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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.


Indian Bridal Wear Destination

Written by Betsy Abraham, Friday, 18 October 2013 00:00

A.J. Singh’s

sari shops shine on

South Broadway

With three thriving sari shops on South Broadway, it’s safe to say that A.J. Singh knows something about running a successful business. The entrepreneur has built a small fashion empire, creating a one-stop shop for anyone attending an Indian wedding.

Similar to American weddings, Indian weddings require lots of shopping for shoes, jewelry, and of course, the dress. The traditional Indian bride wears a red sari and elaborate gold jewelry. The groom often wears a sherwani, a long, embellished coat-like top, or a kurta, a long loose shirt that is often paired with a lightweight, drawstring pants.


Helping Hand Emerges From Tragedy

Written by Youseph Rasheed, Thursday, 17 October 2013 00:00

It has been almost 11 years since Sarah Grace Weippert of Hicksville passed away from leukemia, at 12 years old.  Sarah was attending Hicksville Middle School when she began feeling ill in February of 2002. Just nine short months later her young and precious life tragically came to an end. Thanks to the extraordinary effort made by her parents, Matthew and Marissa Weippert, her memory has been able to help the lives of hundreds of other children who have been affected by childhood cancer.

According to the American Cancer Institute, childhood cancer has just recently become the leading cause of death for children in the United States. Matthew Weippert knows the pain of losing a child to cancer all too well. Weippert said “a couple of months after Sarah passed we started thinking about doing something in honor of her memory because everything that she went through had to count for something. Even though Sarah was sick, she never really thought of herself as sick. She was a happy child. We wanted to instill her spirit into other children.”


Town Issues

Written by Jacklyn Gallucci, Wednesday, 16 October 2013 12:02

As election time draws near and Town of Oyster Bay residents gear up to choose their next Supervisor, the Hicksville Illustrated took a look at the town’s most pressing issues. The Cerro Wire Property, town finances, and the brownfields are on the forefront of voters’ minds as they go to the polls November 5.

Cerro Wire Property

For nearly two decades residents and mall developer Taubman Centers have been fighting over Taubman’s plans to construct a luxury mall on the former Cerro Wire property bordering Robbins Lane and the Long Island Expressway in Syosset.


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