Calling underage drinking a serious issue would be a gross understatement; in addition to serving as a causal factor for a host of debilitating and potentially deadly conditions, underage drinking costs residents of New York state billions of dollars in medical costs and lost work hours.
Central Nassau Guidance and Counseling Services Inc. recently presented a special program entitled “Underage Drinking in Our Community,” to educate more people about the true risks that underage drinking presents. While parents and teachers do make some effort to discourage teens from drinking, from the information provided at the meeting, not nearly enough is being done.
Students from Oyster Bay and Hicksville are working together to hold the 1st Annual Soldiers Walk on Armed Forces Day, Saturday, May 15. The walk will be held at Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Park Marina at the end of South Street, starting at 8 a.m. The Soldier’s Walk is to benefit America’s VetDogs, a nonprofit group that supplies service dogs to veterans.
The 2010 Census is under way and those working on it urge residents to return their forms as soon as possible. The bureau hopes to receive as many back in the mail as possible prior to April 12. For those who do not mail back the form, a Census enumerator will begin knocking on doors after to record the information personally.
Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice announced today that a Hicksville man has been sentenced to 3 ½ to 7 years in prison after pleading guilty to operating a Ponzi scheme that promised investors gift cards to nearby stores at steep discounts, and then stealing nearly $2.4 million of their money.
Craig Ginsberg, 49, pleaded guilty in September 2009 to Grand Larceny in the Second Degree. Ginsberg must also pay restitution in the amount of $2,375,439.
Local postal workers and leaders from the letter carriers, mail handlers and clerks recently held a rally to oppose eliminating Saturday mail delivery. According to Congressman Steve Israel, seniors, veterans and many others rely on the postal system for urgent deliveries, such as Social Security checks and medical information. Postal workers attended the rally to urge the United States Postal Service (USPS) to consider all alternatives before ending Saturday service.
The State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA) recently announced that it has awarded more than $2.7 million for eight organizations to run programs that will help low-income, noncustodial fathers become more involved with their children’s lives, financially and emotionally.
The Officers and members of Emergency Company 5 of the Hicksville Volunteer Fire Department are saddened to announce the passing of Ex-Captain Robert Perchinski on March 15.
Ex-Captain Robert Perchinski joined Emergency Company 5 in August of 1968 and became quickly involved in Company 5 and was elected as their secretary in 1971. The members recognized his leadership abilities and he was elected to serve as 2nd Lieutenant in 1972 and quickly rose through the ranks to become the 32nd captain to serve Company 5 in 1974, and again in 1975. It was during this period that Bob led the membership through some of the busiest times within the department and he took part in many notable Signal 10s.
In his first State of the County address, County Executive Edward P. Mangano criticized the previous administration, listing numerous problems in Nassau’s government and saying that because of past planning, “Tonight, I am here to tell you: The state of our county is deeply troubled.”
He went on to detail the major problem areas and touch on some ways he hopes to address the issues.
Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice announced that convicted murderer Harpal Hira has pleaded guilty to attempting to hire a hitman from his Nassau County jail cell to murder his sister-in-law before she could provide key testimony as a witness at his trial last month.
Hira, of Hicksville, pleaded guilty to two counts of Criminal Solicitation in the Second Degree. He faces up to seven years in prison if convicted. Hira is currently awaiting sentencing after his conviction by a jury on charges of Murder in the Second Degree, Assault in the First Degree, Assault in the Second Degree, two counts of Aggravated Criminal Contempt, two counts of Criminal Contempt in the First Degree, Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Fourth Degree, Assault in the Third Degree, and Menacing in the Third Degree. He faces up to 50 years in prison on that case. He will be sentenced on both cases March 31.
Michael Heller has delved into the nearly 200-year history of New York’s firematic drill teams through his new book, Chariots of Firefighters – The History and Practice of Firematic Competition in New York State. The self-published work is the first of its kind to pay tribute to what Heller calls a “long-standing sport and pasttime.”
Chariots of Firefighters, which took two and a half years from start to finish, chronicles the birth and rise of these contests – from foot races and fistfights between neighboring fire companies in New York City to the formation of the New York State Volunteer Firemen’s Parade and Drill Team Captain’s Association and the over 350 teams from over 260 fire districts that make up its 200-year history. According to Heller, the 325-page book is geared toward anyone with any interest in history, the fire service or sports in general.
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