March Issue
March 09, 2015


Source: NYSUT United

It's an honor

Shelly Chizzonite, East Syracuse Minoa United Teachers, and Joan Brown, Syracuse Teachers Association, were recognized by the Greater Syracuse Labor Council, AFL-CIO. Chizzonite, a school counselor and political action coordinator, received the Activist of the Year award. Brown, an STA vice president, received the Charley Bugnacki Community Service Award.

In print

Maria Abbate, United Federation of Teachers, has written From Landfill to Hallowed Ground: The Largest Crime Scene in America. The book, written with NYPD veteran Frank Marra, takes readers to the Staten Island Landfill, where rescue workers searched for months for those buried beneath the metal, steel and cement. To order, visit

Bill Batcher, Half Hollow Hills TA retiree, has published Celebrations, his second book of poems. It can be purchased in paperback or Kindle formats at

Ed Ciaccio, Syosset TA retiree, has written Heartlines: Selected Personal Works 1966-2011, a collection of poems, songs, memoirs and essays. Visit

David Greene, UFT retiree, has published Unfit to be a Slave — A Guide to Adult Education for Liberation. The book, available via Sense Publishers, discusses education for social change. To purchase, visit

Barbara Ann Mojica, UFT retiree, has written a series of children's nonfiction books about historical events. The fifth book of the Little Miss History series, covering the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, is to be released in the spring. The books can be previewed at http://Littlemisshistory.comor at

Faith Schwenker, Wappingers Congress of Retired Teachers, has written Jackson and the Hot-Air Balloon. The book details the steps involved in piloting a hot-air balloon — all told through the eyes of the author's 4-year-old grandson. Visit more information.

Lois Stern, Kings Park Classroom TA retiree, has compiled her fourth collection of short stories in Tales2Inspire — The Ruby Collection: Gifts of Compassion. For more information, visit

Monique Vagueiro, UFT, has written Allergic to Bullying, a book about young students who are being bullied in school due to their food allergies. The book is available through Barnes and Noble and

Jeanmarie Wilson, Smithtown TA, has published Parenting From Your Soul: A Spiritual Approach to Raising Children With Compassion and Wisdom. The book offers tips to help parents guide their children "to a life of happiness and purpose." To order, visit