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January 11

Blood Drive

7 in Heaven Singles Event

January 16

Family Fun Day

January 25


January 11

Blood Drive

Hicksville United Methodist Church is holding a blood drive on Saturday, Jan. 11 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information or to make a reservation contact Ginny at 931-0157.


January 16

7 in Heaven Singles Event

There will be a 7 In Heaven Singles Event at Mio Posto Italian Restaurant, 600 W. Old Country Rd. in Hicksville, from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Ten experts will give advice and presentations, free samples, prizes and appetizers. The cost is $15. For more information, contact organizers at 631-592-9804 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Find out more at             wwww.7-in-heaven.com


January 25

Family Fun Day

The Broadway Mall will be holding a family fun day from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Come to Center Court to enjoy free entertainment for kids.

Blood Drive

Broadway Mall will be hosting a blood drive in parternship with Long Island Blood Services. Come to the IKEA Wing from 10:45 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. to donate blood and help save a life.


January 29

Sands Casino Trip

The Catholic Daughters of the America’s #869 will be hosting a bus trip to the Sands Casino in Pennsylvania. The cost is $42 per person. Give back is $30 slot pay and $5 food voucher. The bus leaves at 9 a.m. sharp, please arrive at Cantiague Park, near the miniature golf course at 8:30 a.m. We will be returning at approximately 8:30 p.m. For reservations, call Barbara at 516-935-5576. The first to pay is the first on the bus. All profit will benefit our charities and scholarship fund.


Library Programs

For information and to register for events, contact the Hicksville Public Library at 516- 931-1417.

January 11

Defensive Driving

Registration for AARP & Defensive Driving classes is ongoing at the Reference Desk. Payment must be made at time of registration. Call or stop by the Reference Department for further information or to check on class availability. Fee: $27. Check or money order made payable to Empire Safety Council. Class limit: 40. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

January 13

Monday Matinee Movie

Adam Sandler and Kevin James star in the comedy, Grown Ups 2. PG-13. 101 minutes. 1:30 p.m.

January 14

Pay Less Income Tax Lecture

Barry Lisak, IRS enrolled agent, will present a seminar to help reduce one’s Federal and NYS taxes. All new 2013 tax laws will be highlighted. Topics will include education, retirement, home ownership, charitable, medical, investment, employee and miscellaneous deductions. A free booklet will be distributed to all attendees. No registration required. 1 to 3 p.m.

Tiny Tots Storytime

Enjoy twenty minutes of age appropriate songs and stories for young children.For ages two and three with caregiver. Session dates are Jan. 14 and 28 at 11 a.m. Limited spots available.

Valentine’s Day Mini Donuts

Teenagers are invited to join Katherine Giouvalakis to make Valentines Day Mini Donuts from scratch. Participants will follow a recipe, and measure and mix the ingredients. We will make our donuts on a donut maker and then decorate them. Each teen will make three donuts and bring them home in a bakery box. Limited spots available. At 7:15 p.m.

January 15

American Heiresses, English Titles

In the mid to late 1800s, Anglomania swept across America. Newly rich industrialists scrambled for social acceptance and wealthy American daughters married into English aristocratic households. Our local Royal lecturer, Linda Watkin, will speak on this phenomenon, the marriages and show a brief film. No registration required. 2 p.m.

Board Meeting

The Board Meeting will be held at the Administration Building located at 120 Second Street. 7 p.m.

January 18

Monkey, Monkey Music Family Show

 Get ready to play air guitar, jump high, count the odds, pop the bubbles, stroll in the garden and do the “macaroni” with Monkey Monkey Music. Meredith LeVande’s videos air on PBS stations -Kids 13 and NJTV- in between favorite shows like Curious George and Sesame Street and now you can participate in this high energy, fun, interactive show. Registration is ongoing. 2 p.m.

January 19

Estampas Folkloricas Peru

Estampas Folkloricas Peru, a cultural organization who pioneers spreading Peruvian folklore in the United States, will present a concert showcasing traditional dances from different regions of Peru. The performance includes beautiful and colorful costumes from different and diverse regions of Peru. No registration required. 2 p.m.

January 20

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

On Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the library will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and the CRC will be open from 1 to 5 p.m.

January 25

AARP Defensive Driving

Registration for AARP and Defensive Driving classes is ongoing at the Reference Desk. $20 fee for regular members, $25 for non-members. Please make your check or money order payable to AARP. Class limit: 33 From 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Upcoming

AARP Tax Aide Registration

AARP Foundation Tax-Aide is a volunteer-run tax assistance and preparation service available to low and middle income taxpayers (about $60,000 or less) with special focus on seniors. Tax preparation is by appointment only. Appointments will be given at the following time increments: 1:15 p.m.; 2:15 p.m.; 3:15 p.m.; and 4:15p.m. every Tuesday from Feb. 4 to April 15. Space is limited.  Photo identification is required. Please bring all necessary forms, 1099s, W2 statements and last year’s tax return to your appointment. Registration starts January 21 at 9:30 a.m.

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

Board of Education Meeting

October 22

Oktoberfest

October 25-26

Pancake Breakfast

October 26



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