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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

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



Columns

1959: The Year The Music Stopped Playing
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