Pat Thompson Dumas, 1975
Emmett Goodman, 1956 (FL)
Susan Ambrico Smith, 1968 (CA)
Ronnie Wells Brigandi, 1965
Alan Buckholz, 1965 (AZ)
Tom Manaskie, 1960 (HX)
Armand Sepanski, 1965 (AZ)
Pat Lenzner Caruso, 1953
Pete Foster, 1957 (FL)
Diane Burke McGinn, 1960 (L.I.)
Robert Bialick, 1970 (L.I.)
Denis Rossi, 1953
Michael Perduto, 1966
Steve Riscica, 1970
Suzanne Garrett Cullen, 1956 (L.I.)
Dorothea Keegan Mollberg, 1960
Martha Gross Parent, 1960 (DE)
Mike Soblick, 1974
Henry Lichtenstein, 1959 (NM)
Joe Bausk, 1950
BELATED birthday wishes to:
1/6 – Diane Lobel, 1973
1/12 - John W Cole, 1961 (L.I.)
1/22 – Rosemary Moran Witfoth, 1955 (FL)
2/9/1990 – Jack and Lauri Bellan
2/14/1969 – Joan (Siegl) and Fred Rudolph (FL)
Belated wishes to:\
Tom and Joy (Watson) Haller of FL, 1/27/1961
Mark and Marian Leippert (L.I.) were married in 1990.
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Welcome to Our New Readers
Bill Stahley, 1946 (FL)
Birthday is Novemebr 26th,
Anniversary is May 28th, this year will be 50 years! He is married to Joan
Stahley (Melville) who graduated from Syosset High School. 15 1/2 years
ago they retired and moved to Holiday, Florida (north of Tampa)
Maureen Hanifan Olsen 1966
Glen Olsen (Fin’s Boys) 1965
Glen and I just retired and moved from Long Island
to Palm Bay Florida. It was nice to see so many
HHS Graduates living in Florida. Glen and I dated
in 1964 while we were both attending HHS. We reconnected
37 years later through Classmates.com. We were
married in 2003. Looking forward to next months
Diane Capone, 1968
Tina Gardner Kwiatkowski, 1969
I would like to be added to the list of newsletter recipients. I'm an alum
of HHS (class of '69). Both my sisters are readers and they pass along
goodies of interest but I'd like to be on the list as well. My email
is firstname.lastname@example.org. I'd love to reconnect
with some of my high school buddies (esp. chorus and madrigal "nerds").
Tina (Gardner) Kwiatkowski”
Mark Ludman, 1972
Susan Stahley 1975
Birthday; Dec. 15
Susan told me that she would like the Newsletter to welcome her Dad as
a Reader. His name is William (Bill) Stahley Class of 1946. Also, she recently
learned that a friend of hers passed away.Robert (Bob) Silverman passed
away 7/1/04; A 1975 Grad.
Laurie Maurice Churchill 1979
Birthday; May 3
Lives in The Poconos, PA
Grew up on Bamboo Lane, but hung out in the "A" Section
Welcome back Debbie Rubenstein Sirkin
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There were many returned newsletters with a @msn.com
suffix. Since there were strong storms in the Pacific
at the time of the Jan. newsletter’s mailing,
we can only guess that the storms were the reason for
the email not getting through. These names have not
been removed from the list.
The following names have been removed from the list:
Mike & Karen (Gronroos) Krets, ’77 &’81
Richard Mato, 1959
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Thank you for the newsletter. I enjoy reading about
former classmates and thank you for the effort you
put in composing it. Lois Chamides died when she was
about 30 to 35 years old. She was married and had at
least one child. I believe she had diabetes in high
school so it is possible that she died of complications
of that illness. She was my distant cousin. She was
a wonderful person and had a great sense of humor.
Unfortunately, I did not keep in touch with her or
her family so I do not know the details of her
illness. She graduated in 1962.
Howard Dolgin, 1962
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News, Notes and Memories
MID-LIFE CRISIS from Anton Mure
We’ll be at Classic's Pub Sat. Mar 5th show
starts around 9:30... $5/adm......corner Hemp Tpke
and Jerusalem Ave.”
I did read the article about the pretzel man and
thoroughly enjoyed it. You mentioned that the ¢ symbol
isn't on our keyboards, but many symbols are hidden
away that only us 'techies' know where to find
Make sure you're NUM LOCK if off on the keypad.
Then, hold down the ALT key and type 155 on the
keypad. When you release the ALT key, you'll see
the ¢ symbol. Others that I use are the degree
symbol º (167), the half symbol ½ (171),
and the quarter symbol ¼ (172). It's fun
to experiment with other numbers but don't use
below 32 or above 255. Hope you enjoy this little
bit of information. I've included a URL that has
the entire list of ASCII codes, but as I looked
at it, I see that the º (155) isn't there.
Hahahahaha. It has to be an error!! You might also
add that Microsoft Word, Microsoft Works, Word
Perfect and all of the other quality word processors
have this option by going to INSERT - SYMBOL, or
something similar to that. But remember that the
codes change depending on
the font you're using at the time. The ASCII codes, however, don't change
while using the keypad and ALT keys.
Here's the URL: http://www.lookuptables.com/
As a footnote, I want to thank you for the belated
birthday announcement. I just want you to know
that no one knew me as Bob Wesley at HHS. I was
adopted after I left the school. My name was Bob
Gleason while there. Thanks again, and keep up
the great work.
Bob Wesley (Gleason) (61)
Speaking of Mid Island Plaza, remember the woman
who kept us all from
loitering? Inspector Bowman!!!
Diane Lobel, 1973
Ann (Celentano) Walker--class 1962--this is in
response to Mid Island Plaza memories. One of the
memories I have is the "creamy dessert stand" in
Gertz. I can't remember what it was called, but
I do remember that it was some sort of cream that
a flavoring was mixed into. Also, I worked for
the owners of the Plaza (Stackler & Frank)
for the PR director as his secretary. I didn't
work there very long but I do remember answering
Christmas letters that the kids dropped in a large
drum by Newberry's. There were printed up letters
that I just had to address and send off. The Plaza
was a good place to hang out with your friends,
have pizza, and listen to records in Newberry's!
After reading the December newsletter sooooo many
memories popped into this aging brain! I was sure
I was on my way to "olds heimers" disease!!
Mid-Island Plaza ….. So many memories …..
The pizza place…was is Pizza Supreme had
the best pizza for 15 cents a slice and it was
square and thick…not round and thin!!! We
use to walk to the plaza from the "A" section
on Levitown Parkway, cross over Old Country to
Duffy Ave. where we use to find treasures at the
Fiberglass Factory…..Then there was the "haunted
house" on Duffy Ave. where I watched Kathy
Kocher (’64) fall from a tree only to have
the last limb grab her before hitting the ground!
There was also Meannan (sp?) Oil who use to let
us come in and use their bathrooms….they
had the coolest round sink in the middle of the
floor and you stepped on a pedal to get water.
hehehehe ….. AND the Barrel Factory on Duffy
which made huge cement barrels, we had forts in
them and could jump and scale them at ease. Tommy
Thogode (’66) had the best fort there. That
ended abruptly one weekend when we discovered they
had added Doberman guard dogs once we were already
on the grounds…there was some barrel climbing
and jumping that day!!!! No more forts. We also
use to play "teen" hide and seek in the
furniture dept. in Gertz on the 4th floor, and
I can not even tell you how many times we stopped
the elevator between floors and had to jump down!
We also had our HHS sorority hazing at Mid Island ….
Kappa Sigma Kye…..Not to forget other Duffy
landmarks, Hicks farm with the horses, Sanita Straws
and the doll factory!!! So living in the "A" section
crossing over the Duffy to tracks was an exciting
venture on the way to Mid Island!! This newsletter
sure does make you bring back a fun walk down memory
Does anyone else remember any of these locations?? Oh my birthday was Dec.
Marilyn Bowles Nejman (’66)
Binghamton, New York
I have a Mid Island Plaza memory....in the side
entrance vestibule to " GERTZ" (by Long's
Chinese restaurant) there was a small stand that
sold a very light, whipped vanilla type mixture
(not ice cream) that was served in a tall parfait
glass. A long spoon filled with chocolate syrup
was placed in the glass. I don't remember how much
they cost but they were very inexpensive maybe
10 or 25 cents and delicious. Referring to Longs,
I recently found a 35 year old plus take-out menu
receipt from my parents’ home on Flower Street.
Got a kick out of those prices!
Phyllis Jackson ~1964
\Someone mentioned a NY type deli near Gertz in
Mid Island Plaza. I think that was Maisel's (not
sure of spelling) Restaurant. They always had bowls
of Kosher pickles on the table. I used to go there
with my mom for a bite to eat when we were in Mid
Island Plaza. The food was typical New York deli
food and fresh and delicious. That mall was the
coldest place in the world until they put a covering
on it! I worked in Gertz after high school and
when I was attending Farmingdale also. I was on
the flying squad, which meant you could be in any
department in the store, not just the same one
over and over. It was never boring. I even got
to operate the elevator! I have many pleasant memories
of Mid Island Plaza as it was one of the few "malls" in
the area and at that time it was exciting to have
all those stores in one place. Things sure have
changed a lot since then..........
Suzanne Garrett Cullen
Class of '56
Was it Arthur Maisel’s who had someone in
the front window fixing those scrambled eggs cones?
I loved them.
Pat Koziuk Driscoll, 1956
My mother went to work at Gertz in '56 or '57
when Republic Aviation went on strike (Dad worked
at Republic). My memory of Mid-Island Plaza is
when, on Friday evenings, Dad and I would have
dinner with Mom at Long's Chinese Restaurant.
Chet Nichols (WA)
Class of '58
I, too loved your memories of the Mid Island Plaza. If my memory has not
failed me I remember the Food Store in that Plaza was called Food Fair
and when I was 16 I got my first job being a checker there. It was very
convenient because when I got my paycheck I only had to go around the
corner to spend it in Lerner's Clothing Store. Am I remembering this
correctly.?.. It would have been 1958-59.
Jacci LaSalle Gallucci (59)
Re: pretzel man
There were five others who sold those pretzels
- at the Labor Day Parades, too - one was Mike
H., another was yours-truly. The others - the owner,
his son and the son's girlfriend.
Walt Schmidt "65
I was wondering if anyone remembers the locomotive
pulling into the Hicksville Railroad Station. I
would wait on the steps of an old church (I think
there is a bank at the site now), waiting for my
father to come home from work. He was a NYC fireman
in Jackson Heights. Also, I remember that where
Mid-Island Shopping Plaza was built was no more
than a field. There was some sort of dairy in the
area; our class went on a field trip there in the
third or fourth grade (?). And how about the field
trip to Zorn's to
see all the turkeys in cages? Anyone remember that?? Thanks for this great
newsletter; it brings back many good memories.
Sue Voelbel Dalton, 1965
We're back from our GA Mountain home but miss
it already. Loved the crisp cool weather up there.
We felt so full of life and excitement. You all
know how we love the mountains but with Bud's Navy
career always lived by a beach. We were so busy
buying furniture in NC, only 8 miles to the state
line and what a difference in price. I finally
got my big 4-poster bed like Scarlet O'Hara. Since
I read the book the summer we moved from Brooklynwhen
I was 10, I always felt I was her, reincarnated,
so I think we'll name our home Ginny and Bud's "Tara".
The people are wonderful and made us feel so welcome.
I know we'll be happy.
It was good to get home to FL to see the kids
and grandkids although our dear friends, Lynn and
Paul couldn't get out of town fast enough!!! We
do have a "little project" we may ask
of you when you get back!!!! Especially enjoyed
seeing Andrew, our Grandson, sing with the Chorus
at the High School. What a voice and so handsome.
It comes from the Irish side of the family, my
Ginny Elwood Bowen, 1956
In the article about the "old Garden" on
59th St. there was a reason Betty made it to Penn
Station in time. The old garden was on 49th & 50th
between 8th & 9th Avenues.
Chris Andersen, 1967
I'm trying to locate a Charlie Argyle for another
classmate. They say he was from a class in the
late '40's or early '50's. I have no record of
him in the class of '48 & '49. If you could
put a small blip in your next newsletter, I would
Art Lembke, 1949
Does anyone on our "list" know the whereabouts
of Lauren Burwasser? She graduated with my class
in 1978. The last thing I remember seeing of her
was on a billboard on Long Island for some radio
station. Is she still living in New York? Just
looking to reconnect with an old friend. Please
email me direct with any info at LIDuck428@yahoo.com if
you are still in contact with her. Thanks.
Hockey Memories Yesterday & Hicksville Hockey
Betty, I have some of the same memories since
we graduated in the same year. Having played all
my life, I even had the fortune to work at the
rink in Long Beach where the Rangers lived and
practiced from 73-76. In the summer of 73, we were
preparing the rink to open and used to take a break
to skate in what would be the Rangers practice
slot from 10:00-12:00 Noon as they hadn't moved
into town yet for training camp.
The earliest of arrivals was Jean Ratelle and Brad Park. In checking out
the rink one morning, they asked the manager who was on the ice and he
told them it was just a few of the employees "taking a recreation
break". They asked if they could join us on the ice and the manager
said, "Sure!" This became a daily thing and as more players moved
in, Park & Ratelle told them we were skating daily prior to training
camp. By the time two weeks went by, we were playing every day with more
and more Rangers... Giacomin and Villemure were in the nets, Seiling, Neilson,
Stemkowski, Marrotte, Gilbert, Middleton, Hickey, etc. It was the thrill
of a lifetime! I happened to bring it up to Gilbert at a golf outing and
he remembered it
On another hockey note...
The HICKSVILLE ICE HOCKEY CLUB will celebrate its 45th year next season
and is still touted as "Long Island's Oldest High School Hockey
Club". The Alumni Association is considering putting together a
hard cover book to commemorate this achievement. We are looking for any
old stories and/or photographs. I remember names like Chris Anderson,
Kenny Flood, Bob
Kondzielaski, Bob Delaney, John Wayne Collins, Barry Collins, among others.
Anyone who knows the whereabouts of players prior to '72 and especially
those who used to skate at the old rink at Roosevelt Field, please contact
me at LIOHSHC@att.net
That stands for Long Island's Oldest High School
Hockey Coach. This January 10th, is season number
33 for me, I will coach my 600th Hicksville Varsity
Hockey Game. For more on Hicksville Hockey visit: www.hicksvillehockey.com
Thanks for your time
Bill Alonge '72
I noticed that John Turi signed up. I would like
to find out if he has a number or e-mail so I could
get in touch with him. I am on vacation now staying
at Lee Lincoln’s in Christmas, Fl. It’s
a lot warmer than New York. It was 22° when
I left on the 26th of Dec. I have been living on
the water in Lindenhurst, NY for the last seven
years and still racing Drag Boats as a hobby for
the last eight years.
John Cole, 1961
I am trying to locate Niel Pizzarella class of
1961.George Elia " The Greek " class
of 1961. Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Hello to
everyone and thanks for all the memories.
Bob Casale asked for memorable experiences in
HHS. Mine was more in the “ most embarrassing
moment” category. I was selected to go to
Empire Girls’ State in my junior year. I
don’t remember too much about the trip except
for the strong sulfur smell coming from the springs
in Saratoga. I do remember that we stayed in the
dorms of Skidmore College and took classes daily
don’t recall what we were supposed to be studying; government, I
My strongest memory is of the trip to NYC to catch
the train to Saratoga. I had to take the LIRR during
commuter time so the cars were full. I carried
my handbag, a suitcase, an umbrella and my tennis
racket. As I boarded, I poked a man with my umbrella.
Then when I turned to apologize, I whacked another
man with my tennis racket. I am surprised that
they didn’t put me off the train. But those
were the days before road rage. (I am still known
as Ms Klutz!)
I heard that one of my classmates, Eric Weller,
was President of Skidmore in later years. Does
anyone know how to contact him?
Pat Koziuk Driscoll, 1956
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AEileen O’Halloran Holmes
Class of 1961
As told to Bob Casale
“I always wanted to be a nurse,” Eileen
said to me. “ And some people actually call me
Cherry Ames. Do you remember those books,”
Eileen’s dream of becoming a nurse was a vision that was part of her
life for years. She dreamed about it and prayed that she would be able to fulfill
her life ambition. That vision became a reality. Eileen graduated from St.
Vincent’s Hospital School of Nursing in New York City in 1964. Her lifetime
goal of becoming a registered nurse was now a legitimate result of years of
dedication to a goal.
Eileen has worked as a registered nurse for the past 40 years. Her initial
start at St. Vincent’s was in a medical/surgical unit. . Eileen moved
onto a more prestigious position in the Emergency Room (ER) of Meadowbrook
Hospital, now known as NCMC (Nassau County Medical Center). It was there she
met Paul Holmes, who was a Correction Officer at the Nassau County Correctional
Facility that is adjacent to the hospital. Paul was a transportation specialist…he
would escort prisoners from the jail to the ER at the hospital. Paul and Eileen
dated for a while, and then they were married…and have been for 36 years.
I left the ER when I got married and worked as a
Private Duty Nurse, Industrial Nurse and Camp Nurse
part time while raising my family. The family consists
of three children…and now two grandchildren.
When my youngest started school, I became a school
nurse at Locust Valley High School. This enabled
me to be off when the children had vacations and
days off from school.”
Eileen stayed at the high school in Locust Valley for five years, and then
came back to her roots. She worked as a school nurse within the Hicksville
School District for twenty years. Her assignment was at Holy Family School. “ I
retired in 2000 from the school district but was not really ready to retire
from nursing,” Eileen said. “ So, I went to work at the Nassau
County Correctional Center in the Medical
Unit. I was ready for real retirement in 2002 and ready to collect a pension.
At least that was my intention,” she said.
Six months later I was asked to work for the NYS
Health Department, doing surveys at the Nassau County
clinics for the summer. Then about a year and a half
ago, I was asked to come back to work at NUMC in
the Quality Management Dept. I am retired but I love
nursing, so I work two days a week. It keeps me up
to date on what is happening in my chosen profession.”
Eileen did her share of “MOM” activities over the past 35 years.
She has been a Brownie Leader, a Den Mother, a Youth Counselor, a Cafeteria
Volunteer and Class Mother. Eileen is involved in arts and crafts as a hobby
and traveling in a 36-foot motor home that Paul and Eileen bought after his
retirement as a Lieutenant at the Nassau County Correctional Center. During
the past several years, Eileen has reacquainted herself with classmates she
did not know very well while at Hicksville High.
Eileen said, “Paul and I joined a model railroad club (LIGRS) and it
was there I met Barbara (Skuza) Poppe.” “ Then we joined a Camping
Club,” Eileen recounted, “and we met Richard Griffith.” “ It
is a small world,” Eileen suggests. “ Do you know what it’s
like to have a lifetime friend,” Eileen said to me? I do have one and
know the meaning, but Eileen expressed it best. “ I have maintained a
life long friendship (since 3rd grade) with a fellow classmate…and I
will forever be grateful for this friendship…thank you Janet (Emery)
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On Sunday Oct. 23 rd a group of Hicksville High School
classmates living in Florida got together at Bill and
Barbara (Ray) Novinski's house in Beverly Hills Florida
for a get together. Those present were Barbara (Fellows)
Cava "56" and Charles P. Cava "55",
Rosemary (Panico) Minichello "56", and Joe
Minichello, Dolores (Edsel) Frey "56" and
Rudy Frey "54", Daryl Witfoth and Rosemary
Moran "55" and Joan (Sullo) Joachim "55".
Barbara (Ray) Novinski would have graduated in '55
but moved away before graduation. A great time
was had by all and everything was discussed from remembering how Hicksville
was during the '50's to remembering certain teachers to what we all were doing
over the past 50 years. A lot of laughs were had by all and Bill and Barbara
put out a fine spread of food. Nobody went home hungry. Those who graduated
in '55 said they where all going to try and make the 50 year reunion this coming
Oct. Before that though everyone said we should try and get together often.
Most of the girls wanted to know if anyone knew the whereabouts of Phebe E.
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15% of U.S. women send themselves flowers on Valentine's
73% of people who buy flowers for Valentine's
Day are men, while only 27 percent are women.
About 1 billion Valentine's Day cards are exchanged
each year. That's the largest seasonal card-sending
occasion of the year, next to Christmas.
About 3% of pet owners will give Valentine's Day
gifts to their pets.
Alexander Graham Bell applied for his patent on
the telephone, an " Improvement in Telegraphy",
on Valentine's Day, 1876.
Cupid, another symbol of Valentines Day, became
associated with it because he was the son of Venus,
the Roman god of love and beauty. Cupid often appears
on Valentine cards holding a bow and arrows because
he is believed to use magical arrows to inspire
feelings of love.
During the late 1800s, postage rates around the
world dropped, and the obscene St. Valentine's
Day card became popular, despite the Victorian
era being otherwise very prudish. As the numbers
of racy valentines grew, several countries banned
the practice of exchanging Valentine's Days cards.
During this period, Chicago's post office rejected
more than 25,000 cards on the grounds that they
were so indecent, they were not fit to be carried
through the U.S. mail.
February 14, 270 A.D.: Roman Emperor Claudius
II, dubbed "Claudius the Cruel," beheaded
a priest named Valentine for performing marriage
ceremonies. Claudius II had outlawed marriages
when Roman men began refusing to go to war in order
to stay with their wives.
Humorous valentines of the 19th century were called "Vinegar
Valentines" or " Penny Dreadfuls." Vinegar
Valentines were introduced in 1858 by John McLaughin,
a Scotsman with a New York City Publishing Business.
Penny Dreadfuls with comic designs drawn in 1870
by American cartoonists Charles Howard became known
as Penny Dreadfuls.
In 1929 in Chicago, gunmen in the suspected employment
of organized-crime boss Al Capone murder seven
members of the George "Bugs" Moran North
Siders gang in a garage on North Clark Street.
The so-called St. Valentine's Day Massacre stirred
a media storm centered on Capone and his illegal
Prohibition-era activities and motivated federal
authorities to redouble their efforts to find evidence
incriminating enough to take him off the streets.
Only the U.S., Canada, Mexico, France, Australia
and the U.K. celebrate Valentine's Day.
Pat Koziuk Driscoll, 1956 (FL)
Linda Piccerelli Hayden, 1960 (NJ)
Bob Casale, 1961 (HX)
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