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Library Unveils Children’s Room

The Hicksville Public Library debut its newly renovated Children’s Room last weekend, which includes lower shelves for more kid-friendly browsing and a new room for older kids.

Renovations took three days and were funded by $30,000 in bullet aid obtained by State Sen. Jack Martins. The library lowered the bookshelves, so children can now reach the highest shelves on their own. A wall was also knocked down to transform a portion of the adult nonfiction section into an additional room for children’s books. The new room also has a TV and Wii game console. Library Director Elizabeth Goldfrank says the goal with the renovations was to create a unified space for kids of all ages.

“Children need a place to come together,” said Goldfrank. “Now when mom brings in a little child and older child, they both have a place to go.”

Children’s DVDs were also brought upstairs to make the whole room a one-stop shop for kids, much to the delight of seven year old, Dylan.

“I like that the DVDS are all up here now so I don’t have to go downstairs,” he said.

His mom Maura said she’s thankful for the library and its resources.  

“It’s such a great place. Children are the future so it’s important to give them the foundation for reading and the love of books now, otherwise they’ll never have it,” she said.

Those who came to the children’s room during the grand opening enjoyed giveaways like Frisbees, refreshments and taking their picture at a photo booth. Clowns also performed magic tricks and made balloon animals. The Hicksville-Jericho Rotary was at the event to donate 400 dictionaries to children in third through fifth grade.

“A lot of times, it’s the first book these third graders have ever received. Not everyone can afford an iPad or digital book, and having a physical copy shows the importance of having a book that’s yours, that you can write your name in,” said Cheryl Rambler- Goveia, assistant governor for Rotary International District 7255.

Sen. Jack Martins also picked the winning ballot for the “Name Your Bear” contest, and the giant stuffed bear that will be in the children’s library will be called “Gumball,” thanks to a suggestion by a young library patron.

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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