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Volume 2 Number 2
Dawn Casale, GA
Caroline Kolff VanOosterwyk Kelly, VA
Valerie Herold Chaves, NM
Happy Anniversary to Vicky (Penner) and Roger
To All Our Subscribers...
We have added additional pictures for your enjoyment
from a few of the Hicksville High School Graduating
Classes of years gone by...
To view these pictures log onto photopoint.com Once
there, log on as a guest to firstname.lastname@example.org
The albums are self explanatory...HHS CLASS OF 1956,
HHS CLASS OF 1960, etc.
Bob Casale has additional albums there that you can
view should you care to see some history of his family
and friends over the past 40 years. There are some pictures
of A.F. LIBERTY Plumbing Supply, a Hicksville business
that Bob and Ted Swedalla (Class of 1964) started in
October of 1977.
Our intention is to add more pictures but we require
your help. If you have a scanning capability, and you
have a yearbook, select a few photos, scan them, then
save as a .jpg file. Send an email to email@example.com
with the photo attached. I will create an album for
the year indicated, and will add the photographs. Let's
have some fun...
Hi Pat, Linda and Bob,
I own a promotional products business so scanning
photographs is a daily thing for me, no problem.
My 1975 yearbook is handy, and I can scan whatever
you need. '74 and '73 are... I think.... relatively
close at hand as well. I'll just have to remember
which hand it's closest to. <grin>
Pat Thompson-Dumas, class of '75
Ad Specialty Printing
G'day one & all in Hicksville & all over
Thank you so much for your wonderful newsletter.
I really enjoy reading everyone's stories. Some
make me cry, some make me laugh, others are just
wonderful to read. Thank you everyone! It's great
to hear about Hicksville after being away for 32
years. I left Hicksville to move to Australia with
my family in 1969. I was in grade 6 at East Street
School and I am still trying to find classmates
who I went to East Street School with back in the
late 60's. I have a photo of my 1st grade class
and it would be great to find out whatever happened
If anyone remembers me, it would be great to hear
from you. My email address is: firstname.lastname@example.org
Best Wishes to you all always!
Patti Rees (formerly Patricia Hickey)
Can someone please let Bob Casale know that I have
a yearbook from the Class of 76 and can scan and
transmit electronic pictures...
Class of 76
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Don't know if you know, but I recently learned
of the death of Andy Shields. He was married to
Loretta Lorenzo-class of '56(?). I believe it was
the weekend before the tragedy in N.Y. and D.C.
Loretta is the older sister of John ('57) and Charlie
('60) Lorenzo, who are both deceased. Our families
have known each other forever. Charlie was in my
brother's class, John was in mine, and Loretta and
her sister Marilyn knew my sister. My sons knew
Loretta's mother as "Grandma Lorenzo."
Loretta and I keep in touch by email fairly regularly.
She is going to be visiting on L.I. next month (she
lives in California) and I'm going to take the ride
from Connecticut to see her, probably over the Veteran's
Day weekend. We haven't seen each other in almost
Take care for now.
Phil Fulco, 1957
Hello to the class of ' 61
It is with a heavy heart that I write this letter
to the classmates of ' 61.
On Oct.06, 2001 Tom Woodruff died from complications
due to a lung transplant that he received in Nov.2000.
He spent most of the past 11 months in the hospital.
Tom and I first met in 6th grade and had been friends
over the past 46 years although we had lost contact
for a while. We were in the sea scouts together,
had many of the same friends and smoked our first
cigarettes together at age 12.Tom had a difficult
life and things never seemed to go his way. Even
his passing was not easy. Now he is finally at peace.
Although you have only been gone for a few days
I already miss you. Good-bye Tom, I love you.
Dan Knieter class of ' 61
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By Robert Cazares, Class of '74
Although I don't live there anymore or have any family
there, Hicksville is still my hometown. I lived there
for 19 years before moving to Flushing, Queens, then
Manhatten, then back to Queens, then to Seattle, WA
in 1985. I don't get back often enough. I do miss the
beaches as I was a beach baby. My Mom took me there
quite often. I think she was a beach baby too.
The following are some early single digit random memories
that I have of Hicksville;
The non-elevated trains, a few potato fields (heh!),
a two lane Broadway, the Whelan Brothers Drug Store
and Gertz Department Store with their wonderful cherry
or chocolate topped ice cream in the warm glasses with
the long spoons. On Broadway the 5 & 10 store (sure
do miss the ambiance and odor of that place), they just
don't make them like they used to. At the northeast
corner of Hicksville the Near U Cafe where my Mom worked
as a waitress, near the Jack In The Box.
The Labor Day Parade and the Fire Department Competition.
The Westbury Drive-In, now gone and replaced with a
Multi-plex indoor theater.
My Great Aunt and her family used to run the concession
at the Drive-In. When my Mom and Step-Dad used to take
me there they would send me to the Concession Stand
for the soda and snacks - free of course. What a treat
I haven't thought about that for years but I still
remember the starkness of the Concession Stand and the
odor it had as well as the harsh fluorescent lighting.
In my twenties and thirties the memory of riding to
the Drive-In in the back of my parents car, at Dusk,
would come flooding back to me. I remember laying across
the back seat watching the sky and clouds, listening
to the radio as the wheels turned, and remember my anticipation
of getting to the Drive-In. Don't know why that struck
in my head for many years.
We lived on Kramer Street, next to the Cusano Family
(Nancy, her Husband, April and June, their two daughters.
Colin York and his family lived about six houses south
of us. I was perhaps four, five or six years old and
having as good a time as any single-digit could be having.
Robert Cazares Image Archive
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