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Blood Drive

Friday, April 19

Pot Luck Supper

Saturday, April 20

Willet Avenue Reunion

Saturday, April 20

 

Friday, April 19

Blood Drive

Holy Trinity High School, at 98 Cherry Lane in Hicksville will hold a blood drive on April 19 from 3 to 7:30 p.m. To make an appointment, email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


Saturday, April 20

Pot Luck Supper

Catholic Daughters of the Americas #869 Pot Luck Supper will be held on April 20, at 6 p.m. at St. Ignatius Loyola School Cafe, 30 E Cherry St., Hicksville. Enjoy an evening of home cooking. Dinner includes main entree, coffee and dessert; BYOB. Reservations are $10 per person or a special family rate of $25 (family of four). Call Ana Marie at 516-932-5537 or Kathy at 516-707-5206. Walk-ins welcome.

Willet Avenue Reunion

The former elementary school, Willet Avenue, was open from 1962 to 1993. Willet classmates will reunite on April 20 at the Holiday Inn in Plainview. The event is open to all former students and their families. For more information email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 631-816-1111.


Thursday, April 25

Spring Job Fair

Farmingdale State College will hold its Spring Job Fair on April 25 from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on campus at Roosevelt Hall’s multipurpose room at 2350 Broadhollow Road, Farmingdale. Visit www.farmingdale.edu for updates and information.


Friday, April 26

Bingo, Chinese Auction

The Ladies Auxiliary of the Bellmore Fire Department is holding a Bingo and Chinese Auction Night on Friday, April 26. It will be held at the Bellmore Fire Department Headquarters, 230 Pettit Avenue. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the first game of bingo starts at 7:30 p.m. Admission for adults is $8 and children 10 years and under is $4. Admission includes a bingo card pack, door prize, coffee, tea and dessert. Food and refreshments available for purchase. Handicap accessible, ample parking at adjacent LIRR station. No outside food or beverages are allowed. To purchase tickets or reserve tables call Valerie at 516-860-9389.


Saturday, April 27

Spring Cleaning Yard Sale

The Hicksville Boys & Girls Club will be holding a Spring Yard Sale, on April 27, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the club. Should you have any items that you’ve been thinking of getting rid of, please consider donating it, located at 79 West Old Country Road, in Hicksville, directly across from IHOP. Should you have a treasure to donate, just give us a call at 516-822-5437.


Thursday, May 2

Casino Night

Treat yourself to a good bet while raising funds and awareness for suicide prevention. Join the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) for an exciting evening of fine food and drink, delectable desserts, and fantastic casino fun on May 2 at The Carltun located in Eisenhower Park in East Meadow. The event begins at 6:30 p.m., a fabulous night of casino fun with great prizes. Tickets are $125. Checks may be made payable to AFSP, 25 Pepperidge Road, East Rockaway, NY 11518. Credit cards are also accepted. On-line ticket sales are available at www.afspli.org. Proceeds will benefit the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.


Thursday, May 9

Free Voice Lessons

Ladies, do you love to sing? Twin County Chorus has a place for you. Women of all ages who enjoy singing are invited to join the Twin County Chorus of Sweet Adelines International in the joys of a cappella harmony. For four weeks starting May 9, at 7 p.m., the chorus will offer free voice lessons at an open house at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, at 3434 Hempstead Turnpike in Levittown. Call Bobbi at 516-983-2128 or Susan at 516-729-8323 for more information. Or visit www.twincounty.org.


Saturday, May 11

Flea Market

The Parkway Community Church, located at 95 Stewart Avenue, Hicksville, will hold its annual Giant Flea Market on Saturday, May 11 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (rain or shine).  Vendors interested in renting space should contact the church office at 516-938-1233.


Monday, May 27

Parade Announcement

On May 27, the United Veterans of Hicksville will hold the annual Memorial Day Parade and ceremonies. The parade will step off at 9 a.m. from the Sears parking lot. It will turn left and head south along Broadway to Old Country Road. At Old Country Road it will turn west until it reaches Jerusalem Avenue. At Jerusalem Avenue it will turn south and proceed to 4th Street where it will end by the Hicksville Middle School. At approximately 10:30 a.m., the Memorial Day ceremonies will take place at the Middle School’s Veterans Memorial Park.


Tuesday, May 28

Golf Outing

Crossroads Restaurant Golf Outing to benefit the Michael Magro Foundation on May 28. Registration at 8:30 a.m. at Tam O’Shanter Club, Fruitledge Road, Brookville. Cost is $200 per person. There will be a continental breakfast at 9 a.m. and a barbecue lunch at noon. Goody bags, raffle, and trophies will also be awarded. After the golf outing, enjoy dinner back at Crossroads located at 646 South Broadway, in Hicksville. Dinner only will be $60 per person, includes open bar, deluxe hot and cold buffet, coffee and dessert. Pre-registration is a must. For more information and to register online, visit http://www.michaelmagrofoundation.com/ or call 516-935-4510. The Michael Magro Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to the support of children with cancer and their families.


Sunday, July 14

Classic Car Show

Classic Car Show on July 14 at Bethpage Federal Credit Union at 899 South Oyster Bay Rd in Bethpage. All makes and models welcome. Live performance by one of Long Island’s top doo-wop bands, The Fabularies. Trophies, raffles, vendors, radio broadcast, and more. Download a car registration form at www.corvettesociety.com. Raindate is July 21. Show spots sell out each year, reserve early. For more info Joe at 516-849-2465.


Weekly Events

•Hicksville-Jericho Rotary Club meets every Thursday at 12:15 at Franks Steak House, 4 Jericho Turnpike, Jericho.

•Hicksville Homemakers business meeting from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the William Bennett Community Center, 28 W. Carl St. Come in and join the group and become a member. Classes held every Thursday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

•Hicksville Mid-Island Seniors currently meets Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Bethpage Senior Community Center. The organization is open to seniors ages 62 and older and offers trips, games and more. Call Andy for more information at 349-7801.

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.


Calendar

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October 17

Fall Festival

October 18

Veterans Casework Seminar

October 21



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