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Hicksville High School Spring Concert

The Hicksville High School string orchestra, string ensemble, Madrigal Singers and wind ensemble demonstrated their musical versatility and talent in a series of three spring concerts held in the high school auditorium.

The string orchestra, directed by Amy Noll, opened the second concert with three songs, highlighted by a luscious rendition of Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” that featured Brian D’Addario on electric guitar.

The string ensemble, also directed by Noll, played two songs, including Gustav Holst’s “St Paul’s Suite,” which featured Julie Choi and Cynthia Lau on violin, Heather Feltkamp on viola, and Yash Deai on cello.

The Madrigal Singers and string ensemble then combined for Handel’s “Coronation Anthem No. 1” before the Madrigals, under the direction of Michelle Emeric, performed three songs including the traditional spiritual “Elijah Rock.”

The wind ensemble, directed by Chad Wyman, closed out the show with a four-song set that featured a lively rendition of Aram Khachaturian’s “Sword Dance.”

After each musical set, the graduating seniors in each group were acknowledged by their teachers, the teachers were acknowledged for their efforts by the students, and the audience acknowledged them both with rounds of sincere applause.

News

Looking for a place to work on your bedside manner and start a promising new career in the process? Look no farther than your hometown.

The Vocational Education and Extension Board (VEEB), a division of the county that oversees educational facilities such as the Fire Service Academy and EMS Academy, recently transplanted one of its facilities — The School of Practical Nursing — into a new location right in the heart of Hicksville, where they recently held an open house to celebrate their new home.

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.


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



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