is plainly apparent that the degree of uncertainty
surrounding the probable status of the COVID-19 pandemic
and the related restrictions on social activities we
will be facing in September is now every bit as high as
it has ever been. And since we are all senior citizens,
we are all at high risk, Therefore, whether we can
safely hold our reunion as currently planned remains
"iffy." (Everyone knows you
can't hold a proper reunion without dancing
— and hugging!)
We are carefully monitoring developments, and
we will make an announcement by early August,
on this page and by mail, if a decision made to cancel.
Rest assured, if this happens, we will continue to
monitor the situation and consider rescheduling the
reunion when deemed safe.
The beautiful, redesigned
Walt Whitman Rd.
(Just north of exit 49S of the eastbound Long Island Expressway)
Melville, LI, NY
After carefully monitoring the
rapidly evolving Coronavirus 2019
we decided it
would be imprudent for us accept
the risks and anxiety associated with any further delay in our
decision about the
timing of our
planned reunion. So it has now been rescheduled for Saturday evening,
You will be receiving more details in the mail in April from
Reunions Unlimited, Inc.,
and from time-to-time from me by email and here on our
Those of you who have made room reservations for June
at the Marriott or elsewhere should cancel them to avoid being
charged and wait for further notice about new room block
arrangements before booking for September. (See
Hoping you all stay vigilant, safe and well and that we see each other
in September for
our next fabulous celebration
— this time,
of sixty years since
Reunion registration, cost and payment:
The reunion will be priced
at $95 per person, including a
sit-down dinner with three choices of
a DJ (playing
our music) and there will be a cash bar.
Reunions Unlimited, Inc. in April
payment by August 12th. If paid after August
12th, the cost will be
increased to $105 per person
unless payment was delayed because of the then continuing Coronavirus
A $5 "convenience fee" will be added to all credit card
Even if you
want to wait as long as possible to pay to attend our reunion, your early
registration for our reunion, without payment, helps us plan for the probable attendance level
and will make sure we have all your most current contact information ("snailmail,"
e-mail and telephone) so you receive all future reunion and other
class communications and so we can continue to help our
classmates find each other. If we decide
(or the State of NY or the Marriott decides) it is unsafe, or if
there are insufficient registrants,
to hold the reunion, we will announce a
cancellation by August 12th. Please
be assured that your money will be fully refunded if the
reunion is cancelled, or if you decide to cancel your paid
by August 28th,
due to the coronavirus threat. (If paid reservations are cancelled
by August 28th
for reasons other than the Coronavirus threat,
you will nevertheless be entitled to receive a 50% refund.)
So once again,
even if you are undecided about attending
or do not plan to attend
eighth (and probably our last) fabulous class
reunion, please register
Reunions Unlimited, Inc.
To register for our reunion, visit
scroll down to where it says, “Register for Your Reunion,” at the lower left,
and follow the prompts.
Pre- and Post-Reunion Events:
Like we have done seven times before for
our other reunions, we
have planned to
be together again ―
more time ―
to remember and celebrate with
weekend of “reunionating”
with old friends
dancing, dining, drinking and reminiscing ― sharing joyful and youthful memories.
To summarize, in addition to the “main event” on Saturday night
described above, we have
arranged for space to be reserved for us, first on Friday night to help us get reacquainted at a pre-reunion
cocktail party in a comfortable lounge, and then
for a post-reunion
breakfast in a fine Long Island
diner* on Sunday morning.
of what we have planned.
WE'LL PARTY LIKE ITS
(This is the only photo we
have from our 1970 reunion.)
And you are invited!
All are welcome to
these extra events if
you will be in the area
whether you plan
to attend our main event or not!
Except as noted below,* no advance registration or
payment is required to attend these
pre- and post-reunion events (you will
each pay for whatever you order).
Long Island diners are typically crowded on Sunday mornings, if
you plan to attend, we will ask you to indicate it, along with
whether you will bring a guest, on a sign-in sheet
to be distributed Saturday night, or if you won’t be at our main event,
email me on Saturday.
will be arranging for a new limited
group room block at
at a guaranteed discounted rate. And for those who prefer less
expensive (but nevertheless reasonably high rated) accommodations, we
will attempt to arrange for another limited
room block at a
substantially lower guaranteed discounted rate at the
215 Sunnyside Blvd., Plainview, NY 11803,
which is less than 3 miles away, near exit 46 on I-495 (the
So watch for future announcements. Both room blocks
will be limited and
will likely expire on August 6th, 2020,
if not used up by then.
After that, there is no telling what rooms will be available or
at what price or what quality.
have also identified a third, less expensive, budget-priced alternative that has good
customer reviews and that may have rooms available if you book
early enough. It is the Whitman Motor Lodge, 295
E. Jericho Turnpike (just east of Rte 110), Huntington Station,
NY 11746. (We will not have a room block set aside at this
since hotel room reservations already made for the
for June, or reservations
made between March 13th
and June 30th
for September, cancellable up to 24 hours in
advance, time is of the
room blocks will likely be used up quickly once announced. Accordingly, we
that you make your reservation
as early as you can once you receive information about
our reserved room blocks or no later than June 30th —
even if you are not sure if
you will be attending our reunion.
But in the event lower rates
become available due to the volatile effect of the pandemic on
hotel occupancy, we recommend you check back periodically after
you make your reservation as we approach the reunion date.
Similar policies are likely in effect for the other hotels.
To reserve a room at the Marriott:
the hotel directly at 631/423-1600 (best
call the Marriott central reservations no.), and refer to
event on 9/12/20.
a room at the Holiday Inn: Visit
and enter the code, OCN, in the “Group
Code” section of the booking screen, or call either
central reservations at 855/862-4911,
and refer to the Oceanside HS Class of 1960
a room at the Whitman Motor Lodge (at the
then going rate):
Call the hotel at 631/271-2800.
Unfortunately, the reactions of airlines to the
COVID-19 threat with respect to refunds and waivers of penalties
for flight changes/cancellations have been inconsistent and
changing daily. Some airlines, such as American and Delta,
were originally offering relief only for tickets
purchased on or before early March for travel thru April 30th.
JetBlue's policies have been more flexible and generous:
change/cancel fees for ravel
through May 31st and
for all new bookings made
for travel through January 4,th
will be waived. The latest
flight change/cancellation policy information for most airlines can be found
if you have not yet bought a ticket, it is best to check
directly with the airline.
Although the volume of air travel has
been reduced, so have the number of available flights;
therefore, we would recommend you book your flight as soon as
possible once you can determine that you are adequately protected
against losses for virus-related cancellations or changes.
If you don't receive an invitation by mail from
Reunions Unlimited, Inc.
requesting payment by late April, or if you have any reunion
questions, send an
email to me or to
Reunions Unlimited, Inc.
questions or messages on Classmates.com as your question may not
for future announcements of reunion details from
Reunions Unlimited, Inc.,
or from us, in your "snailmail,"
in your e-mail inbox, on Facebook or in this