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Schaefer Seeks Seat

Laura Schaefer is running for Nassau County Legislature for the 14th District. Schaefer is a first time candidate, running on the Republican, Conservative, and Independence lines in the general election this November. The 14th Legislative District is composed of the communities of Garden City, Carle Place, Westbury, Old Westbury, Hicksville, and Bethpage.

Schaefer is a lifelong resident of Westbury. She grew up in Wheatley Hills riding bikes, playing kickball and going to the movies.

“It was a nice neighborhood and there were a lot of kids. I have fond memories of it,” Schaefer said.

Now, she feels that growing up and currently living in Westbury has given her a better sense of the community’s needs.

“I know the community really well. I know the people there and have a sense of the communitiy,” Schaefer said. “It’s getting tougher to raise a family there, but it’s still a nice place to raise a family.”     

She graduated from Our Lady of Mercy Academy High School in Syosset and received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications from Adelphi University. She later went on to earn her Juris Doctorate from Hofstra University School of Law in 2009. Prior to entering the legal field, Schaefer worked for the Marriott Marquis Hotel in Times Square. She continued her career by working at Sullivan Papain Block McGrath & Cannavo, P.C., a law firm in Garden City, while attending Hofstra School of Law at night. After she was admitted she worked as an associate at Sullivan Papain prior to working at Pena & Kahn, PLLC, in the Bronx where she currently practices personal injury law. Entering the political arena is something she’s been wanting to do for a while.

“I’ve always been interested in politics. It’s something I’ve had in the back of my head that I wanted to do at one point. Once I got established as an attorney, and (got) to know the people, I wanted to help the community more,” she said.

In November she will face off against Democratic candidate Jeffrey Griffin, who is from Carle Place. If elected, her focus will be lowering taxes and bringing new businesses to the area.

“I’m excited about the election,” Schaefer said. “I’m excited to be doing this and to work for the people and keep things moving forward.”

News

Vastra boutique finds a niche

in hand-embroidered dresses

Who says a bride has to wear white on her wedding day? For South Asian brides, no color is off limits including brilliant reds, blues and golds. For the past 17 years, Vastra in Hicksville has been helping brides from New York and across the country find the perfect dress for their special day.

There’s no lack of Indian sari boutiques in Hicksville but according to Marketing Director Prachi Jain, what sets Vastra apart from the others is its emphasis on one of a kind, hand-embroidered Indian dresses.

Many would consider it rude to play with your food. That is unless, you’re participating in the Long Island Potato Festival. The event, which was held in Cutchogue, NY, included a mashed potato sculpting contest which was dominated by Hicksville’s Sarah Tsang, who won first place in the youth division.

Contestants were allowed to use any tools and materials to help bring their creation to life. Sculptures were left on display throughout the day and voted on by festival goers.


Sports

Somehow LSA, the Levittown Swimming Association, has always been a part of our Hicksville summers. My family’s introduction to the organization in 1975 began when our two older daughters tried out for the Parkway Swim Team, one of the nine teams that competed through July and most of August.

It was no small task for the younger girl, swimming her first full lap in the deep end of the pool to qualify at age six, but both girls made the team and donned the coveted gray tee shirts as the trees cast their shadows over the pool water at the end of practice.

I’m convinced that the soul and the center of Hicksville is Cantiague Park. And why not? Every weekend it’s a beehive of activity ranging from tennis matches, hand ball games, basketball and baseball games, swimming, hockey and of course ‘the beautiful game’ called soccer. Cantiague has two professional soccer fields that are perfectly manicured and begging to be played on. And they were. This weekend was the finals of the East Meadow Soccer Tournament which is one of the largest youth soccer tournaments in the nation, sponsored by the US Soccer Federation. There were 18 boys and girls teams in the finals and a large staff of referees.

Two of the refs were Steven Orozco and Randy Vogt who told me how soccer had been growing and has now become the second most popular participation sport in America with 25 million of us watching this year’s World Cup.  I also met and interviewed Joe Codispoti who along with Tim Bradbury is the head coach of Rockville Centre United, a U16 boys club.  This U16 team has a group of standout players led by  Jack Graziano, AJ Codispoti and Pat Basile who have been playing together for six years.


Calendar

Close Encounters with Benevolent ETs and Ascended Masters

August 29

Adventures in Genealogy

September 4

Greek Festival

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