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Hicksville Graduate Publishes First Book

Author Melissa Kuch, a 2001 graduate of Hicksville High School, has just released her first book The Hypothesis of Giants, Book One: The Assumption, the first of a four-part series. The Assumption, the debut novel, is an imaginative young adult book that will transport readers to a fantastical world where giants exist.  

“I wanted to make something new for teens, something that was different, something other than vampires,” said Kuch who’s always had a passion for writing.  “The young adult genre has always been a favorite of mine. I grew up reading Carolyn Keen, C. S. Lewis and R. L. Stein. Writing The Hypothesis of Giants was the perfect way to meld together my vivid imagination and love for writing.”

The Assumption is set in the town of Candlewick, a place where no one questioned their mandatory curfew for the past 15 years until one night, a mysterious conch shell sounds, only heard by two young teenagers who are destined to fulfill a preordained prophecy.

Kuch is also a St. John’s University graduate.

She has written short fiction pieces and plays that have entertained readers of all ages. Her short stories Cloud Pictures in the Sky, To Secure a Husband and Name Change can be found on Amazon.com, in addition to The Assumption. The second part of the series, Book Two, The Change Agent, will be available by 2014.

For more updates about this series and other works by Melissa Kuch, visit: www.melissakuch.com/.

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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