For fans of the Islanders dynasty in the 1980s, which won four consecutive Stanley Cups from 1980-1984, a little piece of history recently experienced a big transformation as everything from the boards to the scoreboard underwent a revamping at the Cantiague Park Ice Rink in Hicksville.
Perhaps one of the most humble and underrated franchises of all time, the New York Islanders set a record for most consecutive playoff series wins, in any professional sport, with 19. During that time, the team laced their skates and taped their sticks between games at its second home: the practice facility at Cantiague Park.
Assemblyman Michael Montesano, along with fellow lawmakers and colleagues, held a press conference at the Hicksville train station on Aug. 2 to present their plan to reform the finances of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) with a comprehensive forensic audit.
The event comes on the heels of Montesano’s public call for Governor David Paterson to impound revenues derived from the MTA’s “onerous” payroll tax until the troubled transit agency can undergo a full and transparent accounting of its financial health.
Once again temperatures were in the 90s on Sunday, July 18, but that didn’t thwart thousands of people from attending the eighth annual Hicksville Chamber of Commerce Street Fair. Well over 100 vendors were on hand with myriad articles for sale. The food was scrumptious and for those thinking about their weekly produce shopping, the Farmer’s Market was open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
All rides, thanks to our generous sponsors, were free to children and there were lines at each and every ride throughout the day. The ever-popular Brian Gregorius, also known as “The Balloon Man,” had children following him everywhere like the Pied Piper as he transformed his balloons into animals, swords, hats and all sorts of imagined creatures. Continuous entertainment on the two Showmobiles was provided by Mid-Life Crisis, MOTP, The Oogey Boogies, Dave Ice Productions, Martial Arts America, Hicksville Worship Group, The MagicShop and Game Street Party.
The roughly 102,000 Nassau County residents who rely on the bus daily to get where they need to be may have a serious problem if the MTA goes ahead with a proposal to eliminate the $40 million it has been funding annually to keep Long Island Bus’s service going. As the transit authority struggles to fix its own huge deficit, it has ended up at odds with Nassau County, threatening cuts for which there would be no easy solution. The county is either facing the elimination of all service or has to explore a solution such as the privatization of the system.
The road has been long and winding for Hicksville’s Amy Palmiero-Winters.
After a motorcycle accident severed her left leg in 1994, she has gone on to demolish the competition in the ultramarathon world, with her latest feat coming in Los Angeles, CA, as she took home her first (likely of many) ESPY Award.
Palmiero-Winters earned the Best Female Athlete with a Disability ESPY Award, “presented to the female sportsperson with a disability, irrespective of nationality or sport contested, adjudged to be the best in a given year,” according to the ESPY site.
Since an initial “visioning presentation” in March, the Downtown Hicksville Revitalization project has made significant strides in streamlining efforts to re-energize the region – specifically through three distinct committees with various community-based goals in mind.
“Things have been happening in the weeks since the visioning meetings, where over 350 Hicksville residents and businesses participated in shaping a downtown revitalization plan and action agenda,” said Lionel Chitty of the Hicksville Chamber of Commerce.
Over the last two and a half weeks the Hicksville Water District’s (HWD) systems have run at peak performance levels despite the unusually high temperature our area experienced. Commissioner Karl Schweitzer said, “While other districts have been stressed due to increased usage, our system performed great without experiencing any issues.” At the peak of the hot weather, the Town of Hempstead requested the HWD temporarily supplement its wells through interconnections in order to assist the Town of Hempstead in meeting their water demands.
Lighthouses are commonly viewed as the marker for seamen to find the coast during storms, add a bit of personality to an island and to serve as a beacon of a beach.
Hicksville’s Amy Palmiero-Winters has created some pretty sizeable shoes to fill – and has also paved plenty of footprints along the way.
A below-the-knee amputee, world-class ultra-marathon runner, coach and single mother of two, Palmiero-Winters, 37, recently became the first amputee to finish the Western States 100-Mile Endurance Run from Squaw Valley to Auburn, Calif.
On June 30, Nassau County’s bravest fired up the grill to cook their most delectable burgers in the “Best Firehouse Burger Cook-Off” at the Nassau County Firefighters Museum and Education Center in Garden City. The grilling throw down was the 2nd annual firefighter cook-off at the museum, with this year’s competition being sponsored by Stop & Shop supermarkets. Equipped with grills, spatulas, utensils and more, while wearing Stop & Shop chef hats and oven mitts and fire department T-shirts, volunteer firefighters put their cooking skills to the test by not only preparing their signature fire department burger, but by making their most flavorful vegetable side dish.
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