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Learning Without Limits

Hicksville resident Ann O’Connor is among the many seniors of Hofstra University’s Personal Enrichment in Retirement Program (PEIR) who is proving learning doesn’t have an age limit.

When O’Connor retired in 1996 from a career as an applied technology professor at Nassau Community College and Briarcliff College, she joined the program because she had a desire to continue growing mentally and intellectually as she aged.

Retiring was also a major life change for her, and she wanted something to stimulate her.

“When you retire it can be difficult. What you did all your life is gone, and you have to find your way again,” said O’Connor. “My husband retired before I did because he was in poor health. He could no longer do the social activities that I wanted to continue to do, and PEIR fulfilled that.”

As a member, she not only attends classes, but also lectures others in the program. At PEIR O’Connor continues to put her knowledge to good use, and she often teaches other members how to use the computer.  

“Teaching others how to use a computer has been something I’ve been doing since 1997, and I love teaching it here. I taught half the people here how to use the Internet and a computer mouse,” she laughed.

Exploring other subjects and attending different lectures adds to the fun of being a senior student.

 “I really enjoy the sciences. I also recently attended classes on micro-physics, philosophy and politics. It is a learning experience, and I can attend what I want, when I want,” she said.

O’Connor also facilities a group called “challenges of retirement,” a group that seniors can attend during lunch time. Meeting new friends in that group and in the classroom is one of her favorite aspects of the program.

“The diversity of interests people have here is absolutely amazing," O' Connor said. "I’ve made very dear friends, and I even socialize with them outside of the program.”

The PIER program is for retirees ages 55 and older. To schedule a visit, call Bradley Kaye at 516-463-4824. The website is www.hofstra.edu/academics/ce/lifelonglearning/peir

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



Columns

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

The Eccentric Heiress Of ‘Empty Mansions’
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