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Walker Sworn In For Third Term

Legislator Rose Marie Walker was recently sworn in for her third term at the Nassau County Legislature.  Walker represents Legislative District 17 which includes parts of Hicksville, Bethpage, Farmingdale, Massapequa, North Massapequa, Old Bethpage, Plainedge, Plainview, Seaford, Wantagh and Westbury.  

At the legislative meeting on Jan. 6, Walker was also elected to hold positions on four legislative committees. She is the Chair of the Health & Social Services Committee, Vice Chair of the Veterans and Senior Affairs committee, and a member of the Minority Affairs and Finance Committees.

Walker’s goals for this term include completing the steps necessary to fix the county tax assessment system and making government more accessible.  Legislative District 17 recently changed to include new communities, and Walker says she looking forward to getting to know her new constituents.

“I am excited about getting to know the residents, local officials, and business owners in Farmingdale, North Massapequa, Seaford and Wantagh,” said Walker. “We have many projects underway locally, including road projects in Bethpage and Hicksville, that I will continue to monitor through completion. As a caucus, we will continue to focus on Nassau’s fiscal recovery including the final fixes to the county’s property tax assessment system and fighting tax increases.”

Walker was first elected to represent the 17th district in 2009, and was then re-elected again in 2011. Prior to her election to the Legislature, Walker served as a Councilwoman in the Town of Oyster Bay from January 2004 through December 2009.  While on the Town Board, she proposed legislation to create a Veterans Service Division and expanded services and programs for seniors.  

A lifelong resident of Hicksville, Walker attended both private and parochial schools.  She earned a BA in Education from Belmont Abbey/Sacred Heart College in North Carolina. Upon graduation, she worked for the Diocese of Rockville Centre, St. Stephen’s Nursery School in Hicksville, and the Hicksville Union Free School District. In addition, she has also served as a trustee on the Board of Education in Hicksville, as president of Dutch Lane PTA, Hicksville Middle School and High School PTSA and PTA Council.

She remains an active member of the community, involved in numerous civic organizations including the Hicksville Community Council and Chamber of Commerce, Order Sons of Italy Capt. Kathy Mazza Lodge, and Joseph Barry Columbiettes, and is the current President of Irish Americans in Government.

News

When life hands you lemons, make lemonade. That’s just what a Hicksville baker is doing, except in her case it isn’t lemons, but a gluten-free diet. Her lemonade stand of choice is her brand new gluten-free eatery, “Jac’s Bakeshop and Bistro,” which held its grand opening on April 12.  

“I’m a baker who can’t even eat wheat or eggs,” said owner Jaclyn Messina, chuckling at the irony.

There’s a lot you can do in 99 minutes. You could cook dinner, play a non-stop soccer game, watch a romantic comedy or hang out with Odysseus, Achilles and Hercules. If you chose the last option, Hicksville High School’s upcoming theatre production of The Iliad, The Odyssey, and All of Greek Mythology in 99 Minutes or Less  is the place for you.

The mouthful of a title says it all. The cast will take on over 80 characters as they speed through all of Greek mythology, including popular tales such as The Iliad and The Odyssey, in a little over an hour and a half.


Sports

Vito Sciascia was recently named Hicksville Soccer Club’s Volunteer of the Year at the 2014 Long Island Junior Soccer League 2014 Kick-off Convention.

Sciascia started coaching travel soccer in 1998 for a boys team, the Flash, who later changed their names to the Muddogs. He could always be found at various sporting fields trying to recruit new soccer players. He would make each of these boys feel important and there was always room for another player. He tried to never turn a child away and when other coaches were having trouble with a boy he would take them on his team, no one was ever too much for him. Sciascia found the good in all those boys and they in return respected him. He took them to many tournaments and solicited enough sponsorship so that it was never a financial burden on their families.

Cantiague Park Senior Men’s Golf League had its first tournament on Thursday April 4. Twenty golfers came out on on a crisp but sunny morning. Charlie Hong was the only man to score under a 40, with a 38 and won for low overall score. Jim O’ Brien  scored a 41, and won low overall net in a tie-breaker with Mike Guerriero.

Competition on the nine-hole course is divided into two divisions. Flight A is for players with a handicap of 13 or lower. Flight B is for players with a handicap of 14 or more. The league is a 100 percent handicap league. Any man 55 years or older is eligible for membership. We have many openings for this year, and you can sign up anytime throughout the the season.


Calendar

American Legion Meeting

April 21

HS Theater in the Round

April 24-26

Science Fair

April 26



Columns

1959: The Year The Music Stopped Playing
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com

The Eccentric Heiress Of ‘Empty Mansions’
Written by Mike Barry, MFBarry@optonline.net

Yellow Margarine And A Pitch For The Ages
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com