* PROF. ASHER J. MATATHIAS *
B"H FROM B'NAI B'RITH LODGE FILON ATHENS GREECE - July 4, 2014
This Shabbat coincides with the glorious Fourth, America's birthday, and a special time to reflect on the twin blessings of being Jewish and American! More, the twin lights of such traditions spur the hope for the blessings of inclusion, tolerance, acceptance of diversity, among other peoples and nations, rife as they are --- and which we recently tragically witnessed --- with bigotry, and unvarnished hatred resulting in the untimely, violent ending to promising lives. May redemption be near for all who yearn for the normality of creative routine, in health, among loved ones, and peace. Amen.
* DAVE SPINDELL *
START POOR, GET RICH
Friend Stan came to our club house in Brooklyn. Stan was very excited, he said we'd all be rich! He had met a girl from the Five Towns on Long Island who had a bunch of rich girlfriends with whom our friends would be set up. The big date was set in motion.
We climbed in our old beat-up Dodge and headed for the Island. Stunned as we pulled up the driveway to the biggest house we had ever seen, a magnificent lawn and a driveway longer than my whole block! We were awed beyond belief!
We entered. There, in the "smallest" room, stood a spiral staircase, a piano, an elevator, four arm chairs, six couches, two TV's. We never imagined anyone living in a house that big!
Well, our dates did not go well. We were bums from Brooklyn, they were refined, rich college-bound girls. We hated them, they hated us. Guess what! All my friends went on to become wealthy, happily married men; all the women went on to have very unhappy, miserable marriages, then divorced - they struggled their entire lives.
Start poor, get rich.
* SHEILA BLUMENFELD FELSEN *
COULD COLUMBINE HAVE HAPPENED AT JEFFERSON?
1999 - April 20: Columbine High School, Jefferson County - Eric Harris, 18 and Dylan Klebold, 17, killed 12 students and one teacher and wounded 24 other people before committing suicide in the school library.
1999 - Nov. 19: Deming Middle School, Deming, N.M. - Victor Cordova, 12, shot and killed a 13-year-old classmate. He was sentenced to two years in juvenile detention.
2000 - Feb. 29: Buell Elementary School, Mount Morris Township, Mich. - A 6-year-old boy, whose identity was not released, shot and killed 6-year-old playmate Kayla Rolland. He was not charged with a crime, but he was removed from his mother's custody.
2000 - May 26: Lake Worth Community Middle School, Lake Worth, Fla. - After being sent home for misbehaving, Nathaniel Brazill, 13, returned to school and killed teacher Barry Grunow. Brazill was sentenced to 28 years in prison.
2001 - March 5: Santana High School, Santee, Calif. - In a San Diego suburb, Charles "Andy" Williams, 15, killed two classmates - a 14-year-old and a 17-year-old - and injured 13. He was sentenced in 2002 to at least 50 years in prison.
2002 - April 26: Gutenberg High School in Erfurt, Germany - Robert Steinhaeuser, 19, a recently expelled student, entered his former school and methodically killed 16 people, going room to room with a shotgun and a handgun, before committing suicide.
2003 - April 24: Red Lion Area Junior High School, Red Lion, Pa. - James Sheets, 14, brought three handguns to school and killed principal Eugene Segro before fatally shooting himself in the cafeteria.
2003 - Sept. 24: Rocori High School, Cold Spring, Minn. - Jason McLaughlin, 15, shot and killed 17-year-old Aaron Rollins, and critically wounded another student, who died of his injuries two weeks later. McLaughlin, charged as an adult, was found guilty of murder and sentenced to life in prison.
2004 - September: Beslan School No. 1, Beslan, Russia - On the first day of school in this southern Russian town, Chechen militants took more than 1,100 children, parents and staff hostage in the gym. After a three-day siege, 331 hostages died - including 186 children - during the explosions and gunfire that ended the standoff.
2005 - March 21: Red Lake Senior High School, Red Lake, Minn. - Jeff Weise, 16, killed his grandfather and his grandfather's girlfriend before driving to Red Lake Senior High School and killing five students, a teacher and a security guard. Weise fired on police as they entered the building, then retreated and killed himself.
2005 - Nov. 8: Campbell County Comprehensive High School, Jacksboro, Tenn. - A 15-year-old student shot a principal and two assistant principals before a teacher wrestled his weapon away. Assistant principal Ken Bruce was killed.
2006 - Aug. 30: Orange High School, Hillsborough, N.C. - Former student Alvaro Castillo, 19, was arrested after opening fire in the school's parking lot, wounding two. Police found Castillo's father murdered at his home.
2006 - Sept. 13: Dawson College, Montreal - Kimveer Gill, 25, opened fire, authorities said, killing one person and wounding 20 others. He was killed in a shootout with police.
2006 - Sept. 27: Platte Canyon High School, Bailey, Colo. - Duane R. Morrison, an adult, fatally shot 16-year-old Emily Keyes and then himself after taking hostages.
2006 - Sept. 29: Weston High School, Cazenovia, Wis. - A 15-year-old student fatally shot his principal.
2006 - Oct. 2: Nickel Mines, Pennsylvania - Charles Carl Roberts, 32, a milk-truck driver, carried three guns into a one-room Amish schoolhouse and sent boys and adults outside. He then opened fire on a dozen girls, killing three before committing suicide. Seven other victims were critically wounded.
2007 - April 16: Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Va - With two attacks, gunman Cho Seung-Hui massacred 32 people in the deadliest shooting rampage in modern U.S. history, then killed himself.
2008 - Feb. 14: Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, Ill. - Steven Kazmierczak, 27, killed five people in a classroom and injured 21. The former student of the university then committed suicide.
2010 - Feb. 23: Deer Creek Middle School, Littleton, Colo. - In the parking lot of a middle school, Bruco Eastwood fired a rifle wounding two students. He was tackled by faculty and arrested. Eastwood was found to be legally insane and held in the state mental hospital.
2012 - Dec. 14: Newtown, Conn. - A teenage shooter killed his mother then drove to Sandy Hook Elementary School where he murdered 26 people, 20 of them small children. The shooter, Adam Lanza, 20, then committed suicide.
2013 - June 7: Santa Monica College, Santa Monica, Calif. - On the campus, a gunman shot wildly into cars and people, killing five people eventually and wounding four others. Shooter John Zawahri was killed by responding police officers.
2013 - Dec. 13: Arapahoe High School, Centennial, Colo. - A student entered the school carrying a shotgun, looking for a particular teacher, who left the building. The shooter shot several students before killing himself.
Sources, Associated Press; compiled by the Denver Post Research Library
Living close to Newtown and having grandkids in the neighboring school district and friends who live in town, this one really hit home. What kind of monsters does our society foster that would kill indiscriminately innocent babies? What is there in our society today that allows such conscience-less slaughter? Is this new? Can we compare the actions of a few homicidal maniacs to state fostered genocidal killings?
I don't believe this could have happened when we were in H.S. We were a post-war era breed of teens who heard the scars of war from our relatives and newscasters. Civics and patriotism and the myth of American greatness and superiority were stressed and SHAME was allowed to be used to keep deviants 'in line'.
A few years ago we were in New Zealand in a small town having tea. On EVERY shop window on the main street were posters (not large, maybe 11x15) with a story of a 15 year old boy who had abused a dog. His picture was on the poster. He was shamed. Today we rarely even HEAR the names of any evildoing teens, we so want to protect their futures. I feel this is wrong. Evil is evil, at any age. Children who exhibit gross antisocial behavior NEED to be isolated to protect the rest. Had Adam Lanza been removed from his home and placed in a safe facility, Sandy Hook would never have happened.
How many other innocent lives need to be lost before we wake up, enforce gun control, stop coddling deviants, and censor ultraviolent games and movies?
* AL CINAMON '55 *
DRIVERS MED COURSE
A driver over 65 is likely to never drive drunk. Unfortunately, alcohol is only one drug that impairs drivers. Older drivers are the most likely to drive while under the influence of multiple medications. Drugs typically affect people differently at age 60 than at age 20. With age, people tend to gain weight and lose muscle tone, which changes the way chemicals are absorbed. An older body can also take longer to rid itself of drugs.
So if you are taking medication, should you be driving? Most likely, yes. But the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) advises that it’s best to be absolutely sure before you get behind the wheel. While most medications don’t affect driving ability, some prescription and over-the-counter (OTC) medicines can cause reactions that may make it unsafe to drive. These reactions may include sleepiness/drowsiness, blurred vision, dizziness, slowed movement, fainting, inability to focus or pay attention, nausea, and excitability.
Driving while on medication can also be a legal issue. State laws differ but in New York driving under the influence of certain medications (prescription and OTC products) could get you in the same kind of trouble as people caught driving under the influence of alcohol.
Knowing how your medication – or any combination of them – affects your ability to drive is clearly a safety measure involving you, your passengers, and others on the road.
Products that could make it dangerous to drive include some anti-depressants, some cold remedies and allergy products, tranquilizers, sleeping pills, pain relievers, diet pills, drugs containing stimulants such as caffeine, or codeine. It’s also important to know that you should never combine medication with alcohol, which would create a synergistic effect (a greater effect than if each were taken separately).
If you must drive, don’t stop taking your medicines unless told to do so by your doctor. Do talk to your doctor or pharmacist about possible side effects of the medicines you take.
It would also be advisable to carry a list of your medications including names and dosages, just in case of an emergency.
On a beautiful Saturday night in Delray Beach, at 6:30 on the evening March 22, 2014, forty Jeffersonians gathered at Hunan Gardens. Approximately 30 of the 40 were people I had never met before, graduates from 1945, l951, 1958, 1963, etc. At the entrance to the restaurant, orange and blue balloons swayed in the breeze as a reminder of our school colors. Everyone was thrilled to be there and reminisced about their days at Jefferson and how lucky we all feel to have grown up in Brooklyn, most of us poor but, in reality, very rich. It was a very nostalgic evening for all.
All agreed the food was great and the service excellent. Mingling was a little difficult since we did not have a private room, but on a Saturday night in season in Florida, it's quite impossible to get a private room. Upon leaving at about 9:30, everyone thanked me for organizing the evening, expressed they had a great time and wanted to know when we could do it again. Kidding, I said, how about tomorrow for brunch. Realistically, I will be going to Long Island May 9th and probably won't be back till mid-September. And so the great memories of Saturday night in Florida will have to linger at least till October when I return.
I want to thank Natalie Sisselman Lefkowitz for her assistance and Dolores Rosenhain Geringer, our photographer of the evening. I also want to thank Thea Alpert, our Class Administrator, for promoting the event in various media and for distribution of invitations. And thanks to all who helped make this a memorable night.
by:Irma Sherman Latinsky
Dave Spindell: It was nice being with Thomas Jefferson graduates. They were very warm and cordial and easy to be with. We heard stories about the old neighborhood. All Jeffersonians landed on their feet and are lovely people today.
Judy Fielder Levine: Tonight we went to Hunan Gardens in Delray. This was my last hurrah before our return home. It was lovely and the food was delicious. Didn't know too many people other than Irma, Natalie, Delores, Nancy and my two friends Iris '54 and Terry '52 Tenner. A good time was had by all.
Please assist us in our effort to maintain a Web presence that performs in the best possible manner. I am here to present you with quality reading material, help navigate your journey through the halls of TJHS and to assist you in re-connecting with long-time friends. Your submissions and suggestions are welcomed! Please direct correspondence to TJHS1961@aol.com
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ABOUT YOUR PROFILE - We have completed yet another phase in updating personal biographies. Your profile now includes the Honor Societies, Service Clubs and Extra Curricular Activities (ECA) you performed for our Alma Mater. Learn more about your role and those of the young adults with whom you forged friendships in high school because of your services to our school. Check out biographies on Classreport.
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THE CLASS OF '61 has officially entered the world of TECHNOLOGY . Reunion invitations will be available to you on this web page and via e-mail. If you have not provided us with your e-mail address, kindly add it to your Classreport profile. Now is also the time to update your profile and correct all outdated data. It is your decision whether to go private or public with this information so that others may reach out to you; however, be assured that if you wish privacy, your email address will not be viewable to anyone but the Office; plus, my outgoing e-mails are always distributed as "blind copies." When someone requests your e-mail address, it is my policy to drop you a note requesting permission to share.
Note: Our presence on Classreport will continue strong, as will the continuation of the TJHS Alumni Association and the TJHS Alumni Newsletter. Our newsletter is brought to you by Al Solomon '49, Alumni President; Stu Rothstein'64, Editor and Coordinator; and literary contributions from Alumni members. Tell us of your news ... write your Class Administrator!