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Obituary: Rev. Dr. Theodore S. Grant

Rev. Dr. Theodore S. Grant, longtime Hicksville resident and 32 year member of the Hicksville Fire Department passed away on April 16, 2014.

Rev. Dr. Grant joined Heavy Rescue Company 8 and the Hicksville Fire Department as Department Chaplain in 1982. Since then he has served tirelessly in this role. From the Annual Memorial Day Service to the wakes and funerals of members and their relatives, his presence has been a staple in the Hicksville Fire Department for the past 32 years. He has also been a member of the fire police since 1993.

Rev. Dr. Grant has been a source of invaluable advice and counseling to the fire department and the community for over 55 years having served as a minister at the Redeemer Lutheran Church, the Parkway Community Church as well as many other congregations. He also served on numerous county, community and professional boards and committees over the years, and was founder and chairman of the Ecumenical Consultation Center in Hicksville and founder of Wally’s Circle providing innovative support to Alzheimer’s patients.

In addition to Nancy, his wife of over 60 years, Rev. Dr. Grant is survived by his brother, 3 children, seven grandchildren and one great grandchild. He was deeply devoted to his family and the community and will be missed by all.  

— Provided by the Hicksville Fire Department

 

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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