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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WE NEED HELP, BADLY. recently marked its 20th anniversary.  Although we’re now well into the era of social media, many people continue to read it, and every month we’re contacted by some new or returning readers.

Alas, many of the people who established HixNews are no longer with us.  The work continues, but today there are too few volunteers on staff, and they are aging: our average age is now on the north side of 74.  How long can we continue without an infusion of new blood?  No one can tell.

These days, getting HixNews out can be a challenge.  With such a small staff, a single person’s illness, accident, family emergency, etc. can pose a serious obstacle.  Incidentally, as many of you already know, in October our Editor Bob Casale began a regimen of chemotherapy; being conscientious, he worked extra hard ahead of time, and prepared pieces of the November issue before his first session!  It is only a matter of time before there are additional serious challenges, and they may be impossible to surmount if we do not have more people on board.

For a long time, Buffalo Bob has had to make up for the short staffing by putting in an incredible amount of work, and he has done a great job.  He deserves lots of Attaboys for that, and he has received some.  Unfortunately, Attaboys do not ease the workload.  If we had more (and ideally, younger) volunteers, our esteemed Editor could share with them the job of collecting content, so that he could more easily keep up the good work.  We’d also have a safety cushion, to help keep things on track if any of our staff had to temporarily spend time tending to personal matters.

We also need a backup webmaster.  For a website that is updated monthly, such a position does not demand much time.  The skills involved are much better known than they were 20 years ago.  Some of you may already have the ability to do the job, or know of a family member who has.

We really need your help.
  Please consider helping HixNews by volunteering at this critical time.  To start the process, or to ask questions, please email us at

Thank you; your help is much appreciated.

The Staff at HixNews

P.S.  If you were in high school in the 1970s, 1980s, or later, your participation will not only help HixNews survive – it can also help revitalize it.  A younger perspective could help make HixNews relevant to more of our reader base.

Our full Update for October appears in the Honoring Our Veterans section of this newsletter.
We had one new donor in October, bringing our full list of donors to 217!  Additional donations are still welcome to help finance the Dedication Ceremony when that event becomes possible, plus future Memorial maintenance.  Full details on expenses to date, current remaining funds and how to still donate are contained in the October Update.
With the Hicksville Public School System remaining consumed with the Pandemic and with winter on its way, we do not expect to have progress on a date for the Dedication Ceremony and the need for the associated permit and liability insurance for it, until further notice. 
We remain pleased to tell you that our core action team is safe from the virus.  We are thankful for this and hope the same is true for all our readers and alumni.
While the Dedication Ceremony remains on hold, 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.
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

It’s 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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