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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.


Judson And Lee Vie For Hicksville BOE Seat

Written by Cory Twibell: Friday, 04 May 2012 00:00

Phil Heckler is unopposed for Anthony Edelman’s seat

Hicksville residents will take to the polls on Tuesday, May 15 from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. throughout the district to vote on the 2012-13 budget and board of education candidates.

Incumbent trustee Maureen Lee will face Brenda Judson for one seat on the board, while Phil Heckler is running unopposed for Anthony Edelman’s outgoing seat.


Night Of Laughter Held In Honor Of Sarah Grace

Friday, 04 May 2012 00:00

Foundation thankful to local community, supporters

For the past nine years, The Sarah Grace Foundation For Children With Cancer, Inc. has dedicated itself to helping children and their families faced with the financial and emotional challenges and hardships brought upon by childhood cancer.

To do so, the nonprofit, volunteer-run organization established in 2003 by Hicksville residents Matt and Marissa Weippert in honor of their daughter, Sarah Grace, relies on donations and money raised through garage sales, the sale of custom Christopher Radko Heart and Angel collector pieces and special fundraising events, including its recent Night of Laughter.


Resident Donates Kidney To Boss, Gets Fired

Written by Cory Twibell: Friday, 27 April 2012 00:00

Debbie Stevens says she was let go

while recovering from surgery

In a developing story that’s garnered national headlines, Hicksville resident Debbie Stevens claims that she was fired after taking additional time off from work to recover from donating a kidney – one that was intended to help her sick boss.

“My boss was needing a kidney and I immediately told her that she could have one of mine just because it’s part of who I am,” Stevens said at a recent press conference held at the office of her attorney, Lenard Leeds.


Local Gym Owner Contributes To Fitness Book

Written by Cory Twibell: Friday, 27 April 2012 00:00

In The Zone’s Dr. Marisa Silver advises on wellness

Dr. Marisa Silver, owner of In The Zone Personal Fitness at 62 Bethpage Road in Hicksville, recently shared some of her chiropractic and personal fitness prowess in the book Your Fitness & Nutrition Questions Answered.

With two decades of experience in the field and a dozen fitness certifications to her name, the book’s publisher, Benchmark Publishing Group, describes Dr. Silver as “a testament to professionalism that exists in the personal trainer industry.”


Tag Team: Fighting Graffiti In Hicksville, Westbury

Written by Cory Twibell: Friday, 20 April 2012 00:00

The Entrepreneur’s Group is canning spray paint work in area

Westbury’s Kevin Seck says residents along a two-mile stretch of Stewart Avenue that runs through Hicksville, Westbury and Levittown are “fed up” with graffiti in the area.

Seck and his son, Bobby, are members of The Entrepreneur’s Group, a small Westbury-based organization that owns property along the roadway. The group is looking to sponsor the roadway in the hopes that installing cameras and hiring a contractor to maintain the area will help deter further criminal actions.


School District Unveils $120 Mil Proposed Budget

Written by Cory Twibell: Friday, 20 April 2012 00:00

Board President Edelman: budget

‘continues all programs’

The Hicksville Board of Education announced its 2012-13 proposed budget of $120,631,633 on Wednesday, April 18.

Board President Anthony Edelman, who announced he is not seeking re-election after six years of service on the board, said no major programs were cut and a number of teachers will be retiring in June.


Resident Uncovers Challenger Home Video

Written by Cory Twibell: Friday, 13 April 2012 00:00

Bob Karman captured tragedy on vacation in Florida

On Jan. 28, 1986, Hicksville resident Bob Karman and his family were waiting at the Orlando International Airport following a Disney World Vacation when they were treated to a rare event: witnessing a space shuttle launch 45 miles away from nearby Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla.

Seventy-three seconds after takeoff, the space shuttle Challenger broke apart, killing all seven crew members on board, and Karman’s camcorder, like many others that day, captured the tragedy in its entirety.


Turn The Page: Former Resident Publishes Book

Written by Cory Twibell: Friday, 13 April 2012 00:00

Brian Hart’s work confronts teenage challenges  

Growing up in Hicksville, Brian Hart remembers eating with friends and cousins at the Sweet Shop or The Ground Round and playing video games at the Plaza – today’s Broadway Mall – so naturally Hart harnessed those suburban memories for the setting in his first book, The Tadpole and the Butterfly.

“I have always wanted to write and illustrate stories for children and young adults. The Tadpole and the Butterfly is somewhat autobiographical because I tapped into emotions, opinions and observations from when I was growing up,” said Hart, who currently resides in Sayville with his wife and two children.


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