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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

Levittown Hall in Hicksville comes alive every Thursday night with music, dance, fun and laughter as students are swept away into the world of Latin dance.

Under the instruction of professional teacher Mark James, dance hopefuls learn a trio of Latin dance, including salsa, meringue and what James describes as the biggest craze in Latin dancing today, bachata.

 book shops in Hicksville and around the country will hand out free comics on Oct. 25, to celebrate the second biggest free comic book event of the year—Halloween ComicFest. On Saturday, anyone who goes into a participating comic shop can choose from 19 free comics and participate in fun activities comic shops host for their customers to enjoy, while discovering new types of comics and the treasures found in store.

In Hicksville, both Game Master Games (954 S. Broadway) and Amok Time (108C New South Road) will be taking part in the Halloween ComicFest festivities. Game Master Games just recently started carrying comic books and this will be the store’s first comic book-related event. Coincidently, the event runs in the middle of an in-store gaming convention, and store owner Dave VanderWerf is looking forward to the increased exposure for the store.


Sports

The Hicksville girls volleyball team improved to 7-1 by knocking off Oceanside in three consecutive sets by scores of 25-13, 25-19 and 25-14.

Emily Markakis played terrificly, using a powerful serve to record three aces, seven kills and added nine digs. Nikki Chase added six kills and eight digs. Additionally, Raeann Dong was versatile—recording three aces, seven kills and nine digs.

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


Calendar

Board of Education Meeting

October 22

Oktoberfest

October 25-26

Pancake Breakfast

October 26



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