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A Clean Business

Written by Betsy Abraham, babraham@antonnews.com Friday, 20 December 2013 00:00

Local resident lathers up

goodness with natural soaps

The old proverb, “If you give a man a fish you feed him for a day. If you teach a man to fish you feed him for a lifetime” doesn’t seem to be limited to piscines. In the case of Hicksville resident William Artuso, learning a skill to solve a problem applied to soaps.

Artuso has sensitive skin and many soap products would leave his skin red and irritated. Instead of just buying all natural soap at the store, he decided to learn how to make his own.  

 

Brigandi Re-Elected

Written by Hicksville Illustrated news Staff, hicksville@antonnews.com Thursday, 19 December 2013 00:00

The Hicksville Water District recently announced Nicholas Brigandi’s re-election as a member of the Board of Water Commissioners. Serving his 11th consecutive term on the board, Brigandi has led several initiatives including infrastructural improvements and increasing environmental awareness in the District.

“I am grateful for the ongoing support from the community,” said Brigandi. “I will continue working towards providing residents the highest quality water at the lowest rates.”

 

Fire Departments Talk Holiday Safety

Written by Cynthia Paulis, hicksville@antonnews.com Wednesday, 18 December 2013 00:00

The Hicksville Fire Department was among the companies present last week, when a living room, complete with gifts under the decorated tree, turned into a roaring inferno that enveloped the Cape-style home in a matter of minutes.

 

Hicksville Holds Tree Lighting

Written by Paige McAtee, hicksville@antonnews.com Saturday, 14 December 2013 00:00

Kennedy Park turned into Hicksville’s own winter-wonderland during the Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony at Kennedy Park on Saturday, Dec. 7.

“The Tree Lighting brings the community together,” said James Bentson, the event chairman and member of the Hicksville-Jericho Rotary Club. “It’s a really great thing.”

Although the weather was freezing and members of the community were bundled up in their heaviest winter gear, the Lady’s Auxiliary Club was there to hand out hot chocolate to keep everyone warm.

The Hicksville-Jericho Rotary Club as well as the Hicksville Fire Department were in charge of the event. “The Rotary Club organized the ceremony, but the Hicksville Fire Department decorated the tree, brought the fire truck, and brought Santa,” said Bentson.
 

It’s Time To Go Amok...For Toys, That Is

Written by Chris Boyle, hicksville@antonnews.com Friday, 13 December 2013 00:00

The toy biz sure has changed in recent years.

No longer the sole domain of kids, toy collecting has evolved to include an ever-increasing adult segment of the market; grown men (and yes, women too) who devote a sizable amount of their time and income placating their inner child, proving that while everyone grows up, it’s important to remain young at heart.  

The industry itself has also changed to reflect this growing trend, creating a market that produces sophisticated, cutting-edge collectible figures and memorabilia based on a variety of subjects, ranging from movies, comic books, and more; in addition, vintage toys of years past remain sought-after by collectors.

 

Snack Shack Rededicated

Written by Betsy Abraham, babraham@antonnews.com Thursday, 12 December 2013 00:00

Visitors to the concession stand at Triangle Park might notice a difference in the snack’s shack’s name, as it was recently rededicated to honor longtime Hicksville American Soccer Club (HASC) Vice President Joe Visconti.

The building rededication came as a surprise to the Hicksville resident, who found out about the renaming when he arrived at Triangle Park to find his friends, family and local legislatures gathered around a new sign on the concession stand that read “Joe Visconti Snack Shack.”

“I was very touched. It was amazing that they did that for me,” said Visconti.

 

Hicksville Residents Talk BOA

Written by Betsy Abraham, babraham@antonnews.com Wednesday, 11 December 2013 00:00

Hicksville residents, business owners, and stakeholders came out to a Northwest Hicksville Brownfield Opportunity Area (BOA) open house last week where they learned more about proposed revitalization and provided feedback on the draft pre-nomination study.

The Northwest BOA is bounded by the Northern State Parkway to the north, Old Country Road to the south, Cantiague Lane to the west and 106/107 to the east. The area includes major Hicksville landmarks including the Broadway Mall, train station, post office, Cantiague Park, Burns Avenue School, several businesses and manufacturers, and numerous residential homes. Several of the properties in the corridor lie vacant or underused, which identifies the area as eligible for the BOA program, which is meant to provide communities with money, land use and redevelopment tools for revitalization.

 

Fuel Cafe Makes Healthy Eating Easy

Written by Lyn Dobrin, hicksville@antonnews.com Thursday, 05 December 2013 00:00

Although Fuel Cafe is six years old, it's been a work in progress since new owners took over one-and one-half years ago. The main part of the cafe was recently redecorated and an adjoining room is soon to open. And though there's been several changes, the concept remains the same—this is a place where healthy and hearty food is served. The food is grilled or baked, never fried, and they do not use microwaves so everything is made to order.  

With a menu of over 170 items and dozens of combinations of meats, vegetables, bread and more, be prepared to do a lot of reading to figure out what your meal will be.

 

Exploring The Turkana Basin

Written by Betsy Abraham, babraham@antonnews.com Thursday, 05 December 2013 00:00

For the past six months, Hicksville resident Chris Collins has spent his days digging for fossils and his nights falling asleep to the sound of vervet monkeys and coyotes. As a teacher’s assistant at the Turkana Basin Institute (TBI) in Kenya, Collins got a firsthand look at what it was like to live like an anthropologist.

Collins got his first taste of Turkana last year, as a student at the TBI field school which was founded by Stony Brook University and paleoanthropologist Dr. Richard Leakey. As a student, Collins spent four months learning about archeology, paleontology, geology, ecology and human evolution. What started as a study abroad experience, turned into a life changing experience as Collins soon found himself homesick for Africa.

 

Tracing His Roots

Written by Paige McAtee, hicksville@antonnews.com Wednesday, 04 December 2013 10:56

Even at a young age, John Sorli was interested in his family history. Around the age of 10, he created his first family tree for a school project, and many years later as an adult, he is still just as infatuated with genealogy.

“Once you get involved it’s kind of like a bug you know?” said Sorli. “It’s like you don’t want to stop”

 

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