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.”
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.
Residents across Nassau County are being hit with sharp school tax rate increases once again. Hicksville homeowners will see less of an increase than last year, but the 6.2 percent increase is still significantly high when coupled with last year's 7.582 percent increase.
The latest school tax bills, reflecting the the tax rates, will be mailed to Hicksville residents this week. In the past two years, school tax rates have increased almost 14 percent.
A fire at Giovanni’s Deli in Hicksville left two people, including one fireman, injured early Monday morning.
911 received a call for a fire at Giovanni’s Deli, at 125 Bloomingdale Road, around 5 a.m. Smoke was coming from the roof of the building and eyewitnesses told police that one person may still be inside.
The Hicksville community lost one of its bravest members last week, Honorary Fire Department Chief William Boyd.
Boyd joined the Hicksville Fire Department in August 1959 as a member of Ladder Company 6. Over his 54 years of service, he served in various roles, including 2nd Lieutenant and 1st Lieutenant of Company 6, before being elected Captain in 1970 and 1971. After years as an officer, Boyd served the department under various chiefs committees, including co-Chairman of House to House, chairman of the Department of Welfare, and chairman of Department Budget. In addition, he was on various Company 6 Captain’s Committees and was elected Captain of the Fire Police for 2001 and 2002. In 2009, Boyd was granted the title of Honorary Chief as he celebrated 50 years with the Hicksville Fire Department. Honorary Chief Charles DiStefano worked out of Firehouse Station 3 in Hicksville with Boyd. He remembers Boyd as being a gentlemen and very family oriented.
Tickets are now on sale for Our Lady of Mercy’s American Girl Fashion Show that will take place at Our Lady of Mercy School in Hicksville, Oct. 18 to Oct. 20. Fashion show tickets are $37 and can be purchased online at www.americangirlfashionshows.com. Tickets will not be sold at the door.
A total of four two-hour fashion shows will be held highlighting the American Girl historical characters and their individual stories, as well as showcasing contemporary fashions. Each fashion show will include tea-party style refreshments, raffles, souvenirs, and door prizes. Proceeds from the fashion show will be used to benefit Our Lady of Mercy School.
John Reid, owner of Tricky Business, is holding five folded dollar bills in his hand.
“Watch the bills closely,” he says.
He suddenly flips the bills over, and they’re all hundreds. He counts them, folds them, flips them over again and they’re singles again.
Hundreds of athletes from all over New York traveled to Hicksville this past weekend for the Special Olympics’ Regional Fall Classic.
The Special Olympics has held a tournament for physically and emotionally disabled athletes at Cantiague Park for several years, but for the first time this year, they partnered with the Nassau County Chapter of AHRC, which had been regularly been holding bocce tournaments at Hicksville Firehouse 3.
The Coalition of Nassau Civic Associations hosted the candidates for county comptroller—incumbent George Maragos and challenger Howard Weitzman—in a town forum at the Plainview-Old Bethpage Library last week.
Each candidate was granted five minutes of speaking time, followed by a question and answer session with residents in attendance.
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