Trustees of the Hicksville Board of Education are essential to the success of the school district and were honored during the Oct. 20 Board of Education meeting by district administration and student representatives. Superintendent of Schools Maureen Bright awarded each trustee a certificate of appreciation and made laudatory remarks on the Board’s behalf.
Hicksville recently lost a prominent figure in the community, Howard Goldman, 83, who passed away Wednesday, Nov. 2 from Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease complications.
Goldman lived in Hicksville with his wife and children for more than half a century and took pride in establishing relationships with customers at his athletic supply store Goldman Bros. on Route 107, which closed its doors late last year.
After going so far as initiating a lawsuit last year to avoid a takeover of Nassau County finances by the fiscal watchdog NIFA, County Executive Edward P. Mangano is now submitting a multi-year financial plan to that group seeking four more years of the “control period” that gives it authority over Nassau’s books.
Included in the plan is Mangano’s $2.6 billion budget for 2012 - approved by the Republican majority in the Legislature on Oct. 30 and currently sitting with NIFA for approval - which has left some glaring questions that many hope will be answered now that Election Day is over. These include, an announcement on which two Nassau County Police precincts will be closed, what the future of Long Island Bus will be, and whether $150 million in labor savings will come from union “concessions” or in the form of a massive decimation of the county workforce.
Five Hicksville High School graduates will be fundraising and competing in the Walt Disney World Half Marathon during the first week of the New Year as members of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Team in Training.
Kerri O’Connor, Meagan Doyle, Alexis Tobin, Meghan Ida and Keira McCarthy are training to run the 13.1-mile race in Orlando, FL on Jan. 7, which will mark the race’s 15th anniversary. The athletes will run through the Magic Kingdom and finish at the Epcot theme park.
October’s surprise snow and unseasonably cold air did not dampen the spirits of visitors and vendors at Hicksville’s second annual Fall Fair hosted by the Chamber of Commerce last Sunday at Kennedy Park.
The day began with temperatures in the 40s and patches of snow on the grass and a brisk wind blew throughout the event, but enthusiasm was warm among those who came to sample everything from The Farmer’s Market to amusements for the kids to local music and everything in between.
(The candidate submitted the following statement.)
I am seeking re-election to the office of Oyster Bay Town Clerk to continue serving the residents of the Town of Oyster Bay and to finish the job I have started. I have the experience, commitment and dedication, having served as Town Clerk for nearly eight years. Prior to joining the government team in Oyster Bay, I served as a New York State Assemblyman for seven years. I graduated from St. John’s University with a Masters Degree in Government and Public Administration.
Firefighter Scott Skrynecki, a life-long resident of Hicksville and member of the Hicksville Fire Department, recently announced his candidacy for commissioner of the Hicksville Fire District.
Like his parents, Steve Skrynecki and Jean Hasbrouck Skrynecki, Scott graduated from Hicksville High School and was very involved in the Hicksville community from an early age. Skrynecki is an active member of the Hicksville Fire Department’s Engine Company 7, where his grandfather Fred Hasbrouck was captain in the 1970s.
Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice announced on Oct. 18 that a sweep targeting county residents who steal undeserved Medicaid and public assistance benefits has resulted in the arrest of ten people who collectively stole more than $458,000.
Rice said the sweep was the result of joint investigations by the District Attorney’s Public Assistance Fraud Unit and the Special Investigations Unit of the Nassau County Department of Social Services (DSS). The Public Assistance Fraud Unit was established in 2003.
Sometimes an ordinary person displays extraordinary courage.
Beth Taylor Devlin always had a place in her heart for children with special needs. In her teens she was a special needs camp counselor and trained children for the Special Olympics while she attended Buffalo State College. She began her career in education in the Bronx before coming to Hicksville in 1990 to teach in the Special Education Pre-K program at Dutch Lane School.
The Parish of Saint Ignatius Loyola celebrated the official installation of its 11th pastor, Reverend James Stachacz, on Sunday, Oct. 2. The 12:30 p.m. Mass was overflowing with St. Ignatius parishioners as well as members of Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Lindenhurst, and St. Brigid Parish, Westbury, where Fr. Stachacz had previously served as associate pastor.
“I am humbled and honored by the warm welcome I have received from the people of Saint Ignatius Parish,” Fr. Stachacz told those assembled. “I look forward to working with my brother priests and our dedicated lay ministers to serve this Parish family and wider community of Hicksville. This is my first pastorate … and maybe a little like Saint Ignatius himself, when the Bishop called I wasn’t really sure I was ready.
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