Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice announced on Oct. 18 that a sweep targeting county residents who steal undeserved Medicaid and public assistance benefits has resulted in the arrest of ten people who collectively stole more than $458,000.
Rice said the sweep was the result of joint investigations by the District Attorney’s Public Assistance Fraud Unit and the Special Investigations Unit of the Nassau County Department of Social Services (DSS). The Public Assistance Fraud Unit was established in 2003.
Sometimes an ordinary person displays extraordinary courage.
Beth Taylor Devlin always had a place in her heart for children with special needs. In her teens she was a special needs camp counselor and trained children for the Special Olympics while she attended Buffalo State College. She began her career in education in the Bronx before coming to Hicksville in 1990 to teach in the Special Education Pre-K program at Dutch Lane School.
The Parish of Saint Ignatius Loyola celebrated the official installation of its 11th pastor, Reverend James Stachacz, on Sunday, Oct. 2. The 12:30 p.m. Mass was overflowing with St. Ignatius parishioners as well as members of Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Lindenhurst, and St. Brigid Parish, Westbury, where Fr. Stachacz had previously served as associate pastor.
“I am humbled and honored by the warm welcome I have received from the people of Saint Ignatius Parish,” Fr. Stachacz told those assembled. “I look forward to working with my brother priests and our dedicated lay ministers to serve this Parish family and wider community of Hicksville. This is my first pastorate … and maybe a little like Saint Ignatius himself, when the Bishop called I wasn’t really sure I was ready.
The Mill Neck Family Organizations, who operate a facility at 501 South Broadway in Hicksville to assist deaf adults in communicating, hosted its 50th annual Apple Festival at Mill Neck School for the Deaf on Saturday, Oct. 8 and Sunday, Oct. 9, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Throughout the two unseasonably warm fall days, vendors from all over Long Island, including Karl Ehmer meats and cheese, offered jellies, jams, honeys, baked goods to patrons in attendance. Hundreds of supporters were already at the festival at 10:45 a.m. and ranged from infants in strollers to elderly in wheelchairs, and everybody else in between.
Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman announced on Oct. 5 a $1.6 million settlement with a food service provider for illegally overcharging school districts and other education providers. The Suffolk County-based Whitsons Culinary Group received savings from food vendors it worked with, but did not pass on those savings to customer schools, resulting in more than $800,000 in illegal charges, Schneiderman stated. Whitsons must now pay $1.6 million to the state and affected school districts, and comply with a series of reforms to improve transparency in its contracting and service.
The Sarah Grace Foundation For Children With Cancer, Inc., based in Hicksville, recently announced that a limited number of tickets are currently on sale for the 2011 Holiday Extravaganza, a month-long raffle for various prizes.
Throughout the month of November, the foundation will be holding a raffle-a-day and each $20 ticket purchased will be entered into the month-long raffle for such prizes as movie and restaurant gift certificates with the grand prize, a $150 Visa gift card, drawn on Thanksgiving Day.
Walk inside and you enter the place where a vision to educate deaf children in a loving, family environment grew into The Mill Neck Family of Organizations that includes award-winning schools for deaf children and adults and children with speech and language delays and autism spectrum disorders, innovative teacher training, job-seeking and creating programs, ground-breaking technology and research and so much more. The forward thinking and concrete action that flourished behind these doors thrives to this day and promises a future as rich as its past.
Senator Carl Marcellino questioned LIPA and National Grid representatives last week, introducing a State Senate hearing with wording that many on the island might use at this point: “What the hell happened?”
After Tropical Storm Irene left many Long Island residents, municipal facilities and even emergency responders without power for days, and some for over a week, New York state senators held a hearing, first, to determine what went wrong in LIPA and National Grid’s storm preparedness plans and, second, to call for a delay in the renewal of the contract between LIPA and National Grid until an independent review can be done to see if Long Island could be better served by a different arrangement.
Recently elected Board of Education President Anthony Edelman took some time to discuss his new post and what’s in store for the board and the district for the 2011-2012 school year.
Q: Describe your road to becoming the Hicksville Board of Education president.
Since 2006, I have served as a trustee of the Hicksville Union Free School District Board of Education and am Board President for the 2011-2012 school year. I also serve as an elected member on the Nassau Suffolk School Board Association Executive Committee and Legislative Sub-Committee, and remain very active in community, church, and other professional and charitable organizations. I am a graduate of the University of Phoenix with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and an Assistant Vice President at Bethpage Federal Credit Union, a community-based, full-service financial institution, committed to providing their members with extraordinary value and service, anytime, anywhere. I am married to Theresa Edelman; we have lived in Hicksville for 22 years, and our daughter Margaret graduated from Hicksville High School in 2010.
An ice hockey jersey, a set of Irish bagpipes, a beloved pair of Timberland boots are just some of the personal mementos that once belonged to the 18 active Nassau County firefighters who perished on Sept. 11 and are now part of a new exhibit held in Garden City.
Last week, the Nassau County Firefighter’s Museum opened its new 5,000-square-foot exhibition, entitled “Lives of Service; Celebrating the Heroes of September 11.” While many 9/11 exhibits are taking place throughout New York this month, Museum Director Alana Petrocelli explained that the Nassau County Firefighter Museum’s exhibit focuses on the personal lives and stories of the local residents who died on that tragic day. A year in the making, the monumental project was the brainchild of Firefighter Museum President Angelo Catalano.
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