The criteria for admittance is high and the goal is
to induct those who were recommended by their peers.
A board at the high school reviewed those under consideration,
then a selection was made and announced.
The Hicksville Newsletter is trying to coordinate the
list so that those selected by the committee for induction
into the Hall of Fame can become part of our website.
This will be accomplished in the future. Please watch
for subsequent issues that will begin this process.
Newsletter Hall of Fame Inductees
Ethel Kunz Lehmann
1994, the senior women's softball team I co-founded in
has been in many softball tournaments across the
Our team, Freedom Spirit of Florida is a very unique one. We
have defeated many opposing teams in our age group,
beginning at 55+, 65+, 70+ & now 75+!! Our 75+ team of
Grandmas & GREAT Grandmas have just returned from the
Spring National Softball Tournament in
as champions in the 70+ age group!! We had to enter the 70+
age group as we were the ONLY 75+ team competing. Because of
this situation, we were given 5 runs a game, one extra
player and one 73 year old player. Playing as a great team
effort, Freedom Spirit never needed the 5 runs given until
the championship games. We lost our first game 11-12,
necessitating a second game which Freedom Spirit won 13-10
in a very competitive championship game.
It is to
be noted that on the Freedom Spirit team that won, there are
5 players in the National Senior Softball Hall of Fame, in
, Ethel Lehmann being the first one elected in 2008. Also,
two players, Ethel (9 years) and
(2 years) are members of the Kids & Kubs men's 75+
softball team in
. Recently, with Ethel and
playing with their women's team Freedom Spirit, the team
beat the Kids & Kubs in an exhibition game.
women players ages range from 75 to 83 years old, I thought
this might be interesting to other HHS graduates, especially
the few remaining 1947 ones.
– Ethel Lehmann, 78, a 34-year
resident, was inducted into the National Senior Hall of Fame
September 19. The ceremony was at the Senior Women’s
Softball Tournament in
At age 65,
Lehmann co-founded the first
senior women’s softball team, Florida Spirit 55. Later,
the team became Freedom Spirit 65+. Eight of the original
Florida Spirit players, including Ethel, are still together
with the present Spirit 70+ team.
At ages 47
through 53, Lehmann participated in the young Clearwater
Ladies League and at age 60 through 65, the
3-Score Men’s League. She plays shortstop.
been married for 53 years, has five children and nine
the Spirit 70+ team took second place at the Senior
Women’s World Tournament in
. After winning four straight games, Freedom Spirit 70+ lost
7-6 and 7-5 in the championship games.
players were Del Bowyer, Ruth Fellmeth, Beverly Leslie and
Marilyn Heitman. Best defensive player went to Crysta
Dr. Jeffrey K. Zeig, PhD
Dr. Zeig is the Founder and Director of the Milton H.
Erickson Foundation, having studied intermittently with Dr.
Erickson for more than six years, He edited, co-edited,
authored, or coauthored more than 20 books that appear in
twelve foreign languages.
current area of interest is extracting implicit codes of
influence from various arts, including movies, music,
painting, poetry and fiction that can be used to empower
professional practice, and everyday communication.
Zeig is the architect of The Evolution of Psychotherapy
Conferences, considered the most important conferences in
the history of psychotherapy. He organizes the Brief Therapy
Conferences, the Couples Conferences, and the International
Congresses on Ericksonian Approaches to Hypnosis and
Zeig is on the Editorial Board of numerous journals; is a
Fellow of the American Psychological Association (Division
29, Psychotherapy); and Fellow of the American Society of
Clinical Hypnosis. He is a Distinguished Practitioner in the
National Academy of Practice in Psychology of the National
Academies of Practice.
psychologist and marriage and family therapist in private
practice in Phoenix, Arizona, Dr. Zeig conducts workshops
internationally (more than 40 countries). Specialty topics
include experiential psychotherapy, hypnosis and brief
therapy with various clinical problems.
Zeig speaks at major universities and teaching hospitals
including The Mayo Clinic, Menningers and MD Anderson. He is
president of Zeig, Tucker & Theisen, Inc., publishers in
the behavioral sciences and the Erickson Foundation Press.
Dr Zeig on You Tube
Dr. Zeig on Facebook
Newsletter Hall of Fame Inductees
Edward A. Osborne, Class of 1956
Mary (Fuller) Osborne, Class of 1957
Fuller decided at the age of 11 that she would some day
marry Ed Osborne. The
friendship that started as children, grew to a love and
marriage that took place September 23, 1961.
Ed graduated from the US Military Academy at West
Point in 1960 and Mary is a 1961 graduate of William and
Mary. After a
commission in the United States Air Force, Ed had a
distinguished military career as a fighter pilot.
213 combat missions in Vietnam and received 11 Air Medals,
the Bronze Star Medal and
the Distinguished Flying Cross.
On his 30th birthday, February 28, 1969,
Ed flew his last mission in Vietnam.
Mary came to live in Colorado Springs where Ed taught at the
Air Force Academy and received his PhD in Engineering
Mechanics at the University of Denver.
Mary received her CPA certificate in 1972 and became
the first woman full-partner in Colorado Springs with
the CPA firm Price,
Moeller, Mayberry and Osborne.
She was appointed to the the Colorado State Board of
Accountancy in the 1970’s and retired as senior partner in
the firm of Osborne, Parsons and Rosacker in 2008.
Ed joined AMI Industries in 1983, where he helped
develop seats for the US Space Shuttle program.
In 1987, Ed and two of his partners took over
management of AMI, turning it into a highly successful
company and selling it in 1997.
Ed retired as president of AMI in 1998.
Mary have been and continue to be active in the Colorado
Springs community. In
addition to her involvement in UCCS, Mary‘s passion has
been with Pikes Peak Hospice, where she has served on two
boards for 19 years and continues to serve.
Ed is past board chair of the Goodwill Industries of
Colorado Springs Foundation and past board chair of Goodwill
He is a member of the CU Foundation Board of
Trusteess and has been involved with the Cheyenne Mountain
Zoo and the Elm Paso Club.
His favorite pastimes are skiing and golf.
integral in helping to develop the Mechanical and Aerospace
Engineering Program at UCCS and was active with CU Institute
for Bioenergetics. In
2001, he received the University Medal from the University
of Colorado for service to the university.
Inn 2002, Ed and Mary received the Partners in
Philanthropy Outstanding Individual Donor award.
In 2007, Mary was presented with the UCCS “Alumni
and Friends” Award. At
UCCS, Ed and Mary Osborne have been passionate about
TheatreWorks, the Family
Development Center, CU aging Center, scholarships, and the
College of Engineering and Applied
Science at UCCS.
On May 12, 2011 the University of Colorado in
Colorado Springs, the Science and Engineering Buillding was
renamed the Osborne Center.
That same year, Mary was named “Unstoppable Woman
of 2011” by the Karen Possehl
Women’s Center Endowment at UCCS.
Mary Osborne have demonstrated repeatedly their commitment
through volunteerism and generous financial contributions.
Hixnews Hall of Fame Nominees
Denny Dias Class of 1964
Denny Dias (born December 1946 in
Philadelphia) is an American guitarist, most known for
being a founding member of Steely Dan.
Dias was working with his own band
out of his basement in Hicksville, Long Island, when he
placed an ad in The Village Voice that read:
"Looking for keyboardist and bassist. Must have
jazz chops! Assholes need not apply". Donald Fagen
and Walter Becker responded to the advertisement. They
joined his band and immediately began playing their own
material. Amazed at the talent Becker and Fagen had,
Dias fired the rest of the band, and the three of them
moved to California, adding drummer Jim Hodder,
guitarist Jeff "Skunk" Baxter, and vocalist
David Palmer before recording for ABC/Dunhill Records as
Steely Dan. Dias recorded as a permanent member of the
band on 1972's Can't Buy a Thrill (with a noteworthy
electric sitar solo in the song "Do It Again")
Henry Gates * Music Teacher
I would like to nominate Henry Gates for the
Hicksville Newsletter Hall of Fame. Mr. Gates was a past
HHS music teacher and band director. Henry turned 90
this July and is still active playing in the Huntington
Arts Council Summer Band since 1960. I started to play
in the Huntington band in 2000 and still enjoy it for
the past 11 years.
Henry put the HHS football marching band on the field
back in 1958 and taught us 8 steps to 5 yards and how to
work together in practiced drill marching.
If you need other recommendations, let me know, as there
are several people who have enjoyed and benefited from
knowing Henry Gates. Thank you.
Stan Bryer Class of 1960
you went through the
school system, you should know the name Joe
Scalia. Not only is he an accomplished and
published author, but as an inspiration to people
I first met him as my 7th grade English teacher (remember
track's one, two and three?) He treated his students like
they were young adults, knew how and when to crack a joke or
tell a great story. Most of all, he was a voice of the
times, late 60's and early 70's.
He encouraged us to speak out and voice an opinion, to get
involved and to be as good a student as we could be. To this
day, Joe communicates with his students who are now his
Lets put this man into the Hicksville Newsletter Hall of
Fame. All readers of the great Hix Newsletter, lets get Joe
Scalia into the Hall of Fame!!!!
class of 1973
– Charles F., passed away March 11, 2009, at 78 years old.
Charles was born to Frederick Jacob Gouse and Frieda Van de
Water on February 16, 1931 in
. He most recently lived in
with his wife, Audrey. He is survived by his devoted wife,
Audrey and his children Andrea (and John Sullivan),
Stephanie (and Christopher Vyce) and Rick (Sherri); his
step-children Alison (and Greg Gore) and Matthew as well as
six grandchildren; Taylor and Ethan Sullivan, Lily and Brady
Gouse, Hadyn and Alexander Gore. Charles had one
great-grandchild, Logan Sullivan. Charlie's professional
life was centered on his love of music; playing, arranging,
conducting and teaching. After earning Bachelor's and
Master's degrees at
he received a Doctorate in Music at
. He studied trumpet with Harry Glantz of Toscanini's NBC
Symphony and Armando Ghitalla of the Boston Symphony
Orchestra, conducting with Tibor Serly and composition with
Elie Siegmeister. Charles played with the
"Pops" Orchestra under Arthur Fiedler and was the
principal trumpeter with the original (NYC) Bach Aria Group.
He also worked with many studio and free-lance groups. He
was founder and conductor of the North Shore Symphony
(formerly Hicksville Community Orchestra), Music Director
and conductor of the Orchestra da Camera and the conductor
of the Merrick Symphony from 1977 to 1994. Charles also
conducted the New Amsterdam Symphony Orchestra (NYC) for its
Alice Tully Hall concerts. In addition to his musical
arrangements for the Eglevsky Ballet, Mr. Gouse's works have
been performed by the Batsheva Dance Co. (Isreal), the
Parsons Dance Foundation (NYC), the Ballet Met (
) and the Spoleto Festival (
). His educational materials are published by Alfred
Publishers, Van Nuys, CA. Charlie retired from the
in 1986 as the Coordinato of Fine Arts. Previously, he spent
over 25 years as Director of Music for
. His students and colleagues were a source of joy over the
years. Before returning to Long Island, Charlie spent many
happy years splitting his time between
where he enjoyed the lake and beach equally with family,
friends and his beagle (Bella) over the years. Charlie's
love for people, music and life will be missed.
in Newsday on 4/18/2009
Gouse headed the Music Dept. at HHS for many years and
influenced so many people during his tenure there. I
spoke to him several times throughout the years and he was
happy to know I spent my life in the music business as an
Bob Wesley Class of 1961
life long mentor, Charley Gouse, was the head of
’s Music Administration. His Jr. High staff, including
guys like Henry Gates (who used to sit in on his drum kit
for a shit-kicking version of the Jr. High Concert Band’s
arrangement of the 50’s instrumental Raunchy),Val LaGueux
(who co-wrote the hit record Baby Blue while I was in Jr.
High) and Don Sitterley, who taught me a lot about playing
sax, instilled my absolute commitment to a career in music
before I even turned 13...
Tommy Sullivan Class of 1963
Bill Fuchs, class of 1960 has nominated Maddy Frischman
Liebowitz, also from the class of 1960, for inclusion in the Hicksville High School Newsletter Hall of Fame. Please visit her biographical sketch in the
Alumni Bios section of the newsletter.
I would like to nominate Lori Garone, class of 1970, for consideration on the HHS Newsletter Hall of Fame.
Lori is the daughter of Mary Garone and the late Pat Garone of Hicksville.
Among many other honors Lori was awarded Town Of Oyster Bay2010 ‘Woman Of Distinction’ for her groundbreaking achievements in a physical therapy called Hippotherapy. Her personal website is
Attached is a link from Supervisor John Venditto that extols her latest achievement.
Raymond L. Rusch
by Jean (Goettelmann) LaPointe Class of 1959
uncle, Raymond L. Rusch, was born on April 5, 1926, and was
raised in Hicksville.
went to Nicholai Elementary School and later went to
Hicksville Junior/Senior High Schools.
He graduated from HHS in June, 1943.
In April of that year, just prior to his graduation,
his principal, Mabel Farley, had him sworn into the V5 Navy
Ray had taken and passed the Navy’s testing requirements
for the V5 Program and was the youngest person (17 years
old) ever sworn into that program. After the Navy, Uncle Ray went to Syracuse University where
he majored in History.
He graduated from Syracuse University in January of
1949 - and continued to root for his “Orange Men”.
married his childhood sweetheart, my aunt, Edna Giese (HHS
1945) on April 9, 1950.
They had one son, Ray, Jr.
Ray became a teacher at Hicksville Senior High School in
September of 1949. He
taught American History and Civics for 13 years until he
became Assistant Principal in 1962.
After four years of being Assistant Principal, he
became Principal of the Hicksville Senior High School in
1966 where he remained for 15 years until he retired in June
of 1981. When
he retired in 1981, he had been with the Hicksville School
District for 32 years.
loved teaching. He
loved his students as his “kids” - and his “kids”
loved him back. Uncle
Ray could be seen on the sidelines at their football games,
or chaperoning their school dances or accompanying them on
their Senior Trips.
retirement, he moved to a golfing community in Orlando,
Florida and became an avid golfer as well as getting very
involved in the social and political affairs of the
List of members of the Hicksville
High School Newsletter Hall of
Pat Koziuk Driscoll "class of 1956"
Charlie Gouse a great music educator
Ray Rusch Teacher and Administrator at Hicksville High School
Cheryl Gries Brown "class of 1972' See
biographical sketch here.
Joe Ingino, Vietnam veteran's advocate
Dr. Robert Thurer, distinguished doctor with the Harvard
Mabel Farley, Hicksville HS Principal
Joe Ryan, Retired Hicksville HS teacher.
Santo Carfora, HHS graduate
Phil Anselmo, Rear Admiral, United States Navy,
Howie Blauvelt, Instrumentalist, Various Credits
Brooklyn Bridge, The (Gold Record) HHS Graduates
Artie Cantanzariti . Tommy Sullivan
Carolyn Wood . Joe Ruvio
Jimmy Rosica . Shelley Davis
Denny Collins, Humanitarian
John & James Cunningham, The Twin Tones
Gerard Dumbrowsky, Firefighter
Terry Farrell, Firefighter
Roslyn Goldmacher, Humanitarian
Leon J. Galloway
of Fame Inductee
Ingino spent over three-decades as a Town of
Oyster Bay outside services provider only to have his successful
career cut short by one of his all-to-many Agent Orange related
illnesses -- Joe was in Vietnam between 1969 and 1970 with the Army
First Infantry Division. Realizing the insidious nature of exposure to
this dioxin herbicide used as a defoliant in Vietnam, and having won a
battle with cancer, one of his Agent Orange related maladies, Joe has
dedicated his life to "getting the word out" to his fellow Vietnam
veterans that regular checkups and blood-work can save your life.
Doing this, and along the way being recognized by his peers for his
tireless efforts, Joe has been / is: Member Vietnam Veterans of
America ("VVA") for over two decades; Second Alternate National Board
of Directors VVA; President VVA Chapter 82, and; at either the local,
state or national level Chairs a variety of VVA Committees and is
Liaison with Sons & Daughters In Touch ("SDIT"), which represents
children who lost their parent in Vietnam. For many SDIT members Joe
is their "adopted dad." There is no telling how many fellow Vietnam
Veterans Joe has helped -- but I know first hand... I am one.
Schmidt class of '65.
Hall of Fame Inductee
Robert L. Thurer, MD
Chief Academic Officer
Harvard Medical School Dubai Center
Institute for Postgraduate Education and Research
Dr. Robert Thurer is Chief Academic Officer of the Harvard Medical School Dubai Center Institute for Postgraduate Education and Research (HMSDC), the educational and research component of Dubai Healthcare City (DHCC). He is also Executive Director of the Dubai Harvard Foundation for Medical Research. Dr. Thurer brings extensive experience in clinical care, medical education and research to Harvard’s collaboration with DHCC.
HMSDC, the first Harvard Medical School facility of its kind to be established outside of the United States, will focus primarily on postgraduate specialty training and continuing medical education. This postgraduate focus will help alleviate the limited availability of training opportunities currently available in the region and will position Dubai as a unique medical education center in the region.
Before coming to Dubai, Dr. Thurer practiced cardiothoracic surgery at Harvard Medical School in Boston where he was Associate Chief of Thoracic Surgery and Head of the Thoracic Oncology Program at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. He was educated at Dartmouth College and Medical School and received his MD degree from Harvard Medical School. He did his surgical training at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston and the Cleveland Clinic Foundation in Cleveland and is currently an Associate Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School.
Name: Robert L. Thurer
Place of Birth: Mineola, New York
||A.B. Dartmouth College
||B.M.S. Dartmouth Medical School
|| M.D. Harvard Medical School
|| Intern, Surgery Massachusetts General Hospital
|| Resident, Surgery Massachusetts General Hospital
|| Senior Registrar, Thoracic Surgery The Chest Hospital Southampton, England
|| Resident, Cardiovascular Surgery Children's Hospital Medical Center, Boston
|| Associate in Cardiac Surgery Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Cleveland
|| Chief Resident, Thoracic Surgery Massachusetts General Hospital
|| Clinical Fellow in Surgery, Harvard Medical School
|| Instructor in Surgery at Beth Israel Hospital, Harvard Medical School
|| Assistant Professor of Surgery at Beth Israel Hospital, Harvard Medical School
|| Associate Professor of Surgery, Harvard Medical School
|Awards and Honors:
||A.B. cum laude, Dartmouth College
||B.M.S. cum laude, Dartmouth Medical School
|| Alpha Omega Alpha
|| M.D. cum laude, Harvard Medical School
|| Daniel D. Federman Outstanding Clinical Educator, Harvard Medical School
of Fame Inductee: MABEL FARLEY
1883 - 1982
The legacy of educators is their influence on the lives of the students they have touched. So it is with Mabel R. Farley, who, for nearly 50 years, motivated and enriched the lives of Hicksville students. To a legion of graduates, she represented what education was all about. She came to Hicksville in 1912 from a state teachers' college. She was principal of Hicksville High School for 31 years and on retirement was a member of the School Board. This exemplary lady was admired and beloved by three generations of Hicksvillites.
From: IMAGES OF AMERICA - HICKSVILLE by Richard E. and Anne Evers
Miss Farley taught at Nicholai Street School (the only public school in town) until she was made Principal of the Junior-Senior High School on Jerusalem Ave. in 1925. She was the only supervising principal from the time it opened until it became solely a Junior High School in 1955. Then she became the principal of the new high school on Division Ave. She retired in 1956 but did not stop working for students and people with disabilities.
Miss Farley's whole life was dedicated to education. In the 1930 census, she is listed as living in a boarding house on Cherry Street with fellow teachers Tamar Wheater, Arloa Kennedy, Alfarett Byerly, Anna Clinch, Helen Underhill, Nina Plantz, and Mildred Clark.
In 1948, she organized a pageant with a cast of 700 students and teachers as part of the celebration of Hicksville's 300th birthday.
For more about Miss Farley see the August 2008 edition of the newsletter
Miss Farley in 1956
of Fame Inductee: Santo Carfora
Santo Carfora is a private consultant in human
relations and diversity training for schools and
businesses. A native of Long Island, New York, he taught
social studies for 34 years. He holds a
Master of Science degree in teaching from the University
of Wisconsin-Whitewater. His honors include:
"Who's Who Among Teachers," WEAC
Humanitarian Award, YWCA Rock County Peace Award,
Janesville Link Asset Builder Award, and UAW Local
95 Civil Rights Service Award. Santo Carfora has
conducted diversity workshops since 1996. He
retired from the classroom in 2003 and founded
S&J Consulting, LLC.
here for Joe Carfora's nominating letter
Hall of Fame Inductee: Mr.
Started in the school system 1961
Subject –Science (Chemistry)
Masters- Ole’ Miss.
Mr. Ryan was so much more than a
teacher. I have stated in past newsletters how important
he is to my life, and others who recognize a man who
went above and beyond his job description.
Hall of Fame Inductee: Phil Anselmo
After today, when, in your thoughts, you
envision Tom Cruise flying upside down in
"Top Gun," your mind should immediately
shift gears…you will now remember another
graduate of the Top Gun school in Miramar,
California who is, by the way, a 1958 graduate of
Hicksville High School.
What a wonderful career this man has had, and
it grows day by day.
If you flash back to that spring day of 1958…the
graduation ceremony at the high school… there
would be little doubt in anyone's mind that this
man would be successful in whatever he did. He
distinguished himself in the hallowed halls of the
high school and continued that tradition at the
University of New York at Oswego.
There is a plaque in the front lobby of the
high school that displays the name, Philip Anselmo.
It is this man who has been selected as the second
Hicksville High School Newsletter Hall of Fame
Following graduation from high school, Phil
went off to college in Oswego. After graduation
from Oswego, Phil enlisted in the United States
Navy. He went to flight school in Pensacola,
Florida and received a commission as a Naval
Aviator in 1963. His official designation at the
time was Radar Intercept Operator.
Over the next several years, Phil served in the
following fighter squadrons: VF-31 on-board USS
Saratoga, VF-151 on-board Constellation and VF-213
on-board USS Kitty Hawk during Western Pacific
cruises. His tours included combat duty in
Vietnam. Additionally, Phil served as Commanding
Officer of VF-154 and VF-121, the West Coast F-4
Phantom Training Squadron.
The epitome of ones career in the navy, as an
officer, is to have command. Phil realized this
dream in 1985 when he was designated as Captain of
the USS Kansas City. He served in this capacity
until February of 1987. The Kitty Hawk was on
deployment in the Indian Ocean. His second
command, aboard the USS Constellation, was from
May 1987 until June of 1988. It was December 1987
when Phil was selected to Rear Admiral (lower
half). This was the culmination of years of
dedicated service that saw Philip move through the
ranks to a pinnacle not many reach.
He assumed command of Fighter Airborne Early
Warning Wing U.S. Pacific Fleet in July 1989 and
was subsequently selected for Rear Admiral (upper
half) in June 1991. He then reported as Deputy
Director, Space and Electronic Warfare (OP-094B)
in October 1991 and subsequently as Director,
Aviation Plans and Requirements Division (N-880)
in January 1992. In July 1994, he reported as
Deputy Director, Space and Electronic Warfare (OPNAV
He has had a diverse set of shore assignments
to include Director Navy Space Programs, Commander
Fighter Wing, US Pacific Fleet, CNO Plans and
Programs (N-8), Director Aviation Plans and
Requirements (N-78B), Deputy Director, Space and
Electronic Warfare (N-6B), Commander Naval Space
Command, and Director, Space and Electronic
Warfare (N-6). His first Washington tour was a
member of the Chief of Naval Operations in the
Program Planning Directorate as Special Assistant
for Air Warfare.
Phil retired from the navy in 1995. His
personal awards include the Distinguished Service
Medal, Legion of Merit (4), Meritorious Service
Medal (5), Air Medal (15), and the Navy
Commendation Medal with Combat "V" (5).
It was in December of 1995 when Phil joined
Northrop Grumman in Baltimore. Since joining
Northrop Grumman at the executive level, he has
led the Electronic Sector in the development of
strategic, surveillance, and intelligence systems
for the Department of Defense and the four
services. A leader in transformation and network
solutions, he initiated the Navy's use of space
and tactical sensors in the Naval Fires Network
program. Congress and DOD have recognized this
effort for Rapid Deployment Capability in support
of Operation Enduring Freedom. This effort is the
cornerstone of the services ability to conduct
"Time Critical Strike and Time Sensitive
He is on the Board of Directors of the National
Correlation Working Group, is a member of the
National Academy of Science/Navy Studies Board and
participates on the Navy Space Panel.
Phil and his wife, Diane, reside in
Crownsville, Maryland and have two children
Christopher and Elizabeth.
His present position is Director C4 ISR and IW
Hall of Fame Inductee: The Brooklyn Bridge
The change in weather in the beginning of
October in 1969 was obvious. A chill filled the
air and the anticipation of winter and snow and
freezing was on the minds of everyone. But, there
was something heating up that threatened to alter
the waning temperatures.
Record producers are always on the alert for
new talent to showcase because it can make them a
lot of money. There was a producer who had a claim
to two established and talented groups. What was
needed was to revitalize their position within the
Something was going to happen within several
months that would prove to be explosive for our
first nominees to the Hicksville High School
Newsletter Hall of Fame.
Johnny Maestro and the Crests had some great
hits and the Del Satins were singing back up for
Dion. Their careers were sorta on hold. They were
continuing to perform but it wasn't like the old
A Battle of the Bands was
conducted on Long Island in early 1969. A group of
students from Hicksville High competed along with
many other groups for the coveted title of best
band on Long Island. What happened is very
interesting. The record producer who owned the
right to Johnny Maestro and the Del Satins
selected the Hicksville group, who did not win the
competition, by the way, to join forces with
Maestro and the Del Satins. The result was the
formation of “The Brooklyn Bridge”!!!
The Bridge performed during the
summer of 1969 honing their skills. Their big
chance came in the fall when they bought the
rights to a song and recorded it themselves.
In December of 1969, that song,
“The Worst That Could Happen” went to number
one on the charts. It was in December that the
group appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show.
Congratulations to Hicksville
students Carolyn Wood, Tommy Sullivan, Jimmy
Rosica, Shelly Davis, Joe Ruvio and Artie
Cantanzarita who, as part of the Brooklyn Bridge,
have earned a spot in our Hall Of Fame.
Hall of Fame Inductee:
Roslyn D. Goldmacher, Class of 1971
Roslyn D. Goldmacher is a member of the prestigious
Hicksville High School Hall of Fame. Her many
achievements over the years is the reason she
was considered as a candidate for admission to
that fraternity of fame years ago. There isn't
one area that is considered the catalyst that
earned her a spot on the fame wall. Her attention
to a wide range of agenda signaled the reason
for her admittance.
Roz is a founding board member of the Long
Island Women's Agenda, a coalition of women's
organizations on Long Island. Roz and Christie
Brinkley were honored for their advocacy
several years ago. Christie on behalf of
the environment, due to her anti nuclear,
stance and Roz for small business advocacy
due to her work with numerous island businesses.
Roz is President, CEO and co founder
of the Long Island Development Corporation
- a regional not for profit economic
development organization which makes loans
to LI small businesses and helps them obtain
government and other contracts (www.lidc.org).
Roz commented, "I founded it 24 years
ago while I still had my law practice."
LIDC has made over $600 million in direct loans
to start up and existing businesses on Long Island
to help them grow, create and retain jobs and
beneficially impact the community. Roz said, "Our
loans are made under various government programs
with the major one being a long term, low fixed
interest rate, second mortgage loan to help small
businesses buy and construct buildings with low
down payments and affordable terms."
Roz added, "we have several financing programs,
including a mini micro loan program for women
entrepreneurs, tied to free technical assistance
and seminars. In addition to the direct loans
of $600 million, our lending has leveraged additional
conventional financing to be invested in capital
and other projects on LI. The total capital investment
from our activities is over $1.5 billion. Some
35,000 jobs have been retained and/or created
due to our loans."
"We also run," Roz said, "a procurement
technical assistance center which provides free
counseling to help entrepreneurs obtain and perform
on government and private sector contracts to
expand their businesses - we have obtained over
$900 million in government contracts to date."
"We started the first (and still the only)
Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI)
certified by the US Treasury in the nation,"
Roz said. "The idea was to lend to and work
with female entrepreneurs," she added. "The
fund was started to help defense dependent manufacturers
on LI diversify and to help commercial fishermen
negatively impacted by pollution or regulation."
You can read about some of our borrowers/clients
Roz is on the national board of SCORE
(Service Corps. of Retired Executives).
This organization consists of some 11,000
volunteer executives who provide free counseling
to entrepreneurs. Roz also is chairperson
of the LI Advisory Board. "I currently
Chair the LI Fund for Sustainable Development
and am Treasurer of its affiliates -Sustainable
LI and LI Redevelopment Institute,"
Roz said. "These organizations promote
economic development which is environmentally
sound and promotes social equity. Our work
includes visioning in blighted communities
and then helping those communities to move
forward with revitalization efforts."
Roz is VP of the LI Business Development
Council, LI's oldest networking group for
economic developers and founded and chair
the LIBDC Scholarship Fund at Hofstra University's
Business Development Center. She founded
and was past President of WEDLI (Women Economic
Developers of LI) - a group of high level
women in economic development on LI. Roz
provides a scholarship through WEDLI for
female entrepreneurs or women involved in
economic development who want to advance
"In the past," Roz said, "I helped
found and served on boards of organizations such
as National Association of Women Business Owners
LI Chapter (I still chair NAWBO's LI Investment
Club- the first in the nation)... I have served
as appointee of several successive NYS Governors
on the executive committee of the NYS Regional
Economic Development Council which provides assistance
to LI economic development and the NYS Incubator
Task Force which provided funding for the business
incubators here... I served on Womens Advisory
Councils for three successive Nassau County Executives
and on the Bi County
Peacetime and Defense Diversification Council
for two Suffolk County Executives...etc etc etc
Currently, Roz is also involved in several
cultural and charitable entities on LI that
contribute to the quality of life and economic
development on Long Island. Roz is chairperson
(for the past 14 years) of the annual economic
development effort of the LI Classic- an annual
golf event of the Sr PGA Classic. "Our project,"
she said, "places the tournament on national/international
TV and we use the commercial time to promote LI
as a place to do business and as a tourism destination."
The list goes on
Roz is on the board
of the LI Community Foundation- a branch of the
NY Community Trust which distributes philanthropic
dollars on LI; on the board of the Girl Scouts
of Suffolk County (previously served on Nassau
Girl Scouts' board); and Roz was proud to say
she was the first artistically Challenged member
of the board of directors of the Art League of
Long Island- a 45 year old forum for artists,
providing gallery space, exhibitions, classes
Roz has been honored by many organizations including
the NYS Legislature; Newsday; Long Island Business
News; National Association of Women Business Owners
and the Center for Family Resources to name a
few. Most recently Roz was named Fundraiser of
the Year at Philanthropy Day.
Any Hicksville High alumni who own a small
business or are thinking of creating a small business,
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or call me at 516- 433- 5000.
There are additional accomplishments too lengthy
to list here. Suffice it to say. We are proud
to admit Roz into the Hicksville High School Newsletter
Hall of Fame.