Newsletter for the Alumni and Friends of 
Hicksville High School   Hicksville, New York

The Editors: Buffalo Bob Casale, '61
Contributing Editors:  Ron Wencer, '64 & Carol McCormick Konen '73
Webmaster:  Roger Whitaker
Editors Emeritus: David J. Rubin - '82, Elliot Gorlin - '63, 
Valerie Pakaluk - '51,
Henry Lichtenstein - '59
Founding Editors: 
Pat (Koziuk) Driscoll - '56 & Linda (Piccerelli) Hayden - '60

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Our donation total remains at $35,013, unchanged since our last report in the 8/1/18 issue of HixNews.  Since then, 1 new name was added to the Confirmed List of Names, bringing the total to 1,930!  
If you have yet to donate, or have missing data you can help us with, it's not too late!  Please see our September Update in the Honoring Our Veterans tab of this issue for details.  This Update also contains a highlighted paragraph summarizing the current status of Memorial Construction
As always, should you have any new information to report for either the Confirmed or Unconfirmed Lists of Names, particularly to fill in missing data on the Confirmed List, or, should you wish to comment on the Project's status, please email me at
On behalf of the Project Team,
Joe Carfora
HHS 1962                           

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We start our 18th year with the October issue. HixNews has come a long way since 2000 and the success is because of participation. It seems we begged so long for information from you all! The begging continues and the editors want to thank everyone who has contributed information that piques the memories of many! If you post something on Facebook, please send a copy to the editors.

There have been disappointments where the editors have tried to implement an idea for a special section
 only to see it fail. Obviously, some of you have ideas for such a section. Please submit your ideas to

Each month, we profile a former student that has submitted a biographical sketch of their life. This month we have highlighted Paul Bady from the class of 1962. Many of you have not used the opportunity of sharing precious moments with other classmates. Its not too late to submit a sketch to be included in the Alumni Bio Section (click the link on the left to go to the bios section) of the newsletter. We are including a writeable document that you can fill in on you computer and, after completing the document, forward to

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 A Tribute to Holly Horton


The untimely death of Holly Horton in 2000 saddened our hearts. She was a very spirited person who enjoyed life and enriched those she touched with unselfish commitment. Holly was instrumental in bringing Hicksville High School (HHS) together again just prior to a mega reunion, organized by Anton Mure and Rich Delia, that was attended by a wide variety of alumni on September 22nd, 2000.

Holly authored a mailing list that she put onto a website. Her sometimes daily updates of names and addresses were eagerly anticipated by the growing list of alumni. Her emails were augmented by a collage of tidbits and trivia, a result of feedback from others. She put up special photographs that we all enjoyed and that effort united a wide bracket of HHS students. She did this because she wanted to give back special moments to others by providing a source that could be accessed by all of us.

The only thing missing from that reunion was Holly herself who looked forward, with obvious anticipation, at the prospect of seeing some old friends and sharing remembrances of times past. It was several days prior to the reunion when an uncontrollable asthma attack ended her life; a tragedy in itself for a person who battled this malady all her life just to survive.

Holly was attending Hicksville High School when her family moved to Massapequa prior to graduation with the class of 1961. She graduated from Massapequa High School in 1961. Her obituary is at the bottom of this document.

A fitting way to pay respect to Holly was to continue what she started. That challenge was accepted by Pat Koziuk Driscoll (Class of 1956) and Linda Piccerelli Hayden (Class of 1960). They did this out of respect for Holly but also because they see the enjoyment others realize from their effort. It's a way to introduce coming events; such as reunions for various classes. It's an avenue for contacting friends and sharing information that we all treasure. We have the capacity to put up pictures, at various web sites, for all of us to enjoy. In other words, the newsletter is a perfect vehicle for keeping people apprised of "what's happening!"

I want to personally say 'THANKS" to Pat and Linda for all that you do for me and for the alumni of Hicksville High School .

Buffalo Bob Casale 1961

Holly A. Horton, a resident of Massapequa for the past 42 years, died September 18, 2000 at her home at the age of 56. Born in Hampton Road, Virginia on October 21, 1943, she had been a high school teacher in Lindenhurst for nearly 30 years, prior to her retirement in 1997. At the time of her death, she was working on the plans for her own high school reunion. Ms. Horton was a motor cycle buff, having owned and ridden a Harley back in the 1960s, before it was common for women to do so. She also was an expert on the computer, putting many of her videos to music with special effects. Her two brothers survive, Charles W., II of Santa Rosa Beach, Florida and Kim Horton of Babylon; her nephews, Rhett J. and Charles W. Horton, IV and nieces, Stacey E., Corey A. and Michaela C. Horton.

Multi Floor September 22, 2000 Mega Reunion with two bands performing


Anton Mure class of 1968 & MidLife Crisis

Dr. Ks Motown Review with Paul Korman class of 1969 and his girls