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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

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.


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