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.
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”
It’s not uncommon for adults to develop a yearning to relive the simple pleasures and pastimes of their youth. While some take up spending a few bucks here and there to recapture some base nostalgia in the form of a shirt or action figure, there’s a group of gentlemen in Hicksville who take it to a whole different level.
Since 1947, the West Island Model Railroad Club has given train enthusiasts a place to congregate and indulge their hobby on a grand scale. Hicksville resident and club president, Vic Grappone, says he’s personally been interested in model trains since...well, forever.
Chris Scully often goes to John J. Walker Memorial Park in Hicksville to play lacrosse, and one day he noticed that something was missing.
“I noticed that there was no place for families to sit to spend time together or eat dinner at football and lacrosse games,” he says.
With dropping temperatures come the regular coughing, sniffling and sneezing. For many people in the community, getting treated for the flu or a sickness means a simple trip to the doctor. But for others, having no insurance means having to risk a simple cold turning into something much more serious.
And that’s where the Bishop McHugh Health Center comes in.
The popular phrase “man’s best friend” is taking on new meaning for many dog owners, who believe the bonds formed between them and their dogs go far beyond friendship. Their four legged companions are often considered more like members of the family.
It is with this philosophy in mind that Carlos Garcia says his business was born. The Pampered Pooch, a family-run business based in Hicksville, specializes in daycare and grooming for dogs. “I have always had a passion for working with dogs,” explains Garcia. That passion led Garcia to transform his first job in high school into a lifelong career.
Veterans Day took on a special meaning for Hicksville High School freshman, Nolan Mingst this year, as he took time to commemorate Medal of Honor recipients from over 100 years ago by placing citations and plaques on their graves at Cyprus Hill National and Private cemeteries.
One of the requirements of achieving the rank of Eagle Scout is completing a community service project. Mingst, who is part of Troop 930, has several family members who are veterans, and thought documenting citations and plaques for Medal of Honor recipients would be a good learning experience and good way to give back to the community.
A returning veteran will be able to have access to an affordable home of his own, thanks to a partnership between Nassau County and local not-for-profit, Homes For Homecoming Heroes.
Local officials, community members, and veterans all gathered to break ground on a plot of land in Hicksville last week, where a new home will be built for a veteran returning home from serving in Iraq and Afghanistan.
During a lively forum on Nov. 13, parents, teachers, taxpayers and students from Hicksville and other local towns took State Education Commissioner John King and Board of Regents Chancellor Merryl Tisch to task over the “common core” standards, venting their concerns and outrage about testing, evaluations and student privacy.
“If the point of elementary education is to teach children how to think creatively, problem-solve and learn from their mistakes,” asked East Williston parent Christine Cozzolino, “how can we expect our children to be innovators when they are subject to scripted lessons and the rigorous testing of the common core?”
America is known as the land of plenty, but for many Americans, not having enough food is a daily battle. According to recent statistics, one in every six households nationwide is food insecure and almost four percent of Hicksville’s population lives below the poverty line. Hicksville United Methodist Church (HUMC) is seeking to help the needy population of Hicksville and beyond with their food pantry, which has put food on the tables of many local community members.
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