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Speed Dating

February 27

My First Movies

February 28, March 1

Wellness Fair

March 1


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


February 28, March 1

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.


March 1

Wellness Fair

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

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 RSVP as soon as possible.

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.


Hicksville Library Programs

February 26

Meditation Workshop   

Join Linda Cafiero for a relaxing evening of self discovery. Through the exploration of various meditation techniques, you’ll find the path to your true nature and enjoy a more fulfilling life. Please bring a towel, or mat and a small pillow if you choose to lay on the floor. Light refreshments will be served. Free yourself and leave the cell phones home! No registration required. 7:15 p.m.

Literacy Nassau ESL and Citizenship Classes

Classes will be held in the “Teen Center” located on the lower level of the Library. Classes run Mondays and Wednesdays until March 26. This service is brought to you by Literacy Nassau and the NYS Office for New Americans. Please contact Literacy Nassau with any questions at 516-867-3580. From 5:45 to 8:30 p.m.

February 27

Tax Grievance Workshop 

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, please contact Legislator Walker’s Office at 516-571-6217. 7:15 p.m.

March 4

AARP Tax Aide
 

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. Photo identification is required. Please bring all necessary forms, 1099s, W2 statements and last year’s tax return to your appointment.The tax help will be held in the Teen Center. 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 4:15 p.m. every Tuesday until April 15. Space is limited.

March 7

Pre-School Storycraft

There are still spots available for this story and craft time for children ages three to five. Session dates are March 7, 14, and 21 at 11 a.m.

March 8

Spanish with Miss Lupe

Children in kindegarten through fifth grade can sign up to learn Spanish with Miss Lupe. The advanced class is at 10 a.m., the beginners class is at 11 a.m. Session dates are Saturdays March 8, 15, 29, April 19, 26 and May 3, 10, and 17

March 10

Tiny Tots Storytime

There are still spaces available for this 20 minute session of songs and stories for young children. For children ages two and three with their caregiver. Session dates are March 10, 17 and 24 at 11 a.m.

March 11

PlayHooray-Baby and Me

Register now for this class for babies six to 18 months. This 45 minute program is a lively introduction to nursery rhymes, books, music and movement, complete with song and dance. Session dates are March 11, 18 and 25 at 10 a.m.

Jump For Joy

Children one and a half through five years old are invited to jump for joy as they play along to popular songs. Sessions dates are Tuesdays, March 11, 18 and 25 at 7:15 p.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



Columns

1959: The Year The Music Stopped Playing
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