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Superintendent Steps Down

Written by Betsy Abraham, Thursday, 31 July 2014 09:59

Superintendent Maureen Bright and the Hicksville School District are parting ways, a year earlier than originally planned.

At a Board of Education meeting May 20, Bright announced that she would not be renewing her contract when it expired at the end of the 2014-15 school year. However, a notice posted last week on the Hicksville School District website stated that she is leaving her position July 31, 2014.


Hicksville Grad Wins Emmy

Written by Rich Forestano, Wednesday, 30 July 2014 00:00
Jaclynn Demas always loved film and television. She dreamed of having a hand in its creative process. and wanted to shape the moving image. The East Williston resident’s obsession paid off after taking home a Daytime Creative Arts Emmy Award for Outstanding Pre-School Children’s Animated Program last month as producer of PBS KIDS’ Peg + Cat.

“I’ve loved TV and was a movie buff since I was a little kid,” she said. “All I’ve ever wanted to do was make films. I was just upset at how things were made. When I got older, I took a lot of courses in TV and video production.”


Creative Cups Returns

Written by Hicksville News Staff, Friday, 25 July 2014 00:00

Get out your needle and thread, glue gun, beads, and paint. Creative Cups, the popular, life-affirming fund raising event of the Adelphi NY Statewide Breast Cancer Hotline & Support Program, is back. This is the fourth time that Creative Cups has happened on Long Island and allows artists, breast cancer survivors, their friends, family members and others to use originality and creativity to transform ordinary bras into works of art. Creative Cups celebrates the lives of those living with breast cancer and those we have lost to this terrible disease. All are invited to participate by creating an “art bra” or becoming a sponsor.

Fran Mulholland from Hicksville along with her friend Emilia Goncalves decorated a bra for last year’s Creative Cups. Their bra was themed “Celebrating Another Birthday.”


Hot Dog Lovers Relish At Linda’s

Written by Betsy Abraham, Thursday, 24 July 2014 10:15

Linda Doyle knows how to make a good hot dog. And she doesn’t need a big fancy kitchen or shiny barbeque grill to do it. Rather, Doyle’s famous franks are served out of a small trailer on the side of S. Broadway.

For the past 16 years, passers-by coming along S. Broadway looking for a delicious, cheap bite to eat for lunch or a pre-dinner snack have been stopping by Linda’s Hot Dog Boutique, a simple white trailer adorned by a flag, yellow umbrella and two signs.


The Doorstop With A Holy Touch

Written by Youseph Rasheed, Friday, 18 July 2014 00:00

You could say Darren Butler has quite the entrepreneurial disposition. The Hicksville resident not only founded a church, but invented a doorstop that does not require screwing any holes into your wall or door. The device simply clamps on to the bottom of any sized door without requiring tools.

“I never envisioned myself as being an inventor,” explained Butler. “I became one by accident and out of frustration.”

After Butler and his wife purchased their home, they wanted to decorate and maintain it.  “We have four children and at the time we wanted to minimize the damage that occurs from doors slamming into walls because as young children do; they have a tendency to aggressively open doors, and as a result the door knob created holes in our wall,” said Butler. “We purchased conventional doorstops so at the very least we could minimize that reality if not eliminate it all together.”


Fire Department Hosts Drill Tourney

Written by Paige McAtee, Thursday, 17 July 2014 00:00

The Hicksville Fire Department hosted the Nassau County Parade and Drill Championships this past Saturday, an event that was entertaining for both guests and participants.

The Motorized Drill competition held in the morning had 16 participating fire departments. The drill included eight events and each racing team was judged based on how fast they completed each event. Events included the Three Man Ladder, Motor Hook and Ladder, Motor Hose, Efficiency, Motor Pump, and Buckets. The Hicksville Hicks came in fifth place and received a trophy.


Car Show Returns To Hicksville

Written by Youseph Rasheed, Wednesday, 16 July 2014 09:31

New York AutoFest took over the Sears parking lot in Hicksville this past Sunday and cars of all kinds were on display. The yearly event has been held in Hicksville for the past seven years and helps raise awareness for several important causes.

One of those projects is Flags for Classrooms. The owner and producer of New York AutoFest Leo Cerruti explained how he wanted to see more flags in school classrooms. “You would be surprised how many classrooms are lacking flags,” he said. Funds from the show, which cost $5 per ticket, go to help Cerruti’s cause.


Middle School Celebrates Grads

Thursday, 10 July 2014 09:53

The Hicksville Middle School Class of 2014 commencement exercise acknowledged and celebrated the many accomplishments of 435 eighth-grade students prepared to take on the rigors of high school in the fall.  

“I encourage you to take advantage of the wonderful opportunities that will present themselves in the next four years,” said Superintendent of Schools Maureen Bright in her address to the students. “Take a course of study that will help achieve your goals.”


Local Produces The Falls

Written by Betsy Abraham, Thursday, 10 July 2014 00:00

Claude Slotnick is a firm believer that it’s all about the journey, not the destination. This theme is the driving force behind his play The Falls, which premieres on the Theater for the New City stage this weekend.

The play centers around Nina and Dodge, who meet at a bar and the next morning decide to take a spontaneous road trip to Niagara Falls.

Slotnick, a Plainview native, says the play is not so much about the couple being at Niagara Falls as it is about them getting there.


BOE Holds Reorganization Meeting

Written by Paige McAtee, Friday, 11 July 2014 00:00

The Board of Education welcomed its newest member, Michael Beneventano, last week during a reorganization meeting at which trustees and officers took their oaths of office.

School district attorney Gary Steffanetta administered the oath of office to Beneventano, as well as to District Clerk John O’Brien and Superintendent Maureen Bright.

The Board of Education then held an election of the Board of Officers for the 2014-15 year. The oath of office was also administered to the President of the Board of Education Phil Heckler, Vice President Kevin Carroll, Secretary Brenda Judson, and Deputy District Treasurer James Mott.


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