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Stories Through Shadows

Written by Betsy Abraham, Thursday, 14 August 2014 00:00

It’ll be your favorite nursery rhymes like you’ve never seen them before. On Aug. 20 Nappy’s Puppets brings an interactive shadow puppet show to the library, retelling popular nursery rhymes and songs.

The man behind the screen is Jim Napolitano, who has been doing shadow puppet shows for the past 15 years. The Connecticut resident does anywhere between 125 to 150 shows a year in the tri-state area.

“I love that every show is different. Each audience brings a different energy and helps me create a unique performance,” says Napolitano.


Locals Resurrect Jesus Christ Superstar

Written by Colleen Maidhof, Wednesday, 13 August 2014 00:00

Hicksville residents Jim Black and Adam Mosebach from St. Paul’s Center Stage Theater performed Jesus Christ Superstar at St. Hyacinths Church in Glen Head this past weekend.  

“We had the largest opening audience in our history and the cast was absolutely phenomenal,” said Black, the show’s producer. “The audience loved it.”

The rock opera was performed by St. Paul's Center Stage in 2000, and the show was so memorable that Black was excited to produce it again.


School Zones Get Speed Cameras

Written by Chris Gavin and Dan Offner, Thursday, 07 August 2014 00:00

Drivers—get ready to slow down. Nassau County is currently in the process of installing school zone speed cameras in an effort to enhance safety by encouraging drivers to travel with caution, as well as support law enforcement efforts to crack down on violators and prevent accidents caused by speeding.

Governor Andrew Cuomo signed legislation authorizing the addition of speed cameras in school speed zones in Nassau and Suffolk counties on June 25. The law allows one speed camera per district to record speeding violations as they occur, without requiring a police officer to be present at the scene. The law enables speed cameras to be placed in up to 56 school speed zones in Nassau County.


Superintendent Search Continues

Written by Betsy Abraham, Wednesday, 06 August 2014 00:00

The Hicksville Board of Education appointed Marianne Litzman acting superintendent last week, as they begin the interview process to find an interim.

Litzman has been in the district since 1985 and was a natural choice, as she was the assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction.

The board has started interviews for an interim superintendent and is hoping to have one in the next month. They are working with the firm, School Leadership, to find a permanent replacement.


Hicksville Improv Goes To The Farm

Written by Hicksville News Staff, Friday, 01 August 2014 00:00

Hicksville improv sketch comedy group, Unrehearsed, will be performing this weekend at Crossroads Farm in Malverne.

The group, which consists of performers from Hicksville, will put on a fast-paced, interactive improv sketch show which will be made up completely on the spot. The only thing the actors know is which improv game they will be playing.

An Unrehearsed show follows a format similar to popular improv sketch comedy television shows, such as "Whose Line Is It Anyway," using games to create hilarious situations that are completely made up on the spot.


Superintendent Steps Down

Written by Betsy Abraham, Thursday, 31 July 2014 09:59

Superintendent Maureen Bright and the Hicksville School District are parting ways, a year earlier than originally planned.

At a Board of Education meeting May 20, Bright announced that she would not be renewing her contract when it expired at the end of the 2014-15 school year. However, a notice posted last week on the Hicksville School District website stated that she is leaving her position July 31, 2014.


Hicksville Grad Wins Emmy

Written by Rich Forestano, Wednesday, 30 July 2014 00:00
Jaclynn Demas always loved film and television. She dreamed of having a hand in its creative process. and wanted to shape the moving image. The East Williston resident’s obsession paid off after taking home a Daytime Creative Arts Emmy Award for Outstanding Pre-School Children’s Animated Program last month as producer of PBS KIDS’ Peg + Cat.

“I’ve loved TV and was a movie buff since I was a little kid,” she said. “All I’ve ever wanted to do was make films. I was just upset at how things were made. When I got older, I took a lot of courses in TV and video production.”


Creative Cups Returns

Written by Hicksville News Staff, Friday, 25 July 2014 00:00

Get out your needle and thread, glue gun, beads, and paint. Creative Cups, the popular, life-affirming fund raising event of the Adelphi NY Statewide Breast Cancer Hotline & Support Program, is back. This is the fourth time that Creative Cups has happened on Long Island and allows artists, breast cancer survivors, their friends, family members and others to use originality and creativity to transform ordinary bras into works of art. Creative Cups celebrates the lives of those living with breast cancer and those we have lost to this terrible disease. All are invited to participate by creating an “art bra” or becoming a sponsor.

Fran Mulholland from Hicksville along with her friend Emilia Goncalves decorated a bra for last year’s Creative Cups. Their bra was themed “Celebrating Another Birthday.”


Hot Dog Lovers Relish At Linda’s

Written by Betsy Abraham, Thursday, 24 July 2014 10:15

Linda Doyle knows how to make a good hot dog. And she doesn’t need a big fancy kitchen or shiny barbeque grill to do it. Rather, Doyle’s famous franks are served out of a small trailer on the side of S. Broadway.

For the past 16 years, passers-by coming along S. Broadway looking for a delicious, cheap bite to eat for lunch or a pre-dinner snack have been stopping by Linda’s Hot Dog Boutique, a simple white trailer adorned by a flag, yellow umbrella and two signs.


The Doorstop With A Holy Touch

Written by Youseph Rasheed, Friday, 18 July 2014 00:00

You could say Darren Butler has quite the entrepreneurial disposition. The Hicksville resident not only founded a church, but invented a doorstop that does not require screwing any holes into your wall or door. The device simply clamps on to the bottom of any sized door without requiring tools.

“I never envisioned myself as being an inventor,” explained Butler. “I became one by accident and out of frustration.”

After Butler and his wife purchased their home, they wanted to decorate and maintain it.  “We have four children and at the time we wanted to minimize the damage that occurs from doors slamming into walls because as young children do; they have a tendency to aggressively open doors, and as a result the door knob created holes in our wall,” said Butler. “We purchased conventional doorstops so at the very least we could minimize that reality if not eliminate it all together.”


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