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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

Rhea Manjrekar traded in her running shoes and track shorts for high heels and an evening gown recently, as she participated in the Miss Teen India New York pageant. The 15-year-old from Hicksville snagged the title of first-runner up, and will be competing for the national title in December. 

 

This was Manjrekar’s first time competing in a pageant. But she started out with major doubts about even participating. 

 

 “At first, I didn’t want to do it. I have extreme stage fright. My mom told me to try it out because she thought it would boost my confidence and look good on my college applications, so I went for the practice,” Manjrekar said. “The girls were so nice. I thought I wouldn’t fit in but I made friends immediately so I decided to do it.” 

The parking lot of Sears in Hicksville transformed into a sea of cars this past Saturday as part of the ninth annual Long Island Cruizin’ For A Cure Car Show. 

 

The show, which was founded by Jericho prostate cancer survivor Sandy Kane, is the only car show on Long Island dedicated to raising funds for research, testing and also education for early detection of prostate cancer. The all-volunteer car show usually draws around 4,000 attendees. It features 600 cars, trucks, motorcycles and more; a perfect day for car enthusiasts and the like.


Sports

This November, Hicksville resident Marlo Signoracci will head to Florida for Ironman, a demanding, long-distance triathlon that includes biking, running and swimming. Here, she shares her story as she prepares for one of the most physically challenging athletic events out there.

 

If it doesn’t challenge you, it doesn’t change you! 

At 6 a.m. on a blustery Saturday morning 1,600 people arrived at Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Park to participate in the 27th annual Runner’s Edge Tobay triathlon and tri- relay race. The participants were from all over Long Island, some from upstate NY, a few from out of state and were all ages and some even with disabilities but all came with one goal in mind, to finish.

The course starts out as a half mile swim in Oyster Bay Harbor, then a 9.3 mile bike ride through Oyster Bay, Laurel Hollow, and Cove neck which is very hilly but finishes with a 2.9 mile downhill to the finish. Then the riders have one more leg of the race which is 3.2 mile run through Mill Neck and Brookville, up to Planting Fields Arboretum and back down to Roosevelt Park to the finish line.


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Back To School Night - September 18

Pasta Dinner Fundraiser - September 20


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