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Obituary: Walter J. Wells

Remembering

Walter J. Wells

In the early 1950’s as suburbia was expanding, residents of New York City were looking to raise their families in the suburbs. The local communities were beginning to boom with the invasion of new homes, young families and veterans of World War II looking to settle in. One such family was Micki and Walter Wells. They came to Hicksville and moved onto Moeller St. with their daughters.

Walter, a veteran of the “silent service” served in the Pacific aboard SS329, a submarine called the Chub. He wasn’t here very long before he found out that the sirens and air horn going off day after day was the local (Hicksville) Volunteer Fire Department sounding out their alarms for members to respond to the emergencies.  So on June 9, 1953, Walter was issued badge #538, and assigned to Chemical Co. #3.

By 1961, he was elected to serve as a 2nd Lieutenant for 2 years, then 1st Lieutenant for the next 2 years and Captain in 1965 and 1966. Early on he also became a member of the Fire Dept.’s Rescue Squad. Throughout these years, he helped to encourage the new members and mentor them in their responsibilities as fire fighters, chauffeur and the like.  The members were always willing to listen to the stories of what life was like aboard a submarine during war time as part of the Pacific Fleet.

In 1964, he was also elected to be the 2nd V.P. of the Hicksville F.D. Benevolent Association and then President in 1966 and 1967.

In 1988, Hicksville Fire Department organized its Fire Police Squad. He once again was quick to answer the calling and serve the community as a charter member.  In 1991 he was elected its 2nd Lieutenant, spent two years at 1st Lieutenant, and then Captain for the years 1995 and 1996.

On Dec. 11, 2013, Ex-Captain Walter Wells answered his final alarm and was reunited with his loving wife Michelina (Micki) at heaven’s door. His family and friends will miss this soft spoken 90 year old father, grandfather and great grandfather who faithfully served his country and community with valor and distinction.

News

When life hands you lemons, make lemonade. That’s just what a Hicksville baker is doing, except in her case it isn’t lemons, but a gluten-free diet. Her lemonade stand of choice is her brand new gluten-free eatery, “Jac’s Bakeshop and Bistro,” which held its grand opening on April 12.  

“I’m a baker who can’t even eat wheat or eggs,” said owner Jaclyn Messina, chuckling at the irony.

There’s a lot you can do in 99 minutes. You could cook dinner, play a non-stop soccer game, watch a romantic comedy or hang out with Odysseus, Achilles and Hercules. If you chose the last option, Hicksville High School’s upcoming theatre production of The Iliad, The Odyssey, and All of Greek Mythology in 99 Minutes or Less  is the place for you.

The mouthful of a title says it all. The cast will take on over 80 characters as they speed through all of Greek mythology, including popular tales such as The Iliad and The Odyssey, in a little over an hour and a half.


Sports

Vito Sciascia was recently named Hicksville Soccer Club’s Volunteer of the Year at the 2014 Long Island Junior Soccer League 2014 Kick-off Convention.

Sciascia started coaching travel soccer in 1998 for a boys team, the Flash, who later changed their names to the Muddogs. He could always be found at various sporting fields trying to recruit new soccer players. He would make each of these boys feel important and there was always room for another player. He tried to never turn a child away and when other coaches were having trouble with a boy he would take them on his team, no one was ever too much for him. Sciascia found the good in all those boys and they in return respected him. He took them to many tournaments and solicited enough sponsorship so that it was never a financial burden on their families.

Cantiague Park Senior Men’s Golf League had its first tournament on Thursday April 4. Twenty golfers came out on on a crisp but sunny morning. Charlie Hong was the only man to score under a 40, with a 38 and won for low overall score. Jim O’ Brien  scored a 41, and won low overall net in a tie-breaker with Mike Guerriero.

Competition on the nine-hole course is divided into two divisions. Flight A is for players with a handicap of 13 or lower. Flight B is for players with a handicap of 14 or more. The league is a 100 percent handicap league. Any man 55 years or older is eligible for membership. We have many openings for this year, and you can sign up anytime throughout the the season.


Calendar

American Legion Meeting

April 21

HS Theater in the Round

April 24-26

Science Fair

April 26



Columns

1959: The Year The Music Stopped Playing
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com

The Eccentric Heiress Of ‘Empty Mansions’
Written by Mike Barry, MFBarry@optonline.net

Yellow Margarine And A Pitch For The Ages
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com