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At the Library: Tax Grievance Workshop with Legislator Rose Walker

January 31

Dare To Wear Red

February 8

Board of Education Meeting

February 12


February 8

Dare To Wear Red

The Joseph Barry Columbiettes will be hosting a Dare To Wear Red-Women’s Heart Health Dinner and Dance. Featuring singer and entertainer Joe Salemi. Speakers include Legislator Rose Walker and other health care professionals. Cost is $27 per person, which includes dinner, dessert, coffee, tea and soda. There will also be a cash bar. Reservations and checks payable to Joseph Barry Columbiettes must be made prior to Feb 1. Call Pat at 516-433-4186. Proceeds benefit Columbiette charities and scholarships. From 7 to 11 p.m. at 45 Heitz Place.

Defensive Driving Class

Our Lady of Hope R.C. Church will host a defensive driving course. The class will help students become safer drivers, and they can also receive a 10 percent insurance reduction from their liability and collision premium and up to four points will be deducted from their driving record. The cost of the class is $45. From 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. To register or for more information call 516-334-6288.


February 12

Board of Education Meeting

The Hicksville School District Board of Education will have a public meeting at 8:30 p.m. in the administration building.


Library Programs

For more information and to register for the library’s programs, visit www.hicksvillelibrary.org or call 516-931-1417.

January 29
Great Trials in American History

Don Parker presents an enriching historical program about the importance of trials throughout American history with focus on the Trial of John Brown, an abolitionist who led a raid on the federal arsenal at Harper’s Ferry in Virginia. Parker will also present a portrayal of James Thurber, an outstanding humorist in 20th century America whose versatility was expressed in his cartoons, aphorisms, shorts stories, plays and films. No registration required. 2 p.m.

Reindeer and Snowflake Votive

There are spaces still available for this teen craft activity which will allow you to create a glowing frosty votive. With Shirley Ruby, decorate a glass holder with glittery snowflakes and learn how to make a 3D reindeer. Paint snow on the outside of the glass for a cool-looking project. The votive comes with a battery operated tea light. Materials fee is $4. 7:15 p.m.

January 30
Creative Art

Children ages five to eight will create a heart mosaic and sparkle heart made out of clay. There will be another session Feb. 6. Materials fee is $4. Registration is required. 7:15 p.m.

January 31
Tax Grievance Workshop with Legislator Rose Walker

Legislator Rose Marie Walker will be holding property assessment grievance workshops for any homeowner who disagrees with the new tentative property tax assessment as shown on their Nassau County Property Tax Impact Disclosure Notice. During the workshop, homeowners will learn exactly how to fill out this simple application. Applications will be provided and are also available at: www.nassaucountyny.gov/agencies/ARC/forms.html  If you have any questions, contact Legislator Walker’s Office at 516-571-6217. From 1 to 3 p.m.

February 3
Tiny Tots Storytime

Registration is now underway for this twenty minute storytime full of age appropriate songs and stories for young children. Session dates are Mondays, Feb. 3, 10 and 24 at 11 a.m. You only need to register on one of these dates to be registered in all sessions. For ages two and three with caregiver.

Monday Matinee Movie   

Join us for a screening of Fruitvale Station starring Michael B. Jordan. Rated R. 84 minutes. 1:30 p.m.

February 4
Family Fun Days

Registration is now open for February’s family fun sessions, for children one and a half to four years old. Enjoy an interactive hour with your preschoolers featuring singing, dancing, storytelling, a craft and more. Session dates are Tuesdays, Feb. 4, 11, and 25 at 7:15 p.m. (You only need to register once for all the sessions).

Time For Art

Children ages three to five can create a “heart” mobile and “heart” doggie. Registration is now open for February’s classes. Class sessions are Tuesday Feb. 4 and 11 at 1 p.m. Materials fee is $4.

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, 2:15, 3:15, and 4:15 p.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 is ongoing.

Pre-School Storycraft  

Children ages three to five are invited to join us as we have a storytime and enjoy a simple craft. Registration is ongoing for February’s pre-school storycraft sessions. Session dates are Feb. 4, 11 and 25 at 11 a.m. For ages three to five.

February 5
Lampwork Glass-Blown Heart Pendant 

Spots are still open for this craft for teens. Create a beautiful “necklace-ready” pendant with Linda Rendina. Embellish a beautiful lampwork heart bead with color-coated flexible copper wire. Teens will be able to slip it onto their favorite chain or cording, when completed. Materials fee is $6. At 7:15 p.m.

Studio Art

There are still spaces available for this session for children ages eight to 11. In the style of M.C. Escher, students will create a heart “tessellation.” Materials fee is $2. 7:15 p.m.

February 6
Valentines Day Workshop

Teens are invited to come to a fun evening to understand the importance of Valentines Day with Emilia Baer. Create a Valentines Day card, wrap a gift, and have your present ready to give to the person of your choice. Materials fee is $2. 7 p.m.

News

Local veterans groups and residents gathered at Hicksville Middle School Veterans Memorial Park recently to honor brave servicemen and woman, past and present. William M. Gouse Jr. Post 3211 hosted Hicksville’s annual Veterans Day ceremony on Nov. 11.

The ceremonies began with the pledge and national anthem sung by Hicksville High School student Cassie Pursoo, accompanied by trumpeter Conner Hoelzer. Monsignor Thomas Costa from Our Lady of Church in Hicksville gave the invocation.

On Nov. 10, a dedication ceremony was held to celebrate the completion of a beautiful new two-story house in Hicksville. However, while new dwellings are an ordinary occurrence on Long Island, this one was unique and special in a way that very few are.

The house at 77 Thorman Ave. was built in memory of Navy Lieutenant and posthumous Congressional Medal of Honor recipient Michael P. Murphy, a Long Island native who tragically died in combat while serving in Afghanistan in 2005. However, this house represents more than just the dedicated service of a man to his country; it represents the beginning of a new life full of hope for a brother-in-arms and his family as well.


Sports

Football was Mike Torrellas’ heart and soul. He also liked a good Turkey Bowl.  

Unfortunately, the Hicksville Crusaders co-founder wasn’t able to witness the program’s inaugural event, which took place Saturday, Nov. 8.

Torrellas passed away suddenly last December due to a blood clot, but the spirit and drive of the man who wore the number 53 and tragically passed at that age still surrounds the Crusaders football program.

The Long Island Fight for Charity will be hosting its 11th annual Charity Boxing Event on Nov. 24 at the Hilton in Melville. Among the 20 volunteers putting up their fists for funds will be Hicksville business owner Mell Goldman, who will be fighting under the nickname “The Kid.”  

Goldman is the President of All Boro Cleaning Services. He stated that he was enticed at the opportunity and wanted to contribute to charity.


Calendar

Fall Drama Production

November 20-22

Blood Drive

November 24

Christmas Holiday Fair

November 24



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