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Martial Arts America Students Host Black Belt Event

On March 18, Martial Arts America in Hicksville hosted their Annual Black Belt Extravaganza at the McGuire Theater at SUNY Old Westbury. A total of 21 black belts were honored in a Traditional Fire and Water Black Belt Ceremony. The parents and spouses of the new black belts were part of the ceremony as well.

The extravaganza was a showcase for all the black belts to demonstrate their proficiency in various aspects of their training, along with over 150 other students of the school graduating to their next belt level from ages 4 to 64. There were over 500 spectators on hand to see the event.

Special awards were given to senior instructor Michael Donohue, due to his dedication to the community, student service and outstanding leadership. He was named “Citizen of the Year 2011.”

Also on hand to present special certificates of merit to all the new black belts for their hard work and dedication to achieving their goal were longtime supporters of the school Nassau County Legislator Rose Marie Walker and Town of Oyster Bay Councilwoman Rebecca Alesia.    

Prior to the extravaganza, the candidates ranging in ages from 10 to 50-something underwent an eight-week intensive training cycle, where they were required to track and log acts of kindness, righting wrongs and mending relationships, list personal victories, empathy training and physical training (including 3,200 reps of pushups, sit-ups, jumping jacks and running, to name a few) and ending with a written exam and final test with Grandmaster Shin and the black belt review board of the United Chung Do Kwan Tae Kwon Do Association located in Floral Park.

“I’m so proud of the progress my students have made,” said Senior Instructor Michael Donohue of the Hicksville school and northeast director of Black Belt Schools International. “Regardless of what the future has in store for them, I know the martial arts have made a positive impact on their lives.”

Congrats to the following students who promoted to the different levels of Black Belt that night:

To 1st Dan Black Belt: Aidan Banahan, Charlotte Canavor, Jonathan Cheslowitz, Viren Fernandes, Mark and Matthew Franolich, Katie Hart, Patrick Harten, Amy and Matthew Kacprzycki, Peter Kwon, Donald Pesonen, Yatharth Sharma, Evan and Maria Torti, Emory Ventura and Frankie Wawrzynski;

To 2nd Dan Black Belt: Andrew Hynson, Ryan Wimbiscus and Wendy Yackavage;

To 3rd Dan Black Belt: Chris Valenza.

To find out more about upcoming summer karate and sports day camp or evening classes, call 932-5275 or visit www.maaschools.com.

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.


Calendar

Board of Education Meeting

October 22

Oktoberfest

October 25-26

Pancake Breakfast

October 26



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