It’s been almost 12 years since the death of Jean Renison, but it was only last week that her friends and family could have some peace of mind, knowing that the man responsible would finally be held accountable. On March 20, 36-year-old Sebastian Barba was sentenced to 12 years in prison for the hit-and-run incident that killed 80-year-old Renison as she was crossing the street in Westbury.
It seemed like it would never come, but spring is finally here. The sun’s out a little longer, the days are getting warmer and the showers promise blooming flowers in weeks ahead.
Another telltale sign that spring has finally sprung in Hicksville is the opening of the community garden. An outreach of Trinity Lutheran Church, this garden has been both maintained by, and served, the local community since 2011.
If laughter is the best medicine, why not use it to help ease the pain of cancer? The Sarah Grace Foundation (SGF) is inviting people to do just that, with their 11th annual Night of Laughter. The event is one of the organization’s biggest fundraisers of the year and proceeds go toward their mission of helping children who have cancer and their families.
The event brings together four comedians— Isaacs and Baker, John Consoli, Hiram Kasten, and Lori Grasman, with event host Rick Morgan, for a light-hearted evening of food, raffles, and laughter, all for a good cause.
Vincent Lant pursued the community service facet of attaining Eagle Scout rank in his own hometown of Hicksville by helping restore the Hicksville Gregory Museum.
Under Lant’s leadership, scouts from Troop 382 removed two old park benches that were in deplorable condition, excavated the surrounding ground, installed pavers and built two new mahogany benches using stainless steel screws that gave this landmark site a fresh look. His project also entailed fabricating a new frame for the sign insert advertising the museum’s name. Adding surrounding plants gave the sign the new appeal it needed. In addition, 500 pounds of red landscaping rocks were installed in order to have proper drainage around the north side of the museum.
After a recent meal at Koreana in Hicksville, I found a list of the world’s 50 best foods from a poll conducted by CNN in 2011. Four Korean dishes were there: galbi (41), bibimbap (40), bulgogi (23) and kimchi (12) and I was pleased to have eaten three of the four.
It’s impossible to escape kimchi at a Korean meal and at Koreana the spicy fermented cabbage appears as one of the little vegetable side dishes, called banchan, that are brought to the table. In addition to the kimchi there were soy bean sprouts, macaroni with mayonnaise, vegetable stir fry seaweed seasoned with white vinegar, and acorn jelly made from acorn starch. The banchan vary according to the choices of the chef. Whatever the variety, care is taken to make sure there is a wide representation of flavors, textures and color.
Not many high school students can say they know how to fly a plane, build a heat shield or act as mission control for a flight. But these are just some of the skills Hicksville High School junior Veronica Ann Morrish picked up at the Honeywell Leadership Challenge Academy, an international program that encourages students to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).
Morrish applied for the prestigious program last year and was selected based on her academic merit and two essay prompts. She says she has always loved the mystery of space.
The Hicksville School District is prepared to fight an uphill battle against New York State regarding changes they feel should be made to the Common Core Curriculum, as brought up at the March 12 Board of Education Meeting.
The Common Core Committee, formed by the district, brought a letter to the Board of Education regarding important and imperative changes they believe the state should take into consideration to help the initiative become increasingly successful and not something to fight against.
A holistic chef taught members of the community how they can use food as medicine at a Power Foods lecture at the Hicksville Public Library on Wednesday, March 5.
Lee Perrotta has been a chef for almost 30 years but has officially been holistic for about 20 years. Next week, she graduates as a certified Ayurvedic practitioner.
According to Perrotta, ayurveda is the science of life. It is the ancient way of holistic medicine from India and was the first medicine that ever existed. Ayurveda strives to bring human beings and animals into perfect balance and alignment through lifestyle, diet choices and environment.
Hicksville residents celebrated iconic female singers this past weekend during a live concert at the Hicksville Public Library.
“Sister Act: A Salute to Legendary Divas” is made up of two actual sisters, Andrea Giammalvo and Celeste Santini. The sisters dressed up in costume and sang the songs of famous female vocalists of the past.
The performance was originally written as a school performance with the intent to educate students about the journey of women in music. “We wanted kids to know who these great ladies are and how these women paved the road for the great ladies of today such as Beyoncé,” said Giammalvo.
In today’s ever diversifying world, knowing another language can be a huge asset. Lupe Beatriz Urquizo has been teaching Spanish to children at the Hicksville Public Library for the past 14 years. The library offers these free lessons to youngsters ages five to 14 most Saturdays throughout the year.
“I believe all of us remember our good teachers and our bad teachers," said Urquizo. “There have been teachers in my life that have touched my soul. They were an inspiration to me and I want to give that same motivation to the children I teach."
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