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Electric Takeover Complete

With a favorable ruling by the Internal Revenue Service, PSEG cleared its last potential roadblock to taking virtually full control of the Long Island Power Authority’s electric system.

The IRS said that LIPA could maintain its tax-exempt status, and, as a result, keep its borrowing costs lower than they would be with a for-profit company. The New Jersey utility took control of our power supply on Jan. 1, with PSEG Long Island’s president saying the company plans “to make service more responsive” and invest hundreds of millions of dollars.

Under the 12-year contract with LIPA, PSEG Long Island has extensive accountability and decision-making ability in managing the transmission and distribution system that serves 1.1 million customers. LIPA, with its tax-exempt status, will fund major capital investments.

“We have made a strong commitment to bring PSEG’s reputation for excellence to Long Island, and provide customers with a level of service they expect and deserve from their electric utility,” said David M. Daly, president and COO of PSEG Long Island.

With the new utility operator comes a new logo on utility vehicles, customer bills, signage at company work locations and employee uniforms. The company’s orange sunburst also appears on identification badges worn by all employees.

News

Levittown Hall in Hicksville comes alive every Thursday night with music, dance, fun and laughter as students are swept away into the world of Latin dance.

Under the instruction of professional teacher Mark James, dance hopefuls learn a trio of Latin dance, including salsa, meringue and what James describes as the biggest craze in Latin dancing today, bachata.

 book shops in Hicksville and around the country will hand out free comics on Oct. 25, to celebrate the second biggest free comic book event of the year—Halloween ComicFest. On Saturday, anyone who goes into a participating comic shop can choose from 19 free comics and participate in fun activities comic shops host for their customers to enjoy, while discovering new types of comics and the treasures found in store.

In Hicksville, both Game Master Games (954 S. Broadway) and Amok Time (108C New South Road) will be taking part in the Halloween ComicFest festivities. Game Master Games just recently started carrying comic books and this will be the store’s first comic book-related event. Coincidently, the event runs in the middle of an in-store gaming convention, and store owner Dave VanderWerf is looking forward to the increased exposure for the store.


Sports

The Hicksville girls volleyball team improved to 7-1 by knocking off Oceanside in three consecutive sets by scores of 25-13, 25-19 and 25-14.

Emily Markakis played terrificly, using a powerful serve to record three aces, seven kills and added nine digs. Nikki Chase added six kills and eight digs. Additionally, Raeann Dong was versatile—recording three aces, seven kills and nine digs.

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


Calendar

Board of Education Meeting

October 22

Oktoberfest

October 25-26

Pancake Breakfast

October 26



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