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New Clubs Proposed At BOE Meeting

Board of Education Vice President Kevin Carroll spoke about fundraising programs for school athletic teams at a recent Board of Education meeting. The programs will allow sports teams to create extra activity clubs in order to offset costs of district funds.

“These clubs will be similar to other school clubs like the French Club or the Ecology Club,” said Carroll. “These will help the varsity teams, who under the current charter are not allowed to do their own fundraising.”

Carroll added that the fundraising efforts would go towards items like Varsity Letter jackets which can be quite pricey.

“I want to follow up with the high school principal (Raymond Williams) and the Athletic Director to move forward with this. It is certainly a direction for the Administration to pursue," he said.

The new district superintendent, Dr. Carl Bonuso, also gave his welcome speech at the board meeting. Bonuso served as interim superintendent in the Sag Harbor School District the past two years and is a retired superintendent in the Wantagh School system.

“What I want is to have positive, productive relationships between all members of our school family,” said Bonuso. “I want to have a healthy atmosphere here between members of our staff and our students.”

Bonuso gave a small presentation and recounted a speech he gave at a Sag Harbor Athletic Awards ceremony called ‘Ships in the Harbor.’

“I spoke about the different ships in a school district,” said Bonuso. “I spoke about scholarships, sportsmanship, championships, leadership, partnership and last but not least relationships because the best schools are the ones with the best relationships.”

He said that his speech was meant for more than the sports field but for the classroom and community at large.

He ended his address by saying he was going to keep his section of the district webpage updated with a constant stream of messages, articles and recommended readings for both parents and students.

At the board meeting on Aug. 20, Carroll also noted that the district webpage, www.hicksvillepublicschools.org has been updated and that there are plans to enhance it even more to make it a better source of information for parents and students.

The webpage lists updated features such as district policies in PDF format, the Hall of Fame honorees and a link to the Athletic Department.

“It is a tremendous source of information and knowledge to everyone in our district,” said Carroll.

News

Rhea Manjrekar traded in her running shoes and track shorts for high heels and an evening gown recently, as she participated in the Miss Teen India New York pageant. The 15-year-old from Hicksville snagged the title of first-runner up, and will be competing for the national title in December. 

 

This was Manjrekar’s first time competing in a pageant. But she started out with major doubts about even participating. 

 

 “At first, I didn’t want to do it. I have extreme stage fright. My mom told me to try it out because she thought it would boost my confidence and look good on my college applications, so I went for the practice,” Manjrekar said. “The girls were so nice. I thought I wouldn’t fit in but I made friends immediately so I decided to do it.” 

The parking lot of Sears in Hicksville transformed into a sea of cars this past Saturday as part of the ninth annual Long Island Cruizin’ For A Cure Car Show. 

 

The show, which was founded by Jericho prostate cancer survivor Sandy Kane, is the only car show on Long Island dedicated to raising funds for research, testing and also education for early detection of prostate cancer. The all-volunteer car show usually draws around 4,000 attendees. It features 600 cars, trucks, motorcycles and more; a perfect day for car enthusiasts and the like.


Sports

This November, Hicksville resident Marlo Signoracci will head to Florida for Ironman, a demanding, long-distance triathlon that includes biking, running and swimming. Here, she shares her story as she prepares for one of the most physically challenging athletic events out there.

 

If it doesn’t challenge you, it doesn’t change you! 

At 6 a.m. on a blustery Saturday morning 1,600 people arrived at Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Park to participate in the 27th annual Runner’s Edge Tobay triathlon and tri- relay race. The participants were from all over Long Island, some from upstate NY, a few from out of state and were all ages and some even with disabilities but all came with one goal in mind, to finish.

The course starts out as a half mile swim in Oyster Bay Harbor, then a 9.3 mile bike ride through Oyster Bay, Laurel Hollow, and Cove neck which is very hilly but finishes with a 2.9 mile downhill to the finish. Then the riders have one more leg of the race which is 3.2 mile run through Mill Neck and Brookville, up to Planting Fields Arboretum and back down to Roosevelt Park to the finish line.


Calendar

Board of Ed Meeting - September 17

Back To School Night - September 18

Pasta Dinner Fundraiser - September 20


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