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Hicksville Gardens Civic Association: Local Organization Improving Quality Of Life

Written by Cory Twibell: Friday, 08 June 2012 00:00
The Hicksville Gardens Civic Association’s (HGCA) mission statement is simple: To improve the quality of life for the Hicksville community by encouraging community awareness, participation and civic pride.

Over the years, one could argue that the organization, which is mainly comprised of local homeowners, hasn’t deviated from the plan.


Hicksville Resident Named Legionnaire Of The Year

Written by Cory Twibell: Friday, 08 June 2012 00:00

John Mauro honored for dedication, community service

Hicksville’s John Mauro, commander of American Legion Post 421, was recently named Legionnaire of the Year by The American Legion’s Nassau County Committee on June 2.

The Hicksville resident of more than 50 years is a World War II veteran and is now in the running for New York State Legionnaire of the Year.


Blue Angels Grace Long Island Skies At Jones Beach

Written by Christy Hinko: Friday, 01 June 2012 00:00

Skywatchers get previews through week leading to air show

On Friday, May 25, many air show enthusiasts gathered on the boardwalk at Jones Beach State Park for the official announcement of the performance lineup for the Bethpage Air Show that took place over the Memorial Day holiday weekend.

Representatives were on hand for a meet-and-greet from the Royal Canadian Air Force Snowbirds, the United States Air Force F-22 Raptor team, the GEICO Skytypers, and perhaps one of the most fascinating and most inspiring teams, the United States Navy Blue Angels.


Chamber Of Commerce Hosting Annual Street Fair

Written by Cory Twibell: Friday, 01 June 2012 00:00

President says July 22 event already booked 70-plus vendors

Now celebrating its 10th year in Hicksville, the Street Fair has become an annual staple of summer fun in the community, and Chamber President Lionel Chitty said this year’s event is shaping up to be no different.

Chitty, an account manager at Sir Speedy in Plainview, said that the July 22 fair already has approximately 70-plus vendors booked and that, as always, admission for residents is free.


All Aboard: LIRR Revamping Hicksville Train Station

Written by Cory Twibell: Friday, 25 May 2012 00:00

Westbury’s decrepit Ellison Avenue Bridge to be replaced

Over the next five years, Long Island Rail Road commuters from Hicksville, Westbury and Mineola will notice some significant changes at their hometown stations.

The MTA Long Island Rail Road announced on Monday, May 21, that $211.5 worth of capital improvements – dubbed the MTA Capital Plan – will result in major renovations at the Hicksville train station, a new bridge on Ellison Avenue in the Village of Westbury and drainage improvements in Mineola.


Residential Burglaries On The Rise In Second Precinct

Written by Cory Twibell: Friday, 25 May 2012 00:00

Home break-ins up 54 percent from last year

According to Nassau County’s Second Precinct, residential burglaries have increased 54.65 percent in a year-to-date (YTD) comparison.

From Dec. 28, 2010 to May 9, 2011, the Second Precinct, which is absorbing the Eighth Precinct as part of the county’s consolidation initiative, reported 86 YTD residential burglaries. From Dec. 27, 2011 to May 7, 2012, the Second Precinct reported a total of 133 YTD residential burglaries.


Residents Approve 2012-13 School Budget

Written by Cory Twibell: Thursday, 17 May 2012 00:00

Phil Heckler, Brenda Judson elected to board of education

With 1,612 votes in favor and 834 opposed, the Hicksville community approved the school district’s 2012-13 budget in the amount of $120,631,633 on Tuesday, May 15. Residents also voted in support of a second proposition on the ballot, which approved $50,000 going toward the Hicksville Gregory Museum for its various educational programs and offerings.

New trustee-elects for the board of education are Phil Heckler (1,280 votes), who ran uncontested, and Brenda Judson (989), who defeated Maureen Lee (874). Heckler said he hopes to get more residents to board meetings and wants to propose the creation of committees to keep parents better informed.


United Veterans Of Hicksville Hosting Memorial Day Parade

Friday, 18 May 2012 00:00

Annual parade, ceremonies will commence at 9 a.m.

The United Veterans of Hicksville will hold their annual Memorial Day Parade and Service on Monday, May 28, as parade participants will begin assembling in the Sears parking lot at 8 a.m. before the parade steps off at 9 a.m.

The parade will march south on Broadway to Old Country Road where it will turn west. It will continue to Jerusalem Avenue and then turn south to go past the parade reviewing stand and end at the Hicksville Middle School. The service at the Middle School Veterans Memorial will begin once the parade ends and the community is invited to stay for the ceremonies and presenting of the wreaths.


Catching Up With Former HT Titan Ronnie Cameron

Written by Cory Twibell: Friday, 11 May 2012 00:00

Old Dominion football star recently signed with Chicago Bears

Former Holy Trinity football standout Ronnie Cameron wasn’t selected by any National Football League teams in the recent draft but learned he was signed as a free agent by the Chicago Bears soon after the final pick in the draft was made.

Cameron, 6-foot-2, 304-pounds, earned six All-America distinctions in his final season at defensive tackle at Old Dominion University. The Hicksville Illustrated News recently caught up with the new Bear, who was in contact with 22 other NFL teams before signing in Chicago.


Fundraising Events Held In Honor Of Sarah Grace

Friday, 11 May 2012 00:00

Hockey game, dance-a-thon helping Hicksville-based Sarah Grace Foundation

Professional and amateur skaters took to the ice April 15 for a charity hockey game to raise money for two very dedicated and worthwhile organizations. The 2nd Annual Kings Park/ Commack Alumni vs. NY Islanders Alumni Hockey Game, held at the Superior Ice Rink, attracted 1,200 spectators and raised approximately $16,000 to be split between the Hicksville-based Sarah Grace Foundation For Children With Cancer, Inc. and the Northport-based Frank J. Rizzo V Memorial Scholarship Fund.

“The turnout was phenomenal. What a wonderful way to honor Sarah and Frank,” said Matt Weippert, who along with his wife Marissa, established The Sarah Grace Foundation For Children With Cancer, Inc. nine years ago.


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