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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.


‘Sweeping’ Security Changes for SAT/ACT Testing

Written by Wendy Karpel Kreitzman: Friday, 06 April 2012 00:00

NCDA Rice announces test-taking overhaul

High school students: Get ready for your close-up. The SATs and ACTs now want a photo of you.

The requirement that photos be uploaded at the testing site is just one of the new security measures that will now govern SAT and ACT test-takers. In the aftermath of the arrests of 20 local students late last year, all charged with either taking SAT or ACT exams for other students or having paid someone to take the test for them, Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice announced a “sweeping security overhaul” to prevent further cheating. DA Rice was joined by executives from the College Board and the ACT exams at a press conference on Monday, March 26, as she outlined the new rules.


Congressional Seats: A New York State of Decline

Written by Joe Scotchie: Friday, 06 April 2012 00:00

Another census means more congressional seats lost

New York is losing some of its influence, and that can mean trouble for Long Islanders.

In 1950, when Harry S. Truman was president, New York had 45 congressional seats, the most in the nation. The recent past had seen the four terms of Hyde Park’s Franklin D. Roosevelt, with FDR’s distant cousin, Theodore, serving as president earlier in the century. Further back, the 19th century had seen several New Yorkers as president: Martin Van Buren, Millard Fillmore, Chester Arthur, and the popular Grover Cleveland.


Maragos: First Priority is Nassau County

Written by Cory Twibell: Friday, 30 March 2012 00:00

U.S. Senate hopeful addresses ongoing issues at town hall

Town of Oyster Bay Supervisor John Venditto introduced Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos as “hopefully our next U.S. Senator from the State of New York” at Hicksville Community Center’s town hall meeting on March 22.

Venditto lauded Maragos for his work as comptroller since he assumed the post in 2009, but reassured residents that Maragos’ next venture, if elected, may have a greater impact on the county than his current one.


Nobody in Nassau Wants to ‘Get the Boot’

Written by Margaret Whitely: Friday, 30 March 2012 00:00

County to come down hard on scofflaws

The “boot” in question is not that nifty, expensive leather fashion item, but rather the immobilizing device that is placed on a car as a result of not paying traffic fines for parking or getting caught going through red lights. And, no doubt, it will cost more than that pricy footware you’ve been eyeing.

Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano announced that the Nassau County Boot and Tow Program has begun, as of March 26. This program has been set up to help collect unpaid fines from scofflaws with parking or traffic violations.


Hats for Haiti

Written by Cory Twibell: Friday, 23 March 2012 00:00

Hicksville’s Flexfit offering ‘Hamylo’ cap to benefit rebuilding efforts

Hats here in the United States are often synonymous with statements: team allegiances, sponsorship obligations or setting a trend.

In the case of Flexfit, the company known for their stretchy, one-size-fits-all technology, its new “Hamylo” hat will represent something significantly more charitable.


Car Stolen at Gunpoint, Chase Ensued

Friday, 23 March 2012 00:00

Man drove vehicle into police car in school parking lot, cops say

Robbery Squad detectives reported the details of two arrests for a robbery that occurred in Hicksville on Tuesday, March 20 at 11:52 a.m.

According to detectives, Remick Menjivar, 18, of Freeport, approached a male victim, 26, who was in the driveway at his Hicksville residence, produced a handgun and demanded the victim’s keys to his 2006 Infinity. The victim complied and the defendant drove off in the victim’s vehicle, said police. At the time of the robbery, police said the victim observed Edwin Flores, 20, of Hicksville, near his home, standing outside of a 2011 Toyota Corolla and looking around nervously. Both vehicles then fled the scene at the same time, said police.


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