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Hicksville Mourns Warren Uss

The Hicksville community mourned the loss of a life-long resident and civil servant last week, as they remembered Warren Uss. Uss passed away July 15.

Karl Schweitzer, Water District treasurer, described Uss as very active in the community and “always willing to step up and do what was right for the cause.”

“He was always willing to step up and be the voice of the person who didn’t want to step up. He was the voice of not just reason, but people who didn’t want to cause waves. He always had something to say and you always knew where he stood,” says Schweitzer.

Schweitzer says Uss was also influential in keeping Hicksville’s water safe. Because of his professional background as a licensed representative on the New York Stock Exchange and as an owner of a home improvement business, he brought valuable insight to the water district.

“He was instrumental in the development of the first nitrate water treatment facility in New York,” Schweitzer said. “Because of the nature of his construction and financial background, he was able to view things in a different light and able to add to plans when they were being developed and make sure things got done.”

Uss was also an active member of the Hicksville Fire Department for over 40 years, joining when he was just 17 years old. He was Captain of Emergency Company Five and served as chairman of numerous department and company committees during his membership, as well as a trustee and president of the Hicksville Exempt Benevolent Association.

Uss is a third-generation and life-long resident of Hicksville, graduating from Hicksville High School in 1971.

“He never wanted to leave Hicksville, it was in his heart,” says his sister Maureen [Uss] Bensen. “And he loved serving the community.”

Outside of his professional responsibilities, Uss was an active community member, dedicating his time to coach in the Hicksville Little League Baseball Association and basketball for Trinity Lutheran Church. He also enjoyed golf and bowling, as well as spending time with his family. Bensen describes her brother as a dedicated family man.

“He was always there for us. He was a good father, a good husband. He loved his family with all his heart,” she said.

Uss is survived by his wife Dianne, their daughter Alexandra and his dear sister Maureen (Uss) Bensen and his brother John and his wife Maryann. He is also survived by his mother-in-law, Dolores Sartor and his sister-in-law Linda Schoepfer (Steve) and many nieces and nephews. Services were held last week.

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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