September 2016 Issue


It's an honor

Jim Dries, Education Association of South Orangetown retiree, and his wife, Carol Swarbrick, have written, Miss Lillian Speaks." The one-woman show invites audiences to spend an intimate hour with President Carter's mom. Swarbrick, a broadway veteran, stars in the show. For more info, including details about the Oct. 29 production in New York City, visit

Shawn Jasinski, United University Professions UAlbany chapter, was named the 2016 Commencement Torch Night Professor. Each year, graduating seniors bestow this honor on one professor each year who has a significant impact both academically and personally on students. Jasinski is a lecturer in the Writing and Critical Inquiry department.

Michele Simonetty, Dover Wingdale Teachers Association, was selected to present on co-teaching at the Association for Middle Level Education (AMLE) national conference in October. Simonetty is an elementary level special education teacher and an adjunct professor at Marist College.

In print

Susan Rubenstein DeMasi, Faculty Association of Suffolk County Community College, has written Henry Alsberg: The Driving Force of the New Deal Federal Writers' Project. The book, published by McFarland, is the first full-length biography of an important but forgotten figure of the 20th century." For more info, visit

Vincent Nugent, Rhinebeck TA retiree, along with former Rhinebeck High School student and communications expert Marybeth Gallagher Cale, produced Crushing the College Essay.This motivational DVD includes four interactive components to help students write a winning application essay. Visit or for more info.

Gail Rae-Garwood, United Federation of Teachers retiree, has published four books on Chronic Kidney Disease. What Is It and How Did I Get It? Early Stage Chronic Kidney Disease; The Book of Blogs: Moderate Stage Chronic Kidney Disease, Part 1; The Book of Blogs: Moderate Stage Chronic Kidney Disease, Part 2; and Slow It Down CKD 205. The books, print or digital versions, are available at and

Frederick Von Burg, a Levittown United Teachers retiree, has published The Last Torpedo, with Todd Freund. The thriller follows a U-boat captain who comes out of retirement determined to sink the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower, pride of the Atlantic fleet. Available at

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