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Name That Movie

Aimee Pitta, HHS class of 1982, titles movies in Hollywood

Hicksville High alum Aimee Pitta calls herself lucky.

The class of 1982 grad, who attended Nassau Community College for two years before enrolling at SUNY Oswego, was an aspiring writer after college when she was offered a job with a movie company in California.

“I’ve been in film marketing for the past 25 years and I work on writing and producing trailers and TV spots for movies. I also have a little niche job where I title films. I’ve titled It’s Complicated, No Strings Attached, the new Barbara Streisand movie, The Guilt Trip, Mirror Mirror with Julia Roberts and The Bounty Hunter with Jennifer Anniston,” said Pitta.

Pitta, who attended Holy Family School as a youngster, recently released her first published book, Happily Ever Before, which she co-wrote with actress Melissa Peterman (Baby Daddy, Reba, The Singing Bee).

“It’s a fun little book – a ‘chick-lit’ novel that Melissa and I wrote together. We came up with this concept of two sisters who would do anything for each other but wondered what would happen if one needed the other to have her baby? We decided it would make a good book and we just started writing,” Pitta explained.

Though she now calls Los Angeles home, Pitta keeps Hicksville close to her heart.  

“I miss my family. The high school seems much smaller now. You can’t beat Raimos Pizza or the Hicksville Sweet Shop. I guess everybody grows and moves on, but I still love my hometown,” Pitta said.

Happily Ever Before is available at Barnes & Noble and on Amazon, where 24 readers gave the book a five-star review.

And though luck may have brought the New Yorker to Los Angeles, Pitta’s success doesn’t appear to have come by chance.

For more information, visit www.happilyeverbefore.net.

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



Columns

1959: The Year The Music Stopped Playing
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