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Volume 1 Number 1
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Contribution from Steve Dziegelewski,
class of 1964
From Linda Piccerelli
Let's get started with some SOCIETY NEWS:
Those Olsen sisters sure did a lot of traveling
this summer. Ruth ('56) and husband Den Collins
('53) have been to Atlantic City, the Eastern Shore
of Maryland for a family reunion and then celebrated
their 42nd wedding anniversary sightseeing in Europe.
June ('58) and her hubby, Ed Cullen, visited the
home of the Olsen ancestors in Norway. Tom Chupka
('70) sent an e-mail from Cortona, Italy. Said they
were on their way to Orvieto then Rome and Greece.
Best wishes to Vicky Penner Katz ('58) on her forthcoming
anyone know how to throw a virtual bridal shower?
- I don't know if they had a prize at the mega reunion
for the person who traveled the farthest but Loretta
Lorenzo Shields ('56) and husband, Andy, must be in
the finals. All the way from California.
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Our first contributor is Steve Dziegelewski, class
There are so many things to write about. Hicksville
has changed a lot, not only in size but people. We have
a section now called Little India, Broadway because
of all the Indian shops and storeowners. The Hicksville
movie is now an India only movie. The Mid Island Plaza
is now called the Broadway mall all closed in with Sterns
store replacing Gertz!
The Westbury Drive-In is gone replaced with a Multi-plex
The High School is the same except there is no student
parking lot anymore; they built an Administrative building
there. They used to place a chain across it so the students
wouldn't leave during school time but we would drive
our cars thru it and break the chain at lunchtime.
We were called the "HOODS" back then because
we turned our shirt collars up!
We would drag race in front of the school
girls with checkered flags to start the race. I once
blew my transmission of my car in front of the school
One of my sad memories was that I was drafted into
the Viet Nam war after High School in 1965 and a friend
who also lived on 9th street (Dave Wilenski) was killed
there in 1968.
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Gloria McKeever on Sept. 16, 2000. Resident Division
Ave, Hicksville since 1953. Beloved wife of the late
William, Mother of Gloria McKeever HHS Class of '69,
William McKeever HTHS 1970, Jackie McKeever Turtell
HTHS 1979, loving Grandmother of 3. A helping hand and
a smile for all her neighbors in the Allied Development.
(Editors note: HTHS stands for Holy Trinity High School)
I received the following from Linda Piccerelli Hayden
('60) and received her
permission to share it with you. Hope you enjoy it as
much as I did.
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From Linda Piccarelli
Went into town today and as I drove there noticed the
leaves were changing. A beautiful day, sunny, clear
and crisp. I heard the sound of several car horns, thought
it was a wedding. No it was a parade of kids heading
out to the high school for today's game. Horns were
honking all thru Main St, cheerleaders were hanging
out of windows with their pom-poms, and other students
packed into cars were doing likewise. I smiled.
Decided to drive down to the high school football field
and see if things had changed in 40 years. The parking
lot was a sea of excited students, the other team's
buses, and some of the students were just riding around
the parking lot trying to outdo one another with how
loud their cars were. The Vice Principal and Guidance
Counselors were trying to make the "loud cars"
either leave or park. I smiled, walked over to the stands
and the teams were already on the field. Don't know
much about football, never did, just wanted to see!
Well the cheerleaders were cheering their hearts out.
The band sounded really great echoing off the mountains
that surround the school. Coaches and players looked
really serious, as did some of the parents. The fans
were all screaming and chanting and having a great time.
The real show was at the Stands. There some girls were
eyeing the players as if they were movie stars, some
of the boys in the Stands were eyeing the same girls
but being very nonchalant about it. You know, sideways
glances. The fellows that we called "hoods"
in our day wouldn't sit in the stands. If they were
not in the parking lot making a racket with their cars,
they would stand by the Stands and be cool. You know,
nice to some kids, but mostly kind of insulting to others.
Nothing has changed. I smiled.
As I walked back to the parking lot I thought back
to Hicksville High 40 years ago. Division Ave. was not
only a street, it was a drag strip. The parking lot
looked just as it did today and the characters were
the same - only the cast was different. It transported
me back. The enthusiasm, hope and energy were all the
same. For this afternoon, as far as these kids were
concerned, all was right with the world. I smiled.
Hope all is right with your world. Linda
Pat Koziuk, Florida
Linda Piccerelli, New Jersey
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