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Hicksville High School Newsletter

Hicksville, New York

Hyperlink to military Christmas
Walter Relling
Around Hicksville
Bob - I tried to check up on you but the mailbox on your phone is full. Where are
you and are you alright?

Linda Piccerilli Hayden 1960

I have lung cancer and will have my second chemo tomorrow. Now living at 837 Bryan
Circle Grovetown, GA 30813. Not feeling super but am okay otherwise. Must check my
mailbox. Hope you are well

I am well and concerned for you. How long a spell of Chemo's will you have to have.?
Do you have anyone that can look after you, i.e., drive you to and from chemo's. Do not
mean to preach but as an 18yr survivor of Stage 4 - your attitude towards your treatment
means half the battle. Side effects can be awful, but your oncology nurse can provide you
with information as to how to handle it. You will be in my thoughts and when you are
able fill me in on the progress.
Love ya, Loocie

Hi Bob,
First, I hope you are doing okay with the treatments. Please know you are in my prayers
every day.
Have the next chemo (3rd) the end of the month. Doing okay with the treatment.
Thanks for your prayers.

I noticed in the last two HixNews News that Dave Goldstein’s name was not included in
the In-Memoriam Section.
Either that or I need glasses.
You don't need glasses just have to bear with me on things I meant to do but lost
almost three weeks in the hospital without access to my computer. I sent a note to
Roger to make the addition.

Rita and I are doing okay and like everyone else missing the chances to visit with our
family, like Rita’s sisters, my sister-in-law and many of our nieces and nephews.
We do see our two grandchildren 4 days a week right now as they are doing virtual
school from our house as our daughter is a teacher, in school, in a different school
Of course, the first month and a half we didn’t see them except on Zoom and talked to
them a lot on the phone.
Glad you have access to the grandkids, regardless of the setup. I've been out of
touch with my grand boys because my son doesn't talk to me and get to see my
granddaughter every couple of weeks

The best to you stay safe, feel better.

Best to you as well. Trying to stay safe as best I can.
Warm Regards Bob
Bill Canham 1961
Almost 54 years and

Joe (Germain) still gives me flowers “just because”. Always the romantic.

English Nuttery (Diane Cuti) 1962

John Williamson commented on your video.

Hyperlink to 1972 video (524 Views)
video featuring Class of 1972, Hicksville High School, Hicksville, New York
John Williamson
Bob, I was a US Marine in Vietnam in 1969. I know this is a long shot, but I was
corresponding with a high school girl from Hicksville, NY in 1969. It's been 51 years ago
so I can't remember her name. She wrote to me as a lift me up. We never met and I
always wondered what became of her. I was a cook in H & S CO 3/9 3rd MARDIV FIRE
BASE STUD QUANG TRI PROVINCE South Vietnam (Vandergriff Combat Base)
When I saw your post come up I thought I would give it a shot again..
Editor note…can anyone help John???
Ron…Thank you for the piece on that LIRR failure of winter 1976. I commuted on
the LIRR from July 1979 to December 1980. If you didn't stand on the right spot in Penn
Station for the 5:23PM train to Huntington, you stood all the way to Hicksville. Or, if you
took the train out of Flatbush Avenue and changed in Jamaica, you could end up standing
to New Hyde Park or Mineola. $72.50 a month seemed to be a lot of money at the time to
pay for a standing room only trip. Thankfully, I never had the experience you had.
Several years ago, a friend of mine talked about how in a sermon, Dr. Charles Stanley,
Pastor of First Baptist Church of Atlanta said that Americans retire too young. Another
friend replied, "Dr. Stanley never had to commute on the Long Island Railroad". The old
saying "Good things come to those who wait" is true with respect to the Ronkonkoma
Branch. The Port Jefferson Branch is horrible if you are traveling east of Huntington. The
Montauk Branch is a good deal better for travel east of Babylon. The Ronkonkoma
Branch has hourly service unlike the Port Jefferson and Montauk Branches.
Thank you for your great work.

George Brady
Class of 1975
Hi Bob…From One Hicksville guy to another I heard you were not feeling well and
just wanted to say hello and express my gratitude for all you have done for our small

Thanks for sharing your concern. Battling lung cancer and waiting for third chemo the
end of the month. Stay away from those not wearing masks. We are all compromised to
one extent even though we are feeling well.
Buffalo Bob

New Vote Totals Released for Hicksville

HICKSVILLE, NY — As workers continue tabulating the massive number of absentee
ballots, new vote totals were released Friday for Hicksville races, including state
Assembly District 15, state Senate District 7 and the 3rd Congressional District.
As Patch previously reported, almost no race in Nassau County was called on Election
night, nor were they called in the following days. The county received a massive number
of mail-in ballots, and more were received days after the election. There was also high
voter turnout for this election. Nassau has about 1.09 million registered voters and county
election data showed that more than 578,000 people cast ballots on Election Day and in
early voting. The county received more than 144,000 absentee ballots by Election Day as
The county began posting updated numbers for many races Friday. Here are the totals as
of Friday afternoon. (* denotes incumbent.)

Assembly District 15
Michael Montesano* (R): 31,708 (61.19 percent)
Joe Sackman III (D): 20,104 (38.79 percent)
Senate District 7
Sen. Anna Kaplan* (D): 62,561 (52.05 percent)
Dave Franklin (R): 57,595 (47.92 percent)
3rd Congressional District
U.S. Rep. Tom Suozzi* (D):
 Nassau: 72,349 (50.35 percent)
 Suffolk: 46,112 (46.65 percent)
George A. D. Santos (R):
 Nassau: 70,565 (49.11 percent)
 Suffolk: 52,117 (52.72 percent)

Hicksville High School Reflects on Storied

"The District continues its 'Telling Our Story' series to remind us all that we are part of
the greater community."

At an historic time when life is so uncertain and our point of reference for "normal" shifts
almost hour-to-hour, reflecting on the stability and constancy of our educational system
provides an anchor we can all hold on to.
As our community continues to adapt to the circumstances surrounding the COVID-19
health crisis, maintenance of our school community relationships has never been more
important. Teachers, students, parents are working together in-person and electronically
to move forward in our "new normal."
At the high school, Principal Raymond Williams recently reflected on the positives he
sees. "For me, joy comes from being back in the building and interacting with students
and colleagues, and in finding different ways to promote student learning," he explained.
"We developed strong relationships before the constrictions of COVID and that is why
we have been successful. We established a solid school community that cares and
respects each other. 'Compassion' is a word we all need to embrace right now."
The District continues its "Telling Our Story" series to remind us all that we are part of
the greater community of which Mr. Williams speaks. Practicing patience, resiliency and
compassion has seen Hicksville through a long history of prosperous and challenging
times alike. Attending Hicksville High School remains the pinnacle of a student's
educational path in the district. And that has not changed – whether a student is attending
in school classes or learning remotely - high school is the most important steppingstone
toward a bright future filled with hope and possibilities.
Situated on 27.3 acres, the blond-brick building itself stretches solidly along Division
Avenue in a classic mid-century style. The building's cornerstone records 1954 as its
starting point, but the high school actually began decades earlier in the current middle
school building on Jerusalem Avenue.
Noted in a publication held in the high school archives, "It was not until shortly after the
sharp upward trend in population in 1850 that there is any record of schools in
Hicksville." The first school was the Nicholai Street School, a one-room clapboard
building that was later demolished to create a larger school on the same site in 1868.
On February 21, 1901, the school district was organized as the Hicksville Union Free
School District No. 17. It is reported that in 1914 the school had 438 enrolled pupils and
a staff of 14 teachers. In 1914, the high school was created, and Regents certificate
granted by the University of the State of New York. The first graduating class consisted
of five members and the second class had two members.
One of the earliest images of graduates of Hicksville High School is simply labeled as the
"Class of 1915." The image features four young women standing together on the porch
steps of the Nicholai Street School.
Hicksville's population continued to grow, having a spike from 1923 to 1936. In the
spring of 1923, the community voted to approve $20,000 for the purchase of land for a
new high school and $250,000 for the building of a Junior-Senior High School. In
December 1923, excavation was started for the construction of the Junior-Senior High
School on Jerusalem Avenue. The cornerstone was laid on April 26, 1924, the same year
the District built East Street as its second grammar school.
Archival records note that during the Thanksgiving vacation in 1924, "high school
equipment was moved to the new building and on December 4 the new building was
occupied by the pupils of the Junior-Senior High School (7th thru 12th years). This
greatly relieved the congestion in Nicholai Street grammar school."
By 1925, Hicksville had a population of 4,762 according to the state census. With a
population of over 4,500 the district was able to obtain more state aid and the board
moved to hire a Superintendent of Schools. E. A. Van Slyke, the supervising Principal,
was hired as the first Superintendent in 1925. His Vice Principal, Mabel R. Farley, was
appointed as Principal of the Junior High School that same year. Superintendent Van
Slyke continued as the district's educational leader for 13 years until his retirement in
Hicksville's population burgeoned after World War II. In November of 1948, a public
vote was held to acquire the funds for new school sites. Burns, Dutch, Fork, Lee, Old
Country Road, and Woodland elementary schools were built in rapid succession to meet
the suburban housing demands. In 1954, the new high school was built at the Division
Avenue location. Mabel R. Farley was appointed as the Principal, a position she held
until her retirement in 1956. To date, Ms. Farley has been the high school's longest
tenured Principal.
Mabel Farley served the district faithfully, first as a teacher at the Nicholai Street School
and later as the high school Principal from the building's opening in 1954 until her
Mr. Denward Collins, Hicksville High School Class of 1953, knew Ms. Farley, the new
building's Principal. In fact, Ms. Farley was Mr. Collins' mother's teacher at the Nicholai
Street School. He attended and graduated from the high school when it was still located
on Jerusalem Avenue. His family represents five generations in the community – his son
is the fourth generation to live in the family home.
Mr. Collins remembers Ms. Farley quite well. "She was the Principal at the high school
when I was in kindergarten at Nicholai Street. If Hicksville had an unofficial mayor, she
was it. She was married to the school – as strong as the Rock of Gibraltar but had
empathy for the students and she really knew teaching. She commanded and got a lot of
respect. Once, she called me to her office to tell me that I was selected by the American
Legion to attend Boys State. I felt really honored – I had such respect for her."
In addition to Ms. Farley there have been many great leaders during HHS's ensuing
decades. Mr. Raymond Williams has been the Principal at Hicksville High School for
eight years. "Hicksville is a potpourri of wonderful cultures coming together," he
explained. Principal Williams completed his bachelor’s at Adelphi University, his Master
of Arts and NYS Administrative Certificate at the College of New Rochelle. He spent
two years teaching middle school physical education in East Hampton, served as a Dean
in Westbury for one year, an Assistant Principal at Robert Moses Middle School in North
Babylon for two years, and for eight years, served as the Principal of North Babylon High
Many of the community's interesting stories harken back to Hicksville High School. For
example, if you've ever noticed the majestic concrete eagle at the Hicksville train station,
you are seeing the results of efforts by a Hicksville High School Latin teacher, Mr.
Samuel Goldberg, and his students. Mr. Goldberg's class, which included a young Latin
scholar, Mr. Harvey Goldstein, HHS's Class of 1964, wrote letters to secure the
preservation of one of the eagles from the old Penn Station in NYC, set for demolition in
1963. Erica Sinisky, daughter of Mr. Goldstein recalled, "My dad tells the story of how
Mr. Goldberg was passionately opposed to the demolition, and how the Latin class took a
stand by writing letters and eventually acquired one of the highly coveted 22 eagles that
immortalized the old Penn Station."
"Every time I go to the Hicksville Train Station and see the eagle, I'm very proud," said
Mr. Goldstein. "Mr. Goldberg was a great teacher. He felt that NYC was changing and
losing its Neo-Classical architecture. His methods of teaching were intriguing. He gave
us a lot of background and made learning Latin interesting." Classmate Joseph Platt
agrees. "I had Mr. Goldberg for four years. Latin can be very dry, and he made learning
interesting and fun."
Like so many longtime Hicksville residents, Carolyn Pinto's family has been deeply tied
to the district for three generations. Her father was one of nine children and spent most of
his childhood in Hicksville. Her mother-in-law went to Burns Avenue, and she was a
student at Burns. In fact, she met her future husband Louis, Jr. in kindergarten at the
school. They both graduated from HHS in 1999. Their children currently attend the
middle school and Burns Avenue, and Mrs. Pinto is the Co-President of Burns' PTA.
"The teachers here have always been incredible," shared Carolyn. "This community is
about the people. At the high school, the music and theatre programs were amazing.
Chorus teacher Mr. Dan Kristoff (for whom the Little Theatre is named) was inclusive
and caring. My husband actually went on to study theatre in college because of his
experience in the high school. Hicksville feels like home. I have so many happy
memories. My children are and were in the same classrooms we were in. Now they will
have happy memories, too."
Life goes on during COVID, albeit in vastly different ways. The school district moves
forward serving its students, providing a welcome breath of constancy and hope in an
otherwise changed world. After all, its times like these that teach us to slow down and
reflect upon the people and places that really matter in our lives.
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Hicksville Teacher Named Nassau County Art
Teacher of The Year
Hicksville High School Principal Raymond Williams, left, alongside Art Educator of the
Year for Region 9, Craig Mateyunas, middle, and Supervisor of Fine Arts Chad Wyman.
(Photo courtesy of Hicksville School District.)

One art educator is chosen every year across 10 regions for their
contributions to art education and service to the Art Teacher
Association. HICKSVILLE, NY — A Hicksville High School art
teacher has been named Nassau County's Art Educator of the Year by
the New York State Art Teacher Association. Craig Mateyunas
earned the recognition in Region 9 this year, which covers Nassau
Mateyunas delivers student art to the community at every
opportunity, the district said Tuesday. Every year he takes his
students to McDonald's to decorate windows with winter scenes. He
also helps display student art at IKEA, Mateyunas shares his students'
work with the community, and motivates students to give back to
their communities. Mateyunas also heads the Empty Bowls
fundraiser, in which students decorate bowls by hand and raise
money for local food pantries.
"Pursuing my love of art and sharing it with my students is something
I love to do every day," Mateyunas said. "Being a part of helping
others develop their artistic skills and build confidence in their
abilities are one of the greatest aspects of my role as an educator."
The district congratulated Mateyunas and thanked him for his
dedication to the school's art department and students.

Thank you for the birthday card…

Dave Laney 1960
Les Coles 1965

Lorraine Tully 1967

Paula Bruckner Jargo 1972

Joe Varecha 1973

Nancy & Dr. Jeffrey Kaufer 1974
Thank you for the anniversary card…
Linda & Harold Glazer 1962
Jack Wyer 1959 & Ginny Wills Wyer 1963
Stanley Mason & Alison Swanton Mason 1986
Some Thoughts About Birthdays &
Thank you for the card, It was 57 years ago our wedding took place in Hicksville and
our memories of HHS still remain with us. We have travelled and gotten to see much of
the world, but memories of Hicksville remain very much alive in our memories. Your
thinking of us is very much appreciated.
Bob Birk 1952 & Ronnie Gilson 1961

Hi Buffalo Bob and the gang at HixNews

Thank you for the card, and for thinking of me. It was much appreciated. I look forward
to receiving it every year. Thank you for all your hard work in keeping the Hicksville
newsletter going. The one birthday that I remember most was my 14th. I had wanted my
first wristwatch and had picked out a rather expensive Bulova. After school on my
birthday, my Dad took me to the jewelry store on Broadway and I got my watch, not the
expensive one, but a real nice Bulova just the same. Now some 64 years later, I still have
the watch which I no longer wear mostly because the dial is too small to see even with
my bifocals!!!!

Madeline Bianco DeLouisa 1960

Hi Bob and the gang at HixNews…Thank you for the card, and for thinking of me. It
was much appreciated. Quite a different experience this year due to Covid, but my closest
family me it special! Got lots of beautiful flowers from my grandkids and so many loving
wishes and gifts. Turning 75 didn't make me feel a year older...” just a day older˜ Thanks
again for all you do to keep the Hicksville memories alive! The guy (detective) sounds
like he’s from Hicksville. I’ve got lots of stories and will try to jot a few of them down
and send them in.
Denny Tillman 1960 (shown above with Diane)
Carol Ann Mack Berry 1963

Dear Editors,
Thank you for remembering me on my birthday this year. I moved from Hicksville ten
years after graduation in 1976. I miss it to this day. It will always be home to me. When I
see pictures of the high school it brings back memories of the best years of my life. I did
make it back home in 2016 for HHS 66 fifty-year class reunion. Since I left Hicksville, I
got a job selling automobiles and retired when I was 62 but got bored sitting home and
am now, again working full time at Envirotest the company that does the State of Ohio
emission testing. I'm a customer service rep.
I saw in the last Newsletter you need help. I live in Akron Ohio and if you can find a job
for me to do long distance let me know.
Thanks again for remembering my birthday.

Bob Gerrets 1966

1306 Prospect St
Barberton Ohio 44203

Hi, Robert…and the gang at HixNews…Thank you for the card, and for thinking of
me. It was much appreciated. I will try to send something to you about life after
Shelley Garb London 1968

Hi Buff…and the HixNews staff…

Thank you for the card, and for thinking of me. It was much appreciated. This has got to
be the most memorable of them all. Turning 70, COVID, living in a 55+ in NJ, locked in,
cannot see family, no dinner out, and yet never losing my sense of humor or love for
family and friends, old and new, Hicksville will always be my home no matter where I
reside. Be safe, be well and care. Happy Birthday to all my classmates from 1968.
Dianne Gunnigle Burkhardt 1968

Thank you for the card, and for thinking of me. It was much appreciated. I just turned
70 on November 1. I'm now officially older than dirt. I go on the classmates site, but
there is not much news there. Have you heard anything about upcoming
reunions? My class (1968) are a bunch of slackers lol. If you hear of any joint reunions,
please let me know. I hope you and yours are all well. I must find my link to the Hix
news again. Thanks for all the hard work you have put in over the years.

Chris Williams 1968

Thank you for the card, and for thinking of us on our 12th anniversary! I knew
you'd want to know what our most memorable anniversary was, and it's THIS year! I'm
preparing for thyroid surgery on Friday, but I'll be back on my feet in about two weeks
and I'll write up our anniversary story including photos. Thank you for all you've done
and continue to do to keep Hicksville alumni together. I know it's thankless, but it is
deeply appreciated by so many of us!
Diana D'Antuono DePalma 1969 (Bill Henne left with Steve Rose on his right)
Editor Note…hope your surgery was successful and you are healing and growing
stronger every day.

Thanks for the hilarious card.

David Rubin 1983 (David shown above with Beth)

Sesame Street first premiered on TV November 10, 1969!!
and reached its 51st season in 2020. The history of Sesame Street has reflected changing
attitudes to developmental psychology, early childhood education, and cultural diversity.
Did you grow up watching this classic children's show?
All kids, no matter what age, love this show, I know my granddaughters do.... it’s a great
learning show......

Linda Mastrosanti Aragoncillo 1961 (shown above with husband Jim)

My son's friend, who is 20, is now a puppeteer on Sesame Street. Hopefully, my son will
join him there when he graduates from college. They both grew up with it, and never
want to leave the Street.

Lorri Gumanow 1974

From what I heard today; Sesame Street can only be found on HBO. Is that true?
Steve Solosky 1975

My son-in-law's uncle is/was Big Bird! (Just retired).

Linda Smith Herrick 1966

1963 St. Ignatius Loyola Cheerleaders
Posted by Cheryl Gries
It must be in the DNA! Were your mom or aunts’ cheerleaders for Hicksville.

Debbi Gould Coonerty 1972

My mother was, Deb.

Cheryl G.

What's a DEB?
Debbi G.

Deb as in your name. Lol

Cheryl G.
Oh geeze; a senior moment

Donna Mezzascappa Scala 1972

Haha! I thought a deb was like a coquette or something! I guess she couldn't do a split
Debbie G.

I still love you.

Cheryl G.

St Ignatius class of 1975. The cheerleaders were from memory. Mary Galvin, Jane
Keough, Laurie Daly, the TIeberg twins, Macavoy. there were others but I can’t
Bill Dalton 1979

Yes, I do; my sister top row 1st. on left.

Donald Zinkhan
Since their class picture was posted yesterday here’s

Barbara Hicks and Billy Joel in 1961 in their Fork Lane Elementary Band Uniforms
Gail Cluxton Sneyd 1963

Oh, how sweet

Donna Mezzacappa Scala 1972

Wow I forgot about the capes.

Nick Attolino 1976

I have a home movie with my late husband marching he was in 4th grade (years after the
above picture) the older members had the cape - he was just wearing a turtleneck
Chrissie Lee Verskry 1981

Classic Billy

Tony Russo, East Meadow High School

He looks the same.

Louise Danko Cassar 1965

Still looks the same!!

Pat Valentino Kennedy 1968

Those uniforms were stored in a carton in Fork Lane music storage room. Retired in
2013, don't know if that carton still exists.

Hillary Sperber 1972

Katie Lynam

He looked like an old soul even then.

Chris Braun, St. Dominic High School, Oyster Bay

So adorable. Thank you for sharing.

Judy Goodman Starcke 1966


RoseMarie Ehrich

Sorry all you Long Islanders and New Yorkers… Here’s two feet of snow…
Love your editors
In The News
Att: Bob Casale…Just watched a show on Motor Trend about Classic Cars. The
show was about

The GRIFFITH 200 sports car which was like the Shelby Cobra and was designed and
built by Jack Griffith in Syosset in the 50's. Jack owned White-Griffith FORD Motors
DeSoto and Plymouth in Hicksville. I lived in Hicksville and Levittown area from '52 to
'80 and moved south to Georgia then Florida. My question is do you remember where
White-Griffith Motors was located in Hicksville. I think it was on North Broadway past
Editor note…can anyone answer Tom’s question???
Tom Haller 1956 (shown above with June)

Representing the Ville! Hicksville NY USA

Chrissie Ann Tringali 1982

Danielle Grey-Stewart, a Hicksville native

who grew up enamored with science and how it shapes the world around her, was
selected for the 2021 Rhodes scholarship program, one of just 32 recipients in the United
States to receive the prestigious distinction.
A senior at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Grey-Stewart, 20, will begin her
postgraduate studies at Oxford University in the United Kingdom in the fall.
Grey-Stewart, who will graduate MIT in February with a major in materials science and
engineering, learned of the scholarship on Saturday following a marathon of interviews
— all conducted on Zoom because of the pandemic. She is one of two recipients from the
New York South region and one of two MIT students.
She describes the process as a "whirlwind" and said the announcement left her
"speechless. I feel really honored and excited for this next path."
As a Rhodes scholar, Grey-Stewart will pursue a 2-year master's degree in nature, society
and environmental governance at Oxford University’s School of Geography and the
"It will allow me to study how environmental policy is formed from the context of how
we look at society and nature," she said.
Danielle is a 2017 graduate from Hicksville High School.
Lorraine Bracco class of 1972 at graduation…and in Sicily
Jesse Natarajan Aniruddh Chittabathini Brinda Vutukuri
I visited Oyster Bay this morning. It was sunny, beautiful and a
brisk 36 degrees with a wind chill the temp felt much lower. Any day
the sun is shining is a good day. I stopped by Teddy Roosevelt and
Beekman beaches.
Cheryl Gries Brown 1972
The Hicksville Water District has received a compliance deferral from New York State
allowing the District additional time to install the necessary infrastructure upgrades to
treat for 1,4-dioxane. The two-year deferral process is only available to those water
providers throughout the state that have shown significant progress in installing the now
required advanced oxidation process (AOP) treatment system for the removal of 1,4-
dioxane to meet the newly established maximum contaminant levels (MCL).
Cheryl G.

Charley, a new retiree/greeter at Walmart, just couldn't seem to get to work on

Every day he was 5, 10, 15 minutes late. But he was a good worker.
Really tidy, clean-shaven, sharp-minded and a real credit to the company and obviously
demonstrating their "Older Person Friendly" policies.
One day the boss called him into the office for a talk.
"Charley, I have to tell you--I like your work ethic. You do a bang-up job when you
finally get here; but your being late so often is quite bothersome."
"Yes, I know boss, and I am working on it."
"Well good, you are a team player. That's what I like to hear."
"Yes sir. I understand your concern, and I will try harder."
Seeming puzzled, the manager went on to comment, "I know you're retired from the
Armed Forces.
What did they say to you there if you showed up in the morning late so often?"
The old man looked down at the floor, and then smiled. He chuckled quietly, then said
with a grin,
"They usually saluted and said, Good morning, Admiral, can I get your coffee, sir?

One of my favorite stories, ever

Hicksville High School Alumni Association

Hicksville, New York
A free site for Hicksville High School alumni

Robert Casale
Hicksville High Class of 1961
You know you’re from Hicksville if you’ve ever been to a Fire Tournament.

This is the
1967 Hicksville Fire Department racing team (Hicks).

Bill Reilly

Was there for sure! Loved the “bucket brigade”

Linda Ferrara Gulbrandsen

Me too!!!
Elsie Fiordilino Sciabbarrasi 1966

Loved them, used to march in the parade with the PBC then to Mid Island Plaza parking
lot for the tournament.

Nick Attolino 1976

PBC? And nobody asked what that was? Haha! I’ve been meaning to post about my PBC
experiences. 5th and 6th grade were when I was active with them. 1966-1967. Marched
in the parade with them too. With the sailor’s uniform and fake wooden rifle. But those
white spats and cap really made it.). I haven’t seen a post about PBC since I’ve been in
the group. Oh yeah. Police Boys Club. PBC. Corny for sure, but it provided some fun
activities and kept me out of trouble that I was sure to get in otherwise. Oh Yeah II: The
firemen’s tournament was a real blast. I loved that whole experience.
Robert Cazares

Loved these tournaments on Labor Day ... remember the battle of the bands? The night

Bill Jakabek 1971

Always went to the tournaments I had an uncle who was a racer for Mastic Beach fire

Denise Capps Lintner

I saw them compete that year. It was my last tournament seen, before I joined the Air
Force. Never saw another.

Chris Braun, St. Dominic High School. Oyster Bay

I had to go to one last summer in Rockville Centre just to get the experience again. It was
sort of on my bucket list.
Bill Alonge (Bill is on the left)

I was born there! So was my mom.

Chris B.

They still have them. My husband and now my son race for East Islip.
Catherine Eichler Dunn 1980

Dragged dad to many a tourney! Loved everyone.

Mike Jane Ryan
My best friends Dad was the Grand Marshall one year. Don Snyder.

Joe Scully

Loved going to the tournament

Billy McDaniel

The best I miss them since I moved to PA 18 years ago! Thanks for the memories!

Anna Peck Ciesla

I loved going to the fire tournaments.

Kathy Wirth

Me too
Dolores Sartor

Lived on Prose St, which dead-ended on the Mid-Island Plaza parking lot. All the action
was a two-minute walk from my front door. Watched it just about every year until I went
away to college in ‘68. I was literally telling somebody here in VA about the tournaments
just last week. I was saying how us teenage guys loved voting for Miss Rheingold (beer)
every year. We stuffed the ballot box with our favorites. Good times in a great place to
grow up.

Ed Cochran
Memory Lane
WE NEED HELP, BADLY. recently marked its 20th anniversary. Although we’re now well into the era
of social media, many people continue to read it, and every month we’re contacted by
some new or returning readers.
Alas, many of the people who established HixNews are no longer with us. The work
continues, but today there are too few volunteers on staff, and they are aging: our average
age is now on the north side of 74. How long can we continue without an infusion of
new blood? No one can tell.
These days, getting HixNews out can be a challenge. With such a small staff, a single
person’s illness, accident, family emergency, etc. can pose a serious
obstacle. Incidentally, as many of you already know, in October our Editor Bob Casale
began a regimen of chemotherapy; being conscientious, he worked extra hard ahead of
time, and prepared pieces of the November issue before his first session! It is only a
matter of time before there are additional serious challenges, and they may be impossible
to surmount if we do not have more people on board.
For a long time, Buffalo Bob has had to make up for the short staffing by putting in an
incredible amount of work, and he has done a great job. He deserves lots of Attaboys for
that, and he has received some. Unfortunately, Attaboys do not ease the workload. If we
had more (and ideally, younger) volunteers, our esteemed Editor could share with them
the job of collecting content, so that he could more easily keep up the good work. We
would also have a safety cushion, to help keep things on track if any of our staff had to
temporarily spend time tending to personal matters.
We also need a backup webmaster. For a website that is updated monthly, such a
position does not demand much time. The skills involved are much better known than
they were 20 years ago. Some of you may already have the ability to do the job or know
of a family member who has.
We really need your help. Please consider helping HixNews by volunteering at this
critical time. To start the process, or to ask questions, please email us
Thank you; your help is much appreciated.
The staff at HixNews
P.S. If you were in high school in the 1970s, 1980s, or later, your participation will not
only help HixNews survive – it can also help revitalize it. A younger perspective could
help make HixNews relevant to more of our reader base.

I would love to help. Since I am not yet retired, I may only have 10 or so hours a
month but would love to give back. Let me know if you have grunt work or light
writing (I was the editor of “The Comet Newspaper” in 1969 and co-editor of The
What, mimeographed weekly rag.)
Steve Rose 1969

Dear Steve…Thank you! I'm sure that we'll be taking you up on your kind offer.
Right now, a lot is up in the air, and for some reason, people seem to be focused on
this whole election thing. Please give us a few days, and then we'll be in touch. And
thanks again.
Ron Wencer 1964


You know time has a way of moving quickly and catching you unaware of the
passing years.
It seems like yesterday that I was young, just married, and embarking on my new
life with my mate.
Yet in a way, it seems like eons ago, and I wonder where all those years went. I know
that I lived them all.
I have glimpses of how it was back then and of all my hopes and dreams.
But here it is... the winter of my life, and it catches me by surprise...
How did I get here so fast? Where did the years go and where did my youth go?
I remember well seeing older people through the years and thinking that those
"older people" were years away from me and that winter was so far off that I could
not fathom it or imagine fully what it would be like.
But, here it friends are retired and getting grey... they move slower and I see
an older person in myself now.
Some are in better and some worse shape than me... but, I see the great change... Not
like the ones that I remember who were young and vibrant...but, like me, their age is
beginning to show and we are now those older folks that we used to see and never
thought we'd be.
Each day now, I find that just getting a shower is a real target for the day!
And taking a nap is not a treat anymore... it's mandatory! Cause if I don't on my own
free will... I just fall asleep where I sit!
And so... now I enter this new season of my life unprepared for all the aches and
pains and the loss of strength and ability to go and do things that I wish I had done
but never did!!
But at least I know, that though the winter has come, and I'm not sure how long it
will last... this I know, that when it's over on this earth... it's over. A new adventure
will begin!
Yes, I have regrets. There are things I wish I hadn't done... things I should have
done, but indeed, there are also many things I'm happy to have done. It's all in a
So, if you're not in your winter yet... let me remind you, that it will be here faster
than you think. So, whatever you would like to accomplish in your life, please do it
Don't put things off too long!! Life goes by quickly. So, do what you can TODAY, as
you can never be sure whether this is your winter or not!
You have no promise that you will see all the seasons of your life... so, LIVE FOR
Say all the things that you want your loved ones to remember... and hope that they
appreciate and love you for all the things that you have done for them in all the
years past!!
"Life" is a GIFT to you. The way you live your life is your gift to those who
come after. Make it a fantastic one.
Remember: "It is Health that is real Wealth and not pieces of gold and silver."
Your kids are becoming you......but your grandchildren are perfect!
Going out is good... coming home is even better!
You forget names... but it's OK, because other people forgot they even knew you!!!
You realize you're never going to be really good at anything.... especially golf.
The things you used to care to do, you no longer care to do, but you really do care
that you don't care to do them anymore.
You sleep better on a lounge chair with the TV blaring than in bed. It's called "pre-
You miss the days when everything worked with just an "ON" and "OFF" switch...
You tend to use more 4 letter words..."what?"..."when?"...???
Now that you can afford expensive jewelry, It’s not safe to wear it anywhere.
You notice everything they sell in stores is "Sleeveless?!"
Everybody whispers.
You have 3 sizes of clothes in your closet.... 2 of which you will never wear.

My mom and dad standing on the lawn of their brand-new house on Duffy Ave. in
(this photo has been colorized).
Chris Braun, St. Dominic High School, Oyster Bay

Related to the family who had the butcher shop?

Kathryn Monnia Wolff 1964

Not that I can find. Went to school with Andrea, though.

Chris B.

Across street now industrial? Where that older farmhouse is? It became Kuno Steel.

Susan Ebbecke Donnelly (sown above with Tim Ebbecke)

Colorized and you didn’t put mom in pink?

Davey Scott
New Readers
Can you add me to the email list?
Mary Lombardi Blaney 1986

You're asking to be added to the Alumni mailing list. If you mean the spreadsheet that is
referenced on the Home Page, we cannot add any names to that list. Henry Lichtenstein
who maintained the list, and had it password protected, died, and took the password with
him to his grave. He never told any of the other editors how to access the list, so it's there
but useless to add to or subtract from. You are on the list I developed painstakingly
during the past year, one person at a time. You will receive a note when the new issue
goes live. Hope you are well and safe from harm. This current situation sucks, and we all
are going crazy. Thanks for your note...
Buffalo Bob Casale

Thanks so much!
And yes, NY especially sucks and most who have a choice have been getting out. So
many people I know have left the Bronx for example for FL and PA.

Hi Bob. just to let you know, I just found out from his wife, that
Chris Polanski (class of 1960) has died, on October 17th, another one from the Good old
Days, Gone! You can put it in the newsletter...

Best, Bob Gillette

Carmela “Candy” Jane Colling, age 65, passed away peacefully November 11, 2020.
She was born June 26, 1955 in Brooklyn, New York to Joseph and Josephine Carfora.
Candy was the youngest of 3 children.
Candy was an animal lover, ocean dweller, dancer, and cheerleader.
Candy graduated from Hicksville High School in 1973
Candy married her high school sweetheart and love of her life

Peter Colling, in October 1976. Candy and Peter enjoyed 45 years of marriage filled with
love, best friendship, and encouragement.
Candy lived a life full of happiness, love for all she encountered and walked with Jesus
Christ in her heart with every step she took.
Candy’s family was her life’s work, and she treated every relationship as a treasure. She
will be remembered for her incredible smile and kindness.
Candy was a life-long educator and administrator of love. As a wonderful homemaker,
educator, charitable contributor and visionary for the Oasis Community Church Food
Pantry, Candy took pride in offering kindness, strength, and love in all things she
To her loved ones, Candy was the best teacher, nurse, mentor, mediator, friend, mother,
wife, and Nana. An angel on Earth and light in many lives she touched.
Her life was a living example of 1 John 4:7: Beloved, let us love one another, for love is
from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God.
Candy is survived by her husband, Peter, brothers, Joe and Santo, sons, Craig and Brian,
daughters-in-law, Asia and Maria and grandchildren Jack, Hudson, Dylan, Audriana and
Marina. All of these she loved and touched deeply.
Please join us celebrating her life Friday morning November 20, 2020 between 11:00am -
12:00pm at Oasis Community Church, 15014 N 56th Street Scottsdale, AZ 85254. Prior
to the service, guests are welcome to a visitation from 10:00am to 11:00am. In lieu of
flowers, donations may be made to the Candy Colling Memorial Fund:

Joe Carfora 1962 Santo Carfora 1964

Candy’s yearbook photo from 1973

Portrait of Candy

Candy with husband Peter on vacation

The Colling family

A Shipmate passes
Andy Isola Buffalo Bob’s shipmate from the USS Liberty, NCVA or from general navy
days. Received word that Andy Passed on October 27, 2020 from Covid 19.
Bernie J. Haller

Vietnam Memorial Update

Bill Walden in front of the Memorial on Veterans Day 11/11/19

Bill showing the Memorial after2019 Veterans Day ceremonies to state, county & local
dignitaries that were present. From left to right, with Bill, are NY State Senator Jim
Gaughran, Town of Oyster Bay Supervisor Joe Salandino & Nassau County Legislator
Arnold Drucker. Not pictured is Nassau County Legislator Rose Walker, to whom Bill
showed the Memorial later that day.