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Annual Audit Issued At Board Meeting

Written by Gary Simeone, Thursday, 30 October 2014 00:00

Alan Yu, an external auditor from the firm, Cullen & Danowski LLP gave the findings of the annual district external audit at Oct. 22’s Hicksville Board of Education meeting. Discussed at the meeting were the financial statements of the 2013-14 school year which officially ended June 30.

According to Yu, the Hicksville School district has a fund balance of $34 million. Roughly 26 to 27 percent of the general fund balance comprises the total budget.


Latin Dancing: The Original Facetime

Written by Domenica Farishian, Saturday, 25 October 2014 00:00

Levittown Hall in Hicksville comes alive every Thursday night with music, dance, fun and laughter as students are swept away into the world of Latin dance.

Under the instruction of professional teacher Mark James, dance hopefuls learn a trio of Latin dance, including salsa, meringue and what James describes as the biggest craze in Latin dancing today, bachata.


Local Stores Hand Out Free Comics

Written by Hicksville News Staff, Friday, 24 October 2014 00:00

 book shops in Hicksville and around the country will hand out free comics on Oct. 25, to celebrate the second biggest free comic book event of the year—Halloween ComicFest. On Saturday, anyone who goes into a participating comic shop can choose from 19 free comics and participate in fun activities comic shops host for their customers to enjoy, while discovering new types of comics and the treasures found in store.

In Hicksville, both Game Master Games (954 S. Broadway) and Amok Time (108C New South Road) will be taking part in the Halloween ComicFest festivities. Game Master Games just recently started carrying comic books and this will be the store’s first comic book-related event. Coincidently, the event runs in the middle of an in-store gaming convention, and store owner Dave VanderWerf is looking forward to the increased exposure for the store.


Nursing School Comes To Hicksville

Written by Chris Boyle, Thursday, 23 October 2014 00:00

Looking for a place to work on your bedside manner and start a promising new career in the process? Look no farther than your hometown.

The Vocational Education and Extension Board (VEEB), a division of the county that oversees educational facilities such as the Fire Service Academy and EMS Academy, recently transplanted one of its facilities — The School of Practical Nursing — into a new location right in the heart of Hicksville, where they recently held an open house to celebrate their new home.


Group Halts Tree Removal

Written by Steve Mosco, Saturday, 18 October 2014 00:00

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.


Trustees, Board Clash Over Contracts

Written by Betsy Abraham, Friday, 17 October 2014 00:00

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.”


Cakes Raise Cancer Awareness

Written by Patty Servidio, Thursday, 16 October 2014 00:00

Jean Schapowal is a woman on a mission.

The Hicksville resident has a booming cake business called Cakes With Character and has received awards and accolades for her baking accomplishments, even appearing as a finalist on CBS’s “The Great American Bake-Off.”

She has also participated in quite a few “cake collaborations” over the past two years. Cake collaborations are events where sugar artists and cake decorators work on pieces based on a particular theme. This year, Schapowal is participating in nine collaborations, as well as organizing one of her own based based on the 25th anniversary of “The Simpsons.”


Water District Welcomes Schuckmann

Written by Hicksville News Staff, Saturday, 11 October 2014 00:00

The Hicksville Water District recently announced the appointment of its newest board member, William “Bill” Schuckmann.  Schuckmann will assume the role of secretary and will fill the void left by the untimely passing of Hicksville Water District Board of Commissioners Chairman Warren Uss.

“We are pleased to welcome Bill Schuckmann to the Hicksville Water District Board of Commissioners,” said Chairman Nicholas J. Brigandi. “Bill’s strong connection to the Hicksville community and experience within Long Island’s water industry makes him the most qualified person to carry out the remainder of Warren’s term.”


Parents Prioritize Communication, Budget

Written by Betsy Abraham, Friday, 10 October 2014 00:00

When it comes to the new superintendent of the Hicksville School District, open communication and budget savviness are a top priority for parents, as was expressed at a recent community meeting held by search firm, School Leadership. The firm has been meeting with students, faculty and parents in order to get a better idea of what the community is looking for in their next superintendent.  

During a meeting on Sept. 29 in the administration building, the firm asked the handful of parents and community members in attendance what qualities and experience a potential candidate should have. The group agreed that interpersonal skills were extremely important.


County Axing Grand Old Trees

Written by Steve Mosco, Thursday, 09 October 2014 00:00

A Nassau County Department of Public Works project to remove hundreds of trees across Hicksville, Bethpage, Syosset, and Plainview has some residents chopping mad.

Michael Martino, spokesman for the department, said the county is removing close to 200 trees lining county and state roadways from Jericho Turnpike in Syosset, to the Long Island Rail Road tracks in Bethpage, in order to improve sidewalk safety.


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