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Hicksville High School Principal Retires

Brijinder Singh is ready for retirement after serving as principal for Hicksville High School for 12 years. Singh got her start as a biology and science teacher where she taught at Hillcrest High School in Jamaica, Queens.  She also taught at Central Park East Secondary School in Manhattan and served on the Board of Education at Flushing High School.  She also was a part of the Queens College Biology Department for 17 years.

Singh is proud of the time spent in Hicksville, where she had great experiences, wonderful students and dedicated teachers to work with.  “Honestly, it is very exciting and I will miss the energy the students bring to the building,” said Singh.  The job as principal of a large high school is no easy task.  “You need to think of things that need to be done 24/7,” she added. “You have to be available all the time.”  

Singh’s plan for retirement is to spend more time with her family and friends.  She is looking forward to traveling, reading, cooking and gardening.  After working all those years and dedicating herself to the educational system, she is ready to spend some quality time at home.  “I always believed in balance,” stated Singh.  “You want to be able to make time for work, family, and yourself.”  The latter two will be her next priority.

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.


Calendar

Board of Education Meeting

October 22

Oktoberfest

October 25-26

Pancake Breakfast

October 26



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