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I attended PS 156 and JHS 59, and I graduated from AJHS in 1962. I went to PS 156, JHS 59 and Springfield Gardens HS grad 1969. One lives in Mount Kisco NY and the other lives in Philly PA. It had more of a Long Island "feel." I'm currently living in Princeton, NJ. Life revolved around school, the schoolyard, the LJC, little league and later hanging out on Merrick Road at such establishments as Carmine's Pizza. I loved my childhood and will never forget all my friends who lived there and who I grew up with. It's nice to see I'm not the only one with pangs of nostalgia about Laurelton. I have fond memories of Laurelton, riding bicycles, having hoola hoop contests, playing hop scotch. Does anyone remember other teachers Angela Cinque, Martin Groffman, Arthur Bryton, Martin Hohauser, and Mr. Thank you for the photos, for the memories and for setting up this website. Hello, all of you who shared in my childhood and teen years. So many of you have written about SING, and I remember writing those songs and, with Jessie Tillman, leading those fabulous shows. A few of you have contacted me with lyrics--I had forgotten them. I went to PS 156, then JHS 59 with Alan Ross, Bruce Cassidy, George Tenenbaum, Jeff Weiss, Barry Lucas. Website: too, have many wonderful memories of Laurelton life. Now living in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, would love to reconnect with long lost friends. We would both love to hear from any old friends from JHS59 Choral Music Class, the LJC (by the way, Rabbi Teplitz is now living in Boca Raton, and still going strong), USY, etc. Would like to hear from anyone in my class (1960) and might remember me. I remember indoor recess games, standing on big white circles painted on the black floor.
I remember Lil Eds, Capri, 4 Star Bakery and the movie house. Hard to believe at times that we were situated in NYC. In between I accumulated a wealth of fond memories growing up in Laurelton too numerous to list but probably very similar to others who are on this site. Life has taken many turns since High School for all of us. One year later I too moved out to Phoenix and have been here ever since. Now I have to live for another 30 years to enjoy it :-). I see many familiar names - Arnie Cohen, Bob Kazin, Tom Burke, Iris Schwartz. I lived out of the country for l0 years, reside in Santa Fe, am on the road a good portion of the time as a travel journalist and would love--after all the peregrinations--to pick up the thread of connection. Ronald Jacoby lived next store, Paul Lapner a few doors down. ), Ronnie Zipes, Lee Schoichet - Lee and I are still best friends almost 50 years later. Attended AJHS for freshman year and was a member of PDG. Anyone who remembers me is welcome to make contact. I have an older brother Mel, who is also living on Long Island and 2 sisters Lucille and Sandy both living in Florida. My basic memory was being the worst behaved kid in all of my classes. I always wanted to punch one over the fence of the inside courtyard. Lived at 130-17-236th Street LA5-2701 Marsha Finelt is my sister (OPL) Jack and Paul Finelt's my brothers. Mu Sigma Fraternity; AZA and the Fraternities of Laurelton.a great bunch. I have a psychotherapy practice in Cedarhurst, NY and we live in Woodmere. I was told of this site by Ellen Skolnick (Schiller) and I am recognizing so many names. Currently spending half my time in Florida and the other half in Maryland. I remember the strange little garden outside in the playground.
Miss all my friends and "hanging out" at Bert and Dave's on FLB. Laurelton was one of the best places to be at, the right place, at the right time. I returned to teach at Antioch, 1975-95, then was hired by Macalester College in Saint Paul to Chair the Polsci. My time in Laurelton were the happiest years of my childhood; no community I resided in since matched the warmth and nurturing I so fondly recall. Our block, 124th Street & 137th Ave., was loaded with kids and definately the best place for a "punch ball" game....stoop ball was at my house! Clair's in Rosedale in 1964 then went to SGHS and graduated in 1968. I remember when I walked to Green Acres, I remember La Tasca Pizzeria and The Pizza King. Then we'd sit on the front porches and play "Cars." Whoever picked white or black was sure to win.
Like "Leave it to Beaver." My brother is Louie Abramowitz. I have lived in Tampa FL for 21 years, with my wife of 40 years. I've recently reconnected with a few Laureltonians and that was lots of fun. Back in Laurelton it was Avolio and I lived at137-08 233 St. In the summer we sold lemonade on Merrick Road, and once we dug up the backyard for a mini golf course, and charged admission to play. Rand, the ever-patient children's librarian on 225th St.
Born in Rosedale 1942, moved to Francis Lewis Blvd.& 131st Ave at 2 years of age and then to 227th street and 137th Ave as a young teen. Roz ('59) and I ('64) graduated from Andrew Jackson. What a delight to find this website and to spend time reliving the memories everyone has contributed. I'm beginning to sound like the victim of an Army experiment. I grew up in Cambria Heights were my late Dad, Norman Cohen, MD, had his office in our house. Then off to Hobart College, Harvard Medical School, Univ of PA and Northwestern for residency and fellowship. Moved to Spokane, WA in 1980 where I have practiced gastroenterology and my wife endocrinolgy. Best friends were Tom Taylor, he had a kid brother Bobby, and older sister Joanne..Vinnie Pendl; more names will come to me. In those days it felt very ordinary, safe and friendly. Currently working at Stony Brook U Med Ctr after varied careers. I went to AJHS for my first two years, then the family moved to Southern California when I finished school. I'm looking for a neighborhood friend, Joanne Demis (not sure of the spelling). PS 176, PS 147 then Jackson with a bunch of great kids! In high school, I was a member of PDG sorority and was in AJHS's first Sing. Looking forward to hearing from you with your memories. Anyone in band or orchestra from 1960-63 or from ADG sorority? I live outside of Boston and the road conditions never bother me, because the worst roads here are just like Merrick Blvd. I always talk about Laurelton and the wonderful times I had growing up. I lived in Delaware most of my married life but recently moved to a 55 community just over the border in Garnet Valley, PA. I appreciate this website and the memories that it brings back. I've been reading the letters and realized I've never sent one in myself. I'm sorry to say that both Deanne and Barry are deceased. Have been living in Hollis, New Hampshire since graduating from Northeastern University in 1973. At present I teach part-time in a private school in Boca Raton, FL. My first girlfriend was Cynthia Blatt, my best friend Eliot Gordon (and his girlfriend Cynthia Dilbert). We have been married for 44 years and have two daughters and one grandaughter. Rode horses in Whitey's stables and junkyard, went to the Sunrise Drive In. Raabs, and ate the heels from the breads every time I was sent to the bakery. I played a lot of hookey from AJHS, almost all those days spent exploring museums in NYC. and we won't hesitate to dedicate our hearts and our loyalty". Am recently retired and enjoying my passion for quilting. Lived in Tampa, Dallas, Houston and Evanston/Chicago, IL.
I'd love to hear from long lost friends from PS156, Shimer JHS and Jackson. It is about growing up in Cambria Heights/Laurelton in the 50's. It was a very special place at a very special time and it produced a remarkable number of amazing people. Clares, then moved to Long Island..name is Rich Colozzo, older brother Ben, younger brother Donald, and kid sister Mary. I lived on 231st Street in Cambria Heights, just a block off Linden Boulevard. and 116th Avenue and belonged to the Cambria Heights Jewish Center. My two sisters, my brother in law and his sister all graduated from Jackson. To my brothers of Mu Sigma, I somehow don't remember ever seeing you outside in direct sunlight. It was great seeing Janet Blatt (little), Cora Glasser, Lorraine Leiblein, Jessie Tillman and so many others. I will definitely cancel plans when the next one comes around. about 3 blocks from me (125 St.) Currently living in Tucson, AZ, I didn't officially live in Laurelton, but having gone to Jackson, had many friends from there, including my boyfriend (now husband) at the time, Barry Di Simone. I have the honor of continuing to have relationships with several of my friends from P. While I didn't find Pam, it was so nice to see some familiar names from my youth. Barry delivered the Long Island Press and worked at Bert & Daves and delivered for Dial Drugs. I would love to hear from people who remember me from the wonderful years I lived in Laurelton. Greenspans 5th grade class began my journey into adult hood. Our family lived at 139-19 224th St., near the LI railroad station and the corner candy store. From there we left for England where we spent a year in Manchester and then returned to Chicago where we have been ever since. Played handball all summer in Mentone Park, rode my bike everywhere, even to Rockaway Beach. but spent most of my teen years with my friends in Laurelton. Can't believe I still remember the words to our PDG sorority song "for we're the girls with the pep and the vigor, too, to stand for PDG... Laurelton was a wonderful and safe place to grow up in. I have moved around the country a good deal for business.
My friends all say "I don't look or act like a grandmother! I have very fond memories of Laurelton - a uniquely wonderful small town where close friendships were made. We moved out in 1973 when my parents moved to Phoenix, AZ and I moved to Bellerose after getting married. ), Gary Golden, Phil Radin, Peterson Twins, Paul Sklar my dearest and best friend (sadly taken at the age of about 30). I lived in Cambria Heights, a few blocks from AJHS. My parents used to drive me to Laurelton to meet my friends at Lil & Eds. My younger brother Mark lives in Smithtown with his wife and 2 kids, 16 and 21. Website: lived at 137-39 231 Street from 1956-78 with my sister Pamela and brother Roger. We belonged to Temple Beth El and the Sunday night youth group became my local social network: Jeff Weiss, Barry Lucas, Elliott Levine, the Linzer brothers, Louie Abramowitz (my very first date! I often think of Laurelton, my friends, the neighborhood, school and fabulous food. Queens College (1968), University of Virginia Law School (1971). I would love to hear from my old friends and neighbors from 229th street. Went back to Far Rockaway for a couple of years and then back to FL. So much of our lives were molded in Laurelton and Jackson. Mike Kammerman, Mike Ashkin, Bruce Waxman, Howie Levine, and the whole bunch of terrific guys and gals. Between us, we have 5 kids and 6-and-a-half grandchildren. I look forward to now keeping up through this site. Most of my family (Judy Gursky, Robert Gursky) are still in New York but they love to visit us here and so I don't get up there much. I remember bringing "milk money" and "bank money" and having to freeze for 1 minute when the bell rang outside, before lining up.
My kids lived a half a mile and had to take the bus. I became a grandmother this year and fell in love again with sweet Julianna, my son, Eric's daughter. In 1975 I was transferred to San Francisco by my company and moved to Sonoma County in 1991. Our home was located directly across from PS 176 and my neighbors included, the Dawsons, the Whites, the Persons, Russells and the Filippis(on 238th Street behind us.)We had the best childhood ever and growing up in Cambria Heights/Laurelton was terrific and safe. I then moved to Valley Stream when I was 18..to believe I was ever 18. There was Alan Goldman "gompers", Mark Kessler "count" (Mark got the nick name "count" because he couldn't! We have been living in Dix Hills/Melville since 1974. Recently moved to Carbondale, CO, a short drive to magnificent skiing and summer music festival in Aspen. Still keep in touch with many who never graduated from PS 156 but transferred to JHS 59, and then went on to Jackson. After JHS 59 I went to M&A and lost touch with all my school friends (Madelyn Berman, Maxine Weinstein, Judi Schoenfeld, Margery Lesk, Frankie Fuchs, Jerry Solomon, Howie Polera). (I stage managed "The Man Who Came to Dinner" in 1966 directed by Mr. I have a daughter, son-in-law and granddaughter who live in Manhattan. In Laurelton from 1958 until about 1972 when I got out of the service and "left home". I have 2 married sons and four fantastic grandchildren. 38 for K and 1st and then transferred to 156 through the 5th grade then we moved to Fla. I married a Jackson alum, Warren Muchnick, 24 years ago. My wife of almost 24 years, Bea, and I live in Chester NY, but are in the process of downsizing and eventually looking to go south to the Vero Beach area. Though I last saw Jeff Goodman in 1986, aside from Jill (and on TV Barbie Seagal Nevins), I can't recall seeing anyone else since the 1984 mass Jackson reunion.
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Through this site, I hope to connect and share stories and memories of a different time in all of our lives and sense of community. Gosh I know I'm going to leave someone out but I haven't talked or seen Pam Morris, Joan Prussan, Gail Friedman etc (since a reunion mega years ago)and I miss you! Marty Rosenthal, Alan Nodelman (I did have dinner with you not too long ago,it was great but we lost touch again), Billy and Barry Rost. Jackson was great and we were all very involved in Sing-- Happy to hear from others. We both graduated from Queens College in 19 respectively. If anyone remembers me and would like to spend some time talking about the old days in Laurelton, just e-mail me. I lived at 120-25 237th Street in Cambria Heights actually 1/2 block from Laurelton but all of my friends that I hung out with lived in Laurelton. I lived in 233rd Street and then moved to Francis Lewis Blvd. We were 10 guys who called themselves the "big 10". I got the nick name because the name of he principal at JHS 59 was Dr. Does anyone out there remember any of this group of characters? I met my husband of 43 years through Leslie Davidson. We were married in 1967 and have 2 beautiful married daughters, 2 handsome sons-in-law and 5 gorgeous grandkids. It seems like yesterday I was in high school and now my granddaughter is starting next year. We played a lot in the schoolyard, as well as punchball, stoopball, and I Declare War on our own street. I just found out about this site from my sister Doree. Closest friends of mine were Gary Goldman who sadly passed away in May of 1997. I am a CPA who teaches at a community college and is a force in local theater. I lived at 131-50 226th St (amazing how we still remember those even though it's been almost 30 years since I've been there). Maybe even some of the girls I had crushes on (they shall remain nameless). I am a retired Bank Vice President still living on Long Island with my wonderful wife Marcia (married 37 years). I was one of those kids who kept pretty much to himself (ergo, I wasn't popular). My sisters, Susan and Ellen, are also graduates of Jackson. What a hoot, seeing so many names of so many "kids" I grew up with, seeing them in my mind's eye as they were then and thinking about so many more whose names I do not see and having it prompt so many memories of our "small town inside the big city". I retired as Associate General Counsel of Avis Budget Group at the end of 2008.
) lol, but have completed 4 NYC Marathons and look forward to another November, 2008. I'm still "bestest" friends with Ilene Aronson/Yarkon. Some of us went to PS 132-- and we were part of the first graduating class of JHS 59! Marvin Merein, I was in your class - Laurelton Elementary School! I lived there until I married a Valley Stream girl in 1971. After graduation in 1968 I served in the Navy and went on to college. I work for the Justice Department in Washington, DC and hope to retire in the next few years. Would love to hear from former SING-sters, or others who remember. There are a lot of great memories associated with growing up in Laurelton. Some of the friends I remember were Stuart Fishman, Edith Edelstein, Anita Bernheimer, Elayne Gross, Susan Dankner, Donald French, Trudi Sturm (who I just reconnected with and who is refreshing my memory about lots of fun times)and lots of kids from Springfield Gardens, Rosedale and Cambria Heights as well. Those of you who remember me and would like to touch base please do. I was just searching for a name, and stumbled on this site. Everyone thought they were cool at that stage of their lives. I seem to remember it all as Nirvana........could that possibly be true? We are fortunate to live near our two grandsons and get to spend a lot of time with them. I remember all the teachers being mentioned by others (Herb Magidson, director of The Man Who Came to Dinner, which I stage managed really inspired me to do the theater thing as I'm currently a local stage director and actor and have worked on almost 100 shows in the last 20 years). I did attend Bob's Laurelton reunion on Long Island in 2001 (or maybe 2000) My email is martyepstein618@and as others have said I'd love to hear from old friends who remember me. I remember playing stickball in the streets, stealing pretzels from Schultz's candy store, buying a stickball bat for 29 cents and many other very fond memories of growing up in a great/fun neighborhood. Still screwed up but breathing fresh air with clean water in the White Mountains. There's even talk of a meet-up here in Italy next year. Nice to revisit some of the old places and names from the past. The memorties are good and after 30 years traveling around the world, PS 156 was a great place to get started. I used to live at 135-59 232 St., next door to Carl Perkal, who I see is listed on the website. We lived in Commack, Long Island before retiring to Florida. Goldstein, Felicia (Hirata) - feliciahirata@- Andrew Jackson H. My twin sister Tamara and I always talk about how we hope that our grandchildren (and theirs) can have that "Laurelton" experience. Jill Edelstein, my ex and, more importantly, friend, told me about this site.