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Online Food Market Comes To Hicksville

Two Long Island childhood friends, Scott Reich and Michael Winik, recently left their respective careers in law and investment banking to pursue their dream of starting a business together, the online food market OurHarvest in Hicksville.

OurHarvest’s next scheduled pick-up is on Aug. 21 at Our Lady of Mercy Parish, 500 South Oyster Bay Road (last day for orders is Aug. 18). OurHarvest also has locations in New Hyde Park, Roslyn and Port Washington, with additional locations slated to open this year.

“When Mike and I decided to start a business, we knew it had to reflect our shared love of food, address the lifestyles of our fellow Long Islanders, and be socially responsible,” said Reich. “People want access to high-quality, fresh food at affordable prices, and that’s exactly what OurHarvest offers. We work with local farms and fishermen to bring the best all-natural products we can find to the market at peak freshness while working with community organizations to combat hunger at the same time.”

OurHarvest provides consumers with farm-fresh, natural foods at competitive prices while supporting Long Island food-based charities and pantries. OurHarvest customers log onto the website and choose a convenient market location and pick-up date from the dropdown menu on the homepage. There are more than 35 choices of fresh, all-natural, high-quality foods, boneless skinless chicken breasts, Scottish salmon, Long Island wild tuna, grass-fed ground beef and different cuts of steak, pasture-raised egg, among other foods. Additional items are regularly being added to their product selection.

“Our model is compelling, especially when you compare us to other food suppliers,” noted Winik. “Unlike grocery stores and specialty shops, there are no questions about artificial additives, mislabeled products, or where your food comes from. We also ensure that the farmers get their fair share, so everybody wins.”

For every order of $25 or more, OurHarvest donates a meal to a local food pantry or food bank to help combat hunger on Long Island. To date, more than 500 meals have been donated (including to Long Island Cares and Island Harvest), with more donations on the way as demand for their products continues to rise.

The two co-founders grew up in Roslyn Heights and attended the University of Pennsylvania together, where they were roommates. They regularly talked about going into business together and always wanted to start a company that has strong societal value.

For more information about OurHarvest, or to place an order, visitOurHarvest.com or follow them on Facebook at facebook.com/shopOurHarvest, on twitter at @Our_Harvest, and Instagram at @OurHarvest.  

News

It was quite a panel at the Hicksville Community Center Oct. 20 as State Senator Jack Martins and Senate Candidate Adam Haber discussed their qualifications and answered public questions about their upcoming election bids in the 7th Senate District. Congressman Steve Israel was on hand as well as 13 District State Assemblyman Michael Montesano and contender Lou Imbroto. The event was hosted by Northwest Civic Association President Joel Berse.

Martins, who previously served as Mayor of Mineola and was elected to Senate in 2011, said that the State of New York is in much better financial shape since he has taken office.

Alan Yu, an external auditor from the firm, Cullen & Danowski LLP gave the findings of the annual district external audit at Oct. 22’s Hicksville Board of Education meeting. Discussed at the meeting were the financial statements of the 2013-14 school year which officially ended June 30.

According to Yu, the Hicksville School district has a fund balance of $34 million. Roughly 26 to 27 percent of the general fund balance comprises the total budget.


Sports

The Hicksville girls volleyball team improved to 7-1 by knocking off Oceanside in three consecutive sets by scores of 25-13, 25-19 and 25-14.

Emily Markakis played terrificly, using a powerful serve to record three aces, seven kills and added nine digs. Nikki Chase added six kills and eight digs. Additionally, Raeann Dong was versatile—recording three aces, seven kills and nine digs.

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


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