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Inclusive Sports Clinic At Hofstra

Children of all abilities welcome to play

From the same organization who brought the all-inclusive playground to Eisenhower Park, Let All The Children Play (LATCP) of Jericho will host an all-inclusive sports clinic at Hofstra University on Saturday, Feb. 8. Hofstra’s student-athletes will be coaching baseball, softball, and soccer to child and young adult participants.

The event registration will begin at 3 p.m. at The Fitness Center on Hofstra’s campus, 235 Hofstra University Drive, and is free to all who wish to participate, open to all children, those with and without disabilities. Due to NCAA regulations, not all high school-aged students (grades 9-12) are eligible to participate. For information on registering for this special event, please contact Shea at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 516-597-4937 ext. 1091.

The sports clinics will run until 6 p.m., with a light dinner provided before heading over to the Hofstra Pride men’s basketball game. LATCP clinic participants and their families will receive complimentary tickets to the game, beginning at 7 p.m.

LATCP will also hold fundraising event at Governor’s Comedy Club, at 90 Division Avenue, in Levittown on Thursday, Jan. 23, a fun night filled with many laughs. Doors open at 6 p.m. Guests must arrive by 7 p.m. Audience guests must be 18 or older. Two beverage minimum required. Visit www.govs.com for information.

The LATCP playground is located near parking field 4 in Eisenhower Park. Let ALL The Children Play (LATCP) is a recognized 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization and all contributions are tax-deductible. Event sponsorships are also available. Visit www.LATCP.org for more information about the organization and its upcoming events.

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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