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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

A group of like-minded local residents banded together and saved more than 200 area trees from the chopping block — for now.

A state judge ordered Nassau County and the Department of Public Works to stop cutting down trees along South Oyster Bay Road, granting a temporary restraining order to a group of residents spearheading an effort to save the trees.

State Supreme Court Judge Antonio Brandveen scheduled a hearing on Thursday, Oct. 16 for the county to address complaints from residents, in particular a group called Operation STOMP (Save Trees Over More Pavement) founded by Hicksville native Tanya Lukasik.The Public Works department had planned to removed more than 200 30-foot trees in communities ranging from Plainview, Bethpage, Hicksville and Syosset.

For the past 16 years, Lucia Simon has walked from her home in Hicksville to her job at the Hicksville Public Library. She enjoys her job as a librarian and says that the staff has become like family to her. But for the past three years, Simon and 56 fellow co-workers have been frustrated at what she says is the library’s board refusal to negotiate a fair contract.  

“We have had no contract in three years. They refuse to bargain with us. Every time they come back to us it’s not fair,” says Simon.

However, the board of trustees disagree, saying that it has made a “fair offer.”


Sports

The Girls Varsity soccer team, in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, wore pink uniforms and pink socks in their game on Oct. 8 against MacArthur whom they defeated 1-0. The girls and boys soccer programs at Hicksville High School are selling pink ribbon car magnets with a soccer ball and HHS on it with the words “Kick Cancer” on the ribbon. All the money raised will go to the Sarah Grace Foundation, which is a local foundation trying to beat pediatric cancer. The players plan to raise $1,000 for this organization

— From Hicksville High School

Hicksville native progressing through Mets system

The Mets minor league system is enjoying a rare period of prosperity. For years, it was barren due to trading off high-ceiling players for major leaguers, or neglecting the draft in favor of the free agent market. Since General Manager Sandy Alderson took over, the organization has reversed course and put a much greater emphasis on player development. During his second-to-last season, however, former GM Omar Minaya took a chance and drafted a local catcher, Cam Maron, out of Hicksville High School in the 34th round.


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