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Family Fun Day

Saturday, February 22

Singles Luncheon

Sunday, February 23

My First Movies

February 22, 23


February 22

Family Fun Day

Broadway Mall will be having their monthly Family Fun Day. Crafts, pretzel making and face painting from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in center court.


February 23

Military Bridge

The St. Ignatius Loyola Catholic Daughters of the Americas #869 annual Military Bridge game will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. Doors open at 1:30 p.m., game begins at 2 p.m. sharp. Enjoy an afternoon of fun and cards for just $10 which includes coffee, cake and prizes. At Msgr. Tarrant Hall in St. Ignatius Loyola School, 30 E Cherry St., Hicksville. For reservations contact Alice at 516-433-7857

Singles Luncheon

The Singles Club of Long Island is having a luncheon at the Broadway Mall Food Court. Starting at noon. For more information contact Karin at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 516-938-0506.

Singles Event

7 in Heaven will be hosting a beginners archery and dinner party at C and B Archery in Hicksville. From 4:15 to 6 p.m. Find out more details at www.7-in-heaven.com/calendar.html


February 22, 23

My First Movies

My First Movies is a fun, interactive playdate for toddlers at Broadway Mall. Hosted live by the character, Miten the Kitten, the event is filled with singing, dancing and education elements. For more information, contact Broadway Multiplex at 516-935-1313. Saturdays, Sundays and Wednesdays at 10 a.m.


February 26

Board of Ed. Meeting

There will be a Hicksville Board of Education special meeting to discuss the budget at 7:30 p.m. in the administration building.


February 27

Speed Dating

7 in Heaven will be holding a speed dating event at Mio Posto Italian Restaurant, at 600 W Old Country Rd., in Hicksville. Meet 10 to 12 dates in a fun filled night. Starting at 8 p.m., for women 38 to 49 years old and men 40 to 52 years old. Cost is $38 which includes one free drink and appetizers. $28 if you bring a friend. Must pre-pay. Find out more at www.7-in-heaven.com/calendar.html


March 1

Mardi Gras Event

St. Ignatius Loyola Parish will have a mardi gras party from 6 to 9 p.m. at Monsinor Tarrant Hall. There will be food, games, a DJ and raffles. Attendees are welcome to come in costume. $5 per person, $20 per family. Children under five are free. If you would like to attend, please mail payment (checks payable to St. Ignatius Loyola) with your name and phone number and the number of adults and children attending to St. Ignatius Loyola Parish Attn: Mardi Gras, 129 Broadway, Hicksville, NY 11801. Please respond by Feb. 25.

Wellness Fair

There will be a wellness fair at Hicksville High School from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

British War Veterans Dance

The British War Veterans of America Inc. will be having  a dance from 7 to 11 p.m. at VFW Hall at 320 South Broadway. All are welcome to enjoy coffee, cake and dancing to the Vic Vincent Group. Admission is $15. For more information call 516-739-0698.

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

Spooktacular Halloween

October 17

Fall Festival

October 18

Veterans Casework Seminar

October 21



Columns

1959: The Year The Music Stopped Playing
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com

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