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District Chorus Concert Brings Voices Together

The Hicksville School District chorus concert brought together the developing voices from all nine public schools for a one-night songfest at the high school. Twenty-one participants had achieved All-County Chorus status.

The elementary chorus, comprised of 131 vocalists from the seven grade schools, opened their four-song set with Jack North and Walter Rodby’s “Sol-Fa Calypso” and closed with Irving Berlin’s “I Love a Piano.” Laurie Haddock, Beth Garner, Rachel Pantorno and Mindy Weiss, who were assisted by Frank Barbera, directed them in rotation.

The middle school chorus, directed by Caroline Calleo and Justin Starr and accompanied by Stephen Goldstein on piano, treated the audience to three songs, including Sherri Porterfield and William Blake’s “The Tiger” as their opening number.

The high school Madrigals, directed by Michelle Emeric, sang a lively a cappella set that started with John Lennon and Paul McCartney’s “In My Life” and closed with the familiar beats of Lalo Schifrin’s timeless “Mission Impossible Theme.”

The program concluded with a performance by the high school concert choir, also directed by Emeric, who opened their set with Stephen Foster’s “Beautiful Dreamer” and finished with Brian Tate’s “Gate Gate.”

— From the Hicksville School District

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

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October 17

Fall Festival

October 18

Veterans Casework Seminar

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