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Gov: Less Aid For Hicksville

Superintendent says governor’s proposal

is a ‘serious concern’

Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s proposed school aid package could result in decreases in state aid for the Hicksville and East Meadow school districts but more for neighboring districts.

“Any loss is significant. This is a decrease in aid of about 1.6 percent, or more than $200,000, though our net could be more than a half a million dollars,” Hicksville School Superintendent Maureen Bright told the Hicksville Illustrated News.

The district, for its 2012-13 budget, received $11,966,58 in aid, and the governor’s proposal calls for a total aid package of $11,751,899 for the 2013-14 school year.

“It’s a serious concern. It’s a direction that we don’t want to move in. I’m certainly hoping that the legislature will be able to adjust this so districts like Hicksville and other districts like us are not going to get hit,” said Bright.

Hicksville won’t be the only school to receive less, as several neighboring schools are also slated to receive less in the upcoming year.

“I’m very disappointed by how the governor is removing some high tax aid from our schools. The school districts in Nassau County were particularly negatively affected by the governor’s proposal, particularly Farmingdale, East Meadow and Massapequa. The high tax is greatly concerning us right now,” Assemblyman Tom McKevitt said.

Senator Jack Martins avoided classifying schools based on financial assistance.

“The governor’s budget is a proposal and, as we negotiate a final budget for New York State, I will be working with my colleagues toward securing more state aid for Long Island school districts,” Senator Jack Martins said. “In this economy, every school district is a high-needs district when it comes to funding.”

The state legislature must ratify the governor’s budget by April 1.

“This obviously is upsetting but of course we never like to look at the governor’s proposal as the final proposal, so we’re certainly looking forward to a correction from the legislature,” Bright said.

News

When it comes to photography, it’s been a long road for Hicksville’s John Micheals. What started as a hobby in childhood, has now returned as an irreplaceable form of self expression.

“It’s a way of expressing myself. I’m very comfortable with it. It’s a way of expressing myself and being me without any qualifications,” he said.

Micheals’ journey in photography started with snapping pictures with a Kodak as a kid growing up in Queens. As an undergrad at City College of New York, he took art classes and his photography took a back seat as he became an art teacher. When he retired in 1996, he picked up the camera again, taking classes at Nassau Community College and getting his certificate in photography. He dropped photography again when family priorities arose, and got behind the lens again in 2009.  

Two Long Island childhood friends, Scott Reich and Michael Winik, recently left their respective careers in law and investment banking to pursue their dream of starting a business together, the online food market OurHarvest in Hicksville.

OurHarvest’s next scheduled pick-up is on Aug. 21 at Our Lady of Mercy Parish, 500 South Oyster Bay Road (last day for orders is Aug. 18). OurHarvest also has locations in New Hyde Park, Roslyn and Port Washington, with additional locations slated to open this year.


Sports

The fields of Kevin Kolm Memorial Park were filled with nearly 200 soccer players on Saturday for the annual ‘Soccer For A Cause’ event. The event was put together by the Mastermind Unit in sponsor of the Michael Magro Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to assisting pediatric patients with cancer and their families.

“The Mastermind Unit is a non-profit organization that was founded by a group of guys who grew up playing soccer together in Hicksville,” said co-founder Bryan Alcantara. “This is our seventh annual  ‘Soccer For A Cause’ event at Memorial Park.”

Cantiague Park Senior Men’s Golf League had its fourth tournament on Thursday, July 17. We had 34 golfers and only three who scored under 40. Low overall score was won by Charlie Hong with an impressive 34. Joe Sander scored a solid 49 and won low overall net with a 31.

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% 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. The league meets every Thursday at 7:30 a.m., but the formal tournament dates are only the first and third Thursday of the month through late October. We will have a final luncheon with prizes on our last meeting.


Calendar

Holy Family Church Fair

August 13-16

High School Reunion

August 15

Bless The Animals

August 16



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