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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

Hicksville’s interim School Superintendent Dr. Carl Bonuso gave a review of the district’s recently completed capital projects and facilities updates at Nov. 19’s board of education meeting. Most of the projects were completed over the summer in each of the district’s schools.

“Thanks to Director of Facilities and Operations, Dave Bell and his staff, we are structurally sound,” said Bonuso. “So much of what we do is in-house which saves the district money and our staff makes the facilities as special as the students they serve.”

The community is rallying together to raise funds for a Hicksville native who has been battling to get a service dog.

Nancy Burpee is a 49-year-old competitive swimmer and single mother with a rare genetic terminal illness called Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (EDS), which causes the deterioration of the connective tissues, tendons, ligaments and vital organs.


Sports

For the past 11 months, Hicksville’s Marlo Signoracci has been training for IRONMAN, one of the most physically challenging athletic events out there. The triathlon includes a swim, bike and run portion. Signoracci recently traveled down to Florida to compete in IRONMAN Florida. Here’s a look at her experience.

Nov. 1, 2014 will be a day in my life I will never forget and will carry with me forever. It truly was the celebration of the last 11 months of training.

The fall athletic season seemed to move quickly, but all teams had outstanding seasons with all teams reaching the playoffs except for two who had their best season in many years.

In addition to athletic acheivements, all of the varsity programs at Hicksville High School also participated in raising more than $4,000 for several charities this past fall: pediatric cancer, breast cancer awareness and cystic fibrosis.


Calendar

Model Railroad Open House

November 28-30

Popcorn Balls

November 30

Craft Fair

November 30



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