I read your headline front page of the Hicksville Illustrated and thought I would add some other perspective. My wife and I moved to Hicksville August 1972 with two young children from Ridgewood, Queens living in a six-room flat on the third floor for $69 a month. We chose to move to Long Island because we wanted our children to have a better start than we had emigrating from Europe.
We had our youngest daughter in 1978 and all three are married with children of their own. I started to track real estate taxes since 2001 and let me tell you that my school taxes alone went up by 51 percent. We are paying these taxes not having any children in the Hicksville School District for at least 18 years. My wife and I are both on Social Security and our income is low. So for the sake of those folks (parents Chris Connors, Janet O’Connell or others) that are dismayed at the class size of first grade, let them take their kids to private school.
(Police Chief Charles Gennario of the Rockville Centre Police Department, is a member of the Nassau County Heroin Prevention Task Force and submitted this letter on behalf of the Task Force.)
Prescription drug abuse in the nation is at an unparalleled height and it’s having a detrimental impact on our society. Nassau County is no different than the rest of the country and we are seeing ever-increasing abuse in our communities. It is affecting people of all ages, but is having the greatest impact on our youth.
As noted on the second page of this week’s issue, the new deadline going forward for the Hicksville Illustrated News will be Thursday at 10 a.m. for the following week’s paper. This deadline is for all submissions: articles, photos, announcements, letters to the editor, obituaries and calendar items. As always, please consider the deadline on Thursday morning to be the last-minute deadline, as we prefer to receive submissions earlier rather than later.
In addition, as we are undergoing a few format changes to make a better newspaper for the community, we request that letters to the editor follow the 400-word count limit. If letters go well beyond this limit, we will need to send them back for revision.
We thank you in advance for your respecting our deadlines.
What will forever be remembered as the symbol of the replacement official saga in the National Football League is the image of two referees standing in the end zone over a crowd of Green Bay Packers and Seattle Seahawks – and both men in stripes are signaling different calls.
The real loser wasn’t Green Bay – who were given a raw deal following a series of questionable calls and non-calls on Seattle’s final drive – but the replacement officials themselves. The abuse directed toward these men, who are likely just middle-class workers and diehard football fans just like the rest of us, was, pun intended, uncalled for.
A few days ago, I was trimming my neighbor’s bushes that were growing through my fence, when a huge swarm of bee like bugs attacked me. I called 911 and the fire department was the first to come to my rescue. I am very grateful to the fire department for coming so fast to my rescue. It is great that there are so many wonderful volunteers in the fire department. I was also happy that I did not have to pay anything at all. I am doing ok. Just going to take time to completely recover. Many thanks to our wonderful Hicksville Fire Department volunteers.
I am a former student of Dutch Lane School (Class of 1960), the Hicksville Junior High School (1963) and a 1966 graduate from Hicksville High School. After graduating from Fredonia State University College in 1970, I was hired by my beloved Hicksille School district to teach choral music at Hicksville High School, where I taught from 1970 to 1975. After teaching for 33 years (28 years at North Shore High School in Glen Head), I retired in 2003.
In 2004, I returned to Hicksville High School, where I did a long-term sub for Dan Kristoff of beloved memory.
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We all remember where we were that morning.
Yet the most important memory we as Americans need to preserve is how we felt on Sept. 11, 2001.
I remember thinking that what was on TV couldn’t be happening only 20 miles away; the helplessness was paralyzing.
The National Hockey League recently sent out a “save the date” to its 700 or so players.
Sept. 15 won’t be marking a celebration of any kind, as the ides of September represents the date on which the league will lockout its players if the two sides can’t reach a new collective bargaining agreement (CBA). The lockout would mark the third of NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman’s tenure.
There are few finer words in the English language than “vacation.”
Americans work hard (having a smartphone is almost a full-time job in itself). For those fortunate enough to be working during this recession, finding time off from the office, however difficult that may be, is so vital to keeping a cool head during the summer swelter.
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