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IKEA Donates $10,000 To K-Kids

The Bowling Green K-Kids were recently awarded $10,000 in IKEA products, services and donations from IKEA Long Island in Hicksville, to use toward community projects including updating the art center and library at Kamp Kiwanis. The Kiwanis camp services underprivileged children and helps community members. The award was part of a national corporate project, the IKEA Life Improvement Co-worker Challenge.

The challenge is part of the third year of IKEA’s Life Improvement Project, which offers consumers inspiration, and suggestions to help make a positive impact on their homes and lives. Through this year-long initiative, IKEA is encouraging people to share projects of what they do to improve their lives at home, and to learn from the life improvement tips of others, from saving time through better organization, to reducing bills by changing to energy-efficient light bulbs.

Rick Santer, lieutenant governor elect and faculty advisor of the Bowling Green Elementary School K-Kids winners said, “The Bowling Green K-Kids are excited to have been chosen to receive this very generous grant from IKEA. The K-Kids members are looking forward to meeting the IKEA volunteers who will be working with us as we supply the newly constructed Kamp Kiwanis Art Center/Library with much needed furniture and provide gourmet food for needy families in our neighborhood.”

K-Kids is a student-led community service organization for elementary school students, “young leaders helping others.” Service projects include community clean-ups, fundraisers, for various Kiwanis charities, including the ELIMINATE Project, the Kiwanis Pediatric Trauma Center at North Shore-LIJ and Pediatric Lyme Disease.

“Here at IKEA Long Island, we are committed to providing a better everyday life for the many people; it is an honor to be involved with Mr. Santer and the children in his K-Kids club,” said John Achillea, store manager. “They strive to support our community and we are committed to helping them do just that. We are all very enthusiastic about helping these young children provide charity to our community.”

The Life Improvement Co-worker Challenge received 80 inspiring proposals from IKEA co-workers from across the nation. In the Hicksville store, the steering committee selected two organizations for consumers to vote online for. Thousands of votes were registered and the winning charities were announced on April 10 for each store location. A total of 37 community projects were selected to be supported by IKEA. The total campaign donation across all stores was almost $500,000.

News

Looking for a place to work on your bedside manner and start a promising new career in the process? Look no farther than your hometown.

The Vocational Education and Extension Board (VEEB), a division of the county that oversees educational facilities such as the Fire Service Academy and EMS Academy, recently transplanted one of its facilities — The School of Practical Nursing — into a new location right in the heart of Hicksville, where they recently held an open house to celebrate their new home.

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.


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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October 22

Oktoberfest

October 25-26

Pancake Breakfast

October 26



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