Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice announced on Oct. 4 that the owner, the former assistant director and corporation that operates the Hicksville child daycare facility, Carousel Day School, where 2-year-old Olivia Raspanti died in March 2009 after choking on a carrot, have pleaded guilty to criminal charges.
In addition to agreeing to State licensing requirements, sweeping safety improvements and more stringent oversight by the New York State Office of Child and Family Services (OCFS), the owner and former director of the school pleaded guilty to Reckless Endangerment in the Second Degree. As part of the plea agreement, the center must remain licensed and subject to the requirements of OCFS, including the fact that neither of the defendants are permitted to resume their former positions at the school.
The Evangelical Church of St. Stephen recently kicked off a gala weekend as religious and political luminaries gathered for the church’s 100th anniversary, celebrating a century’s worth of fellowship, service and worship on Long Island, all in the same Hicksville location.
“We stand out among churches, because we have both a bishop and a pope,” said Church Council president Vicki Maxey as she noted that a leading religious leader, the Rev. Dr. Robert Alan Rimbo, a bishop with the Metropolitan New York Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, attended the event along with local politicians and the church’s beloved leader of three years, Pastor Stephanie Pope (the church’s first female pastor ever).
Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano and Legislator Rose Marie Walker (R-Hicksville) opened Cantiague Park’s indoor ice skating rink after a significant renovation project, which was completed this month, on Sept. 25. The ribbon-cutting ceremony was followed by a free two-hour skating session hosted by the county to kick off the winter skating season.
During the summer, the county began the major renovation project at Cantiague’s rink that includes the installation of new boards and glass partitions, enhanced lighting, a new coat of paint for the stands and an improved drainage system.
The Hicksville Council of PTAs recently announced that the 20th Annual Homecoming Fair will take place on Saturday, Oct. 2, and all are invited to join the community event.
The fair is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. at Hicksville High School’s John A. Walker Soccer Field. As in the past, a number of activities will be featured, including many attractions like the popular castle bounce, a large slide, batter up and a hi-striker to go along with many game booths courtesy of the individual PTA units and school clubs.
The homecoming fair would not be complete without a parade – and the 2010 homecoming parade will start off from the Hicksville Middle School at approximately 1:15 p.m., showcasing the award-winning Hicksville High School Marching Band, the kick line, color guard and cheerleaders. The football team, the Hicksville High School Comets, will kickoff against Plainview at 2 p.m. Gate admission is waved for this special community event; plan to stay after the fair and cheer the Comets to a homecoming victory.
The Hicksville Water District (HWD) continues its commitment of its aggressive Fire Hydrant Maintenance Program with full field inspections and maintenance of all hydrants.
As part of its mission, public safety measures are currently being taken by inspecting each hydrant for any apparent deficiencies, inspecting all caps, greasing all threads and taking static readings. What’s more, each hydrant is being tested to ensure they drain properly.
The Town of Oyster Bay held it’s regular town board meeting on Sept. 7 at 10 a.m. and a number of resolutions relevant to the Hicksville community were highlighted.
Town board members reminded anyone wishing to comment at the regular meetings that they must fill out a “persons intending to speak” form, which can be obtained from the town clerk.
Eight resolutions presented were pertinent to Hicksville and ranged from bicycle lockers at the train station to state funding programs for sidewalks and curbs.
On the morning of Sept. 11, the Hicksville Fire Department held a memorial service at Station #3 on Strong Street where they honored all the fallen on that day, including two firefighters from Hicksville, Ex-Chief Terry Farrell, Fire Department of New York Rescue #4 and Ex-Capitan George Howard, Port Authority Police Emergency Service Unit. Fellow firefighters, family members and community observers reflected on the loss of the two Hicksville firefighters who lost their lives nine years ago.
Four years ago when their son, Matthew, underwent a kidney biopsy, Michael and Dana Levine knew exactly what they didn’t want to hear when their child’s test results were finalized: FSGS.
FSGS, or Focal Segmental Glomerulosclerosis, is the second-leading cause of kidney failure in children. The disease causes a filtering malfunction in the kidney where beneficial proteins are irregularly spilled into the urine and unable to be delivered to the body.
“It was complete and utter devastation when you find out a 3-year-old child has a very rare kidney disease that has no known cure … when we heard those four letters my wife and I wanted to crawl into a hole and not come back,” said Michael Levine.
Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice recently announced the arrest of four attorneys who, she said, stole more than $1 million from their clients in separate incidents by destroying real estate deals and, in one case, stealing a portion of a victim’s life insurance beneficiary check just days after the death of her husband.
“The victims in these cases thought that they had attorneys they could trust with their hard-earned money and their dreams for a more secure future,” Rice said. “But what they got were four criminals whose only intention was to rob them blind.”
Richard Gluszak, 59, of Hicks-ville, was arrested and charged with two counts of Grand Larceny in the Second Degree. He faces up to 15 years in prison if convicted. Martin Geduldig, Esq., represents him.
Ninety years old. That’s a lot of years, but what is really important is the “dash” – what he did in between all those years.
This is some of what I know about Chief Pollina. Actually I got to know Joe a couple of years before I was old enough to join the department. He was a proud U.S. Marine first and foremost. He was one of the members of the “Greatest Generation,” who served our country that I was privileged to know. Our fire department, like many around here, had a lot of veterans from the Greatest Generation join the ranks. Joe was a championship boxer while serving in the Corps. Almost to the day he passed on, he was always in top physical condition. He worked out at the YMCA in Hempstead. I saw him many times running when I worked in Hempstead. When the fire department installed a gym in the firehouse, he was always there. He was mentor to many who wanted to stay in shape. Eventually, he organized and ran the department’s physical agility program and designed the test that is given new members before they are sworn in. He helped many prepare for the test before it was given.
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