Long Beach Alumni Newsletter

Fall 2021

Welcome Back!

The Long Beach School District held a number of homecoming events for students, faculty, and the community during the weekend of October 15th. The weekend consisted of a pep rally at the High School, a homecoming carnival open to the community, a football game, and a Wall of Fame Induction.

The annual pep rally was held at the high school's Alumni Field and featured a preview of halftime performances, games, and an introduction to fall sports teams, with a special acknowledgement to senior athletes. Alumni staff members even participated in the annual student/faculty wet sponge challenge. Money raised in the challenge was donated to the Loeys-Dietz Syndrome Foundation. The Student Organization ran games for students and staff, and our sports teams, and senior athletes in particular were introduced.

That evening, the Student Organization hosted a homecoming carnival, open to the community. Different clubs and organizations sold food, hosted games with prizes, and ran activities like face painting and tattoos, all in an effort to raise money for their individual clubs. Student work was also highlighted. Different than past years, the carnival was outside in the Middle School parking lot, and a ton of fun was had and much money raised!

Fans watched as Long Beach defeated Glen Cove with a score of 28-14. During halftime, the marching band, cheerleaders, and color guard took to the field to boost school spirit. The community's youth football players ran across the field and seniors' Alex Marsland and Brigitte Lew were crowned homecoming king and queen. The weekend culminated with a Wall of Fame Induction ceremony.

Class of 2001 20th Year Reunion

September 10th was a beautiful day and the Monarch butterflies had arrived in the west end on their annual migration. The Class of 2001 celebrated 20 years since graduating from Long Beach High School with a reunion at Jetty in the west end of Long Beach.

Jetty provided food, drink, and a place to gather. Mr. Kennedy set- up his iconic wave, which brought smiles, photo-ops, and reminiscence to many.

The last time many of us had seen each other was that June day in 2001 dressed up in our Graduation Robes. A time before Covid-19, a time before Hurricane Sandy, a time when the Twin Towers still stood tall.

Over the years we have lost two classmates: Michael Connolly and Chris Keenom. The time has passed and maybe we lost touch, people have moved away, started families, or maybe we failed to launch. The reunion provided a moment to reconnect, check-in and reflect on the person you were in 2001 and the person you are now in 2021… as George Eliot said, “It is never too late to be what you might have been.” - Alyson Paz

Alumni Apparel Shop!

Order from our ship to home store! Sizes and styles are limited due to the shipping shortages, but a small amount of proceeds will go to the Varsity Club. The Varsity Club helps to support student athletics and activities.


Yearbook Submissions

This year, the high school will be publishing the 100th edition of the yearbook. The yearbook committee is looking for submissions and/or pictures from Alumni! They are looking for stories about your favorite memories and experiences. Consider writing about your favorite extra curricular activity, favorite staff member, favorite subject. What was most meaningful to you while you were in school? You can even describe what the city of Long Beach was like, during the time you were in high school! Submissions can be sent directly to LBeale@lbeach.org.

Wall of Fame Induction

The Wall of Fame is meant to recognize present or former members of the Long Beach community who have made substantial contributions to the betterment of the Long Beach community and the world in general and/or who have contributed substantially in the field of athletics. For a full description, and instructions for nomination, please visit the Athletics page here: http://lbeach.org/departments/walloffame_athletics

The 22nd dedication was held on October 16th, and the following members of the community were featured: James Bernhardt, Irene G. Dougherty, Long Beach First Responders, Heather McAdam-Pomilio, Michael Skudin, and David Taylor.

James Bernhardt

James Bernhardt, class of '74, was a star athlete who went on to play football and lacrosse at Hofstra University. He had two stints as Long Beach High School's varsity football coach, and led the team to the playoffs each time. He also coached at Hofstra, Brown, Central Florida and Penn State Universities and was an assistant coach for the NFL Houston Texans.

Irene G. Dougherty

Irene Dougherty was a member of the Long Beach Board of Education from 1935-1941. The only woman on the Board, she helped shaped the landscape of the district for years to come. She was the driving force behind the completion of Lindell High School (now an elementary school) and was instrumental in lobbying for the long term fiscal health of the school district.

Long Beach First Responders

The Long Beach Police Department, Long Beach Fire Department, Point Lookout Lido Fire Department, Nassau County Police Department and Long Beach Nurses were acknowledged for their service during the COVID pandemic. They worked tirelessly to meet the needs of the community and for those individuals who fell ill to COVID-19.

Heather McAdam-Pomilio

Class of 1988's Heather McAdam-Pomilio was an all star member of the softball team, leading the team to a conference championship and playoffs. A four-sport athlete in high school, she participated in varsity level softball, volleyball, basketball and gymnastics and earned numerous achievements. McAdam-Pomilio attended Georgia Southern University and played Divison I softball. She returned to Long Beach multiple times throughout the years that followed and served as an assistant varsity softball coach. She helped lead the team to a State Championships win in 2001 and has overseen many other victories. She was recently inducted into the New York State Softball Hall of Fame and Nassau County High School Athletics Hall of Fame.

Michael Skudin

Michael Skudin, class of 2007, was the captain of both the Long Beach High School varsity lacrosse and swim teams. He was a two time All-Nassau County selection and honorable mention during his sophomore year for lacrosse and a two time swimming All American. He played lacrosse at Hofstra University and has earned many recognitions both in high school and at the collegiate level.

David Taylor

David Taylor, class of 1978, was a talented LBHS basketball who went on to play ball at Hofstra University. From there, he went on to play professionally overseas. He earned many accomplishments including a gold medal from playing with the ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne basketball team in France. He started his own basketball training camp to mentor students in sports and life.

Upcoming Events

High School Drama Production Peter and the Starcatcher

Thursday, Nov. 18th, 7pm to Saturday, Nov. 20th, 7pm

322 Lagoon Drive West

Lido Beach, NY

The dates of our show are as follows:

Thursday, November 18th at 7:00 PM

Friday, November 19th at 7:00 PM

and Saturday, November 20th at 7:00 PM

Tickets are $10.00 and are available to purchase at the door.

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