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Honoring A Young Victim

I love being a legislator for so many, many reasons; being able to secure the health, safety and welfare of my constituents to the best of my ability, being able to draft laws which have benefits for the people I represent and meeting the most wonderful, giving people and having the opportunity to work with them to make miracles happen. About two weeks ago just such an incident happened and I would like to share this with you.

I was contacted by a former Woodbury resident, whose family still lives in the area. He inquired about possible donations to help make a dream become a reality. The family suffered an overwhelming loss during the Sandy Hook school incident in Newtown, Conn. Their beautiful family member Madeleine was one of those who was taken by the gunman.

The family’s local church pastor, Rev. A Erik Rasmussen and the church committee is dedicating their current playground at the United Methodist Church in Woodbury in the child’s memory, named “Maddie’s Playground” (the playground dedication will follow the UMC Church service is scheduled for Sunday, July 6 at 10:30 a.m.). This project is for the Newtown Family and their relatives that have lived in Woodbury for many years. Whenever the Connecticut family visited their Great Grand Aunt, Mrs. Dorothy McGough, who is a church member, Madeleine would play at the church and she was always happy and had a beautiful smile.

The gentleman contacted me because the Church is very close to where I live and the Connecticut family is originally from Long Island. Some financial assistance for this project has been provided by the Sandy Hook Promise Foundation Community Fund with additional funding received towards the playground from the Sandy Hook Special Revenue Fund. He wanted to know if I would be willing to assist in efforts to secure additional purple flowers and daisies, which this child adored, and anything else I could think of to help this dream bloom with life.

The story touched my heart and soul and of course I responded that I would do whatever I possibly could. I thought of writing to various landscaping firms in our area and farms; contacting the Scouts, both girls and boys, to help when the actual playground is being reworked or if they wanted to create a Boy Scouts project to make some needed wood benches, and if the Girl Scouts would like to create decorative outdoor flower garden sticks and ornaments; and felt that I would reach out to our wonderful community to ask for donations for this loving effort.

Please realize that out of respect for the family and what they have already endured, I am not mentioning all names but I have verified the fact that the story is real. The family would prefer to receive items such as new playground safe flooring, perennial flowers, weed tarp, garden mulch, etc., they mentioned a living Christmas tree to plant to have a holiday tree all year round, because the incident occurred before the Christmas holiday on Dec. 14, 2012. The family feels that many of the needed additional items mentioned might be unattainable and asked for help because of the cost associated. The family is planning this project to honor Madeleine’s beautiful spirit and, in accordance with the Sandy Hook Promise Foundation’s beliefs, promises to honor victims and turn tragedy into a moment of transformation and to bring happiness to others and community.

For information about the Sandy Hook Promise’s mission go to: www.sandyhookpromise.org/mission.

If people prefer to give a check to support the ongoing maintenance of the playground, the family would graciously accept any donation amount and would be made payable to the “Woodbury UMC” and earmarked for the Church’s Children’s Playground. Every dollar donated would help purchase flowers, landscaping supplies, or for the perpetual care of the play area and garden. The Woodbury UMC does not accept donations online; their mailing address is: 577 Woodbury Rd., Woodbury, NY 11797.  

I can be reached at my Legislative office at 516-571-6216 and would appreciate hearing from you. You could also email me at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

News

 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.

Looking for a place to work on your bedside manner and start a promising new career in the process? Look no farther than your hometown.

The Vocational Education and Extension Board (VEEB), a division of the county that oversees educational facilities such as the Fire Service Academy and EMS Academy, recently transplanted one of its facilities — The School of Practical Nursing — into a new location right in the heart of Hicksville, where they recently held an open house to celebrate their new home.


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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