It’s not uncommon for adults to develop a yearning to relive the simple pleasures and pastimes of their youth. While some take up spending a few bucks here and there to recapture some base nostalgia in the form of a shirt or action figure, there’s a group of gentlemen in Hicksville who take it to a whole different level.
Since 1947, the West Island Model Railroad Club has given train enthusiasts a place to congregate and indulge their hobby on a grand scale. Hicksville resident and club president, Vic Grappone, says he’s personally been interested in model trains since...well, forever.
Chris Scully often goes to John J. Walker Memorial Park in Hicksville to play lacrosse, and one day he noticed that something was missing.
“I noticed that there was no place for families to sit to spend time together or eat dinner at football and lacrosse games,” he says.
With dropping temperatures come the regular coughing, sniffling and sneezing. For many people in the community, getting treated for the flu or a sickness means a simple trip to the doctor. But for others, having no insurance means having to risk a simple cold turning into something much more serious.
And that’s where the Bishop McHugh Health Center comes in.
The popular phrase “man’s best friend” is taking on new meaning for many dog owners, who believe the bonds formed between them and their dogs go far beyond friendship. Their four legged companions are often considered more like members of the family.
It is with this philosophy in mind that Carlos Garcia says his business was born. The Pampered Pooch, a family-run business based in Hicksville, specializes in daycare and grooming for dogs. “I have always had a passion for working with dogs,” explains Garcia. That passion led Garcia to transform his first job in high school into a lifelong career.
Veterans Day took on a special meaning for Hicksville High School freshman, Nolan Mingst this year, as he took time to commemorate Medal of Honor recipients from over 100 years ago by placing citations and plaques on their graves at Cyprus Hill National and Private cemeteries.
One of the requirements of achieving the rank of Eagle Scout is completing a community service project. Mingst, who is part of Troop 930, has several family members who are veterans, and thought documenting citations and plaques for Medal of Honor recipients would be a good learning experience and good way to give back to the community.
A returning veteran will be able to have access to an affordable home of his own, thanks to a partnership between Nassau County and local not-for-profit, Homes For Homecoming Heroes.
Local officials, community members, and veterans all gathered to break ground on a plot of land in Hicksville last week, where a new home will be built for a veteran returning home from serving in Iraq and Afghanistan.
During a lively forum on Nov. 13, parents, teachers, taxpayers and students from Hicksville and other local towns took State Education Commissioner John King and Board of Regents Chancellor Merryl Tisch to task over the “common core” standards, venting their concerns and outrage about testing, evaluations and student privacy.
“If the point of elementary education is to teach children how to think creatively, problem-solve and learn from their mistakes,” asked East Williston parent Christine Cozzolino, “how can we expect our children to be innovators when they are subject to scripted lessons and the rigorous testing of the common core?”
America is known as the land of plenty, but for many Americans, not having enough food is a daily battle. According to recent statistics, one in every six households nationwide is food insecure and almost four percent of Hicksville’s population lives below the poverty line. Hicksville United Methodist Church (HUMC) is seeking to help the needy population of Hicksville and beyond with their food pantry, which has put food on the tables of many local community members.
“What I tell people that attracts them initially is that when they leave this earth, nothing will be more precious than their memories, because everyone will want to know what it was like when they were growing up, what it was like going to high school in the 1940s, or how they met their husbands,” said Chernow.
Hicksville residents Deborah Rupy and Chris Black will be lighting up the stage next weekend, as the two star in East Line Production’s version of Six Characters In Search Of An Author.
Rupy has performed twice with the Wantagh based theater group, as well as with other Long Island companies such as Levittown’s Ivy Lane Players and Bare Bones Theater in Northport. She’s been involved with theater since junior high, when she made her debut as Peter Pan. Since then, she’s done a wide range of genres — musicals, dramas, and more recently, comedies and says she loves the challenge and freedom of the theater world.
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