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‘Smash’ hits the Rock!
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Heidi Gutman
East Rockaway students paint the set.
East Rockaway High School
443 Ocean Ave.
Ocean Ave.
East Rockaway, NY 11518

“Rebuilding Together is honored to be working with Lowe’s and NBC’s ‘Smash: Make a Musical’ to help deliver critical repairs at East Rockaway High School, including replacing the staging and flooring in the auditorium,” said John L. Fiegel, interim president and CEO of Rebuilding Together. “Separately, as part of the Hurricane Sandy recovery efforts, [we are] working toward a longer-term rebuild goal of more than 100 homes in the affected regions. Our affiliates in the New York, New Jersey and other areas are identifying and assessing neighborhoods and homeowners and community centers, which may need our assistance.”

“I’m grateful that we were able to find somebody to make this happen for the students,” Melucci said. “I felt my students really needed something to bring them to life after all they went through — and they will take this experience with them for a lifetime.”


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In the year 2000, the East Rockaway High School (ERHS) alumni accepted donations for replacing the seats in the ERHS auditorium. In thanks for the donation, a brass plaque was attached to the right armrest of a seat donated for with an inscription originating from the alumni donation. A charge for the plaque and inscription was the donated amount.

At my last reunion I found my inscription on the armrest of a seat I donated for. This was a truly "thank you for your donation" and served as a remembrance to previous alumni for all to see at events and school assemblies.

Will these plaques be removed from the old seats and placed on the new seats? They should be as they do have a historical value and record to be remembered.

A second plaque should be added to the seat stating the origin of the first plaque. Donations could be solicited for this additional plaque.

Please submit this comment as a suggestion when costing the new auditorium. The ERHS alumni association would be more than happy to supply the names of the doners and inscriptions to preserve the previous history.

Thank you and with best regards,

Charles J. Hermes

Class of '55 ERHS

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