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Jerry Dikowitz holds a photo of himself with (Credit: Linda Rosier)

Jerry Dikowitz holds a photo of himself with family dog, Mutsy, his younger brother, Bernie, and Edward Steinman (who lived across the street and was Jerry's friend), taken in front of his house on Meyer Avenue in Roosevelt before the front porch, seen behind, was built. (Oct. 2, 2012)

Roosevelt reunion

Childhood friends reunite and help the community they once called home.

Jerry Dikowitz holds a photo of himself with
(Credit: Linda Rosier)

Jerry Dikowitz holds a photo of himself with family dog, Mutsy, his younger brother, Bernie, and Edward Steinman (who lived across the street and was Jerry's friend), taken in front of his house on Meyer Avenue in Roosevelt before the front porch, seen behind, was built. (Oct. 2, 2012)

Jerry Dikowitz visits the house on Meyer Street
(Credit: Linda Rosier)

Jerry Dikowitz visits the house on Meyer Street in Roosevelt where he lived until he was 13. (Oct. 2, 2012)

Jerry Dikowitz holds a photo of himself with
(Credit: Linda Rosier)

Jerry Dikowitz holds a photo of himself with his mother, Selma Dikowitz, and the family dog, Mutsy, taken in 1964 on Meyer Street in Roosevelt, where he grew up.( Oct. 2, 2012)

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The Roosevelt crew poses at their first reunion
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The Roosevelt crew poses at their first reunion in 45 years, taken before dinner at Pier 95 restaurant in Freeport. (Sept. 5, 2009)

At Washington Rose Elementary School in Roosevelt in
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At Washington Rose Elementary School in Roosevelt in 1964-65, Mrs. Goldman's 5th grade class. Larry Malow is fourth from right, second row. Left is Dennis Accavelli and on his right ,Joey Tascarella; Jerry Dikowitz is third row, second boy in; Carol Coffin is last row, first on the left; Valerie Dorch is bottom row, second from right; Milton Little is third row from front, second in from right. (1964)

Friends who grew up in Roosevelt in the
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Friends who grew up in Roosevelt in the 1960s, when the community was more multicultural, recently found each other through Facebook. Some of those friends, from left, Carol (Coffin) Kneen, Valerie (Dortch) O'Connor, Kneen's mother, Helen Coffin, Jerry Dikowitz and Joe Tascarella. (Sept. 20, 2012)

In a1960 photo of the kindergarten class at
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In a1960 photo of the kindergarten class at the Northeast Primary School (Washington Rose Elementary School), Jerry Dikowitz is first in back row, far left, next to him is Joe Tascarella. Valerie (Dortch) O'Conor is fifth from left in back row and Carol (Coffin) Kneen is end of front row, far right. Radio personality Howard Stern,is center of the back row in a black top hat.

A copy photo of a 1962 picture of
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A copy photo of a 1962 picture of Milton Little, Jr.'s second grade class play at Washington Rose Elementary School in Roosevelt. Little stands second from left in the back row; Howard Stern stands in the center of the back row tilting his head; and in the first row, far right, stands Larry Malow who died last year. (Oct. 7, 2012)

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Jerry Dikowitz plays the drums at his Bar
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Jerry Dikowitz plays the drums at his Bar Mitzvah in 1967 with his friends, Robert Karger on guitar and Howard Stern at the microphone, singing. (Oct. 2, 2012)

The radio host Howard Stern, a good childhood
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The radio host Howard Stern, a good childhood friend of Jerry Dikowitz, grew up in this house on Conlon Road in Roosevelt. (Oct. 2, 2012)

Some of the houses on East Pennywood Avenue
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Some of the houses on East Pennywood Avenue in Roosevelt, around the corner from Meyer Avenue where Jerry Dikowitz grew up, have been foreclosed and are boarded up. (Oct. 2, 2012)

Sister Aimee Koonmen, of Roosevelt, is one of
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Sister Aimee Koonmen, of Roosevelt, is one of the founders of Bethany House, which provides housing for women and children, and spends an evening with some of the residents doing arts and crafts. (Oct. 5, 2012)

The Washington Rose Elementary School in Roosevelt stands
(Credit: Linda Rosier)

The Washington Rose Elementary School in Roosevelt stands with the same name and in the same place, although it has been completely rebuilt since the days when Jerry Dikowitz attended, in the 1960s. (Oct. 2, 2012)

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Friends who grew up in Roosevelt in the
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Friends who grew up in Roosevelt in the 1960s, when the community was multi-cultural, recently found each other through Facebook. Four of those friends, from left, Carol (Coffin) Kneen, Joe Tascarella, Valerie (Dortch) O'Connor and Jerry Dikowitz, gathered at a Melville hotel recently to reminisce and share memories. (Sept. 20, 2012)

Jerry Dikowitz holds a 1958 photo of himself
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Jerry Dikowitz holds a 1958 photo of himself at the wheel of his tricycle on Meyer Avenue in front of the house where he grew up in Roosevelt, with his grandmother Esther Dikowitz, and younger brother Bernie. (Oct. 2, 2012)

The fourth grade class photo of students at
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The fourth grade class photo of students at Washington Rose Elementary School in Roosevelt, taken in 1963-64, shows how integrated the school was at that time. In the words of Jerry Dikowitz, "...this is what we remember and it's fact: whatever people may think was around us, it wasn't us." (1964)

A row of stores on the east side
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A row of stores on the east side of Nassau Road in Roosevelt are some of those that would probably be affected by urban renewal plans under consideration for the town. (May 2, 1973)

Jerry Dikowitz Photoshopped the faces of his classmates
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Jerry Dikowitz Photoshopped the faces of his classmates from his childhood in Roosevelt onto this card he called "The Roosevelt Rascals," and sent it as a holiday email to them in December 2009. (2009)

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