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Hicksville Voices

The Sound Of Back To School Blues

Since the beginning of June, I’ve noticed Target clearing out a small section in the back of their store, which would eventually make way for their “Back to School” section. The area opened officially in July, much to the dismay of school age children and parents alike.

Please do not get me wrong — there is clearly nothing in the world like the feel of new crayons in one’s hand or the smell of fresh notebooks. I always loved back to school time when I was a child, but the feeling didn’t last into my adult years. Once I had a child of my own the end of summer always held a certain amount of sadness. The free feeling of waking up late, going to the beach, the aroma of Coppertone in the air, clearing out sand from the carpets, bees humming gently on a summertime breeze, wonderful family time — these would be things that I would clearly miss once she returned to school in the fall. Although I loved the regimented order of things once she returned, and the routine that we kept, I secretly missed the lovely freedom of summer.

So when the notebooks began to arrive in the stores, I began to wonder why major retailers felt the need to rush the season. While I understand that there are some shoppers who enjoy getting a jump on things in order to avoid the lengthy lines, I feel like we’re almost being forced to live in the future, rather than just being free to enjoy the moment.

Last month I overheard a young child in one of the aisles of Target, who began to whine to her mother, “Oh, no! The notebooks are out already!” Mom deftly avoided the area and offered a consoling response to her daughter, “Don’t worry, honey, there’s still a lot of summer left to enjoy.” Wise mama — although, deep down, my emotions echoed that of her child.

In summer, we kick back our shoes, we live in the moment. The fragrant aromas of rose and peony fill the air, we tend to our gardens fervently, or venture out to enjoy the harvest of a local farm stand or farmer’s market. This summer season has bestowed upon us some gloriously lovely weather, without too much oppressive heat and humidity. We’ve shared our yards with friends, enjoyed fireworks from our driveways, hosted parties, traveled locally — and it’s all been so glorious, that nobody ever wants the season to end. The warm temperatures are reminiscent of an easier, more laid back time, and we are resistant to the upcoming frigid temperatures of the oncoming winter. Summer is joyful, and there is much bliss that can be found sitting on one’s front stoop on a warm evening, iced coffee in hand, listening to the sounds of the crickets and children playing in the neighborhood.

News

Rhea Manjrekar traded in her running shoes and track shorts for high heels and an evening gown recently, as she participated in the Miss Teen India New York pageant. The 15-year-old from Hicksville snagged the title of first-runner up, and will be competing for the national title in December. 

 

This was Manjrekar’s first time competing in a pageant. But she started out with major doubts about even participating. 

 

 “At first, I didn’t want to do it. I have extreme stage fright. My mom told me to try it out because she thought it would boost my confidence and look good on my college applications, so I went for the practice,” Manjrekar said. “The girls were so nice. I thought I wouldn’t fit in but I made friends immediately so I decided to do it.” 

The parking lot of Sears in Hicksville transformed into a sea of cars this past Saturday as part of the ninth annual Long Island Cruizin’ For A Cure Car Show. 

 

The show, which was founded by Jericho prostate cancer survivor Sandy Kane, is the only car show on Long Island dedicated to raising funds for research, testing and also education for early detection of prostate cancer. The all-volunteer car show usually draws around 4,000 attendees. It features 600 cars, trucks, motorcycles and more; a perfect day for car enthusiasts and the like.


Sports

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.

 

If it doesn’t challenge you, it doesn’t change you! 

At 6 a.m. on a blustery Saturday morning 1,600 people arrived at Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Park to participate in the 27th annual Runner’s Edge Tobay triathlon and tri- relay race. The participants were from all over Long Island, some from upstate NY, a few from out of state and were all ages and some even with disabilities but all came with one goal in mind, to finish.

The course starts out as a half mile swim in Oyster Bay Harbor, then a 9.3 mile bike ride through Oyster Bay, Laurel Hollow, and Cove neck which is very hilly but finishes with a 2.9 mile downhill to the finish. Then the riders have one more leg of the race which is 3.2 mile run through Mill Neck and Brookville, up to Planting Fields Arboretum and back down to Roosevelt Park to the finish line.


Calendar

Board of Ed Meeting - September 17

Back To School Night - September 18

Pasta Dinner Fundraiser - September 20


Columns

1959: The Year The Music Stopped Playing
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com

The Eccentric Heiress Of ‘Empty Mansions’
Written by Mike Barry, MFBarry@optonline.net

Yellow Margarine And A Pitch For The Ages
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com