If you’ve ever wondered what Hicksville was like back in the 1800s, James Janis is the person to ask. Janis is the Hicksville historian as well as a reference librarian at the Hicksville Public Library. He works on organizing the archives of Hicksville’s history, as well as preparing them for the future.
“I’m working in the past, I’m trying to prepare for the future, and at the same time, I’m working in the present,” said Janis.
When brothers-in-law David Levine and Doug Kesselman found out that they could have the opportunity to work together and spend their days working with dogs, they jumped at the chance to combine their passions and opened Camp Bow Wow, a day care and boarding center for dogs.
Levine, who previously had an electrical business, and Kesselman, who used to work in the garment district, are proud to bring the first Camp Bow Wow, which has more than 120 locations nationwide, to Long Island.
Siela Bynoe is the newest member of the Nassau County legislature, after winning last week’s special election for the District 2 seat.
“I want to be a strong voice in the legislature for the district,” Bynoe, who was the Democratic nominee, said. “I’m excited that I have an opportunity to serve the community in a different capacity, and I’m looking forward to working on some initiatives that will bring a better quality of life to the community.”
Bynoe has a strong history in public service. The Westbury resident is the Executive Director of the Huntington Housing Authority and previously worked at the Long Island Housing Partnership.
A Hicksville mother and daughter are an unstoppable team in their mission to raise awareness and education about rare diseases.
“The rare disease communities are a small voice, but when we come together we can really make a difference,” explains Marybeth Krummenacker, who is getting her message out to a panel of doctors at two events on “Rare Disease Day” on Feb. 28.
Hicksville artist Cynthia Lau will have her work displayed at the upcoming Women of the World exhibit, an art and photography exhibit that spotlights local female artists.
Though still a college student, Lau has already made her presence known on the Long Island art scene. Last year she won Huntington Arts Council’s Post No Bills art contest (her work was reproduced and displayed in various Long Island bus shelters) and won third place in the Adult Amateur category of the Long Island Arts Alliance’s Arts Alive Festival Poster Contest.
Whether it’s redoing the seats in a 1920s Plymouth Roadster or turning a 2004 Range Rover hot pink, AutoMat is up for the challenge. The Hicksville-based shop started out in a basement workshop focused solely on floor carpeting, and over 58 years has transformed into a leader in car restoration and customization.
AutoMat was founded by WWll veteran Eric Browner in 1956. After the war, Eric began working for a car seat cover company. He quickly learned the ins and outs of the business and realized that he could do it better.
Today Eric’s sons Tim and Roger are the President and Vice President in charge of operations at AutoMat. They describe their father as an innovate entrepreuner.
After more than a year of assisting residents affected by Hurricane Sandy, Project Hope crisis counselors will soon hang up their logo-adorned blue fleece vests. Before they do, they will work with local agencies to ensure a smooth transition of services for those who continue to struggle.
East Asian brush painting is a style of art that developed in East Asia, based primarily on Chinese calligraphy. Terry Kimmel has been practicing this art form for decades, and pieces in her gallery range in age from 20 years to just a few weeks old.
Kimmel’s exhibition of paintings using ink and color on rice paper is currently on display at the Hicksville Public Library. About two dozen of her works line the walls of the library’s community room. The paintings of flowers, landscapes, fish and some abstract images will be shown throughout February.
For every club, restaurant, or neighborhood bar you might wander into after a long hard week, the experience just wouldn’t work without one vital piece of the puzzle—an experienced bartender slinging drinks and keeping customers happy.
However, those bartenders don’t just grow on trees; they are carefully crafted into drink-mixing machines by people such as Drew Vaughn, owner of Bartenders International of Hicksville. Opening its doors in 2002, Bartenders International specializes in both training and job placement in the industry, and has developed a reputation over the years for consistently churning out the right people for the right job.
For many seniors, as well as a growing segment of younger people, the art of ballroom dance is a timeless way to while away hours while keeping both body and mind fit—and it doesn’t hurt that it’s a whole lot of fun.
Pearl Bacal of Hickville, co-founder of the Society Tempo Ballroom Dancing Club of Hicksville along with partner Nick Maucus, has been teaching and running dances all over Nassau County for over 25 years. Society Tempo meets every Friday afternoon at Kismet Hall in Hicksville and on a good day can attract as many as 40 participants, who spend the afternoon dancing their feet off in addition to enjoying lunch and refreshments. The event caters primarily to seniors, but Bacal was quick to note that all age groups are welcome.
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