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Girl Scout Night March 19

Friday, 15 March 2013 00:00

The Brownies of Hicksville Girl Scout Troop #3362 are partnering with Cedar Creek American Bar and Grill in Glen Cove for their first Girl Scout Night. On Tuesday, March 19, from 5 to 9 p.m., the restaurant will present a special chef inspired menu using Girl Scout Cookies. Cedar Creek will donate a portion of the sales to the Troop for their fundraising efforts. Then stop by the Scouts’ table to purchase boxes of cookies to take home, or to have donated to military troops, through Operation Cookie. Reservations for the event are necessary, call 516-656-5656. Visit Cedar Creek’s website for directions:

Hicksville Brownie Troop #336


GOP Passes Districting Map

Written by Karen Gellender, Friday, 15 March 2013 00:00

Despite protests, Republican map passes legislature

The turbulent redistricting process in Nassau County came to an end last week with a party line vote approving a map drawn up by the Republican majority. But the strong possibility of a lawsuit by those opposed to the new map looms.

Republican legislators were booed by members of the audience as they voted for the GOP map. Critics of the map had held out hope that Legislator Denise Ford, who had voted against a similar Republican map in 2011, would vote against her caucus, but she voted with the majority.  The map passed 10-9.


They Speak Through Sign

Written by Mary Ellen Porrazzo, Friday, 15 March 2013 00:00

Learn this language, and you can

break through the silence

Personal enrichment. Career Advancement. Family concerns. Their reasons may differ but a love of learning is shared by students in Russell Kane’s class in Level One Adult American Sign Language (ASL) at Mill Neck Services in Hicksville.

One couple registered for the class because their six-month-old granddaughter is deaf. Another student is the daughter of parents who are deaf. One woman is a special education teacher and another wants to make a career in the field of deaf education.


Local Lifesaver

Written by Cory Twibell, Friday, 08 March 2013 00:00

Hicksville native and firefighter Doug Chiz knows what it takes to save a life – only in this case, he wasn’t battling a raging inferno.

Chiz was coming to the aid of teenager Angela Rugh, who was battling cancer.

In 2007, Chiz, a 2001 Hicksville High School grad, added his name to the National Bone Marrow Registry as he was finishing his training at the FDNY Probationary Firefighter Academy. All 236 of Chiz’s fellow firefighters added their names to the list, which required only a simple cheek swab, and Chiz was told the odds of being a possible match were slim.


Taxi Turmoil

Written by Cory Twibell, Friday, 08 March 2013 00:00

Hicksville-based Sunset Taxi owner Phil Fortuna is suing the MTA and the Town of Oyster Bay, stating that parking spaces reserved for taxis have been illegally changed.

A 30-year veteran in the taxi industry and president of the Long Island Taxi Transportation Owners, Fortuna said that the MTA (which owns the land) and the town (which formerly controlled use of the space) violated the terms of a lease signed in 1965.


Broadway Birds

Written by Cory Twibell, Friday, 01 March 2013 00:00

Hicksville resident Jim McCrann recently noticed two feathered friends hanging out in Hicksville, though the pair stood out more than Hicksville’s standard pigeons.

“For the past several months, there have been a pair of red-tailed hawks perching along the upper edges of Macy’s here in the Broadway Mall in Hicksville,” said McCrann, who normally spots the hawks on his daily morning walk.


Night At The Opera

Written by Cory Twibell, Friday, 01 March 2013 00:00

Hicksville native Kimberly Feltkamp recalls the start of her music career, playing a quarter-size cello at the age of 5. More recently, she’s a mezzo-soprano opera singer whose performance earned a favorable review from The New York Times.

In her first semester at Hofstra University, Feltkamp discovered her passion for opera at a performance of Mozart’s “Le Nozze di Figaro.” Feltkamp’s budding interest in opera also took her to Salzburg, Austria in 2009, where she studied with soprano Edda Moser at the Mozarteum International Summer Academy.


Extra Support

Written by Cory Twibell, Friday, 22 February 2013 00:00
Every year in Nassau County, more than 200 women – mothers, daughters, wives and friends – die from breast cancer. According to the New York Cancer Registry, an average of 1,265 cases of breast cancer are reported annually within Nassau County.

Hicksville residents Samantha Bowen and Fran Mulholland recently created artistic bras with a personal touch – one way in which many Nassau County residents are providing physical and moral support for those suffering from breast cancer. “One important part of the celebration is the self-esteem that each breast cancer survivor gets back as a result of breast reconstruction. As the scars slowly fade away, so does the physical reminder of what she’s been through. She can reclaim her life and celebrate each new day,” said Mulholland, noting the inspiration for her design, “Celebrating Another Birthday.”


Ronnie ‘Good News’ Cameron

Written by Cory Twibell Friday, 22 February 2013 00:00
The Hicksville community is familiar with football star Ronnie Cameron, who attended Holy Trinity High School and is now a member of the Philadelphia Eagles.

What residents may not know is that between practices, meetings and training, Cameron – an imposing physical specimen at 6 feet, 2 inches and nearly 300 pounds – recently founded Bonfire Impact, a social awareness website that highlights the good deeds of professional athletes and other prominent figures in the public spotlight.  

According to, the website aims to “deliver news and media that promotes charitable organizations, nonprofits, social awareness, human rights, social issues, education advocacy, health and under-covered stories.”


Taking The Reins

Written by Mary Ellen Porrazzo, Friday, 15 February 2013 00:00

Trinity Lutheran welcomes
Lisa Cacchioli as new school’s principal

Spend a few minutes with Principal Lisa Cacchioli and three words come to life. “A Caring Place,” which is etched on the red awning over the Nicholai Street entrance to Trinity Lutheran School, is transformed from a gentle greeting into a warm embrace of every student inside.

Add a dedicated staff and you have a center of learning combining cutting edge technology, educational basics and deep moral values.

“I firmly believe in respect for everyone at all times,” Cacchioli said.


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