Written by Paige McAtee, hicksville@Antonnews.com Friday, 23 May 2014 00:00
An instrumental Jazz group performed well-known songs from the 1930s to the 1960s at the Hicksville Public Library on Sunday May 18.
Paul Effman Trio is made up of clarinet and saxophone player Paul Effman, a Syosset resident. The other two members of the trio are Tom Beckner, a Hicksville resident, on the piano and Roy Sparacino, a Smithtown resident, on the bass guitar.
The band played over a dozen songs including “Blue Skies”, “Our Love is Here to Stay”, “Bye Bye Blackbird”, and “My Way”. Throughout the performance, Effman switched back and forth between playing the saxophone and clarinet.
Members of the audience were clapping their hands and tapping their feet to the music, and they even joined in singing the lyrics to a few songs such as “Pennies from Heaven”.
It has been three years since the start of the Paul Effman Trio. Every Tuesday night, the trio performs at Luce, an Italian restaurant in East Norwich. They also perform at other events including corporate events, parties, weddings, town affairs, church affairs, and libraries. The Paul Effman Trio will play anywhere for anyone who gives them a call.
The three men in the Paul Effman Trio are just a group of guys who have a passion for live music and who love playing it. Effman owns a family music business, while Beckner teaches piano and guitar lessons and has a music studio in his house. Sparacino enjoys playing his bass as a retired engineer.
“We all studied and were interested in popular and jazz from the time we started playing,” said Effman.
One member of the audience is used to listening to live jazz music in her own home. Glen Cove resident, Hildreth Golub, has a son who plays the tenor sax. Her son would play jazz music throughout her house for many years.
Although Golub is not a fan of improvisational jazz, she enjoyed the live jazz music performance by Paul Effman Trio. She said that the music reminded her of New York when she was younger.
She is a fan of classical music, as well as rock and roll and modern music. “I like cheerful, happy music,” said Golub.
Golub travels to libraries throughout Nassau County to watch performances that interest her. As someone who goes to performances all the time, she thought the Paul Effman Trio was excellent.
Paul Effman Trio tries to tailor their performances to the type of audience they get. They change the songs they play to accommodate what they think the audience would like to hear. On Sunday, the trio came to the Hicksville Public Library with the intention of playing a lot of Billy Joel music, but changed the songs when they saw a mainly older audience. “Today looked like they probably wanted to hear more oldies,” said Beckner.
The trio stays they are all constantly thinking of new ideas and new songs to play to keep their performances exciting.
Thursday, 02 October 2014 00:00
Bullying is a serious problem in today’s society and the controversial topic was the focus at last Saturday’s 'Bully-Proof Your Child Seminar’ at East Coast MMA & Fitness Center in Hicksville. State Senator Jack Martins and Legislator Rose Marie Walker attended the program which ran in the newly renovated center on Woodbury Road.
“Bullying is a real issue in our communities and I want to thank East Coast Mixed Martial Arts & Fitness for agreeing to host this forum,” said Martins. “Teaching our kids self defense to protect themselves or to protect those around them is a great thing. We need to take every opportunity to teach our kids important life lessons.”
Saturday, 27 September 2014 00:00
Old classmates reignited friendships and shared memories of their teenage years as the Hicksville High School Class of 1964 came together recently to celebrate their 50th reunion at the Holiday Inn in Plainview.
Among the attendees was Bob Cheeseman who met his wife, Lorraine (Kirwan) in middle school. They were serious throughout high school and married soon after. Bob said, “I enlisted in high school and went into the Air Force. I did 30 years active Air Force and another 15 after that. I retired in 2010 as a Brigadier General. After I retired, my wife received a certificate from the Governor of Texas and was designated a Yellow Rose of Texas.”
Thursday, 02 October 2014 00:00
The Hicksville boys volleyball team improved to 3-3 on the season by topping Sewanhaka in three sets by the scores of 25-14, 25-20 and 25-13.
“We lost the first few matches this year but bounced back to win the last three,” said Hicksville’s second year Head Coach Kevin Bunting. “We have a young team — we lost three starters last year. We have no seniors on this team, but we have three juniors,” he added. Bunting noted that it will bode well for next year’s team when they have even more experience to build on.
Thursday, 25 September 2014 08:51
It seemed to happen in an instant.
Hicksville forward Michael Osmundsen was touching the ball past Kellenburg goalkeeper Jack Abuin to slot the ball into an empty net to score the lone goal in the non-league 1-0 victory over the Firebirds.
It’s nothing short of what Comets boys soccer head coach Scott Starkey would expect. He described his forward as “very explosive, fast and he’s not just fast — he’s tenacious.”