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Letter: Concerned Commuter

While the new parking garage has certainly made it easier to park at the Hicksville LIRR train station, it has presented a potentially dangerous situation that must see resolution before unnecessary harm is done.

Adjacent to the parking garage is Duffy Avenue, a busy 30 miles per hour two-lane road that intersects with Newbridge Road. In the morning, the road backs up with cars making a left turn into the oft-congested side entrance of the garage.

Across from the garage is a passageway that leads to Hicksville Train Station platforms. While it is not the main path that leads to the Hicksville train station, it is a popular route for commuters. It should come to no surprise that many individuals who park in the garage cross the busy road to get to this passageway (next to NY Sports Club).

Why is this dangerous? There is no crosswalk. Not one. There is not even an advisory for drivers to watch for pedestrians. Cross the street if you dare!

This heightens in danger when you add in the element of rush hour traffic, when several individuals make their way across the street. The left turning lane leading into the garage becomes backed up with cars, so after crossing the first lane, commuters must squeeze their way in between rushing cars, and then blindly walk into the second lane before making it to the sidewalk. It is an early-morning game of Frogger. Just the other day, I witnessed an individual almost get stuck by a car; this close call prompted my message.

The danger is enhanced at night. In throngs, commuters make their way down the passageway and onto Duffy Avenue. It is dark, sometimes slippery, and traffic proceeds. What if a car did not see an individual crossing the street to get to the parking garage? There is neither a sign nor a crosswalk to notate that the driver should take caution.

The solution does not seem particularly difficult. Not only would a crosswalk be advisable from the passageway to the sidewalk next to the parking garage, but also there are guards stationed at the opening of the side entrance of the garage. They are positioned inside a security building. Could they not control traffic on the road during set rush hours to avoid potential tragedies?

This is a clear safety issue, and action should be taken to avoid an inevitable accident. It would be a true shame if we must wait until someone is seriously injured before something is done.

Thank you.

Matthew Coleman, Jericho Resident

 

News

You could say Darren Butler has quite the entrepreneurial disposition. The Hicksville resident not only founded a church, but invented a doorstop that does not require screwing any holes into your wall or door. The device simply clamps on to the bottom of any sized door without requiring tools.

“I never envisioned myself as being an inventor,” explained Butler. “I became one by accident and out of frustration.”

After Butler and his wife purchased their home, they wanted to decorate and maintain it.  “We have four children and at the time we wanted to minimize the damage that occurs from doors slamming into walls because as young children do; they have a tendency to aggressively open doors, and as a result the door knob created holes in our wall,” said Butler. “We purchased conventional doorstops so at the very least we could minimize that reality if not eliminate it all together.”

The Hicksville Fire Department hosted the Nassau County Parade and Drill Championships this past Saturday, an event that was entertaining for both guests and participants.

The Motorized Drill competition held in the morning had 16 participating fire departments. The drill included eight events and each racing team was judged based on how fast they completed each event. Events included the Three Man Ladder, Motor Hook and Ladder, Motor Hose, Efficiency, Motor Pump, and Buckets. The Hicksville Hicks came in fifth place and received a trophy.


Sports

Madeline Huffman, a fourth grade student at Our Lady of Mercy School in Hicksville, recently became the New York State Free Throw Champion in the Knights of Columbus Free Throw Competition, 9 Year Old Girls Division at the United States Military Academy, West Point.

Huffman’s journey to the state championship began at her home parish, Our Lady of Mercy Roman Catholic Church in January. The local qualifier was sponsored by the Knights of Columbus Joseph F. Lamb Council #5723. Boys and girls ages 9 through 14 competed, each receiving three warm up shots and 15 free throw attempts.

This November, Hicksville resident Marlo Signoracci will head to Florida for Ironman, a demanding, long-distance triathlon that includes biking, running and swimming. Here, she shares her story as she prepares for one of the most physically challenging athletic events out there.

“I meet my goals and maintain my health. I stay mindful of what is important to me and seek balance in all endeavors. With gratitude, I am fully present to this moment in time.”


Calendar

Hicksville Street Fair

July 20

Blood Drive

July 23

Our Lady Of Mercy Family Festival

July 30 - August 3



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