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Hose Co. 4 Hosts Annual BBQ, Car Show

Friday, 05 October 2012 00:00

Portion of proceeds to benefit Brain Aneurysm Foundation

The Hicksville Fire Department hosted their Second Annual BBQ Competition and Car Show on Sept. 23 at Cantiague Park in Hicksville. Company 4, led by Capt. John Imbriale, 1st Lt. Michael Doerflein and 2nd Lt. Matthew Keyer, gave credit to the entire company for their efforts and hard work in the planning and execution of their event.

Fifteen cook teams, 20 vendors and more than 200 show cars wowed the large crowd taking in the sights on the first day of autumn. The festivities were opened by Hicksville’s own Nassau County Legislator, Rose Marie Walker; followed by the national anthem performed by Samantha Farrell.


‘Arts Alive LI’ Fostering Arts, Creativity All October

Written by Cory Twibell, Friday, 05 October 2012 00:00

Island-wide, multi-venue festival showcasing finest in culture, artistry

For the month of October, Long Islanders won’t have to travel into Manhattan to get an art and culture fix.

On Sept. 27, the Cradle of Aviation Museum, located at 1 Davis Ave. in Garden City, hosted representatives from the Long Island Arts Alliance (LIAA), Bethpage Federal Credit Union, the Long Island Community Foundation and local elected officials as they announced the month-long festivities promoting Long Island’s finest artists and their works.

“Arts Alive LI has something for everyone,” said Theresa Statz-Smith, executive director, Long Island Arts Alliance. “I truly believe that thousands will discover, as they journey to exhibition spaces, museums, theaters, historic venues, festivals and other gathering places why Long Island is one of the strongest cultural destinations in the country.”


Nassau County Legislature Presiding Officer Peter Schmitt Dies

Written by Ronald Scaglia Wednesday, 03 October 2012 00:00
Nassau County Legislature Presiding Officer Peter Schmitt died suddenly on the morning of Oct. 3. According to Ed Ward, spokesperson from the legislator’s office, Schmitt, 62, collapsed while in a budget meeting with Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano in the Theodore Roosevelt Executive and Legislative Building and was rushed to Winthrop Hospital. He died at 11:55 a.m.

“Nassau County has lost a dedicated public servant,” said Mangano in a statement. “My wife Linda and I lost a friend of over 20 years. Presiding Officer Peter Schmitt served the residents of Nassau County with great integrity and pride. I had the privilege of serving closely with Peter in the legislature since its creation in 1996, where he distinguished himself as an outspoken advocate for the residents of the 12th Legislative District.”


BOE Responds To Overcrowded Class Concerns

Written by Cory Twibell Friday, 28 September 2012 00:00

Dutch Lane parents unite to show dismay over 30-child class

More than a dozen parents from Dutch Lane School were at the Sept. 19 Hicksville Board of Education meeting regarding Dutch Lane’s only first-grade class, which includes 30 children – a number some parents believe is too large.

According to Hicksville Board of Education President Susan Powell, the district adopted a policy three years ago as a response to the down economy.


Annual Hicksville Homecoming Fair Is September 29

Friday, 28 September 2012 00:00

The Hicksville Council of PTAs proudly announces the 22nd Annual Homecoming Fair will take place on Saturday, Sept. 29. All are invited to join in the fun at this wonderful community event.

The Fair is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. at Hicksville High School’s John A. Walker soccer field. As in the past a number of activities will be featured, including many fun attractions like the ever-popular Castle bouncer, a giant slide and an obstacle course plus many game booths courtesy of the individual PTA units and school clubs. Lunch can be purchased as you walk along the fairgrounds thanks to the Hicksville Athletic Booster Club and the generosity of Applebee’s. Snack items will be available for purchase at various booths during the day.


‘Wine U Design’ Getting Better With Age

Written by Cory Twibell Friday, 21 September 2012 15:31

From crushing grapes to bottling, patrons are promised the best in ‘fermentertainment’

Normally, Long Islanders pack up their cars and head eastbound on the LIE for a winemaking or tasting experience, but Wine U Design gives aspiring local sommeliers the freedom to create and bottle personalized wines right here in Hicksville.  

The winery opened its doors at 156 Engineers Drive three years ago when co-owners Vincenzo Saulle and Gianni Fabrizi envisioned bringing several generations worth of family tradition to the contemporary corporate world.


Waiting For The Union’s Call; TOB Still Willing To Negotiate

Written by Dagmar Fors Karppi Friday, 21 September 2012 00:00

With layoffs on the table, Supervisor Venditto leaves the door open for union negotiations

Town of Oyster Bay Supervisor John Venditto is still struggling to solve the town’s cash flow problems. To solve the TOB budget problems he needs union concessions or the town workers will experience layoffs.

Finding a solution began with a retirement offer which included $1,000 for each year of service which was accepted by 89 employees whose last day with the town was Aug. 30. They will receive the funds in a single payment at the end of October. It will be paid with a $7.5 million 10-year bond. The payment included any unused or sick days owed. The workers are guaranteed health care for life and for a surviving spouse, for five years (this is not a reduction or increase, but the same as the current contract).


HFD, Community Holds 9/11 Commemorations

Written by Karl Schweitzer Friday, 14 September 2012 10:03

More than 200 firefighters, residents pay respects to fallen friends

Hicksville Fire Department Chief Christopher Moskos, alongside upward of 125 firefighters, followed the sounds of the New York Metro Pipe Band early morning on Saturday, Sept. 9 to Hicksville Fire Department’s Strong Street Fire Station Memorial.

While hauntingly beautiful, the mournful sound of bagpipes respectfully lent itself to the somber mood of what the ceremonies were all about. Once in formation, the chief called the detail to order and summoned the presentation of the Color Guard, which was made up of 11 American flags (once for each of the passing years accompanied by the FDNY/MIA flag). The members were led in the Pledge of Allegiance by their Sergeant-At-Arms, Honorary Chief Nick Brigandi, and remained in position during the National Anthem as program coordinator, Ex-Chief Karl Schweitzer, opened the ceremonies.


East Street Teacher Holding Book Signing At Mall

Friday, 14 September 2012 09:56

Scott Starkey, HHS soccer coach, focuses on combating youth bullying

It’s been an exciting year for Hicksville teacher Scott Starkey.

In January, Simon & Schuster published his first novel, How to Beat the Bully Without Really Trying. Geared to middle-grade readers, this humorous “boy meets bully” tale has enjoyed strong appeal with parents and kids alike.  But for Starkey, who teaches fifth-grade at East Street Elementary School and serves as head coach of Hicksville High School’s championship soccer team, the Comets, one of the year’s highlights will come on Saturday, Sept. 22, when he appears at the Broadway Mall to sign and discuss his new novel.


Hicksville To Commemorate Two 9/11 Heroes

Written by Cory Twibell Friday, 07 September 2012 00:00

George Howard, Terry Farrell gave their lives at Ground Zero

Two local heroes, George Howard and Terry Farrell, who both held strong ties to the Hicksville community before their final hours on Sept. 11, 2001, will be honored this Sunday, Sept. 9 with a ceremony beginning at 11 a.m. at the Hicksville Fire Department’s Strong Street Fire Station Memorial.

Honorary Chief George Howard was an ex-captain of Emergency Company 5 and a member of the Port Authority Police Department working out of JFK Airport, where he organized the PAPD Emergency Service Unit. During the attack on the Twin Towers in 1993, Howard responded to the scene on his day off and rappelled down an elevator shaft to rescue more than 60 occupants trapped in an elevator – an effort that awarded him a subsequent Medal of Valor. In addition to his volunteer firefighter service, which spanned nearly three decades, Howard was a youth soccer coach in Hicksville. West John Street between Newbridge Road and Strong Street now reads, “P.O. George Howard Way.”


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