Hicksville School District Superintendent Maureen Bright gave an overall picture of the district profile at the school board meeting last Wednesday night. The meeting was the final one before the upcoming budget vote, which will take place on Tuesday, May 21 at Hicksville High School from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.
The total number for the 2013-14 proposed budget is $124,595,008. This is a 3.29 percent increase or $3,963,375 from the 2012-13 school year. In 2012-13 the total budget was $120,631,633.
On Saturday, May 11 the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) of Nassau County held their Annual POW/MIA Remembrance Ceremony at St. Frances de Chantal Parish in Wantagh. This is the 15th year for the ceremony, originally started by the late Tom Benet and the late Vincent Esposito as a way to honor those military brethren who are still listed as prisoners of war (POW), or missing in action (MIA).
Rick Gales, Town of Hempstead Veteran Affairs liaison, quartermaster of the Elmont VFW, and Nassau County Chairman of the POW/MIA Committee continues the tradition and told Anton Newspapers that the POW/MIA ceremonies are usually held in April or May, coinciding with the fall of Vietnam and the end of a war era.
In 2010, the Department of Defense reported more than 1,700 Vietnam era soldiers as POW/MIA status.
Hicksville Water District Superintendent Anthony Iannone recently had a visit from a local Girl Scout Brownie Troop. The girls were eager to learn where water originally comes from and the process it undergoes until it finally reaches their homes.
Iannone walked the Girl Scouts through Hicksville Water District’s Plant 8 where they saw how the water is literally extracted from the ground, the different pipes it travels through as it is being cleaned, treated and ultimately stored in a tank to be disseminated to the homes.
The tour culminated with the Girl Scouts receiving reusable water bottles from the district and having a question and answer session. The Girl Scouts said the most surprising fact for them was that Long Island’s drinking water source comes from the ground and not from the ocean.
While most hobbyists collect baseball cards or airport travel trinkets, one group on Long Island collects vintage armored war tanks, authentic canteens, pup tents, grenade launchers, and such from the World War II era. Members of the Long Island Living History Association share a similar interest in keeping WWII history alive, as historical reenactors, a tribute to veterans.
Next weekend, the Long Island Living History Association will recreate WWII at Old Bethpage Village Restoration (OBVR) in Old Bethpage beginning on May 18. Members, including Levittown’s Mike Keane, will arrive at the Long Island village and leave modern technology and convenience behind as they switch into authentic character and 1940s ways of living.
The Gregory Museum, was once called the Heitz Place Courthouse, and is possibly the last remaining judicial building in Nassau County dating from the days when Nassau was actually Queens County. On Aug. 19, 1893, Arnold Heitz donated the present Heitz Place site to be used as a village hall. The main building was completed in 1895.
The Bowling Green K-Kids were recently awarded $10,000 in IKEA products, services and donations from IKEA Long Island in Hicksville, to use toward community projects including updating the art center and library at Kamp Kiwanis. The Kiwanis camp services underprivileged children and helps community members. The award was part of a national corporate project, the IKEA Life Improvement Co-worker Challenge.
The challenge is part of the third year of IKEA’s Life Improvement Project, which offers consumers inspiration, and suggestions to help make a positive impact on their homes and lives. Through this year-long initiative, IKEA is encouraging people to share projects of what they do to improve their lives at home, and to learn from the life improvement tips of others, from saving time through better organization, to reducing bills by changing to energy-efficient light bulbs.
On Friday, April 26, Girl Scout Brownie Troop #3362 hosted the 2nd annual Hicksville Association of Girl Scouts Powder Puff Derby at Woodland School. Over 40 Girl Scouts from Hicksville troops in grades 1-5 participated.
The Powder Puff Derby is modeled after Boy Scouts’ Pinewood Derby. Each girl designed, built, and decorated their own racecars from kits, which consisted of a block of wood and four wheels.
Sixty bicycles are on their way to Ghana to help people get to school and work thanks to the support of Long Islanders. Returned Peace Corps Volunteers of Long Island joined forces with the children and teen programs of the Ethical Humanist Society of Long Island for their 9th annual collection of donations of used bikes for Pedals for Progress, a program that rescues unwanted American bicycles and sends them to communities overseas.
Two local students, Gabrielle Stanley, 14, a ninth grader at Clarke High School in Westbury, and Jordan Schroeder, 11, who attends Hicksville Middle School, were on hand to prepare the bikes for shipment. Both are members of the Ethical Society.
Hicksville locals Cal Kehoe, Brian D’Addario, Thomas Murphy, Michael D’Addario, and Danny Ayala of the band, MOTP will play in an American Idol-style competition where the best middle and high school bands battle it out will take place at The Ridgefield Playhouse in Ridgefield, CT, in the 4th annual Ridgefield BandJam 2013 on Sunday, April 28, at 4 p.m. This charity event created by kids to benefit the non-profit Playhouse has become a much-anticipated competition where students perform before a panel of industry professionals.
Local author, Carole Roman has done it again, released another “Captain No Beard” pirate tale, that is. Her newest children’s book, Stuck in the Doldrums: A Lesson in Sharing, follows behind her first pirate adventure, Captain No Beard—An Imaginary Tale ofv a Pirate’s Life, that was released last year as a nod to her grandson, Alexander, and the pirate games they play together.
Doldrums teaches the importance of sharing. Roman explains that in the story, the captain and his crew are stuck on a deserted island. Through their play and adventure, they find themselves under attack by a giant squid and realize the importance of sharing in order to overcome their plight.
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