Biographical Sketch

Maryann Blane Uebel

Class of 1973

In Hicksville High Also Known As (AKA):  N/A

Spouse:            Joseph J. Blane            

Were you classmates at HHS?            No

Where did you meet? How long ago?            35 years ago, Bombay Bicycle Club, Westbury , NY

Married How Long? Date Married:    32 years married

Children/Grandchildren:                                 3 Step-Children, 5 Grandchildren

Where do you currently live?:             Boca Raton , FL

Favorite Subject in High School:                    Shorthand and Chorus

Name of my Favorite Teacher:                       Mrs. Roberts and Mr. Goldstein

Favorite Place to meet Friends Outside of School:     Mid-Island Plaza / Sweet Shop

Favorite Non-Academic School Club or Activity:           Baking and sewing           

Occupation/Trade/Profession:             Legal Secretary, 10 years, Huntington, NY;
Administrative Assistant, University Advising Services, Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, FL

Education Beyond High School :        SUNY Farmingdale

Military Service:          N/A

Hobbies/Pastimes:       Baking, sewing

One thing that no one knows about me is:   ?

Now the hard one. Tell us what we need to know…50 years in the space below:

Please start by providing a brief biographical sketch (150 words or less).

My family moved to Hicksville, a couple of weeks after I was born in the Bronx , NY.  They moved into a wonderful cape house on Clarissa Drive , where my family still resides today.  We went back to the Bronx to visit most of our family all the time, but the best years were spent living on Clarissa. My maternal grandparents lived ½ mile away on West Marie Street , which made it even more special. 

Summers were spent in the pool in the yard with company visiting from the Bronx , almost every weekend for a barbecue and a swim.  We would walk or ride our bicycles to Mid-Island Plaza , Mid-Island Bowling Alley and the Hicksville movie theater.  Such an innocent time we all grew up in. Today is such a different story.

It was a different time then, people didn’t lock their doors, sat on the front stoops at night and talked, a wonderful time to grow up.   We would play on those warm summer nights in the school yard across the street or have pajama parties with all the girls on the block on someone’s front stoop.  Ah, the age of innocence. 

Walking down Broadway and stopping to eat at the Sweet Shop, shopping at Zuckers for shoes, Olga’s dress shop and Starlight Shop for clothes.  My mother and I would go to Jack’s Hair Salon to get our hair done for special occasions.  You could walk everywhere. Walk to the train station and catch the train to go to the city was a wonderful way to spend the day.  Going to Goldman Brothers with my dad to buy his work clothes.  Sad to see the store go.  Walking to Mid Island Plaza and going to Horn and Hardarts while waiting for a bus to go to Franklin Avenue in Hempstead to shop with my grandmother.  Shopping at Gertz and then going to the back of the store by one of the entrances because they had a snack bar that had the best custard you could get with either cherry(strawberry) or chocolate syrup.  Would also shop at JJ Newberrys.   Also, Pizza D’Amore, the pizza was square and the best in the world.  Friday nights my grandmother and I would go shopping and have dinner at King’s Coffee Shop/Restaurant for the fish cakes and spaghetti.   My cousins would come from the Bronx and we would go there every weekend as they loved that Pizza D’Amore.  We would go to the Farmer’s Market on the weekend for fresh fruits and vegetables and Flakowitz Bakery- the good old days.

After graduating SUNY at Farmingdale, I worked for an attorney in Huntington up until the time I got married and moved to Boca Raton , Florida , where I now reside since 1984.  I am employed as an Administrative Assistant, at Florida Atlantic University , Boca Raton , FL for 32 years.

Still visit family and friends in New York as much as possible.

Finally, if you had to do it all over again, I would                           have never left Hicksville !