On Saturday, Jan. 21, 2012, families and friends of Catholic schools across Long Island braved the freezing temperatures and icy conditions to rally in protest of the closings announced by the Diocese of Rockville Centre.
The schools that closed their doors in June 2012 were: Farmingdale: Saint John Baptist de La Salle Regional School, Franklin Square: Saint Catherine of Sienna School, Hicksville: Saint Ignatius Loyola School, North Merrick: Sacred Heart School, Lindenhurst: Our Lady of Perpetual Help School and Sayville: Prince of Peace Regional School.
Hicksville might be torn in two. The hamlet will be divided between two legislative districts under a redistricting proposal from the Republican appointees to Nassau County’s Temporary Districting Advisory Committee. And with the GOP holding a majority of the county legislature, this proposal could become law.
“When you’re dividing communities, there’s less of a voice,” said Bonnie Garone, a commission member appointed by Democrats.
The issue of redistricting county legislative districts has been a controversial political issue going back to the 2011 elections, when Democrats went to court to stop Republicans from adopting lines drawn by the GOP.
Hicksville’s Gerard Gagliano and his wife, Barbara, recently had the opportunity to eat alongside the two-time Super Bowl champ and MVP at MetLife Stadium after winning a Dunkin’ Donuts contest on Facebook.
The Hicksville Illustrated News caught up with Gerard regarding his experience.
Robert Malandro’s coaching awards are almost as numerous as the number of years he has spent coaching the Holy Trinity boys baseball team.
With a quarter-century worth of experience and five Catholic League Championships, Malandro has been paving the way for successful high school baseball players for more than two decades. Humble, enthusiastic and dedicated are only a few words that adequately describe the five-time NSCHSAA Coach of the Year.
After playing baseball all around the country with the Nassau County Police Department, Malandro found coaching to be the next natural step after his retirement. A Hicksville resident himself, Malandro began coaching baseball at Holy Trinity in 1989 after answering an ad in a local paper.
The Hicksville Fire Department’s 2nd Annual Holiday Fire Safety Open House on Dec. 2 called attention to the many fire and emergency issues that our community faces every year.
Malfunctioning smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors, food on the stove fires and overloaded electrical circuits are only some of the dangers posed in local Hicksville homes.
This year, HorseAbility, Long Island’s center for equine facilitated programs, is celebrating its 20th anniversary, helping those with special needs since 1993.
Kathleen Kilcommons McGowan founded HorseAbility in 1993 when she lent her horse to a friend who was also a physical therapist. Her friend used hippotherapy, which helps with motor disabilities by promoting motor-planning abilities, mobilizing the hips and lower spine and stimulating the central nervous system. All of this is done in the presence of a horse.
In the aftermath of the unthinkable, local students, teachers and administrators returned to school on Monday, Dec. 17 following the Connecticut school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School that took the lives of 20 children and six adults the previous Friday.
The Hicksville Public School District Superintendent Maureen Bright, along with the board of education, said that in the face of danger, teachers and administrators at Sandy Hook displayed an altruistic side that many educators are known for throughout the country.
For the 18th year, the Rotary Club of Hicksville–Jericho sponsored the annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony at Kennedy Park in the heart of Hicksville.
It was a bit damp on Dec. 7; however, the drizzle didn’t dampen the spirit of the large turnout of people that were there. The Ladies Auxiliary of the Hicksville Fire Department made sure of that by graciously donating and serving hot chocolate to keep everyone warm and happy.
Volunteers from the Hicksville Fire Department decorated the large evergreen tree in the middle of Kennedy Park. An additional 22 Christmas trees were donated by Ron Regan, a friend of the Hicksville-Jericho Rotary Club. These trees were set up by volunteers from the Hicksville Water Department and decorated by local Hicksville civic groups, businesses, churches and elected officials. Sabrina and Greg from radio station Fresh 102.7 were covering scene.
Lay, a 10-year pastor at Parkway Community Church, which recently combined with the Levittown Community Church, left the United States on Oct. 23 for Palestine as part of the Christian Peacemaker Teams organization, a group dedicated to spreading nonviolence throughout areas of conflict throughout the world.
Through Nov. 4, Lay and his group visited Jerusalem, Hebron and Bethlehem and spoke to Christians living in Israel and Palestine.
Lauren Cecco, a senior at Hicksville High School, recently won the Nassau County Diving Championship for the second consecutive year. She qualified for the New York State Championship in Ithaca for the fifth consecutive year, making the finals and finishing in the top-10 each year. Lauren is pictured on the left with coach Joanne Corio. Lauren will be attending the University of Connecticut on a diving scholarship.
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