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Remembering Rosalind Joel

Rosalind Nyman Joel, the mother of famous singer/songwriter Billy Joel, died last Sunday at the age of 92. The Hicksville resident, who was involved with numerous charities and organizations in the community, was the inspiration behind Billy's song, “Rosalinda’s Eyes," off his 1978 album 52nd Street. One of the famous lyrics from the song is “I’ve got music in my hands; The work is hard to find; But that don’t get me down; Rosalinda understands.”

Rosalind was born in Brooklyn on Feb. 15, 1922 to Philip and Rebecca Nyman who emigrated from England. She met her husband, Howard, in 1942 while attending a City College of New York musical production. The couple married three years later and had their son, William "Billy" Martin Joel in 1949. Later on they adopted their daughter, Judy, who was the daughter of Rosalind’s late sister, Muriel. The couple’s marriage lasted 11 years until they divorced in 1957.

After their son was born, the couple moved out of Brooklyn to Hicksville so they could reside in the suburbs. Howard was an accomplished pianist, but it was Rosalind who helped push her son to study the piano. At the age of four, Billy showed an amazing aptitude for the instrument and by the time he was 16, he was already a professional, having joined his third band before he could even drive.

While Billy was out performing at musical gigs in the area, Rosalind was working various clerical positions in Hicksville, trying to put food on the table for her family.

After her son’s musical success, she remained very active in the community, working with local charities and organizations. She contributed much of her time and energy to the Little Shelter animal rescue and adoption center in Huntington, taking care of abandoned and abused animals.

The family has asked that all donations be made to the The Little Shelter animal rescue and adoption center in Huntington.

She is survived by her son, Billy Joel, and her daughter, Judy Molinari, her sister, Bertha Miller; and her two granddaughters, Alexa Ray Joel, and Rebecca Molinari Gehrkin.

News

Alan Yu, an external auditor from the firm, Cullen & Danowski LLP gave the findings of the annual district external audit at Oct. 22’s Hicksville Board of Education meeting. Discussed at the meeting were the financial statements of the 2013-14 school year which officially ended June 30.

According to Yu, the Hicksville School district has a fund balance of $34 million. Roughly 26 to 27 percent of the general fund balance comprises the total budget.

Levittown Hall in Hicksville comes alive every Thursday night with music, dance, fun and laughter as students are swept away into the world of Latin dance.

Under the instruction of professional teacher Mark James, dance hopefuls learn a trio of Latin dance, including salsa, meringue and what James describes as the biggest craze in Latin dancing today, bachata.


Sports

The Hicksville girls volleyball team improved to 7-1 by knocking off Oceanside in three consecutive sets by scores of 25-13, 25-19 and 25-14.

Emily Markakis played terrificly, using a powerful serve to record three aces, seven kills and added nine digs. Nikki Chase added six kills and eight digs. Additionally, Raeann Dong was versatile—recording three aces, seven kills and nine digs.

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


Calendar

Safe Trick or Treat

October 31

Election Day

November 4

Senior Luncheon

November 6



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