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Letter: Plume Polution Proves Problematic

A recent bill (A9492, S7832) seeks to alleviate the threat of the Grumman and Navy toxic waste plume originating in Bethpage and prevent it from spreading to south eastern Nassau County. It is now moving toward the Massapequa Water District water supply wells, as well as numerous preserves and parks, endangering these lands.

The bill was passed by the state assembly and state senate and now sits on Governor Andrew Cuomo’s desk. State Assemblyman Joseph Saladino, state Sen. Kemp Hannon and many other public and private individuals have asked for “everyone” to contact the governor and ask him to sign the bill, to promote the hydraulic removal, purification and re-injection of purified water into the acquifier as is being done by Nassau County at Mitchel Field and the fireman’s training center in Old Bethpage. This would give a permanent solution to the problem and save the Massapequa Preserve, Tackapausha Preserve, Wantagh, Mill Pond, Cedar Creek Park, John Burns Park, Marjorie Post Park, Seaman’s Neck and other town parks from contamination and prevent endangering the wetlands and bays associated with Jones Beach.

Get further information from Saladino at 516-541-4598 and Hannon at 516-739-1700. Let’s stop the degradation of the waters and acquifiers of southeastern Nassau County and endangerment of its more than 300,000 residents. Contact the governor by mail at NYS State Capital Building, Albany, NY, 12224. Call the governor’s office at 518-474-8390.

John Joseph Budnick

News

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.

On Nov. 10, a dedication ceremony was held to celebrate the completion of a beautiful new two-story house in Hicksville. However, while new dwellings are an ordinary occurrence on Long Island, this one was unique and special in a way that very few are.

The house at 77 Thorman Ave. was built in memory of Navy Lieutenant and posthumous Congressional Medal of Honor recipient Michael P. Murphy, a Long Island native who tragically died in combat while serving in Afghanistan in 2005. However, this house represents more than just the dedicated service of a man to his country; it represents the beginning of a new life full of hope for a brother-in-arms and his family as well.


Sports

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.

The Long Island Fight for Charity will be hosting its 11th annual Charity Boxing Event on Nov. 24 at the Hilton in Melville. Among the 20 volunteers putting up their fists for funds will be Hicksville business owner Mell Goldman, who will be fighting under the nickname “The Kid.”  

Goldman is the President of All Boro Cleaning Services. He stated that he was enticed at the opportunity and wanted to contribute to charity.


Calendar

Fall Drama Production

November 20-22

Blood Drive

November 24

Christmas Holiday Fair

November 24



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