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Name That Movie

Aimee Pitta, HHS class of 1982, titles movies in Hollywood

Hicksville High alum Aimee Pitta calls herself lucky.

The class of 1982 grad, who attended Nassau Community College for two years before enrolling at SUNY Oswego, was an aspiring writer after college when she was offered a job with a movie company in California.

“I’ve been in film marketing for the past 25 years and I work on writing and producing trailers and TV spots for movies. I also have a little niche job where I title films. I’ve titled It’s Complicated, No Strings Attached, the new Barbara Streisand movie, The Guilt Trip, Mirror Mirror with Julia Roberts and The Bounty Hunter with Jennifer Anniston,” said Pitta.

Pitta, who attended Holy Family School as a youngster, recently released her first published book, Happily Ever Before, which she co-wrote with actress Melissa Peterman (Baby Daddy, Reba, The Singing Bee).

“It’s a fun little book – a ‘chick-lit’ novel that Melissa and I wrote together. We came up with this concept of two sisters who would do anything for each other but wondered what would happen if one needed the other to have her baby? We decided it would make a good book and we just started writing,” Pitta explained.

Though she now calls Los Angeles home, Pitta keeps Hicksville close to her heart.  

“I miss my family. The high school seems much smaller now. You can’t beat Raimos Pizza or the Hicksville Sweet Shop. I guess everybody grows and moves on, but I still love my hometown,” Pitta said.

Happily Ever Before is available at Barnes & Noble and on Amazon, where 24 readers gave the book a five-star review.

And though luck may have brought the New Yorker to Los Angeles, Pitta’s success doesn’t appear to have come by chance.

For more information, visit www.happilyeverbefore.net.

News

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.


Sports

Cantiague Park Senior Men’s Golf League had its first tournament on Thursday April 4. Twenty golfers came out on on a crisp but sunny morning. Charlie Hong was the only man to score under a 40, with a 38 and won for low overall score. Jim O’ Brien  scored a 41, and won low overall net in a tie-breaker with Mike Guerriero.

Competition on the nine-hole course is divided into two divisions. Flight A is for players with a handicap of 13 or lower. Flight B is for players with a handicap of 14 or more. The league is a 100 percent handicap league. Any man 55 years or older is eligible for membership. We have many openings for this year, and you can sign up anytime throughout the the season.

This November, Hicksville resident Marlo Signoracci will head to Florida for Ironman, a demanding, long-distance triathlon that includes biking, running and swimming. Here, she shares her story as she prepares for one of the most physically challenging athletic events out there.

Life’s challenges are not supposed to paralyze you. They are supposed to help you discover who you are.


Calendar

American Legion Meeting

April 21

HS Theater in the Round

April 24-26

Science Fair

April 26



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