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Miami Beach Senior High School Alumni Association eMail Bulletin

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Miami Beach Sr. High School Alumni Association's Newsletter
May 24, 2010

 Volume 2, Number 8

Our Alumni President’s Message:

     “Sailing….sailing… over the bounding main.”    You know the childhood song.  Now live the experience and join the Alumni Association for its first ever Alumni Cruise from October 8th – 11th, 2010, on Royal Caribbean’s Majesty of the Seas sailing from Miami to Coco Cay and Nassau, Bahamas.  The Alumni Association, in conjunction with First Class Vacations, has put together a wonderful deal for this 3 night cruise on one of the premier cruise lines. More information can be found in the full article in this edition of the newsletter or on our web site.  The article was written by Martin Kaye, class of ’66, one of our new board members.

     Our Spring Thing 2010 Miami-Dade Edition at Crazy Pianos was a fantastic event.  Over 75 alumni and guests were in attendance last week to enjoy the camaraderie of fellow Beach High grads.  The staff at Crazy Piano’s did a superb job providing trays of sushi, chicken skewers, vegetable trays and more, for everyone to munch on and the drinks were very generous.  The “dueling pianos” entertainment was very enjoyable and many guests stayed to enjoy dinner with their friends.  Be sure to join us for our next social event which will be announced soon.

     The deadline for submitting a nomination for the 2010 Hall of Fame is fast approaching.  If you plan to nominate a fellow graduate, do it now.  June 1st will be upon us before you know it, and it will be too late.  Nomination forms are posted on our website in the Hall of Fame section.  Competition is always fierce due to the outstanding quality of all of the alumni Beach High has produced.  All members in good standing of the Association can enter a nomination on the official form which must be received by June 1, 2010.  A nominee does not have to be a member of the Alumni Association.   The Hall of Fame luncheon will be held on Friday, November 12, 2010, at the Biscayne Bay Marriott in Miami.  Seating is limited, so make your plans and mark your calendars to attend.

     This past Thursday I had the pleasure of attending the scholarship assembly for graduating seniors at Beach High.  Our Alumni Association gave $13,000.00 in scholarships to deserving seniors to help defray college expenses.  In total, over $50,000.00 in scholarships were awarded to students.  At one point, all alumni were asked to stand and be recognized.  Almost every scholarship presenter was an alumnus of Miami Beach Senior High School, which serves to identify how the spirit of Beach High stays with us throughout our lives.  The Alumni Association will continue our efforts to raise funds for our scholarship program and is always grateful for donors.  If you wish to make a donation, you can send a check to the Miami Beach Senior High School Alumni Association, c/o my office and designate it for the scholarship program.     

     Miami Beach Senior High is revitalizing the debate program which was held in such high esteem throughout the country, by other schools for many years.  Unfortunately, due to budget cuts, there is no money to send students to major competitions.  The debate program is desperately looking for one (or several) generous alumni who may wish to help underwrite the cost to send at least one or more students to the competitions.  The group is trying to raise $3,000.00 and any help will be gratefully appreciated.  All former debaters, please think back and remember what this program helped do for you and your development and then write a check to help this program move forward.  Scroll below to see a letter from Patrick Quinlan, student on the debating team.  Checks may be sent to us and will be forwarded to the school to enable our students to compete.

     As the person who served as our first website chairman, I am proud to say that we have reached our 800th online signups for our website.  Our address book and data- base continues to grow with over 4,800 alumni currently listed therein as does the usage of the website which contains hundreds of photographs from alumni events, photos sent in by alumni and interesting photos from days gone past.  Our Hall of Fame section contains information on all of our inductees and programs from many of the previous years as well as the current nomination form.  If you have not visited the website lately, take a few minutes to do so.  You will be treated to some wonderful memories.  If you know of any alumni who are not listed in our address book,   be sure to tell them to log on and sign up for the complimentary listing therein.  If you are trying to find a lost friend, be sure to check the address book to see if he or she is listed.

      Please remember to provide the Alumni Association with information about any upcoming class get together or reunions so we can post this information on our website.  The Reunion page is on the public portion of our site so everyone can view it – even if they are not registered on the Alumni Association website as we want to share this information with all.  If you have any information about an upcoming reunion or class get together, let us know and we will publicize it on our website on this page as well as in our newsletter.

            Membership in the Alumni Association continues to grow but there are so many more alumni who have not yet joined.  We need the readers of our newsletter to join with us in the Association.  Dues are only $60.00 for 3 years or $100.00 for 6 years.  Lifetime membership is only $300.00, with half price for the spouse if both are Miami Beach Senior High School alumni.    Monies received for dues are used to pay the expenses of the Association and to help fund our annual scholarships for graduating seniors.

                         Beach is Dynamite!

                         Scott R. Jay ’70, President


     Dear Alumni of Beach High:  

     Our major fund-raiser for student scholarships is our annual Alumni Hall of Fame luncheon. We need more of your nominations so we can select those very hardworking, worthy people who deserve to be in our Hall of Fame.  We need your nominations for the deadline of June First (in two weeks!) so that we can include more distinguished people into our Hall of Fame.   We have honored 82 people, including faculty members, to date.  Those of you who have never been to our Hall of Fame luncheons are really missing a very spectacular afternoon of inspirational people; those who have set the bar for excellence throughout our nation --and internationally.  Those eligible for nomination must have graduated at least 10 years prior to their nomination.  Faculty and administration nominees must also have been with our school for a long time before being considered for Hall of Fame, too.

     After reviewing all the nominations, a committee of eleven people --consisting of former Hall of Fame members as well as alumni board members-- make their selections from these nominations in mid-June.  Throughout the summer, we work prepare for our alumni guests to attend our luncheon in mid-November.  

     Hall of Fame Members, you know of those alumni who are as superb as you are.  Will you nominate them to join your ranks?  We only have two weeks to go, and these nominations take time to prepare.  As our former teachers would say, “Put your thinking caps on” and send in those nominations!  

Beach is Dynamite!

Rosalind Merritt, ’66:  Our Website’s Newsletter Editor


     On October 8, 2010, all Miami Beach Sr. High Alumni are invited to join us on a 3-night cruise to the Bahamas aboard Royal Caribbean’s Majesty of the Seas.  The ship will make two all-day stops, first at Coco Cay on Saturday, Oct. 9, and then in Nassau on Oct. 10, where guests can see the sights.  We sail from the Port of Miami on Friday afternoon, Oct. 8, 2010, and return to Miami on Monday morning.  Everyone should already have seen the flyer posted on the MBSH Alumni website and read the email bulletin from Scott Jay, President that also had that flyer as an attachment.   Our travel agent has graciously offered to contribute a portion of each reservation made to the MBSH Scholarship Fund

     We have arranged with discount cruise travel agent, First Class Vacations of Boca Raton, to offer this cruise over the Columbus Day weekend to give everyone an opportunity to get together with other friends and Alumni for a long weekend of sun and adventure without the need to take off from work -- Monday is Columbus Day, a holiday for many Alumni.  Depending on the number of Alumni sailing with us, Royal Caribbean may arrange for our group to have tables together for dinner.  Majesty of the Seas is a 74,000 ton vessel that carries 2,744 passengers and is equipped with a variety of amenities including 2 whirlpools, 2 outdoor pools, a day spa and fitness center, a multitude of theme-based restaurants, and a casino for those who want to gamble.  

     Coco Cay – Oct 9 - 8 am- 5 pm:  A secluded island in the Berry Islands chain with white-sand beaches and spectacular surroundings is a 140 acre private island, owned by Royal Caribbean, having been recently renovated new aquatic facilities, nature trails and great places to just sit back, relax, and enjoy a tropical drink.  From new snorkeling and scuba-diving facilities and expanded docks to additional restaurants, bars, and shops, the renovations touched all areas of the island.  Rental diving equipment enable guests to check out the sunken plane wreck and explore the coral reef.  For deeper explorations, certified divers are guided to 40 feet below, where a PADI scuba instructor will help identify the varied marine life and coral formations.  Others on land can explore the island's attractions on the new three-mile-long Nature Trail.  Guests who prefer to combine their strolling with shopping can get back to civilization Caribbean-style at the Straw Market, a re-creation of a Bahamian village complete with cottages and artisan huts.  

     Nassau – Oct 10 – 8 am – 5 pm:  Prince George Wharf Cruise Terminal.  Walking is preferred, however, taxis can be hailed everywhere, and Jitney buses run between downtown to Cable Beach and Paradise Island from early morning until about 7 pm at 30-minute intervals. There’s also Nassau Water Taxi, departing every 30 minutes to Paradise Island, operating daily from 9am-6pm.

     A few “must-sees” in Nassau:  At Ardasta Gardens, see the pink flamingos, honey bears, and peacocks. Flamingos parade in drill formation daily 9 am-2:05 pm.  For bottlenose dolphin encounters and some exceptional hammocks and beaches, head for Blue Lagoon Island (aka Salt Cay) -- featured in the film Splash.  A cultural stop on the island is the 18th-century Fort Charlotte.  It has dungeons and underground passageways, a waterless moat, and amazing views of the harbor from the ramparts.  If you'd rather just spend the day as a guest at the 34-acre Atlantis Resort on Paradise Island, consider purchasing a day pass for about $22 that provides access to most of the must-see sights at the resort.

     Prices: $356/person (interior); $386/person (ocean view); $680/person (jr. suite w/balcony).  Price includes ALL port charges and gratuities.  Onshore excursions and sightseeing is on your own.

     Contact: Barbara Matthews, First Class Vacations, phone: 800-650-5124 x 306 or email  HYPERLINK 'mailto:Bmatthews.fcv@gmail.com' Bmatthews.fcv@gmail.comOr, Martin Kaye ’66, phone 561-738-2021 or email  HYPERLINK 'mailto:martinkaye@aol.com' martinkaye@aol.comIf you leave a message, say you are calling about the MBSH Alumni Cruise to the Bahamas, as we are not mind readers!

From: “Doc” Sidener, MBSHS Principal:  Congrats to Senior Jessica Barrios:

Jessica was featured in the Herald as the winner of the Miami Entrepreneurship Contest.  She makes us proud.  A native of Venezuela who came to Beach High from her country only two years ago, Jessica has excelled academically, in the Beach High business program and athletically on the basketball team.  Just last month, Jessica signed a four year full scholarship to Appalachian State for basketball.  Kudos to teachers Karen Austin, Entrepreneurship and Basketball Coach Jacob Shaw, who mentored Jessica.

A Letter from Patrick Quinlan, Class of 2012 & Vice Pres.:  MBSHS Debate team   

     I am a Sophomore at Miami Beach Senior High.  I am also the current speech and debate vice-president.  The Speech and Debate Team needs the help of the alumni association.

     I have qualified for this year's National Forensics League (NFL) National Competition, in International Extemporaneous Speaking. The Competition takes place in Kansas City, MO, June 13 - 18.   Thousands of the country's best and brightest will attend and compete. I hope to be among them, but the cost of travel, food, hotels, and registration for both the debate coach Mr Bill Presswood and I will amount to about $3,000, a sum far greater than our team's reserves. To add to this problem, no more club fundraising is allowed at Beach High so late into the school year.

     I am asking for the help of the Alumni. I know that many alumni were champion debaters, and Beach High used to be a powerhouse in the county, state, and even country. But in the years after the end of longtime coach Ed Cobin, the change of campus, coach, and team president, our debate team was left a remnant of its former self. I want to restore the honor and the Legacy of Beach Speech and Debate, starting with this trip to Nationals.

     Can you call upon the Alumni to chip in whatever they can to the Speech and

Debate Team? Our debate team has long been the earliest form of public speaking for our many lawyers, judges, politicians, and public figures in the Alumni Association. We hope to continue this pattern of excellence set forth by earlier classes, but we will need your help. What do you say?

     Editor’s note:  Checks may be sent payable to:  “MBSHS Alumni Association” with a sidemark of “Debaters” in the notation line.  Mail to:  c/o Scott R. Jay Law Office, 1575 Ives Dairy Road, Miami, FL 33179.

From Bruce Stier, MD., Class of ’49:

      'I am a retired physician living in San Francisco.  I recently published a memoir, 'Jailhouse Journal of an OB/GYN.'  This memoir includes several chapters about my childhood and medical school in Miami and my residency at Mt. Sinai hospital that I believe would be of interest to the alumni of MBHS.

     I wrote this memoir while serving time. With the possible demise of Roe v Wade my memoir will be timely and of great interest for anyone concerned about the abortion issue. It explains the events that led to my being charged with homicide as it explores the collaboration between the anti-abortion network, the Medical Board and the District Attorney’s office. My memoir consists of anecdotal experiences that motivated me to study medicine, encouraged me to become an OB/GYN physician and compelled me to be a full-time abortion provider.

     The autobiographical adventures travel from college and medical school in Florida to my sleepless internship in New Orleans, through my OB/GYN residency training. It continues with my service in the USAF in France as a medical officer; to Seattle in private practice; then again in the direction of military service as an OB/GYN attached to the Marine Corps and finally as a traveling abortion provider and eventually a convicted felon doing time. My experiences have filled my life with inspiration, love, humor, sadness, joy and much irony.'

     Editor’s note:  The following is excerpted from his “About the Author” information: “Bruce Steir,a retired physician living in San Francisco, was raised in Miami Beach, Florida and received his undergraduate studies at UF before attending medical school at the University of Miami.  After completing his internship and residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology he served 5 years as a medical officer in the USAF where he helped to pioneer “fathers-in-the-delivery-room” in military hospitals.  During his 12 years in private practice in Seattle, Washington, he became Board Certified in OB/GYN and was the recipient of the Margaret Sanger Award from the Planned Parenthood Federation of America for his contribution to the advancement of voluntary family planning.  He opened and operated the first outpatient Birthing Center in Seattle.  Returning again to the military, he served as a Commander in the USN attached to the USMC at Camp Pendleton, California.  After receiving his Masters in Public Health from the University of California in Berkeley, he served as consultant and trainer in Contraceptive Technology and Reproductive Health in Egypt and Russia.  Before his involuntary retirement he served as Medical Director and full time abortion provider for the Women’s Health Specialists in Northern California.  In 2004 his conviction was expunged by the Riverside County Consolidated Court.”

From Seth Bramson Class of ’62: 

'I've published four books which are on and about Miami Beach and its suburbs.  My 'Sunshine, Stone Crabs and Cheesecake:  The Story of Miami Beach' was the best selling pre-pub Miami Beach book I've done.  I have published eighteen books in all, every one about South Florida’s history.  For all of us who are Miami Beach people, I have begun work on my newest, to be titled 'More Than 85 Years of Greatness:  The History of Miami Beach High' and all Beach High alums, faculty, staff and others who are interested in our school are invited to contribute material for it.  If you have any Fisher, Nautilus or Beach High material (of any kind) that you would like me to include in the book, you may email Seth Bramson at: mrfec@yahoo.com or call me at (305) 757-1016 between 9:30 AM and 9:30 PM, seven days. Anything loaned will be returned, so whether you were involved in sports and/or activities or not, your information and story are important and will be part of this effort.  If you are part of an organization, such at the PTSA (or any other) there will be substantial quantity (50 copies or more) discounts direct from the publisher.  Like all of Seth Bramson's books, the Beach High history will be a significant contribution to the story of both Miami Beach and our great school and your support, individually and through your various organizations, will be very meaningful.'

From Carole Maltz Ort, Class of ’63:

     This past November, retired teacher Carole and her husband of 14 years, Dr. Lawrence Ort, made a trip to Israel where they were surprised by seeing their names on the “Founders Wall” of the Hadassah Hospital at Ein Kerem.  “Seeing our name on the wall was the highlight of the trip.”  In the computer room at the Diaspora Museum in Tel Aviv,  “I entered my family name to find out where we came from.  Since my maiden name is Maltz, which had never been changed, it was easy to trace the family to Eastern Europe, to a little town in Poland. My father was a CPA, and my grandfather owned a hotel in Miami Beach --the Del Prado-- from 1950 to 1960, so I really grew up in the tourism business.”  Since moving to Jacksonville and after retiring from teaching, Carole and Lawrence have been extremely active in Hadassah, with Carole being on the board.  “We both strongly believe that every Jew should visit Israel.  This is where our roots are.  They’ve earner our respect, they need us now and we have to support them.”  ....excerpted from an article appearing in 2010’s Spring edition of Hadassah’s national publication of Planned Giving and Estates Newsletter.


From Larry Levin, Class of ’66:


     I hope you're getting paid to do this or it is an extraordinary labor of love.  I actually vacillate when I get these newsletters between not being interested in what is going on with other classes and being grateful that I get these flyers.  I've been living in Atlanta for many years, working with executive teams around the world. I have an extraordinarily brilliant wife of 30+years and 2 very amazing daughters --1 directing theater in NY and the other in grad school at UPenn.  Whether it was growing up on the Beach, the education system, bright friends or accidental good wiring, I was, like many of us, very prepared for the world. 

     There were 2 worlds at Beach though, that were far apart from one another both financially and familialy.  There were the intact families who lived in houses on Pinetree Drive and those of us who grew up in apartments in S. Beach or Normandy Island much poorer or with single parents.  And mostly these two worlds didn't come together in HS.  Money was a big separator at Beach High.  What was most interesting in our 10th reunion was that girls I wouldn't have thought to ask out in HS asked me why I never dated them (good surprise).  

     I've stayed pretty tight with my good friends from HS and UFlorida so the place did a good job of growing roots between people.  I am grateful to have grown up there when we did.  What a cool place. 

So thanks for doing this,

Larry Levin

Editor’s note:  I am NOT getting paid to do this, so it must be as Larry says:  a labor of love!


Class of 1960 announces plans for 50th Reunion:

The class of 1960 will hold its 50th Reunion to be held on the weekend of October 8th--10th, 2010, at the Eden Roc Hotel.  The committee needs our help to locate missing classmates. Please contact Blanche 'Cookie' Weiss, committee member, at blanchecookieweiss@gmail.com  Further information will be given in upcoming issues.  

From: Madelyn Lorber, Class of 1955's 55th Reunion!    email:  mjl2125@aol.com

      Our reunion will be at Turnberry Isle Resort &  Club in Aventura, FL.  on  June 10th thru 13th,  2010.

All classmates:  Please contact our Chairperson Bobbi, at Bobbi55BHi@aol.com for attachments of the events choices, agenda and prices.  

      We'll have a welcome cocktail party on Thursday in the Lobby lounge, a golf tournament on Friday morning at Turnberry's course, a luncheon cruise on the Yacht 'Celebration' starting from at Dinner Key's Marina, then a Barbeque at LaGorce Country Club that nite.  Saturday night's Cocktail Party, Dinner and Dancing will be back at Turnberry Isle's Resort & Club, with the daytime free to do your own thing.  Sunday is the farewell breakfast from 7:30 -- 10:30 AM-- or whenever.  See you there!   ...'Until we meet again'

Class of 1965 Announces Plans for 'Casual' 45th Reunion

From Judy Shapiro Gale, Class of '65:

Our 45th reunion and it will be held at The Grand Beach Hotel in Miami Beach on Nov 12th and 13th. Again everything is on our web site at www.beachhigh65.com  Editor's note: This class is 'smart' to have their reunion the same date as our Hall of Fame luncheon, so that their out-of-towners & their class who normally do not see people from other years of Beach Hi alumni can visit with each other at the luncheon.  

CLASS OF 1970:  40th REUNION

The Class of 1970's 40th Reunion Committee is planning their event for the weekend of November 19 - 21, 2010.   It will be at the Deauville Hotel.  There will be a Friday night cocktail party followed by a formal dinner and dance on Saturday and a pool party/barbecue on Sunday, according to Steve 'Bubba Cohen' Reunion Spokesperson. For more information please contact Steve 'Bubba' Cohen' (305) 674-1799 or visit http://www.miamibeachhigh1970.com/

From Stacey Spector Hipsman, Class of '81:

Memorial Day Weekend 2011 will be the 30th reunion for the Class of 1981.  For more details, please contact either Stacey, Leslie Schermer, Hillary Blumberg, or Charlie Ratner. Charlie's email is Ratner@CRatnerLaw.com

Attention:  Classes of 1980's:  Let's get your classmates together for your reunion.  We've had inquiries about wanting the 1980 and 1982 reunions, but we need you to organize yourselves to make it happen.

Editor’s Note:  If you are involved in a class reunion committee or class get together, please send your information of inclusion to rosalindmerrittinc@me.com


               The Classes of 1990 - 1999 have formed several committees to plan a 'Mega Reunion' to be held the weekend of September 3 - 5, 2010.   The planning is not yet formalized and more plans will be announced as they firm up.  For more information on this exciting event, please contact Rosanne Amira '97 at beachhigh97@gmail.com


A committee has been formed to begin planning the Class of 2000's 10th Reunion which will be held the weekend of June 18th - 20th, 2010,  The event will kickoff on Friday evening with a tour of the new Miami Beach High School and followed by a night on South Beach.  There will be a dinner/dance on Saturday evening with tentative plans to hold it on a yacht which will be determined.  Sunday will have a family event consisting of a barbecue on Virginia Key Beach.  All class members are invited to participate in planning the reunion.  For more information please contact Scott Brian Grenald at 305-759-6244/305-308-7085 or email:  scottbrian82@grenald.com .   UPDATE ON REUNION: the price is 125/per person. Friday Night is free (drinks at your own expense) Saturday Night is 95.00/person (Price is 115/per person if you're just doing Sat. night: includes dinner and drinks plus your gift card and other misc items.)http://www.beachhigh.com/


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