It was on the same side of the street as the high school, and in colder weather we could get a hot cup of coffee and a bagel before the teachers called us all back in. Proud to have graduated MHS, although all the schools in Regional 23 enjoyed very fine reputations. (Does anyone remember the sign Siss's sandwich shoppe--"good food"). Adventurers Inn was also on 110 in Melville, not too far from the 110 drive inn. Mrs Walsh, Mrs Seabold, Mrs Algiers, Mrs Learned, Mrs Marcus, and Miss. Not quite sure of the correct spellings or who was really Mrs. I went on to become a 6th grade teacher in Putnam county and retired in 2004 after 32 years. Surfing more than girls, actually because that was a little intimidating for me at the time. Do you remember the name of the male Chemistry teacher? Still trying to remember the name of the Deli we would walk to during fire drills. Frontierland was in fact on Rt 110 , may have been near there the inter county shopping center. I still remember all of my teachers first through sixth. Wow, every single morning for 19 years I played the piano for that with the Broadcast Choir! Our world today seems so upended, in the 60's it seemed so easy to understand, quiet and harmless. in my case my teenaged years I revolved around surfing, and girls." and if the answer was "yes" I knew that I was not really going to be ill. We live in a different state now but he knows all about my memories of Massapequa Park...
Did some research and I think the critical issue was the District wanting teachers to contribute $1.00 per month for their dental benefits. Even tho all american was great there is still something special about a burger and fries you get at a diner. Didn't think you would remember after all these years. White, the English teacher, and active union member? Lived on East lake Avenue, then moved to s massapequa behind Bar Harbour center. I started kindergarten in Amityville because Hawthorne wasn't quite finished in 1955. Because of her, I took piano lessons and then organ lessons. Eternal love and loyalty to Hawthorn School we sing! RE Massapequa, How I MIss Thee I am guessing we were about the same age, I too loved living in Massapequa.
& of course the Hawthorn School song This is in response to Bob (7/21/17). What greater dream could a bored and ready to get out senior in high school have than to arrive at school on a beautiful spring day and find out classes are cancelled until further notice due to a teacher strike!!! Stopped at the massapequa diner to show my wife Long Island diner food. We had two gym teachers, Miss Tulley and Mr Ceily who got married to each other while I was a student there. Within these halls of learning, our glad young voices ring.
My favorite dish in the restaurant was the baked ziti. When we got too big to go there anymore then they took us to Adventureland. For several years, when I would start getting a cold, or feeling sick, I would test myself to see how ill I was.
I would think, "Could I eat Musicaro's spaghetti right now?
I went to Fairfield for kindergarten and "kidnapped" a boy I thought was cute. ) family seemed to think I was trying to give away a free coke ($.10 in those days). I still can't stand the smell of fast food burgers and fries. Enjoyed the comments on the great Massapequa Pizza debate especially the recollection of the Pizza Supreme roof of the mouth burn that seemed to happen every single time you ate a slice. And now its time to address the world famous All American Hamburger Drive In but from the insiders (as in former employees)perspective.
He came home with me one day and his parents had the police out looking for him. Truth is I had a mad crush on Billy Vultagio and would never have betrayed the family trust. With the scattering of south shore Long Island natives throughout the world the legend of All American has achieved global significance including of late being a feature on the "Kevin Can Wait" sitcom.
It was so good and I remember my brother's looking in the parking lot for my Mom for receipts that people would throw away. I played the cello at Hawthorn from fourth grade till six grade. 😀 I went to St Rose of Lima for first through eighth grade even though I can see Hawthorne from my front stoop. The Candy Store in that shopping center represented a special treat because being there meant my parents didn't know we had strayed so far away.
Unfortunately she never read your letter as she passed away Dec. My artistic talent was not award worthy, but I had a good time. Some of our favorite places to name a few were: Tastee Bakery, we used to go there after Church on Sunday's and get Kaiser Rolls, salt sticks and buns for breakfast. We also used to go to Zornes Poultry and get chicken, potato salad and coleslaw for a treat. I went into the Air Force after school, got married a couple of times and the rest is history. I'm sure no one else is interested in my life story. Some time before the supermarket across from John J Burns Park became Hills it was called Dilbert's.
As we returned to the house, their was a big sigh of relief from the neighbors, when Beau Beau jumped out of the car. I also remember trying to get the ring as you went around the carousel.
At the beach club, I was taken out by the undertow, and saved by a young couple on the beach. When I was little it was really scary as I had to lean so far over to reach the wooden arm that dispensed the rings.
Did anyone from LI ever go to Palasades park with the worlds largest salt water pool. One memory I have of you is teaching us several Woody Guthrie songs, among other classic songs. In later years my brothers and our friends would play stickball on the front wall of the school, at least until the Wackenhut Security guards would chase us off, I have been singing the Hawthorn school song almost daily since elementary school. They didn't watch TV, didn't surf, and didn't read newspapers or magazines. Not the same world, ours is gone except in our memories. My Brother's both got to go and I think I was there too but too young to remember.