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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

The community is rallying together to raise funds for a Hicksville native who has been battling to get a service dog.

Nancy Burpee is a 49-year-old competitive swimmer and single mother with a rare genetic terminal illness called Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (EDS), which causes the deterioration of the connective tissues, tendons, ligaments and vital organs.

Local veterans groups and residents gathered at Hicksville Middle School Veterans Memorial Park recently to honor brave servicemen and woman, past and present. William M. Gouse Jr. Post 3211 hosted Hicksville’s annual Veterans Day ceremony on Nov. 11.

The ceremonies began with the pledge and national anthem sung by Hicksville High School student Cassie Pursoo, accompanied by trumpeter Conner Hoelzer. Monsignor Thomas Costa from Our Lady of Church in Hicksville gave the invocation.


Sports

The fall athletic season seemed to move quickly, but all teams had outstanding seasons with all teams reaching the playoffs except for two who had their best season in many years.

In addition to athletic acheivements, all of the varsity programs at Hicksville High School also participated in raising more than $4,000 for several charities this past fall: pediatric cancer, breast cancer awareness and cystic fibrosis.

Football was Mike Torrellas’ heart and soul. He also liked a good Turkey Bowl.  

Unfortunately, the Hicksville Crusaders co-founder wasn’t able to witness the program’s inaugural event, which took place Saturday, Nov. 8.

Torrellas passed away suddenly last December due to a blood clot, but the spirit and drive of the man who wore the number 53 and tragically passed at that age still surrounds the Crusaders football program.


Calendar

Model Railroad Open House

November 28-30

Popcorn Balls

November 30

Craft Fair

November 30



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