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Montesano Announces Grants For Local Libraries

Over $200,000 provided for

needed repairs and improvements

Assemblyman Michael Montesano recently announced  that the Hicksville Free Library, Bayville Free Library, and Bethpage Public Library will be receiving Public Library Construction Grants. The Bethpage and Hicksville libraries are getting $100,000 each to repair its out-of-date lighting system and major building renovations respectively.

“Our libraries provide access to vital information for the public, as well as play host to programs offering culturally enriching opportunities,” said Montesano. “These construction grants will greatly assist in providing the crucial infrastructure repairs our libraries need to continue admirably serving our communities’ needs.”

New York’s public libraries are in urgent need of renovation and upgrading. A recent survey showed a documented need for public library construction and renovation projects totaling more than $2.2 billion. More than 40 percent of the over 1,000 public library buildings in communities across New York are over 60 years old and another 30 percent are more than three decades old.  Due to this, many of the state’s local public libraries are unable to accommodate users with disabilities, are energy inefficient, cannot provide Internet and computer and other electronic technologies to users because of outdated and inadequate electrical wiring and do not have sufficient space to house the library’s expanding collection, address the need for adequate meeting room, or provide for public access computers.

“We greatly appreciate Assemblyman Montesano’s assistance in securing funds from the Public Library Construction Grant. Here at the Hicksville Library, we are committed to continually improving the facilities to better serve our community,” said Roseann Acosta, public relations and programming representative for the Hicksville Public Library. “The renovations and relocation of staff to the new administration building has provided us with much needed space in the main building where we have begun the process of making vital improvements to library services.”

The Public Library Construction Grant Program is a $14 million capital-fund appropriation in the 2012 state budget for the construction and renovation of public libraries and library systems across New York State to address these issues.

News

The community is rallying together to raise funds for a Hicksville native who has been battling to get a service dog.

Nancy Burpee is a 49-year-old competitive swimmer and single mother with a rare genetic terminal illness called Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (EDS), which causes the deterioration of the connective tissues, tendons, ligaments and vital organs.

Local veterans groups and residents gathered at Hicksville Middle School Veterans Memorial Park recently to honor brave servicemen and woman, past and present. William M. Gouse Jr. Post 3211 hosted Hicksville’s annual Veterans Day ceremony on Nov. 11.

The ceremonies began with the pledge and national anthem sung by Hicksville High School student Cassie Pursoo, accompanied by trumpeter Conner Hoelzer. Monsignor Thomas Costa from Our Lady of Church in Hicksville gave the invocation.


Sports

The fall athletic season seemed to move quickly, but all teams had outstanding seasons with all teams reaching the playoffs except for two who had their best season in many years.

In addition to athletic acheivements, all of the varsity programs at Hicksville High School also participated in raising more than $4,000 for several charities this past fall: pediatric cancer, breast cancer awareness and cystic fibrosis.

Football was Mike Torrellas’ heart and soul. He also liked a good Turkey Bowl.  

Unfortunately, the Hicksville Crusaders co-founder wasn’t able to witness the program’s inaugural event, which took place Saturday, Nov. 8.

Torrellas passed away suddenly last December due to a blood clot, but the spirit and drive of the man who wore the number 53 and tragically passed at that age still surrounds the Crusaders football program.


Calendar

Model Railroad Open House

November 28-30

Popcorn Balls

November 30

Craft Fair

November 30



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