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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

You could say Darren Butler has quite the entrepreneurial disposition. The Hicksville resident not only founded a church, but invented a doorstop that does not require screwing any holes into your wall or door. The device simply clamps on to the bottom of any sized door without requiring tools.

“I never envisioned myself as being an inventor,” explained Butler. “I became one by accident and out of frustration.”

After Butler and his wife purchased their home, they wanted to decorate and maintain it.  “We have four children and at the time we wanted to minimize the damage that occurs from doors slamming into walls because as young children do; they have a tendency to aggressively open doors, and as a result the door knob created holes in our wall,” said Butler. “We purchased conventional doorstops so at the very least we could minimize that reality if not eliminate it all together.”

The Hicksville Fire Department hosted the Nassau County Parade and Drill Championships this past Saturday, an event that was entertaining for both guests and participants.

The Motorized Drill competition held in the morning had 16 participating fire departments. The drill included eight events and each racing team was judged based on how fast they completed each event. Events included the Three Man Ladder, Motor Hook and Ladder, Motor Hose, Efficiency, Motor Pump, and Buckets. The Hicksville Hicks came in fifth place and received a trophy.


Sports

Madeline Huffman, a fourth grade student at Our Lady of Mercy School in Hicksville, recently became the New York State Free Throw Champion in the Knights of Columbus Free Throw Competition, 9 Year Old Girls Division at the United States Military Academy, West Point.

Huffman’s journey to the state championship began at her home parish, Our Lady of Mercy Roman Catholic Church in January. The local qualifier was sponsored by the Knights of Columbus Joseph F. Lamb Council #5723. Boys and girls ages 9 through 14 competed, each receiving three warm up shots and 15 free throw attempts.

This November, Hicksville resident Marlo Signoracci will head to Florida for Ironman, a demanding, long-distance triathlon that includes biking, running and swimming. Here, she shares her story as she prepares for one of the most physically challenging athletic events out there.

“I meet my goals and maintain my health. I stay mindful of what is important to me and seek balance in all endeavors. With gratitude, I am fully present to this moment in time.”


Calendar

Hicksville Street Fair

July 20

Blood Drive

July 23

Our Lady Of Mercy Family Festival

July 30 - August 3



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