Written by Hicksville Illustrated Staff, firstname.lastname@example.org Friday, 25 October 2013 00:00
Nassau Inter-County Express (NICE Bus) will soon begin taking delivery on 28 new handicap-accessible paratransit vans that will replace Able-Ride’s oldest vehicles. Able-Ride is a shared ride, curb-to-curb bus service for people with disabilities. The new wheelchair accessible modified Dodge vans will offer Able-Ride greater flexibility in how it serves customers, reduce fuel and maintenance costs, and provide a more comfortable ride for passengers.
Able-Ride provides almost 1,000 rides to Nassau County residents each day, and has 900 clients in Hicksville.
“We are pleased to update the Able-Ride fleet and we’re doing it in a way that will improve the experience for NICE’s paratransit customers,” said County Executive Ed Mangano. “Along with the 45 new fixed route buses added to the NICE fleet recently, we are continuing to update the equipment without placing the cost on taxpayers. We are especially pleased that Veolia Transportation is making investments in the system.”
The cost of the 28-vehicle purchase is approximately $1.2 million. Of that, the entire cost of 18 vehicles, approximately $780,000, is being paid for by Veolia at no cost to Nassau County taxpayers. Another 10 vehicles — costing approximately $435,000 —are being funded through state-administered Federal Transportation Administration grants earmarked for capital purchases for mass transit. The first of the vans are expected to be delivered in late this month.
“NICE is continuously looking for ways to improve our service and reduce our costs. Using a mix of vehicles for Able-Ride is something we have considered for a long time and Veolia’s investment is helping make that possible,” said NICE Chief Executive Officer Mike Setzer. “We think passenger vans, as opposed to the larger truck chassis mini-buses, will serve customers’ needs better in many instances with a noticeably smoother ride.”
Rather than replace the older vehicles with the current “mini-bus” style vehicles that now comprise most of the 95-vehicle Abe-Ride fleet, NICE will begin using a mix of vehicles that will help it provide better service and reduce costs. As opposed to the current vehicles, the vans will use regular gasoline and offer improved gas mileage; are able to travel on parkways giving passengers and operators faster and/or shorter options; and are built on a more comfortable car chassis, versus a truck chassis, which has a rougher ride.
The new vans can comfortably and safely handle two customers in wheelchairs and two seated customers. While their overall capacity is smaller than the current mini-buses it is sufficient to meet actual demand. The vehicles being replaced are all seven years old.
Wednesday, 04 December 2013 10:56
Even at a young age, John Sorli was interested in his family history. Around the age of 10, he created his first family tree for a school project, and many years later as an adult, he is still just as infatuated with genealogy.
“Once you get involved it’s kind of like a bug you know?” said Sorli. “It’s like you don’t want to stop”
Friday, 29 November 2013 00:00
It’s not uncommon for adults to develop a yearning to relive the simple pleasures and pastimes of their youth. While some take up spending a few bucks here and there to recapture some base nostalgia in the form of a shirt or action figure, there’s a group of gentlemen in Hicksville who take it to a whole different level.
Since 1947, the West Island Model Railroad Club has given train enthusiasts a place to congregate and indulge their hobby on a grand scale. Hicksville resident and club president, Vic Grappone, says he’s personally been interested in model trains since...well, forever.
Wednesday, 27 November 2013 00:00
Hicksville’s Mary-Jo Depaoli, and Nao Joe scored with awards on Sunday, November 17 in the 5th annual Blue Ribbon Run for Prostate Cancer, a 5 Kilometer road race that started and finished at Syosset-Woodbury Community Park.Depaoli crossed the finish line with a time of 23:01, earning her second place honors in the women’s 35-39 age group, and Joe finished the race with a time of 28:36, to earn third place in the women’s 30-34 age group, A record breaking total of 414 runners and walkers crossed the finish line.
The race was held by the Town of Oyster Bay and raised money to help in the fight against prostate cancer. Free prostate cancer screenings were offered on-site, as well as informative urology and men’s health exhibits, refreshments and prizes for participants.
Thursday, 28 November 2013 00:00
The third grade Our Lady of Mercy Boys Basketball Team got off to a strong start Sunday, Nov. 17, in front of a packed house at the OLM Gym in Hicksville.
The boys took on a tough Saint Killians squad from Farmingdale. Johnny Sullivan led the way on offense, scoring six points for Mercy. Liam Toner did an outstanding job running the offense, and scoring four points of his own. RJ Ivers was tough to defend as he also dropped four points. Nicholas Soliman played great on both sides of the court scoring two points of his own. Evan Glusic hit a clutch freethrow. Joe Sayers played his usual tenacious defense, and hustled on every play. Danny W. was a force on defense, and Lucas Spector, and Tyler B. were also playing great on both sides of the court. It was a great game that ended in a 17-17 tie.This was the boys first ever CYO game, they have been playing in the Our Lady of Mercy Basketball Clinics since kindergarten.