When life hands you lemons, make lemonade. That’s just what a Hicksville baker is doing, except in her case it isn’t lemons, but a gluten-free diet. Her lemonade stand of choice is her brand new gluten-free eatery, “Jac’s Bakeshop and Bistro,” which held its grand opening on April 12.
“I’m a baker who can’t even eat wheat or eggs,” said owner Jaclyn Messina, chuckling at the irony.
There’s a lot you can do in 99 minutes. You could cook dinner, play a non-stop soccer game, watch a romantic comedy or hang out with Odysseus, Achilles and Hercules. If you chose the last option, Hicksville High School’s upcoming theatre production of The Iliad, The Odyssey, and All of Greek Mythology in 99 Minutes or Less is the place for you.
The mouthful of a title says it all. The cast will take on over 80 characters as they speed through all of Greek mythology, including popular tales such as The Iliad and The Odyssey, in a little over an hour and a half.
Due to what appears to be a colossal error on the part of the Nassau County Assessor’s office, or perhaps an errant interpretation of state law, more than 600 military veterans and Gold Star families in Hicksville will have to wait for their tax break until next year.
Hicksville is one of several local school districts that recently approved resolutions extending the exemption to local veterans, even though budgets and Albany’s tax cap make it a tough choice. On Feb. 26, with a contingency of veterans in the audience, the board voted to provide a school tax exemption for veterans living in the district, starting with the 2014-15 school year.
You’d expect volleyball, football and running the mile in gym class, but what about juggling, plate spinning, or riding a unicycle? For the past 30 years, The National Circus Project has been challenging typical notions of gym class by bringing skilled, trained circus artists into schools for performances and week-long workshops.
Every year, the Westbury based nonprofit goes into approximately 350 public and private schools all over the northeast, including a previous visit to Dutch Lane School in Hicksville. Teams of expert circus artists will come into a physical education class for either a day or week-long workshop. Students get a front row seat to a performance by some of the best in the business, as well as hands on experience with traditional circus skills such as juggling, wire walking or acrobatics. Students in the week-long workshop get to perfect a specific skill and show it off during a show at the end of the week for family members.
It’s not just teenagers who connect at the mall. This is the story of four adults who met at the Broadway Mall, a meeting that resulted in a new Indian restaurant in Hicksville called Kwality.
Rosy and Paramjit Sondhi come from New Delhi, live in Hicksville, and have a kiosk at the mall where they sell cell phones. Sonia and Deepu Wadhawan are from New Delhi, live in Hicksville and have a kiosk at the mall where they sell cell phone accessories. Their shops are four stores apart.
Hicksville resident Ann O’Connor is among the many seniors of Hofstra University’s Personal Enrichment in Retirement Program (PEIR) who is proving learning doesn’t have an age limit.
When O’Connor retired in 1996 from a career as an applied technology professor at Nassau Community College and Briarcliff College, she joined the program because she had a desire to continue growing mentally and intellectually as she aged.
Retiring was also a major life change for her, and she wanted something to stimulate her.
The Hicksville School District will receive a total of $14.5 million in state education aid, according to the final state budget numbers.
“There is no question that we appreciate all of our legislators for their efforts on behalf of Long Island School districts in providing a state budget that will benefit our children,” said Superintendent Maureen Bright. “The additional aid will assist us in maintaining quality programs for our students, prevent cuts in staff and provide stability as we move our district forward.”
Local residents were seranaded by a classical Italian singer this past Sunday, at a performance at the Hicksville Public Library by Salvatore Chiarelli. Chiarelli sang popular and classical songs in both English and Italian while accompanied by pianist Ishmael Wallace.
Chiarelli performed traditional Italian songs such as “Speak To Me Of Love, Mariú”, “I Have But One Heart,” and “O Sole Mio.”
Don’t let their ages fool you. They may only be between the ages of 14 and 16, but Hicksville High School students Rhea Manjrekar, Fatemah Mukadum and Annamaria Zisimatos, along with their friends Karishma Kamat and Divya Adbani, from Herricks and Milan Sani from Port Washington, are determined to change the world.
Projected enrollment and staffing were on the table for the March 26 meeting of the Hicksville Board of Education.
Like many Long Island school districts, the Hicksville School District is facing declining enrollment. Brian Heyward, assistant superintendent for personnel of the Hicksville School District, reported that for the 2014-15 school year, there will be decreases in all of the schools. At the elementary school level, there is a reported decrease of 15 students. The middle school will see a drop of 57 students for the 2014-15 school year and the high school will report a decline of 23 enrolled students.
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