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Library Budget Sees Increase

Written by Betsy Abraham, babraham@antonnews.com Wednesday, 14 May 2014 00:00

The Hicksville Public Library’s budget for 2014-15 includes a 4.04% increase, and while this does pierce the NYS property tax cap, Hicksville residents will only see an average increase of $12.87 per household. With the 2014-15 budget, the average homeowner will pay approximately $257.01 a year in library tax.

The library is looking to get $4.3 million of their $5.2 million budget from real estate taxes (the rest comes from fines and fees, PILOTS, the appropriated fund balance, and other revenues). The most significant line item increase in the library’s budget was for capital improvements, which went from $30,000 in the 2013-14 budget to $320,000 in the 2014-15 proposed budget. Library director Elizabeth Goldfrank attributes this huge change to some much needed repairs in the building.

 

Scout Renovates Community Garden

Written by Gary Simeone, hicksville@antonnews.com Friday, 09 May 2014 00:00

Spring time has finally arrived and that means more people are outside looking for a nice spot to stop and smell the flowers. And thanks to one local boy's efforts, the Trinity Lutheran Community Garden might be the perfect place to sit and relax. This past Saturday, Boy Scout Troop 291 member Thomas Miller helped install two new benches and shrubbery as part of his Eagle Scout project. Miller was helped by members of his troop to help beautify the area.

“The Eagle Scout project is a mandatory project that is meant to establish long lasting benefit in the community,” said Miller, who is an eight year member of the Boy Scouts. “It is essential to do the project in order to attain Eagle Scout status, which is the highest ranking in the Boy Scouts.”

 

A Dance Hour Is A Happy Hour

Written by Domenica Farishian, hicksville@antonnews.com Thursday, 08 May 2014 00:00

Catherine Politis sweeps Hicksville

off its feet one waltz at a time

If you are a “Dancing with the Stars” fan, you may secretly envision yourself gliding across the dance floor in perfect synchronicity with your favorite dance professional, the crowds cheering you on, as the judges reveal your scores.

At the Hicksville Public Library you don’t have to be on the hit show to have your dancing dreams realized. At the library, everyone is a star while taking the ballroom dance classes of seasoned instructor, Catherine Politis.

 

Donate A Bike, Change A Life

Written by Betsy Abraham, babraham@antonnews.com Wednesday, 07 May 2014 00:00

Your old bike may be doing nothing more than taking up space in your garage, but for people in Africa, a bicycle could be the key to literacy, a higher income, and overall better life. Westbury resident and Wheatley School science teacher Steven Finkelstein saw this first hand when he went to Africa in 1997. An avid bicyclist, seeing how people’s lives were changed with this simple vehicle fueled a passion in him to help bring cycles to Africa.

In 1999, he saw that dream realized as he helped organize the Afri-Bike Coalition at Wheatley. Together with the nonprofit organization the Village Bicycle Project, the group held their first bike collection in 1999, and in 2000, sent 200 bikes to Ghana. Since, then they’ve sent a total of 2,500 bikes to Ghana.

 

The Stories Behind The Songs

Written by Paige McAtee, hicksville@antonnews.com Sunday, 04 May 2014 00:00

Harvey Granat serenades with

George Gershwin’s greatest hits 

With his smooth cabaret voice, singer Harvey Granat serenaded the audience at the Hicksville Public Library while performing the songs of the late American singer and songwriter George Gershwin on Sunday, April 27.

Granat is known for his performances being a combination of an artists’ songs and interesting stories from the artists’ lives. He did more than just sing during his performance; he also told the audience stories about Gershwin, from letters and manuscripts Granat has compiled.

 

Beloved Coach Honored

Written by Gary Simeone, hicksville@antonnews.com Saturday, 03 May 2014 00:00

Varsity baseball field renamed for Bob Hilsky

The Hicksville community gave a moving tribute to a great baseball coach and teacher this past Saturday, as they honored the life and name of Bob Hilsky. Hilsky, who coached boys varsity baseball for 30 years in the district, passed away this past January at the age of 75. The Hicksville Board of Education dedicated the varsity baseball field as Coach Bob Hilsky Memorial Field.

“His contributions were more than just a baseball coach,” said Board of Education trustee, Steven Culhane, who was a former player of Hilsky’s. “Coach Hilsky believed in the real meaning of team, the power of inclusion and the Board of Education is proud and privileged to reserve a spot for him here forever for the all the contributions he gave.”

 

Hicksville Kids Get Safe With KidPix

Written by Chris Boyle, hicksville@antonnews.com Friday, 02 May 2014 00:00

These days, every parent welcomes anything that can give them a little extra peace of mind when it comes to the safety of their children. Recently at the Hicksville Public Library, Nassau County provided parents with just that in the form of its acclaimed KidPix initiative, a free program that provides parents with a detailed identification card containing important information about their child to be used in the event of an emergency.

Senator Jack Martins said that KidPix offers a vital conduit of information between parents and authorities in the event a child is hurt or goes missing. He said in such instances having access to information can save lives.

 

InBloom Withers

Written by Rich Forestano, rforestano@antonnews.com Thursday, 01 May 2014 09:37

Hicksville school officials weren’t sad to hear the news that inBloom, a nonprofit organization that planned to mine student testing data and personal information, was closing up shop. The thought of a national database chronicling student addresses, birthplaces, economic statuses, race, ethnicity and disabilities, had many parents and school officials all across Long Island up in arms.

Hicksville school board president Phil Heckler says he initially liked the concept of collecting student’s data for research purposes, but once he realized that names were going to be linked to the findings, lost support for it.

 

Former Students Face Burglary Rap

Written by Betsy Abraham, babraham@antonnews.com Wednesday, 30 April 2014 00:00

Two Hicksville men were arrested last week, charged with stealing cell phones from the Hicksville High School boys locker room after school hours.  

According to Second Squad detectives, police received a call on Tuesday, April 22 at 4:20 p.m. from one of the assistant principals at the high school to investigate two men who were in the locker room going through bags. Upon arrival, Karn Chauhan, 19, was identified as one of the men who had taken two cell phones from separate bags. Authorities said Chauhan had been informed in the past that he was not allowed on school property. He was arrested at the scene without incident. An investigation determined that Joseph Ferguson, 18, was the second suspect involved in the incident. He was located on Wednesday, April 23 at 11:38 p.m. at his home and placed under arrest without incident. The cell phones were returned to the victims.

 

The Evolution Of Vigil Antics

Written by Chris Boyle, hicksville@antonnews.com Saturday, 26 April 2014 00:00

The local rock band is ready to

make its mark on the music scene

Local rock band Vigil Antics has only been together a couple of years, but they’ve already honed their style into a successful blend of hard-hitting genres, while successfully enduring the typical growing pains that have torn lesser groups as under.

“We’ve been through hell and back with each other. We fight all the time,” said Conor Larkin, Vigil Antics’ lead singer and guitarist. “But at the end of the day, we have to realize that there’s a bigger picture than just us. It’s for the good of the band. We all still love each other, even if we do fight.”

 

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