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2010-09-22 / Columnists

Amityville & More

Our Piece of the World
by Ellen Holliday

Terence, Terry or “Big Boozer,” is a familiar sight in North Amityville. He is a businessman, married to Robin and retired from General Motors after 25 years, but he caters to our youth and elders just as if they were his own. Here he is shown at Curtis Court’s funeral at Hollywood Cathedral in Amityville. (We mourned the passing Mr. Court and several others, this summer.)

The interesting thing about our beloved Boozer is that he remembers the members of our community every year! At Belmont Lake State Park, the N.A. O.S.A (North Amityville Old School Association) reunion get-together attracted more than 600 well-wishers, for eight consecutive years. Many come home to Amityville for the event, and to greet and meet the founders, survivors and visitors of this great community. The names of those who have died are announced in their memories.

Terence came to Amityville from Harlem in 1968, just in time for high school. He graduated in 1971, after playing baseball and basketball for our home team. He had such a great love for these sports that he and his partner “James the Barber” organized an adult team of softball players in 1973, which stayed afloat until 1998. The team was named after the corner barber shop, the C.B.S. team. Theyplayed all over Long Island and made many friends.

Shown in photo at N.A.O.S.A. event, left to right, Tonny Longhorn, San Antonio, Texas, Ellen Holliday, Maurice Porter, local businessman; Bobby Meyers, Nassau County resident; Galvin Bisserup, Nassau County resident; Ms. Sheri Green, Suffolk, business supplier of African American promotion materials and clothing. Photo by Joe Turner Shown in photo at N.A.O.S.A. event, left to right, Tonny Longhorn, San Antonio, Texas, Ellen Holliday, Maurice Porter, local businessman; Bobby Meyers, Nassau County resident; Galvin Bisserup, Nassau County resident; Ms. Sheri Green, Suffolk, business supplier of African American promotion materials and clothing. Photo by Joe Turner It is through the management of this team that the men really turned their popularity into community service. Back in the day, this team held family days, baseball games at the North East School, dances and many events for people of all ages. He told me; “North Amityville has always been home to me and my family.” This the reason he carries such a love and deep compassion for the

Derwitt Robinson, Lenny Canton, CPA, and Mrs. McKechan, Amityville school teacher. Photo by Joe Turner Derwitt Robinson, Lenny Canton, CPA, and Mrs. McKechan, Amityville school teacher. Photo by Joe Turner community.”

In 2002, Boozer and a few other dedicated men formed

N.A.O.S.A. After three years, they asked a few women to join; I believe that is when I received an award from them. Each year, they choose folks to honor for community service.

By 2010, they had gathered about 16 members and quite a following. Former residents of our community came to the event this year from Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, California, Charlotte, N.C., Detroit, New Haven, Conn., Philadelphia, Providence, Rhode Island, San Antonio, Texas, Virgina Beach and Washington state. A date for next year’s event has not been determined.

For information about this organization, contact Mr. Terence Edwards, 631-842-1638. Our hope is to enhance and strengthen our lives, our community and our friendships. A special thanks to all who continue to support that effort.

Dates to Remember:

•A senior luncheon is planned for Mon., October 11, 2010, at the North Amityville Senior Center.

•A Thanksgiving dinner is planned for those that may not have a family or dinner planned that day, at The Hunter-Squire- Jackson, American Legion on Dixon Avenue.

• A Holiday dance will be held Dec. 18, also at the Hunter-Squire Jackson American Legion Post.

May God Bless our Friendly Village and my we all learn to pass it on!

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