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Volume 3 Number 11
FROM THE EDITORS:
Each month many newsletters are returned with the "mailbox
over quota" message. If you have missed a copy
and wish to have another sent to you, please let us
The really old issues have been archived by Bob Casale.
He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Recently we have been made aware that SPAM killers are
rejecting the newsletter. If you know of someone who
has not been receiving the newsletter, please tell him
or her to add email@example.com
to his or her "friends" list. This may have
something to do with us sending out the newsletter using
the blind carbon copy. However, with 457 addresses now
on the distribution list, it would make the newsletter
2 pages longer and many people do not want their email
made available to everybody.
Hicksville High School has honored many of its alumni
throughout the years. There is a hall of fame within
the school, and nominees from years past are listed
there. These students, our friends, have distinguished
themselves in communities throughout the United States.
In certain instances, their impact has been noticed
We feel we have only touched the surface in recognizing
some of our alumni. We have established a Hall of Fame
that is set up at classmates.com ...link to Hall Of
Fame Hicksville High School
Please take the time to look at the site. Those listed
have certainly impacted our lives. There are many others
that are deserving of being included for obvious reasons.
We want to see them listed but need help in establishing
the criteria that warrants their inclusion.
Take a moment soon and please think about someone who
has gone beyond the norm that should be part of our
Hall of Fame...
Look at the following and see some of your friends from
years past...link to Brooklyn Bridge Photo circa 1969
Jim Cutropia, 1963 (NM)
Margaret Wangenheim-Manjarrez, 1964 (IN
Bob Steedman, 1958 (AZ))
Bonnie Brigandi, 1974 (FL)
David Gaudio, 1977
Pat Koziuk Driscoll, 1956 (FL)
John Sherin, 1956 (HX)
Torrilee Christianson Hill, 1978
Barbara Barnett Edwards, 1964 W.T.Clark HS
Carolyn Bartlett Richman, 1976 (FL)
Belated birthday wishes to Steve Backman (1962)
June 19thand Lynne Ann Lombardi (1971) July 4th
Happy 150th birthday to Central Park
8/6/1960 - Sandi (Olsen) and Bob Trenka (CO)
Belated wishes and a sincere apology to Arlene
Hi all.........You forgot our Anniversary - July
5th 2003 is One (1) Year that Vic Sahadachny and
I (Arlene Andrade) were married after first meeting
again after 45 years (1957 Graduation from HHS).
We have never been happier. This is the best
time of our lives. We live in Boynton Beach, Florida
and also have a home in Bowie, Maryland. Would
love to hear from any old friends. Love the Newsletter
and thanks to everyone that is part of it.
Fondest regards..........Arlene & Vic Sahadachny
News and Notes and Memories
Katherine Claire O'Donnell, age 53, of Harleysville,
PA, died on July 3, 2003 after an extended battle with
cancer. Born on December 20, 1949 in Brooklyn, NY, she
was the daughter of William J. and Muriel C. O'Donnell.
Always known for her straightforward approach to life,
she was the president of the Cold Spring/Garrison Chamber
of Commerce for two terms.
Katherine was an entrepreneur, managing Elaine's Restaurant
in NYC for many years before running a number of restaurants
on her own and then creating the Main Street Café
in Cold Spring, NY.
She is survived by her Mother, Muriel C. O'Donnell of
Harleysville, Pennsylvania, two daughters, Katie Nora
Tillman and Mary Tillman of Pennsylvania and one grand-daughter,
Makayla Tillman. Also surviving are 4 siblings, William
J. O'Donnell, Jr. of Colorado, Kevin O'Donnell of Pennsylvania,
Brian O'Donnell of Cold Spring, NY, and Charlotte O'Donnell
of Colorado. In addition Katherine is survived by her
ex-husband, Jerry Tillman.
Private cremation took place in King of Prussia, PA.
A private celebration of her life was held on Saturday,
July 12th in Pennsylvania.
(Her brother Brian wrote the above)
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News, Notes and Memories
Long Island's premiere band
"Mid-life Crisis" will be at Singleton's
Bethpage outdoor BBQ/happy hour this Friday Aug.
1st, from 5:00 'til 11:00! Join us for a great time
as we play the tunes you love to dance and listen
to!!! Located on the NE corner of Rte 107 &
Hempstead Tpke (731-7065)
Thanks for the newsletter. Nice to see what people
are doing. For what its worth:
I (Roslyn Goldmacher) graduated 1971. My twin sister
Shelley "graduated" with a Special Ed
degree in 1972. Our older sister Beth graduated
1967. Beth was the first female trumpet player in
the Hicksville bands. She and her husband Mark are
attorneys in Westbury. Shelley lives in Rockville
Center and works at the Nassau AHRC Workshop three
days/week, at Beth's law office on the computer
one day/week, and at my company one day/week. I
am President/CEO of the Long Island Development
Corporation, a not for profit regional economic
development corporation which makes loans to small
businesses in Nassau and Suffolk Counties and provides
free counseling to help them obtain government contracts.
LIDC has made $650 million in loans to small LI
companies and helped them obtain over $610 million
in government contracts. Our main lending program
is a long-term, low fixed rate subordinate mortgage
loan program to help small businesses buy buildings
on Long Island. My mom and I continued to live in
Hicksville until last year. Then, after 42 years
in Hicksville, we moved to Westbury. Recently, Shelley
and I threw ourselves a 50th birthday party at Huntington
Town House- with 240 attendees, games, music and
lots of fun. Among the Hicksvillians attending:
Arnie (Debbie) Arnesen-class of 1971- now in New
Hampshire- has had an interesting career as a New
Hampshire state legislator, then a writer, professor
at Harvard, now a radio talk show host
Lynne Ann Lombardi- class of 1971- actuary with
Price Waterhouse Coopers in NYC- (Happy July 4 birthday
to Lynne)-after years of dancing at Pegge O'Connor's
School of Dance in Hicksville, Lynne is still at
it, although now she dances with the likes of Liza
Minelli at a studio in NY.
Missing from the party but still in touch with:
Vicki Mehr-class of 1971- violin teacher in Buffalo
Robin Jacobson- class of 1971-writer, performer,
nationally recognized poet in San Francisco, Calif.
Patty Kurtz- class of 1971-attorney retired from
international corporate law, residing in NYC and
I graduated in 1961. I live now in Naples, Florida
after living in New Jersey, Chicago, San Francisco
area, and Los Angeles, California. My husband passed
away about 8yrs ago from Cancer. He gave me very
fond memories and two great daughters who have given
me 4 grandchildren. Would love to hear from some
of my classmates who live in Florida!
Looking forward to our reunion next year!
Have a great 4th of July!
Rochell Herman Baron, 1961
Bill (1962) and Vi Mathon (1968) Reilly have lived
in Carrollton, TX for the last 30 years. They are
new readers to the newsletter and are very interested
in a reunion.
Thank you for yet another interesting newsletter.
Because I lived overseas for many years, I never
made it to a class reunion. I am very interested
in l959 class reunion, and would appreciate any
information you may have.
Lillian (Giller) Gordon, 1959
(Gene Yetter - are you out there?)
Hi my name is Eileen Kessler Lee (63). I'm looking
for old friends from HS and neighbors from Salem
Road.... my email is: Gmaeil3@aol.com
Hope to hear from you really soon....
Chris Andersen, 1967, is collecting old yearbooks
and sends the following note:
"Great newsletter as always. Bob Casale sent
me a lot of the old newsletters, which I enjoyed.
I picked up my '51 yearbook last week and I'm enjoying
that. Here's a 1950's style question, "which
tavern did your father frequent?" I bet that
would generate a lot of good stories for the newsletter!
My father went to Petsky's, which was on Woodbury
Rd. We lived on Smith St. so he could just walk
up the block. Thank God for small favors! [No driving
The owner used to have a little farm right there
at the bar. There was a bull and many chickens on
the front lawn. Later it became the Hiway Tavern
and was frequented by my age group. It was knocked
down in the late 1980's (Jan. 1988, I think) and
there are houses on it now. It was a good neighborhood
place right up until the end. I miss it. Take care,
I moved to Orlando, Florida in 1957 with a football
scholarship to the Univ. of Florida. I've been in
the finance business for the past 40 years.
Married with four children, my youngest son is a
senior at Columbia Univ. in NYC. I'm thankful he's
the last! My oldest daughter is a Pediatrician,
my oldest son is a busy building contractor and
my youngest daughter is a grade school teacher.
I missed the 57-class reunion due to a death in
the family; I was looking forward to attending.
I look forward to hooking up with all the class
of 57 Floridians. I'm excited, God Bless All.
Tel.No. 866-293-2092 Fax: 407-331-0466 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Steve Goldsmith, 1957
I recently bought The Essential Bill Joel, a two
CD album and one of the pieces is Waltz # 1 (Nunley's
Carousel) and it brought back many memories to me.
How many of you remember Nunley's Happyland on Hempstead
Turnpike? The last time I was there was on a rainy
Sunday afternoon with my children - way back in
the 1960's. They loved the boat ride and the Skee
Pat Koziuk Driscoll, 1956
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Sunday, July 27, 2003 9:32 AM
Went to Delaney's last night for dinner. The mini reunion
didn't really happen, but dinner was superb.
In addition to Ed and Maryanne Delaney, John Pizzariella
from the Class of 1959 was there and several friends,
Karen Wieman, Gary and Colleen Holstein and Joe and
Eileen Reinhardt. The discussion covered a wide range
of topics. For the most part, there were always several
conversations in progress with everyone adding their
two cents to whatever was being said.
One thing we did discuss was a real mini reunion perhaps
in October when the rigors of summer are over and there
is a return to normalcy. We vowed, too, never to do
it again during the summer months...that's a promise.
So, if you are really interested in a mini reunion in
October, please convey your interest to Bob Casale at
Pizza and I got into a discussion about the reunion
the class of 1961 will hold next May.
It is time for the class of 1959 to have their reunion...the
45th. There is a lot of interest from that year and
wouldn't it be appropriate to combine 1959 with 1961.
We already have several people from the class of 1960
and the class of 1962 that have announced they are going
to attend the reunion in 2004.
I remember the last 1959 reunion. There was a nice
representation of alumni from that class. My presence
at the reunion was the fulfillment of a promise...to
represent my sister Eileen Casale and my "special"
friend, Christine Heidt. Both said they would attend
the next reunion, and it is time. They both live in
There will be an announcement in the September newsletter
concerning the particulars of the 2004 reunion.
Please let us hear from any alumni from 1959 through
1962 about joining the class of 1961 at their 2004 reunion.
Class of 1961
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Reprinted from Mystery Guild Food & Cuisine Newsletter:
When Bad Coffee Was Grounds For Divorce
By the 16th century, the Turks were hooked on coffee.
Turkey had become the world's leading coffee distributor--with
markets in Syria, Egypt, Persia, and Venice--despite
the fact that the country did not actually produce coffee.
And the beverage was just as important to the Turks
as the product was to their economy: Not only did wealthy
Turks employ full-time coffee stewards, but Turkish
women could divorce their husbands if the man failed
to keep his family's pot filled with coffee.
The story of coffee begins, however, in Ethiopia. According
to tradition, it was here that a goat herder named Kaldi
observed his charges getting rather frisky after eating
the berries of a certain bush. The curious Kaldi sampled
the berries himself and found that they had a similar
effect on him. His discovery was especially welcome
among the local monks, who were likely to fall asleep
in the middle of their lengthy prayers without it.
Muslim pilgrims who ventured into North Africa, Turkey,
and Persia brought coffee with them, and the drink's
popularity grew when the Koran forbade the consumption
of alcohol in the early 1400s. Eventually, coffee made
its way to Europe, where coffeehouses in London, Paris,
Venice, and Vienna became places where members of all
classes met and conversed.
Today, coffee is a huge part of the global economy.
The coffee trade employs more than 20 million people
(5 million in Brazil alone), and 400 billion cups of
coffee are consumed every year--a third of them by Americans.
Pat Koziuk Driscoll, 1956, FL
Linda Piccerelli Hayden, 1960, NJ
Bob Casale, 1961, HX and PA
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