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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

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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