Rockaway Beach, New York
Official Reunion Web Site
I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of you who responded to my web site questionnaire. As a result of your overwhelming show of support for keeping this web site on the net, the new FRHS Online Alumni Association was formed. Donations received will financially support this site and keep it on the net for years to come. The location as you have discovered is www.farrockaway.com.
I have thought about all of you who have written to me about keeping the site going and in some small way, would like to acknowledge the time you took to write....so, below are your comments. Thanks again and I hope to hear from all of you very soon.
Class of 1963
This web site is a means of contact with the other alumni members. It's our way of keeping in touch and staying in the "Rockaway" loop. I love it!!!
If it were not for this web site I would have never found out about the reunion. I would have never been able to contact alumni I knew from 30 years ago. This was like a healing to me. I had always felt incomplete about my time in high school. There is a long story behind it all which I am not prepared to elaborate on here. Suffice to say I support the continuance of this site totally and thank all involved for it.
Skip, you and I know how hard it's been for you to find the time necessary to work on this website, a neverending task, but one that I know you feel is a labor of love. I pray that you'll get funded from the alumni association. We can ill-afford to lose this site and your creativity.
I really like visiting this web site. Just today I was reading the Palm Beach Post and read an obituary announcing the passing of Mrs. Gertrude Griffin at age 85. She was one of my all time favorite teachers at F.R.H.S where she taught social studies for 35 years.
I feel strongly that this web site should be maintained. However, I would reorganize it into a series of pages with links on page one, rather than one long page.
Keep up the good work, Skip
Just got webtv and I am truly amazed at what I see. I don't know if you'll remember me so get out your '63 yearbook and turn to Leibowitz, Ellen - that's me! I lived in Arverne and I was friendly with Sharyn Abrams, Lois Krinsky and my close friend was Eileen Isacoff in Bayswater and Sheli Pack. So many years have gone by. We were at the 25th reunion in'88 but not the recent one in Sept. We get back to NY very often but the timing just wasn't right. It's really great to see all this information and the trivia, makes you stop and think and travel back in time to our "good old days"! I think I may have some pictures of our senior boat ride but living in Southern California, we were right in the middle of the epicenter of the big quake in '94, I'm going search for them and hope they weren't lost. I've been in touch with Mari Davis Schreiber and contacted Gayle Gordon Richter. Please let me know if you'd like those boatride pictures, I'd love to send them to you. Regards and thanks for the memories.
This website is incredible--being so far from NYC it is a wonderful reminder of all of the special times I shared with so many people. By the way, I know someone here in Omaha who may be interested in helping maintain this site. I plan on speaking with him this week and will keep you posted. Also, since we have a cable modem I have never found the site too slow or too full of graphics--comments I have heard from others. There are some advantages to Omaha Nebraska--being in middle America a lot of things are tested here first.
This site has been fabulous. Renewing old friendships is so important as we get older.Reading everyone's memories of FRHS and Far Rock the town makes me feel so nostalgic. It was such a great place--we can't let the web site disappear now. Finding lost classmates is incredible! Each year as different classes have their reunions, we'll all be able to reminisce as they share comments on the web. I even love reading everything over and over on the site. You've done a tremendous job,Skip.The least we can all do is put our $upport towards it's continuation! YES!!!!!!!!
Alan, This site cannot stop. We must make it continue. You have done an outstanding job.
FRHS just received some new computer equipment-why can't the school itself uses this site as an ongoing class project? Barring that then the dues money should be used to keep this great site up and running. Another thought is to approach the Wave and see if they might like to publish an electronic version of the Wave and include this site.
I am very sad to learn that his sit will be discontinued as of January 1st. If there is anything I can do please let me know. What happened to Reunion Hall? Have been trying to sign on. Hope the Assn. is able to use the dues to help support his site.
It's been a great page and has helped rekindle many memories and good feelings about a place and time that to me is now very far away. The energy on the various FRHS web pages has dissipated since the Sept. reunion. The time has probably come to provide a different agenda for the pages. Perhaps finding a way to help the Rockaways of today while we continue to reminisce about the past. You've done yeoman's work and we all owe you a debt of thanks.
I have paid double alumni dues, and I feel that your website has been an instigator of many new/old friendships and memories. It represents the major link for FRHS graduates, and because it is user-interactive, it generates current information without even your dependency (although I'm convinced that your maintenance is critical to continued use). I strongly support both the use of alumni dues, and/or an additional specific assessment for the purpose of maintaining this website for (all of our) use.
Alumni should maintain site beats the PO for communications saves postage eaisly updated etc.
Keep up the good work. When can I sign up for the alumni business connection?
This site MUST be kept going. As an alumni function it is one of the few places one can easily keep up with events and other alumni in an interactive way. It is easily accessible and has continued to grow in usage ever since its inception. Skip's work shold not be allowed to go to waste! As a dues paying member I greatly support the funding of this site.
I truly believe that one of the reasons that the turnout at the reunion was so great was because many of us were able to learn about the reunion and friends who were going via this web site. It created a level of excitement and anticipation that could not otherwise have been created.
I would greatly appreciate this site continuing. It keeps us updated with all info on my many friends and new friends. I am very grateful that you take the time to inform us and listen to our suggestions. Thank you for all your time.
Let's keep a good thing going!
I have really enjoyed this website. It brings back so many great memories. Keep it going somehow!!!!
Skip this has been a great web page....even an experience for those of us who have been away from the Rockaways for a long time. I greatly appreciate the existance of this web page and will do what I can to help support and maintain it.
I think the web page is great and would be saddened to see it go!
Skip, you have done a great job and I am sorry to see it go (I expected the School to catch up with you one of these days). There should be a FRHS site and I understand that there is a Alumni Association meeting today or so (why they don't send in an invite I'll never know, but it is hard for me to make the meetings anyway). We do need to coordinate between you, Carol, and Reunion Hall (if it ever recovers). Good luck and I hope we can continue with something somewhere.
This web site is terrific. I have been able to reconnect with so many people and would never have been able to do so without this web site. I am now moving to Florida and have a network of friends waiting for my arrival. Much of my warm reception in Florida will is due to the reigniting of friendships thru this web site. Thanks so much. I can't think of a better way to spend my dues than to maintain this site.
Good luck Skip
Alan, this has been a really great site. I missed not hearing from anyone through the years, but you've brought it all back. Hope we can keep it. It was great seeing you again.
This site is great & provides a valuable service-especially for those of us who have such fond memories of growing up in the Rockaways but are now distant. I have found & am corresponding with 4 old friends. From the second I graduated from FRHS I never once heard from them. I have no interest in paying dues to an alumni group I never even knew existed. Would hate to lose this site.
Nice job - keeps me "grounded" and always in touch.
Not many people I meet are as lucky to have gone to a school that after so many years so many of us still want to go back in time and search out our old friends. What could be better? Anyone involved in this should be commended.
Too much extraneous and old material. Way too many graphics.
Keep up the good work. P.S. Who knows when we will receive the alumni directory and reunion journal?
Please keep this web site open - it has enabled me to find some lost freinds. Thank you!
Well developed web site that serves the frhs alumni as a central meeting place to exchange ideas, share memories and renew friendships. Since the reunion it serves a far more reaching purpose of helping people to connect, posting upcoming events and providing a town hall to meet other frhs alumni. Heartily endorsed.
It's a great web site.
This site is wonderful I would hate to see it leave. I hope it's around for many more yrs.
This is a one of a kind site - it has been bringing such great feelings to evryone before the reunion and for those who didn't attend - a replacement. It still brings about the warmest feelings and friendship among alumni of all years. We must keep it going...
What better way to keep the alumni assoc alive and well than continuing this site. We all realize that it is not as though we can return to Rockaway on vacations and visit our parents or relatives or friends still living in Rockaway. Unlike most of the people I have met subsequent to leaving Rockaway, we can't return home. Let's keep our memories alive here and stay in contact with each other this way. Look what a tremendous effect this site had in making the reunion a once in a life time opportunity. I for one saw so many people that I had lost touch with. I even rang the door bell to my old house and was given a tour! What a trip. I thank you for establishing this web site and giving so many people a change to connect with our past. Let's keep in going!
I would like to see this site maintained. It was instrumental in the success of the reunion
Takes too long to load - there should be a way to eliminate stuff that's purely decorative? or make picture loading optional (I don't want to reconfigure my browser just because this site has too much graphical material)?
For goals such as this, in today's world, this is the best form of communication.
Will this site be advertised? What information will we find here? I haven't been to this site since I knew I wouldn't make it to the reunion. It was good to find out information about the reunion. Will there be a place to ask questions of the Alumni committee?
It's nice to know "home" is still there. Thanks to all of you involved in this for your energy and time.
I have enjoyed the web site. It has brought me into contact with other FRHS alum, and has renewed memories of "the old haunt".
Below is a previous up date I posted.....
Dear Friends of the Web Site,
One final up-date....I must sadly report that as of January 1st, this web site will no longer be at this location. As many of you know, I have been able to utilize my school district's file server to house the Rockaway Beach web site which has grown beyond my wildest expectations. Thanks to all of you who sent photos and stories, we have truly been able to paint a wonderful portrait of the community we all love and have sadly left behind. As one person said to me, "Our kids will never understand!".
I have been in touch with Barbara Fox (who we all owe a BIG THANK YOU to for having the vision, and making the reunion a reality) and she has indicated that the alumni association will be discussing picking up the cost of the web site at their next meeting. Unfortunately, I may lose access to editing this site at any time as the school district may cut me off without notification; so this in fact could be my last up-date. I hope not.....I will continue to inform you (if possible) about the status of moving this site to a commercial server. If need be, Carol Marston will be able to post the new location (if there is one) on her web site at http://www.goodnet.com/~ee90436/carol2d.html. Please write it down somewhere.....
I hope that I can continue the work we started together as more of you find the web site and continue to send in your wonderful memories of Rockaway. I hope to have this web site up and running for a long time to come. Write if you have time.
Alan Skip' Weinstock - Class of 1963
Below is a previous up date I posted about a year ago.....
I would like to take this opportunity to share a few thoughts with you about this web site. As those of you who have been checking in here on a regular basis know, this site has grown beyond my wildest expectations. I never realized just how many "Rockawayites" were out there in cyberspace waiting for the opportunity to connect with lost classmates and share their life's experiences which I have attempted to document on these pages.
It has become clear to me that the home page has gotten "extremely large" and is taking a long time to load. Even with the current "best" technology, it still takes a while. So, I need your assistance again. From the beginning, I have called upon you for suggestions about how this site could be improved and you have always made wonderful suggestions. I would like to thank all of you, especially Gayle Gordon Richter, Jerry Shapiro, Carol Marston, Bob Natt, and Barbara Tashoff who have been with me since day one, sending me one idea after another. They too must take a lot of the credit for the "look" of this site. So must each and every one of you who have contributed words and photos for all to share. You have indeed painted a wonderful picture of the place where we all grew up and had such fond memories of. Without all of you, this site never would have happened. And let us not forget Larry Schiffer who started it all with his Reunion Hall site. I would also like to thank the FRHS alumni association and the 100th reunion committee for all their hard work trying to make the 100th anniversary celebration a "time to remember". For those of you who don't know, the planning has been going on for several "years". They have done an excellent job and are to be congratulated.
So, here is what I need from you. It's time to redesign the home page so that it won't take so long to load. But before I do, I would appreciate any thoughts you have about how to accomplish this. Sure, I can do an easy index page with clicks to everything and you can "surf" wherever you want to go. But I think that the wonderful photos and graphics which have been contributed, deserve a "place of prominence" for all to see when they arrive at the site. Please help me find the balance between the two.
The other issue I must sadly report is that I have reached the upper limits of server space and am almost out of room. I have been fortunate in that the server which hosts my high school's home page (the one where I am currently teaching) has also been the server which has brought you the Rockaway Beach Web Site. I can't get any additional room on their server; so in order to keep this site growing and expanding, I will be forced to find additional space which will probably come at a cost. Several of you have offered some space on your servers and I do appreciate that. The problem becomes up-dating to different servers and needing a variety of passwords, etc. Please also let me know your thinking on this as well.
Well, that's it for now. Please write to me at my e-mail address below and let me know what you think. I hope to hear from as many of you as possible in the coming weeks.
Thanks to all of you who responded to my letter.
I have redesigned the home page and my hope is that it will load a lot
faster and be more "user friendly". Please write and let me know what you
think of the "new look".