Highlighting increased funding from CHIPS (Consolidated Local Street and Highway Improvement Program), New York State Senator Jack Martins offered a brief state budget review at the recent Nassau County Village Officials Association (NCVOA) dinner meeting. Martins, who fought for these increased CHIPS funds, reported a $75 million increase for municipalities (towns and villages), for road improvement and maintenance.
In a separate interview, the senator focused on specific benefits for the Town of Oyster Bay. CHIPS funds for the Town of Oyster Bay total $1,670,357, a 28.64 increase over last year.
On Saturday, June 8, over 200 Hicksville residents, along with their family and friends, will participate in Relay for Life to honor those who have died from cancer, celebrate those who have overcome it and support those who are fighting against it. Relay for Life is hosted by the American Cancer Society in an effort to raise awareness about the disease.
Megan Stewart, manager of special events for the American Cancer Society said, “Relay is an opportunity to celebrate life and fight back against cancer. It is a way to do something good and help those whom we love.”
George A. Thomas, a WWII veteran and prisoner of war, a furniture store owner and a seventh generation Long Islander, died of heart failure on March 20 at North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset. He was 87 and a life-long resident of Hicksville.
He was born in a small house on Route 107 in Brookville and grew up in a large family during the great depression. He got his first job at 12, caddying at the Bethpage Golf Club and letting him help support his family.
Editor’s note: The following is an essay submitted by Gregory S. Thomas about his grandfather, George Arthur Thomas. This is part of a series of essays, which were submitted by our readership for the Anton Newspapers Military Heroes Essay Contest with the American Airpower Museum of East Farmingdale and The Collings Foundation. Essay winners flew in historic aircraft stationed at the American Airpower Museum in September 2012.
World War II was a global military conflict, which involved the majority of the world’s countries. The culturally diverse, and globally separated nations were divided into two separate alliances known as: the Allies and the Axis. The war included over one hundred million military personnel from the various countries, which were mobilized throughout Europe, and Japan. This fact made WWII, the most widespread war in history.
During the war, the participating countries faced many obstacles, which they needed to overcome, in order to help the war effort. America imposed rules and regulations on the people at home, in order for the soldiers overseas to receive everything they needed. The people remaining at home (known as the home-front) had to abide by these stipulations, along with helping the war effort anyway possible.
“Go mommies, practice chasing those babies,” cheers a UPS delivery driver walking by a group of mothers with their babies in the corridor of Broadway Mall on any Friday morning. The moms and their babies are members of the local Stroller Strides fitness group that meets at Broadway Mall in Hicksville.
While completing an hour-long circuit training routine, that makes use of the length of the mall, many passersby cheer the moms, give thumbs up or even stop to talk with the babies who are nestled in their strollers.
With the strollers parked in a small circle, kids facing each other, in the Panera corridor of the mall, the moms complete a moderately paced circuit of strength training exercises, yoga, and balance poses. Group owner, Beth Kichel, incorporates the exercise calls and instruction between the verses of nursery rhymes or the lines of a storybook. She uses props like hand puppets or bubbles to stimulate the kids while the moms are workout out to her instruction.
Do your family photos now have mold, water stains, sand, dirt, mud, ash, scratches or other unsightly flaws due to the effects of Hurricane Sandy last October? If so, you’re not alone. Fortunately, you can preserve these precious mementos by getting your photos scanned and digitally retouched at a special event at Nassau Community College on Sunday, April 7.
The event, a team effort between the NCC Art Department and CARE for Sandy (Cherished Album Restoration Effort) will be open to NCC staff, faculty, students and Nassau County residents. Each individual or family will be eligible to bring up to 50 photos to be scanned. Once they have been scanned they will be posted on the CARE for Sandy website to be “adopted” by approved retouching volunteers. Once digitally restored, the high-resolution images will be provided to the photo’s owners. The original photos will be returned after they are scanned. All guests will need to sign in on the first floor of the G Building at the NCC campus, One Education Drive in Garden City On April 7, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. NCC IDs are required. Scanning will take place in the Photo Lab/Rm GC 23 in the basement.
The Conservation District of Nassau County has announced that Long Island residents have placed orders for 10,080 native tree and shrub seedlings in its first-ever plant and shrub sale. The sale was prompted by the destruction of area trees and shrubs caused by Superstorm Sandy. Orders will be available for pickup on April 19 between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. and on April 20 between the hours of 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. at the conservation district’s offices located at 5 Old Jericho Turnpike in Jericho (across from the former Maine Maid Inn). On the day of the pickup, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Nassau County will be on hand to explain proper plant management. The district and the Long Island Native Plant Initiative (LINPI) will have information booths to educate residents on their respective programs.
Nassau County Museum of Art has announced a new summer arts experience for children aged 5 to 13. Summer Art Lab, a series of three two-week sessions will use the museum’s 145-acre property inside and out, including the museum’s historic Gold Coast mansion with its 10 gallery spaces, and the natural beauty of the gardens, sculpture park, woodlands, ponds, marked walking trails and much more. Session I will take place from July 8 to 19, Session II is July 22 to Aug. 2 and Session III is Aug. 5 to 16. For children aged 5-8, session will be held from 9 a.m. to noon; for children aged 9-13, session will be held from 1 to 4 p.m.
For fees, other details and registration, visit nassaumuseum.org; look for the Summer Art Lab tab at the top of the home page.
When Evan Campanella was in school, it seemed as if his attention was always elsewhere. “I successfully turned every single notebook from my classes into a personal tribute to spider-man, robots and dragon-slaying women in chain mail bikinis,” he said. Now, the Hicksvillian is a professional illustrator and fine art painter, and although it may seem that the road to getting there was always pointing him in the right direction, he had to overcome several challenges in order to stand proud of where he is today.
“I’d been painting since I can remember,” he explained. “My parents were art students themselves, and although they didn’t pursue a career in the arts, they had painted from time to time. They were culturally- minded and so my brothers and I were exposed to the arts and music at a young age. Hobbies, musical instruments and individual pursuits and projects were encouraged, or at least not entirely objected to.”
Brushing aside widespread assertions to the contrary, Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos last week flatly declared: “The county is not broke.”
In a wide-ranging discussion with editors of Anton Community Newspapers in Mineola, the Republican comptroller declared, “Why can’t people believe that if we give an audited financial statement, performed by outside auditors and show that we have a surplus, why isn’t it real?”
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