Michael Pakaluk, son of Hicksville residents Michael and Valerie Pakaluk, recently edited and published a book focusing on the powerful story of an amazing woman who converts to Catholicism at Harvard University, marries her college sweetheart and welcomes six children.
After some successful forays into the pro-life activism in New England, this woman, Ruth Van Kooy Pakaluk, is struck with breast cancer and dies at the young age of 41. To be published on March 1, The Appalling Strangeness of the Mercy of God is available now for pre-order at Amazon.com. The Hicksville library will also have a copy.
Each year, more than a million people are newly diagnosed with cancer and statistics show that many will need blood, sometimes daily, during their chemotherapy treatments. Such was the case for Sarah Grace Weippert, who was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL) in February 2002.
“Sarah was diagnosed with cancer when she was 11 and passed away nine months later. During her illness, she received almost daily transfusions of blood, plasma and platelets,” said Sarah’s father, Matt Weippert. “Blood drives were held in Sarah’s honor to help provide for her much needed transfusions.”
Hicksville firefighters were alerted on Feb. 9 at 11:43 p.m. for a vehicle fire in the driveway of a home on Atlas Lane. The first arriving chief on scene, Assistant Chief Frank McGeough, reported a fully involved car fire under the car port and extending into the house. Flames were already 50 feet in the air. In spite of an aggressive attack by firefighters, a major portion of the home suffered heavy damage.
The fire originated in the engine compartment and spread rapidly, fueled by burning magnesium components of the car’s engine. All occupants escaped, with one person treated for smoke inhalation and transported to the medical center by Nassau County police.
The Rev. Dr. Ronald Parks Conner, 65, Episcopal priest and scholar, died Jan. 30 of aplastic anemia at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, MD.
He served for a year as the curate of Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Hicksville, then moved to Princeton, NJ, and served until 1977 as the curate of All Saints’ Church, as well as on the staff of Trinity Church in Rocky Hill, NJ.
After a year on the staff of his boyhood parish of St. Columba’s in Tenleytown, he received a call to be vicar of St. Martin’s Chapel, Bridgewater, NJ, which he served from 1978 to 1981. Fr. Conner then became rector of St. Stephen’s Church in Providence, Rhode Island, and served as the dean of the diocese’s Providence Deanery.
Hicksville’s Michael Magro Foundation honors the life of Michael Magro, and perpetuates his spirit by helping children and their families face the challenges of pediatric cancer. Creating innovative programs and expanding its outreach have put the Foundation at the forefront of Long Island philanthropy.
Sharing the mission of the Cancer Center for Kids at Winthrop-University Hospital, and partnering with the Hospital’s pediatric specialty areas, the Michael Magro Foundation recently awarded the hospital a $25,000 grant to fund a software package for a state of the art portable echocardiogram machine. This cutting-edge equipment, manufactured by GE, helps assess cardiac anatomy with advanced technology and exceptional clarity. In addition, utilizing Automated Function Imaging, it can monitor the heart before, during and after chemotherapy, enabling physicians to establish a baseline for pediatric cancer patients, determine the effects of treatment both long and short-term, and evaluate potential cardiac damage.
A major initiative to respond to the growing needs and numbers of caregivers was unveiled Sunday at a conference co-sponsored by Christ Episcopal Church in Manhasset and the Junior League of Long Island.
Experts, educators and people presently caring for loved ones gathered at the Manhasset Public Library to hear keynote speaker Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice and others discuss a situation that is facing more and more families. Information was also collected that will lead to the creation of a new Caregivers Support Group for Manhasset and non-Manhasset residents alike.
The Very Reverend David B. Lowry, pastor of Christ Episcopal Church spoke of the need to expand the support system.
In a riveting five-volume series of historical novels based on trustworthy historical evidence and credible research, The Holocaust Diaries (published by AuthorHouse) produces an enlightening narrative which challenges the conventional wisdom claiming that during World War II President Franklin D. Roosevelt and Pope Pius XII were indifferent and did little to save the millions of Jews in Nazi-controlled Europe. In each book, written by Dr. Leo V. Kanawada Jr., a resident of Hicksville, the reader participates intimately as an eyewitness to the events that took place during the horrific days of Adolf Hitler’s Final Solution.
In the first book of the series, The Holocaust Diaries: Souls of the Just, President Roosevelt and Pope Pius XII plot and collaborate not only with Hitler’s ambassador to the Vatican, but also with the Jewish leadership and community in Rome to save more than 85 percent of the Jewish population in Rome and Italy.
Valentine’s Day is not the only day when the color red signifies matters of the heart. Red plays a prominent role on this day too and once again it’s all about the heart. February 4 is the eighth annual National Wear Red Day for Women and women everywhere have been urged to participate by wearing red to draw attention to heart disease and stroke, the number one and number three killers of women, according to the American Heart Association. Cancer is number two.
Among the companies marking the day in Hicksville is the Queens-Long Island Medical Group with offices at 350 South Broadway. Lata Singh-Vasconcellos, chief marketing and development officer (CMDO), said in an email interview from the Garden City headquarters, that the company urges its 1800 staff members in Nassau, Suffolk and Queens to become involved. In Hicksville she said, “All 100 staff members will be encouraged to show their support by wearing red.” She added the staff will also “ask every female patient to speak with their physician about heart disease in women. Our goal is not only to heighten awareness but to help our patients with prevention and early detection.”
Fire departments all over the area, including Hicksville, have experienced an increase in activated Carbon Monoxide Detector alarms. In Hicksville, as in many other areas, 98 percent of the alarms were unfounded (no levels of Carbon Monoxide (CO) were found) after an investigation. So why is this? Weather conditions play a large part of the increase in these alarms. Homes are better insulated to save on heating costs, as a result there is no exchange of air in the home, so some CO does build up over extended periods. The sensors in the detectors collect air samples and store them and when a preset level is reached the circuit is complete and the alarm is sounded. Due to the dangers of CO, all calls are treated as dangerous until proven otherwise. Some of the other more common causes are failure to replace batteries every six months, detectors installed too close to equipment that produce CO (i.e. too close to kitchens, boiler rooms, attached garages). We can’t change the atmosphere, but we can correct the other causes. Homeowners should train themselves to recognize the difference between an actual CO alert (steady continuous beeping and a low battery signal (intermittent chirping).
The Robbery Squad reported the details of a robbery, attempted robbery and grand larceny that occurred on Friday, Jan. 21 in Hicksville, as well as possible connections to past incidents.
According to detectives, at 12:44 p.m., a 31-year-old female was walking to her vehicle in the parking lot of Delco Plaza located at 285 S. Broadway when she was approached along her left side by a dark colored auto. A white female in the passenger seat grabbed the victim’s handbag which was hanging from her shoulder causing the victim to fall and be dragged by the auto, said police, and the handbag broke free and the subject vehicle fled with the proceeds. The victim was transported to an area hospital for treatment of contusions to her legs, added detectives.
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