After an absence from the local scene for many years, an unusual Long Island resident has slowly been making his presence felt recently- the turkey vulture, a large avian resembling an eagle or hawk.
Recently spotted in areas such as Bellmore and Hicksville, the turkey vulture has some residents expressing concern; most of that concern simply springs from the fact that most people don’t actually know a great deal about these mysterious birds.
Senator Jack Martins and Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel were joined on Aug. 9 by members of local veterans’ organizations to announce that veterans’ legislation they sponsored (S.5825/A.6221-C) was signed into law on Aug. 2 by Governor Andrew Cuomo. In an effort to improve the benefit claims process for New York’s veterans, the law requires that directors of city and county veterans’ service agencies become accredited as veterans’ service organization (VSO) representatives.
Myriad crisp curves and immaculately imperfect lines harmoniously meld together against a cool white background. The characters, which have been skillfully drawn on to the canvas, are undeniably fascinating. The cursive style scripts intertwine forming an exquisitely chaotic triangle. Different hues of red and orange softly blend at the bottom, forming a mystifying alphabet based foundation. An erudite spectator would be able to appreciate this dazzling Arabic calligraphy with lucidness, yet it still might remain curious to an undiscerning western eye. Whichever way you look at it, beauty and mystery are all part of this detailed version of Reem Hussein’s original artistic creation called Transliteration I.
Born in Bayonne, NJ in 1975, and raised in Merrick, Hussein was an artist from the very start. She said, “According to my parents, all I wanted to do was draw. Even at four years old, my teachers would say that I was more talented than any of the other children. I was very lucky because I grew up with a Muslim-Egyptian heritage. Despite the fact that in our culture it is common for parents to encourage their children to become doctors or lawyers, my parents were always very supportive of my artistic ambitions.”
Oyster Bay residents may not want to hear it, but Tuesday night’s referendum won’t end the pitched battle over retail development in Syosset-Jericho.
The votes are still being tallied as of press time, but the behemoth competitors facing off—Simon Property Group Inc. of Indianapolis and Taubman Centers Inc. of Michigan—have been fighting each other for a long time, in a lot of places. Yea or Nay, the vote won’t scare either away from the primo piece of undeveloped land at the edge of the Gold Coast.
South Broadway was alive with the sound of drums, bhangra music and laughter this past Sunday as thousands gathered to celebrate India Independence Day.
Indian Independence Day is August 15. A parade is held in Manhattan every year, and Hicksville has hosted its own the past two years. Parade committee member Tina Shah emigrated from India when she was in college. She says having the parade in Hicksville saved people the trouble of having to go to Manhattan and allowed them to celebrate Indian Independence Day closer to home.
“The community’s growing so big and so quickly we needed a presence here,” Shah said. “
On August 20, residents from all the communities in the Town of Oyster Bay will have a voice in the future of Syosset and Jericho.
A town-wide voter referendum will decide whether a 54-acre plot of town-owned land right by the Long Island Expressway can be sold to a consortium of three developers—Simon Property Group, Castagna Properties and the Albanese Organization—which has indicated it plans a mixed-use facility, including apartments and shops.
Another developer, Taubman Centers, currently owns a smaller, neighboring property and has been battling the town for 18 years to get a special permit to build a mall there. Taubman has indicated it wants to bid on the town-owned site, which would allow it to expand its plans, and sued to force this referendum.
Long Island students in grades three through eight saw their New York State test scores plummet by 40 percent compared to last year, but education administrators are telling parents not to fret because this year doesn’t compare to last year.
The Hicksville School District has a diverse student enrollment of 5,244 students. Superintendent of Hicksville Schools, Maureen Bright told the Hicksville Illustrated News, “Our district enrollment is comprised of 7.9 percent of students who are English Language Learners, receiving mandated services, representing 32 languages as their first language spoken; in addition, we have 31 percent of students who are living at the poverty level and 10.9 percent of students who are identified as students with disabilities.” She added, “We believe that these factors inform our test results and place our student performance in a more meaningful context than a district by district comparison; utilizing data provided by Newsday, it is noted that Hicksville students performed above the Long Island average in 3-8 grades on both assessments with the exception of Grade 4 ELA and Grade 8 Math.”
The Hicksville Water District’s Board of Water Commissioners Chairman Nicholas Brigandi has announced the completion of renovations of Plant #6 on Kuhl Avenue. This renovation is part of the district’s major capital investment plan to improve services for local residents and businesses.
The commissioners will celebrate the completion of Plant #6 renovations with a ribbon cutting on Saturday, Aug. 10, at 10:30 a.m. This marks the first of many infrastructure improvements and restorations the district is currently planning to implement in the next five years. The district’s commitment to maintain residents’ low cost-per-gallon is achieved by responsibly investing tax dollars in a system-wide capital improvement plan.
Fred and Elaine Anderson may be retired but they are as busy as ever. The Hicksville couple spends time each week volunteering at various organizations across Long Island, including Old Bethpage Village Restoration, Long Island Blood Services and the Nassau County Department of Social Services. They found about about these opportunities through the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP), a nationwide program that connects seniors, 55 and over, with volunteer service organizations in their community. The program used to be run by the Nassau County Office for the Aging, but was dropped a few years ago.
On Saturday, Aug. 17, a very special event will take place on the roads of Hicksville, and the Hicksville Chamber of Commerce and the Greater Long Island Running Club are asking for the cooperation of local residents to help make the event successful and safe.
The inaugural Discover Hicksville 5 Mile Run will start at 5 p.m. at Cantiague Park, and the participants will traverse a loop through northwest Hicksville before returning to Cantiague Park for a post-run barbecue.
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