We arer sorrry to report that Billy O'Mally (class of 1968) passed away on August 10th. As more information becomes available, we will post to the site. Services will be held at St Agnes Catholic Church, Key Biscayne, August 17th at noon
We are sorry to report that Rocky Lindsey class of 1960 passed away last week. As more information becomes available, we will post to the site
We are sorry to report that Ed Flynn (class of 1968) passed away after a fight with cancer.
Edward “Eddie” Flynn, age 68, passed away after a brave struggle with cancer surrounded by his family on Saturday, December 2, 2017. Eddie was born on Park Avenue in Coconut Grove, Florida to Captain Charles Flynn, Miami Fire Department and Helen Stewart Flynn on September 24, 1949. Eddie truly lived life to the fullest through simple pleasures by enjoying a childhood of fishing, diving and playing sports. Eddie was a star football player at Coral Gables Sr. High with his favorite coach and mentor, Coach Kotys. He continued to enjoy sports and especially Nascar Racing. You could find Dana, the love of his life & Ed enjoying their season tickets to all the Homestead Races supporting Dale Earnhart Sr. #3, his favorite driver. After attending Miami Dade College, Eddie founded Edward Flynn Contracting and Property Management. Eddie is survived by Dana Ketcham, his oldest sister Mary Catherine Hankamer and her husband Edmond, his nieces Deborah Gilkey (Randy), Dr. Kimberly Hankamer-Sauer, (Robert) Angela Flynn and nephew Billy Boyd. Eddie was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Charles Jr., and sister, Frances. Eddie touched many lives and will be remembered as a loving boyfriend, brother, and friend
I am sorry to report Richard Allen (class of 1962) passed away. Our prayers go out to his family.
Richard was born on June 10, 1943 and passed away on Monday, June 5, 2017. Richard was a resident of Lake Placid, Florida at the time of passing. Richard served his country with honors in the US Air Force. A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial to celebrate Richard's life will be held 11:00 AM, Saturday, June 10, 2017 at the St. James Catholic Church 3880 Placid View Drive, Lake Placid with Father Anthonio Jean officiating.
I am sorry to report that George Abraham, (class of 1961) passed away. Our prayers go out to his wife Susanna and his family.
ABRAHAM, GEORGE, the eldest son of Anthony and Genevieve Abraham passed away peacefully in his sleep on May 31st at his Miami home. George is survived by his loving wife, Susan Abraham, his two sons, Justin and Carlton Abraham, a niece, Chloe Heins, whom he and Susan raised together, his stepson Patrick Gibson and three grandsons Dan, Jack and Aaron Gibson - they adored their Poppo! He leaves his siblings Tom Abraham, Marion Abraham Jones, Judi Abraham Baker and Norma Jean Abraham, as well as many nieces and nephews. George loved his family and took great pride in them. George will be dearly missed. The family will hold a visitation on Tuesday, June 6, 2017, 5:00PM-8:00PM at VAN ORSDEL CORAL GABLES, 305.446.4412. Followed by a MASS OF THE RESURRECTION held on Wednesday, June 7 2017 at 11:00 am at Our Lady of Lebanon Church 2055 Coral Way, Coral Gables, FL 33145
We have been informed that Steve Bass class of 1968 has passed away. Our prayers are with him and his family
BASS, Steven C. Steven C. Bass, 67, passed away peacefully at his home in Royal Palm Beach on April 24, 2017. Mr. Bass had been suffering from a rare neurodegenerative disease. Raised on Key Biscayne, Florida, Mr. Bass moved to West Palm Beach where he raised a family and owned a small electrical contracting business. Mr. Bass is survived by his fianc?e, Susan R. Young, and his sons, Anthony Leland Bass of West Palm Beach and Christopher David Bass of Lake Worth. Steve was the oldest of five children born to Bobbe Jean (Strickland) and Calvin Leland Bass. Besides his sons he is survived by his nephew and several nieces; also his beloved granddaughter, Deby Jackson. A memorial service is planned at Union Congregation Church, 5088 Summit Blvd, West Palm Beach on Sunday, May 7, 2017 at 12:00 Noon. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Union Congregational Church at the above address.
Vincent was in the class of 1969 passed away upon his return from these injures
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the SILVER STAR Medal to PRIVATE FIRST CLASS VINCENT N. CHIOFOLO UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS
for service as set forth in the following CITATION: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with, Company K, Third Battalion, Twenty-Seventh Marines, First Marine Division in connection with operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam. On 17 May 1968, during Operation Allen Brook, Company K launched an attack on a well entrenched North Vietnamese Army force near Le Bac in Quang Nam Province and immediately came under intense small arms and automatic weapons fire. Realizing the seriousness of the situation, Private First Class CHIOFOLO immediately commenced delivering a heavy volume of rifle fire into the fortified emplacements, which enabled a machine gun team to move forward and engage the enemy. In the ensuing fire fight, the team became pinned down, and when the M-60 machine gun malfunctioned, Private First Class CHIOFOLO fearlessly maneuvered across the fire-swept terrain in an attempt to draw the fire and attention of the enemy away from his comrades. Delivering accurate fire into the hostile emplacements, he succeeded in diverting the enemy fire, enabling the Marines to maneuver to positions of relative safety. Alertly observing three North Vietnamese soldiers launching a determined assault upon his comrades, he boldly exposed himself to the intense hostile fire and aggressively engaged the enemy soldiers, killing two of them. Although seriously wounded by a hostile sniper, he ignored his painful injury and steadfastly remained in his hazardous position, until forcibly restrained and moved to a covered position by fellow Marines_ His resolute determination and heroic actions inspired all who observed him and contributed significantly to the accomplishment of his unit's mission_ By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and unfaltering devotion to duty in the face of great personal danger, Private First Class CHIOFOLO upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and of the United States Navel Service.
ANGEL “BOB” PEREZ ELECTED CHAIRMAN OF LIONS EYE BANK OF DELAWARE VALLEY’S BOARD OF TRUSTEES
(Philadelphia, PA)- Angel “Bob” Perez of Maplewood, NJ was elected Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Lions Eye Bank of Delaware Valley (LEBDV) during its Annual Business Meeting held June 18, 2016 at Galloping Hill Golf Course in Kenilworth, NJ. He will begin his term as Chairman July 1, 2016.
With its laboratory and administrative office located in the historic northern Liberties section of Philadelphia, the Eye Bank travels to approximately 100 hospitals and healthcare facilities throughout its region to obtain, medically evaluate and distribute corneas to ophthalmologists specializing in corneal transplant surgery. These outstanding surgeons then transplant donated corneal tissue in patients who are facing blindness or pain due to eye injury or disease. Primarily supporting families in Delaware, southeastern Pennsylvania and southern New Jersey, Lions Eye Bank of Delaware Valley has coordinated over 40,000 corneal transplants.
Inspired by his wife’s journey through corneal transplantation, Mr. Perez joined LEBDV’s Board of Trustees in 2009. At 30 years old, Mrs. Perez was diagnosed with Fuch’s Cornea Dystrophy. She was told there was no cure and that her condition would worsen causing discomfort and eventually loss of sight. As her vision continued to deteriorate her daily activities became a struggle.
Mrs. Perez eventually lost all vision in her left eye and her right eye was also failing. “It was a very scary time for our family,” remembered Mr. Perez. Because of LEBDV, skilled surgeons at Wills Eye Hospital and a family who selflessly chose to donate their loved one’s corneas, Mrs. Perez had two successful cornea transplants that ultimately saved her sight.
“I think about how wonderful things worked out for my family. I am able to see the total outcome of this sight-restoring surgery and it goes far beyond me,” says Mr. Perez. “LEBDV facilitates in giving a second chance of sight to individuals every day. These miracles can happen at home, next door and around the world.”
Lions Eye Bank of Delaware Valley is a nonprofit organization that obtains, medically evaluates and distributes human corneas donated by caring individuals for cornea transplants, research and education. Since 1957, LEBDV has provided corneal tissue to more than 40,000 individuals in need of a sight-restoring or sight-improving transplant. For more information, visit www.lebdv.org.
March 18, 2016
It is with great sadness that we inform you of the passing of Capt. Frank Godwin (class 1966). Please see details of the celebration of his life below.
Announcement Frank Godwin Memorial Sevice is April 9th. If you would like to attend, please notify Quarter Godwin via Facebook or email him at email@example.com
June 25, 2015
Tom Bell class of 1964 past away June 22 after suffering a heart attack. Our prayers go out to Tom's family and friends. RIP Tom.
I am sad to report the passing of Bill Rebozo.....Bill was the first Rebozo of 7 to be in Counts.....he will be missed by many.
Rebozo, William Beale, 76, passed away peacefully on May 8 in Seattle, WA. Bill was a Miami native, born the first of seven children on October 5th1938. He attended Coral Gables High and later graduated as a Gator from the University of Florida. Bill always dreamed big, gambled big, and lived even bigger. He will be remembered as the man whose vision forever transformed the skyline of Biscayne Bay. Bill Rebozo was the developer of Fisher Island, "...a place where you could eat breakfast with the sunrise and dinner with the sunset and fool around in between." He always did everything the right way, the only way, and most often his way. Later in life he enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren Daisy and Ella, bestowing large quantities of advice to son Bill Rebozo Jr & daughter Dena Rebozo, and making really great rum. He is survived by brothers Fred, Mike & Steve and sister Terry Hood. Predeceased by brothers Tommy and Donny. He will be missed and always remembered. We love you Dad and will spread your ashes just like you wanted in Norris Cut between Jimbo's and the Island. A celebration of Bill's life will be held next month at brother Fred's house, details TBD.
- See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/herald/obituary.aspx?pid=174878023#sthash.zuDC5q89.dpuf
There is a Gables Reunion for class of 1960 and 1961 in April. Information can be found on our site under "Inportant Links" and then click on "Gables Class of 1961"
Bob Elms class of 1959 has been found, his contact information is in the Members Directory
Robert Roach (1961) has found us and his contact information is now in the Member Directory.
Alvaro Gamalero class of 1972 passed away about 6 months ago. He will be missed by many brothers.
Richard Hughes passed away this week from a battle with cancer. Richard was good friend with many of the brothers of Counts
during 1966-1968 era.
I am sad to report that Tony Nihill ('66) past away recently from a long time illness.
There are new pictures of the 2013 COUNTS REUNION WEEKEND on the site now.
July 7, 2013
PAGE, PAUL W., 79, died 6/29/13. 1952 Coral Gables High graduate. One of the founders of COUNTS (Delta Epsilon Delta) Retired Eastern captain. Survived by his wife, Myrna Anderson Page, three children, eight grand-children, and great grandchild. Memorial services: Stanfill Funeral Home, Miami, 7/13, 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM (with Funeral at 1:00 PM) and Sanford, FL, the following week. In lieu of flowers, Central Baptist Church Building Fund, 3101 W. SR 46, Sanford, FL 32771. More info Stanfill Funeral Home guest book
Delta Epsilon Delta
DATE: SATURDAY, OCTOBER 12, 2013
WHERE: KEY BISCAYNE BEACH CLUB
685 OCEAN DRIVE
KEY BISCAYNE, FLA 33149
TIME: 7:00 PM TIL 12:00
BEER AND WINE PROVIDED, ALSO SOFT DRINKS AND SETUPS, SO YOU CAN BRING YOUR BOTTLE IF YOU LIKE.
FOOD: CATERED BY SHORTY'S BBQ...RIBS AND CHICKEN WITH ALL THE FIXINS COOKED ON THE PREMISES
ENTERTAINMENT: LIVE BAND...MUSIC FROM THE 50'S,60'S AND 70'S
COST: $45.00 PER PERSON... FOR BOTH NIGHTS......MONEY COLLECTED AT THE DOOR AT BEACH PARTY.
FRIDAY NIGHT, OCTOBER 11, 2013
COCKTAILS AT FRED REBOZO'S HOUSE WITH DJ ....STARTING AT 5:00PM
12400 S.W. 62nd AVE
MIAMI, FLA 33156
FOR ORDERING PURPOSES--- PLEASE SEND VIA EMAIL YOUR NAME AND HOW MANY IN YOUR GROUP FOR FRIDAY NIGHT AND SATURDAY NIGHT.
MORRISWG@COMCAST.NET OR CALL 404-513-3098
February 20, 2013
I am sad to report that Jack Coleman passed away recently. Jack was President of Wheel Club and had many friends that were in Counts. As more information becomes available, I will post on the site.
June 26, 2012
I am sad to report the passing of Gonzalo Arostegui (Go-Go) class of 1972 on June 20, 2012. Gonzalo had been fighting cancer. Our prayers go out to his family. As more information is available, I will post to the website.
January 21 2012
I am sorry to report the passing of Ronnie Smith class of 1957 on Sept 10, 2011.....Ronnie was at the 2004 Counts Reunion. Our prayers go out to his family and friends
November 27, 2011
Rick Teisan class of 1960 has found us.....his contact informaiton is in the Member Directory
November 17, 2011
I am sad to report the passing of Steve Pearson class of 1970. He will be missed by many....our prayer go out to his family.
Stephen Troy Pearson
Pearson, Stephen Troy, passed away at home on Tuesday evening, November 15, 2011 after a lengthy illness. Steve leaves behind his loving wife Debra, son Troy, sister Deborah Waddell, brother-in-law David Waddell, brother-in-law Brian Brenner and father-in-law Richard Brenner. Steve was born in Miami in 1952, where he resided until 2007, when he moved with his family to Murphy, NC. Steve was a graduate of Miami Palmetto Senior High and Barry University. His career with the airlines spanned a period of 30 years, most recently as a pilot with United Airlines. He was proud of his 21 year service with the Florida Highway Patrol Auxiliary. He was active in and organized numerous fundraisers for several Florida charities including The Adam Walsh Foundation and The National Center For Missing and Exploited Children. Steve will be deeply missed by his family and friends and will live in their hearts forever. At his request, no services will be held. However, his family will be pleased to receive friends at his home after 2:00 pm on Sunday, November 27th to share memories. Any remembrances could be made to his favorite local charities: “Shop With A Cop”, c/o Murphy Police Department, 93 Peachtree Street, Murphy, NC 28906 or “Hurlburt-Johnson Friendship House”, P.O. Box 422, Murphy, NC 28906. Condolences can be sent to the family at www.mountainviewfuneralhome.com.
May 22, 2011
I am sorry to report the passing of Phil Tracy class of 1966. He was a friend to all and will be greatly missed.
May 17 2011
I am very sad to report the passing of Donny Rebozo class of 1969. Donny was a good friend to many...he will be missed.
REBOZO, DONNY CHRISTOPHER, 60, a lifelong resident of Miami, Florida, died peacefully at his home on May 14, 2011. Donny attended Coral Gables High and Southwest High Schools and owned and operated Dadeland Sprinkler Company for the past 25 years. He will be fondly remembered and sorely missed by his many friends and family. Donny is survived by his brothers, Billy, Fred , Mike and Steve and by his sister, Terry. There will be a Celebration of his Life with a Memorial Mass at 10:00 AM Wednesday, May 18 at St. Louis Catholic Church, 7270 SW 120 St., Pinecrest, FL 33156. Reception to follow the Mass at Fred's home, 12400 SW 62 Ave., Pinecrest, FL 33156. In lieu of flowers, remembrances in his name may be made to: The Boys' and Girls' Club of Miami, 2805 SW 32 Ave., Miami, FL 33145. View this Guest Book at www. MiamiHerald.com/obituaries.
January 24, 2011
Clifford Hammer class of 1956 has found us, his information is on the Members List
August 31, 2010
Brent Cooper (1959) has found us....his contact information is on the Member Directory.
April 19 2010
Short Film on Lonnie Carsons (1965) Helicopter crash....very lucky to be alive.
January 21 2010
Just got word that Dale Strothman (1955) past away August 17, 2008
October 26, 2009
We received sad news yesterday, that Charles Ritthaler ('61) has passed away from a heart attack. His son Todd said there was not going to be viewing and that Charlie want to be cremated. Our hearts go out to the family and those who knew him best.
Listed below on the "Roll Call of Honor" is Leonard Trudeau 72' who was killed in the line of duty for the Miami Police Deptment.
June 16 2009
I am sorry to report that Michael Benedetto class of 1958 passed away this morning. He was at the 2004 Counts Reunion........ Our prayers go out to his wife Lou Anne and family. Memorial Services were held at Hardage Giddens Funeral Home, June 19 with his nephew Patrick Benedetto from KC & The Sunshine Band who played Taps. He will be buried at Arlington National Cemetery.
2/25/08 Coral Gables Reunion Class of 1963
Make plans now to spend the weekend with
your high school friends at our
45 YEAR REUNION!
We'll see you at The Grand Bay Miami
2669 South Bayshore Dr., Coconut Grove Fl 33133
Friday September 26, 2008
8 PM-11 PM “Cavaliers” Reunion Kickoff Party.
Light Hors D’oeuvres. Cash Bar. Dress Casual.
Music to bring back memories from High School.
Saturday September 27, 2008
7-8 PM Cocktail Reception. Cash Bar. Picture Taking. Business Casual to Dress Up.
8 PM (promptly) Class of 1963 Group Photo
8:30 PM Fabulous Reunion Dinner Buffet
‘Til Midnight Dancing to your favorites from the 50’s forward.
Prizes, Awards Presentations and Other Surprises!
Payment: $160.00 per person includes all reunion events. Per event prices: Friday- $60.00 pp; Saturday-$105.00 pp. FULL PAYMENT of $160.00 per person or a minimum deposit of $80.00 per person will reserve your place at the reunion. We must have at least a deposit for each person attending to guarantee your reunion reservation. Please respond by May 5, 2008.
Tickets: You will receive your tickets at the reunion. If you send a deposit, you will receive a statement for your balance due approximately 4 weeks prior to the reunion. If you pay in full, your cancelled check and/or credit card statement will serve as your receipt. CANCELLATIONS AND REQUESTS FOR REFUNDS WILL BE ACCEPTED IN WRITING UNTIL August 1, 2008, CERTIFIED MAIL. ALL REFUNDS ARE SUBJECT FOR A 15% ADMINISTRATIVE PROCESSING CHARGE. REFUNDS ARE PROCESSED AFTER THE REUNION. NO EXCEPTIONS.
Price Includes: Friday hors d’oeuvres; Saturday Dinner; alumni search; reunion staffing, public service announcements; 24-hour toll free national reunion hotline; professional mc/dj both nights; printing; mailings; postage; data entry; database maintenance; alumni name badges; guest name badges & much, much more.
Rooms: Call the Grand Bay … at (305)-858-9600 for room rates and mention that you are with the Coral Gables class of 1963. Deadline for hotel reservations is August 15, 2008. Availability on a first come, first served basis.
Important Dates: To be included in the program book, we must receive your questionnaires and ads no later than August 15, 2008. Non-attendee program books will be shipped 12-14 weeks after the reunion.
Please respond by May 5, 2008 to guarantee your reunion reservation.
7040 W PALMETTO PARK RD. STE. 4 PMB 304 BOCA RATON, FL 33433
TOLL FREE 1-800-741-4723 FAX 561 -362-4993
Steve OConnor (1957) has been found.....his contact information can be found under Member Directory.
I am sad to report that Jerry Koutas passed away December 13 2006 from cancer. He will be missed by many, all of us in COUNTS.
April 20 2008
Counts Paddle found hanging in Allen's Drug Store at Red Road and Bird Road (see Memorabilia section)
August 15 2006
Mike Wonder 1966 has been found......all his contact information is in the Members Directory.
1/07/06 C.G.H.S. class of '54 Mini Reunion Notice
Hi Fellow Gableites!
Although multiple babysitting duties kept Jean and I from attending the recent mini reunion in Helen, Georgia, I understand that thanks to Barbara Borman Hipp, all who were there had a wonderful time.
Well, guess what? For missing this grand affair, I've been rewarded with the pleasure of hosting the next gathering, in 2006. You snooze you lose!
Because the last get together was a mountain adventure, we've decided that next years event will be at the beach. Several actually. Namely Historic St. Mary's, Georgia; Cumberland, the Georgia coastal barrier island; and Jekyll Island, former playground of America's rich and famous. If any of you are Vanderbilt descendants, you'll be coming home. For the rest of us..
Worry not though; our trip will be easily affordable, as well as lots of fun.
Briefly, we plan to first meet in St. Mary's, Georgia, easily accessible from 1-95 at exit One in Georgia, our sojourn for the next two nites. We'll be staying at the Cumberlancl Island Inn and Suites, which offers very reasonable rates, (I'm still negotiating) and continental breakfast is included. Our first evening will be at leisure, giving us time to rest up from the drive, but we'll meet for dinner at Borrèll Creek Landing Restaurant. The food and service is good, the prices reasonable and it's located directly across from the Cumberland Inn. We'll also have a private dining room overlooking the water.
Next morning we'll meet at either 9:30 or 11.30 for an excursion, to nearby Cumberland Island. The National Park Service concessionaire runs a ferry to the island at these times, returning at 2:45pm or 4:45pm. The senior fee, a reasonable $12.00 per person, includes a ranger-guided tour of the wilderness areas, the wild horse preserve, and the massive remains of Dungeness, the Carnegie estate. Since there are no stores on the island we've arranged for box lunches (several selections) to bring along. The cost $6.50 per person. Prior to the tour, or after returning, you'll have time for shopping, sightseeing, visiting the Submarine Museum, or just plain loafing before we head back to Borrell Creek (or other restaurant of your choice) for dinner. After dinner it's either off to La La Land or to the hospitality room for tall tales time.
The next day, following breakfast, there are two choices:
1. Drive over to nearby Folkston, Georgia (30 mm.) for a driving, walking and/or boat tour of Okefenokee Swamp National Wildlife Refuge. The ECO guided boat tour is very interesting and we plan to visit again. This park is similar to the Marjorie Kinnen Rawlings home place, but much more extensive.
2. Skip the tour and drive up to Jekyll Island (about 45 minutes).
Whichever choice you make, we'll check in that day at the Days Inn & Suites on Beachview Drive, Jekyll Island for our two-day (or longer if you choose) stay. All rooms
are beachfront, whether upstairs or ground floor, all are non-smoking, and several suites are also available if anyone is interested. The room rates are $79.00, suites $135.00, and both include enhanced continental breakfast. We enjoyed our stay here, as we're sure you will.
Jekyll Island offers pristine beaches; casual but excellent dining; Golf (the Inn will reserve tee times at one of three 18-hole courses); tennis; biking (rentals available on site); and walking tours of the nearby National Historic Landmark District; the winter estates of the Morgan's, Astor's, Rockefellers, Vanderbilt's and Pulitzers. You may drive to the District, or bike, as Jean and I did, on our last visit.
If on the other hand you'd rather just sit and watch the waves, outside of each room is a small patio suitable for gatherings, and we'll also have a hospitality room.
We anticipate the trip beginning during the first week of October 2006, when the weather promises to be ideal. We'll lock in the exact dates when I know how many will join us. So for now we'd just like to hear from you if you plan to attend. Then we'll get back to you with final details. Since 1 can only reserve a maximum of 40 rooms, please reply ASAP. Don't be disappointed by putting it off. Remember, if you snooze you lose!
Please reply to: firstname.lastname@example.org , or by mail to 22739 Placid Dr., Foley, AL, 36535 or call (251) 968-8056 if you plan to attend.
Hope to hear from you!
Rick & Jean
Note from Ed & Pat
Hi, Hope all of you survived the hurricane season without much damage. Our thoughts and prayers have been with all of you that had to go without water and electricity. Hopefully, everyone is now on the road to recovery. So we feel it is time to think of something FUN! Rick & Jean Smith have agreed to plan a mini reunion for next year. Hope you are able to join us.
We want to thank all of'you that sent checks to help with the directory expense overage.
You are very thoughtful and always there for us. THANKS! And, please do not forget if
you move, change phone numbers or c-mails, please let us know.
Ed & Pat Harrison email@example.com
17976 SE 85 Causton CT.
The Villages, FL 32162
Sit back enjoy....turn up your volume on your computer and go back to the '50's ( click below ) Sent to us by Herb Stebbins
Mark Redwine ('70) is putting on a mini-reunion in the NC mountains
May 2006....see below for information
On the Blue Ridge Parkway
Where: Stations Inn
14317 N.C. Hwy 18 South
LAUREL SPRINGS, NC-28644
May 12th - 14th, 2006
If Interested in Attending Contact:
Must receive response by:
February 15th, 2006
New picture of Bob Barth (1955) in "Pictures of Brothers Today" 50's
Below is an article explaining what Bob was involved in:
Activ8Kids! Five Day, 360-Mile Tour Across Upstate New York Closes with Celebration at Empire State Plaza
Campaign to Promote Healthy Lifestyles Among Children Highlighted as Part of State Tour
Albany, NY, September 30, 2005 - The New York State Department of Health's Activ8Kids! campaign ended its five-day, 360-mile Promotional Bike Ride and School Recognition Tour across Upstate New York in Albany today at the Empire State Plaza.
New York's Activ8Kids! campaign, developed by Governor George E. Pataki and the State Department of Health, promotes the consumption of at least five (5) fruits and vegetables; participation in at least one hour (1) of physical activity; and no more than two (2) hours of screen-time by children each day.
Today's Plaza event, which was highlighted by WNYT News Channel 13 co-anchor and Health Reporter Benita Zahn as the Master of Ceremonies, included participation by Activ8Kids! ambassadors who completed the bike ride tour and promoted healthy lifestyles among children along the way, children from the Children's Place at the Plaza day care center in Albany and the Farmer's Market. The event also included the presentation of 'Certificates of Achievement' to the 19 Activ8Kids! ambassadors.
The following New York State agencies coordinated with the State Health Department to complete this promotional tour: the Department of Agriculture and Markets; the Office of Tourism; the Department of Education; the Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation; the Department of Transportation; and the Canal Corporation.
"The new Activ8Kids! campaign brings New York to the forefront as one of the first states in the nation to show how changes in food and exercise can be incorporated into daily life and make a tremendous difference in children's lives," State Health Commissioner Antonia C. Novello, M.D., M.P.H., Dr.P.H. said, "Not only is this campaign assisting in reducing the epidemic of obesity and overweight, it is helping in the fight to reduce and prevent chronic illnesses such as diabetes, cancer, heart disease and arthritis."
"I want to thank all of the State agencies that helped make this promotional tour happen and News 13's Benita Zahn for her participation in the Activ8Kids! Empire State Plaza Event today. Nothing is more precious than the health and safety of our children," Dr. Novello said.
From an educational and historical perspective, New York's Erie Canal system was also highlighted during the Activ8Kids! Promotional Bike Ride and School Recognition Tour. The majority of the bike ride followed New York's Erie Canal trail, with events that took place at elementary schools in Buffalo, Victor, Auburn, Canastota, and Niskayuna, with the final event culminating in Albany.
The following schools were part of the tour to promote the State's Activ8Kids! campaign and the New York's historic Erie Canal:
- September 26: Bennett Park Montessori Elementary School, Buffalo, NY
- September 27: Victor Primary and Intermediate Schools, Victor, NY
- September 28: Herman Avenue Elementary School, Auburn, NY
- September 29: Robert Street Middle School and SouthSide Elementary School, Canastota, NY - DAY'S EVENTS CANCELLED
- September 30: Rosendale Elementary School, Niskayuna, NY
- September 30: The Empire State Plaza, Albany, NY
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, it is estimated that obesity among children and teens nationwide has tripled over the past 25 years, increasing to more than 16 percent in 2004. It is estimated that medical treatment and services for obesity-related illness nationwide costs approximately $117 billion annually. In New York alone, it is estimated that as many as one in five school-aged children are obese.
Existing childhood obesity prevention initiatives that have been consolidated under Activ8Kids! include:
- Steps to a HealthierNY;
- Just Say Yes to Fruits and Vegetables;
- Hunger Prevention and Nutrition Assistance;
- Minority Health Mini-grants;
- Eat Well, Play Hard;
- Healthy Heart;
- Team Nutrition Training grants; and
- Obesity Prevention through Physical Activity and Nutrition.
For more information on the Activ8Kids! program and obesity prevention initiatives please visit the Department's web site at www.nyhealth.gov. The Department is also encouraging schools statewide to join the State in promoting the Activ8Kids! messages by creating opportunities for students to engage in additional physical fitness activities. Schools that complete the Activ8Kids! participation form will receive a certificate of recognition from the Department and will be recognized as leaders in the promotion on the Department's web site.
New picture of Jeff Price ('61) under "Pictures of Brother Today"
Tom Bailey died yesterday...though he was not in Counts, he was a very close friend to many of us. He and his sister Betty Pat attended the Counts Reunion last year. There is more information in the Counts Messaged Board. Tom will be truly missed by many us.
Below are two links about Tom
Article in the Miami Herald:
FORMER FSU RB DIES
Tom Bailey, the 11th-leading rusher in FSU history, died Friday night at his Jacksonville Beach home. He was 56.
The one-time Coral Gables star led the Seminoles in rushing for three straight seasons from 1968-70, topped by a 131-yard effort against Mississippi State in 1969.
Bailey's rushed for 1,714 yards at FSU and later went on to play four years with the Philadelphia Eagles.
The cause of death was not immediately determined.
Bailey is survived by his wife, Susan, children Erin and Thomas, his mother and three sisters.
|George Thomas Bailey IV
|BAILEY George Thomas Bailey IV, 56, born February 7, 1949 in Gainesville, Fl, passed away suddenly on September 2, 2005 at his residence in Jacksonville Beach, FL. Tom was a 1967 graduate of Coral Gables Senior High School and a 1971 business graduate of Florida State University, where he was a three-year starter on the Seminole football team, and was a member of Sigma Chi. He played professional football for the Philadelphia Eagles from 1971-75, and is an alumni member of the NFL Players Association. He received his MBA from the University of South Florida, and enjoyed a long career in the consumer products and health care industries. He was the Principal of the BBC Group of Jacksonville, FL and a member of the Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce. He will be dearly missed by his family and the many friends that were fortunate enough to have encountered him throughout his life and knew his generosity, wit, and loyalty to friends and family. He is survived by his wife of 34 years, SusanO'Shea Bailey, children George Thomas Bailey V and Erin Bailey; his mother, Mabel Bailey of Murfreesboro TN, sisters, Joyce Johnson and Barbara Cotton of Murfreesboro, and Elizabeth P. Bailey of Miami Beach, FL, as well as nephews Chris Cotton, Heath and Evan O'Shea, nieces Kimberly Cotton and Heather Johnson, several cousins, and many lifelong friends. The family will receive friends Tuesday, September 6, 2005 from 6-8 P.M. at HARDAGE-GIDDENS FUNERAL HOME, 1701 Beach Blvd., Jacksonville Beach with a funeral service Wednesday, September 7, 2005 at 11:00 A.M. in the Chapel of the funeral home. Serving as pallbearers will be Chris S. O'Shea, Kevin O'Shea, G. Thomas Bailey V, Heath O'Shea, Evan O'Shea, and Michael Schwartz. Honorary pallbearers will be Barry Smith, Jerry Wise, and Christopher J. O'Shea. Interment will follow at Ponte Vedra Valley Cemetery, 4750 Palm Valley Road, Ponte Vedra Beach.|
New pictures under Brothers today....a visit by Mark Redwine to Coach Joe Atwood - Stags '54 and pictures of the Gables '64 and '65 Reunion.
I am sadden to inform everyone that Nick Kotys died this morning July 28 2005.....
Considered a coaching legend in Florida, Nick Kotys died on July 28, 2005. He was 92 years old. Preceded in death by his beloved wife Frances "Jeri" Kotys. He is survived by his son Bill Kotys of Columbus, OH and Judith Kotys Summers of St. Michaels MD. Grand daughters, Nancy Kotys Lincoln (David Lincoln), Andrea Kotys Miller (Adam Miller) Nicole F. Kotys, Heather Summers Karwisch (Mark Karwisch) great grandsons Blake Miller, Mitchell &Alexander, Karwisch & great granddaughter Chloe Karwisch .
Born in Monessen, PA April 3, 1913. A 1936 graduate of Villanova University, Nick began coaching in Shickshinny. Bloomsburg, and Pottsville, Pennsylvania where he complied thirteen-year record of 98 wins, 24 losses, and 7 ties. Became Backfield Coach and Offensive Coordinator at Yale University in 1949, during which time he coached in 5 College All-Star Games. Became football coach at Coral Gables High School Florida in 1952. During the next 20 years Coral Gables won 160, lost 33 and tied 9 and were named State Champions 6 years and National Champions 4 years. Named National High School Athletic Coaches association football "Coach of The Year" in 1967. Selected Florida Athletic Coaches Association Football "Coach of the Year" four times. Elected to the National High School Football Coaches Hall of Fame, the Villanova College Hall of Fame, and into the Florida Sportswriters and Sportscasters Hall of Fame. His legend lives on through the annual Nick Kotys award given to the best football player in Dade County Florida. He will long be remembered for his inspirational halftime speeches, his dedication to perfection on the football field and in the classroom. He is beloved by his players and assistant coaches who knew him to be dedicated to excellence in every facet of his life. He was emulated by his players who learned the lessons of life through his teachings on the field and in the classroom. He will be missed most of all, by his children and grandchildren who loved him beyond measure.
I am getting notes almost eveyday about stories, articles, thoughts etc about our Deceased Brothers, I am adding them under the "Deceased Brothers" . If their name is underlined then click on their name and the writings will pop-up.
- I am sad to report that Lew Mertz (1955) pass away last week.....more information under Deceased Brothers....click on his name....also look at the Message Board.
- We have added a new Counts Crest on the Home Page
- When opening the Home Page you will now hear the Counts honk...make sure your computer speakers are on
- Lonnie Carson has been found.....go to "Members Dictorary" for more information
- Go to Polling Booth on Home Page for information on the Counts Rings and Pins, the section also has a test to determine if you have been drinking...check it out.
New picture of Lonnie Carson ('66) with President George W Bush and President George Bush under Brothers Today.
Going forward, I will be posting new information as it comes in......i.e. new found brothers and sisters, new posting of photos and anything else that comes across my desk. Keep checking "What is new"