Joe Milich 1968
My Memories of Hicksville, Long
Island and its Schools
It all started in the summer of 1955 when we moved from W52nd Street and 8th
Avenue in Manhattan, to 15 Albany Street in Hicksville.
Albany Street was in close proximity to the High
School on the west side of Newbridge Rd. This was a great place for 5 and 6 year
old kids to grow up. The neighborhood backed up to the old cemetery on Old
Country Road and the contractors were still building. There were lots of places
for a little boy to explore.
I went to Old Country Road Elementary School and remember having to walk to
I do remember walking in
down pours and snow storms, the kind of snowstorms that in the world of today
would find school canceled. This was a great time with a Bohack Shopping a few
blocks away on the corner of Old Country and Newbridge Roads.
Almost everyone in the neighborhood knew one another and I had a lot of friends.
Back then we had block parties; remember when the police blocked an entire
street. All the neighbors and their family and friends came to enjoy the company
of others, to eat food and the kids would play until dark?
Around 1962 it was time for Junior High, I remember walking through the High
parking lot to get to the old Junior High on Jerusalem Avenue. This was a time
for me to zone in on sports. It is said this should have been the time for the
introduction of girls into my life. It was but I was very shy and I guess sports
was a substitute for the ladies.
I played just about every sport but Lacrosse was special. I remember Mr. Bryan
introduced the sport to us in 9th grade. Lacrosse was invented by American
Indians and we had to play other Long Island high school with Indian names…Mineola
( It was in 1858 when this land was named
after an Algonquin Indian Chief, Miniolagamika meaning, "Pleasant
Village". The name was later shortened and altered to "Mineola".)
Massapequa (A 19th-century writer identified Massapequa as one of the “13 tribes of
Long Island," but additional research had shown that they were a band of
Lenape the Algonquian-speaking people) and Sewanhaka (The
school's sports teams are known as "The Indians" and the team colors
are purple, gold, and white. The school's name translates to "Island of
Shells" in English). I don’t know if Mr. Bryan thought we could
beat those lacrosse teams that had years of experience that ¦we lacked. Even
though we lost every game, I wouldn’t trade a moment of it for another
experience. Those years were the best of times for me!
Between 9th and 10th grades there was a world of change. New friends, new
experiences and, of course, new girlfriends.
I worked at Wetsons Hamburgers on Old Country Road where Levittown Parkway ended
at Old Country. I think of the Parkway Diner referenced in one of Billy Joel’s
songs. After that I worked at Floyd’s Food, Shop Rite and Waldbaums.
Yes! Who could forget Ed’s Hamburgers? How about cutting class and eating at
the Rexall Drug Store Soda Fountain. I remember cutting one time and hanging at
the Soda Fountain when, all of a sudden, everybody started running out the back
door. I thought the place was on fire then saw Mr. Jaworski!
For me, Mr. J. was the most under rated vice-principle of the several we had.
Junior and Senior Proms , nights on the beaches (north and south shores),
cruising Hempstead Turnpike and Mid-Island Plaza. It all seems like it was
I left in 1968 to join the Air Force, but the memories I have of Hicksville are
etched in memories that will never be forgotten.
Heitshusen 1968 (RIP), Ken, and another Ken, Louie, Loretta,
Mike Sarluco 1967 (RIP)
Paul Schultz 1967 (RIP), Eddie Adams (RIP),Tom, and another Tom, Lisa, Debbie,
Dave and all of my other friends that made my memories of Hicksville very