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Hicksville Celebrates Indian Independence

South Broadway was alive with the sound of drums, bhangra music and laughter this past Sunday as thousands gathered to celebrate India Independence Day.

Indian Independence Day is August 15. A parade is held in Manhattan every year, and Hicksville has hosted its own the past two years.  Parade committee member Tina Shah emigrated from India when she was in college. She says having the parade in Hicksville saved people the trouble of having to go to Manhattan and allowed them to celebrate Indian Independence Day closer to home.

“The community’s growing so big and so quickly we needed a presence here,” Shah said. “

“People used to travel to Manhattan and now they can come here. It’s convenient. I’m glad we’re celebrating these events in America,” Rajan Nabe said. “When I came here 30 years ago I would have never imagined such a thing was possible.”

In just one year, the parade has grown significantly. Last year they had less than 10 floats, this year they had 17. Groups like the Hicksville Cricket Club, the Young Indian Cultural Group, and the India Assosciation of Long Island proudly marched down South Broadway.

They were also joined by representatives from countries like Poland, Lebanon and Guyana who congratulated India on their independence day. Thousands attended the parade and enjoyed food, music by DJ Kucha, cultural festivities and a dance performance by the BQ Girls.

According to 2010 census data, 20 percent of the Hicksville community is Asian. Evidences of the Indian community are not hard to find. Indian restaurants, grocers, beauty salons and sari shops line South Broadway.

“The Indian American parade is one of the highlights in my district,” New York State Senator Jack Martins said. “It’s a wonderful community at the forefront of entrepreneurship. They’re an integral part of our community and the fabric that is Nassau County.”

“We’re still close to our country and want to celebrate so we can bring our community together,” committee member Shalu Chopra said.

News

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.

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.”


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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