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Resident Earns Legionnaire Of The Year Award

It took several years before Hicksville’s John Mauro won his first Legionnaire of the Year Award but not nearly as long to win his second.  

The American Legion Post 421 member was once again given the honor from The American Legion’s Nassau County Committee for the second straight year. Mauro graciously accepted the award from American Legion Charles Wagner Post 421 Commander Tony Paternostro, Tenth District Commander Harry D. Ransom and Program Chairman Reginald Butt, Jr.

Mauro is a longtime resident and World War II veteran who organizes the myriad functions and events for Post 421. 

Previously, Mauro served as the Grand Marshal for the Hicksville Memorial Day Parade in 2011. 

Hicksville Veterans of Foreign Wars Commander William Walden hailed Mauro and his wife, Terry, as “some of the nicest people you will ever meet.” Walden called Mauro a “stand-up guy” who maintains relationships between the various veterans’ organizations in the area and is a “tremendous asset” to the Hicksville community.

“We congratulate John, his lovely wife, Terry, and all of the Mauro family … and we thank him for his service to our country and the Hicksville community,” Walden said.

The American Legion Post 421 meets at 7:30 p.m. at the Hicksville VFW Hall, 320 South Broadway, in Hicksville. All eligible veterans are welcome. For more information, call 942-5563 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view 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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