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.
It was an interesting meeting of the Hicksville Historical Society on Wednesday, May 29, as Hicksville Fire Department’s Ex-Chief Owen Magee discussed the department’s 100-plus year history. Magee, a 57-year member of the department, gave a talk describing the history, establishment and operations.
“Pretty much my whole family has been involved with the Hicksville Fire Department,” said Magee who joined the ranks in 1957. “My father, brother, brother-in-law and my son who is now a federal firefighter at West Point has all held rank in the department at one time or another.”
New York State Senator Jack M. Martins congratulated New York State Youth of the Year Harneet Gulati for her work in the community and for her positive impact on its young people.
“Harneet is a shining example of the leadership our young people show in giving of their time and talents to improve the lives of others. Her perseverance and the encouragement of the Hicksville Boys and Girls Club says a lot about our community.”
Since the early 1800s, Hicksville has been a place of culture, family and dreams. Residents have taken pride in their hometown and the beautification of Hicksville is at the forefront of everyone’s minds—especially resident and art visionary Debra Ann Kasimakis. Kasimakis is the artist behind a new Hicksville Memorial Fountain that will stand in Kennedy Memorial Park, in place of the first fountain, which has been demolished after weather and time took its toll on the structure.
The Kiwanis Foundation of Hicksville, in cooperation with the Hicksville Chamber of Commerce, built the original fountain, dedicated in 1979, and in July of last year, the two groups announced the construction of a new fountain in the same location, on Broadway and Jerusalem Avenue.
The Hicksville community lining the streets of Hicksville for the United Veterans of Hicksville’s annual Memorial Day Parade and ceremonies on the morning of Memorial Day to pay tribute to those men and women who gave the ultimate sacrifice – their lives – in order to protect the principles of the United States.
This year Arlene Howard was selected at the Grand Marshal.
The parade stepped off on Broadway, heading south to Old Country Road. At the Hicksville Middle School the parade procession and hundreds of residents and guests gathered at the school’s Veterans Memorial Park for a brief ceremony to honor the war dead.
Hicksville native Jae Lee recently rose to the top of his senior class at New York Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT), winning the Critic Award for sportswear. But fashion wasn’t the path that Lee originally chose.
In high school, Lee excelled in art classes and thought that he wanted to go to college and major in fine arts. However, he said, it was while watching an episode of “Project Runway” that he had a revelation. “All of a sudden I was thinking that it was something I could/should do and that’s what kind of led to it,” he said. He made up his mind that he was going to apply to fashion school and enlisted the help of one of his art teachers in school to help him. “We really scrambled and put together this presentation in about two weeks, where other people, I’m sure, worked on theirs for months,” he said. Lee said that when he went to present his portfolio, he didn’t think the meeting went well at all. “Everyone was really well prepared,” he said. But, he admitted, it must have gone better than he thought, because he was accepted to FIT.
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