Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano was joined by dozens of volunteer firefighters as he furthered his commitment to supporting first responders by breaking ground for the construction of new training facilities, known as Burn Buildings, at the Nassau County Fire Service Academy (NCFSA) in Bethpage on Aug. 20. Half of the current training facilities became unsafe and were closed several years ago after being used for nearly five decades to train first responders on the safety measures needed when fighting structural fires.
“The men and women of Nassau’s volunteer fire departments deliver critical services to every resident and it’s essential that we provide them with proper training facilities so they are prepared when risking their lives to help our neighbors in need of assistance,” Mangano said. “The new facilities will offer our first responders critical hands-on training for both novice and experienced firefighters.”
The event, which last year featured 535 cars and more than 1,800 spectators, will also host free prostate cancer testing (PSA) for men through North Shore-LIJ. Sandy Kane, event founder, noted that one in six men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in his lifetime and that more than 230,000 cases were recorded in the United States last year alone.
On Aug. 14 at 8:38 a.m., the Hicksville Fire Department received multiple calls for a house fire on Salem Road and in the vicinity of 10th Street. Arriving units found a fully involved detached garage on fire with extension into the home.
Senator Jack M. Martins and Long Island Rail Road President Helena E. Williams met at the Hicksville LIRR station on Tuesday, July 31 and reviewed plans for the improvement of the station that the railroad believes will significantly improve service and customer satisfaction for Long Island commuters.
Martins and Williams both indicated how important the Hicksville LIRR station is to commuters as the busiest station in Nassau County where both the Huntington/Port Jefferson Branch and the Ronkonkoma Branch converge into what the MTA calls the Main Line.
In collaboration with the Nassau County Veterans Service Agency, the Village of Westbury and the Westbury-Carle Place Chamber of Commerce, Viana, a recently constructed small luxury hotel featuring a number of green initiatives located at 3998 Brush Hollow Road, will host a complimentary wedding ceremony – and provide accommodations for a honeymoon – to one active duty or retired service member (who has been honorably discharged) living here in Nassau County.
Martins “tipped his hat” to Governor Andrew Cuomo concerning initiatives including the new 2 percent tax cap, a timely budget process, the states dealings concerning the Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) and state school district issues, most notably unfunded mandates.
A fire in the kitchen at the Royal Bukhara Grill at 70 Broadway was quickly brought under control by the building’s automatic sprinkler system, preventing what could have been a major downtown blaze. Hicksville’s dispatcher received the alarm at 1:40 p.m. on July 31. Damage (mostly water) was confined to the kitchen area. Four units, 40 firefighters responded under command of Captain Matt Koopman of Engine Co. 2. The building involved was the former Reptile Museum, a two-story, old wood-frame structure with many add-on structures over the years. The structure goes from Broadway all the way west to Jerusalem Avenue. No injuries were reported.
Thanks to the generosity of its sponsors, chamber members, and a little help from Mother Nature, the tenth annual Hicksville Chamber of Commerce Street Fair on Sunday, July 22 was an overwhelming success. More people than ever before thronged to Jerusalem Avenue to enjoy the festival and its attractions, where free admission was granted all day from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Lionel J. Chitty, president of the Hicksville Chamber of Commerce, was enthused about the triumph of this year’s fair. He was joined in the chamber’s tent by Chairman Sam Maruca, Community Liaison Philbert Robertson, Office Manager Janet Muller and her daughter, Laurie.
Maragos also said that County Executive Edward P. Mangano would be announcing a fresh round of budget reductions. And that is what happened at a press conference on Monday, July 23. There, Mangano, along with Maragos and Presiding Officer Peter J. Schmitt (R – Massapequa) outlined a $45 million deficit reduction plan, one that the county executive said would balance the budget without raising property taxes.
“Theresa believes that she has been blessed with an amazing and beautiful gift from God. She is able to communicate and validate that there is more to life than just here in the physical world and that our loved ones are still with us after their departure,” according to Caputo’s Facebook page, which has more than 172,000 fans.
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