Written by Betsy Abraham, firstname.lastname@example.org Wednesday, 04 June 2014 00:00
The Board of Education has begun searching for a new Superintendent of Schools following Maureen Bright’s decision that she will be retiring from the position when her contract expires June 30, 2015.
At a recent meeting, trustees voted to employ a local firm to find a replacement superintendent. The board is currently sending out a Request for Proposal.
Board president Phil Heckler says that the board is hoping to get into the recruitment process in earnest over the summer, to find a “progressive person who can help implement Common Core and budget challenges.” Heckler noted that the board would ideally like a decent overlap period so that the new candidate would be able to learn from Bright before she leaves when her contract expires next June.
Bright has been at the Hicksville School District for 22 years; 12 of them as superintendent. She says retiring is "bittersweet."
“I have deeply appreciated this opportunity to serve this wonderful community," Bright said. “I felt however, at this time in my life it is important to make my family my greatest priority."
She says her superintendent career has been “most fulfilling."
“The countless rewarding experiences, the opportunity to work with outstanding professionals, the incredibly supportive parents and community residents and the thousands of curious and amazing students I have met have enriched my life immeasurably. I will miss them all,” she said.
During her final year as superintendent, she says she is looking forward to implementing the many initiatives planned for the '14-'15 school year.
Saturday, 30 August 2014 00:00
Who says a bride has to wear white on her wedding day? For South Asian brides, no color is off limits including brilliant reds, blues and golds. For the past 17 years, Vastra in Hicksville has been helping brides from New York and across the country find the perfect dress for their special day.
There’s no lack of Indian sari boutiques in Hicksville but according to Marketing Director Prachi Jain, what sets Vastra apart from the others is its emphasis on one of a kind, hand-embroidered Indian dresses.
Friday, 29 August 2014 00:00
Many would consider it rude to play with your food. That is unless, you’re participating in the Long Island Potato Festival. The event, which was held in Cutchogue, NY, included a mashed potato sculpting contest which was dominated by Hicksville’s Sarah Tsang, who won first place in the youth division.
Contestants were allowed to use any tools and materials to help bring their creation to life. Sculptures were left on display throughout the day and voted on by festival goers.
Friday, 29 August 2014 00:00
Somehow LSA, the Levittown Swimming Association, has always been a part of our Hicksville summers. My family’s introduction to the organization in 1975 began when our two older daughters tried out for the Parkway Swim Team, one of the nine teams that competed through July and most of August.
It was no small task for the younger girl, swimming her first full lap in the deep end of the pool to qualify at age six, but both girls made the team and donned the coveted gray tee shirts as the trees cast their shadows over the pool water at the end of practice.
Thursday, 28 August 2014 00:00
I’m convinced that the soul and the center of Hicksville is Cantiague Park. And why not? Every weekend it’s a beehive of activity ranging from tennis matches, hand ball games, basketball and baseball games, swimming, hockey and of course ‘the beautiful game’ called soccer. Cantiague has two professional soccer fields that are perfectly manicured and begging to be played on. And they were. This weekend was the finals of the East Meadow Soccer Tournament which is one of the largest youth soccer tournaments in the nation, sponsored by the US Soccer Federation. There were 18 boys and girls teams in the finals and a large staff of referees.
Two of the refs were Steven Orozco and Randy Vogt who told me how soccer had been growing and has now become the second most popular participation sport in America with 25 million of us watching this year’s World Cup. I also met and interviewed Joe Codispoti who along with Tim Bradbury is the head coach of Rockville Centre United, a U16 boys club. This U16 team has a group of standout players led by Jack Graziano, AJ Codispoti and Pat Basile who have been playing together for six years.