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Sweet Retirement

Hilary Sperber is ready to retire after serving as a band and orchestra teacher in the Hicksville School District for 35 years.

She made her mark in the music department at Dutch Lane, East Street and Fork Lane Elementary School, her longest tenure. She got her start as a music teacher in 1977, where she began as a side teacher per-diem. In September 1983, Sperber officially joined the full-time ranks. She ran the band and orchestra programs, starting in 1993.

Sperber has had many fond memories of her time as the band director. She recalls her eighth-grade class in 1988 at Hicksville Middle School as the most interesting.

Sperber will miss the joy of teaching children who want to learn about playing an instrument. She believes there is a lot involved with learning the ropes of being a great musician and takes this as a “look at what I can do” approach towards helping kids hone their skills as they continue to grow and become better musicians.

“I will miss the glory of watching them have success while playing the instrument” said Sperber. “It is about the success of finding the right instrument.”

Sperber has plenty to look forward to in the next stage of life. She plans to continue with her outside musical program, the Atlantic Wind Symphony, and as the program director for the Long Island Brass Guild. Sperber would like to go to Europe—particularly London and Italy.

Although she is done teaching full-time, she plans to be involved in the school music area. She wants to go back to teaching at per diem as a substitute teacher at Dutch Lane. “I want to go back to where I started” said Sperber. “I want to be able to give back to my colleagues.”

Her words of wisdom are to never to give up.

“If it is in your heart, you do it” she stated. “If this is what you desire, you pursue it.”

News

It was quite a panel at the Hicksville Community Center Oct. 20 as State Senator Jack Martins and Senate Candidate Adam Haber discussed their qualifications and answered public questions about their upcoming election bids in the 7th Senate District. Congressman Steve Israel was on hand as well as 13 District State Assemblyman Michael Montesano and contender Lou Imbroto. The event was hosted by Northwest Civic Association President Joel Berse.

Martins, who previously served as Mayor of Mineola and was elected to Senate in 2011, said that the State of New York is in much better financial shape since he has taken office.

Alan Yu, an external auditor from the firm, Cullen & Danowski LLP gave the findings of the annual district external audit at Oct. 22’s Hicksville Board of Education meeting. Discussed at the meeting were the financial statements of the 2013-14 school year which officially ended June 30.

According to Yu, the Hicksville School district has a fund balance of $34 million. Roughly 26 to 27 percent of the general fund balance comprises the total budget.


Sports

The Hicksville girls volleyball team improved to 7-1 by knocking off Oceanside in three consecutive sets by scores of 25-13, 25-19 and 25-14.

Emily Markakis played terrificly, using a powerful serve to record three aces, seven kills and added nine digs. Nikki Chase added six kills and eight digs. Additionally, Raeann Dong was versatile—recording three aces, seven kills and nine digs.

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


Calendar

Safe Trick or Treat

October 31

Election Day

November 4

Senior Luncheon

November 6



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