For Terry Fontana, winning the United States Tennis Assosciation Eastern’s Lifetime Achievement Award was over 50 years in the making and is a dream come true.
A crowning achievement for the Hicksville resident, Fontana owes her involvement and recognition in tennis to the support of her colleagues and friends. “I have worked with so many people in this section,” said Fontana. “They have helped me achieve this.”
Speaking and understanding English is something that a lot of people take for granted. Many of us were brought up speaking it fluently and learn how to become advocates for ourselves using the language. However, there are many people — from immigrants to native speakers — who cannot fully grasp English and cannot communicate their needs. Literacy Nassau is battling this problem head on, by teaming up with the Hicksville Public Library to offer its services to those in the area that need help mastering English.
Estampas Folkloricas Peru kicked off their 2014 season this past weekend with a performance at the Hicksville Public Library. The nonprofit organization delighted the packed community room with numerous traditional dances from several regions of Peru.
Estampas Folkloricas Peru (EFP) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting Peruvian culture and folklore. The group was started by Luis Mostacero, a Lima, Peru native who came to the United States in 2000. He had a background in performing and dancing in Peru and wanted to start a dance group with the intention of “preserving, promoting, and diffusing Peruvian folklore and cultural manifestations through traditional music and dance.”
With exercise classes like spinning, kickboxing, pilates, and trampoline aerobics available, working out can be so much more than 30 minutes on the elliptical. And Hicksville’s BollyArts is offering one more option for those looking to get in shape without having to step foot in a gym.
Hicksville resident Warren Uss was recently appointed a Commissioner of the Hicksville Board of Water Commissioners for 2014.
“I am honored to serve as Chairman and excited for the year ahead,” said Uss. “We have made outstanding improvements in the last year by implementing a variety of infrastructure projects focusing on water quality and safety, and we look forward to building on that progress.”
What authorities are calling a "brazen, high-tech burglary crew" is suspected of stealing more than $10 million worth of cash and property through more than 50 commercial and residential burglaries, including Scents Forever in Hicksville. Five crew members were recently indicted on state charges by a grand jury.
“This brazen crew used local homes and businesses as their personal piggybanks and with so much stolen over so long a period of time, this was a highly organized, systematic, professional team of criminals,” said Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice.
Legislator Rose Marie Walker was recently sworn in for her third term at the Nassau County Legislature. Walker represents Legislative District 17 which includes parts of Hicksville, Bethpage, Farmingdale, Massapequa, North Massapequa, Old Bethpage, Plainedge, Plainview, Seaford, Wantagh and Westbury.
At the legislative meeting on Jan. 6, Walker was also elected to hold positions on four legislative committees. She is the Chair of the Health & Social Services Committee, Vice Chair of the Veterans and Senior Affairs committee, and a member of the Minority Affairs and Finance Committees.
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.
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.
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