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Hicksville-Jericho Rotary Club News: July 19, 2013

Club installs new officers

The Rotary Club of Hicksville-Jericho installed its most recent president, officers and board of directors on July 11. Elizabeth Goldfrank was installed as president by State Legislator Rose Walker. Also installed as officers were Ed Moffett, vice president; Donna Rivera-Downey, secretary; and Gerry Poli, treasurer.

Members of the board of directors installed were Tom Howell, Ennio Lattini Dr. Irwin Gross, James Grossman, William Schuckmann, and Dr. James Bentson.

The Hicksville Community Council held its 42nd Annual Awards Dinner on June 13, honoring people and organizations that exemplify the meaning of Community Service. The 2013 Dick Evers Community Service Award was presented to Donna Rivera-Downey, a lifelong Hicksville resident. Rivera-Downey’s interest in public service emerged during her own years as a Girl Scout growing up in Hicksville, and was honed and tested through her involvement with the Hicksville-Jericho Rotary Club and as a Girl Scout leader.

Rivera-Downey is a past president and current member of the Hicksville-Jericho Rotary Club, a past assistant district governor for Rotary District 7250, and the Youth Exchange Chair for Rotary District 7250. She is in her second elected term on the Hicksville Library Board of Trustees, now serving as board president. Rivera-Downey serves as chief marketing and communications officer for the Girl Scouts of Nassau County.

The Hicksville-Jericho Rotary has been proudly serving the Hicksville-Jericho community since 1951, providing scholarships to local high school students, supporting the Hicksville Boys and Girls Club, the local food pantry, the Gift of Life and many more charitable projects.

If you or someone you know is interested in joining our organization to support the community. E-mail Donna Rivera-Downey at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 516-532-4566. Visit www.hichsvillejerichorotary.org for information.

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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