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A Community Of Lifelong Learners

Continuing Education program allows

Hicksville residents to master new skills

Learning is a lifelong process, that goes well beyond graduation. Local residents can keep learning, meet other members of the community and stay active year-round with the Hicksville Continuing Education Program, which is offered through the school district.

The program offers fall and spring sessions that last from six to eight weeks, and offers activities, lessons and more. This Continuing Education program has been running for over 20 years according to director Meghan Dowling-Lewis.

“Continuing education is anything for the community,” said Dowling-Lewis. “I think we offer some really strong classes that people would really benefit from.”

Any person over the age of 18 can sign up for the classes, even if he or she is not a Hicksville resident. Non-residents have to pay an extra $15 per course. Senior citizens of Hicksville can receive free entry or a discounted price to certain classes.

The Continuing Education program offers classes such as language, music, and financial planning, as well as athletic classes including yoga, basketball, beginner volleyball and advanced volleyball.

“A lot of people who take the Advanced Volleyball class have been taking it with the instructor Tom Altamura for years,” said Dowling-Lewis. “There is a strong little community there that meets every Wednesday.”

Altamura has been the instructor for the class for about 15 years. “This class builds up a reputation and there’s quite a few people who pay the extra 15 dollars to join because they’re a non-Hicksville resident,” said Altamura. “Volleyball has a following, so you get a cast of characters that come to find good game.”

One non-resident member of the advanced volleyball class travels from Cold Spring Hills to play in Hicksville. Glen Steinberg found out about this program from a friend who has been playing in this volleyball program for a number of years. Steinberg has been playing volleyball for about 20 years and has participated in other town’s volleyball programs in the past.

The Advanced Volleyball class is held once a week on Wednesdays in the Hicksville Middle School gym from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. The class started on March 5, and will run for eight weeks.

Within those two hours, the members break up into four teams and play six games of volleyball throughout the night. “We rotate so every team plays each other in open games,” explained Steinberg.

Registration for the program is upfront, which is what Steinberg likes about this volleyball class. “I come here every other week,” Steinberg said. “Since it’s open and you pay upfront, you show up when you want to show up.”

In addition to the various classes, the Continuing Education program also offers trips that will begin starting in May. A few trips that are being offered include a trip to Foxwood’s Casino and The MGM Grand on May 10, and a trip to the flea markets in Stormville, New York on May 24. “These trips cost $40 per person,” said Dowling-Lewis. “They are all-day trips on the weekends.”

Although she just accepted her position in December, Dowling-Lewis is already actively trying to find ways to receive more feedback and participation from members in the community.    

There were a few classes that had to be cancelled due to low enrollment, so Dowling-Lewis is looking to promote the fall session the best way possible.

Before each session starts, the Hicksville Continuing Education program sends out flyers to members of the community. “We want to get word out about the programs in advance so people have time to sign up for the classes that they’re interested in,” said Dowling-Lewis.

For the fall session, the program intends to send out a community survey to assess what type of classes the community is looking for, and what classes they would like to see offered. “Our goal is to send the flier out by early August to get people aware for the fall session,” said Dowling-Lewis.

As the program director, Dowling-Lewis hopes to improve the Hicksville Continuing Education Program with the help of community-feedback. “We want to build a better relationship with the members of the community so we can offer something that they want,” she said.

For more information about the Continuing Education program, click “For Community” tab at www.hicksvillepublicschools.org or call the office at 516-733-2240.

News

Bullying is a serious problem in today’s society and the controversial topic was the focus at last Saturday’s  'Bully-Proof Your Child Seminar’ at East Coast MMA & Fitness Center in Hicksville. State Senator Jack Martins and Legislator Rose Marie Walker attended the program which ran in the newly renovated center on Woodbury Road.

“Bullying is a real issue in our communities and I want to thank East Coast Mixed Martial Arts & Fitness for agreeing to host this forum,” said Martins. “Teaching our kids self defense to protect themselves or to protect those around them is a great thing. We need to take every opportunity to teach our kids important life lessons.”

Old classmates reignited friendships and shared memories of their teenage years as the Hicksville High School Class of 1964 came together recently to celebrate their 50th reunion at the Holiday Inn in Plainview.

Among the attendees was Bob Cheeseman who met his wife, Lorraine (Kirwan) in middle school. They were serious throughout high school and married soon after. Bob said, “I enlisted in high school and went into the Air Force. I did 30 years active Air Force and another 15 after that. I retired in 2010 as a Brigadier General. After I retired, my wife received a certificate from the Governor of Texas and was designated a Yellow Rose of Texas.”


Sports

The Hicksville boys volleyball team improved to 3-3 on the season by topping Sewanhaka in three sets by the scores of 25-14, 25-20 and 25-13.

“We lost the first few matches this year but bounced back to win the last three,” said Hicksville’s second year Head Coach Kevin Bunting. “We have a young team — we lost three starters last year. We have no seniors on this team, but we have three juniors,” he added. Bunting noted that it will bode well for next year’s team when they have even more experience to build on.

It seemed to happen in an instant.

Hicksville forward Michael Osmundsen was touching the ball past Kellenburg goalkeeper Jack Abuin to slot the ball into an empty net to score the lone goal in the non-league 1-0 victory over the Firebirds.

It’s nothing short of what Comets boys soccer head coach Scott Starkey would expect. He described his forward as “very explosive, fast and he’s not just fast — he’s tenacious.”


Calendar

Community Council Meeting

October 2

Indoor Garage Sale

October 5

Movie: God’s Not Dead

October 5



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