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.
While the iconic statue perched at the foot of the Hicksville train station continues to be restored, a re-dedication ceremony for the famous bird is planned once the final touches are applied.
Sculptor Vaja Gabashville, who works for Steve Tatti, head of the sculpting team, recently performed grinding work on the new beak for the eagle. The grinding and shaping work took approximately two days to finish. After the beak is fully shaped, the stone is to be finished to match that of the eagle.
Uganda, a landlocked country in the eastern half of Africa, has seen its share of turmoil and treachery, but Katelynn Carroll, like many volunteers around the world, is helping the country in a grassroots effort to create a brighter and more positive future for its inhabitants.
Carroll, a Hicksville High School Class of 2007 graduate, recently returned from an 11-day volunteer mission in the tiny village of Wairaka (pronounced “why-lee-ca”) located outside of Jinja, Uganda. A fellow Hicksville Comet from the Class of 2005, Frank Regan, joined her on the journey.
The featured speaker at the Sept. 21 Open Meeting of the Greater Long Island Running Club will be Amy Palmiero-Winters, a Hicksville resident who recently was awarded the ESPY as the best female athlete with a disability.
The event will be held in the auditorium of the Plainview-Old Bethpage Public Library, 999 Old Country Road in Plainview, starting promptly at 8 p.m. on Sept. 21.
The Boy Scouts of Westbury Troop 233, which includes several Scouts from Hicksville, commemorated the organization’s 100th birthday in grandeur fashion as they hosted their counterparts from Westbury, U.K., and together celebrated a century of scouting worldwide.
In addition to the three days of local activities for the Scouts, which were planned by the Westbury United Methodist Church, the U.S. Post Office issued a memorial stamp and the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) designed a special patch for the occasion.
On Thursday, Aug. 12, Governor David Paterson held a news conference at the Nassau County Police Academy in Massapequa Park to announce a new provision to Leandra’s Law, requiring that all individuals convicted of a DWI, even first time offenders with, or without a child in the vehicle to install an ignition interlock system on any vehicle they operate. The provision went into effect on Sunday, Aug. 15.
This is a triumph for the advocates of ignition interlocks, including the local Long Island chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) who have lobbied tirelessly in Albany to remove it from judicial discretion, an optional condition assigned to those convicted of drunken driving.
Hicksville Fire Department Chief Edward Korona announced that the Hicksville Fire Department will no longer sponsor the annual Labor Day Parade. The 2009 81st annual parade was the last one. The parade and drill was held as a fundraiser, and in recent years, it has cost the fire department to run the event. Several years ago the drill portion was dropped because the grandstands did not comply with OSHA standards.
Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano is proposing to consolidate administrative functions of the Sixth and the Second Police Precincts and move the Sixth Precinct headquarters to the Second Precinct location in Woodbury. The county executive says that the plan would save over $20 million and would not diminish police service. However, many local public officials are firm in their view that residents would suffer. Additionally, there is still the question as to whether or not Mr. Mangano can order this consolidation without approval of the Nassau County Legislature.
In a lengthy conversation with Anton Community Newspapers, Mr. Mangano said that he is working to decrease the county’s $286 million deficit. So far, he said he has reduced this deficit by $39 million, but “more needs to be done … it’s time to fix structural problems … and we can save by consolidating management and duplications.” The goal is to “maintain services and reduce costs.”
For fans of the Islanders dynasty in the 1980s, which won four consecutive Stanley Cups from 1980-1984, a little piece of history recently experienced a big transformation as everything from the boards to the scoreboard underwent a revamping at the Cantiague Park Ice Rink in Hicksville.
Perhaps one of the most humble and underrated franchises of all time, the New York Islanders set a record for most consecutive playoff series wins, in any professional sport, with 19. During that time, the team laced their skates and taped their sticks between games at its second home: the practice facility at Cantiague Park.
Assemblyman Michael Montesano, along with fellow lawmakers and colleagues, held a press conference at the Hicksville train station on Aug. 2 to present their plan to reform the finances of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) with a comprehensive forensic audit.
The event comes on the heels of Montesano’s public call for Governor David Paterson to impound revenues derived from the MTA’s “onerous” payroll tax until the troubled transit agency can undergo a full and transparent accounting of its financial health.
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