       paper that was syndicated nationally. He
generic through MEDCO’s mail-order            who, through his or her own employ-          distinction of being the first high school      was the President of the NYC Association
program, the co-payments will be              ment, is not eligible for city-provided      Principal suspended by the Board of             of Teachers of Social Studies, the Admin-
waived.                                       or Welfare Fund benefits.                    Education. Dr. Hurwitz slept in his office      istrative Assistants Association, and an
    Last year’s promotion saved thou-             Because the US government does           for several nights as his parent supporters     adjunct associate professor of education at
sands of dollars for members, and con-        not recognize Domestic Partners, once        closed the school and rallied outside in        St. John’s University. He served for three
tinues to save them money.                    the Domestic Partner becomes                 protest. Although the Board pursued him         years in the Army Air Force during World
    From July 1 through Sept. 30, 2009,       Medicare-eligible, he or she may not         in court, Dr. Hurwitz – with CSA’s support      War II.
403 individuals converted 532 pre-            receive benefits through the employed        – won the right to return to his school. He         Dr. Hurwitz, who was a polarizing fig-
scriptions to a generic or had a new          partner’s plan. Rather, the Medicare-        retired shortly thereafter in September         ure for much of his life, later became the
prescription filled with a generic.           eligible Domestic Partner MUST enroll        1977.                                           Chairman of the Conservative Family De-
(Converting a prescription calls for a        in Medicare Part B or face a penalty             During the same period, Dr. Hurwitz         fense Council, which battled the inclusion
new script from your doctor.)                 when he or she ultimately signs up.          was embroiled in another controversy that       of the “Rainbow Curriculum” in schools.
    Looking ahead, they will save, col-           The rule for married couples is a        concerned hundreds of Principals and            That curriculum portrayed non-traditional
lectively speaking, more than $39,000         spouse, who becomes Medicare-eligi-          other educators in the NYC public schools:      family units, including gay couples, as part
this year in the form of lower co-pay-        ble, can still be covered by the still-      the ethnic surveys of schools. CSA fought       of Main Street America.
ments, and the Welfare Fund will save         employed person’s plan and not enroll        a protracted court battle against the gov-          Dr. Hurwitz also wrote about raising a
more than $30,000 by buying generics          in Medicare Part B until the still-          ernment’s right to conduct such surveys,        developmentally disabled son in Donald:
rather than the more expensive brand-         employed person retires and files an         and Dr. Hurwitz was among those school          A Man Who Remains A Boy (1973). That
names. During the past two years of           SEP – Special Enrollment Period –            leaders who fought compliance with the          son, Donald Hurwitz, who survives his
this promotion, members have collec-          form.) Questions? Contact the Welfare        Office of Civil Rights/US Department of         father, worked at CSA for many years. Dr.
tively saved more than $100,000.              Fund at 718-624-2600.                        Health, Education and Welfare. Ultimately,      Hurwitz’ wife, Nettie, died in 2005.
14                                                                    CSA NEWS / RETIREES                                                                              January 2010

                                 RETIREE                                                                                                Chapter
                 CHAIR’S MESSAGE
                   Neil Lefkowitz                                             Make Mine Manhattan!
Keep Your Hands Off                                                           Intimate Reception for New Members Offers
Our Health Insurance!                                                      Friendship, Information and Home-Made Cookies
                                                                            BY DEE-DEE GOIDEL

                              ast month, I visited the California
                              and Arizona Units of our Chapter.                                                                A Big Shout of Thanks

                                                                                   n Dec 2, the
                              Both groups shared their concerns
                                                                                   Manhattan Unit held           CSA thanks Charlotte Schwartz and Sunny Spadaro who
                       with me about the rising cost of drugs as                   a reception for newly      provided home-baked goodies for the reception. Terry
                       well as Mayor Bloomberg’s threat that                       retired CSA members        Goldstein provided the wine, Connie Testa, the cheese and
                       retirees should pay a portion of the health     who live in that borough. The          crackers and Stanley Wilson, the fruit. Gail Greene sent out
                       insurance premiums.                             meeting was an intimate gath-          the correspondence. Irma Schonhaut spoke about how impor-
                           Our members out west said quite             ering that introduced new              tant the Regional Unit has been in her life.
                       clearly what we all say: While we were          members to the many activities
                       working for the city, we agreed to give up      and benefits available to them.
                                                                       Stanley H. Wilson, Unit Leader,      when Mr. Friedman started the          will take students over the age
                       larger salary increases for health insurance
                                                                       explained the three-prong mis-       school and became its first            of 17 either because they are
                       without premiums. In other words, health                                             principal, he took on the chal-        immigrants or did not accrue
                                                                       sion of a Unit, which is a
The cost of            insurance was part of the compensation          microcosm of the central             lenge of restoring the building        enough credits in high school.
                       package and not a perk of employment.
our health                 CSA’s policy is supportive of our posi-
                                                                       Chapter: political action, out-      as well as modernizing it to           Classes run from 9 a.m. to 11
                                                                       reach/health matters and social      accommodate the technology             p.m., 6 days a week, year
insurance              tion: no givebacks on health insurance for      activities.                          needed in future years.                round, to accommodate work-
was part of            retirees.                                           The reception was held in           The school’s auditorium was
                                                                                                            completely restored including
                                                                                                                                                   ing students. A non-profit arm
                                                                                                                                                   of the school - Comprehensive
                           As for drug costs, the biggest complaint    the restored library of the
our salary             concerns the dreaded “doughnut hole”            Manhattan Comprehensive              the woodwork, cast-iron and            Development Incorporated –
package                created when Medicare Part D was imple-         Night and Day High School on         wood seats, and globe light fix-       provides academic help as well
                                                                       East 15th Street. The founding       tures. (He found a manufac-            as medical, legal and housing
                       mented. Our members say that all too
and should             quickly, they fall into the hole – Medicare
                                                                       Principal, Howard Friedman,          turer of the molded iron por-          services. Graduates receive a
                                                                       one of our new retirees,             tion of the seats and had them         regular high school diploma or
be                     Part D ceases to pay anything after $2,700      arranged with the current prin-      made to order but included a           Regents diploma; no GEDs are
considered             in drug bills and doesn’t kick back in until    cipal, Michael Toise, to provide     folding desk arm.)                     awarded. Seventy percent of
                       drug bills mount to $6,154. Of course, the      space for us.                           The library is outfitted with       MCNDHS graduates are
immutable.             reason we fall into the hole so quickly is          As I entered the school I felt   computers and leather furni-           accepted to college. The
                       because of the high cost of drugs.              I had stepped into the turn of       ture so people can surf the            school’s success has been noted
                           I urge all Retiree Chapter members to       the 20th century. Mr. Friedman       Internet or curl up with a book.       by educators; its model has
do what I told our West Coast friends: Write to your US Senators       was the prime catalyst behind        Books for all ages and reading         been copied in other boroughs,
and Congressmen. Tell them to allow Medicare to negotiate the          restoring the school to its for-     levels fill the shelves.               around the country, and
price of non-generic drugs. Former RC Chair Irwin Shanes and I         mer glory. It took 10 years, a lot      The school is unique in             abroad.
                                                                       of fund-raising and a lot of         another way as well. It’s one of           Yuridia Peña contributed to
believe that if Medicare gets this power, the benefit will be two-
                                                                       hard work.                           the few schools in the city that       this story.
                                                                           The school was built in
   n We will see a price reduction for non-generic drugs, and
                                                                       1904 for girls from the neigh-
   n We will see a reduction in the number of retirees who fall        borhood, most of them poor
      into the doughnut hole.                                          Jewish and Italian immigrants,
                                                                       whose parents did not want
Political Involvement                                                  them attending a co-ed public
    The officers and I have been out in force urging our Unit lead-    school. In the early 1930s, the
ers and Chapter members to become involved in political action         city bought the building and it
and support those candidates who support the policies of the           became the Mabel Dean Bacon
                                                                       High School Annex.
CSA. The officers and our political action committee members,
                                                                           During the latter part of the
led by Pat DeMeo and Dee-Dee Goidel, continue to attend
                                                                       20th century, the school fell
fundraisers and meetings in support of these lawmakers and can-        into disrepair. In April 1989,
didates even though Election Day seems far away. We are asking
our local units throughout the area to do the same.

Culture and Education
    Our Cultural and Educational Committee has unveiled its
new spring program and you’ll find it in a special pull-out sec-
tion in this issue. I hope that you will take advantage of the
numerous course offerings. We have asked our out-of-state units
to replicate some of these courses for the benefit of their mem-
    During this month, I will visit our Florida Units with mem-
bers of the CSA leadership and Douglas Hathaway, the Welfare
Fund Administrator. We’ll provide them up-to-date information
about benefits and programs offered through the Chapter.

                                                                                                                                                                          YURIDIA PEÑA
                                                                                                            n Top: Howard Friedman, former Principal and new retiree. Top left:
                                                                                                            Assistant Principals Judy Horvay and Mark Testa. Bottom left, (left to
                                                                                                            right,) Assistant Principal James Reed, Principal Michael Toise and
                                                                                                            Assistant Principal Sam Hussey. Above, left, an identical replica of the
                                                                                                            original auditorium chairs. Right, restored woodwork in the library.
January 2010                                                                 CSA NEWS / RETIREES                                                                                       15

              Now, from the heart of NYC…                                                                   RC Regional Units
                                                                                                          SOUTH FLORIDA                                   STATEN ISLAND
                                                                                                    Here are the meetings for 2010. Jan.           We’re still basking in the fun we had
                                                                                                10, Health and Welfare meeting, noon at        at our Annual Holiday Gala at the Hilton
                                                                                                the Pompano Civic Center, 1801 NE 6th          Garden Inn. Our next newsletter will have
                                                                                                St., Pompano Beach; Feb. 25, Legislative       information about our March 2010 gen-
                                                                                                update, noon, Pompano Civic Center;            eral membership meeting at the JCC,
                                                                                                March 5, Health Fair, 1 p.m., South Civic      1466 Manor Rd., as well as updates regard-
                                                                                                Center, Delray Beach.                          ing issues important to us all.
                                                                                                                           —BEN LEITNER                                    —CHERYL OBEY

                                                                                                             SUNCOAST                                     PACIFIC COAST
                                                                                                   Our two annual meetings will both be           Thank you RC Chair Neil Lefkowitz
                                                                                                held at 12:30 p.m. at Marie's Italian          for an informative presentation at our
                                                                                                Kitchen, 5767 Beneva Rd., Sarasota. The        Dec. 1 meeting. Our next meeting is
                                                                                                dates: Jan. 13 and on Feb. 26. We’ll have      March 9 at Carrow’s Restaurant with guest
                                                                                                speakers and good food. Questions? Call        speaker Welfare Fund Administrator
                                                                                                me at (941) 383-0408.                          Douglas Hathaway. Manny Bierman’s
                                                                                                                    —MICHAEL NEMOYTIN          number is (310) 858-0558. Gil Gotfried’s is
     n The Manhattan Regional Unit visited Radio City Music Hall on Dec. 4 for a back-                                                         (310) 521-0329.
     stage tour. Above, the group poses with a member of the Radio City Rockettes. (More                                                                —MANNY BIERMAN, GIL GOTFRIED
     on the Manhattan Unit’s trip in Regional Briefs.)
                                                                                                    LOWER HUDSON VALLEY
                                                                                                    You will soon receive our newsletter                   NEW JERSEY
                                                                                                and a membership form to use for joining
                                                                                                                                                  We’re looking into a trip to the the-
Registration Open for                                                                           our Unit for the first time, or rejoining. If
                                                                                                you need more information, contact me
                                                                                                at (914) 238-5266 or email me at
                                                                                                                                               ater, perhaps a matinee, as our Cultural
                                                                                                                                               Committee, chaired by Robyn Small, is

Spring Outreach Workshops                                                              Our general member-
                                                                                                ship meetings for 2010 will be on May 12
                                                                                                and June 9. The Executive Board will
                                                                                                                                               seeking new venues. Our visit to the
                                                                                                                                               American Museum of Natural History and
                                                                                                                                               the Planetarium met with rave reviews.
                                   BY FELICE HANNAH                                             invite speakers to address topics of inter-    Next excursion: May 7, the Edison
                                                                                                est to all of us. Full details will follow.    National Historic Museum.
    The Retiree Chapter’s Outreach Program announces its spring offerings. These                                              —JOHN GENTILE                          —STEPHEN PORTER
workshops have been well attended in the past, and well received by members. (The
Outreach Program also visits Regional Units and makes presentations.)                                                                                          QUEENS
    The following workshops will all be held at CSA’s Brooklyn headquarters, 16 Court
                                                                                                                                                  We held a successful meeting on Nov.
St., 4th Floor large conference room, from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.                                     We’ll distribute the first issue of our      10. The speaker was our RC Outreach
    To Register: Call Felice Hannah at (718) 625-3434. Please leave your name, tele-            Unit’s newsletter Brooklyn Bytes later this    Coordinator Felice Hannah whose pres-
phone number and the workshop you want to attend. You may also email that infor-                month. The newsletter will contain meet-       entation, Getting your Papers in Order, was
mation to Ms. Hannah at                                                    ing dates for 2010. Please remember to         wonderful. We held a theater party at the
                                                                                                send in your Unit dues for 2010 in the         same location on Dec. 10, to see Rosa Loses
   March 16, 2010
                                                                                                amount of $15. Make checks payable to          Her Face. Have a great New Year.
   TOPIC: RC Welfare Fund Benefits for members, spouses and registered domestic
                                                                                                CSA Retiree Chapter/Brooklyn Unit, and                                —JOSEPH ROSENBERG
                                                                                                send to 16 Court St., 7th Fl., Brooklyn,
   PRESENTER: Dr. Douglas Hathaway, Administrator, CSA Welfare Fund
                                                                                                NY 11241-1003. We are also excited about
   April 29, 2010                                                                               our Brooklyn Film Club which has had                       LONG ISLAND
   TOPICS: CSA Retiree Welfare Fund reimbursement procedures/coordinating health                several meetings. If interested please con-        Our “snow birds” have departed and
           insurance plans/Social Security                                                      tact the office, (718) 625-3434, or contact     we struggle to function without them. Our
   PRESENTERS: Sherri Tabachnick, Assistant Welfare Fund Administrator; Glenda Harry,           me by email:              January newsletter has been distributed
               Assistant Financial Director; Marisa Rodriguez, Office Claims Manager;                                         —RON JONES       and we’ve planned a February member-
               Christie Pastor, Executive Claims Assistant; and Lindsay Haynes, Social                                                         ship meeting. We will have at least three
               Security Administration Representative                                                                                          trips this spring. Please accept our best
                                                                                                 ROCKLAND/ORANGE/BERGEN                        wishes for a happy holiday season. For
   May 4, 2010
   TOPICS: Vision services/home health care services                                               The Unit held its first meeting of the       more information, communicate with
   PRESENTERS: Florence Klein, RC Executive Board Member; Maria Costa, Director,                school year on Oct. 29 to a full house. Our    Norman Watnick, (516) 747-6291; email
               Foundation Fighting Blindness; Alberta Orr, Coordinator, NYC                     guest speaker was Assemblyman Ken              address
               Coalition on Aging and Vision Services; James O’Neal, Director,                  Zebrowski, who supports our concerns and                              —NORMAN WATNICK
               Community Relations Visiting Nurses Services                                     issues. A great time was had by all. We
                                                                                                look forward to seeing you at our next
   June 10, 2010                                                                                meeting on April 13 at the Nanuet Library.                 MANHATTAN
   TOPICS: TRS retirement benefits, earnings after retirement, Passport Funds and               Our speaker will be Dr. Douglas Hathaway,         On Dec. 4, 25 members toured Radio
           related topics                                                                       Welfare Fund Administrator.                    City Music Hall. (See photo, above.) We
   PRESENTER: Donald Juliano, RC Assistant Treasurer                                                                     —ARLENE SHAPIRO       explored the beautifully restored art deco
                                                                                                                                               interiors and sunset-inspired auditorium,
                                                                                                                                               and visited the great stage with its
                                                                                                               ARIZONA                         hydraulic elevator system. We even chat-
                                                                                                   Our December luncheon/conference            ted with one of the Rockettes! We plan
                                                                                                accomplished its major goal: improving         several trips this spring, but would love to
                                                                                                our alliance with the Arizona Alliance for     hear suggestions. Call me at (917) 692-
                                                                                                Retired Americans, AFL-CIO. RC Chair-          2942 or email me a
                                                                                                man Neil Lefkowitz was there to explain                                  —STANLEY WILSON
                                                                                                the legislative goals of the Chapter thus
                                                                                                helping the visiting AARA President and                    PALM BEACH
                                                                                                our members understand more clearly our
                                                                                                mutual lobbying interests and efforts. We          We’ll hold a health and welfare meet-
n From left, Sherri Tabachnick, Glenda Harry and Christie Pastor of the CSA Welfare Fund will   look forward to our March 10 lunch-            ing on Jan.11 at 1 pm at the South
be among the presenters during an April 29 workshop on a number of topics. See above for        eon/conference on Welfare Fund benefits.       County Civic Center. On Feb. 24, we’ll
details.                                                                                                                 —MAISHE LEVITAN       have an informational meeting at 10 am
                                                                                                                                               at Ben-venuto's Catering followed by our
                                                                                                                                               gala annual luncheon at noon.
                                                                                                        Stay in touch with the                 (Attendance at one event is not required
         The CSA website now displays photographs                                                      Retiree Chapter through                 for the other.) March 5, we’ll host a health
                                                                                                       e-mail Member Updates.                  fair at the South County Civic Center and
             from CSA and Retiree Chapter events.                                                      Send your e-mail address                we have an all-day bus trip on March 17
                                                                                                         to: Antoinette Isable,                to Coral Castle Capri. For more informa-
       Visit the Photo Gallery page at                                                                                        tion, call me at (561)689-0255.
                                                                                                                                                                          —ROSE BENNETT
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                             Borough Briefs / In The Schools                                                                                                          Compiled
                                                                                                                                                                      by Yuridia Peña

 Brooklyn (DIST. 13-23,32)
Promoting Health
                                                                Students Remember Pearl Harbor
    The in-house Lutheran Medical                  BY ANNE SILVERSTEIN
Clinic at MS 136, D-15, and the New
Jersey Nets celebrated their “Shoot for
Better Health” kick-off event on Nov.             O    n Dec. 7, the Staten
                                                       Island School of
                                                  Civic Leadership remem-
23. The Nets cheerleaders, and former
NBA players Kerry Kittles and Darryl              bered the entry of the
Dawkins, attended the event. The pro-             United States into World
gram, offered afterschool and during              War II with a sixth-grade
gym class, promotes good health habits.           performance of a teacher
                                                  written and directed pro-
                                                  duction entitled “Pearl
                                                  Harbor Remembered.”                                                                                                PHOTOS/YURIDIA PEÑA
                                                      Principal Rose Kerr                                                                              n Three sixth-graders belted out
                                                  said that remembering                                                                                “Boogie-Woogie Bugle Boy” as
                                                  the heroes of WWII was        n WWII veterans William Lee Birch, Sonny Fassoulis and Ted Khoury.     part of the commemoration.
                                                  an important lesson for all
                                                  students but especially for those at a school with the mis-         smell it. I could taste it,” he said. He survived on a little
                                                  sion of civic involvement.                                          bread, a little soup and some “ersatz” coffee. He reminded
                                                                         In addition to the play, the school          the students that more than 400,000 Americans died dur-
                                                                     invited WWII veterans to attend the per-         ing WWII and more than 670,000 were wounded.
                                                                     formance and then speak to the students.             Another veteran also attended the performance: Dennis
                                                                     Three members of the American Ex-                Rosenwald, a Vietnam veteran who donated a flag to the
                                                                     Prisoners of War took turns talking and                                                               school. He
n Darryl Dawkins and Eric Sackler, Principal                         then answered questions.                                                                              refused,
of MS 136, D-15, Brooklyn.                                               William Lee Birch emphasized that                                                                 however, to
                                                                     many Americans immediately enlisted                                                                   wear the
                                                                     because they believed in what they were                                                               title “hero”
                                                                                                                                                                           or have his
         Bronx         (DIST. 7-12)
                                                  Rose Kerr          fighting for: the right to be free. Satiris
                                                                     “Sonny” Fassoulis told about his Greek                                                                picture
                                                  parents, who came to the U.S. on their honeymoon and                                                                     taken. He
Kudos For a Great                                 never went home. They instilled in him their love for this                                                               pointed to
Culinary Program                                  country, and he was proud to fight for it. His story was a lit-
                                                  tle unusual because he was captured several times in
                                                                                                                                                                           the three
                                                                                                                                                                           older veter-
    Harry S. Truman High School                   Europe by Germans and Italians, managed to escape each                                                                   ans and
recently received recognition from the            time, and ended up serving in Asia. Remarkably, he escaped                                                               said,
Culinary Institute of America (CIA) cer-          from the Japanese after only a few hours.                                                                                “They’re the
tifying that the school’s culinary arts               The three men told stories of battles, losing friends and       n SISCL is one of three schools inside the brand- real heroes.
program fulfills the requirement of the            being prisoners of war. Veteran Ted Khoury lost 70 pounds           new school building in Graniteville, right off the It’s their
Institute’s curriculum. “Our culinary             in prison, he said. “I dreamt about food. I could actually          Staten Island Expressway.                            day.”
arts students are some of the most suc-
cessful students here at Truman High
School,” said Principal Sana Q. Nasser.
Students are also eligible to receive $500          Queens              (DIST. 24-30)
for travel expenses to the Hyde Park
campus of the Culinary Institute of             PS 99 Happily Cuts
America through the “Destination CIA”
program.                                        a Ribbon for Lab
                                                   PS 99, D-28, celebrated a ribbon
                                                cutting ceremony on Oct. 30 when the
                                                school opened its new computer lab
To submit an item to Borough                    and multimedia center. The event also
Briefs, contact Yuridia Peña at                 honored then City Council member or telephone                Melinda Katz, in blue suit, who
her at (718)852-3000 x 1042. You                arranged for the funds for construc-
may also submit high-resolution                 tion. The Principal is Paulette Foglio,
digital photographs.                            in white blouse.

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