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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

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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