Written by Cory Twibell firstname.lastname@example.org Friday, 22 February 2013 00:00The Hicksville community is familiar with football star Ronnie Cameron, who attended Holy Trinity High School and is now a member of the Philadelphia Eagles.
What residents may not know is that between practices, meetings and training, Cameron – an imposing physical specimen at 6 feet, 2 inches and nearly 300 pounds – recently founded Bonfire Impact, a social awareness website that highlights the good deeds of professional athletes and other prominent figures in the public spotlight.
According to bonfireimpact.com, the website aims to “deliver news and media that promotes charitable organizations, nonprofits, social awareness, human rights, social issues, education advocacy, health and under-covered stories.”
Cameron, who is currently back home in Westbury until late March when he will report to the Philadelphia Eagles for Organized Team Activities (OTAs), began working on the Bonfire project five months ago during his off-days as a member of the Cleveland Browns.
“I had been doing a lot of volunteer stuff then and I was writing for the Huffington Post at the time and I saw that there weren’t enough stories about people doing the right things in the media,” said Cameron, a defensive tackle.
Cameron recruited a team of writers from various universities and assembled a group of individuals working with a common goal in mind.
“We want to keep putting out good news and positive news to empower people so they have the power to make change. We want people to have a place where they can go to one place to find out about these organizations and find out the good things that are going on out there,” said Cameron.
Beginning his football career on the fields at New Cassel’s Park Avenue School and then joining the Mineola peewee football program before enrolling at Holy Trinity High School and then Hofstra University and Old Dominion University, traveling has never been an issue for Cameron – especially in the past 12 months.
“It’s been a roller coaster ride and a crazy year. From the pre-draft training, interviewing with 11 different teams, going undrafted, then choosing Chicago, competing there, getting cut, getting picked up by Cleveland, getting released and ending up in Philly.
“I had a lot of different experiences over the last year and met a lot of good people that I’m pretty sure a lot of people don’t get to experience in a lifetime. It was a great year looking back,” said Cameron, who earned First Team All American, CAA Defensive Player of the Year and CAA Scholar Athlete of the Year honors as a two-year starter at Old Dominion.
The multi-talented Holy Trinity alum, who cited the success of his Monarchs football team in 2011 and earning his MBA in 16 months as two of his greatest achievements, will undoubtedly make his alma mater proud – regardless of where he ends up next.
Visit www.bonfireimpact.com for more information.
Thursday, 16 May 2013 00:00
Hicksville School District Superintendent Maureen Bright gave an overall picture of the district profile at the school board meeting last Wednesday night. The meeting was the final one before the upcoming budget vote, which will take place on Tuesday, May 21 at Hicksville High School from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.
The total number for the 2013-14 proposed budget is $124,595,008. This is a 3.29 percent increase or $3,963,375 from the 2012-13 school year. In 2012-13 the total budget was $120,631,633.
Thursday, 16 May 2013 00:00
On Saturday, May 11 the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) of Nassau County held their Annual POW/MIA Remembrance Ceremony at St. Frances de Chantal Parish in Wantagh. This is the 15th year for the ceremony, originally started by the late Tom Benet and the late Vincent Esposito as a way to honor those military brethren who are still listed as prisoners of war (POW), or missing in action (MIA).
Rick Gales, Town of Hempstead Veteran Affairs liaison, quartermaster of the Elmont VFW, and Nassau County Chairman of the POW/MIA Committee continues the tradition and told Anton Newspapers that the POW/MIA ceremonies are usually held in April or May, coinciding with the fall of Vietnam and the end of a war era.
In 2010, the Department of Defense reported more than 1,700 Vietnam era soldiers as POW/MIA status.
Thursday, 16 May 2013 00:00James Russo, 11, of Hicksville, came in sixth place in the States Competition at 120lbs. Ryan Schecht, 11, of Hicksville, placed third in the States at 105lbs, and is on his way to the Nationals Championship.
Thursday, 09 May 2013 00:00
Seasonal beach stickers may be purchased beginning on Saturday, May 11, so that residents may get their beach stickers ahead of time and avoid the rush during the Memorial Day weekend, when some town beaches will open for weekends.
“So many residents enjoy the beautiful beaches that we have here in the Town of Oyster Bay and eagerly look forward to the first opportunity to enjoy those beaches during the Memorial Day weekend,” Councilman Joseph Pinto said. “Town residents, who purchase a town beach sticker in advance of the beaches opening, will avoid the possibility of waiting in line during opening weekend.”