Written by Kristin Cacchioli, Hicksville@AntonNews.com Thursday, 30 May 2013 00:00
Since the early 1800s, Hicksville has been a place of culture, family and dreams. Residents have taken pride in their hometown and the beautification of Hicksville is at the forefront of everyone’s minds—especially resident and art visionary Debra Ann Kasimakis. Kasimakis is the artist behind a new Hicksville Memorial Fountain that will stand in Kennedy Memorial Park, in place of the first fountain, which has been demolished after weather and time took its toll on the structure.
The Kiwanis Foundation of Hicksville, in cooperation with the Hicksville Chamber of Commerce, built the original fountain, dedicated in 1979, and in July of last year, the two groups announced the construction of a new fountain in the same location, on Broadway and Jerusalem Avenue.
Kasimakis has displayed her artwork all around the Town of Oyster Bay, so she is used to being in the public eye and working with the community. Kasimakis admitted she was both humbled and honored when the opportunity to work on this project arose. “When I heard they needed my help,” she began, “I was more than willing to step up to the plate.”
Kasimakis offered a design and luckily, the Kiwanis Foundation loved it and brought her on board the project. “It’s community-geared and inclusive,” the artist said. “It’s a nuclear family with pets and it has the Town of Oyster Bay symbolic seagull.”
Kasimakis, in cooperation with the Kiwanis Foundation, is spearheading the fundraising initiatives and they had their first fundraiser on May 18 at Kennedy Memorial Park. “It was right at the heels of Hicksville Pride Day, so we took advantage of the fact that the town would be crawling with people. Many people and businesses were unaware of this project, so we thought we’d make a little bit of noise and have a little bit of fun in an effort to inform people what we are all about,” explained Kasimakis.
Hicksville residents can see donation containers popping up all around town and Kasimakis hopes that with the proper funding and sponsors, the project can be completed by next summer. “This project is important to Hicksville because we have such a long history,” explained Kasimakis. “The community spends a lot of time in that park so the fountain should be part of the community; all residents should take pride living here.”
The local, passionate artist, who joked that she was creating art while still in the womb, grabs inspiration from every moment of life and does not let anything prevent her imagination from reaching its fullest potential. By using all mediums and diving into communication with anyone, Kasimakis has been able to bring her vision of the Hicksville Memorial Fountain to life and hopes that everyone comes to recognize it as a central part of the town.
“My hope, my wish, my dream and my future goal is to make Nassau County a destination, not only for Long Island, but for the world,” she shared. “I would love to bring a cultural center to Nassau and this is a goal I will work on every day.”
Every little bit helps. Donations in the form of checks can be made payable to the Kiwanis Foundation, PO Box 772, Hicksville, NY. Donations are also accepted by the Hicksville Chamber of Commerce, 10 West Marie Street in Hicksville.
To view more of Kasimakis artwork, visit her website: www.debboydoll.com or www.facebook.com/petscapes.
Saturday, 18 October 2014 00:00
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.
Friday, 17 October 2014 00:00
For the past 16 years, Lucia Simon has walked from her home in Hicksville to her job at the Hicksville Public Library. She enjoys her job as a librarian and says that the staff has become like family to her. But for the past three years, Simon and 56 fellow co-workers have been frustrated at what she says is the library’s board refusal to negotiate a fair contract.
“We have had no contract in three years. They refuse to bargain with us. Every time they come back to us it’s not fair,” says Simon.
However, the board of trustees disagree, saying that it has made a “fair offer.”
Thursday, 16 October 2014 08:31
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
Thursday, 09 October 2014 08:47
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.