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Obituary: Rev. Dr. Theodore S. Grant

Rev. Dr. Theodore S. Grant, a long time Hicksville resident and noted Long Island minister, psychotherapist, social service entrepreneur and education died of pancreatic cancer on April 16, 2014. He was 86.

Born on June 18, 1927, the eldest son of Stanley and Dorothy Grant, “Ted” was raised on a farm in East Meadow. Grant served with distinction in the U.S. Army before entering the ministry. He received his undergraduate and master's degree from Adelphi University. He earned his doctorate from San Francisco Seminary and was an adjunct professor at the Wurzweiler School of Social Work at Yeshiva University from 1979-90.

Grant’s ministry spanned over 55 years, touching numerous congregations on Long Island. He was the minister at Epiphany Lutheran Church in Laurelton, St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in Woodhaven, Redeemer Lutheran Church in Hicksville, interim minister at Parkway Community Church in HIcksville and the Community Church of East Willison, and served in a temporary capacity at many Long Island churches following his retirement.

For Grant, ministry and social work were deeply interconnected and his work extended well beyond his parishes. Under his tenure, Redeemer Lutheran Church became known as the “Church of the Open Door” because sections of the building were left open to provide a 24 hour sanctuary for the homeless. Grant also established one of the first soup kitchens for the homeless on Long Island at church in Hicksville. He served as founder of the Ecumenical Consultation Center in Hicksville, a nondenominational community mental health facility. He was a founder of Wally’s Circle that provided innovative support to Alzheimer’s patients and served on numerous county, community and professional boards over the years.

Service to the community was fundamental to Grant and no institution illustrated this better than his deep respect and engagement with the Hicksville Fire Department, where he served as chaplain for over 30 years.

Grant is survived by his wife of 62 years, Nancy Hollister Grant from Valley Stream, three children, seven grandchildren and one great granddaughter.

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.


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