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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

A group of like-minded local residents banded together and saved more than 200 area trees from the chopping block — for now.

A state judge ordered Nassau County and the Department of Public Works to stop cutting down trees along South Oyster Bay Road, granting a temporary restraining order to a group of residents spearheading an effort to save the trees.

State Supreme Court Judge Antonio Brandveen scheduled a hearing on Thursday, Oct. 16 for the county to address complaints from residents, in particular a group called Operation STOMP (Save Trees Over More Pavement) founded by Hicksville native Tanya Lukasik.The Public Works department had planned to removed more than 200 30-foot trees in communities ranging from Plainview, Bethpage, Hicksville and Syosset.

For the past 16 years, Lucia Simon has walked from her home in Hicksville to her job at the Hicksville Public Library. She enjoys her job as a librarian and says that the staff has become like family to her. But for the past three years, Simon and 56 fellow co-workers have been frustrated at what she says is the library’s board refusal to negotiate a fair contract.  

“We have had no contract in three years. They refuse to bargain with us. Every time they come back to us it’s not fair,” says Simon.

However, the board of trustees disagree, saying that it has made a “fair offer.”


Sports

The Girls Varsity soccer team, in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, wore pink uniforms and pink socks in their game on Oct. 8 against MacArthur whom they defeated 1-0. The girls and boys soccer programs at Hicksville High School are selling pink ribbon car magnets with a soccer ball and HHS on it with the words “Kick Cancer” on the ribbon. All the money raised will go to the Sarah Grace Foundation, which is a local foundation trying to beat pediatric cancer. The players plan to raise $1,000 for this organization

— From Hicksville High School

Hicksville native progressing through Mets system

The Mets minor league system is enjoying a rare period of prosperity. For years, it was barren due to trading off high-ceiling players for major leaguers, or neglecting the draft in favor of the free agent market. Since General Manager Sandy Alderson took over, the organization has reversed course and put a much greater emphasis on player development. During his second-to-last season, however, former GM Omar Minaya took a chance and drafted a local catcher, Cam Maron, out of Hicksville High School in the 34th round.


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