Sunday, September 16, 2007

Bulletin Board

Hi All,

Welcome to the Midwood Street Reunion bulletin board. Just like a real bulletin board this a place where anyone can post or respond to a message. In order to participate you will need to create a username. I would suggest you use your real name since that will make it easy for everyone to quickly identify who is posting. To register you just click on the Register link in the upper right hand corner. Fill in your name, select a password, type in the letters in the box then scroll down to the bottom and select submit. You can ignore all the technical stuff in the middle. I have created a few topics to get us started but please feel free to let me know if you have any new ideas. As always if there are any questions just send me a note.


Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Party Pics

Hi All,

Between work and Jury Duty I haven't had much free time this week. However I did get an unedited batch of pictures up on the website and Allan Bass has also uploaded a bunch of photos as well. Just click on the link to the right that says "Party Pics".

More to follow...


Friday, August 31, 2007

Any Day Now

Hi All,

We have a few more last minute attendees:

Roslyn Siegel
Zach Rutkin
Wayne Taub

Here are the details one last time:

The party runs from 6PM to 11PM on Saturday September 8th.
The location is at the Victorian Manor in Edison NJ. Click on the link below and you will be able to get travel tips from all directions.

For those of you spending the night the hotel is the Holiday Inn in Edison NJ. It even includes a free continental breakfast on Sunday morning. Directions are available from their website at:

If anyone has any questions or concerns please feel free to email me or call me at 973-362-1141.

Friday, August 24, 2007

What's For Dinner?

Open Bar: 6-11 PM (duration of reunion party)

Cocktail Hour: 6-7 PM, includes cheese and crackers, buffalo wings, and butler-style pass-arounds (assorted puff pastries, beef kabobs, chicken kabobs, franks wrapped in pastry, stuffed mushrooms, and other homemade Hors d’oeuvres)

Buffet: 7-9 PM (approx.), includes four bean salad, cucumber salad, pasta salad, caeser salad, fresh fruit salad, with the following main courses: Chicken Francaise, Eggplant Parmigiana, Penne Pasta w/Vodka, Seafood Newburgh, Beef Tenderloin w/Mushroom Sauce, and Broiled Filetof Sole Plus Red Bliss Potatoes, White Rice and Oriental Stir Fry

Dessert: 9:30 PM (approx.), make your own sundae (both sugared and sugar-free ice cream available)

Thursday, August 23, 2007

Never Before Seen Video Footage...

Hi Everyone,

This is Steve Lewis. I was looking through all the Midwood Street pictures on the reunion website and it made me think about the great times growing up with all of you. To do it justice, I put together a little video about growing up at the Co-op. So, we'll see you all at the reunion in a few weeks. My beautiful wife Stacey, myself and my mother will be flying in from Henderson, NV. Can't wait to see you all.

Just click on the link below to view the video

Steven Levy will also be putting the link on the Midwood St. Reunion website.


-Steve Lewis

Monday, August 20, 2007

A few more names

Hi All,

I can't believe we have less than 20 days to go!

Several people have asked me about the dress code. I'm a casual kind of guy so I'll be in jeans and a polo shirt but please feel free to wear whatever makes you comfortable.

Here are several more names of friends who will be joining us.

Marsha Lewis
Sylvia Grant
Robert Adler
Kim Taub
Micheal Einhorn
Alan Guss

Monday, August 13, 2007

Hotel Rooms Still Available

Hi All,

Larry checked with the hotel and there are still rooms available at the discounted rate. Please remember that when calling the hotel for a reservation you should tell them you are coming for the "Harry Silver Co-op Reunion" and this will insure that you get the correct discounted rate ($79/night).

See you soon,


Hotel Info
Holiday Inn at Edison NJ
3050 Woodbridge Avenue
Edison, NJ 08837
Hotel Front Desk: 1-732-661-1000 Hotel Fax: 1-732-738-6218

Monday, August 06, 2007

One Month To Go...

Hi All,

One more month to go before the big event. It's still not to late for any of you lookieloos who want to join the party. All the info is down below.

As far as new attendees I'm happy to add the following names:

Robin Greene
Margery Greene
Steven Lewis
Madelyn Lewis -- maybe :)
Jeffrey Sugarman

Date: Saturday September 8th 6-11PM
Location: Edison, NJ
Cost: $65/per person
Please send payment to:
Steven Levy
32 Sleepy Hollow Rd
Andover, NJ 07821

Dubrow's Cafeteria

Hi All,

I just received an email from Marcia Brickman Halperin who is working on a documentary about Dubrow's. If you have any old photo's or stories please send her a note at:

Here is a copy of her request:

While researching the Dubrow's Cafeteria that was located on Eastern Parkway and Utica Avenue I happened upon your blog and upcoming reunion.
I am looking for old photographs and stories associated with that cafeteria and the neighborhood. I am currently working on a documentary film about NYC cafeterias with a focus on the Dubrow's chain in particular.
Perhaps you can post about this on your blog and mention this at your reunion.
Marcia Bricker Halperin

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Update July 24

Hi All,

Just a quick update to the attendee list. Via snail mail and email word has it that the following people will be joining us:
Abe Mittleman
Richie Okner
Judy Goldman Barnett
Lillian Hymowitz
Jeffrey Brown
Celia Bauman Violante
Irene Rutkin Pearlman

For all you fence-sitters there's still time to join in.


Monday, July 16, 2007

Update July 16th

Hi All,

A number of people have asked me if people were bringing spouses and I just wanted to let everyone know that so far about half of the attendees are bringing spouses.

Also since the last email I have heard from several more people:

Linda (Kaye) and Robert (Toby) Tobias
Ceil and Herb Wollman
Marsha Reigrod & Neil Reigrod

See you in September,


Friday, July 06, 2007

See you in September!

Hi All,

I just wanted to update everyone on where things stand. The reunion is a go!!

Even though we haven't reached 100 yet, Larry was able to work a deal with the caterers and we are all set. As of today there are 81 paid up and several more emails indicating the check is in the mail.

Everyone is still welcome to join us and I encourage all the attendees to make some calls to get friends and family who haven't signed up yet to do so.

I can't wait to see everyone in September.


Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Procrastinator's Alert

Hi All,

I'm sending this note to remind all the procrastinators out there that the end of the month is approaching. So please drag out those checkbooks and send in your payments. I also wanted to remind everyone that parents are welcome and encouraged to join in as well. For all of you that have sent checks thank you for all your notes of encouragement, I can't wait to see everyone in person.

$65/per person
Steve Levy
32 Sleepy Hollow Rd
Andover, NJ 07821

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Friendly Reminder

Hi All,
It's me again, after an initial flurry the letters are still trickling in. But in order for us to go to contract we need to wrap this up by the end of the month so do not put it off until tomorrow, send in your payments today.
$65/per person to:
Steven Levy
32 Sleepy Hollow Rd
Andover, NJ 07821

To reserve a room please contact the hotel directly and tell them you are coming for the Harry Silver Co-op Reunion:

Holiday Inn at Edison NJ
3050 Woodbridge Avenue Edison, NJ 08837
Hotel Front Desk: 1-732-6611000 Hotel Fax: 1-732-7386218

Wednesday, June 06, 2007

Hotel Info

Hi All,
I wanted to mention that when calling the hotel for a reservation you should tell them you are coming for the "Harry Silver Co-op Reunion" and this will insure that you get the correct rate.
Also keep in mind that in order to go to contract I need your payment by the end of this month.
See you soon,
Hotel Info
Holiday Inn at Edison NJ
3050 Woodbridge Avenue
Edison, NJ 08837
Hotel Front Desk: 1-732-6611000 Hotel Fax: 1-732-7386218

Friday, June 01, 2007

Reunion Details Take 2

Hi All,
My previous email caused some confusion so I wanted to follow-up with some clarification.
Date:Saturday September 8th
Time: 6PM -11PM
Location: New Jersey at the
Cost $65/per person please make out the checks to:
Steven Levy
32 Sleepy Hollow Rd
Andover, NJ 07821
Also it seems like many of you receive some sort of attachment with my emails. I have not sent any attachments with any of my emails including this one. As best I can tell the attachments are some sort of artifact of the email process in particular for those of you using Macs. I also post the content of my emails directly on the website and you can always check the website to confirm things and for the most current news.
As Jeff so aptly put it "Come on Guys and Gals just do it".

Thursday, May 31, 2007

Let's Make It Happen

I forgot to mention in the email that its scheduled for Saturday Sept 8th from 6PM to 11PM

Hi All,

Lisa and Larry have done a great job of finding a place for the reunion. It is not in a hotel but it is affiliated with a hotel and free shuttle service is available. We will have a full menu selection and open bar and the price is just $65 per person. Additionally we have reserved a block of hotel rooms for just $79 + tax/ night. What a deal! Now it’s up to all of you. In order to finalize the contract we need to have at least 100 people paid in full by the end of June. So please do not hesitate, pull out the checkbook and make it happen.
Make sure to remind all your brothers and sisters, friends and parents are welcome as well. This is truly a case of the more the merrier.
Hotel :
If you want to join in please send me a check ASAP for $65 per person to:
Steven Levy
32 Sleepy Hollow Rd
Andover, NJ 07821

Wednesday, May 09, 2007

Mark Your Calendars--September 8th 2007

Hi All,

No single date is going to work for everyone but based on the feedback it looks like September 8th will be the date of the reunion. Now comes the hard part which is to find a place and put down a deposit and collect the money. I will be traveling for work until the end of the month and once I return I will try to finalize the rest of this as quickly as possible.

Wednesday, May 02, 2007

Mark your calendars...

OK, we've got a bunch of names and I'm still working on digging up some more but its time to set a date and a place. In order to keep things simple I've worked out two possible dates Sept 8 or Sept 29. Based on the feedback to these two dates I will be settling on one within the next week so now is your chance to speak up.

As far as the location, it will be in the New York/New Jersey area. Lisa Hollander and Larry Zaback are currently researching several possible locations. Thanks to both of them for all their help.

Thursday, April 12, 2007

CSI -- The Co-op

Hi All,

I've posted a few photos of some of the "grown-ups", that's what I called them back in the day. I know who some of them are but not all of them. I'm sure someone out there can name them all. Feel free to submit your answers in the comments section or send me an email.

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

The List.. Take 2

Hi All,

I guess the way I posted the list was causing some confusion. The link has been updated with some new names and it no longer requires zooming.

Monday, April 02, 2007

The List So Far...

Okay the postcards seem to have been reasonably successful. I sent close to 200 heard from a bunch of people got about 40 back as bad addresses and about a 100 or so are out there somewhere. I've posted a new link to the right called The List (you can use the zoom icon to expand and scroll through the names). This is the list of valid email addresses I've collected so far, just under 100. There are lots of names on there where I have one family member but not another so I know we can easily add another couple of dozen names. So now is the time to send in the contact info for your brothers and sisters. Also if you have been reading the blog but haven't sent me an email please do so so I can add your name.

Thanks to everyone who has written with words of encouragement.

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

In Search Of....

I'm sure there are some old friends out there that you would love to track down. I'm trying to find Steven Lewis but so far no luck. Other people have mentioned Jerry Bader who lived on Brooklyn Ave and Monica Solomon. Anybody have any info on these folks? Is there anyone you are looking for?

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Who was Harry Silver?

Eddie Franklin posed the question and I don't have a good answer for him. Does anyone know more about him? Was he the Donald Trump of his day?

Eddie also threw out the following word associations that bring back the old days for him: Mario, Cliff, B46, Wetson's, White Castle, Lee-Arn Diner, Floridian, Amitybagel, Big Daddy's, Tastee Freeze, milk machine, 1965 blackout, 1966transit strike, 1969 teachers strike, skelly, ringolivio, pinochle,mahjong, Dr. Lessner.

I would add to that Cheap Charlie's, Little Venice and "the Pit". What word's bring you back to those good old days?

Monday, March 12, 2007

Photos of People?

I have created a new album for photos of people and the original album will be for places. This new set includes some Bar Mitzvah photos and I know that there are many more out there. If you have old photos just scan them in and email them to me I will be glad to post them.

Thursday, March 08, 2007

New Photos

It seems like a lot of us when we get the chance take a ride by the old neighborhood. I've posted some new photos which Bonnie Bergstein (Ratner) sent along. If anyone else has some photos they would like to share just send them along.

Monday, March 05, 2007

Back in Action

Okay, I really don't have any good excuse why this has dragged on so long but I'm back in action. This weekend I sent out about 200 postcards the old fashioned way. These are addresses I accumulated from a bunch of places, the old reunion list, emails from people and Internet searches. I'm hoping this will reach some of the folks I haven't been able to find up till now. Within a few weeks I should know what sort of response it has generated and then I'll send out an email to the updated list and see if we can make this happen.