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HFD Holiday Open House Draws Large Crowd

Fire safety, rides with Santa highlight

annual family friendly event

The Hicksville Fire Department’s 2nd Annual Holiday Fire Safety Open House on Dec. 2 called attention to the many fire and emergency issues that our community faces every year.

Malfunctioning smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors, food on the stove fires and overloaded electrical circuits are only some of the dangers posed in local Hicksville homes.

During the event, information was available to residents on how avoid mishaps that would cause the fire department to respond to your house. The fire department responds to 800-900 fire calls every year. Most of these alarms are preventable. Some of these mishaps have resulted in serious fires.

A recent bedroom fire damaged the second floor of a home on Underhill Avenue in Hicksville and multiple units responded and brought the fire under control quickly. The fire was traced to an overloaded outlet strip in the bedroom. Improperly used outlet strips have been responsible for at least three fatal fires in Hicksville alone during the last few years, according to the fire department.

As noted at its open house demonstration fire, outlet strips are not made to supply electricity to appliances such as irons and vacuum cleaners. The strips are also not able to handle numerous transformer plugs; if you have a surge protector strip, it’s only protected if it’s plugged into a grounded outlet (many outlets in older homes are not grounded). To see if you have a grounded outlet, a simple, cheap detector type plug can be purchased at a local hardware or home improvement store to test your outlets.

“Yes, we bribed you into attending with Santa and fire engine rides, which we know all the children enjoyed, but we hope you took home the safety information we provided to help make your home safer,” said one Hicksville firefighter.

If you have any questions, please contact the Hicksville Fire Department at (516) 933-6444. The HFD would also like to wish all local residents a very happy holiday season and a happy fire-safe New Year.

News

There’s a lot you can do in 99 minutes. You could cook dinner, play a non-stop soccer game, watch a romantic comedy or hang out with Odysseus, Achilles and Hercules. If you chose the last option, Hicksville High School’s upcoming theatre production of The Iliad, The Odyssey, and All of Greek Mythology in 99 Minutes or Less  is the place for you.

The mouthful of a title says it all. The cast will take on over 80 characters as they speed through all of Greek mythology, including popular tales such as The Iliad and The Odyssey, in a little over an hour and a half.

Due to what appears to be a colossal error on the part of the Nassau County Assessor’s office, or perhaps an errant interpretation of state law, more than 600 military veterans and Gold Star families in Hicksville will have to wait for their tax break until next year.

Hicksville is one of several local school districts that recently approved resolutions extending the exemption to local veterans, even though budgets and Albany’s tax cap make it a tough choice. On Feb. 26, with a contingency of veterans in the audience, the board voted to provide a school tax exemption for veterans living in the district, starting with the 2014-15 school year.


Sports

Vito Sciascia was recently named Hicksville Soccer Club’s Volunteer of the Year at the 2014 Long Island Junior Soccer League 2014 Kick-off Convention.

Sciascia started coaching travel soccer in 1998 for a boys team, the Flash, who later changed their names to the Muddogs. He could always be found at various sporting fields trying to recruit new soccer players. He would make each of these boys feel important and there was always room for another player. He tried to never turn a child away and when other coaches were having trouble with a boy he would take them on his team, no one was ever too much for him. Sciascia found the good in all those boys and they in return respected him. He took them to many tournaments and solicited enough sponsorship so that it was never a financial burden on their families.

Cantiague Park Senior Men’s Golf League had its first tournament on Thursday April 4. Twenty golfers came out on on a crisp but sunny morning. Charlie Hong was the only man to score under a 40, with a 38 and won for low overall score. Jim O’ Brien  scored a 41, and won low overall net in a tie-breaker with Mike Guerriero.

Competition on the nine-hole course is divided into two divisions. Flight A is for players with a handicap of 13 or lower. Flight B is for players with a handicap of 14 or more. The league is a 100 percent handicap league. Any man 55 years or older is eligible for membership. We have many openings for this year, and you can sign up anytime throughout the the season.


Calendar

American Legion Meeting

April 21

HS Theater in the Round

April 24-26

Science Fair

April 26



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