On June 4, Peter Levy, president of the Coalition of Nassau County Youth Service Agengies, presented an early-bird crowd of around 150 people with a rhetorical question regarding the perpetual challenges children face in Nassau County.
Levy asked, “In 1996, did we think we’d be facing the same issues in 2010? Yes, I think some of us did.”
On June 20 from 9 to 11 a.m., Fred K’s Cancer will be raising money for oral and testicular cancer awareness at Cantiague Park in Hicksville. The event will offer a 2-mile walk for participants on behalf of the Oral Cancer Foundation and Sean Kimerling Testicular Cancer Foundation. “While the cancers may seem unrelated, there is a reason why we chose these particular diseases to support: both of our fathers are named Fred and are cancer survivors,” said Serena Ahne and Lisa Leone of Traveling Baseball Babes, a group the two started to blog about their travels to different baseball stadiums across the country.
A new Farmers Market is coming to Hicksville beginning on Sunday, June 27, according to Oyster Bay Town Councilwoman Rebecca M. Alesia. The weekly market will feature a variety of locally grown fruits and vegetables, juices and preserves, fresh flowers, eggs, honey, cheese and much more.
“I am proud to have worked together with Town Supervisor John Venditto, the Hicksville Chamber of Commerce and the Hicksville Community Council, as well as local civic groups and resident volunteers, to bring this project to the Town of Oyster Bay,” Councilwoman Alesia said. “We are also grateful to the Farmers Market Association, which will coordinate and oversee the operation of the market, including the selection of vendors. This project has been a great joint effort, bringing together several organizations.”
The Citibank located on North Broadway in Hicksville was robbed shortly after 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 1, and according to detectives, the suspect appeared to match a description of an individual who committed a similar robbery less than one week ago in Massapequa.
On May 27, Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos announced his candidacy for the US Senate seat currently held by Senator Charles Schumer. Maragos, a Republican, has been in office as Nassau County comptroller since January, having been elected in November 2009. Maragos and his family are longtime Great Neck residents.
Maragos has stated that the issues in his campaign focus on the federal government, which he said, has been “… adding higher costs, higher taxes and more government control on our local governments and businesses.”
The United Veterans of Hicksville held a meeting May 11 at the Hicksville Veterans of Foreign Wars hall. At this time, SSG Christopher Grilo of the U.S. Army, 800th Military Police of Uniondale was the special guest.
The committee is proud to announce that Captain Frederick A. Moss, also of the 800th Military Police, commander of headquarters and headquarters company will be the Memorial Day guest speaker. Commander William Walden was proud to announce the Grand Marshal for Hicksville 2010 Memorial Day Parade and Service is Catholic War Veterans Joseph Barry Post 1946 Commander Joseph Messana.
On May 25 at 10 p.m., the Bethpage Fire Department dispatcher received an automatic alarm from the Town of Oyster Bay Ice Skating Center on Stewart Avenue at Cherry Avenue in Bethpage.
Approximately 35 persons were playing on the ice when they heard an audible alarm and noticed the ice starting to melt. Several persons soon became overcome by fumes, which were later determined to be anhydrous ammonia used as a refrigerant. Anhydrous ammonia is also toxic if inhaled or absorbed through the skin.
Residents of Hicksville went to the polls Tuesday and voted in favor for both the school district’s and the library’s 2010-2011 spending plans. Election of board trustees also took place. The results are as follows:
Residents of the Hicksville School District approved the 2010-2011 spending plan by 737 votes; 2,168 residents approved the district’s $114 million budget while 1,431 opposed it. The approved spending plan is a 2.91 budget-to-budget increase over the current year’s budget and carries a 3.47 percent tax levy increase.
Chris Saltalamacchio, 2003 Hicksville High School graduate and 2007 University of Delaware graduate, is one of 11 nominees (and the youngest man) to be nominated “Man of the Year” by the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Delaware. Saltalamacchio received this honor for his extensive volunteer work during his year as unofficial “Mr. Delaware 2008,” held as a fundraiser for the Miss Delaware organization.
Voting on the Hicksville School District’s proposed 2010-2011 spending plan will take place Tuesday, May 18. At this time, residents will have the opportunity to cast their vote for or against the following three propositions:
Proposition #1, which is broken down into six components, pertains to the district’s $114,172,211 spending plan, a proposed budget-to-budget increase of 2.91 percent - an additional $3,228,463 over the current year’s spending plan of $110,943,748.
According to the district’s newsletter, the proposed 2.91 budget-to-budget increase carries a 3.47 percent tax levy increase. Hicksville is currently the 9th lowest tax rate of 54 Nassau County school district with the per pupil expenditure at $19,104.
Costs allotted in Proposition #1 are broken down as follows:
The General Support category includes monies for the district’s overall administration, including appropriations for the school board, central administration and the operation and general maintenance of buildings. For 2010-2011, the General Support category accounts for $13,969,708 – a $550,520 increase over the present school year, which is $13,419,631.
The Instruction Support section addresses what the district calls its “major function” instructional programs as well as the salaries of principals, supervisors, teachers, guidance counselors, psychologists, librarians, health service personnel, teaching assistants, and clerical workers and aides. Also included in this section are the costs for instructional supplies, textbooks, district handicapped programs and tuition for BOCES and private schools, guidance, libraries and occupational education. For 2010-2011, the Instruction Support component is $64,752,271 – an increase of $813,534 over the $63,938,737 allocated this year.
The Hicksville School District provides transportation for approximately 4,500 students to public and non-public schools in and out of the district as well as for handicapped students and vocational students who attend special schools outside the district. Also included are costs associated with interscholastic sports trips and academic field trips. The Pupil Transportation category of the 2010-2011 budget accounts for $7,965,571 –a $286,348 increase over the current year’s spending plan of $7,679,223.
In the area of Community Services, which accounts for the census the district distributes and tabulates for residents as well as for senior citizen services, the district budgeted $80,271 – a $1,779 increase over this year's spending of $78,492. However, if the $50,000 allotted for the Hicksville Gregory Museum in Proposition #3 is approved, the Community Services portion of the budget will be $130,271. Recreational Program
This category encompasses all the recreational services funded by the school district, including summer and after-school recreation and youth programs. The Recreational Program section of the budget has decreased significantly. For 2010-2011, the district is proposing the Recreational Program at $199,140 – a $351 decrease from the current year’s $199,491.
Undistributed and Other Debt
The Undistributed and Other Debt section includes payment of employee benefits such as retirement, Social Security, health insurance and unemployment insurance, along with interest on borrowing. For the 2010-2011 school year, this area of the budget accounts for $27,205,250, an increase of $1,576,633 over the current year’s total of $25,628,617.
State Aid and Mandates
Of the budget’s total cost, school officials estimate that $93.3 million would be paid through tax dollars with the remaining offset by non-tax revenue ($17.4 million), fund balance ($2 million) and reserves ($1.5 million) with the remainder offset by state aid.
For 2010-2011, the district is anticipating a state aid reimbursement of approximately $14 million, $1.7 million or 10.8 percent less than this year. Along with a state aid reduction are several state mandates, such as the MTA payroll tax of $300,000.
Should the 2010-2011 spending plan be rejected, the board would have to decide whether or not to submit the budget, unchanged, for revote; submit a revised budget to the voters; or operate on a contingency budget. Failure of the budget on the second vote would require the district to adopt its contingency budget, which, for 2010-2011 would be $110,685,246 – $3,486,965 less than the proposed spending plan.
Under the contingency spending plan, district officials state they would be forced to eliminate staff and programs essential to student success and which could have a negative impact on the district. Drastic cuts could include termination of positions, including teachers, administrators and support staff and increased class size as well as elimination of elective opportunities, field trips, professional conferences for staff, the Adult Continuing Education Program and Evening High School, Summer Recreation Program, Secondary Summer School Program, new textbook purchases, non-health and safety related maintenance projects, extracurricular clubs and activities (including interscholastic sports programs) and limited school days as there would be no activities, no after-school transportation and no supervision.
Proposition #2 asks voters to establish a fund in the amount of $978,000 from unexpended funds from the 2009-2010 school budget to be utilized for energy conservation projects, including installation of occupancy sensors throughout the district; installation of energy efficient lighting in all school gyms; installation of energy efficient lighting and ceilings in all elementary and middle school classrooms; replacement of exterior doors and roof at Fork Lane; and replacement of a roof at Old Country Road.
This proposition, which is designed to assist in realizing long- and short-term savings in energy costs and ensure appropriate maintenance of district facilities, represents no additional cost to the taxpayer; funds for these projects are available due to unanticipated revenues and cost-saving measures.
Proposition #2 is contingent upon voter approval of Proposition #1. Should the proposition fail, the money will be applied to the district reserve funds as well as unreserved balance accounts based upon recommendation from district auditors.
As in previous years, Proposition #3 asked voters to approve the allocation of $50,000 to the Hicksville Gregory Museum for educational services associated with its programs; passage of this proposition will result in a cost of $3.50 per homeowner.
Proposition #3 is contingent upon voter approval of Proposition #1.
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