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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

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.

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.”


Sports

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

Hicksville native progressing through Mets system

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.


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