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Volume 2 Number 12
June Olsen Cullen, 1958 (FL)
Tom Mullin, 1967
Sue Kotowski Athenas, EMHS 1976 (L.I.)
Chris Thiel, 1961
Claramae Gross Cervino, 1964 (L.I.)
Harry Athenas, 1974 (L.I.)
Jan Breeden Manaskie, 1962 (HX)
July 28 - Charlie Cava, 1955 (FL)
July 31 - Barbara Fellows Cava, 1956 (FL)
Aug. 3 - Jim Cutropia, 1963 (NM)
Jan (Bartlett) and Arthur "Woody" Wood
(HX) 25 years
Hall of Fame
News and Notes
I'm writing to inform anyone who remembers Florence
Ziegler (58) that she passed away on July 14, 2000
in Enceintes, CA.
She rests in the Mission San Luis Rae, Oceanside,
CA. I am her brother and miss her very much.
Thanks. John Ziegler, 1963 (AZ)
In memory of all those who perished on the morning
of 9/11/2001; the passengers and the pilots on the
United Air and AA flights, the workers in the World
Trade Center and the Pentagon, and all the innocent
Our prayers go out to the friends and families of
God bless America!
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Hall of Fame
Hicksville High School Hall of Fame Nominations
Vincent G. Luisi (Class of 1972) Submitted by Carol-Ann
Luisi Saletto (Class of 1975)
My older brother, Vincent, now lives in Florida
with his wife, Lucy, and my adorable niece, Erin.
Vinnie, as I call him, is a curator of a museum
in Dunedin, Florida. (http://www.ci.dunedin.fl.us:/dunedin/library.htm).
He is very well known throughout the town of Dunedin.
He has just recently written a book called "Images
of Sports - New York Yankees - The First 25 Years"
published by Arcadia. It is a must read for any
true Yankee fan. He gets back to Hicksville several
times a year to see my mom who still lives in the
house we grew up in on Lee Avenue. My dad passed
away suddenly and unexpectedly 4-1/2 years ago.
Vinnie has taken on a new role since my dad left.
He has become a father figure to my two daughters,
Jeannie-Lee and Jenna-Rose and me. As I never left
Hicksville myself, I live not too far from Lee Avenue
and continue to tell my daughters who now attend
the high school about all the wonderful times I
had growing up in a great town. I love Vinnie so
Raymond J. Luisi (Class of 1979)
Now, onto my younger or baby brother as I call him.
Ray works for Hofstra University in Hempstead on
the grounds crew. He helps keep the campus looking
terrific. Whenever I drive by the college, I am
proud to see it and know that my brother has a hand
in making it look as great as it does.
Ray moved away from Hicksville about 12 years ago
to Tampa, Florida. When my dad passed away, he decided
to sell his recording studio and move back to Hicksville
to be close to my mom, my two daughters and me.
He means the world to us and helps us in every way
that my dad used to. Please consider these two unbelievable
and terrific guys for the Hicksville Hall of Fame.
They both deserve the recognition. I love them both
Carol-Ann Luisi Saletto (Class of 1975)
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As the newsletter approaches its second birthday, I
wish to thank all of you who have contributed your memories,
joys, sorrows and news of your current lives. I know
the newsletter is read because I received many birthday
wishes. A great big thank you to all. I also know that
people really care, even if they just know each other
through the newsletter, because I still get queries
about Debbie and Peter Sirkin. The last I heard they
were back in California and Peter was doing well.
I recently had to do some work on the address book,
again, thanks to Netscape's changes. As I clicked on
each name I remembered something about each one of you.
I sometimes send a note and the replies always have
news to share (see Jeff White's note below). There are
now 346 email addresses on our list and I invite each
of you to share with the rest of us. Hicksville has
produced many outstanding citizens and it is so nice
to read about my hometown pals. From the notes received
in the mailbox, many of you feel the same.
Bob Casale has done an outstanding job with the photo
albums on classmates.com. Take a few minutes and check
them out and add your comments and help us identify
the people and places. Bob gives the following instructions:
"Click on the below link to get to classmates.com
This should bring you to a classmates screen that shows
My Schools on the lower left side of the screen... Click
on Hicksville... This should bring you to another screen
that says Welcome to Hicksville... Scroll down to where
it says School Photo Albums...
Click on School Photo Albums... This will bring up a
screen that shows all the Hicksville albums...
There is an album named HHS Misc. Faces (Pictures from
Hicksville Past...Help us name names... Many thanks
to Imants Gulbis (Class of 1959) for sharing these photos).
The other albums are self-explanatory...view them all
Please send comments to firstname.lastname@example.org
(Pat Koziuk Driscoll) or
Again, my sincerest thanks to each of you for helping
this newsletter grow and evolve. Keep those letters
and suggestions coming.
Pat Koziuk Driscoll
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News and Notes
Linda (Piccarelli) and Claude Hayden are pleased
to announce the birth of their first grandchild.
Krystal Ann Hayden was born to their son William
and his wife Diane on August 14, 2002 at 5:45 am.
She was 7 lbs, 11 oz and 21" long.
Linda had back surgery on Thursday, August 22,
2002 and probably will not be able to sit at the
computer for a while. If you would like to send
her get-well wishes, her address is:
MRS. LINDA HAYDEN
PO BOX 216
SPARTA, NJ 07871-0216
Barbara Clark and I got together for the first
time in 37 years last weekend. What great fun! We
felt (and probably acted) like 17 year olds again!
She has committed to taking on a search for Rita
Bianchi, and I will do the same for Carol Conroy.
Does anyone know Carol's married name?
Wendy Karen Stuart (1957)
We haven't heard from Jeff White in a while and
his reply to my recent note explains why. With his
permission, I share it with you. It was written
on August 11th. (PKD)
I am doing several things right now.
My Praise Band BELIEVER is performing live at Mulligan's
in Murrieta CA on Aug 23 from 6-9. We go into the
studio next month to cut our first CD.
I will be appearing in ROBIN HOOD, a comedy as
King John Sept 22-23 at United Methodist Church
in Temecula CA.
Then THE ODD COUPLE as Oscar Madison in October
and then as the lead role in a Christmas Musical
On top of all that I am opening up a family hair
salon in September in Murrieta.
Along with my partner John Klek, we will open
2 GUYS WITH SCISSORS
FAMILY HAIR SALON
in Murrieta CA. We are meeting with the landlord
and having renovations done on the unit we are going
to rent and hope to be open sometime in Sept. I
will send detailed info as it happens.
Other than that, my daughter Jennifer - 28 will
be getting married on Dec 28 in Huntington Beach,
CA and my son Jason and his wife Cheryl are expecting
their 2nd child (our 7th grandkid) in November and
it is a boy Matthew Ryan White. We are all excited
and the next few months will be nonstop. On top
of all this I am putting in a patio and patio cover
in the backyard and tiling the patio and walkways
with Saltio Mexican tiles.
I will send more specific info of the productions
and their dates, times and locations as I find them
on my desk somewhere underneath all of the above.
My wife Dianna and daughter April are in San Francisco
for the weekend as April won a trip all expenses
paid. She took her Mom as a Christmas/Birthday/Mother's
Day gift. They will be home late tomorrow night.
I wish I had all the details for all my goings
on and will get them to you this week.
I will also send a photo of my band BELIEVER.
Thanks, Hope you can use some of this.
Jeff White, 1973
I know it's early, but I want everyone to put down
the date of our holiday concert. Friday, December
13th 2002. The location and time will follow with
This is going to be a very special concert in that
a 13-piece orchestra will accompany us. The highlight
pieces are Vivaldi's Gloria and Buxtehude's Das
They are always special, but this year's concert
will be even more so.
For those of you who will be attending from out
of town, let me know as soon as you can so that
arrangements can be made for you.
I hope all of you can make it.
David Teitel, 1968, NYC
June (Olsen, 1958) and Ed Cullen celebrated June's
birthday with a trip to Great Britain. They are
scheduled to be in North Wales on the actual day,
Sept. 2nd. June is probably reading this in a
Cybercafe, somewhere in Europe.
Tanya Hawrylowicz Radgowski , 1962 is looking for
Loretta Noce. Maybe someone who attended the recent
reunion knows Loretta's whereabouts.
If you know how to contact Loretta, please drop
a note to this newsletter and we will forward it
Jack DeVaul, 1956, has been a member of the Brentwood
Fire Dept. for 33 years. He has also played in their
percussion band for 30 years and this year they
took home the State Championship for the 9th year
in a row. You can see a photo of Jack with his glockenspiel
in the 1956 album on classmates.com
Sue Kotowski Athenas, East Meadow HS 1976 (married
to Harry Al Athenas, HHS 1974) sent the following
announcement: (Sue and her daughter Kristi Hine
have been members of the Levittown Fire Dept. for
the past year and we have posted their photo on
There are some video clips from our fire service
training on: http://www.news12.com/CDA/Articles/View/0,2869,5-5-46777-78,00.html
News 12 followed our class for five weeks. In the
second segment, that's me on the ladder when they
take the shot looking down from the instructors
view and me again climbing right after that shot.
When they talk about going up and coming down, it's
me at the bottom of the left hand side ladder.
The series is only on the website in the evening.
Go to http://www.news12.com
after 5pm and look for Inside the Academy. They
have all the clips from the week in that section.
Steve Reden, 1959 shares the following with us:
We just finished shooting a short film, a dark
comedy about a obsessive, compulsive (yeah, like
we don't know anyone like that) woman who gets a
message about eliminating sinners from her little
town. I have a featured role as an "alleged"
sinner/victim. The movie runs about 40 minutes.
The trailer and other information about the film
can be seen at www.poolsideproductions.com.
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CLASS OF 1957
Saturday, October 19, 2002 at the Islandia Marriott
(exit 58 of the L.I.E.), cocktails at 7 p.m., dinner
to follow. Cost is $65 per person. Hotel is giving
us a discount rate for those who wish to stay there,
including free transportation to and from MacArthur
airport. We'll also be meeting for brunch on Sunday
morning, before everyone heads home. Invitations
have been sent to all the classmates whose street
addresses we have. We're still waiting to hear back
from some of those registered on Classmates.Com.
10 Kendall Green Drive
Milford, CT 06460
Phone: (203) 878-7154
Well, we're getting very close to the reunion date
and we still need to get a few more people to make
our minimum guarantee of 50. If anyone hasn't yet
sent in his or her money please do so ASAP. And,
if anyone knows of any classmates we haven't contacted
yet, please let them know about the reunion.
As a last resort to reach our minimum number, if
someone wants to bring along an additional guest
please do so. If we don't get the minimum number,
then it will mean having to pay for people who aren't
there. So, get those checks in, if you haven't done
so already or try to find a classmate we've somehow
Checks can be sent to me at: 10 Kendall Green Drive,
Milford, CT 06460.
See you soon.
CLASS OF 1962
The 2002 Reunion, Hicksville High School, Class
of 1962 is history. The event was held at the Imperial
Manor in Bethpage on Saturday, August 10th. From
my pristine viewing area, I can guarantee it was
an extraordinary evening.
The festivities actually began the night before
when students that arrived several days earlier
met at Delaney's. It was not a typical Friday evening
for Ed and Maryanne Delaney, either, because it
brought back fond memories of their many years in
Hicksville. Their children were born and raised
in Hicksville and are part of the new generation.
Ed and Maryanne were wonderful, as usual, as host
and hostess of Hicksville.
On Saturday, I arrived early at the reunion site.
There were clusters of people milling around waiting
to be checked in. The check in table was adjacent
to a banquet room that would be the focal point
throughout the evening. The reunion committee decorated
the banquet room modestly earlier in the day. When
entering, it was reminiscent of times past. Several
comments were made referencing the hours of preparation
for the Winter Carnival, the Sophomore Hop and all
the proms. The elaborate transformation of the boy's
gym at the high school that took hours to complete
was only a memory.
I thought that if I were to arrive a little early,
I would be able to greet people. Wrong. Most people
were over anxious and arrived even earlier. I found
myself caught up in the whirlwind that was whisking
friends in many directions.
The first question I have to ask is how is it that
certain individuals defy nature and time. My impression
is that they look as youthful and in shape as they
did when they graced the halls of Hicksville High.
I refuse to mention names but you know who you are.
I marveled at the beauty of the woman there and
reflected to the past momentarily. Our students
were beautiful in the old days but the gracious
way the years have treated them is mind-boggling.
Their beauty far transcends time. The guys looked
like guys...nothing personal intended.
The camaraderie once shared in the old days was
rekindled. It was a turning back of time, a look
to the past that was cherished by everyone. Small
groups of friends who had not seen each other for
years formed spontaneously. Eyes met from across
the room and bodies darted toward each other and
then hugs were required. The clusters remained huddled
together most of the evening.
Reminiscent of the first reunions was the resurgence
of photos that now displayed radiant pictures of
grand children of all ages. It brought back vivid
memories experienced when we were eager and proud
to show pictures of our young children. The same
glow was evident in the faces of the grandparents
that were here.
There would be no reunion without the thankless
work of certain individuals that endure punishment,
not because they like it but who do it "For
The Love." We give thanks to the following
people who went above and beyond in their efforts
at guaranteeing a memorable evening; Rich Humann,
Frank Lombardi, Steve Smith, Joe Carfora, Bob Dierker,
Roy Garman, Marcy (Lipschutz) Seus, Karen (Hubner)
Jenkins, Sue (Hodges) Mruz, Dana (Hayden) Jackson,
and Janice (Breeden) Manaskie.
Thanks to the Hot Wax Band with Jim Surliss from
the class of 1960 on sax for their wide selection
of wonderful tunes we could all dance to. Rekindled
were the fond memories of sock hops and dance classes
in the boys' gym when the girls and boys got together
that one time a year (to dance).
Sorely missed were our classmates who have passed
away. There are many whose memory will never be
forgotten. All of us said a silent prayer and thanked
them secretly in our own way for being part of our
This could go on forever because the memories are
sustained and part of the brain despite the failing
memory. How could you ever forget people that impacted
your life and were part of era in time that will
last a lifetime?
Thanks to you all.... Bob Casale on assignment.
FLORIDA MULTI-YEAR GET TOGETHER
Although this reunion had been put on the back burner
for now, May Horn (Mabel Perduto, 1958) is still
working on getting together a committee and some
workers. If anyone is interested, May is planning
a luncheon in Orlando and would like to hear from
you. Her email address is: MayHornCPS@aol.com
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There was a question about the WPA and the North Beach
Airport, Queens, NY in one of the newsgroups, which
I read in connection with my genealogy research. As
usual, someone had the answer and replied with the following:
"From notes in "Old Queens, N.Y. in Early
Photographs" by Vincent F. Seyfried and William
Quote: The appearance of airports was another part
of the transportation revolution. Glenn Curtiss Airport
opened on the site of the former North Beach. Purchased
by the city, it became the second municipal airfield
in 1939, when it was renamed La Guardia Airport."
So now we know the ancestry of La Guardia Airport.
I remember standing on the top of a building on what
was an observation deck and watching the planes with
my family on many a Sunday afternoon way back in the
1950's. Boy, how things have changed!
I remember another airport in Hicksville on the west
side of Jerusalem Avenue towards Hempstead Turnpike.
The Vanderbilt Parkway crossed over Jerusalem Ave. around
the area that is now Spindle Road on the Hicksville-Levittown
border. There was a country club and private airstrip,
which was called the Hicksville Airpark. There is mention
of the Hicksville Airpark in the biography of Charles
and Anne Morrow Lindberg. I haven't found anyone who
remembers this but me, so far, but there is a Charles
Lindberg Blvd. in Hicksville. (I guess that means that
I am older than dirt!)
Bob Casale located and posted some photos of the L.I.
Motor Parkway, which is the current name for the Vanderbilt
Parkway on classmates.com. So I really am not the only
one who remembers this road!
Pat Koziuk Driscoll
Pat Koziuk Driscoll, 1956, FL
Linda Piccerelli Hayden, 1960, NJ
Bob Casale, 1961, HX and PA
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