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Marine Corps Sergeant Majors Cup At Jones Beach

Written by Christy Hinko: Friday, 22 June 2012 00:00

Nearly 90 Long Island Marine candidates compete

On Saturday, June 16 more than 600 United States Marines and candidates from 14 regional recruiting stations filled Zach’s Bay at Jones Beach for the annual Sergeant Majors Cup competition. Candidates waiting to deploy to boot camp, called “poolees,” arrived from across the New York City region, including Brooklyn, Bronx, Staten Island, and Queens for the Long Island-hosted competition. The competition has been held for more than 10 years, each station taking turns hosting.

Some of the boot camp-style events that the Marine candidates participated in included: pull-ups, the water jug relay, ammo can relay, stretcher relay, and tug-of-war.


Boys & Girls Club In Danger Of Shutting Down

Written by Cory Twibell: Friday, 15 June 2012 00:00

Executive Director Tom Bruno urging community members to call elected officials


Hicksville Boys & Girls Club Executive Director Tom Bruno has been through this sort of thing before.

In 2009, Nassau County told Bruno that funds designated for his organization would be halved. Three years later on June 4, Bruno received a similar notification, this time from County Executive Ed Mangano and Youth Bureau Director Maggie Malito.


Farmer’s Market Returning To Hicksville Next Week

Friday, 15 June 2012 00:00

Kennedy Memorial Park hosting weekly Sunday event June through November

The Town of Oyster Bay will welcome back the Hicksville Farmer’s Market at Kennedy Memorial Park on Broadway and Jerusalem Avenues, on Sunday June 24, through Nov. 18, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

“There is nothing quite like wandering around a genuine farmer’s market and being surrounded by the sights, sounds, and smells,” Oyster Bay Town Councilwoman Rebecca M. Alesia stated. “In returning for a third year at this location, the Hicksville Farmer’s Market has truly become a location where community revitalization, economic development and a showcase for locally grown farm produce, baked goods and more intersect in the heart of Hicksville.”


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.


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