Spotlight On Today - 2016
Family News Update
It was great to meet so many of you at the Lavine family reunion in New Jersey last summer. And it’s been fun collecting the latest family news for this year’s update:
Judith Corman is happy to inform us that after 26 years of living together, she and David Cappabianca were married on January 27 in Las Vegas. A small group of friends accompanied the couple to one of the city’s wedding chapels for the ceremony, after which they were invited to a celebratory dinner at a local restaurant. Dessert and other refreshments were later served at Judith’s home.
Celia Berk released her second album – MANHATTAN SERENADE – in April 2016 and celebrated with a return engagement at the Metropolitan Room, one of New York City’s premiere cabaret venues. Both the album and the show were well received, including a New York Times review! To find out more about our award-winning cousin, go to her website at GramercyNightingale.com.
Mike Pletman just completed a milestone 30 years of teaching 3rd, 5th, and 6th graders in the Niskayuna School District. And he also finished 20 years of taking his students each month to volunteer at Brookdale Assisted Living, where they established friendships with the senior residents and participated in many activities, from craft projects to planting gardens. In addition, Mike is now playing his guitar and singing alternative folk music and acoustic rock at open mic nights in the Schenectady area and in the Adirondacks. As he describes it, he’s “taking after Celia.”
Talia Berk graduated in early June from Hunter College with an MS degree in School Counseling. She recently received her certification from New York State and, as of the middle of August, is job hunting and going to interviews. Other updates include singing at 54 Below, the NYC cabaret club, during a surprise party for a close friend, as well as having an article on “Staying Strong” published online at Thought Catalog.
Phyllis Berk reports that a much-anticipated reunion of seven first cousins took place at Mohonk Mountain House in New Paltz on July 14. This beautiful vacation destination was chosen because of its proximity to the NYS Thruway by car. Some of the cousins hadn’t seen one another in years, making for a delightful afternoon of reconnecting, reminiscing, and reconnoitering at this landmark hotel – as well as savoring the spectacular luncheon buffet. Just off to the side of the table in the picture were Bob and Mike Pletman, Alan Lazarus, and Saul Rasnick, who joined the “girls” for the day, as well as Lisa Cilenti, who brought Shirley from Saratoga.
At the brunch, Doris Pletman shared the news that on September 22, Bob will be honored at their synagogue, Congregation Agudat Achim, for his role as one of the founders of a free clinic that was in operation for ten years in Schenectady.
By Robyn Ripps, August 2016