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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.


Able-Ride Transportation Gets Upgraded

Written by Hicksville Illustrated Staff, Friday, 25 October 2013 00:00

Nassau Inter-County Express (NICE Bus) will soon begin taking delivery on 28 new handicap-accessible paratransit vans that will replace Able-Ride’s oldest vehicles.  Able-Ride is a shared ride, curb-to-curb bus service for people with disabilities. The new wheelchair accessible modified Dodge vans will offer Able-Ride greater flexibility in how it serves customers, reduce fuel and maintenance costs, and provide a more comfortable ride for passengers.

Able-Ride provides almost 1,000 rides to Nassau County residents each day, and has 900 clients in Hicksville.


Family Portraits

Written by Betsy Abraham, Thursday, 24 October 2013 00:00

Hicksville resident captures

character with her paintings

Some grandparents show people pictures of their grandchildren. But Peggy Bayern shows them portraits.

Bayern has been painting portraits of her family for the past seven years, and will be showing at an upcoming exhibit at the Merrick Public Library. The exhibit will showcase works done by Bayern and 13 other artists who attend Chezar Art Studio.


America’s Next Top Liar

Written by Hicksville Illustrated Staff, Wednesday, 23 October 2013 10:08

CEO of alleged fraud modeling agency caught in Florida

The CEO of a Hicksville based modeling agency charged with scamming families out of hundreds of thousands of dollars has been arrested in Florida, a month after failing to surrender to District Attorney Investigators.

James Muniz, was the president and CEO of the Model Talent Development Center (MTD) and New Faces Development Center, Inc. (New Faces) in Hicksville. The agency was charged with defrauding dozens of clients out of more than $250,000 last month after a five-month joint investigation between the Nassau County District Attorney’s Office and New York State Attorney General’s Office. Muniz and three subordinates were scheduled to surrender to DA Investigators on Sept. 18.  Marketing Director and online sales associate Jennifer Santiago, 26, Senior Development Director Jennifer Diaz-Domenech, 31, and Vice President of Operations, Michelle Alperin-Smith, 42, turned themselves in, however, Muniz, 44, fled to Florida.


Candidates Probe Environmental Issues

Written by Lauren delValle, Saturday, 19 October 2013 00:00

Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano and Democratic candidate Tom Suozzi discussed community sustainability in a public forum at Hofstra University last Wednesday.

The New York League of Conservation Voters Education Fund and Hofstra’s National Center for Suburban Studies hosted the forum during which a panel of four local experts probed the contenders on environmental and community growth issues.

Approximately 300 people attended the event. Local notables such as Fox News contributor Chris Hahn were among the crowd.


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