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Local Resident To Redesign Fountain

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.

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



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