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Close Encounters with Benevolent ETs and Ascended Masters

August 29

Adventures in Genealogy

September 4

Greek Festival

September 5-7


August 29

Close Encounters with Benevolent ETs and Ascended Masters

ET contactee and UFO photographer, Marc Brinkerhoff will discuss his close encounters with benevolent ETs and his physical and dimensional experiences onboard spaceships. 8 p.m. at Levittown Hall, 201 Levittown Parkway, Hicksville. $15. For more visit www.intergalacticmission.com or call 516-731-0909.


September 4

Adventures in Genealogy

Monthly meeting of the German Genealogy Group; orientation session for beginners and newcomers at 7 p.m., program starts at 7:30 p.m. at William M. Gouse Jr. VFW Post 3211, 320 S. Broadway in Hicksville. Free. For more information call 718-460-4240 or visit www.germangenealogygroup.com


September 5-7

Greek Festival

The Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church of Hicksville will hold their annual festival at 20 Field Ave., Hicksville. Attendees are invited to enjoy traditional homemade Greek food including souvlaki, gyros, spinach pies and baklava. There will also be live music, dancers and souvenirs such as jewelry, vases and pottery. Admission is free, parking at National Grid or Cablevision (1111 Stewart Ave., Bethpage  with a shuttle to the festival). Open Friday from 5 to 11 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday from noon to 11 p.m. For more information call 516-433-4522.


September 6

ECC Open House

Trinity Lutheran Early Childhood Center will hold an open house from 10 a.m. to noon. Visit www.trinityli.org or call 516-631-2211 x 224 to register and find out more information.


September 8

Family and Parent Verbal Support Group

This support group meets at Central Nassau Guidance and Counseling Services, 950 S. Oyster Bay Rd., Suite 102 in Hicksville. Medicaid billable for agency clients, all others $5/family. 7 p.m. Call 516-822-6111 for more information or visit http://centralnassau.org


September 12, 13

HHS Class of 1954 Reunion

The Hicksville High School Class of 1954 will hold their 50th reunion at the Holiday Inn in Plainview. It costs $100 per person, which includes a buffet dinner on the 13th and meet and greet. Contact John Maniec at 917-750-7842 or at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for more information.


September 13

Homecoming

Hicksville High School’s homecoming fair runs from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The parade, featuring the marching band, kickline, color guard and cheerleaders will start in the high school courtyard at approximately 12:45 p.m., followed by a football game against MacArthur High School at 1:30 p.m.  All are invited to enjoy games, raffles, rides and food and cheer on the Comets.

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
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