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.
Saturday, 18 October 2014 00:00
A group of like-minded local residents banded together and saved more than 200 area trees from the chopping block — for now.
A state judge ordered Nassau County and the Department of Public Works to stop cutting down trees along South Oyster Bay Road, granting a temporary restraining order to a group of residents spearheading an effort to save the trees.
State Supreme Court Judge Antonio Brandveen scheduled a hearing on Thursday, Oct. 16 for the county to address complaints from residents, in particular a group called Operation STOMP (Save Trees Over More Pavement) founded by Hicksville native Tanya Lukasik.The Public Works department had planned to removed more than 200 30-foot trees in communities ranging from Plainview, Bethpage, Hicksville and Syosset.
Friday, 17 October 2014 00:00
For the past 16 years, Lucia Simon has walked from her home in Hicksville to her job at the Hicksville Public Library. She enjoys her job as a librarian and says that the staff has become like family to her. But for the past three years, Simon and 56 fellow co-workers have been frustrated at what she says is the library’s board refusal to negotiate a fair contract.
“We have had no contract in three years. They refuse to bargain with us. Every time they come back to us it’s not fair,” says Simon.
However, the board of trustees disagree, saying that it has made a “fair offer.”
Thursday, 16 October 2014 08:31
The Girls Varsity soccer team, in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, wore pink uniforms and pink socks in their game on Oct. 8 against MacArthur whom they defeated 1-0. The girls and boys soccer programs at Hicksville High School are selling pink ribbon car magnets with a soccer ball and HHS on it with the words “Kick Cancer” on the ribbon. All the money raised will go to the Sarah Grace Foundation, which is a local foundation trying to beat pediatric cancer. The players plan to raise $1,000 for this organization
— From Hicksville High School
Thursday, 09 October 2014 08:47
The Mets minor league system is enjoying a rare period of prosperity. For years, it was barren due to trading off high-ceiling players for major leaguers, or neglecting the draft in favor of the free agent market. Since General Manager Sandy Alderson took over, the organization has reversed course and put a much greater emphasis on player development. During his second-to-last season, however, former GM Omar Minaya took a chance and drafted a local catcher, Cam Maron, out of Hicksville High School in the 34th round.