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Chamber Of Commerce Hosting Annual Street Fair

President says July 22 event already booked 70-plus vendors

Now celebrating its 10th year in Hicksville, the Street Fair has become an annual staple of summer fun in the community, and Chamber President Lionel Chitty said this year’s event is shaping up to be no different.

Chitty, an account manager at Sir Speedy in Plainview, said that the July 22 fair already has approximately 70-plus vendors booked and that, as always, admission for residents is free.

He added that the chamber is looking to upgrade its vendor offerings for attendees but will offer the same attractions that residents have enjoyed in the past.

“We’re working with Nassau Craft Fairs to bring in some higher-end quality vendors and just try to make it more of a family-oriented thing. We’re still going to have the rides and things of that nature and just try to get as many people out as we can,” Chitty said.

Past events have included a water slide, T-shirts for children, Ferris wheel, rock wall, swing ride, space ball, Marty (the caricaturist), live music and admission to the Hicksville Farmer’s Market, which has experienced significant growth over the past few years.

Regarding other upcoming events, the Hicksville Community Golf Outing is Monday, June 4, at the Town of Oyster Bay Golf Course in Woodbury and the Hicksville Community Council is hosting a business expo on June 7 at 7 p.m. at 28 West Carl Street in Hicksville.

The chamber meets every third Tuesday at Peppercorn’s Restaurant (25 East Marie Street) at 12:30 p.m. and new members are welcome.

“All they need to do is show up and it’s $20 to come in. It’s a pretty good spread as far as lunch goes,” Chitty added.

Hicksville Chamber: 10 West Marie Street, Hicksville, NY 11801; for more information, visit www.hicksvillechamber.com or call 931-7170.

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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