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Extraterrestrial Exercise Earthbound

Affordable, fun fitness program

for kids coming to Hicksville

One might describe Randi Chenkin’s fitness program for kids, Randirobics as “out of this world.”

Here on Earth, obesity is keeping a significant number of children and adolescents grounded, as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention notes that more than a third are overweight or obese.

“Randirobics is a very unique, interactive kids program that features children’s sing-along aerobics and original cool and funky music that I co-write. But the whole mission is to combat childhood obesity on Long Island,” said Randi Chenkin, a Jericho resident, who has performed shows at schools, camps, libraries, children’s hospitals and on cruise ships.

Chenkin’s celestially centered routine will hopefully help lower the number of overweight Earthlings, which can lead to high blood pressure, high cholesterol, breathing problems and self-esteem issues.

Overweight and obese children are classified through a measurement of one’s body mass index (BMI), which combines a child’s weight and height to indicate his or her level of body fat. Technically, overweight children are classified at or above the 85th BMI percentile, while obese children are at or above the 95th BMI percentile.

Chenkin recently became a certified Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) officer days before Superstorm Sandy and spent nearly 12 weeks helping train local volunteers following the storm. She hopes to also incorporate safety and preparedness techniques with her Randirobics participants.

Beginning March 11, Randirobics launches, with a boost from the Town of Oyster Bay, at the Hicksville Community Center at 4 p.m. for kids ages 6 through 8. Chenkin is also booked for a program at the Syosset Community Center in April for children with autism ages 5 through 15.

For more information, visit randirobics.com.

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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