On Saturday, Dec. 3, an enthusiastic crowd welcomed American soprano Barbara Divis and Italian tenor Francesco Pavesi to Our Lady of Mercy’s “A Night at the Opera.” Divis and Pavesi performed a mixture of classical, popular, and seasonal favorites including Libiamo, Con Te Partiro, and O Holy Night.
Barbara Divis has performed over 35 lead roles throughout the country. She is known primarily for roles that demonstrate her expressive ability and acting prowess. She has performed Madama Butterfly with six opera companies and Mimi in La Boheme with seven opera companies. Companies of note that Barbara has performed with are Atlantic Opera, San Diego Opera, Austin Lyric Opera, Santa Barbara Opera, Opera San Jose and Hawaii Opera Theatre. Music from her two CDs is currently being featured with author Michael J. Vaughn in his novel, Operaville; sold on Amazon.com.
Governor Cuomo’s proposal to open New York to hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, has come under fire for failing to protect the state’s residents from a method of gas drilling that pollutes the environment, explained a host of speakers at a rally to ban fracking held Dec. 15 at Mary Jane Davis Green in Manhasset.
In this challenging economy the buzzword is job creation and Cuomo has also been criticized for claiming fracking will create jobs, but, as speaker Patti Katz, Reach Out America (ROA), said, “You can’t drink money.” The complaint period against fracking has been extended to Jan. 11, 2012 and rally speakers encouraged everyone to visit amillionfrackingletters.com and to send Governor Cuomo one of their own letters.
It is said it takes a village to raise a child. In its own quiet and loving way, Hicksville has created a Christmas village for its neediest sons and daughters.
Thanks to the Hicksville Library’s Food for Fines campaign and its generous donors, the Hicksville Boys and Girls Club received more than 100 pounds of food, all non-perishable goods, collected between Nov. 21 and this past Monday, Dec. 19. During that time period, the library waived fines up to and including two dollars a patron for a week in exchange for a donation.
The Second Squad reported the details of an attempted murder that occurred in Hicksville on Saturday, Dec. 17 at 1:30 a.m.
According to detectives, Joseph Ohlhausen, 33, armed with a kitchen knife, entered his mother and stepfather’s bedroom and repeatedly stabbed his stepfather while he was sleeping. Detectives said the male victim, 58, ran out of the home to a neighbor and called police.
The Hicksville Fire District and Hicksville Water District held commissioner elections on Tuesday, Dec. 13. Scott Skrynecki was elected to the board of fire commissioners and Warren Uss was re-elected as water commissioner.
Uss is a third-generation lifelong resident of Hicksville and has been an active member of the Hicksville Fire Department for 37 years and is Ex-Captain of Emergency Company Five. He has served as chair of many of the department’s committees and is past president of the Hicksville Exempt Association.
Hicksville resident John Blazich recently captured video of a burglar – one whose name will likely be headed for the proverbial naughty list this year – after a man allegedly removed a package from Blazich’s Peachtree Lane home on Dec. 6, according to the homeowner.
Blazich said his wife was expecting a package, which had been confirmed as “delivered” through UPS, which then prompted Blazich to check footage from his home security system.
During this holiday season, the Hicksville community has something very special to be thankful for – the quick action of a teacher, Joseph Surgot, who saved the life of a child in October.
Surgot, a science teacher at the Hicksville Middle School, was on lunch duty in his building’s cafeteria on Oct. 7 when he was alerted to a commotion at a lunch table. One of his seventh-grade students, 12-year old Kenneth Goubran, was doubled over choking. Surgot ran to the boy and performed the Heimlich maneuver, which he had learned in his First Aid Training course when he became a coach.
The Hicksville Community Council hosted a “Meet the Candidates” forum Dec. 1 to give the two candidates running for Hicksville Water Commissioner, and four men making a push for the Fire Commissioner position, a chance to introduce themselves to the community.
William Schuckmann is running against Warren Uss for Hicksville Water Commissioner. Schuckmann, a 37-year employee of the Hicksville Water District, managed an $8 million budget while serving as its superintendent since 1999. He is a former commissioner of the Hicksville Fire District, Chamber of Commerce and Community Council board member, former fire chief, and is celebrating 40 years of service to the Hicksville Fire Department. “As the Hicksville Water District’s Superintendent for the past 12 years and an employee for 37 years, I fully understand what it takes to manage a complex water system serving over 45,000 people,” Schuckmann said. “If elected Water Commissioner, I will dedicate myself to assuring Hicksville Water’s continued water quality excellence.”
Preparations are underway for the Hicksville Fire Department’s Holiday Fire Safety Open House being held Sunday Dec. 4, from noon to 3 p.m. at the West John Street Firehouse on the corner of Strong Street. Fire safety information will be available along with a few demonstrations outside. Fire safety is important with the approach of the holidays and the winter season. The fire department hopes to encourage attendance by having Santa on hand and, something new for Hicksville, fire engine rides, but the main focus is to be on fire safety.
The Hicksville High School boy’s varsity soccer team won the New York State Championship for Conference AA held upstate at Middletown High School against Webster Schroeder High School on Nov. 20. For the first time since 1979, the boys’ varsity soccer team has earned the Conference AA, Nassau County Championship, Long Island Championship, and New York State Championship titles, and the 2011-12 New York State Scholar-Athlete Team Award.
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