It was free pizza for everyone at DiMaggio’s Pizzeria in Hicksville as the local establishment celebrated what would’ve been the 100th birthday of Rosalind Nyman Joel, the mother of Billy Joel.
Community and civic leaders, including Oyster Bay Town Supervisor Joe Saladino and Nassau County Legislator Rose Walker, were on hand to celebrate the occasion.
“Rosalind, or Roz as she was known, passed away in 2014 at the age of ninety-two,” said Sal Stile, the owner of DiMaggio’s. “She raised her son Billy and daughter Judy in Hicksville and put everything she had into helping Billy launch his music career. She paid for his piano lessons and helped lead him on the road to success. Rosalind will always be remembered as an integral part of this Community.”
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Photo: Billy Joel visits the Long Island High School for the Arts for the dedication of the Rosalind Joel Conservatory for Music and Theatre on December 19, 2017.
Photo by Myrna Suarez (@myrnsuarezphoto)