Wednesday, 31 July 2013 00:00
For the past 92 years, the Hicksville Water District has been providing top-quality service to residents and works hard to ensure absolute customer satisfaction. The district’s history parallels the growth and development of Long Island and the rise of public water suppliers in Nassau County. The Hicksville Water District has had a trajectory of dedicated local residents leading the organization to ensure optimized usage of Hicksville’s water resource.
“We are very proud to have our own local water source to serve our community,” said Hicksville Historical Society President Mike Christodoulou. “From an economic standpoint, having our own water, rather than importing it from upstate New York, allows us to have more control of our water quality.”
In 1902, the Town of Oyster Bay Board granted a franchise to the privately owned Nassau Water Company to establish a water works company. After almost 20 years of poor service and utility mismanagement, local residents petitioned the Town of Oyster Bay Board to form their own water district and the measure was passed on Aug. 30, 1921.
In the summer of 1923, the Karlson & Lee Company was hired to dig two 150-foot wells and build the district’s first administration building using a newly acquired five acres near the railroad tracks on Bethpage Road. The new wells began producing two million gallons of water a year, traveling through 17 miles of new pipelines. When the Pickle Works factory burned down in March of 1941 (see picture), the district’s two wells almost ran dry. Soon after, the New York State Health Department stepped in and ordered the district to make the necessary changes needed to supply water to the residents and provide adequate fire safety for the community. The district, then led by Commissioners Harry Borley, Laurence Bevan and William Rennie petitioned the residents to approve a $50,000 bond was issued on Jan. 2, 1942 to add an additional well. The third well was completed after World War II in 1947.
From its original building with two wells situated in the outskirts of the community, the Hicksville Water District has grown to nine plants and 15 wells strategically located throughout a 7.9 square mile area traveling through a network of 166 miles of underground infrastructure. Only seven superintendents, with Anthony Iannone currently serving since 2011, have led the district over the last 92 years.
Individuals who have remained committed to, and very involved in the Hicksville community lead the Hicksville Water District. The Board of Water Commissioners is committed to achieving environmental excellence while maintaining lowest rates for residents and local corporations. They place a high priority on meeting or exceeding strict federal standards concerning water quality.
“I take great pride in playing an important role in the Hicksville community,” said Board of Commissioners Chairman Nicholas Brigandi. “Hicksville is dear to my heart and our water district is such an authentic part of our community’s history.”
There have only been 20 members of the community to serve as the Board of Water Commissioners. Brigandi is a Hicksville native and resident who has been a member of the board since 1980. Treasurer Karl M. Schweitzer, a life-long and third generation resident, has been on the Board of Commissioners for 10 years and Secretary Warren Uss is life-long resident of Hicksville who has served on the board for five years.
“We are very proud of the district; they have good workers and good leadership. Brigandi is doing an excellent job as the commissioner and he is one of the best residents of Hicksville,” said Christodoulou.
The district is also working on major capital improvements in the next five years. The district is currently completing a large project on water plant number six, expanding the facility to increase water-pumping efficiency as well as improve distribution for residents. They also renovated outdated equipment including pipes and electrical controls, as well as a nitrate removal tower. The district is also in the process of replacing the water meters of all residential and commercial establishment services. These projects are only a few within the series of improvements the district will put forward in the upcoming years.
The Hicksville Water District has played an important role in the history of the community it serves and will continue to do so for years to come. For information, contact the Hicksville Water District at 516-931-0814 or visit www.hicksvillewater.org.
Wednesday, 20 August 2014 00:00
Sabina Lotlikar never imagined she’d find herself competing in a pageant. The 19-year-old from Hicksville was more used to spending her time cooking, playing video games and working out than walking in heels in front of hundreds of people. But that all changed this year when Lotlikar decided to compete in the Miss LI pageant, an experience she describes as unforgettable.
“It was so nerve-wracking because I’ve never done anything like this, but I’m so glad I went through it and was dedicated to it. It was amazing,” she says.
Sunday, 17 August 2014 00:00
When it comes to photography, it’s been a long road for Hicksville’s John Micheals. What started as a hobby in childhood, has now returned as an irreplaceable form of self expression.
“It’s a way of expressing myself. I’m very comfortable with it. It’s a way of expressing myself and being me without any qualifications,” he said.
Micheals’ journey in photography started with snapping pictures with a Kodak as a kid growing up in Queens. As an undergrad at City College of New York, he took art classes and his photography took a back seat as he became an art teacher. When he retired in 1996, he picked up the camera again, taking classes at Nassau Community College and getting his certificate in photography. He dropped photography again when family priorities arose, and got behind the lens again in 2009.
Thursday, 21 August 2014 00:00
Cantiague Park Senior Men’s Golf League had its fourth tournament on Thursday Aug. 7. We had 33 golfers and a record 8 who scored under 40. Low overall score was won by newcomer Ed Hyne with an impressive 33, his second low net in a row. Charlie Acerra scored a solid 35, and won low overall net with a 26; his best score in 4 years.
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 % 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. The league meets every Thursday at 7:30 a.m., but the formal tournament dates are only the first and third Thursday of the month through late October. We will have a final luncheon with prizes on our last meeting.
Thursday, 07 August 2014 00:00
The fields of Kevin Kolm Memorial Park were filled with nearly 200 soccer players on Saturday for the annual ‘Soccer For A Cause’ event. The event was put together by the Mastermind Unit in sponsor of the Michael Magro Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to assisting pediatric patients with cancer and their families.
“The Mastermind Unit is a non-profit organization that was founded by a group of guys who grew up playing soccer together in Hicksville,” said co-founder Bryan Alcantara. “This is our seventh annual ‘Soccer For A Cause’ event at Memorial Park.”