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Hicksville’s Caitlin Dwyer Earns First In AquaRun

On Sept. 16, several hundred swimmers and runners gathered at TOBAY Beach for an 800-meter swim in South Oyster Bay followed by a three-mile run to and through the TOBAY Beach Bird and Game Preserve.

Caitlin Dwyer, of Hicksville, turned in an outstanding performance, finishing in 42 minutes and 20 seconds to take first place honors in the highly competitive women’s 20-24 Age Group.

UJA-Federation of New York got together with the Greater Long Island Running Club and the Runner’s Edge running and multisport specialty store to stage the AquaRun. Race administration was handled by the club, with Steve and Holly Jonas serving as the co-race directors and Club Vice President Mindy Davidson serving as the event coordinator.

Key financial support was provided by the Mandelbaum Property Tax Reduction Group and the related law firm of Maidenbaum & Sternberg LLP.  As always, Glen Wolther of All Round Foods donated an appetizing array of post race baked goods.

The entire net proceeds of the AquaRun go to benefit UJA-Federation of New York, together with its 60,000 contributors and 100 agencies, and its efforts to transform the lives of 4.5 million people in New York, in Israel, and around the world.  The world’s largest community-based philanthropy,  UJA-Federation raises funds that sustain the activities of health, human service, educational and community-building agencies, enabling it to help the sick and the hungry, connect children to their Jewish roots, and offer humanitarian relief to communities devastated by a crisis.

TOBAY Beach is one of the premier recreational venues on Long Island, and we are pleased that the Town of Oyster Bay allowed  us to utilize TOBAY for what was an outstanding morning of family fun and competition.  With the inclusion of a two-person team relay category, even those who were uncomfortable with a swimming competition were able to be part of the event.

News

Looking for a place to work on your bedside manner and start a promising new career in the process? Look no farther than your hometown.

The Vocational Education and Extension Board (VEEB), a division of the county that oversees educational facilities such as the Fire Service Academy and EMS Academy, recently transplanted one of its facilities — The School of Practical Nursing — into a new location right in the heart of Hicksville, where they recently held an open house to celebrate their new home.

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.


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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