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Memory Man

All of us have a story to tell. And who better to tell it, than us? Fred Chernow is trying to help Hicksville residents share their life stories with his Memoir Writing Class, which takes place at the Hicksville Public Library once a month.

“What I tell people that attracts them initially is that when they leave this earth, nothing will be more precious than their memories, because everyone will want to know what it was like when they were growing up, what it was like going to high school in the 1940s, or how they met their husbands,” said Chernow.

Chernow starts the class by giving a mini-lecture on a topic, such as good opening lines, ways to conclude your memoir or how to come up with a good title. Some students will then volunteer to read aloud other pieces they’ve already written, and Chernow will offer feedback.

Chernow was a New York City English teacher for 37 years before becoming an administrator. After retiring, he taught at St. John’s University for several years, before starting to do classes at different libraries and on cruise ships.

He’s been teaching the memoir writing class at the Hicksville Public Library for the past five years. Each class session has about 20 students, 12 of whom are regulars. He’s had students who have had their works published, while others have been able to pass it along to children or grandchildren. And all his students come away from the class with a greater sense of confidence in their work.

“They gain confidence in their ability to write,” Chernow says. “Some never wrote anything more than a post card, and now they write almost every day. They gain confidence in their ability to communicate through writing.”

Chernow advises aspiring writers to write consistently, using whatever method and time best for them. Chernow also says that new writers should never proofread as they’re writing, but just keep going and come back the next day to edit their work.

He encourages the writers in his group to not show anyone else, such as their friends or family members, their work.

“Frequently at the beginning they show it to a family member who might think it’s terrible or boring,” said Chernow. “Just bring your writing to the group and we’ll help you.”

The next memoir writing class will take place Tuesday, November 26 at 1 p.m. at the Hicksville Public Library. No registration, or previous writing experience is necessary.

News

Looking for a place to work on your bedside manner and start a promising new career in the process? Look no farther than your hometown.

The Vocational Education and Extension Board (VEEB), a division of the county that oversees educational facilities such as the Fire Service Academy and EMS Academy, recently transplanted one of its facilities — The School of Practical Nursing — into a new location right in the heart of Hicksville, where they recently held an open house to celebrate their new home.

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.


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.


Calendar

Board of Education Meeting

October 22

Oktoberfest

October 25-26

Pancake Breakfast

October 26



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