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American Legion Meeting

April 21

HS Theater in the Round

April 24-26

Science Fair

April 26


April 17

Catholic War Veterans

All Catholics who served in the U.S. Armed Forces are invited to join. Meetings are held at 45 Heitz Place in Hicksville. For more information call 822-3954.

A Year with Frog and Toad

Plaza Theatrical Productions will present a live performance of the children’s show, “A Year with Frog and Toad." $5, free for children 2 and under. At Levittown Hall, 201 Levittown Parkway in Hicksville. For more information call 516-292-9000 x 382. 3 p.m.


April 21

American Legion Meeting

American Legion Post 421 will have a meeting at William M. Gouse Jr. VFW Post 3211 at 320 S. Broadway in Hicksville starting at 7:30 p.m.


April 24-26

HS Theater in the Round

The student production of The Iliad, The Odyssey and All of Greek Mythology in 99 Minutes or Less starts at 7 p.m. at the high school.


April 25

Singles Social and Ballroom Dancing

All are welcome to learn social and ballroom dancing. There will be a lesson, followed by free dance. Lunch, coffee, cake provided. Cost is $14 and $7 for first timers. From 12:30 to 3 p.m. at Kismet Shriners, located at 18 W. Nicholai St. in Hicksville. For more information call 718-332-7825.


April 26

The Acchords Concert

Joseph Barry Knights of Columbus presents The Acchords live in concert. The band will be performing hits from the 50s, 60s and 70s. Casual attire. There will be an open bar, dinner and dessert. Cost is $35 per person. Checks can be made payable to Edward J. Kenny Club. Reservations are required and no money will be accepted at the door. At 45 Heitz Place, Hicksville. Call Brian at 516-457-6190 for more information.   

Science Fair

The Hicksville Gregory Museum will hold their annual science fair at the Social Hall of St. Stephen's Church. The event is open to any student in Hicksville and surrounding communities in grades 1 through 12. Deadline for entry form submissions is April 23. For more information visit www.gregorymuseum.org or call 516-822-7505.

Singles Luncheon

The Singles Club of Long Island is hosting a luncheon at The Asian Buffet at Old Country Road in Hicksville. Visitors are welcome to join. The event starts at noon. For more information call 516-938-0506 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


April 28

Discussion: Schizophrenia/Thought Disorders

Central Nassau Guidance and Counseling Services, Inc. will host a discussion on schizophrenia and thought disorders from 7 to 8 p.m. At 950 S. Oyster Bay Rd., Suite 102 in Hicksville. Medicaid billable for agency clients, $5 for family and all others. For more information call 516-822-6111.


April 30

Bus Trip to Sands Casino

St. Ignatius Loyola Church will be hosting a bus trip to Sands Casino in Pennsylvania. The bus leaves at 9 a.m. from Cantiague Park. Meet near the miniature golf course at 8:30 a.m., will return at approximately 8:30 p.m. Cost is $42 per person. Give back is $30 for slot play and $5 food voucher. For reservations, call Barbara at 516-935-5576.

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

The Eccentric Heiress Of ‘Empty Mansions’
Written by Mike Barry, MFBarry@optonline.net

Yellow Margarine And A Pitch For The Ages
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com