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Hicksville Honors The Fallen

Written by Emily Cappiello, Thursday, 19 September 2013 00:00

It’s been 12 years since the attack on the World Trade Center, but no matter how many years have passed, it is a day that Americans will remember forever. To honor the fallen members of the Hicksville community, as well as the first responders who lost their lives trying to rescue civilians, friends and family of those who were lost on that day gathered together with the Hicksville Fire Department to pay tribute. A special tribute was given to George Howard, ex-captain of the Hicksville Fire Department who was with Emergency Company 5, and Terrence Farrell, ex-chief of the department who was also with Citizens Engine Company 3.

With American pride on full display as a large flag hung over the firehouse as well as a sea of American Flags on the lawn to honor the 411 first responders that were lost in the terrorism attack, the event kicked off with a procession by the New York Metro Pipe Band and the Hicksville Color Guard. Nick Brigandi, Honorary Chief of the Hicksville Fire Department, led the pledge of allegiance followed by Erica Fuentes singing the national anthem.


Sweating For A Cause

Written by Jill Nossa, Friday, 20 September 2013 00:00
Three local moms will be competing in a challenging obstacle course this weekend in order to help better the lives of preschoolers with cancer. Danielle Taylor, Jeannine Del Pozzo and Stephanie Dean have signed up for the Civilian Military Combine Course in Brooklyn as Team YOLO (You Only Live Once), and will give their donations to the Morgan Center of Hicksville.

Taylor, owner and founder of Bish Bash Books, says she was looking for a charity to give to, and sought out local moms to see who would be interested in joining her. Longtime pal Del Pozzo, owner of Del Pozzo Foods, and Dean were all interested in doing the event, initially as a way to get in shape.


Hicksville Celebrates Greek Pride

Written by Youseph Rasheed Friday, 13 September 2013 00:00

The sounds of traditional folk music filled the air as the parking lot of the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church in Hicksville transformed into a makeshift Greek village. The Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church has been part of the Hicksville community for over three decades. The church hosts an annual Greek festival that brings together the Greek community from far and wide to celebrate their proud heritage. 


The event was held for three days, beginning on Sept. 6. George Pieri, festival chairman, was beaming with pride on the second day of festivities as he oversaw the celebration. “It’s a lot of work, but it’s a lot of fun too,” Pieri explained.

“We are very lucky this year because the weather is beautiful and there is a great turnout.”


Car Enthusiasts Come Together For Good Cause

Written by Youseph Rasheed Thursday, 12 September 2013 00:00

Automobile lovers were out in full force at the eighth annual Long Island Cruizin’ For a Cure car show this past Sunday. Over 600 cars, trucks, and motorcycles were on display at the exhibition which was held at the Sears parking lot in HIcksville. 


The show is the only one of its kind dedicated to raising funds for awareness, testing and research pertaining to prostate cancer. Winthrop University Hospital provided men with free Prostate-Specific Antigen (PSA) screening blood tests, to help detect and prevent this affliction. The test measures the level of PSA in the blood. A high level indicates that the patient is more likely to develop prostate cancer.  In the past, this show has diagnosed over fifty men with high PSA levels, which led these men to seek out medical care that potentially saved their lives. 


Your Personal Life Soundtrack

Written by Betsy Abraham Wednesday, 11 September 2013 00:00

Shoob studios is celebrating memories, one song at a time

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. 


Arrested Development: Voters Choose Delay

Written by Edith Updike, Friday, 06 September 2013 00:00

Syosset-Jericho will get new development—just not any time soon

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.


Driver Injured On Pollack

Thursday, 05 September 2013 00:00

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.


Pols Speak On Municipal Bankruptcies

Written by Chris Boyle, Wednesday, 04 September 2013 00:00

LI relatively stable so far, but macro clouds still loom

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.”


Hicksville High School Principal Retires

Written by Gregory Giaconelli, Friday, 30 August 2013 00:00

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.”  


Schaefer Seeks Seat

Written by Hicksville News Staff, Thursday, 29 August 2013 00:00

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.


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