AutoMat Customizing & Restoration’s of Hicksville recently celebrated its 57th Anniversary with a car show on June 15. The automotive interior and car top restoration specialists hosted more than 300 custom vehicles, antiques, exotic, sports and luxury cars and trucks. Fans enjoyed live performances and facility tours throughout the car show event.
Nowadays, when most people hear the word gamer, visions of teenage boys catatonically staring at their television, all the while their thumbs blazing across a controller come to mind. You could be easily forgiven for stereotyping, after all, in today’s technologic and electronic driven world, it may be easy to write off board games as a relic of a not too distant past, but you would be sadly mistaken. Board games and the likes of it are big. In fact they are a multi-million dollar industry big, and now its fans throughout our area have something to smile about. Game Master Games, a sanctuary for the board gaming community recently opened at 954 South Broadway in Hicksville.
David VanderWerf has been playing games like chess and Monopoly since he was four years old. VanderWerf was such a pro that his friends would regularly ask him to teach them how to play games that they just bought. Their view was why read the instructions, when you could just ask VanderWerf. This is how he realized his passion in life; he wanted to teach people how to play games.
As the 2012-13 school year draws to a close, the Board of Education’s last meeting focused on how far quality education district has come, and how far they still plan to continue to go.
Superintendent of Schools Maureen Bright held a presentation looking back on her district’s achievements over the past year while negotiating the many hurdles faced by New York schools, and highlighted the goals she and her administration have set forth for 2013-14.
Most little girls dream of being a princess. The dresses, the hairstyles and the fame are all sought after, and they spend hours, sometimes days, playing dress up and painting each other’s nails. After emptying their entire bins and closets of all their “princess” assets, only one thing is missing — a majestic salon in which they can be completely pampered.
The Little Ladies Club, located at 246 Old Country Road has been making little girls’ dreams come true since 1998 with their royal salon parties for girls ages one through sweet 16. Two magnificently designed party rooms — one for little princesses and one for tween and teen majesties — host two-hour events complete with make-up, hair-dos, dress up and dancing. The birthday girl, of course receives special treatment, and all of her guests enjoy a day fit for a queen.
After being sponsored by a member of the gallery for a member’s choice showing, one of his works helped to turn the limelight on him. Now a member of the gallery himself, his paintings have taken over the entire front room of BJ Spoke for the next month.
Hicksville alumni are hosting a special reunion to raise money for local Hicksville charities celebrating their past. The Hicksville Rock n’ Return Reunion will be a special event where anyone who went to school in Hicksville can both celebrate their shared past while leaving their legacy for the future.
“The goal of the reunion is to not only have an evening of fun and memories but to pay it forward to the wonderful town we were lucky to grow up in.”, says Ray Gamble, a member of the organizing committee. “After covering the costs of our reunion, we will contribute all excess proceeds to three organizations that are an integral part of Hicksville’s history and continue to protect, serve and preserve the spirit of Hicksville; the Hicksville Fire Department, the Boys and Girls Club and the Gregory Museum.”
David Fellows, from Hicksville, has been named recipient of the 2013 Willie James Memorial Scholarship awarded by Municipal Credit Union (MCU). Fellows, who plans to attend MIT in the fall to study aerospace engineering, was awarded his scholarship by MCU President/CEO Kam Wong at a special ceremony held at MCU’s headquarters in Manhattan.
Fellows is one of eight recipients of MCU’s 2013 memorial scholarships. In 2013, MCU awarded $66,000 in scholarships to college-bound graduating high school seniors: eight memorial scholarships of $5,000 each and 13 grants of $2,000 each.
Across Nassau County, residents are reacting with mixed emotions to the Nassau County District Attorney’s recent arrests of more than 100 men for soliciting prostitutes, including three from Hicksville, four from Levittown, eight from Wantagh and East Meadow, and one from Bethpage. The DA’s office not only arrested the men, but made public their names and photographs.
But for as shocking as these very public revelations may be, some local residents seem nonplussed by the whole incident.
West East All Natural Bistro and Wine Bar is a fresh and virginal startup that provides hope for change in a landscape that has become stagnant and saturated with the same, tired, fast food, assembly-line approach, and artificially hospitable corporate eateries.
A few years ago Raquel Jadeja and her husband, Jay were just regular customers of Danny Wu’s establishment. Wu is the original owner of The West East All Natural Bistro. The Jadejas many years of restaurant experience led them to become Wu’s unofficial consultants. Their friendship, which was a symbiotic progression, culminated when Jay became a co-owner and head chef in October of 2012.
Many organizations help the poor and others in need but the St. Vincent de Paul Society believes in looking at the person they help face to face.
“What sets us apart is we go into people’s homes,” said Tom Abbate, director of the Bethpage-based St Vincent de Paul Society’s central council, which coordinates the ministry of the society in Nassau and Suffolk Counties.
In more than 50 parishes across Long Island, including Our Lady of Mercy and St. Ignatius, volunteers in the parish-based St. Vincent de Paul conferences, offer emergency food, clothing, furniture, and often other assistance, such as utility payments, or rent or mortgage.
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