April 25, 2009
Marriott Hotel at Laguardia Airport 


IMPORTANT!!!  Carole and Karen need help with
this reunion.  If you have some time to spare, please
contact them at their e-mails:

Carole Waxman Cohen carole414@verizon.net

Karen Klein Lutzker KLA11660@aol.com

We are happy to announce that the reunion for the 50th anniversary of our graduation will be held  the weekend of April 25, 2009, at the Marriott Hotel at Laguardia Airport, in NYC.   There will be a buffet dinner/dance on Saturday night with a cocktail party and an open bar. We are working on arranging for a brunch/breakfast on Sunday morning for those wishing to attend.  The cost for the dinner, music, and an updated alumni directory will be $110 per person.   In order to reserve the ballroom and the date, we need your deposits as soon as possible!!!!  Reservations made after Dec. 15th will have to include the full $110 charge per person. We need to know how many people will be coming so we can reserve the right size ballroom.  The list of attendees is growing daily, and we are expecting a large crowd.  Please be sure to list the names of all those who will be attending when you send in your deposit.  As deposits are received,  we will be posting the names of attendees on the website. The address of the Far Rockaway Online Alumni Association is www.farrockaway.com.  Yes, you will be able to see if your old friends or your teen "crush" will be there. 

Send your deposits to:

Carole Cohen
2287 Mott Ave., 3C
Far Rockaway, NY 11691

You can make the checks out to me,  Carole Cohen, Class of 1959.  If you wish, you may pay the full $110 at this time.

There are guest rooms being held for our group for the nights of Friday the 24th, and Saturday the 25th.  (You many register for one or both nights.)  The rates for our group will be $139, plus applicable taxes, per night.  The rooms are newly renovated, and have internet hookups and flat screen television sets. You may select between rooms with two full beds, or one king size bed.  After we sign the contract, there will be a special phone number posted on this site, so you can register directly with the Marriott.  You will be able to register for rooms at the Marriott Hotel, beginning Tuesday, November 11th.

To register online, go to www.laguardiamarriott.com.  Our Group Code is ROCROCA.  To register by phone, call 1 (800) 882-1043 and mention that  you are with the Far Rockaway 50th H.S. Reunion Room Block.

You must register by March 24th, in order to be sure to receive our special rate. After that date, you will be charged the best avaialbe rate the hotel has to offer.

The Marriott is a completely smoke-free environment. This policy will be strictly enforced.

Fifty years is certainly an important milestone, and one that should not pass without a proper celebration.  We hope that you feel as we do, and want to celebrate and catch up with old friends and relive some of the fun we had in school back in the 50s. 

Please spread the word on the reunion to any other 1959 grads that you may know. If you can send us contact information, it will be very helpful. We were a very large class, and the more people we can reach, the more meaningful the reunion will be.  I would also like to ask you to check your closets and bookcases to see if you have any Far Rockaway High School memorabilia around.  We would like to have a display of any old programs, photos, or other items you may have from our high school days.I know that I still have my Senior pin and a few report cards!!

Check back on this site in a couple of weeks to see updated information on the reunion weekend. 

Carole Waxman Cohen carole414@verizon.net

Karen Klein Lutzker KLA11660@aol.com

We look forward to seeing you all next April.


REUNION ATTIRE:  We have had some questions about a "dress code" for the reunion.  The operative code is COMFORT.  No gowns, tuxes or jeans - wear what will be comfortable and look good. Hopefully, we all have at least one outfit that meets those criteria.

PHOTOS:  We are not hiring a photographer. We expect that many of you will be bringing your digital cameras to record the evening, and those photos can be posted on the Alumni website. That way you will be able to view them all, and even print them.   Just remember who you photographed, so all people in your photos can be named. 

Directions on how to send your photos: If you're using a digital camera, please send the photo as an e-mail attachment, with captions, and sized to 640 x 480, to Carol Marston, lebaroness2@cox.net.  Each photo will be made into a thumbnail which can be clicked to view at the original size. 

If you don't know who a person is in a photo and you're writing a caption, please put in a line and question mark where the person is standing, left to right, like this: _______? and possibly someone will know that person and fill in the blank space by writing to Carol.  Please remember to caption your photos; they'll be returned to you if they do not have captions.

We've published a list of those who've made reservations.  Please go here:


We have also published a list of 1959 classmates who are unable to be reached.  It's on two pages.  If you know any way to contact them, please notify Carole or Karen at their above e-mail addresses.



                                             Updated Directory Information (Added 02/03/09)

We had said that we planned to distribute an updated directory of our clasmates at the reunion. We  need your entries as soon as possible.  Please write two paragraphs (100 words or so) summarizing your life, what you have learned, etc., and send it, along with up to two photos and whatever contact information you want published (names, mailing address, e-mail address, phones etc.). Based on what we have received so far, please make the entry personal - don't make it sound like a resume.

One of our classmates, David Schnitzer, is putting the directory together for us, and we are sure you will be impressed with the finished product. We think you will also be surprised to learn what some of our classmates have been up to these past 50 years! Please submit  your information by Feb. 20th, so Dave has plenty of time to produce the directory.

You may send your information by e-mail or snail mail.  Mail it to me at Carole Cohen, 2287 Mott Ave.,  3C,  Far Rockaway, NY 11691.  If you send photos that you want returned, please enclose a stamped, self-addressed envelope.




We will have registration tables in the lobby, right outside the ballroom at the Marriott.  We will be at the tables by 7:00 PM.  You can sign in and  pick up your name tags and directories (one for each 59 grad).
At 8:00 PM the doors will be opened, the cocktail hour will begin, the bar will be open and the music will start.  Seating is open, so you may sit wherever you wish.
Dinner will be served at 9:00 PM.

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