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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

A group of like-minded local residents banded together and saved more than 200 area trees from the chopping block — for now.

A state judge ordered Nassau County and the Department of Public Works to stop cutting down trees along South Oyster Bay Road, granting a temporary restraining order to a group of residents spearheading an effort to save the trees.

State Supreme Court Judge Antonio Brandveen scheduled a hearing on Thursday, Oct. 16 for the county to address complaints from residents, in particular a group called Operation STOMP (Save Trees Over More Pavement) founded by Hicksville native Tanya Lukasik.The Public Works department had planned to removed more than 200 30-foot trees in communities ranging from Plainview, Bethpage, Hicksville and Syosset.

For the past 16 years, Lucia Simon has walked from her home in Hicksville to her job at the Hicksville Public Library. She enjoys her job as a librarian and says that the staff has become like family to her. But for the past three years, Simon and 56 fellow co-workers have been frustrated at what she says is the library’s board refusal to negotiate a fair contract.  

“We have had no contract in three years. They refuse to bargain with us. Every time they come back to us it’s not fair,” says Simon.

However, the board of trustees disagree, saying that it has made a “fair offer.”


Sports

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

Hicksville native progressing through Mets system

The Mets minor league system is enjoying a rare period of prosperity. For years, it was barren due to trading off high-ceiling players for major leaguers, or neglecting the draft in favor of the free agent market. Since General Manager Sandy Alderson took over, the organization has reversed course and put a much greater emphasis on player development. During his second-to-last season, however, former GM Omar Minaya took a chance and drafted a local catcher, Cam Maron, out of Hicksville High School in the 34th round.


Calendar

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October 17

Fall Festival

October 18

Veterans Casework Seminar

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