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Hicksville Strongly Represented At LIPA Protest

Hundreds, left in darkness, demand answers outside company’s headquarters

With snow still on the ground and some Hicksville homes without heat and electricity, LIPA wasn’t given a warm welcome from residents outside the company’s headquarters at 175 Old Country Road on Saturday, Nov. 10.

A lively protest from several hundred local residents featured signs, chanting and an overwhelming sense of dismay following two storms and nearly as many weeks without power.

“It went better than I hoped it would go. We had a good turnout. It was the perfect location and perfect timing. Some results have been made and people have been getting power back,” said Joanne Feaster, of Hicksville.

Feaster, who helped organize the event, got her power back two days before the Saturday event but helped lead the rally cry for her fellow residents. She said that LIPA chief operating officer Michael Hervey even addressed residents’ concerns at the end of the day, noting how the organization needs “to improve the process” of communicating with its customers.

Chants like “heave ho, LIPA must go” and signs that read “honk for power” helped get the message across to the heavily scrutinized power company, and Feaster called the rally “quite effective” as some members of the Hicksville community had electricity back within hours of the protest.

“Toward the end of the rally I had one of the security from LIPA approach me and ask if there were still people who were at the rally without power. They had us send around a pad and had everyone put down their name, address and number.

“People were saying that within maybe 20 minutes to an hour of them being home from the rally, they were getting calls from LIPA supervisors, trucks were on their block and crews were working. Through Facebook, a lot of people were saying that they had gotten their power back,” Feaster explained.

However, as of Nov. 11, an estimated 50,000 residents in non-flooded zones were still without power, including some in Hicksville, according to LIPA officials. 

News

Vastra boutique finds a niche

in hand-embroidered dresses

Who says a bride has to wear white on her wedding day? For South Asian brides, no color is off limits including brilliant reds, blues and golds. For the past 17 years, Vastra in Hicksville has been helping brides from New York and across the country find the perfect dress for their special day.

There’s no lack of Indian sari boutiques in Hicksville but according to Marketing Director Prachi Jain, what sets Vastra apart from the others is its emphasis on one of a kind, hand-embroidered Indian dresses.

Many would consider it rude to play with your food. That is unless, you’re participating in the Long Island Potato Festival. The event, which was held in Cutchogue, NY, included a mashed potato sculpting contest which was dominated by Hicksville’s Sarah Tsang, who won first place in the youth division.

Contestants were allowed to use any tools and materials to help bring their creation to life. Sculptures were left on display throughout the day and voted on by festival goers.


Sports

Somehow LSA, the Levittown Swimming Association, has always been a part of our Hicksville summers. My family’s introduction to the organization in 1975 began when our two older daughters tried out for the Parkway Swim Team, one of the nine teams that competed through July and most of August.

It was no small task for the younger girl, swimming her first full lap in the deep end of the pool to qualify at age six, but both girls made the team and donned the coveted gray tee shirts as the trees cast their shadows over the pool water at the end of practice.

I’m convinced that the soul and the center of Hicksville is Cantiague Park. And why not? Every weekend it’s a beehive of activity ranging from tennis matches, hand ball games, basketball and baseball games, swimming, hockey and of course ‘the beautiful game’ called soccer. Cantiague has two professional soccer fields that are perfectly manicured and begging to be played on. And they were. This weekend was the finals of the East Meadow Soccer Tournament which is one of the largest youth soccer tournaments in the nation, sponsored by the US Soccer Federation. There were 18 boys and girls teams in the finals and a large staff of referees.

Two of the refs were Steven Orozco and Randy Vogt who told me how soccer had been growing and has now become the second most popular participation sport in America with 25 million of us watching this year’s World Cup.  I also met and interviewed Joe Codispoti who along with Tim Bradbury is the head coach of Rockville Centre United, a U16 boys club.  This U16 team has a group of standout players led by  Jack Graziano, AJ Codispoti and Pat Basile who have been playing together for six years.


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