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I want all my friends and family to watch this - in case I need you. I've watched it - in case you need me. Please watch - and then share. This short video illustrates the best demonstration and gives the simplest explanation of exactly what to do if someone near you collapses and is presumably having a heart attack. You could very well save the life of a friend or loved one. Someone you share this video with might save your life!
- Lee Shake

Heart Attack Prevention

How many of you have seen this video? I would not be afraid to use an AED now. How about you?This is very good; I mean GREAT info so please send on.

Heart Rescue

Please watch this video and pass it to everyone you know. I've seen the AED's in public places, but never knew how easy it is to use one.
- Lee Shake


Do you have a painful burning sensation in the center area of your chest in the area of your breast bone (sternum)?

This is where your esophagus food pipe is, and it may be being burned with digestive acid that has refluxed up from your stomach.

Do you feel acid come up into your throat or wake up with a bitter taste in your mouth?

You probably have Acid Reflux and need to consult with your doctor.

Your stomach has pyramidal glands in its lining. They secrete and squirt out and hydrochloric acid into your stomach to aid in digesting food. This acid in your stomach is normal and necessary, but it should not regurgitate back up into your esophagus (food pipe.)

The acid normally stays in your stomach to aid in digestion, because there is a valve called the esophageal sphincter, at the top of the stomach leading to your esophagus which prevents the acid from going up there and causing damage.

However, sometimes the valve is loose or gets pressure on it, and the acid reverses and squirts up into your food pipe. This inflames the lining of your esophagus, and over time can cause ulcers, which can bleed, and scars to form.

These scars can cause narrowing of the esophagus and cause food to get stuck when you try to swallow.

Also, this kind of chronic acid irritation can cause the cells in the lining of the esophagus to change and mutate. This can cause a condition called Barrett’s esophagus where the mucosa is widely damaged, which raises the chances of cell mutation and the development of cancer of the esophagus.

Therefore it is important to maintain the integrity of your esophagus and stomach. Each one has to have a certain acid base pH level.

Some causes of Acid Reflux:

1-  Have your Physician check to see if you have a bacteria in your stomach called Helicobacter Pylori. If you do, this can be easily treated with an antibiotic.

2-  Sometimes we are born with a loose or faulty esophageal sphincter muscle between the bottom of the esophagus and the top of the stomach.

3-  The esophageal sphincter can be stretched or relaxed, making it inefficient.

4-  Having excessive abdominal fat can push upward on the sphincter at the top of the stomach and allow the acid to reflux back up into the esophagus where it doesn’t belong.

5-  Smoking stimulates acid release.

6-  Eating fatty meals.

7-  Eating big meals.

8-  Excessive abdominal fat can push upward on the sphincter and the acid refluxes back upward.

9-  Tight belts and clothing.

10- For some people, eating within 3 hours of lying down can push acid up.

11- Bending over or doing exercises that place the head in a downward position.

12- Aggravating, or trigger foods, cause the esophageal valve to stay open, or relax, allowing acid to reflux back up into the esophagus.

Common triggers of Acid Reflux:
(different for each person)

Know your triggers and avoid them.

a.    tomato sauce

b.    fatty foods

c.    smoking

d.    chocolate

e.    alcohol

f.     peppermint (relaxes the valve)

g.    soda, especially colas

h.    coffee, tea

i.      sausage, cold cuts, butter

j.      many more

All of the above can boost acid levels or keep the valve open and push acid up into esophagus.

What you can do:

1-    Avoid fatty foods

2-    Avoid all of your trigger foods like pepperoni pizza

3-    Lose weight

4-    Eat smaller meals of vegetables, lean meat, fish, certain fruit

5-    Avoid standing on your head or doing exercises where your head is down, especially shortly after eating

6-    Avoid abdominal crunches if they cause burning

7-    Sleep with upper body slightly elevated

8-    Lie on your left side when sleeping

Medications to decrease acid:

1-  Antacids, over the counter, will neutralize stomach acid instantly. If you have to take them all the time see your doctor.

2-   H2 blockers over the counter, like Pepcid and Zantac, will reduce acid production.

3-   Proton pump inhibitors like Prilosec and Nexium are very efficient in cutting the acid for longer periods of time and can be taken ahead of time to shut down some of the acid pumps in the lining of your stomach.

4-   See your doctor if you are using the bove medications frequently.

Good health to you!

Patricia Naeder Izzo, RN, BS, Medical Advisor

Arrivals & Passings

By Pat Reischour

Arrivals and Passings

Watch for frequent updates.

Mary Maureen Donohue

An old SI name:
Frank Scarangello, 89
CEO of Scaran Heating and Air Conditioning

THS, Class of '42. Also founding member of South Shore Band.
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FDNY NYPD Trumpet Taps
By Fontaine Piper

Project Home

Missing Classmates Lists

Old: Click on the year below to get to the appropriate list.

1958 1959

New: Click on the year below to get to that class directory, and concentrate on the "Unknown" status = Missing.

1956 1960 1961 1965 1966 1967

Class Reunion Information!!

Click on the Year (below) to get the latest info or see the pictures!

1956     1957

1958     1959

1960     1961

1963     1965

1966     1968

1970     1980

Sent in by: Mike Gorgia-the '78 Class Editor



Veterans Day

Happy Thanksgiving

Halloween cartoon

Debbie cartoon

Gable cartoon

Maxine Turkey


*Gone are the days when girls used to cook like their mothers.
Now they drink like their fathers.

*You know that tingly little feeling you get when you really like someone.?
*That's common sense leaving your body.

*I don't like making plans for the day because then
the word "premeditated" gets thrown around in the courtroom.

*I didn't make it to the gym again today.
That makes five years in a row.

*I decided to change calling the bathroom the John and renamed it the Jim.
I feel so much better saying I went to the jim this morning.

*Dear paranoid people who check behind shower curtains for murderers,
if you find one, what's your plan.?


Homographs are words of like spelling but with more than one meaning. A homograph that is also pronounced differently is a heteronym.

You think English is easy?? I think a retired English teacher was bored...THIS IS GREAT!

1) The bandage was wound around the wound.

2) The farm was used to produce produce.

3) The dump was so full that it had to refuse more refuse.

4) We must polish the Polish furniture..

5) He could lead if he would get the lead out.

6) The soldier decided to desert his dessert in the desert.

7) Since there is no time like the present, he thought it was time to present the present.

8) A bass was painted on the head of the bass drum.

9) When shot at, the dove dove into the bushes.

10) I did not object to the object.

11) The insurance was invalid for the invalid.

12) There was a row among the oarsmen about how to row.

13) They were too close to the door to close it.

14) The buck does funny things when the does are present.

15) A seamstress and a sewer fell down into a sewer line.

16) To help with planting, the farmer taught his sow to sow.

17) The wind was too strong to wind the sail.

18) Upon seeing the tear in the painting I shed a tear.

19) I had to subject the subject to a series of tests.

20) How can I intimate this to my most intimate friend?

Let's face it - English is a crazy language. There is no egg in eggplant, nor ham in hamburger; neither apple nor pine in pineapple. English muffins weren't invented in England or French fries in France. Sweetmeats are candies while sweetbreads, which aren't sweet, are animal organs. We take English for granted. But if we explore its paradoxes, we find that quicksand can work slowly, boxing rings are square and a guinea pig is neither from Guinea nor is it a pig.

And why is it that writers write but fingers don't fing, grocers don't groce and hammers don't ham? If the plural of tooth is teeth, why isn't the plural of booth, beeth? One goose, 2 geese. So one moose, 2 meese? One index, 2 indices? Doesn't it seem crazy that you can make amends but not one amend? If you have a bunch of odds and ends and get rid of all but one of them, what do you call it?

If teachers taught, why didn't preachers praught? If a vegetarian eats vegetables, what does a humanitarian eat? Sometimes I think all the English speakers should be committed to an asylum for the verbally insane. In what language do people recite at a play and play at a recital? Ship by truck and send cargo by ship? Have noses that run and feet that smell? How can a slim chance and a fat chance be the same, while a wise man and a wise guy are opposites? You have to marvel at the unique lunacy of a language in which your house can burn up as it burns down, in which you fill in a form by filling it out, and in which an alarm goes off by going on.

English was invented by people, not computers, and it reflects the creativity of the human race, which, of course, is not a race at all. That is why, when the stars are out, they are visible, but when the lights are out, they are invisible.

PS. - Why doesn't 'Buick' rhyme with 'quick

Trumpet update: 11/8/14   WB

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My late younger brother, James and I attended Tottenville High School (so did my older sister Peggy and brother Michael). I have written a book that was just published and thought you may want to let other classmates know about it. It is called:

The life and death of Jimmy Zappalorti

Words Take Flight Books

- Robert T. Zappalorti

Congratulations to New Dorp High School and PS 48 for being named "Showcase Schools" by the DOE. With this much deserved distinction, they are considered among a handful of elite city schools that will promote strong collaborative ties and sharing of best practices among all school communities. PS 48 will showcase critical thinking practices in Social Studies, and New Dorp High School will feature their small learning academy structure.

New Dorp HS


Special Scenes sent to me by my sister, Mary Ann Sullivan, '47:

Special Scenes Between Humans and Animals

-Lee Shake

I doubt you have ever seen anything like this!

Flying Over America - Simply Beautiful!

- Lee Shake

Sent in by Arthur Mattei.

Well worth a minute of your time!


This is pretty short and if you hadn't seen it yet, it's worth a couple of minutes. A movie theatre in Hong Kong encouraged its patrons to leave their mobile phones switched on. And well done VW; you certainly got my attention!

Sent in by Herb Bradley, THS '59:

This is awesome! Over 170 (my guess) video clips, edited, spliced together, fast moving, comprehensive of nature’s wonderful creatures, with music. I watched it twice. Enjoy. One of the very best email items. Show it to youngsters.


Pretty amazing photography.

Click this icon to read Pat Naeder‘s "Medical Advisor" article for February.

Medical image Lets Talk Brain Nutrition.
By Pat Naeder

To view past "Medical Advisor" columns, click this!

How Wolves Change Rivers
This is worth a few minutes. Fascinating.

70-years ago and today in the same photo. Really neat!!!!

How things looked in 1944 and how they look today.

Left click, hold and drag your mouse gently from right to left on the original photo and it will become the exact same location today. Repeat the motion to take it back to the original. Then scroll down to the next picture and repeat.

The Trumpet
 wishes these friends a very 
Happy Birthday!

(To get on our Birthday List, please email Ellen (Lutter) Petersen)

(If your Birthday is in these months,
the animated Happy Birthday icon)

  Happy Birthday

Present      NOVEMBER
2) Ed Harrison, Jr. THS'55
2) Charlie Walker'55/'56
3) John T. Semich'67
4) Karen Sohl (Harkins) '60
4) Brian Cunningham'74
4) Joni Putz (Smith-Mackay) '50
5) Donald Harring'59
5) Brendon J. Galvin'59
5) Lucille Nost (Payne) '64
5) Susan Kuhfahl (Matteri) '65
6) Stuart Rundlett'65
7) George Hess'60
7) Dee Vandenburg'74
8) Philip A. Nilsen'67
10) MaryAnn Corrigan'63
11) John Zawitosky'57
11) Jim Nichol'64
12) Mike Mester'60
12) Jim Nicholl'69
12) Nita Rosenblum (Kramer) '67
13) Alice Waldman (Clews) '57
13) Robert Lund'57
13) Lillian McCarthy (Beauchaine) '59
14) Tom Richards'60
14) Jim Barnds (attendedoneyear) '60
14) John M. Rudolph'67
15) Tage Erickson'67
17) Miles Ste. Marie'67
17) Judy Pansini (Pousney) '68
18) Gerilyn Gerdes (McGraw) '60
18) Lois Link (Hummers) '62
19) Maureen Bailey'61
20) Patricia Velten (Sigmon) '68
20) Christine Sleight'68
22) Nancy J. Petersen (Stevenson) '67
22) Tizzy Flournoy'67
23) Clem Andriany'59
23) Lynn Kathcart (Simpala) '68
23) Ian Etheridge NDHS'58
24) Lawrence LeBrocq THS'59/'60
26) Janet Cahill (Matthews) '68
27) Bonnie Burns (Boucher) '67
28) Jack Bracken'60
28) Steven J. Schulman 2006
29) Robert Weening'76
29) James Mitchell'64
29) Dennis Forlie'69
30) Rick Hummers'61
30) Linda Huth (Syryca) '66
30) AnnMarie White (Stanton) '63

Present      DECEMBER
1) Arlene Rahtes (Hansen) '60
1) Loretta Jasina (Wronski) '59
2) Eileen Romer (Whitford) '60
2) James McHugh'67
2) Barbara Coleman'77
2) Craig A. ValentineCurtis'57
3) Gail Greco (Pikul) THS'68
4) Ed Ogilvie'65
5) Roger Stauch'60
7) Martha Hoehn'62
7) Jean Knapp (Nutley) '59
8) Jeff Norman'62
9) Carolyn Corey'60
9) Jeff Sims'67
9) Christopher Lane'68
10) Charles Fricke'60
10) Fred Leerhsen'60
10) Paul Piper'65
10) Kathleen V. Bradley (Duwe) '69
10) Karen Varnum (Norr) '67
12) Richard Pearsall'67
12) Nancy Reid (Schibinger) '58
13) Ron Hunter'62
13) Susan Huckvale'68
17) Bruce List'60
17) Ted Kusulas'68
18) Johannah Hughes (Turner) '60
19) Karin Hansen (Vardigan) '62
21) Ronald Kahl'50
21) Carol Odson (Dilks) '60
21) Chris Corapi'69
21) Werner Ledwon'67
22) Sharon Evans (Simpson) '60
22) Jim Benson'59
22) Fontaine Piper'61
23) Ed Mazurek'57
23) Linda Halvorsen (Miesegaes) '67
24) William "Rusty" Bausch'66
25) Kathryn Donnelly (MallaLieu) '59
25) Rosemary Ryan (Imregi) '67
27) Richard Gariazzo'60
27) Donna Petty (Besignano) '67
28) John S. Olsen'59
28) Jeff Wedinger'59
28) "Dot" Matthews (Judiscak) '70
29) Terry Maresca'69
30) Maria Francavilla (VanName) '68
31) Norma Losey (Niclas) '63
31) Bonnie Lidell (Richter)

Cost of Living

by John B. Baur

The Talking Centipede

                    A single guy decided life would be more fun
                    if he had a pet.

                    So he went to the pet store
                    and told the owner
                    that he wanted to buy an unusual pet.

                    After some discussion,
                    he finally bought a talking centipede,
                    (100-legged bug),
                    which came in a little white box
                    to use for his house.

                    He took the box back home,
                    found a good spot for the box,
                    and decided he would start off
                    by taking his new pet
                    to church with him.

                    So he asked the centipede in the box,
                    "Would you like to go
                    to church with me today?
                    We will have a good time."

                    But there was no answer
                    from his new pet.

                    This bothered him a bit,
                    but he waited a few minutes
                    and then asked again, 
                    "How about going
                    to church with me
                    and receive blessings?"

                    But again,
                    there was no answer
                    from his new friend and pet.
                    So he waited
                    a few minutes more,
                    thinking about the situation.

                    The guy decided
                    to invite the centipede
                    one last time.

                    This time he
                    put his face up against
                    the centipede's house and shouted,
                    "Hey, in there!
                    Would you like to go
                    church with me
                    and learn about God?"

                    YOU ARE GOING TO LOVE THIS ......

                    This time,
                    a little voice
                    came out of the box,

"I heard you the first time!

      I'm putting my shoes on!"


Everybody needs a little humor now and then:

I tried to catch some Fog.
I mist.

When chemists die,
they barium.

Jokes about German sausage are the wurst.

A soldier who survived mustard gas and pepper spray
is now a seasoned veteran.

I know a guy who's addicted to brake fluid.
He says he can stop any time.

How does Moses make his tea?
Hebrews it.

I stayed up all night to see where the sun went.
Then it dawned on me.

This girl said she recognized me from the vegetarian club,
but I'd never met herbivore.

I'm reading a book about anti-gravity.
I can't put it down.

I did a theatrical performance about puns.
It was a play on words.

They told me I had type A blood,
but it was a Type-O.

PMS jokes aren't funny, period.

Why were the Indians here first?
They had reservations.

Class trip to the Coca-Cola factory.
I hope there's no pop quiz.

Energizer bunny arrested. Charged with battery.

I didn't like my beard at first.
Then it grew on me.

How do you make holy water?
Boil the hell out of it!

Did you hear about the cross eyed teacher who lost her job
because she couldn't control her pupils?

When you get a bladder infection,
urine trouble.

What does a clock do when it's hungry?
It goes back four seconds.

I wondered why the baseball was getting bigger.
Then it hit me!

Broken pencils are pointless.

What do you call a dinosaur with an extensive vocabulary?
A thesaurus.

England has no kidney bank,
but it does have a Liverpool .

I used to be a banker,
but I lost interest.

I dropped out of communism class
because of lousy Marx.

All the toilets in New York's police stations
have been stolen.
Police have nothing to go on.

I got a job at a bakery because I kneaded dough.

Haunted French pancakes give me the crepes.

Velcro - what a rip off!

Cartoonist found dead in home. Details are sketchy.

Venison for dinner? Oh deer!

Earthquake in Washington -
obviously government's fault.

I used to think I was indecisive,
but now I'm not so sure

Just a little walk down memory lane!

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