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Working All The Anglers

As a legal matter, Long Islanders can enjoy trout fishing year-round, but the harsh conditions of the past few months have not been friendly to recreational fishing, so there was probably some pent-up demand released on April 1, for the official state-wide opening of trout season.

According to a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service survey, in 2011, New York State was second in the nation in total spending on fishing-related items, and remains a clear leader in paid angler licenses, with nearly one million purchased.

Pat Gallagher is one in that million, a bankruptcy specialist with the Nassau County Attorney’s Office who spends weekends fishing from his kayak. He started fishing when he was 10 years old, and now regularly paddles the waters around Long Island and beyond. “I really need the balance,” he says. “I think it helps me to be more productive.” (You can follow him through the fishing season online at longislandkayakangler.blogspot.com)

Situated in the warmest corner of the state, Long Island is first in line for seasonal resupply by the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC).

“DEC is beginning its fish-stocking efforts,” said Commissioner Joe Martens. “[We] will continue these efforts throughout the spring to ensure New York’s lakes, rivers and streams provide ample opportunities for anglers to reel in a great catch.”

The new fish will join trout that wintered over from fall 2013 in waters such as Massapequa Reservoir, Upper Twin Pond, and Oyster Bay Mill Pond. These bodies tend to retain a good number of fish from year to year, increasing the likelihood of landing a well-fattened specimen.

Recent upgrades now allow sportsmen to purchase and print their licenses—for fishing, hunting or both—from home by visiting www.licensecenter.ny.gov. A yearly license costs $25, but Gov. Cuomo is pushing the newly established lifetime licenses, long-term commitments that boost short-term revenue, at $460 apiece.

For a wealth of information on fishing locations and tips for beginning anglers, visit www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/fishing.html.

News

Bullying is a serious problem in today’s society and the controversial topic was the focus at last Saturday’s  'Bully-Proof Your Child Seminar’ at East Coast MMA & Fitness Center in Hicksville. State Senator Jack Martins and Legislator Rose Marie Walker attended the program which ran in the newly renovated center on Woodbury Road.

“Bullying is a real issue in our communities and I want to thank East Coast Mixed Martial Arts & Fitness for agreeing to host this forum,” said Martins. “Teaching our kids self defense to protect themselves or to protect those around them is a great thing. We need to take every opportunity to teach our kids important life lessons.”

Old classmates reignited friendships and shared memories of their teenage years as the Hicksville High School Class of 1964 came together recently to celebrate their 50th reunion at the Holiday Inn in Plainview.

Among the attendees was Bob Cheeseman who met his wife, Lorraine (Kirwan) in middle school. They were serious throughout high school and married soon after. Bob said, “I enlisted in high school and went into the Air Force. I did 30 years active Air Force and another 15 after that. I retired in 2010 as a Brigadier General. After I retired, my wife received a certificate from the Governor of Texas and was designated a Yellow Rose of Texas.”


Sports

The Hicksville boys volleyball team improved to 3-3 on the season by topping Sewanhaka in three sets by the scores of 25-14, 25-20 and 25-13.

“We lost the first few matches this year but bounced back to win the last three,” said Hicksville’s second year Head Coach Kevin Bunting. “We have a young team — we lost three starters last year. We have no seniors on this team, but we have three juniors,” he added. Bunting noted that it will bode well for next year’s team when they have even more experience to build on.

It seemed to happen in an instant.

Hicksville forward Michael Osmundsen was touching the ball past Kellenburg goalkeeper Jack Abuin to slot the ball into an empty net to score the lone goal in the non-league 1-0 victory over the Firebirds.

It’s nothing short of what Comets boys soccer head coach Scott Starkey would expect. He described his forward as “very explosive, fast and he’s not just fast — he’s tenacious.”


Calendar

Community Council Meeting

October 2

Indoor Garage Sale

October 5

Movie: God’s Not Dead

October 5



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