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

The subscription and notification features no longer work following the death in November 2017 of Henry Lichtenstein who maintained it.  Check after the first of the month to see the new edition.  - Editors

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* F L A S H B A C K *

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, in September of 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.

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!"

Buffalo Bob Casale 1961


Happy Birthday HixNews

We start our 20th 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 has ceased and the editors want to thank everyone for contributing information that piques the memories of many!
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 but be prepared to offer your time as a “contributing editor who will collect, organize and maintain that particular “special section.”



Our full Update for September appears in the Honoring Our Veterans section of this newsletter.
With Bill Walden recently returning home, additional August and new September donations amounting to $1,225 have been recorded!  Additional donations are still welcome to help finance the Dedication Ceremony (when that becomes possible) and future Memorial maintenance.  In addition, our List of Donors is now completely up to date!  Details on expenses to date, current remaining funds and how to still donate are contained in the September Update.
Aside from bringing our donation status fully up to date, there was again no additional progress this month, due to the continuance of the Pandemic.  We are pleased to tell you that our core action team is safe and in good health.  We are thankful for this and hope the same is true for all our readers and alumni.
While the Dedication Ceremony remains pending, please remember that the Memorial is complete and can be viewed by anyone visiting the Memorial Gardens located on the south side of the Jerusalem Avenue Middle School.
The project will be officially complete once we are able to conduct the Dedication Ceremony at the Memorial.
We trust all readers are staying safe.  As always, should you wish to make any comments on the Update, please email me at
On behalf of the Project Team,
Joe Carfora
HHS 1962

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August 7, 2021
7:30-11:30 pm
Oak Room at the Heritage Club at Bethpage. 

Cost $125 includes food and drink. 
Payment info will be released soon.
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Hilton Garden Inn Round Swamp Road
Homewood Suites Round Swamp Road
Holiday Inn, Plainview on Sunny Side Blvd
Four Points by Sheraton in Melville, Plainview on South Service Road

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