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Fight The Winter Blues

Written by Betsy Abraham, Saturday, 18 January 2014 00:00
With temperatures reaching record lows, it’s easy to get cabin fever sitting inside the house to escape the cold. But for those brave enough to face the cold just long enough to make the walk from their front door to their car, Hicksville has several indoor offerings to keep the winter blues at bay. Whether you’re looking to get stretch your muscles, learn about your hometown or help those in need, Hicksville has a little something for everyone.

Teen Chefs Make Ravioli At Library Cooking Class

Written by Paige McAtee, Friday, 17 January 2014 00:00

Local teens were taught how to make homemade ravioli recently in an instructional class held at the Hicksville Public Library by the company, The Baking Coach.    

“The teens made the dough, and I showed them how to flatten it out and stuff it, and they will take it home to cook it,” said The Baking Coach teacher, April Bier.


Coach Mike Remembered

Written by Betsy Abraham, Thursday, 16 January 2014 11:06

Mike Torrellas was many things; a father, husband, son, brother, a friend. But for thousands of athletes in Hicksville and neighboring communities, Mike was known as a coach. His sudden passing on Dec. 30 at the age of 53 was a shock to the community, and the legacy he left on Hicksville athletics will not soon be forgotten.

Mike coached several youth football, basketball and baseball leagues. In 2002, him and his brother, Kim Torrellas, founded the Hicksville Crusaders.


Local Violates Leandra’s Law

Written by Hicksville Illustrated News Staff, Wednesday, 15 January 2014 00:00

A Hicksville woman was arrested last week after driving under the influence of drugs with a child in the car.  

According to the Nassau County Police Department, Janine Lafiandra, 36, was driving her 2013 Mercedes Benz northbound on Main Street in Hempstead, when she collided with a 2004 Ford operated by a 66-year-old male southbound on Main Street at West Columbia Street. Lafiandra then continued northbound and was located by Garden City police officers on Franklin Avenue in Garden City.


Electric Takeover Complete

Written by Hicksville Illustrated News staff, Friday, 10 January 2014 00:00

With a favorable ruling by the Internal Revenue Service, PSEG cleared its last potential roadblock to taking virtually full control of the Long Island Power Authority’s electric system.

The IRS said that LIPA could maintain its tax-exempt status, and, as a result, keep its borrowing costs lower than they would be with a for-profit company. The New Jersey utility took control of our power supply on Jan. 1, with PSEG Long Island’s president saying the company plans “to make service more responsive” and invest hundreds of millions of dollars.


Fire Department Swears In New Chiefs

Written by Kevin imm, Thursday, 09 January 2014 10:09

The Hicksville Fire Department recently swore in Frank M. McGeough, the 2014 Chief of the Department, at a ceremony held at HFD Headquarters. Chief McGeough, a former Captain of Independent Engine and Hose Company No. 2, previously served as Assistant Chief since 2008 and is a 20 year member of the department.


A Taste Of Naples

Written by Youseph Rasheed, Friday, 03 January 2014 00:00

The first thing you notice when walking through the doors of Pizza Fabbrica in Hicksville are stacks of cooking wood piled up on either side of you sitting atop a glacial black floor. Complete with high ceilings and a bar made of recycled ebony stained wood from a Pennsylvania barn, the rustic factory and earthly style ambiance that Pizza Fabbrica immediately immerses its visitors in is definitely no mistake. In fact fabbrica means factory in Italian. Although there is much to take in at this genial eatery, John LaForte, a co-owner of the establishment makes one thing clear: “At the end of the day we are all about making good food.”


Quilting For Comfort

Written by Emily Cappiello, Thursday, 02 January 2014 10:51

When Evelyn Biamonte heard of a need within her church community back in 2007, she knew that she had the talent and the drive to fill it. A member of Hicksville United Methodist Church, Biamonte explained that there was a need for warmth from the church to both members and non-members of the congregation, so with a little help, she decided to bring the warmth the best way she knew how — by making quilts.


Tap In With East Coast MMA

Written by Chris Boyle, Thursday, 02 January 2014 10:44

Fight, get fit and have

fun at Hicksville’s

newest gym

When first looking at East Coast MMA and Fitness — an unassuming, perhaps even drab grey building near a set of train tracks in Hicksville — one would never suspect that it actually houses a state-of-the-art, 6,000 square foot gym dedicated to fighting, fitness, and fun.


Doing Good, Year Round

Written by Betsy Abraham, Saturday, 28 December 2013 00:00

For Dolores Sartor, the holiday season doesn’t mean more giving, it means continuing to give as she does the other 11 months of the year.

“As a Christian, I feel that it’s something I should be doing to help other people who are less fortunate than I am,” the Hicksville resident says.


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