Graduates From Rockaway In 1975

Jody Horne-Leshinsky, Class of 1975, joins us from South Florida and writes the following.

I have already checked out your web site. I love it! It is great fun to remember. I read the postings every few days on the AOL baby boomer site. I know a lot of the folks out there. I graduated in 1975 and my husband graduated in 1973. There seems to be quite an abundance of grads from those years doing postings. But in the past few weeks the 50s and 60s grads are popping up. I guess it is due to the ease in access and the price in computers dropping a bit.

Anyway, I recently learned how to scan photos in and save as tif and jpeg and gif files. I scanned in some photos of my two daughters (1 and 6 years old) and made it into screen savers for my husband. Cool present! He was surprised! Now he can look at them all day at work.

After checking out your web site, I plan on gathering some of my old photos from Rockaway and sending you some stories, and boy do we have some stories!!!. We are still in touch with quite a few FRHS grads, some who still live in the Rockaways and others that don't. What format do you prefer? Tif, gif or jpeg????

We also plan on attending the reunion. My folks still live in Bayswater. We live in South Florida.

Let me know about the format! Bye for now.

Jody can be reached at

Thanks to Jody for writing. I look forward to receiving your photos and stories. Please send the photos in either GIF or JPEG. Thanks.

Rich Wheeler, Class of 1975, joins us from Tacoma, Washington and writes the following.

Hi, my name is Rich Wheeler. My friends used to call me Twitch. I went to Far Rock from 1971 thru 1975. I moved in 1975 to Gig Harbor, WA. I now live in Tacoma, WA. I lived in a town in New York called Rockaway Point or Breezy Point as some people call it. I went to grade school at St. Francis De Sales in Belle Harbor.

I read that someone asked if anyone remembers Rockaway's Playland. I remember it very well. I worked one summer in the snack bar on the boardwalk behind Playland. I also worked at the McDonald's next to the Cross Bay Bridge for a couple of summers. I am currently working at the Washington State Liquor Warehouse. We supply all the liquor for the state run liquor stores. I have some old photos from the seventies of Rockaway Point if anyone is interested.

Rich can be reached at

Thanks to Rich for writing. I look forward to receiving any photos you have. Please send the photos in either GIF or JPEG if you can. Otherwise, mail them to me and I will send them back. Thanks.

Russell Dunn, Class of 1975, joins us and writes the following.

Please register me with your web site. I'm a class of 75 FRHS and went to JHS 180. We lived in Belle Harbor. I really enjoy keeping in touch with Rockaway and would appreciate a link from you to my web site which is

I will also create a link from my page to yours. I'm still developing my site and will be adding a personal page to my business site. My phone number is 954-563-9941. Thanks.

Russell can be reached at

Adelman, Helen Lisa -  - Weehawken, NJ

Adler, Mindy -  - Santa Fe NM

Ali, Kategia -  - New York, NY
I would love to hear from old friends!  Hope that life has been good to everyone...

Apostolou, Constance (Cookie) (Kershaw)  - Send Me Your Current Email Address - Wantagh NY
Looking for Jane Barry, Class of 1974

Arroyo, Sylvia E. -  - Pembroke Pines, FL
It is hard to believe that 25 years have gone by since High School graduation.

Ball, Scott -  - San Lorenzo, CA

Baumgarten, Fred -    or  - Sharon, CT

Behar, Joyce -  - New York, NY - Deceased October, 2011   

Bell, Gwenda (Medford) - - Mebane, NC

Benick, Patti (Rosenbloom) - Send Me Your Current Email Address - Cherry Hill, NJ

Berman, Barry -  - Boston, MA
I'm living in Boston now and miss Far Rockaway greatly.  I would love to hear from old friends, and hope there is a 25th reunion.  Would love to hear from folks who remember me.

Bernstein, Alan - - Coram, NY

Berrios, Richard - or - Honolulu, HI - Reported Deceased January, 2018
I did not graduate with my class of 1975, I grad Kubasaki High In Okinawa Japan. I mixed up with the wrong crowd and only went up to the 11th grade before I enlisted in the Marine Corps in March of 75. Luckily for me I did because! Most of that crowd from Edgemere projects and the 60's and Hammels are now deceased form aids due to heroine or in jail. I Attended PS42 and JHS 198, participated in many sport leagues The Rockaway Athletic Association, 101 Pct. PAL little league, 101Pct. Pop Warner football Dolphins, which played all their games @ Far Rock HS. The Edgemere Houses Rockaway Raiders football team with the Kyle Rote league and spent countless days @ the after school center in the PS105 gymnasium with Mr. Silverman playing in basketball tournaments that traveled around NYC via the A train, oh and don't forget all the wiffle ball games inside the gym. So many friends were made I just wish I was smart enough to have stayed in some sort of contact with them!! There's nothing like your childhood best friends from the block and schools that played hooky and made out with your girlfriends under the boardwalk. Watching the fireworks every Wednsday night, working at Playland in the summer, eating cotton candy and knishes. Surfing on 32nd street with my friends surfboard my family could never afford to buy my own. If you remember me please contact me I would love to talk story as we say in HAWAII!! Pat Terry, shout back at me. Charlie Timoneda, where are you?
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Bookchin, Michael -  - New Rochelle, NY

Bossert, Larry - 1975 - - Patchogue, NY

Buchheit, Elizabeth (Lapaz) - - Stafford, VA

Cadogan, Alvin -  - Kapa'a, Maui, HI
I think that it's great that we have a way to contact old friends near and far away. Take care everyone, and may God bless you all.

Cantor, Marc -  - Ridgewood, NJ
I'm sorry I missed the 100th as I was out of town. I'm hoping to go to our 25th.

Carrera, Nan -  - Palmdale, CA
I am sooooooooo excited to be able to be in touch with all the people i grew up with...I left Far Rockaway after h.s. graduation and have been living in southern California. I have raised my family here, put myself through college (with honors) and remarried in '94 to the most wonderful man. I teach elementary school and love it...and I also do home interior decorating, which allows me to release my creative abilities and talents. i love life...I am gramma of 3 and my kids are all grown and out of the house for 3 years fun fun!!!! keep in touch yous guys!!! NanChakofsky {Chase}, Susan (Tilleli) - - South Huntington, NY
I left Far Rockaway in my 2nd year of high school.  It was wonderful.  Times and my roots began there. There are so many people that I would love to get in touch with. I have been living on Long Island for many, many years running a business. If any of you might still remember me, would love to hear from you.

Chartash, Alan -  - Muttontown, NY

Cichy, Christina (Russell)*** -  - Belle Harbor, NY

Cohen, Laura -  - Orlando, FL

Cohen, Rayna (Kerber) - - Rancho Santa Margarita, CA

Conner, Robert (Chuck) -  - Lido Beach, NY

Cooper, Stephanie - - Belle Harbor, NY

Crawford, Cheryl (Schlanger) -  - Port Charlotte, FL

DeSmitt, Steven -  - Fairport, NY

Deutsch, Cathy -  - Katonah, New York
Abby Levine please contact me! Also, Lori Beth Lombardi.

Dolman, Paula (Dolinko) -  - Staten Island, NY

Driansky, Harvey -  - Manalapan, NJ

Dubner, Julie - Send Me Your Current Email Address - Los Angeles, CA

Duggan, John - - Belle Harbor, NY

Dunn, Russell -  - Hollywood, FL

Ehrlich, Dennis -  - Lynbrook, NY

Ellenthal, Corey - - Eastchester, NY - Updated January, 2011
I could not believe how many people are on this site, it was great seeing all the names I knew, and plan to get in touch with some, hope all of them are doing well; love to hear from any of you.

Felder, Diane (Jackson) -  - Far Rockaway, NY

Fortier, Alan -  - Englewood, NJ

Fuchs, Debra (Nadeau) - - Liberty, NY

Gerson, Cary - - New York, NY

Gillespie, Martin - - Pattaya, Thailand

Gillman, Sharon (Russo) -  - Rio Rancho, NM

Gloeggler, Eddie -  - Long Beach, NY

Goldman, Phil -  - East Brunswick, NJ
Hello to all of my old friends.  This is a great site worthy of your support!

Goldsmith, Gene - - No City Listed

Goldstein, Rhonda (Stroud) - Send Me Your Current Email Address - Pulaski, WI
Seeking old friends from Far Rockaway High School

Goodman, Roberta (Mandel) -  - Miami, FL

Gordon, Bruce -  - Omaha, NE

Greber, Andrea (Levenson) - - Parkland, FL - Updated January, 2008

Greenberg, Lisa (Gorman) -  - Valley Stream, NY

Greene, Gary -  - Avon, CT
Visit website at

Grew,Michael -  - Fairport, NY

Halpern, Marlene (Rosenzweig) -  - Valley Stream, NY

Halpern, Rhonda (Lodol) -  - West Sayville, NY

Handwerker, Bonnie (Horowitz) - - Parkland, FL

Healy, Edward "Eddie Boo-Boo" -  - Inwood, NY
Remember hanging out @ PS 104 or how about Beach 17th St.?

Hecht, Arnie -  - East Rockaway, NY

Herbert, Julia -  - Oceanside, NY

Herr, Dale (Holzworth) -  - Tucson, AZ
I am looking for any of my old friends from school or the neighborhood.

Hila, Elizabeth -  - Rockaway Park, NY

Hirshman, Margo H. (Roca) -  - Port Charlotte, FL

Horne, Jody (Leshinsky) -  - Lauderhill, FL

Horowitz, Barry - Barry - Manalapan, NJ

Hung, Gary -  - Lynbrook, NY
The FRHS 25th Reunion was great. It was great to see all my former classmates from PS 104, JHS 180 and Far Rockaway High. The committee did a great job.

Jackson, Nancy -  - Breezy Point, NY

Johnson, Nancy (Ebert) - Send Me Your Current Email Address - Carlsbad, CA

Jordan, Ricardo -  - Poughkeepsie, NY

Kamil, Ira - - Staten Island, NY - Updated March, 2008
If anybody recognizes me, please send me e-mail. I think it's very cool to hear from old classmates. Write soon!!

Kantrowitz, Audrey (Hirsch) - Send Me Your Current Email Address - Belle Harbor, NY
Just spoke to Mark Topaz.  I'm looking forward to going to our 25th reunion, seeing old friends from a long time ago, and partying with my friends with whom I know for more at least 25 years.  Cannot believe it's been 25 years.  My daughters are Amanda 14, Dana 11 and Melanie 5. Hopefully I'll see you all soon.  (Update) Last night's (11-11-00) 1975 25th reunion was a blast.  Thank you to Mark Topaz and all the organizers.  Let's start planning now for our 30th!!

Kaplan, Arlene (Matier) - - Port St. Lucie,FL

Kaplan, Les -  - Randolph, NJ

Kaplan, Linda (Knight) -  - Peachtree City, GA

Karron, Lewis -  - Maitland, FL
It's nice to go back once in a while. Wishing all of you a wonderful life.

Katz, Marshall  - - Plainview, NY - Updated November, 2012

Kirschenbaum, Ira -  - Scarsdale, NY
It has been almost 30 years since leaving Far Rockaway.  Many people where I live now still can't believe we all lived so close to the ocean.  Did we ever really know how great it was at the time?  I hope all my old classmates and friends are doing well and enjoying life.

Klein, Heidi (Brown) -  - Weston, CT

Klein, Larry – Send Me Your Current Email Address - Oakdale, NY

Knecht, Stephen -  - Oceanside, NY

Konecky, Barbara - - Edison, NJ

Korzuk, Diane  - - Rossmoor, CA - Updated April, 2011
Hello to all of my Far Rockaway friends!  It was so great to learn about this web site.  I would love to hear from any of my ole PALS.  I moved to California 22 years ago, and really love it here.  It's sooooo great to trip thru days of old in are we old yet?  Love to here from my BUDS.  Take care GRADS OF 1975!!!!!

Kovit, Charles -  - Hewlett, NY

Kramer, Lori (Lynn) -  - Sherman Oaks, CA
I would like to hear from the class of 1975 and anyone from Wavecrest.  I think this is a wonderful idea to keep Rockaway alive in our minds --because so many of us left so long ago.

Krieger, Laurie (Vazquez) -    or  - Ocala, FL
I would have graduated from FRHS in 1975, but my family moved to Rockaway Beach the year that BCHS opened, so I transferred there. I just found this website and wish I'd found it sooner. I'm so disappointed that I missed the 25th Reunion and the chance to see everyone. Hopefully, there'll be a 30th, which I will definitely attend. I recognized an awful lot of names and remember a lot of people from both JHS 198 (remember Mr. Webb; he was my all-time favorite teacher) and FRHS and hope that some of you remember me. If so, please email me at . Hope everyone is doing well and leading a full, happy life.

Kronenberg, Noah -  - North Bergen, NJ

Kulesa, Dotty (Ridge) - - Dayton, NV
Wow it was great to see everybodys name and comments. It feels like just yesterday. It would be great to hear from you guys.

KurKomelis, John – Send Me Your Current Email Address - Boston, MA

Lattimer, Kim (Phillips) – Send Me Your Current Email Address - Gouldsboro, PA

Lavenda, Marian (Moylan) –  - Manalapan, NJ

Lepper, Kim (Ottolia) -  - Atlantic Beach, NY

Leskin, Helene -  - Brooklyn, NY

Lev, Susan -  - Long Beach, NY

Levine, Abbe -  - Albany, NY

Linet, Felice (Herbert) -  - Rockaway Beach, NY - Deceased, January 2008

Madden, Marianne (Rothenberg) -  - North Woodmere, NY
Hello to all my former classmates and friends. Feel free to e-mail me. I look forward to hearing from you.

Maloney, Patrecia (Rowe) - - Cedarhurst, NY
Far Rock was a great HS

Mascatelli, Carolyn (Redmond) -  - Breezy Point, NY

Mattes, Bess (Safran) -  - Knightdale, NC

Matthews, Arthur - - Mount Vernon, NY

McErlean, Mary (Klein) – Send Me Your Current Email Address - Oakdale, NY

McManus, Gene - - Riverside, CA

McSweeney, Catherine “Kitty” (Post) -  - Tyrone, GA

Merzel, Jeff - Hopkinton, MA

Michael, Janet (Drantch) -  - Wantagh, NY
Just went to the 25th reunion...very weird...but fun.  Saw a few faces I recognized, & a few I wouldn't have recognized if I fell over them.  What a bunch of laughs...about PS104 & JHS 180 too.  Where did the time go? Bewell. Janet

Micoretti, Steve -  - Baldwin, NY

Mohr, Allan -  - Merrick, NY

Mooney, Eddie -  - Lynbrook, NY

Morales, Josephine -  - New York, NY

Morrissey, William -  - Hampton, NH
What a long strange trip it's been....Did it matter .. Does it now  .. Stephen would answer .. If he only knew how

Moskowitz, Bruce - - Cedarhurst, NY

Muchnick, Eric -  - San Antonio, TX

Muchnikoff, Cindy (Kaye) -  - New Fairfield, CT

Natofsky, Richard - Send Me Your Current Email Address - Beechhurst, NY

Neuman, Barry -  - New York, NY
The 25th Anniversary Reunion of FRHS '75 was wonderful.

Nourick, Robbi-Ann (Cappiello) -  - Denton, MD
Looking forward to hearing from old friends and sharing some good times and memories.

Novick, Randy -  - Eaton's Neck, NY

Oltzik-Ladin, Barbara -  - Cooper City, FL

Orlinsky, Eric -  - Woodbridge, Virginia

Papkin, Larry -  - Ft. Lauderdale, FL - Deceased, 2005

Patashny, Adrienne -  - Long Beach, NY

Pavlock, Lynn (Helmsorig) -  - Merrick, NY

Plane, Terry (Muller) -  - Charlottesville, VA
I look forward to hearing from some folks I haven't seen or heard from in over 20 years.

Poretsky, Steven -   - Douglaston, NY

Pulkowski, Sophia - - Rockaway Park, NY - Updated May, 2008

Rapp, Judi (Biamonte) -  - Atlantic Beach, NY

Renick, Gary -  - Hewlett, NY

Robinson, Lincoln - - Mooresville, NC

Rocco, Linda (Doll) - - Wethersfield, CT

Rosen, Bonni - - New York, NY

Rosen, Jeffrey -  - Weston, FL

Rosenblum, Artie - Send Me Your Current Email Address - Sunrise, FL

Rosenblum, Joan (Harris) - - North Massapequa, NY

Rosman, Evan -  - Elmont, NY
Greetings - one and all. This is an absolute delight to try to re-establish with everyone.  I had lived in San Francisco, CA from 1983-1991 and then returned to NY (Long Island) in June 1991.  As I scrolled through the list of registered alumni I noticed some familiar names. I would love to know is there any chance of a 25-year reunion for the class of 1975.  If I can help in any way, please feel free to e-mail me. I am currently working as a field auditor traveling throughout the states.  I am also a Director of Marketing for the United States Basketball League's Long Island Surf franchise.   I want to thank all of those attending the reunion of the Class of '75 for making it such a great success. It was a great experience being on the committee.  This website was a great help in bringing us together and making the reunion a reality.  The real hero of the reunion was Mark Topaz. His diligent work and efforts saw the reunion go from a conversation to a complete party for 196 graduates including their guests. Hats off to Mark. I was so glad to see everyone, especially my good friend Mitch Greenblatt. The ability to get back in touch with some wonderful classmates was a REAL TREAT. I look forward to the next one, whenever that may be.

Rothman, Larry -  - Batavia, OH

Schechter, Mark -  - Round Rock, TX
Lived in south Florida since 1992.  Now living in Round Rock, Texas.  Would love to hear from people, send emails.  A 30th reunion sounds great.  I will be in New York in June, 2005.

Schneider, Beth (Merrill) -  - Massapequa, NY

Schulman, Richard -  - East Meadow, NY

Schwager, Nina (Cartee) -  - San Anselmo, CA

Schwartz, Lenore (Allocca) - - Jackson , NY

Schwartz, Mindy (Katz) -  - Virginia Beach, VA

Seigel, Stacey (Gelman) -  - Bridgewater, NJ

Sheinbaum, Lisa (Sasson) - Send Me Your Current Email Address - Forest Hills, NY

Sherman, Lynn -  - Bellerose Village, NY

Siegel, Robyn (Capraro) -  - Chester, NY

Simon, Melanie (Wilner)  - - Escondido, CA - Updated April, 2010
It's now 6pm, Saturday, January 12, 2002 and I've just returned from a drive through Rockaway..FRHS, Central Ave. (Ginos and On On Kitchen are gone! Morton's sign still on top of old building., Wavecrest, the Boardwalk, P.S. 197, and so on. This was my first trip back to Far Rockaway in almost 13 years. Great experience. Will never forget the good old days.

Skaer, Leslie (Gross) -  - South Riding, VA

Smalls, Darlene (Smalls-Brown) -  - Far Rockaway, NY

Smith, Fern -  - San Diego, CA
Hi everyone.. would like to hear from anyone that remembers me.. I graduated 1/76 but most of my friends graduated with the class of '75.

Smith, William "Bill" - - Piscataway, NJ

Soldo, Robert - E. Stroudsburg, PA - Deceased - February, 2005

Soto, Sandra (Roca) - - Coral Springs, FL
Hello to all that remember me, please write back. I'm looking for all my friends that hung out at Milteys, went to Johnnies bar and Blue Waters. I lost some e-mails and hope the people I had will write back. Hope everyone has aged gracefully. I also would like to here from the people from school. Those were the days my friends, we thought they never end, just like the song. I also lived in the Hamells projects growing up so a shout out to them, I worked at the hospital, Peninsula Hospital for 7 years and know lots of people from there. How is everyone doing. I hope all is fine. Well. sorry I have not written in a while and here is my new e-mail The Latin Grammys are on so I must go now so we will talk soon. Bye everyone. I will start writing. I have been out of touch but I'll write.   I'm looking for some of my old friends. I am from the class 1975 now live in Flordia would love to hear from anyone who remembers me. I lived in FarRockaway... Bayswater, and before that in Rockaway...Hammels, until 17 yrs old then moved to Far Rockaway at 18 yrs old. I come from a family of 12 and have 7 sisters and 5 brothers. The beach was my hangout til I moved to Far Rockaway and Milties and Johnnies, a bar on the beach was also a hangout. I love New York and was so hurt by the 9/11 incident, I will go to part with the Twin Towers this summer for I feel in my heart this is something I must do. If any of my old friends know me, cool and let's get in touch. Later. Bye

Sperber, Lori (Tavlin) -  - Larchmont, NY
I would love to hear from any of my old Rockaway friends. I only left Rockaway for Westchester 3 years ago, but it has been 20 years since I have seen anyone from high school or jr. high. Having been a lifelong resident of Rockaway, I grew up in many parts and know many people. E-mail me and let's catch up.

Stein, Robert - - Larchmont, NY

Stone, David -  - Short Hills, NJ
Website located at

Taylor, Jay -  - Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Tierstein, Susan (Leshen) -  - Douglaston, NY 
Please email me - love to hear from you.

Tompkin, Howard -  -Valley Stream NY

Topaz, Mark -  - Long Beach, NY

Varrone, Donna (Pearsall) -  - East Rockaway, NY

Varrone, Toni Ann (Mazzarisi) - - Putnam Valley, NY

Weinberg, Ellen -  - Oceanside, NY

Weiner, Phyllis (Dinowitz) -  - East Rockaway, NY

Weiss, Yvette (Kleinman) -  - Coral Springs, FL

Wexman, Steven -  - Mount Kisco, NY

Wheeler, Richard -  - Lakewood, WA

Wolf, Steve -  - Oceanside, NY

Wolff, Ellen -  - Hewlett, NY

Wolmer, Andrew - - Ft. Lauderdale, FL - Updated October, 2009

Wright, Lori (Wright-Zeller) - - Riverside, CA

Yawitz, Mitchell - - Belmont, CA

Young, Ed -  - Kennewick, WA
Wow! What a stroll down memory lane. Wavecrest, Playland, Food Fair, the names, the people. What a rush. Reading the notes from Ann-Marie Connors, whose grandmother Annie (Food Fair) used to spend many evenings at my house playing cards or Michelle Grosso whom I worked with at the Wavecrest Luncheonette. Remember Dewey, Ruthie, Tiny, George and Lucy! My fiends do not believe we had fireworks EVERY Wednesday or softball games EVERY night in the Wavecrest playground all summer long. Remember the Bungalow People. This is too cool.   Need to pay my respects to Malcom Bodenlos, whom I learned passed on a few years ago. The man was a saint for his efforts at Donahue Field (17th and Seagirt) and the PAL Gym (above the theater and the old Knights of Columbus Hall). The kids he helped cannot be counted. Great Man who is thought of often and remembered. The other folks like Frank Smith (Smitty), Bert Wilkes, Ken Fisher and countless others provided awesome help to Mal. Hard to know where I would be without all their efforts. I left Rockaway before actually graduating in 1975 and joined the Navy. My brother (Chris - Inwood) and mother (Mary Jane - Valley Stream) still live close by. I headed for Hillsboro,Oregon in 1979 and then found my way to Kennewick, Washington in 1994. Been there ever since. It's a good life. Desert here, not much rain. To keep that beach sand in my toes, I bought a vacation house on the Oregon coast about 15 years ago. You can never leave the ocean far behind. I am married to a great girl named Susan and have 3 wonderful daughters. Over the years we have had the opportunity to visit and even though things are not like they used to be, it has been fun showing them where I grew up and telling the stories about our youth. Great times!   I had the opportunity to vist Far Rockaway a few weeks ago and for the first time in many years was feeling encouraged about its future. Lots of new development going on in the 20's and 30's where the bungalows used to be. Unreal that it has taken so long for a treasure to be rediscovered. I hope it returns to the greatness it once held.  Keep up the good work!

Zeitlin, Jeffrey -  - Guilford, CT

Zeller, Sarah -  - Chase Duluth, GA

Zuchowski, Marina (Callaghan) -  - Rockaway Park, NY
I am fascinated with this cyber stroll down memory lane. I would enjoy hearing what my good friends from the past are up to.

Zuller, Randi -  - New Hyde Park, NY
Who likes Jazz and or rhythm and blues? Let me know. I'd love to see some old familiar faces... Back in New York.....Randi


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