Hicksville resident Venkata Sravani Kollu, a medical biology master’s student at LIU Post, is being featured in a series of advertisements as part of Long Island University’s rebranding campaign.
On Jan. 1, Long Island University rebranded itself as LIU. The names of LIU’s six campuses received shorter designations, uniting them under the new LIU brand and extending their reach in an increasingly digital world. The C.W. Post Campus of Long Island University is now LIU Post and the university’s other five locations are LIU Brooklyn, LIU Brentwood, LIU Riverhead, LIU Hudson at Rockland and LIU Hudson at Westchester.
Four Hicksville runners, with the help of friends, family and the local community, recently raised more than $16,000 to benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
Holy Trinity grad Alexis Tobin and Hicksville High School alums Meagan Doyle, Kerri O’Connor and Keira McCarthy organized several fundraising events in the area before running 13.1 miles at Walt Disney World on Jan. 7 for Team in Training (TNT), a Leukemia & Lymphoma Society program that helps athletes train and raise money for blood cancer.
“Coming to a place like this builds self-esteem,” executive director Tom Bruno said in an interview last Friday. He cited the recreation program and Power Hour as just two elements of the club that do just that.
If Holy Trinity grad and Westbury native Ronnie Cameron receives a call from a National Football League general manager in late April, his road to the pros will certainly be one less traveled.
Cameron, who recently earned an information technology MBA, began his football career playing with friends in front of Park Avenue School in New Cassel and as a member of Mineola’s pee-wee program as a 7-year-old, yet described his younger self as more student than athlete.
On the eve of a vote that could shut down four police precincts in Nassau County and convert them to community policing centers, officers with the Police Benevolent Association (PBA) once again presented their case against the proposal.
In a meeting with editors of Anton Community Newspapers, PBA President James Carver and his associates claimed that the proposed closures would result in less services at the community centers than what existed at precinct stationhouses. They also disputed claims made by Acting Police Commissioner Thomas Dale that crime has decreased in Nassau County and in general, they made the case that precinct stationhouses are essential to combating crime and performing needed services.
An enthusiastic crowd of over 200 people gathered at the Book Revue in the village of Huntington on a cold January afternoon, to attend author Scott Starkey’s “book talk” of his debut novel, How to Beat the Bully Without Really Trying.
The Book Revue is one of the largest independent bookstores in the country and is considered a renowned cultural and social center. They regularly offer a schedule of distinguished author readings and celebrity appearances. Unfortunately, the first run of hard copies was sold out at the signing; however, digital copies are available via Nook and Kindle.
Starkey is currently a fifth-grade teacher at East Street School in Hicksville. He has worked in the district for the past 16 years, and as the Head Coach for the Varsity Boys Soccer team led his players to win the New York State Championship this year.
One would be surprised to attend a community event in Hicksville without crossing paths with former Town of Oyster Bay Councilwoman and current Nassau County Legislator Rose Marie Walker.
A lifelong resident of Hicksville, the legislator attended and worked at private and parochial schools in the area, including St. Stephen’s Nursery School and the Hicksville Union Free School District. She earned a degree in education from Belmont Abbey/Sacred Heart College in North Carolina.
Walker has played a role in almost every aspect of life in Hicksville, ranging from the board of education to youth sports. The Hicksville Illustrated News recently caught up with Legislator Walker to discuss her background and issues in the 17th Legislative District.
On Tuesday, Feb. 7, Town of Oyster Bay board members voted down a proposal for Costco to open a store in Hicksville on 555 W. John Street.
The board voted 6-0, with one board member absent, to deny the application, but voted 6-0 to accept the environmental study associated with Costco’s application. The store, had the special-use permit been granted, would have measured more than 150,000 square feet and included parking lot space.
“Generally, they just felt it was not an appropriate use in that area and that the fallout with the traffic and everything else was not what was needed in that neighborhood. For most of the residents, traffic was the overriding concern – that would be a huge store with a lot of parking spaces,” a Town of Oyster Bay spokesperson said.
United States Senator Charles E. Schumer was given a warm welcome when he visited the Village of Floral Park Fire Department Headquarters on Monday, Jan. 27. Schumer revealed to a small crowd that more than 70 Nassau County fire departments and seven volunteer ambulance corps are facing major budget hikes in order to meet the year-end deadlines to upgrade existing radio equipment due to federal mandates.
Schumer had only the highest of praise for the volunteer firefighters who came from cities across Nassau County, including Stewart Manor, Garden City, Bellerose, New Hyde Park, Great Neck, Island Park, Valley Stream, East Williston, Port Washington, Bayville, Freeport, Wantagh, and Oceanside, Lakeview.
“As you know I care a lot about our firefighters; they are great people. Nassau County volunteer fire departments are among the best in the country,” Schumer said, adding, “They risk their lives, they don’t get paid to make us safe. It’s a great thing and everyone here in this county is blessed by the quality of the fire departments.”
Long Island Lutheran Middle and High School has been blessed by countless individuals and families who have affected exciting and positive changes for the school. As the school’s “Growing in Excellence” campaign continues on in Phase II, many gathered to celebrate the special people who help make LuHi the wonderful educational ministry it is today.
Long Island Lutheran gave tribute to important LuHi community members with the school’s highest honor, the Pro Deo et Schola Award, meaning “for God and school.”
This year’s recipients were Loretta Ruff and family of Hicksville and Dr. David and Janet Hahn of Brookville.
Ruff served as executive secretary at LuHi from 1979 to 2005, and both she and husband Fred have been invaluable volunteers at the LuHi Open, Bid-for-Kids Dinner Auction Dinner and, most recently, the Haiti Meal Packing Event. She has served on a number of councils and boards at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Plainview where she and Fred are active members. In addition, daughters Karen (Klose), Allison (Sweeney) and son Frederick and their families have served LuHi in various volunteer and staff roles.
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