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Parents Push Against Common Core

Written by Rich Forestano, Wednesday, 20 November 2013 15:31

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?”


Helping The Hungry

Written by Betsy Abraham, Wednesday, 13 November 2013 10:42

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.


Memory Man

Written by Betsy Abraham, Thursday, 14 November 2013 00:00
All of us have a story to tell. And who better to tell it, than us? Fred Chernow is trying to help Hicksville residents share their life stories with his Memoir Writing Class, which takes place at the Hicksville Public Library once a month.

“What I tell people that attracts them initially is that when they leave this earth, nothing will be more precious than their memories, because everyone will want to know what it was like when they were growing up, what it was like going to high school in the 1940s, or how they met their husbands,” said Chernow.


New Play Stars Local Actors

Written by Betsy Abraham Thursday, 07 November 2013 00:00

Hicksville residents Deborah Rupy and Chris Black will be lighting up the stage next weekend, as the two star in East Line Production’s version of Six Characters In Search Of An Author. 


Rupy has performed twice with the Wantagh based theater group, as well as with other Long Island companies such as Levittown’s Ivy Lane Players and Bare Bones Theater in Northport.  She’s been involved with theater since junior high, when she made her debut as Peter Pan. Since then, she’s done a wide range of genres — musicals, dramas, and more recently, comedies and says she loves the challenge and freedom of the theater world. 


A Hicksville Haven

Written by Betsy Abraham Wednesday, 06 November 2013 00:00

It’s not easy being a teenager. There are pressures from school, family, friends, and society. But at The Hicksville Boys and Girls Club, kids don’t have to worry about bullies, tests, family problems, or fitting in. Instead, they can focus on building confidence and being themselves. 


“We want this to be a safe, fun place for kids,” says Executive Director Tom Bruno. “It gives kids the opportunity to interact with their peers in a safe area.” 


The Sweetest Shop Around

Written by Paige McAtee, Saturday, 02 November 2013 00:00

Hicksville Sweet Shop has been serving breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert to the community for 88 years. While the setup of the luncheonette hasn’t changed much since they opened in 1925, the menu changes day by day.

The restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, dinner, and desserts, with a huge variety of food options to choose from. Sandwiches, wraps, gyros, seafood, burgers, soups, and salads, are just a few of the options available.


Resident Recognized

Written by Hicksville Illustrated Staff, Friday, 01 November 2013 00:00

Hicksville resident Marlo M. Signoracci was recently recognized by the Nassau Council of Chambers of Commerce, Inc as a small businessperson of the year.

Signoracci is a graduate of the New York Institute of Technology at Old Westbury, and holds a degree in Hotel Administration. Throughout her 25 years in the hospitality industry, she has been in catering service, been a Sales and Event Manager for the Long Island Marriot, Director of Community Relations and Executive Director for Somerset Gardens Senior Living, and Executive Director for The Bristal at East Northport. She has been recognized for her outstanding customer service and performance excellence.


All Treats, No Tricks

Written by Betsy Abraham, Thursday, 31 October 2013 00:00

County checks on sex offenders as Halloween approaches

Will your children be trick or treating at the home of a registered sex offender? It is a chilling thought for any parent.

There are nine registered sex offenders in Hicksville, according to the state’s Sex Offender Registry. To find out exact addresses and detailed information, you can go to and search by zip code. Each community’s registered offenders are listed with photos, addresses and even vehicles registered to them.


County Schools To Get Panic Alarms

Written by Betsy Abraham, Wednesday, 30 October 2013 12:40

A day after the middle school shooting in Nevada, Nassau County officials announced a new panic alarm program which will allow each school in the county to connect directly to the Nassau County Police Department in case of an emergency.

“The schools in Nassau County are a safe place, and will remain a safe place,” said County Executive Ed Mangano at a press conference at Carle Place High School last Tuesday. “Our planning and communication has increased dramatically in the past few years, culminating in this very important two-way communicator, (which) is a very important step forward in protecting our students, teachers and administrators.”


Meet The Town Of Oyster Bay Candidates

Written by Steve Mosco, Saturday, 26 October 2013 00:00

The Town of Oyster Bay’s Republican incumbents will try to stave off challenges from Democrats this Election Day, as Supervisor John Venditto runs for reelection against John Capobianco; James Altadonna Jr. defends his seat against Mili Makhijani; and councilmembers Joseph Pinto, Chris Coschignano run against Christopher Briggs, Kimberly Snow and Shaker Nelanuthala, respectively.

Before voters head to the polls this Nov. 5, the Hicksville Illustrated News provides a guide to who is running in the Town of Oyster Bay.


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