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Volume 4 Number 5

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The Editors

February Birthdays and Anniversaries
Welcome to Our New Readers
In Memory
News, Notes and Memories

February Birthdays


Pat Thompson Dumas, 1975
Emmett Goodman, 1956 (FL)


Tom Manaskie, 1960 (HX)


Alan Buckholz, 1965 (AZ)


Denis Rossi, 1953


Pat Lenzner Caruso, 1953


Suzanne Garrett Cullen, 1956 (L.I.)


Diane Burke McGinn, 1960 (L.I.)


Henry Lichtenstein, 1959 (NM)


Michael Perduto, 1966



Dorothea Keegan Mollberg, 1960
Martha Gross Parent, 1960 (DE)
Mike Soblick, 1974



Susan Ambrico Smith, 1968 (CA)
Ronnie Wells Brigandi, 1965


Belated Jan. 20 birthday wishes to Jan Greenberg Dickelman, 1974 (VA)

February Anniversaries

2/9/1990 – Jack and Lauri Bellan
2/14/1969 – Joan (Siegl) and Fred Rudolph (FL)

Belated anniversary wishes to Joe and Sharon Carfora 1/6/1968

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Welcome to Our New Readers

  • Gail Fallon Hessel, 1955

  • Frank Scarangella, 1955

  • John Muldoon, 1960

  • Carol (Tavormina) Nill, 1960

  • Sy Olitsky, 1961

  • Judy Frimmer Dow, 1963

  • Leslie Chanin Kennedy, 1963

  • Barbara (Barnett) Edwards, 1964

  • Jewel (Olitsky) Umansky, 1965

  • Susan Miltonberg, 1966

  • Susan (Ambrico) Smith, 1968

  • Shelley (Garb) London, 1968

  • Patricia (Pezzotti) Vantine, 1968

  • Guy Kowalski, 1972

  • David Caruso, 1974

  • Linda (Schwing) Caruso, 1974

  • Jan (Greenberg) Dickelman, 1974

  • Michelle (Jordan) Kowalski, 1974

  • Gary Kowalski, 1976

  • Rose Oswald Colasunno, 1976

  • Chris Colasunno, 1976

  • Mike Kretz, 1977

  • Ruth (Jordan) Kowalski, 1978

  • Karen (Gronroos) Kretz, 1981

  • Sheri Epstein, 1982

  • Bernard Bellew, No Class Year given

Welcome, and we hope you enjoy being a part of the Hicksville Newsletter Family. If you have any memories or stories of Hicksville that you wish to share with our other readers do not hesitate to contact us at

Do you see a name above that you wish to connect with? If so contact Linda and I will try and get you reunited.

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In Memory

  • Charles Wilson, class of 1956. 10/28/1937 – 12/27/2003

    Buried at the National Cemetery, Riverside, CA Cards can be sent to his brother at:
    Ron (’62) & Diana Wilson
    10101 Waynecrest Lane
    Santee CA 92071-1640

  • Way, Anthony Joseph

    WAY-Anthony Joseph, of Hicksville, LI on January 6, 2004. (WWII Veteran; US Navy Pacific Theatre: member of the Greatest Generation; graduate, Hicksville H.S.; member, Knights of Columbus Joseph Barry Council; employee of Grumman Aerospace for 42 years; volunteer at Bethpage Restoration Village). Beloved husband of Grace. Loving father of Elaine Lockwood (Christopher), Kathryn Arning (Mark), Michael (Rosemarie) and Elizabeth Augello (John Sinclair). Devoted brother of William (Audrey), Frank (Marjorie), James (Julie), Elizabeth Way Stouges (the late William) and the late Marco (Carol). Cherished grandfather of nine. Dear uncle of many. Friends may call Saturday and Sunday 2-5 and 7-9:30pm at the Thomas F. Dalton Funeral Homes, Hicksville Chapel, 47 Jerusalem Ave. (2 blocks So. L.I.R.R., corner W. Marie St.). Mass, Monday 9:45am, at St. Ignatius RC Church. Interment, Calverton National Cemetery.
    Published in Newsday on 1/8/2004.

  • Classmates,

    I just received this sad news from Dot (Kunz) Drago. Grace Callejas was from the class of 1950. For those of you who would like to send a card her address is below:

    Mrs. Mike Way
    51 Vincent Road
    Hicksville, NY 11801

    Art Lembke, 1949

    I just emailed you, and I just now heard from Grace (Callejas) Way. Mike Way passed away at 12 noon today. He will be waked at the Dalton Funeral Home in Hix., and buried at Calverton, L.I. on Monday, 1/12. He suffered a massive heart attack on Friday past, and was hanging on by a thread. He had been through so much. Grace has the support of her 3 daughters & son (who live nearby). She wanted me to let all of those concerned know.

    Dot (Kunz) Drago

  • John Tully Jr. (Beloved husband of Doris Williamson, ’60)
    TULLY - John, Jr., "Jack", 67, retired detective lieutenant of the Dumont Police Department. Beloved husband of Doris (nee Williamson). Devoted father of John, Michael and his wife Stasia, Marianne and her husband Richard DeNicola and James. Loving grandfather of Daniel, Richard and Kiera DeNicola. Dear brother of Lois Tully, Mary Thompson and Thomas. Funeral, Friday, January 9, 2004, 9 AM from the Frech Funeral Home, 161 Washington Ave., Dumont followed by 9:30 AM Mass at St. Mary's R.C. Church, Dumont. Family will receive their friends on Thursday, 3-5 and 7-9 PM. If so desired donations may be made to Hospice Program, Hackensack University Medical Center, 30 Prospect St., Hackensack 07601.
    Published in The Record and Herald News on 1/7/2004. (If anyone wishes to contact Doris send your messages to Linda at and she will put you in touch with her.)

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News, Notes and Memories

  • To Wendy Karen Stuart,

    Carl Wellon (the father) was the driving instructor, and you are right, he was a very patient man, I too took the driving course. James Wellon, (the son) taught English and Allied Arts.

    It would be nice to hear of Carol Conroy. We did not see her at the 30th or 45th reunion. She was one of the attendees at my 16th birthday party held at our house on Elm Street and lived a few blocks away.

  • To Carole (Kiever) Ohliger,

    I remember the Sunrise Village in Bellmore. I went there after the Prom with my future wife Alice Davidson (1959). I remember the service was so bad that we did not leave a tip and the waiter chased us to the car in the parking lot yelling at us after paying the bill. The car was a 1950 Ford that was graciously loaned to me by my brother Art (1950) to help impress the ladies.

  • To Audrey Olsen Lent,

    Please contact me via e-mail or phone.

  • To All,

    I had the pleasure of attending my childhood neighbor and buddy and life long friend's 65th birthday last July. For those who knew Len Cuccaro (1957), he is well and living in Roanoke, VA with his wife Dale.

    Pete Foster (1957)

  • This note arrived too late for the January newsletter but is worth printing:

    Dear Pat,

    Thanks again to you, Bob and Linda, plus the many alumni contributors for another great newsletter. It keeps getting better and better and I enjoy many of the contributions, plus articles by Bob Casale as they certainly bring back memories of our great years as kids in Hicksville.

    Sharon and I will be moving into our new home in Chapel Hill, NC on or about the end of January (you know how new construction is!), so we'll be forwarding a new email address sometime soon. Please continue to use until further notice.

    We will also celebrate our 36th wedding anniversary this Tuesday, January 6th. We were married with 17" of snow on the ground in Schenectady, N.Y. in 1968 while I was home from Germany on leave from the Army. Joe Adragna and John Valenti (both '62) were ushers at our wedding and my brother; Santo ('64) was my best man. Even Mr. Galloway made the trip all the way from Hicksville to snowy upstate NY and we'll never forget our many guests who came from far and wide to help us celebrate!

    All the best,

    Joe Carfora '62

  • I enjoy the Hicksville newsletters but where is everyone from the classes of 1965-66?

    Susan Miltonberg, 1966

    (I counted 47 names from the classes of 1965 & 1966 on our list. Pat)

  • Hello. I think that the newsletter is a great thing. I would like to contact anyone from the class of 1965. I moved away from Hicksville not long after graduation and lived in Germany for over 20 years. Having relocated back to the US, I have a home in DeLand, FL, and I am also trying to reestablish myself in Hicksville. I can be reached at 386-738-5140,, or 516-935-3377. I hope that there is a reunion planned for next year, but if not, I would be interested in helping to organize one. I look forward to hearing from anyone with ties to Hicksville, however, as I would love to reminisce over "simpler times."

    Thank you for your initiative and work on the newsletter.

    Yours truly
    William J. (Bill) Rogan, 1965

  • Hi all,

    I had the privilege to reconnect with my past BIG TIME through the Hicksville newsletter. Lorraine and Chris Anderson were kind enough to not give up trying to find me. They sent to me, a VHS video of my youth in Hicksville. All my dear friends and my dear sister were in the video too. God Bless you both, Lorraine and Chris. You have given me the opportunity to revisit "My youth".

    I also reconnected with another dear childhood "pal", Jeanette Martello Lupis. We were very close and it was just so fabulous to be able to actually get back in "touch". Again, thank you Hicksville Newsletter.

    Carol Tavormina Nill, 1960

  • Thank you for adding my name to the newsletter. My birthday is September 28, and thanks for not wanting the year. I will think of something to add to the newsletter. I still keep in touch with a few of my classmates, Ro Tringali-Malerba '55, Judy Latham-Devaul, and Louis Millevolte '55 who is my cousin. He lives in Wisconsin.

    Gail Fallon-Hessel. '55

  • My brother Harvey Olitsky forwarded the newsletter to me. I was graduated from HHS class of 61. I taught in Hicksville Middle School till I retired in June of '00. I now live in Naples, Fla. with my wife Judy. I spend my days golfing and fishing and enjoying the beautiful surroundings and warm weather.

    Up dates on other Hix graduates:
    Carl Schultz also lives here in Naples and has recently remarried.
    Brad Jaworski lives in Holbrook. Also retired from teaching in Hix.
    Lee Konits lives in Smithtown- retired from Smithtown. P.S. He is an adjunct teacher at SUNY Westbury.

    I would like to receive future newsletters at
    Sy (Seymour) Olitsky, class of '61

  • Hicksville High School on Division Ave. opened in September 1955. The class of 1956 was the first graduation class. Does anyone know of any plans to celebrate the school’s 50th birthday?

    Pat Koziuk Driscoll, 1956

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MID-LIFE CRISIS February gigs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Two great gigs in February!!!! Both shows start around 10:00 p.m.

First- Callahan’s pub in East Meadow (Hempstead Tpke) on Sat Feb. 14th-bring your valentine, or meet one there!! As always "no cover charge or drink minimums"

Next - Delaney’s on sat Feb. 21st- Mid-life Crisis is hosting a fundraiser for one of our very own dearest friends, Charlie Deacon. We are reaching out to all of you, and anyone you know to attend!! All proceeds raised by the band and all volunteers will be donated directly to Charlie and Loretta Deacon.

Anton Mure, ‘68

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  • We hope to have some Florida HHSers join us February 11, 2004. We would appreciate it if you could add this to the Newsletter that will come out in a few days. We thank you, as always, for the great service and news that you provide.

    THERE'S GOING TO BE A GET-TOGETHER...and if you are able to be in Orlando on
    February 11, 2004 at the Orlando Airport Holiday Inn,
    5750 T.G. Lee Blvd
    Orlando, FL 32822
    (Just off Semoran
    Blvd and the Beeline)


    Call if you are lost 407-851-6400.

    The party will begin at 6:30 p.m. with $100 on the bar for any former HHSer that needs refreshment, regardless of your year of affiliation!!! Folks, this is a party and not just a reunion!

    We will mark the passing, however, of Ray Rusch our Vice Principal and friend to many of us.

    We hope that you will make it.

    Four Captains' Memorial Pictures (9/11 pilots) are posted on
    (With Beverly Coan the artist) This Memorial is on display at the Holiday Inn.

    Ken Strafer ('62)
    Barbara Di Bella Dowd ('62)

  • Bob Klewicki, class of 1954, wonders if there is anything in the works for a 50-year reunion.

  • HICKSVILLE HIGH SCHOOL, Class of 1961 announces a reunion.

    The date, Saturday night, May 15, 2004, at the Holiday Inn in Plainview, New York. The Holiday Inn is located at 215 Sunnyside Blvd., Exit 46 L.I.E., or Exit 38 Northern State Pkwy. The reunion committee has reserved the Hampton Ballroom from 8PM until midnight.

    The cost per person for the evening is $85.00. Included is a buffet preceded by a fruit and cheese and relish display. Included, also, is four hours of unlimited liquor.

    The Holiday Inn is accepting reservations for rooms at a guaranteed rate of $109.00 plus tax per night. Mention the 1961 HHS reunion to get this special rate when you call the Holiday Inn at 516-349-7400.

    For the banquet, please forward a check made payable to Michael Bisaccio, 48 Stockton Street, Brentwood, NY 11717. Mike is Treasurer for the reunion and will be collecting and depositing funds

    Also, please, when you send Mike your check, include a biographical sketch of your life since graduation from high school. The committee would like to create a booklet to distribute to those attending the reunion.

    We are asking all alumni to please forward the name and email address of other Hicksville alumni that you correspond with on a continuing basis. Even if you only touch base once a year, please let us know. This will go a long way in helping us promote the upcoming reunion. Send your list to anyone on the reunion committee.

    Airline reservations are up to the individual. Flights into any of the three local airports (Kennedy, La Guardia or Macarthur) are available and you should be able to get complimentary bus transportation to Holiday Inn.

    If anyone is interested, we will put you in touch with a limousine service that covers Long Island.

    Our intention is to keep everyone advised through the wonderful medium of!!!

    As our list of attendees grows, we will email the list to you.

    Al Stippell, a graduate of the class of 1968, will be our host disc jockey for the evening. Also, from the class of '68, Paul Korman and his Blue House Band will provide an evening of "live" music.

    We are inviting alumni from the class of 1959, 1960 and 1962 to join us for an evening of getting reacquainted. The fun will be provided by YOU.

    Thanks...and we hope to see you there.

    The Reunion Committee
    Mike Bisaccio
    Bill Canham
    Bob Casale
    Lillian Manzo
    Mary O'Shaughnessey

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Since Spring training will be starting soon, here’s some baseball trivia for you sports fans:
(Taken from

  • A perfect game in baseball is one in which the same player pitches the entire game without allowing any player of the opposing team to reach first base -- by any means.

  • At Jack Russell Stadium in Clearwater, Florida, on June 26, 1985, organist Wilbur Snapp played "Three Blind Mice" following a call by umpire Keith O'Connor. The umpire was not amused, and saw to it that Mr. Snapp was ejected from the game.

  • Babe Ruth hit his first major-league home run on May 6, 1915. He was playing for the Boston Red Sox at the time. 'The Sultan of Swat' went on to smash 714 round-trippers before he retired, as a New York Yankee, in 1935.

  • Baseball rules were codified in 1846 by Alexander Cartwright of the Knickerbocker Baseball Club.

  • Baseball's National League was born in 1876. Eight competing baseball teams met in New York City's Grand Central Hotel. The first president of the new league was Morgan Gardner Bulkeley, who later became a US Senator. The eight original cities with teams were: Boston, Chicago, Cincinnati, New York, Philadelphia, St. Louis, Louisville and Hartford. Two of the original teams are now in the American League (Boston and New York) while Louisville and Hartford are now minor-league baseball towns.

  • Baseball's home plate is 17 inches wide.

  • In a typical season major league baseball will require 4,800 ash trees worth of Louisville sluggers.

  • Pitcher Joe Nuxhall of the Cincinnati Reds hurled his first major-league game in 1944. Nuxhall, the youngest pitcher in major league baseball, was only 15 years, 10 months and 11 days old when he pitched that game against the St. Louis Cardin

  • als. The distance between the pitcher's rubber and home plate in baseball is 60 feet, 6 inches.

  • The first players elected to Baseball Hall of Fame were Ty Cobb, Babe Ruth, Honus Wagner, Christy Mathewson & Walter Johnson in 1936.

  • The largest baseball card collection, 200,000 cards, is in the Metropolitan Museum of Art

  • The only father and son to hit back-to-back home runs in a major league baseball game: Ken Griffey, Jr., and his father, Ken Griffey, Sr., both of the Seattle Mariners in a game against the California Angels on September 14th, 1990.

  • Until the 1870s, baseball was played without the use of gloves.

  • When Henry Aaron hit his 715th Home Run, breaking Babe Ruth's record, the pitcher who served it up was Al Downing of the Los Angeles Dodgers. They were both wearing number 44.

Batter Up!

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Pat Koziuk Driscoll, 1956 (FL)
Linda Piccerelli Hayden, 1960 (NJ)
Bob Casale, 1961 (HX)

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