On August 20, residents from all the communities in the Town of Oyster Bay will have a voice in the future of Syosset and Jericho.
A town-wide voter referendum will decide whether a 54-acre plot of town-owned land right by the Long Island Expressway can be sold to a consortium of three developers—Simon Property Group, Castagna Properties and the Albanese Organization—which has indicated it plans a mixed-use facility, including apartments and shops.
Another developer, Taubman Centers, currently owns a smaller, neighboring property and has been battling the town for 18 years to get a special permit to build a mall there. Taubman has indicated it wants to bid on the town-owned site, which would allow it to expand its plans, and sued to force this referendum.
Long Island students in grades three through eight saw their New York State test scores plummet by 40 percent compared to last year, but education administrators are telling parents not to fret because this year doesn’t compare to last year.
The Hicksville School District has a diverse student enrollment of 5,244 students. Superintendent of Hicksville Schools, Maureen Bright told the Hicksville Illustrated News, “Our district enrollment is comprised of 7.9 percent of students who are English Language Learners, receiving mandated services, representing 32 languages as their first language spoken; in addition, we have 31 percent of students who are living at the poverty level and 10.9 percent of students who are identified as students with disabilities.” She added, “We believe that these factors inform our test results and place our student performance in a more meaningful context than a district by district comparison; utilizing data provided by Newsday, it is noted that Hicksville students performed above the Long Island average in 3-8 grades on both assessments with the exception of Grade 4 ELA and Grade 8 Math.”
The Hicksville Water District’s Board of Water Commissioners Chairman Nicholas Brigandi has announced the completion of renovations of Plant #6 on Kuhl Avenue. This renovation is part of the district’s major capital investment plan to improve services for local residents and businesses.
The commissioners will celebrate the completion of Plant #6 renovations with a ribbon cutting on Saturday, Aug. 10, at 10:30 a.m. This marks the first of many infrastructure improvements and restorations the district is currently planning to implement in the next five years. The district’s commitment to maintain residents’ low cost-per-gallon is achieved by responsibly investing tax dollars in a system-wide capital improvement plan.
Fred and Elaine Anderson may be retired but they are as busy as ever. The Hicksville couple spends time each week volunteering at various organizations across Long Island, including Old Bethpage Village Restoration, Long Island Blood Services and the Nassau County Department of Social Services. They found about about these opportunities through the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP), a nationwide program that connects seniors, 55 and over, with volunteer service organizations in their community. The program used to be run by the Nassau County Office for the Aging, but was dropped a few years ago.
On Saturday, Aug. 17, a very special event will take place on the roads of Hicksville, and the Hicksville Chamber of Commerce and the Greater Long Island Running Club are asking for the cooperation of local residents to help make the event successful and safe.
The inaugural Discover Hicksville 5 Mile Run will start at 5 p.m. at Cantiague Park, and the participants will traverse a loop through northwest Hicksville before returning to Cantiague Park for a post-run barbecue.
What’s in your couch cushions? Spare change? Forgotten toys? The other matching sock? What if the things you found deep down within the couch had the power to change the course of history? That’s the fantastical idea behind Bethpage resident, Henry Clark’s debut young adult novel, What We Found in the Sofa and How It Saved the World.
The book centers on three 12-year-old children who find a discarded sofa on the side of the road near their bus stop. As they begin to search between the cushions, they find a zucchini colored crayon, a double six domino, a mysterious coin, and a fishhook. These seemingly commonplace items soon thrust the friends into an adventure as they try to thwart an evil mastermind’s plan to conquer the world.
Dozens of residents, family and friends recently attended the formal dedication ceremony at Nassau County Veterans Memorial Plaza to view the unveiling of more than 200 names of veterans, past and present, which were added to the expanding Walls of Honor in Eisenhower Park.
The memorial already has hundreds of veterans’ names inscribed, with more added each year, since its unveiling a couple of years ago. It is an ongoing construction; veterans’ names are inscribed on the steel panels, which are mounted to the granite walls and dedicated each June by the Nassau County Veterans Monument Fund, Inc.
All veterans, war or peacetime, are eligible. County residency is not required. To reserve a spot on the Walls of Honor, call 516-804-5802 for a registration form and requirements.
Gordon Connell would scoff at the idea that video games are bad for you. “It gives you that feeling of being a hero,” the 24-year-old said. “The purpose of gaming is to give you that vicarious feeling of something that is really cool in real life, but that you’re not physically doing.”
And living a vicarious lifestyle of saving princesses, throwing people off cliffs and roundhouse kicking, is something the Hicksville High School graduate knows well. For the past seven years he has been competing in video game tournaments all over North America, and he recently traveled to Las Vegas for Evolution 2013 (EVO2013), the biggest fight game tournament of the year.
Assemblyman Michael Montesano recently announced that the Hicksville Free Library, Bayville Free Library, and Bethpage Public Library will be receiving Public Library Construction Grants. The Bethpage and Hicksville libraries are getting $100,000 each to repair its out-of-date lighting system and major building renovations respectively.
“Our libraries provide access to vital information for the public, as well as play host to programs offering culturally enriching opportunities,” said Montesano. “These construction grants will greatly assist in providing the crucial infrastructure repairs our libraries need to continue admirably serving our communities’ needs.”
The Hicksville High School Class of 2013 took their seats on McCormack Field at the start of their graduation with the hum of excitement from family and friends behind them, a podium seating a variety of school administrators and honored guests before them, and a very bright future within their grasp.
“This afternoon we celebrate the outstanding achievements of Hicksville High School’s Class of 2013,” said Principal Brijinder Singh in her opening address. “Dream big and make it your choice to have a great future.”
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