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Superintendent Search Underway

Written by Betsy Abraham, Wednesday, 04 June 2014 00:00

The Board of Education has begun searching for a new Superintendent of Schools following Maureen Bright’s decision that she will be retiring from the position when her contract expires June 30, 2015.

At a recent meeting, trustees voted to employ a local firm to find a replacement superintendent. The board is currently sending out a Request for Proposal.  


Library Explores The Arts And Crafts Era

Written by Paige McAtee, Saturday, 31 May 2014 00:00

The simple yet iconic style of the Arts and Crafts Era was highlighted at a recent art lecture held at the Hicksville Public Library.

Art historian Louise Cella Caruso presented the lecture titled the Arts and Crafts Movement in America. Caruso holds many art lectures throughout Nassau County, all of which are self-made and researched.

This lecture highlighted architecture and furniture created during the arts and crafts movement, which occurred in the early 20th century.

“Many people don’t realize that arts and crafts was a major movement and it still impacts the world today,” said Caruso.


LaCandela Proves Peruvian Holds Its Own

Written by Chris Boyle, Friday, 30 May 2014 00:00

When searching for a fresh dining experience, one often looks to experience the new flavors associated with far-off continents from around the world. But there’s one intimate eatery nestled among the stores that line South Broadway in Hicksville that already knows full-well that variety is indeed the spice of life.

La Candela, a Peruvian restaurant owned by Elvin Paulino and his wife Elizabeth, has been pleasing their returning clientele ever since they first opened the doors of the 495 South Broadway location six years ago.


Hicksville School District Budget Passes

Written by Emily Cappiello, Thursday, 29 May 2014 09:10

The anticipation was palpable as parents, staff, faculty and school board candidates packed the late-night Hicksville Board of Education meeting on Tuesday, May 20 waiting to hear the results of the elections.

When the budget numbers and school board elections arrived in the board room, the attention immediately turned to those. The 2014-15 school budget passed with 1,360 votes for and 525 votes against. The total budget for the 2014-15 district budget is $127.9 million, an increase of 2.7 percent from 2013-14’s budget of $124.5 million. The tax levy increase is .09 percent.  Additionally, both capital reserve budgets — one for improvements and one for technology — also passed. The proposition for the Gregory Museum and the Hicksville Library budget passed as well.


Guilty Plea In Hicksville Modeling Scam

Written by Hicksville News Staff, Thursday, 29 May 2014 00:00

The president of a defunct Hicksville modeling agency has pleaded guilty to scamming clients out of more than $236,000 by promising their children modeling and acting jobs that did not exist, said Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice.

James Muniz, 44, of Smithtown, and New Faces Development Center, Inc. (also known as Model Talent Development Corp.), pleaded guilty to two counts of Grand Larceny in the 3rd Degree (a D felony), and one count of Scheme to Defaud in the 1st Degree (an E felony). Muniz also pleaded guilty to one count of Conspiracy in the 5th Degree (an A misdemeanor).


Effman Trio Performs At The Library

Written by Paige McAtee, Friday, 23 May 2014 00:00

An instrumental Jazz group performed well-known songs from the 1930s to the 1960s at the Hicksville Public Library on Sunday May 18.

Paul Effman Trio is made up of clarinet and saxophone player Paul Effman, a Syosset resident. The other two members of the trio are Tom Beckner, a Hicksville resident, on the piano and Roy Sparacino, a Smithtown resident, on the bass guitar.

The band played over a dozen songs including “Blue Skies”, “Our Love is Here to Stay”, “Bye Bye Blackbird”, and “My Way”. Throughout the performance, Effman switched back and forth between playing the saxophone and clarinet.


Kabul Grill Offers Cuisine Steeped In Taste

Written by Chris Boyle, Thursday, 22 May 2014 00:00
If you’re looking for a unique and delicious dining experience in the Hicksville area with an extra serving of hospitality steeped deeply in a rich and vibrant culture, the Kabul Grill Kabob and Tea House, located at 129 North Broadway, might just be what you’re looking for.

Kabul Grill owner Noor Shair is a Plainview resident who originally hails from Afghanistan, and surprisingly had no aspirations of entering the restaurant field in his younger years. He was employed in his home country as a pilot for Afghanistan International Airlines, having been formally taught the ins-and-outs of flying commercial aircraft in America beforehand.


Vets Discuss Memorial Day Memories

Written by Chris Boyle, Wednesday, 21 May 2014 00:00

Memorial Day is a vital national American holiday; the one day of the year when we as citizens take pause and honor those who have fallen while defending the principles and freedoms that have come to define us as a people.

It is on that day that many veterans of the military reflect upon both their great service to this country, as well as the ultimate sacrifices of the friends and loved ones who live on in their memories and hearts; this is something that members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 3211 of Hicksville each remember in their own individual ways.


Tastebuds Tingle In Hicksville

Written by Chris Boyle, Thursday, 15 May 2014 00:00

Relocating to a new country can be intimidating enough, but taking on a brand-new occupation once you get there as well? It’s enough to make someone think twice about the whole thing and just stay put.

But not Kumar K. Chhetri, owner of New Chilli and Curry restaurant located at 106 Woodbury Road in Hicksville. Originally from Nepal, where he worked in the antique jewelry trade, Chhetri moved to the United States nearly 20 years ago for a change of scenery as well as a desire to try out a new career.


Library Budget Sees Increase

Written by Betsy Abraham, Wednesday, 14 May 2014 00:00

The Hicksville Public Library’s budget for 2014-15 includes a 4.04% increase, and while this does pierce the NYS property tax cap, Hicksville residents will only see an average increase of $12.87 per household. With the 2014-15 budget, the average homeowner will pay approximately $257.01 a year in library tax.

The library is looking to get $4.3 million of their $5.2 million budget from real estate taxes (the rest comes from fines and fees, PILOTS, the appropriated fund balance, and other revenues). The most significant line item increase in the library’s budget was for capital improvements, which went from $30,000 in the 2013-14 budget to $320,000 in the 2014-15 proposed budget. Library director Elizabeth Goldfrank attributes this huge change to some much needed repairs in the building.


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