July 2004
Volume 4 Number 10

Yes, we made a mistake. June’s newsletter should have been number 9.

July Birthdays and Anniversaries
Welcome to Our New Readers
News, Notes and Memories
Hall of Fame


July Birthdays


Kay Iller Byrne, 1956 (SC)


June Drummond DeBaun, 1968


Wendy Karen Stuart, 1957 (MA)


Jeanette Martello Lupis, 1959 (FL)


Frederick Heck, 1970 (FL)
Louis Sirocusa, 1968 (NH)
Loretta Lorenzo Seibert, 1956 (CA)


“Woody” Wood, 1968 (HX)


Eileen Greenberg Ingala, 1961 (KY)
Lynne Ann Lombardi, 1971


Cynthia Claus Ferguson, 1974


Arline Barna, 1956 (FL)


Elyse Marlin Leshin, 1961 (AZ)


Nancy Alfano O’Geary-Smith, 1966 (IA)
Dottie Gallahue Donovan


Linda Piccerelli Hayden, 1960 (NJ)


Thomas Fellenz, 1949
James Rodecker, 1966


Carole Kiever Ohliger, 1957 (PA)
Bill Powers, 1963 (CA)


Gary Gaffney, 1970 (FL)


Charlie Cava, 1955 (FL)


Tanya Hawrylowicz Radgowski, 1962 (GA)


Vinnie Luisi, 1972, FL




Barbara Fellows Cava, 1956 (FL)
Guy Kowalski, 1972

Belated wishes to Linda Zuckerman Rausch, 1960, June 11th.


July Anniversaries

7/1/1973 – Judy (Pugliese) and Warren Alfano
7/1/1978 – Christina (Moulton) and Rick Morian (TX)
7/2/1966 – Adele (Herrmann) and John Ziegler (AZ)
7/5/2002 – Arlene (Andrade) and Vic Sahadachny (MD)
7/7/1984 – Christine (Shea) and Steve LoMonaco
7/18/1964 – Linda (Piccerelli) and Claude Hayden (NJ)
7/18/1982 – Mary Ann (Walkowski) and Bob Westervelt (WA)

Belated wishes to Mary Ann (Vallina) and Frank Smith, 6/14/1963

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Welcome to Our New Readers

  • Chester (Chet) Nicols - 1958
    DOB; 11/19 - Wife; Betty - Anny; 12/01/62

  • Neil Lewis - 1960
    Lives in Georgia

  • Bonnie Scharr Papes – 1961
    Riviera Beach, FL

  • Steve Peck - 1968

  • James Carpinone - 1972
    DOB; 1/13 - Wife Angela - Anny; 11/02/80
    Oakdale, NY

  • Diane Lobel - 1973

  • Christopher Composto - 1979
    DOB; 12/30
    Hicksville NY

  • Bill Smith – Cold Spring Harbor HS – year unknown

  • Mary Ann Vallina Smith
    and Frank Smith – grad. years unknown
    Live on L.I.

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News, Notes and Memories

  • AOL had blocked @tampabay.rr.com and 3+ pages of names were returned last month. A special mailing was sent from the backup account to all those returned addresses. After contacting Road Runner and sending the info they requested, the problem has been resolved.

    We received many notes that made the special mailing worthwhile. An example:

    “Please don't eliminate me!!! I've been enjoying the newsletter since I heard about it. I haven't received one in a couple of months, but I’m glad to see that it's catching on with those who graduated in the 70's. I was never notified if the class of '76 even had a 25th reunion, but I enjoy hearing about everyone else's. Thanks for doing a wonderful job!

    Ann '76”


    Your editors

  • I have a request.... I am looking for a person from Hicksville for a friend. Would any of you know her??? Here is the information I have on her:

    Her name is Maureen Renahan she may have graduated in ‘66-‘68 (not sure). Renahan is her maiden name. I know she had a fairly big family. She had a sister, Bernadette. That's about all I remember. I'm 56 and I think she was a year or two younger then I. She probably graduated in 1967 - 68. If anyone knows this family, would they please drop me an email at marilyn@stny.rr.com? Thanks for your help!!!

    Marilyn (Bowles) Nejman, class of 1966

  • Hi, I'm writing Billy Joel's biography. Billy knows about it and is participating, although we both agreed that it will not be an "authorized" book.

    I have spoken to some of you already, but am looking for as many as I can to talk with to insure the accuracy and integrity of this book.

    If you knew Billy, Judy or his parents would you please contact me at bill@fishunlimited.org, or call me at 631-357-3745. I'll be glad to answer any of your questions, but cannot stress enough that this book is factual and not a hatchet job.

    Thank you, and I look forward to hearing from you.

    Bill Smith (Cold Spring Harbor HS)

  • Hi from Bowie, MD...

    Vic and I will be celebrating our 2nd Wedding Anniversary on July 5, 2004. We have been back to Maryland from Florida since the end of January. Alterations to our Bowie home are just about completed. We had a great time remodeling the entire house, inside and out. Waiting for the final touches during the next few weeks.

    We are enjoying the change of seasons here, and only miss our friends in Florida. We have had visits from a couple of our friends from Florida and we are looking forward to visiting them this winter.

    Vic and I will be celebrating our Anniversary at Caesar's Palace in Atlantic City from July 5th thru the 9th and are planning to be on L.I. on the 3rd of July to celebrate the 4th with family and friends.

    Hi to all. Best regards,

    Vic and Arlene (Andrade) Sahadachny (class of 1957)

  • Arlene also sends us this “slice of life” story about a cat:


    You, guys, are doing a fantastic job at the Hicksville Newsletter. Vic and I, in particular, enjoy reading personal stories from our classmates that you include in the Newsletter from time to time. I have a note that I sent to Liz (Munkel) Lester, class of 1957, that you may include on a slow day at the office. Truth is sometimes a lot stranger than fiction. Keep up the good work. Arlene (Andrade) Sahadachny (1957)


    Hi, Liz,

    I'm rushing to tell you about the ever-developing saga of our poor, lost, and starving cat, Ms Percy -- named so because she never gave up but "persevered" in adopting us as her new owners. Because of our kind hearts and tender feelings, she was taken to the Vet to get examined and spayed (if her condition required it); had her age estimated (two or three years old); got de-wormed and de-worming pills; had her ears cleaned and medicine bought for that purpose; got special flea repellent medication; got Rabies shots and tag; was enrolled in a health plan for a year at $19.00 a month and $69.00 initial fee.

    A trip to PetSmart got her washed, groomed, and a lovely, new, collar put around her neck. As advised by the Vet, a ten-pound bag of special, vitamin-enriched, dry, food was purchased. A perpetual water and food dispenser was bought. A special cage for travel was bought -- along with a much larger one for her to live in on the porch. For her comfort in the new cage, a well padded, felt and nylon-cloth home was inserted. And, finally, the entire home was placed about a foot above ground (to keep ants and other bugs out) in a corner of our porch, away from the wind.

    But on returning home that day from the Vet and PetSmart, Percy disappeared. We figured that she had been petrified, riding in a travel cage in the back seat of the car. She whined and cried without stopping on the way there and back.

    As I told you on the phone, the cat showed up about a month ago. About a week after we started to feed her, we bought her a collar on which we attached the following message: "If this is your cat, please call Vic." And we wrote our telephone number on that collar. The following day the cat showed up but without the collar. And so, the story began.

    Now, a minor distraction: Thursday is trash-collecting day in Bowie, MD. Since last February, we have been placing mountains of trash for collection, as we continued to unpack from our move here from Florida. All sorts of things are put out for trash. So, late on Wednesday evening, among other things, we put out an exercise bike. As Vic continued to bring out more trash, a car pulled up and stopped right in front of where the bike was. Vic, thinking that the driver was interested in taking the perfectly good bike, asked the man, if he wanted to take the thing. "No," said the fellow. "I just want to see, where my cat is going." Glancing in the direction that the fellow was looking, Vic saw Percy walking up our driveway to our door. Stunned, Vic asked the fellow, "Your cat? How long have you had that cat?" "Oh, two or three years," replied the guy. So, Vic brought up the issue of the collar and our telephone number on it. The guy said, "Well, we saw the collar and the telephone number and my daughter said that we should call you but I never got around to doing it." He said that he keeps "Cece" outside and had him neutered so that he wouldn't be a Tomcat, chasing the females in the neighborhood.

    How do you like that? At one point in the conversation, Vic says to the fellow, "Your face is familiar. Have we met?" "Oh, sure," replied the guy." "I live six houses down from here -- around the bend. Don't you remember the time you dug this very car of my out of the snow a few years back? Remember, I was stuck over there, about thirty feet from here, and you came over with a shovel and was nice enough to dig me out?"

    Thank God for small favors! We've canceled the insurance at the Vet's and returned the stuff to PetSmart. We are absolutely delighted not to have responsibility for Ms Percy-Cece. We can come and go -- and do with our lives -- as we please, knowing that "Ms Percy" is not, in fact, homeless.

    I want especially to thank you, Liz, for your ear and advice in this Three Stooges Act of ours. Let's keep in touch. A special "hello" to you and Jerry from Vic. Arlene”

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    at the DOWNTOWN
    ON JULY 9, 2004

    Don't miss this great show!!!

    PATTI HUNTER on vocals will be fronting the MAMA RAY BAND

    190 MAIN ST.

    Please call Coney Island Korman for early ticket buy
    ....516 935 0742........
    c ya there

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Hall of Fame

The July 2004 Inductee into the Hicksville High School Newsletter Hall of Fame.. Roslyn D. Goldmacher, HHS, Class of 1971

Roslyn D. Goldmacher is a member of the prestigious Hicksville High School Hall of Fame. Her many achievements over the years is the reason she was considered as a candidate for admission to that fraternity of fame years ago. There isn’t one area that is considered the catalyst that earned her a spot on the fame wall. Her attention to a wide range of agenda signaled the reason for her admittance.

Roz is a founding board member of the Long Island Women’s Agenda, a coalition of women’s organizations on Long Island. Roz and Christie Brinkley were honored for their advocacy several years ago. Christie on behalf of the environment, due to her anti nuclear, stance and Roz for small business advocacy due to her work with numerous island businesses.

Roz is President, CEO and co founder of the Long Island Development Corporation- a regional not for profit economic development organization which makes loans to LI small businesses and helps them obtain government and other contracts (www.lidc.org).

Roz commented, “I founded it 24 years ago while I still had my law practice.”

LIDC has made over $600 million in direct loans to start up and existing businesses on Long Island to help them grow, create and retain jobs and beneficially impact the community. Roz said, “Our loans are made under various government programs with the major one being a long term, low fixed interest rate, second mortgage loan to help small businesses buy and construct buildings with low down payments and affordable terms.”

Roz added, “we have several financing programs, including a mini micro loan program for women entrepreneurs, tied to free technical assistance and seminars. In addition to the direct loans of $600 million, our lending has leveraged additional conventional financing to be invested in capital and other projects on LI. The total capital investment from our activities is over $1.5 billion. Some 35,000 jobs have been retained and/or created due to our loans.”

“We also run,” Roz said, “a procurement technical assistance center which provides free counseling to help entrepreneurs obtain and perform on government and private sector contracts to expand their businesses- we have obtained over $900 million in government contracts to date.”

“We started the first (and still the only) Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) certified by the US Treasury in the nation,” Roz said.

“The idea was to lend to and work with female entrepreneurs,” she added.

“The fund was started to help defense dependent manufacturers on LI diversify and to help commercial fishermen negatively impacted by pollution or regulation.”

You can read about some of our borrowers/clients at www.lidc.org.

Roz is on the national board of SCORE (Service Corps. of Retired Executives).

This organization consists of some 11,000 volunteer executives who provide free counseling to entrepreneurs. Roz also is chairperson of the LI Advisory Board.

“I currently Chair the LI Fund for Sustainable Development and am Treasurer of its affiliates -Sustainable LI and LI Redevelopment Institute,” Roz said. “These organizations promote economic development which is environmentally sound and promotes social equity. Our work includes visioning in blighted communities and then helping those communities to move forward with revitalization efforts.”

Roz is VP of the LI Business Development Council, LI's oldest networking group for economic developers and founded and chair the LIBDC Scholarship Fund at Hofstra University's Business Development Center.

She founded and was past President of WEDLI (Women Economic Developers of LI)- a group of high level women in economic development on LI. Roz provides a scholarship through WEDLI for female entrepreneurs or women involved in economic development who want to advance their training.

“In the past,” Roz said, “I helped found and served on boards of organizations such as National Association of Women Business Owners LI Chapter (I still chair NAWBO's LI Investment Club- the first in the nation)... I have served as appointee of several successive NYS Governors on the executive committee of the NYS Regional Economic Development Council which provides assistance to LI economic development and the NYS Incubator Task Force which provided funding for the business incubators here... I served on Women’s Advisory Councils for three successive Nassau County Executives and on the Bi County Peacetime and Defense Diversification Council for two Suffolk County Executives...etc etc etc…”

Currently, Roz is also involved in several cultural and charitable entities on LI that contribute to the quality of life and economic development on Long Island. Roz is chairperson (for the past 14 years) of the annual economic development effort of the LI Classic- an annual golf event of the Sr PGA Classic. “Our project,” she said, “places the tournament on national/international TV and we use the commercial time to promote LI as a place to do business and as a tourism destination.”

The list goes on…Roz is on the board of the LI Community Foundation- a branch of the NY Community Trust which distributes philanthropic dollars on LI; on the board of the Girl Scouts of Suffolk County (previously served on Nassau Girl Scouts' board); and Roz was proud to say she was the first artistically Challenged member of the board of directors of the Art League of Long Island- a 45 year old forum for artists, providing gallery space, exhibitions, classes and camps.

Roz has been honored by many organizations including the NYS Legislature; Newsday; Long Island Business News; National Association of Women Business Owners and the Center for Family Resources to name a few. Most recently Roz was named Fundraiser of the Year at Philanthropy Day.

Any Hicksville High alumni who own a small business or are thinking of creating a small business, have them contact me at biz-loans@lidc.org or gov-contracts@lidc.org or call me at 516- 433- 5000.

There are additional accomplishments too lengthy to list here. Suffice it to say. We are proud to admit Roz into the Hicksville High School Newsletter Hall of Fame.

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2004 Reunion Available on Film…

Gary Holstein and Mike Jaycox, friends of Hicksville alumni, did some filming on Friday at Delaney’s and again Saturday at the Holiday Inn. They will provide a video from the reunion in two forms, DVD and VHS tape. They hope to have it ready by the end of June. The DVD will have menus to access different chapters; i.e. Delaney’s, Nite Riders, Opening act by Dennis Naso, or just play all. The VHS is just straight play. Both will contain about 30 minutes of the most interesting highlights of the night plus still photos provided by others.

Listed below are prices and additional options. DVD Keep Boxes and printed discs are quite involved with artwork, special discs and printers. Therefore, substantial interest in these options will have to be met in order for them to be worthwhile to produce.

DVD Keep Box with Printed Inserts
It’s the same as the box the DVD comes in when you buy it at the store, approximately 7.5” by 5.5”. The artwork will have to be designed and will probably be the Comet logo with additional pictures. There will be no VHS art.

Printed Discs:
Artwork printed directly on the disk (special type of disk, special type of printer). Not a paper label. Paper labels can unbalance the disk enough to screw up the playback. The mastic can come unglued by the heat generated laser beam and the glue can totally destroy your player.

Standard DVD in a white envelope…$25.00

Printed DVD in Keep Box w/insert…$40.00 (if enough interest is generated)

Standard VHS tape, cardboard case…$25.00

Send inquires and or orders to

Gary Holstein gholst5594@aol.com

Bob Casale bufbob@juno.com

  • Dear Classmates.

    Any one interested in a mini reunion at Delaney's on Saturday, July 10th???

    I talked with Ed...the date is good. Nothing special...we get together...for a nice evening. Pay for your own drinks and meals. Ed will set up the dining room to accommodate however many decide to attend. Just let me know via email...


    We can start around 7 or so...any suggestions??? A different Date??? Let me know. As people respond, I will start a listing similar to the one we used for the 2004 reunion.

    Warm Regards
    Bob Casale

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This month is for all you gardeners out there.

84% of a raw apple is water.
99% of the pumpkins sold in the US end up as jack-o-lanterns.
A cucumber is 96% water.
A pineapple is a berry.
According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the single-seeded fruit of the giant fan palm, or Lodoicea maldivica, can weigh 44 lbs. Commonly known as the double coconut or coco de mer, it is found wild only in the Seychelles in the Indian Ocean.
Advertisements for coffee in London in 1657 claimed that the beverage was a cure for scurvy, gout and other ills.
Almonds are the oldest; most widely cultivated and extensively used nuts in the world.
Americans eat more bananas than any other fruit: a total of 11 billion a year.
An average ear of corn has 800 kernels, arranged in 16 rows.
Arrowroot, an antidote for poisoned arrows, is used as a thickener in cooking.
Avocados have the highest calories of any fruit at 167 calories per hundred grams.
Bananas are actually herbs. Bananas die after fruiting, like all herbs do.
Cranberries are one of just 3 major fruits native to North America. Blueberries and Concord grapes are the other two.
Eggplant is a member of the thistle family.
From the 1500's to the 1700's, tobacco was prescribed by doctors to treat a variety of ailments including headaches, toothaches, arthritis and bad breath.
Ginger has been clinically demonstrated to work twice as well as Dramamine for fighting motion sickness, with no side effects.
Hydroponics is the technique by which plants are grown in water without soil.
In 1932 James Markham obtained the 1st patent issued for a tree. The patent was for a peach tree.
In the Netherlands, in 1634, a collector paid 1,000 pounds of cheese, four oxen, eight pigs, 12 sheep, a bed, and a suit of clothes for a single bulb of the Viceroy tulip.
No species of wild plant produces a flower or blossom that is absolutely black, and so far, none has been developed artificially.
Nutmeg is extremely poisonous if injected intravenously.
Oak trees do not have acorns until they are fifty years old or older.
One ragweed plant can release as many as one billion grains of pollen.
Oranges, lemons, watermelons, and tomatoes are berries.
Orchids have the smallest seeds. It takes more than 1.25 million seeds to weigh 1 gram.
Peanuts are beans.
Rice paper isn't made from rice but from a small tree which grows in Taiwan.
The California redwood - coast redwood and giant sequoia - are the tallest and largest living organism in the world.
The fragrance of flowers is due to the essences of oil which they produce.
The largest single flower is the Rafflesia or "corpse flower". They are generally 3 feet in diameter with the record being 42 inches.
The oldest living thing in existence is not a giant redwood, but a bristlecone pine in the White Mountains of California, dated to be aged 4,600 years old.
The plant life in the oceans make up about 85 percent of all the greenery on the Earth.
The popular name for the giant sequoia tree is Redwood.
The rose family of plants, in addition to flowers, gives us apples, pears, plums, cherries, almonds, peaches and apricots.
The world's tallest grass, which has sometimes grown 130 feet or more, is bamboo.
There are more than 700 species of plants that grow in the United States that have been identified as dangerous if eaten. Among them are some that are commonly favored by gardeners: buttercups, daffodils, lily of the valley, sweet peas, oleander, azalea, bleeding heart, delphinium, and rhododendron.
Wheat is the world's most widely cultivated plant; grown on every continent except Antarctica.
Willow bark, which provides the salicylic acid from which aspirin was originally synthesized, has been used as a pain remedy ever since the Greeks discovered its therapeutic power nearly 2,500 years ago.
Wine grapes, oranges, figs and olives were first planted in North America by Father Junipero Sera in 1769.

See: http://www.corsinet.com/trivia/p-triv.html for the complete list.

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

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