Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Photo from way back home on Long Island!
The Great South Bay!






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Monday, November 16, 2015

For All of You Guys that left NY
Photos from the Big City!
Ben Vitale

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Saturday, October 03, 2015

Ten Foot Waves at Smith Point, Long Island, NY
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Hurricane Juaqin which is currently off the coast of Long Island is causing some really big waves to break on Fire Island, Long Island, NY. I saw a few waves that were about Ten feet high; the media says that the waves were 15 feet high! Hummm.... (Left click the big arrow, and then left click the small arrow to see the video. You should also left click the small box on the lower right hand portion of the video, to get a full screen display! Once the video is over, press the Escape key to return to the normal screen size.) It is so nice to observe the awesome power of nature!


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Sunday, September 13, 2015

Sachem class of 60 Reunion 1980

For those of you that have not seen the photos of Sachem
Class of 60 Reunion 1980. I believe Camille Pelliccia
submitted these photos. Please correct me if I am wrong!
There are 24 Photos in four groups of six, so you can
reference the photos by number. 




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Friday, May 01, 2015

Members of the Sachem High School Alumni Group:

We have 130, members in this "Sachem High School Alumni Gazette," group (Blog). This Blog is like a newspaper; generally "read only." It is not conducive to carrying on a conversation!
You are currently looking at our Sachem Blog!

150 of our classmates from Sachem High School, also belong to our Facebook group which is called "Sachem Alumni 1959 - 1965," .https://www.facebook.com/groups/58645312298/  

Facebook is a read and talk site. So... 150 Sachem Alumni, our classmates, talk to each other daily; just as we did in high school.

It is so wonderful to talk to old friends! I actually talk to my classmates more now than I ever did when I went to Sachem! You guessed it... We became friends 50 years after graduation! This is wonderful!

So... Don't be afraid of Facebook!


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Monday, December 22, 2014

Secret of the Most Beautiful Christmas Tree Discovered
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For decades I have had the honor of having the most beautiful Christmas tree, right in my own living room. I have the honor of having the most beautiful Christmas tree every year because of my wife’s expertise in the art of selecting Christmas trees. The trees that my wife has selected through the years were always perfect; at least “I thought so!” I must admit that I have not paid attention to certain small details in the past. I was not fully cognoscente of the fact that a “Charlie Brown” Christmas tree can be made to look like the Christmas tree in Rockefeller Center, in NYC, with a little bit of help! Yes Marie does have an aptitude for selecting beautiful Christmas trees, but I did not realize that she gave the trees a bit of Tender Loving Care; just like the TLC a women gets when she goes to her Beautician! LOL!

Well folks I just can’t remove the smile from my face since I found the evidence beneath my Christmas Tree! This year I did indeed pay attention to the small details and discovered a pair of Garden Clippers, under our Christmas tree! Marie cut off the long scraggly "Charlie Brown” Christmas tree branches so that our Christmas tree now looks like a perfect triangle! Yes it is as pretty as the one in Rockefeller Center! LOL!

OK… Our tree was indeed beautiful when we purchased it and Marie made it look even better. “Breathtaking!” LOL! Yesss! Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, and Happy Kwanzaa “to all and to all Good Night!”

Please read the article that was published on Patch a few years back in order to bring a new perspective to this article. http://patch.com/new-york/patchogue/bp--the-most-beautiful-christmas-tree-on-long-island



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Tuesday, December 02, 2014


Santa is now on the Internet Directly from the North Pole!
Ben Vitale
I’m so excited! I have discovered that I still believe in Santa Clause! Yesssss! Over Five million people have discovered Santa’s new “Reindeer Cam” site on the Internet! You must look carefully because Santa only appears on Camera with his Reindeer, at specific times! Santa feeds the Reindeer three times a day; look at the “FAQ” tab for the schedule! I have not seen Santa’s Sled yet; I guess that his elves are still working on it, in preparation for his long journey on Christmas Eve! Yessssss.

You might want to have Santa actually send a letter to your child; just fill out the form along with Five dollars for postage! LOL!

Im so excited; I believe my Christmas season has actually began because I looked at Santa’s North Pole “Reindeer Cam.” I believe that I have actually heard Alvin the Chipmunk talking to me directly from the North Pole! Wow! LOL! Yessssss! How cool is that?

There is also a Facebook link on this site where you can read wonderful comments made by other people that are also looking at Santa and his reindeer!  

OK! I’m sure that your children would really love to see Santa’s Reindeer and Santa! Be sure to get posted on Santa’s “Nice List!” Yesssssssss! Yo! Ho! Ho! “Merry Christmas to all; and to all good night!”
Please click the link below to see Santa! LOL!
http://reindeercam.com/

Sachem Alumni! Please forward this Blog to your grandchildren!

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Wednesday, November 19, 2014


Members of the Sachem High School Alumni Group:

We have 130, members in our "Sachem High School Alumni Gazette," group. This Blog is like a newspaper; generally "read only." It is not conducive to carrying on a conversation!

35 of our members also belong to our "Sachem Alumni 1959 - 1965," Facebook group. Facebook is a read and talk site. So... 35 Sachem Alumni, our classmates, talk to each other daily; just as we did in high school. It is so wonderful to talk to old friends! I actually talk to my classmates more now than I ever did when I went to Sachem! You guessed it... We became friends 50 years after graduation! This is wonderful!

Norman Neill, Sachem class of 1959 just joined our Facebook group; the Facebook Group members are ecstatic to be able to talk to Norman just as we did in high school!

So... Don't be afraid of Facebook!

Just click on the link below,
and sign up for Facebook. If they ask for your birthday enter a false birthday. I do not like to publish my Birthday! You will have to ask for membership into our group, just follow the prompts.

So... Please join our Facebook group, we would love to be able to talk to you!

Questions? Reply to this benvitalemail@yahoo.com

https://www.facebook.com/groups/58645312298/


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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Does anyone know how to fly one of these things? LOL!


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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Photos From Back Home on Long Island, NY

Photos from Bayard Cutting Arboretum, in Oakdale, Long Island, NY. This is the location of Sachem High School reunion 2010. Photo taken from the rear deck of the arboretum.


 



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Sunday, September 07, 2014

Vista from way back home on long Island!

This is a video of the West side of the Shinnecock Inlet. The waves were very rough yesterday! (Left click the arrow to start the video!)
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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

   The Jar of Life Demonstration
   Ben Vitale
 

Many people have viewed segments of what appears to be a video of a college physics experiment on the Internet, but few have seen the surprise that is presented at the very end of the video!  Various presentations of this same demonstration can be found throughout the Internet, re-created by many different people. Unfortunately the wonderful lesson about happiness, and it's relationship to how you deal with life, is only found at the end of the video. Please watch the video to the very end, and make a special effort to understand the message that the author is trying to convey! I know from personal experience that the concept presented in this video is absolutely true! Expanding on this concept; if you allow toxic people and situations to fill your life, you will not have room for the things in life that are really important, such as good friends and Family! Be careful not to fill your “Jar of Life” with meaningless and toxic things!

Please view “The Jar of life!”



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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

How to Spend a Sunday Afternoon
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I am of Italian descent but I am convinced that I must have some "Gypsy" in me; I cannot stay in one place. Every time I see a Violin I get chills up my spine! LOL! This Sunday Marie and I went to Cupsogue Beach in Westhampton.
A club called the Beach Hut operates at Cupsogue Park, at Westhampton Beach.

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I just love the operation there! Entertainment is provided starting at about 4:30. This Sunday the East End Trio, provided the entertainment. I was very impressed with the lead singer; he sounded exactly like James Taylor, and Neil Diamond! Nostalgia was flying over me! Great Fun!
http://www.theeastendtrio.com/
Food and drinks are available, There are plenty of public tables, and some people bring their own snacks. I personally try to help the Beach Hut pay for the entertainment.
What could be better... Fresh air, great music, food and drinks at Westhampton beach. We met a few great people and had a wonderful time.
Hope to see some of you guys at a similar function this summer!

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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Please visit our Facebook alumni site "Sachem Alumni 1959 - 1965"!
https://www.facebook.com/groups/58645312298/

If you don't "do" Facebook, have your children or grandchildren join our Facebook site on your behalf. That's what kids are for; they can give you all of the news on the Telephone!

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Saturday, March 15, 2014

Confession to Mr. Brisson
Ben Vitale

Mr. Brison was my English teacher, when I attended Sachem High School, in Lake Ronkonkoma, NY, in 1959. Mr Brison made every effort to deliver me from the language of my youth; "Brooklyneese." In spite of his best efforts, I just can't kick the habit! LOL. Actually I think that the Brooklyneese language is beautiful. The hand and body motions allow people to fully communicate; I cannot get this sense of communications when I speak "the Kings English. Those of you that are not familiar with the Brooklynese language, please watch the attached video. "fogetaboutit" lol. OMG! That was so expressive! LOL :--))

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iZ7lcC4Bzyw

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Monday, December 23, 2013

Recollections of Christmas Eve
Ben Vitale
I have fond memories, of Christmas Eve at Grandpa and Grandma’s house, 60 years ago. My Grandparents had a tradition of playing Poker, in between the courses of dinner; Today, three generations later, our Grand Children, who are adults, love to play Texas Holdem Poker, at family gatherings. The grandchildren are now teaching Grandpa how to play Texas Holdem Poker! Hummm… Is playing poker at family gatherings hereditary?  LOL
Many of our family traditions stem from my grandparents who came to America from Italy, in the 30s.  The Christmas Eve ritual at their house in Brooklyn, NY, was really interesting and choreographed with the precision of a Broadway musical production.  
On Christmas Eve, my grandparents served a seven course meal; each course was followed by a game of Poker. It was so funny! The table cloth was literally removed from the table after each course, and Poker was played on the Plate Glass Tabletop! Through practice, my family members had training, in the art of playing Poker that could be compared to the training that one would receive at a military Boot Camp. LOL. I firmly believe that if my family went to a Casino to play Poker, the Casino wouldn’t stand a chance! LOL.  After the last course, the family would play Poker for the rest of the night. With all of the above going on, some family members managed to go to Midnight Mass, which is a Catholic tradition!
Christmas Eve at my house takes the same effort and dedication that it did decades ago! Once again we are working hard in preparation for our Christmas Eve celebration, 2013. This year, our Christmas tree was just about the right size for the room; we didn't have to cut off any branches from the top of the tree.  21 people will be at our home this year on Christmas Eve. I have introduced another component into my family’s arsenal of traditions; Karaoke Sing Along, after dinner.
My wife and I can remember the Bubbly Lights that our grandparents always put on their Christmas, Tree 60 years ago. Marie and I carried on the tradition, and always had “Bubbly Lights” on our Christmas Trees. Our tradition has propagated itself through Three generations! My 21 year old granddaughter would never forgive us if we didn't have bubbly lights on our tree! Bubbly lights have become a multi-generational tradition in my family!
While writing this article I had an epiphany; I suddenly realized that Christmas Eve at my house has had a profound effect on our grandchildren. I wouldn’t be a bit surprised if our tradition survives for decades to come!
You might want to read another Christmas related story that I published a few years ago. I personally feel that “Christmas Stories” are timeless, and become relevant at Christmas time every year!
http://patchogue.patch.com/groups/ben-vitales-blog/p/bp--the-most-beautiful-christmas-tree-on-long-island
Have a Merry Christmas everybody! Have a happy Hanukah! Have a happy Quanza

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Friday, October 04, 2013


Reunion 2014 Message from Brenda Sichenzia
We purchased a home in Leesburg, FL but we haven’t sold our house yet. So the reunion might still be in Pennsylvania in Late July or Early August; or, if we sell, by the Spring, it will be in Florida. I apologize for being so tardy with this message. 


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Monday, September 16, 2013


Del Satins to perform at the Patchogue Theatre
Patchogue, NY
Ben Vitale

 


The Patchogue council 725, of the Knights of Columbus, is sponsoring a special performance of the famous Del Satins, to benefit the New York State Veterans Home in Stony Brook. This performance is   special, because the lead singer Stan Zizka is your neighbor! Wow! He lives in Patchogue Village.

The Del Satins worked with Dion originally from Dion and the Bellmonts, to record “Runaround Sue,” and “ Donna the Prima Donna.” I have found that both the young and the old are in agreement; this is a show that “should not be missed.”

Date:   Sunday, October 27, 2013

Time:   3PM

Place:   Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts, 71 East Main St., Patchogue, NY, 11772

Tickets start at $18 dollars, and are available via telephone, Web, or at the Patchogue Theatre Box office.

Telephone #:   631 207 1313

Web:  www.patchoguetheatre.com

“Donna the Prima Donna:”  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X6OmZmoblSI


The Del Satins are also going to have a “meet and Greet,” photo opportunity session.

If you love 60s music, you really should attend this performance!

Buy your tickets as soon as possible; this show will sell out quickly.



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Thursday, September 12, 2013

Flash Mob Gathering Cancelled

(CANCELLED) Sachem 1959 - 1965+ Alumni Group, long island Social Gathering is CANCELLED.
Mini Flash Mob Social Gathering that was scheduled for Thursday Sept 12, 2013, at 6:00 PM had to be cancelled because of inclement weather. Oh well... We never got to have our Flash Mob Gathering!


I went to Smith Point just in case an alumni flew in from Hawaii, just to attend our little social. Cancelling was a good call, The band was cancelled, and the Restaurant did not open. Everyone was concerned about the storms. Wonderful; no alumni from Hawaii! LOL.

I did take a video of Smith Point Beach.
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From Deanna Mauch:
Would loved to have been there.  Went dancing a few summers ago with family at that very spot. Thanks for the memory.
 

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Sunday, September 01, 2013


Sachemites Bocce Ball Tournament
Ben Vitale

 Photo Credit: Ben Vitale

Sachem alumni John Vitale and Ben Vitale challenged two members of the internationally renowned Italian Bocce Ball Squadra, over the Labor Day weekend.  Frank and Larry are two seasoned Bocce Ball players from Italy.

At the beginning of the game I found myself treating the Bocce Ball like a Bowling Ball; that didn’t work very well. Half way through the game the score was 11 to 1 in favor of the Italian team; the prognosis of winning was grim! LOL.

My brother john and I noticed that the Italian team members were skilled at putting both a vertical, and horizontal spin on the Bocce Ball. Ah Ha! That’s the secret! Re-cycling some of the techniques from  Baseball, John and I finally managed to get a few additional points.

Tensions built as we approached the end of the game. John and I used some Baseball throwing techniques that we had learned from watching Joe DiMagio, in Ebbets field,  Brooklyn, NY. The Italian team ultimately won with a score of 21 to 19. Not bad for two Sachem High School Alumni, from Lake Ronkonkoma, that were born in Brooklyn, NY. LOL

On September, 28, 2013, Bocce Ball Champion Frank Bosco, together with another team mate Carmine Franzese, go on to win another Bocce ball competition, the "Saint Liberata International Bocce Ball Championship;" which was held in Patchogue, NY. 

Frank told me that some day he will show me the Bocce Ball trophies in his showcase!


 
I am now thoroughly convinced that the 19 points that John and I got in our original competition with Frank and Larry, were no accident; Frank and Larry gave them to us! LOL

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