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"Making It Better" Highlights

Amidst and in response to the unique challenges associated with COVID-19 and quarantines in effect, D-E student clubs, parents, and faculty and staff members all are continuing to follow-through on our mission to 'make it better'! See below for highlights of these "Making It Better" projects! 

Spotlight on.... Caleb Dalgetty ’21

We recently spoke to rising Senior Caleb Dalgetty '21, D-E's newly-elected Student Government President for Upper School. Hear how Caleb views the future of student government, how he's been managing through the pandemic, and more!  Click here or on the icon above to watch the interview.

Enjoy a Zoom Recording from 

"D-E Delves Deep"  - The Broadway Edition
How does the live theater industry and the Broadway community
"meet the challenges of a changing world...and make it better?"

Click here for our complete discussion,
held last Saturday, May 16, 2020, via Zoom! 

And special thanks to our fantastic panelists for this 
amazing e-gathering


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    We recently spoke to alumna Julia Schneider '08 who is the Vice President in the Strategic Investments Group at NYC Economic Development Corporation, a mission-driven, nonprofit organization that creates shared prosperity across New York City. Hear how her organization has transitioned during the pandemic to support small businesses, source PPE and repurpose real estate assets. Click here to watch the interview.

    We recently spoke to alumnus Jaime Schweid '97 who is the President of Schweid & Sons, Inc., a family-owned business that has been a leading purveyor of premium ground beef products for restaurants and retail markets for four generations. Hear how his company has transitioned during the pandemic to deploy food in more efficient, consumer-centric ways and also how the restaurant industry will likely change going forward.
    Click here to watch the interview.

    We recently spoke to Dr. Daniel Carragher P '26, Chair of D-E's Human Development Department, who discussed the signigicance of neurodiversity and learning differences in the age of covid-19. Click here to watch the interview.

    Daniel Reiff '15 graduated from Washington University in St. Louis in May of 2019. He currently works as a Junior Data Scientist at EDGE10 Group which is the new award-winning powerhouse in Human Performance SaaS across sport, armed forces, and corporate wellness.  In his spare time, he has been writing articles on relevant issues that have been published on various platforms.  One of his recent articles was published by Towards Data Science, and is entitled "Data Visualization of COVID-19 in the US Have we turned the corner?"


    Samantha and Sean Koppelman P'26 are owners of a boutique recruitment firm, The Talent Magnet, in New York City. In this interview, this dynamic pair shares their perspectives on today's workforce in the age of COVID-19. See above or click here to listen!

    Dr. Maurizio Miglietta '87 P '21, '23, '25 is a critical care and trauma surgeon.   He performs emergency and robotic surgery at several hospitals in Bergen and Hudson County. Recently Alumni Relations Director Maria Sanchez Gardner '78 spoke with him about his firsthand experience with dealing with COVID-19. 

    Click here to watch the interview.

    Alumnus Todd Ehrlich '82, a television producer at WCBS-TV recently. won his 4th Emmy Award for his work on the Tunnel To Towers special.  The Emmy Awards were streamed recently for the very first time due to COVID-19.  It was his Todd's 20th Emmy nomination during a celebrated career. Ehrlich received the Emmy, as the Executive Producer of the WCBS special, in the category of Outstanding News Special. The show aired originally on WCBS TV in New York, and also aired on CBS Owned & Operated stations around the country.

    The Tunnel to Towers special was shot during the New York City 5K run which pays homage to firefighter Stephen Stiller who died on 9/11. The race literally follows in the footsteps that Stephen took that day on the way to participate in the rescue effort that saved thousands but took his life. 25,000 people annually participate in the event, raising funds and hopes for the future. The money raised goes to helping critically injured veterans returning form the war, Gold Star families and families of first responders with small children.
    During the COVID-19 pandemic Tunnel to Towers has pledged $4 million to aid front line health care workers. Todd was privileged to be asked to write, produce and distribute their national PSA, airing on CBS, FOX, OAN and A & E https://vimeo.com/405081821. You can find out more about their support by logging onto https://tunnel2towers.org/covid-19-heroes/.
    Ehrlich also received an Emmy Nomination as the writer of the special, in the category of Outstanding Writer: Program. His two nominations this year gave him a total of 20 in his career as he has received nominations as an executive producer, line producer, feature producer, writer and cameraman. 

    In this photo, Erlich is pictured with his son, Jagger, to whom he dedicated his Emmy! 


    D-E Third Graders have been writing letters like the ones above to COVID-19 front-line workers at Englewood Hospital. It's all part of their "Year of Making a Difference" program.  In the words of Warren Geller, Englewood Health President and CEO, "We have posted them on the video monitors throughout our buildings to lift the esprit de corps of all EH team members. It has been a remarkable few months watching firsthand as our frontline heroes put everything aside to serve our community.  We successfully discharged our 600th COVID-19 patient last week to lots of tears and cheers in a clap-out.  Sending wishes of safety and good health to all of our students and educators."

    From Chris Martin to Lady Gaga, how did these global performers, among other notable talents, come together to create the "One World:Together At Home" virtual concert? We interviewed D-E Parent Danielle Maged P'23, '23 who was a lead organizer. Click here to listen! 

    Emma Leifer '23 has started her own tie-dying venture, (follow her on Instagram @washedbyem) , and all profits go to making tie-dye scrubs for nurses at Nyack Hospital.

    William “Bill” Yaffa ESB ’69, senior vice president of BMT Commodity Corp., has spent more than 45 years working as an importer and distributor of raw materials that are environmentally friendly. Since the COVID-19 pandemic, Yaffa has been working to redirect virus guard fabrics and barrier screens to those who manufacture masks and face shields for front-line medical workers.
    “Time is of the essence to get our fabrics to the right parties who can convert them into masks and barrier screens,” says Yaffa, of his work at BMT, an international merchant and distributor specializing in natural, biodegradable and environmentally friendly products used in a variety of markets.

    With the COVID-19 outbreak leading to a shortage of necessities for medical professionals, a number of companies are coming together with their infrastructure and expertise to create supplies. BMT, which sells AllergyGuard and VirusGuard Fabric that block most bacteria and allergens, is hoping to partner with companies who can make masks and barrier screens to fight COVID-19.

    BMT and  Bill are not only trying to help in the fight against Covid-19 by selling masks, but they are also doing their best to give companies who have the ability to convert the BMT VirusGuard Fabrics into finished products the opportunity to stay in or grow their businesses.
    “We have enjoyed a very enthusiastic response from many parties in the short period of time since becoming involved in the mask and barrier screen fabric market,” Yaffa says. “We all look forward to better days ahead.

    Manufacturers who are interested in fabric and barrier guard can contact Yaffa at byaffa@BMTNY.com

    While a student at the Englewood School for Boys (ESB), Bill was a member of the varsity cross country and basketball teams, the sports editor of the ESB yearbook, and an editor of the ESB newspaper, then called the Spectator.

    After graduating from ESB in 1969, Bill attended Hobart and William Smith Colleges. While there Yaffa majored in history, was the goalie for the soccer team and sports editor for the yearbook. Following graduation, he returned to Dwight-Englewood School where he taught history and economics for a year, before joining his father’s importing company, Hanson & Orth, Inc., in Darien, Conn. After working 4 years, the company was sold, and Yaffa stayed on with the new owner, Harrison & Crosfield. He has served as senior vice president at BMT Commodity since 1989. 
    In 1994, Bill returned to the D-E campus for his 25th reunion celebration for the ESB Class of 1969. During the reunion weekend, he reconnected with Lynn Lieblich Jeffery Dwight 1969 and they married shortly soon after. Lynn and Bill now reside in Westport, Connecticut. Together with a strong committee, they co-chaired the ESB and Dwight Classes of 1969 resounding successful 50th reunion in June 2019 at D-E.
    This article was written by Alexander Kerai  on April 14th, 2020 and edited by Maria Sanchez Gardner ’78 on 4.20.2020.
  • Letter Writing to Senior Citizens

    D-E's CODES (Community Outreach at D-E School) -- including students Elise D'Alessandro '21, Jack Shevack '21 and Tyler Rodgers '21 -- together with fellow students in the TCC (Teens Connecting Communities) and the Pen Pals Clubs, initiated a letter writing program supporting residents of the Allendale Community for Senior Living in Allendale, New Jersey. The senior citizen residents stopped receiving visitors a month ago and the students realized the residents may be feeling lonely and concerned.  This effort was organized through emails and Zoom meetings, and more than 20 students are writing letters conveying messages of hope and positivity. Their letters were well received by the residents which then sparked more relationship-building activities including sharing of photos and poetry. They are also planning to organize "Facetime" with the residents to encourage more interaction. Today, the clubs are hoping to expand their reach and write letters of support to local healthcare workers, police officers and firefighters.
  • “Feeding the Frontlines” Campaign in Ridgewood

    Like many main streets and downtown areas across the United States, the COVID-19 pandemic has threatened small businesses, leaving many to either close or reduce their staff and services. Dawn Lozada, D-E’s Director of Philanthropy, has been volunteering to deliver meals as part of the “Feeding the Frontlines” campaign in her hometown of Ridgewood, New Jersey. Local restaurants are partnering with the town to deliver meals to first responders, health care workers as well as customers. This is a no-contact opportunity as meals are placed in trunks of cars and volunteers are wearing masks and gloves to deliver meals.


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Our Virtual Community... Making It Better

COMING SOON! A new D-E Community Service Opportunities Clearinghouse online listing will soon be posted here, with links to organizations, donations drives, and other ways to get involved during the pandemic, all with ties to D-E. 

Check out these links and resources below with connections to our D-E community, and help others in the process! 

Got an idea for a new link or resource to share? Email share@d-e.org

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Mailing Address: 315 East Palisade Avenue Englewood, NJ 07631
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201-569-9500 Email: d-e@d-e.org
Located in Englewood, New Jersey, Dwight-Englewood is a greater New York City area private school with a rigorous college prep curriculum for boys and girls in preschool through grade 12.