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Hicksville Voices

Packus Ratus

As I begin today’s column, my daughter is in full fledged “clear-out” mode. It began last night, after she opened her “store” on Vinted.com.

For those of you who aren’t familiar with the website/application, it’s a place where you can purchase and sell gently-used items. You can open a “store” to sell those items which you no longer wish to keep, or you can purchase someone else’s previously worn merchandise. Basically, it’s an online thrift store, which my daughter regularly peruses.

Since yesterday, I began to find several of her discards on my dresser. Some of them are actually quite adorable, and I’m certain that I will wear them — as long as they fit. There’s a rather stark difference between our body shapes, so I’m hoping that they will make it past my hips. About a half hour ago, she deposited a rather large pile onto my bed, in the hopes that I might be able to use them — otherwise, they will all be brought to Savers in Hempstead. Savers donates their proceeds to Big Brothers, Big Sisters; we regularly schedule pick-up service with their charity.

Now that I have become the owner of said pile, it prompted me to do a little clearing out of my own. I haven’t done it in quite some time; several of my dresser drawers are missing handles, for I have added items from her closet over the years, without discarding anything that I haven’t worn in a while.

A recent article in AARP magazine got me thinking, after having seen the condition of my drawers. Do I really want to leave all of my accumulated “stuff” behind when I am gone, so that my daughter has to clear it out? Wouldn’t it be so much easier for me to take care of it now?

I know that this would make my husband deliriously happy. Several times this year, I’ve heard him mutter, “Packus Ratus”, whenever he gets hit on the head with something that has fallen out of the closet. It’s because things aren’t placed back properly in the closet, and not because there is an overabundance of contents within. However, it becomes the impetus to begin our own “clear out” of cabinets, closets, and anything else that might appear to be “overflowing.”

Over the years, we tend to accumulate lots of things — wedding favors, an item purchased at a beloved vacation getaway, treasured handmade gifts that a child made in class, or even clothing. The old saying, “If it hasn’t been worn in a year, get rid of it” might sound wonderful in theory, but in reality, do we ever truly carve out the time to clean out a closet, or toss away those magazines that we have yet to read?

We own a little ranch and many of you can understand how easy it is to grow out of your home rather quickly. Over the years, we’ve donated, tossed out, and held yard sales in order to keep the accumulation at bay. Somehow, it seems to keep piling up — and the spare time that we thought that we had ends up being used to tackle other projects. And suddenly, we have an overwhelmingly large task on our hands that would best be handled by a professional.

According to the magazine article, the writer suggests that one should tackle a small job first, in order to feel less overwhelmed. Once the task is completed, there is a sense of resolve, which serves as a motivation to complete the job.

I’ve just finished clearing out my dresser. I think I can handle clearing out that closet…and perhaps a cabinet or two…and perhaps, the phrase “Packus Ratus” can finally be put to rest.

News

It was quite a panel at the Hicksville Community Center Oct. 20 as State Senator Jack Martins and Senate Candidate Adam Haber discussed their qualifications and answered public questions about their upcoming election bids in the 7th Senate District. Congressman Steve Israel was on hand as well as 13 District State Assemblyman Michael Montesano and contender Lou Imbroto. The event was hosted by Northwest Civic Association President Joel Berse.

Martins, who previously served as Mayor of Mineola and was elected to Senate in 2011, said that the State of New York is in much better financial shape since he has taken office.

Alan Yu, an external auditor from the firm, Cullen & Danowski LLP gave the findings of the annual district external audit at Oct. 22’s Hicksville Board of Education meeting. Discussed at the meeting were the financial statements of the 2013-14 school year which officially ended June 30.

According to Yu, the Hicksville School district has a fund balance of $34 million. Roughly 26 to 27 percent of the general fund balance comprises the total budget.


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

Safe Trick or Treat

October 31

Election Day

November 4

Senior Luncheon

November 6



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