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Letter: Response To Overcrowded Classroom Concerns

I read your headline front page of the Hicksville Illustrated and thought I would add some other perspective. My wife and I moved to Hicksville August 1972 with two young children from Ridgewood, Queens living in a six-room flat on the third floor for $69 a month. We chose to move to Long Island because we wanted our children to have a better start than we had emigrating from Europe.

We had our youngest daughter in 1978 and all three are married with children of their own. I started to track real estate taxes since 2001 and let me tell you that my school taxes alone went up by 51 percent. We are paying these taxes not having any children in the Hicksville School District for at least 18 years. My wife and I are both on Social Security and our income is low. So for the sake of those folks (parents Chris Connors, Janet O’Connell or others) that are dismayed at the class size of first grade, let them take their kids to private school. 

Our community is populated with seniors and school-aged children are not abundant. Long Island is expensive and seniors are moving away for more reasonable living. Hopefully when this population, leaves and/or dies off, you can have your smaller class sizes but at a price.

Take a look at jobs. Take a look at home sales and prices. Take a look at foreclosures. We are not living in an entitlement environment in Hicksville. You want it, pay for it!

Peter G. Kraeker

Hicksville resident

News

When life hands you lemons, make lemonade. That’s just what a Hicksville baker is doing, except in her case it isn’t lemons, but a gluten-free diet. Her lemonade stand of choice is her brand new gluten-free eatery, “Jac’s Bakeshop and Bistro,” which held its grand opening on April 12.  

“I’m a baker who can’t even eat wheat or eggs,” said owner Jaclyn Messina, chuckling at the irony.

There’s a lot you can do in 99 minutes. You could cook dinner, play a non-stop soccer game, watch a romantic comedy or hang out with Odysseus, Achilles and Hercules. If you chose the last option, Hicksville High School’s upcoming theatre production of The Iliad, The Odyssey, and All of Greek Mythology in 99 Minutes or Less  is the place for you.

The mouthful of a title says it all. The cast will take on over 80 characters as they speed through all of Greek mythology, including popular tales such as The Iliad and The Odyssey, in a little over an hour and a half.


Sports

Vito Sciascia was recently named Hicksville Soccer Club’s Volunteer of the Year at the 2014 Long Island Junior Soccer League 2014 Kick-off Convention.

Sciascia started coaching travel soccer in 1998 for a boys team, the Flash, who later changed their names to the Muddogs. He could always be found at various sporting fields trying to recruit new soccer players. He would make each of these boys feel important and there was always room for another player. He tried to never turn a child away and when other coaches were having trouble with a boy he would take them on his team, no one was ever too much for him. Sciascia found the good in all those boys and they in return respected him. He took them to many tournaments and solicited enough sponsorship so that it was never a financial burden on their families.

Cantiague Park Senior Men’s Golf League had its first tournament on Thursday April 4. Twenty golfers came out on on a crisp but sunny morning. Charlie Hong was the only man to score under a 40, with a 38 and won for low overall score. Jim O’ Brien  scored a 41, and won low overall net in a tie-breaker with Mike Guerriero.

Competition on the nine-hole course is divided into two divisions. Flight A is for players with a handicap of 13 or lower. Flight B is for players with a handicap of 14 or more. The league is a 100 percent handicap league. Any man 55 years or older is eligible for membership. We have many openings for this year, and you can sign up anytime throughout the the season.


Calendar

American Legion Meeting

April 21

HS Theater in the Round

April 24-26

Science Fair

April 26



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