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Local Violates Leandra’s Law

A Hicksville woman was arrested last week after driving under the influence of drugs with a child in the car.  

According to the Nassau County Police Department, Janine Lafiandra, 36, was driving her 2013 Mercedes Benz northbound on Main Street in Hempstead, when she collided with a 2004 Ford operated by a 66-year-old male southbound on Main Street at West Columbia Street. Lafiandra then continued northbound and was located by Garden City police officers on Franklin Avenue in Garden City.

Hempstead police officers responded to the scene and an investigation determined Lafiandra was operating under the influence of drugs. Her one-year-old son was in the backseat of the car.

Lafiandra was taken into custody without incident and her son was released to the custody of his grandmother. No injuries were reported.

Lafiandra was charged with Aggravated Driving While Intoxicated, a Leandra’s Law violation, as well as two counts of Driving While Ability Impaired and three counts of Aggravated Unlicensed Operation.

Another Long Island woman was charged last week for aggravated driving and violating Leandra’s Law.  Nina Gebarowski, of Selden, was allegedly driving drunk with her daughter in the car when she hit a man and his young son who were crossing the road. The man suffered a dislocated shoulder and his son had minor injuries.

Under Leandra’s Law, first-time offenders of those found impaired by alcohol or drugs while a child younger than 16 years old is in the vehicle may be charged with a Class E felony, punishable by up to four years in state prison.

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



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