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Hicksville Performers LIACTS Showcase Talents at Buddy Walk

Written by Cory Twibell Friday, 29 October 2010 00:00

Students, Alums Fundraising Through Song for LI Charities

When Juliana Becker and a handful of close friends graduated from Hicksville High School, college and life after the 12th grade wasn’t enough to come between the group and its shared interest of the performing arts.

LIACTS boasts an impressive résumé for a group with only a year’s worth of experience. They have raised money to benefit several Long Island charities, most recently on Oct. 24 as they performed to raise awareness for Down Syndrome during Alexander’s Angels Buddy Walk at Heckscher State Park.

“In the spring of 2009, me and three other Hicksville people wanted to think of a way to do theater outside of high school, and we knew we were going to college, but we really wanted to do something with the same people we had went to high school with.


Lustgarten, Salon Owner Team Together for Pancreatic Cancer PSAs

Written by Cory Twibell Friday, 29 October 2010 00:00

Hicksville’s Antonio Vozzolo

Featured in Spot to Raise Awareness

Starting Nov. 1, the Lustgarten Foundation and local salon owner Antonio Vozzolo, along with several others from Long Island and the tri-state area, will launch a public service announcement campaign to help spread awareness regarding the devastating disease.

According to Kerri Kaplan, executive director for the Lustgarten Foundation, the organization is based out of Bethpage and is the largest private funder of pancreatic research, as 100 percent of every dollar donated goes directly to support researching pancreatic cancer.

“In 1998 Marc Lustgarten, who was Cablevision’s former vice chairman, was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, and at the time, very little was known about this disease.


Metal for a Cause Fundraiser for Children’s Cancer Research

Friday, 22 October 2010 00:00

In May of 2008, Hicksville resident Louie Mavroudis watched his father dance at his wedding. Eight months later, his father Gregory Mavroudis lost his fight to lung cancer. Following this devastating loss, Louie knew that he needed to do something to honor the memory of his father. He also wanted to help find a cure so that other people would not have to suffer the way he and his family had.

When he heard that his friend Michael Lamothe was running the NYC marathon with Fred’s Team, which raises money for Pediatric Cancer Research at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, Louie was determined to do whatever he could to help his friend raise money for this great cause.


Loud Voices of Dissent in High Stakes County Debate

Written by Matthew A. Piacentini Friday, 22 October 2010 00:00

Schools: Loss of Teachers, More School Taxes in Mangano Plan

County Executive Edward P. Mangano campaigned for and won his current position with a clear promise to lower spending and taxes for Nassau. The day draws near when he must deliver, arriving at a balanced budget for 2011 without raising taxes or increasing the deficit. This has led to painful proposals, drawing protests on extreme moves like cutting loose the entire Long Island Bus system and turning the high expense of tax refunds over to schools, towns, villages and other special districts including libraries and fire districts.  


U.S. Coast Guard SAR Demonstration at the Oyster Festival on October 16

Written by Dagmar Fors Karppi Friday, 15 October 2010 00:00

U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary at the Oyster Fest on

Land and Sea, October 16 and 17

This year’s Oyster Festival, Oct. 16 and 17, will have a special U.S. Coast Guard Search and Rescue (SAR) demonstration at the Oyster Festival said Joe Orlich, Flotilla Commander U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary in Oyster Bay.

A rescue swimmer from a Jayhawk HH-60 helicopter from Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod, whose area of operations encompasses Long Island, will simulate rescuing a “victim” of a boating incident in the water. The demonstration area will be secured by local Auxiliary members in their “Operational Facilities” which are private boats equipped to USCG standards operated by Auxiliarists who have received specialized training as coxswains and boat crew members. This event is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 16 at 1:30 p.m.

Cindy Smith, Oyster Festival press liaison, said “People will be able to get a good view of what is happening on the waterfront – seated on bleachers set up on the pier.”


Candidates Answer Resident’s Questions at LWV Forum

Written by Karen Gellender Friday, 15 October 2010 00:00

Incumbents and Challengers Alike
Criticize High Taxes, Albany Dysfunction

At the Monday, Oct. 4 “Know Before You Vote” Forum, hosted and moderated by the League of Women Voters, incumbents Carl Marcellino (R-5th SD), Kemp Hannon (R-6th SD), Joseph Saladino (R-12th AD) and Charles Lavine (D-13th AD) had a difficult game to play: blame Albany for high taxes and dysfunctional governance, yet portray their continued presence there as an asset to the Long Island taxpayer. Incumbent Michael Montesano (R-15th AD), only in office since February, had the benefit of being able to present himself as both newcomer and experienced politician. Meanwhile, challengers Larry Silverman (D), Francesca Carlow (D), Leon Hart (D) and Robert Germino (R) could attack the alleged failings of the state government with few reservations.

At what was often a contentious event, moderator Paula Blum struggled not only to keep the candidates to their designated time limits, but to control the noisy and at times, combative crowd; Blum reminded the audience several times that they should take their concerns to heart on Election Day rather than shouting them at the candidates on stage. One attendee yelled “Stop Spending!” several times before being asked to leave.


H.O.P.E. for Stroke Holds Grand Opening in Hicksville

Friday, 08 October 2010 00:00

Non-Profit Center Assists Survivors, Caregivers

H.O.P.E. for Stroke, a non-profit organization helping stroke survivors and their caregivers get through a devastating life event, recently announced its grand opening in Hicksville.

Stroke survivors and caregivers operate this unique organization. No one is paid a salary all of its funds go toward operations and public education and awareness.

Founder Peter V. Cornelis and cofounder Joseph Foley started this organization after their own experiences with strokes to help others who face this challenge and inspire them to go beyond their current boundaries of recovery. Life does not have to stop after a stroke. Have your sense of self return and make new friends.


DA: Carousel, Owner, Ex-Assistant Manager Plead Guilty to Criminal Charges

Friday, 08 October 2010 00:00

Agreement Imposes Safety Changes and

Stringent Oversight

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.


St. Stephen’s Church Celebrates Historic 100th Anniversary

Friday, 01 October 2010 00:00

Nassau Officials Help Commemorate

Century of Service to Hicksville

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).


Renovated Ice Rink at Cantiague Park Opens

Friday, 01 October 2010 00:00

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.


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