When Alexandra Stirakis was looking for a gift for her mother’s 75 birthday, she knew she wanted something different. A friend recommended she go to Shoob studios, which writes customized songs for special occasions.
“It was wonderful, everybody was floored. They thought it was very enjoyable,” Stirakis says. “My mother listens to it every day. It was definitely unusual and she thought the clarity and everything about the song was wonderful.”
Hicksville native Raymond Luisi is the mastermind behind Shoob studios, which creates one of a kind songs for anniversaries, school reunions, weddings, sweet 16s and any other special occasion that deserves to be celebrated. A client will provide Luisi the details of the event or person (like names, dates, physical features) and then pick any genre, such as rock, acoustic, full band or ballad, and the studio will then create a personalized song.
The people of Oyster Bay have spoken, or at least 12 percent of them have, and by a margin of more than two to one they elected to sell 54 acres of Town-owned property in Syosset-Jericho for $32.5 million.
They voted to sell to a consortium of developers led by Simon Property Group, without open bidding that might fetch a higher price. In doing so, they shut out rival developer Taubman Centers Inc., which owns the neighboring 39-acre site and has been lobbying (and suing) for nearly 20 years for permission to build a megamall there.
On Aug. 29 at 12:50 p.m. the Hicksville Fire Department and NCPD units responded to an vehicle accident at the intersection of Woodbury Road and Pollack Place. The driver of this Dodge Journey was injured and transported to a local hospital. Fire fighters applied speedy dry to the fluid spills in the roadway.
Local municipalities are among the areas hardest hit by the economic recession, and a handful have gone so far as to declare bankruptcy — although none yet in New York State.
At the Theodore Roosevelt Legislative Building in Mineola on Tuesday, Aug. 27, Sen. Jack Martins and State Senator Carl Marcellino held a public hearing entitled, “Fiscally Distressed Municipalities: Preparing for and Preventing Municipal Bankruptcy in New York.”
Brijinder Singh is ready for retirement after serving as principal for Hicksville High School for 12 years. Singh got her start as a biology and science teacher where she taught at Hillcrest High School in Jamaica, Queens. She also taught at Central Park East Secondary School in Manhattan and served on the Board of Education at Flushing High School. She also was a part of the Queens College Biology Department for 17 years.
Singh is proud of the time spent in Hicksville, where she had great experiences, wonderful students and dedicated teachers to work with. “Honestly, it is very exciting and I will miss the energy the students bring to the building,” said Singh. The job as principal of a large high school is no easy task. “You need to think of things that need to be done 24/7,” she added. “You have to be available all the time.”
Laura Schaefer is running for Nassau County Legislature for the 14th District. Schaefer is a first time candidate, running on the Republican, Conservative, and Independence lines in the general election this November. The 14th Legislative District is composed of the communities of Garden City, Carle Place, Westbury, Old Westbury, Hicksville, and Bethpage.
Schaefer is a lifelong resident of Westbury. She grew up in Wheatley Hills riding bikes, playing kickball and going to the movies.
“It was a nice neighborhood and there were a lot of kids. I have fond memories of it,” Schaefer said.
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.
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