Newsletter for the Alumni and Friends of 
Hicksville High School   Hicksville, New York

The Editors:

Buffalo Bob Casale, '61 David J. Rubin, '82 Valerie Pakaluk, '51
Contributing Editors:  Bob Gillette, '61 & Walter Schmidt, '65
Systems Manager: Henry Lichtenstein, '59
Webmaster:  Roger Whitaker
Founding Editors: 
Pat (Koziuk) Driscoll, '56 & Linda (Piccerelli) Hayden, '60

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A mini reunion for the class of 1961 was held at the Smokey Bones Cafe in Ronkonkoma on Sunday, April 10, 2011. Pictures from that event can be viewed by going to the Photo Gallery. Access to that page can be gained by clicking on Photo Gallery in the Header at the top of the Home Page.

We would also like to extend a hearty "Thank You" to Katie Kennedy for coming aboard following the death of Bob Wesley and helping to transform presentation aspects of HixNews. Katie is leaving because she has some new commitments starting in June that precludes her continuing with the great job she's been doing.
Thanks, too, for your valued friendship.

LAPOINTE, JACK R., 72, of Orlando , FL , went to be with the Lord on Good Friday, April 22, 2011, after a long battle with cancer. He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Jean E. LaPointe; their son,
Douglas J. LaPointe; and two beautiful grandchildren, Katie and Cameron. He is also survived by his sister, Claudette Curtin; his niece, Sue Curtin; his nephews, Tom and Jack Curtin and other loving family and friends. Jack was born and raised in New York , graduated from Hofstra University and moved to Orlando in 1973. He was a sales rep and retired in 2002. He was proud to be a member of Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Orlando . He loved gardening, golfing and reading. Jack's Memorial Service will be held in honor and celebration of his life on Monday, May 2, 2011, at 10 a.m., at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Orlando . In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Prince of Peace Lutheran Church or Vitas Hospice. Condolences may be offered at . Arrangements entrusted to Woodlawn Memorial Park & Funeral Home, Gotha, FL.   407-293-1361


Patricia Koziuk Driscoll

Two years ago, Hicksville Newsletter, and the community lost a true friend who worked diligently on providing former alumni with much sought after nostalgia. Pat Koziuk Driscoll, who graduated Hicksville High in 1956, compiled most of the material that was included in each issue of HixNews. She spent countless hours copying and pasting information on multiple pages.

HixNews started out as a two or three page email that was sent to some 100 or so readers. Eventually, it evolved into a multi page newsletter that was placed onto its own website and was supported with many special features.  It was fortunate that Pat saw many of the changes that surfaced over the years.

Most probably never knew that Pat was not in the best of health because she was never looking for sympathy or an "attaboy!" She didn't complain but just kept going like the energizer bunny. Pat shared time with her Florida pals shopping and fraternizing despite needing special consideration over the years. Pat spent most of her last year on oxygen 24/7. She loved her portable transportation (a golf cart) that allowed the mobility she lacked because of her dependence on oxygen. Her death created a void that exists today.

Pat's efforts brought many hours of joy to the readers who waited patiently each month for tidbits of information. Pat, along with Linda Piccerelli Hayden, a 1960 graduate, were the pioneers of HixNews. They spent many hours scouring through emails from former students gathering information that was typed into an email and sent out at the beginning of the new month.

Pat was surrounded by family when she was summoned by a higher authority. Not an unusual thing because family was her life. She spent many hours enjoying those she loved most.



Pat here with Marty Watkins, a special person who made her life believable

Hicksville Vietnam War Era Memorial Project Update

65 new names  were added in April, for a new total is 1,412! 


April's contribution again came largely from the work of one of our alumni in collaboration with the Hicksville Public Library Historian.  With the continuation of this effort and the additional contributions of the entire alumni readership of HixNews, we expect the list will continue to grow in the months ahead.

Please see the Veteran's Section of this issue for the latest project information and List of Veteran's Names and what you can continue to do to help its success. 

It's also more important than ever (even if you don't have new names to send us) to review the list for missing information or information shown in red that needs correction or clarification.  Please send me an email if you can help us fill in the blanks.  High school class year has been specifically noted, where we have it, to make this review easier for you to scan the list for people you may know.  We made good progress in filling in the blank information once again in April, so let's all pitch in to continue this effort!

On behalf of the Project Team,

Joe Carfora, HHS '62

Welcome Aboard Val Pakaluk and David Rubin

Val Zalewski Pakaluk graduated Hicksville High in 1951 and currently is the Executive Assistant to the Director of Meetings & Courses at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory. One responsibility is to coordinate meetings throughout the year in the United States and China . Additional responsibilities include updating the laboratory web pages  ( Val says, "I've become a master at producing journals for the Community Council Dinners, the Chamber of Commerce Dinner and special events like the Eagle Restoration (Historical Society), John Bull Steam engine (Chamber of Commerce); LIRR 150th anniversary (Dave Morrison & the Long Island Sunrise Trail Chapter & National Railway Historical Society)."

Val co-authored a book published by Arcadia Press with Dave Morrison about LIRR stations and edited the book on Hicksville with Dick Evers who was Hicksville 's town historian. Besides all that, Val worked at Litmor Publications as an Associate Editor for a good many years being responsible for 9 weekly newspapers. She continues to be a frequent contributor to the Hicksville Illustrated (clearly the best newspaper in Hicksville ).

Val is President of the Hicksville Public Library Board, outgoing president of the Hicksville Community Council, Treasurer of the Hicksville Boys & Girls Club, a member of the Hicksville Chamber of Commerce and, in her spare time, is Secretary to a Men's Tennis League. 

Val is married to Mike, a graduate from the class of 1948. The couple had three children, Michael, June and Jim. Jim passed away in 2009.

All the children attended Hicksville High.

OBTW...Val was named a Woman of Distinction by the Town of Oyster Bay and a Trailblazer by Nassau County ... 


David Rubin graduated from Hicksville High in 1982. He Attended Rennselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) in Troy NY and earned a degree in Chemistry. After graduating in '86, David proceeded to be burned, poisoned, irradiated and just got dirty in general while toiling with the chemical industry.

It was the interesting challenge of chemicals that prompted a career change.  David realized that his real life would be better served working in something less volatile. He switched to a life of computers, specifically database technologies. After working for several big consulting firms, he created and is owner of Data Futures (, a database consulting firm, since 1995 in South Florida .  Data Futures has been at the forefront of intelligent data warehousing efforts all over the globe, bringing small and large companies to the Internet with business intelligence and not just a pretty face as well as keeping some of the biggest and most important databases running 24x7. Data Futures continues to shape the data for companies like Kraft Foods, Bed Bath & Beyond, M&M/Mars, Nabisco, Cemex Mexico , Cable Bahamas and many more companies across the world.

David met his wife, Beth DesLauriers, in Troy where she attended Russel Sage College and they married in '88. Two children and three dogs later, they live happily in Boca Raton FL.