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Letter: Concerned Commuter

While the new parking garage has certainly made it easier to park at the Hicksville LIRR train station, it has presented a potentially dangerous situation that must see resolution before unnecessary harm is done.

Adjacent to the parking garage is Duffy Avenue, a busy 30 miles per hour two-lane road that intersects with Newbridge Road. In the morning, the road backs up with cars making a left turn into the oft-congested side entrance of the garage.

Across from the garage is a passageway that leads to Hicksville Train Station platforms. While it is not the main path that leads to the Hicksville train station, it is a popular route for commuters. It should come to no surprise that many individuals who park in the garage cross the busy road to get to this passageway (next to NY Sports Club).

Why is this dangerous? There is no crosswalk. Not one. There is not even an advisory for drivers to watch for pedestrians. Cross the street if you dare!

This heightens in danger when you add in the element of rush hour traffic, when several individuals make their way across the street. The left turning lane leading into the garage becomes backed up with cars, so after crossing the first lane, commuters must squeeze their way in between rushing cars, and then blindly walk into the second lane before making it to the sidewalk. It is an early-morning game of Frogger. Just the other day, I witnessed an individual almost get stuck by a car; this close call prompted my message.

The danger is enhanced at night. In throngs, commuters make their way down the passageway and onto Duffy Avenue. It is dark, sometimes slippery, and traffic proceeds. What if a car did not see an individual crossing the street to get to the parking garage? There is neither a sign nor a crosswalk to notate that the driver should take caution.

The solution does not seem particularly difficult. Not only would a crosswalk be advisable from the passageway to the sidewalk next to the parking garage, but also there are guards stationed at the opening of the side entrance of the garage. They are positioned inside a security building. Could they not control traffic on the road during set rush hours to avoid potential tragedies?

This is a clear safety issue, and action should be taken to avoid an inevitable accident. It would be a true shame if we must wait until someone is seriously injured before something is done.

Thank you.

Matthew Coleman, Jericho Resident

 

News

Bullying is a serious problem in today’s society and the controversial topic was the focus at last Saturday’s  'Bully-Proof Your Child Seminar’ at East Coast MMA & Fitness Center in Hicksville. State Senator Jack Martins and Legislator Rose Marie Walker attended the program which ran in the newly renovated center on Woodbury Road.

“Bullying is a real issue in our communities and I want to thank East Coast Mixed Martial Arts & Fitness for agreeing to host this forum,” said Martins. “Teaching our kids self defense to protect themselves or to protect those around them is a great thing. We need to take every opportunity to teach our kids important life lessons.”

Old classmates reignited friendships and shared memories of their teenage years as the Hicksville High School Class of 1964 came together recently to celebrate their 50th reunion at the Holiday Inn in Plainview.

Among the attendees was Bob Cheeseman who met his wife, Lorraine (Kirwan) in middle school. They were serious throughout high school and married soon after. Bob said, “I enlisted in high school and went into the Air Force. I did 30 years active Air Force and another 15 after that. I retired in 2010 as a Brigadier General. After I retired, my wife received a certificate from the Governor of Texas and was designated a Yellow Rose of Texas.”


Sports

The Hicksville boys volleyball team improved to 3-3 on the season by topping Sewanhaka in three sets by the scores of 25-14, 25-20 and 25-13.

“We lost the first few matches this year but bounced back to win the last three,” said Hicksville’s second year Head Coach Kevin Bunting. “We have a young team — we lost three starters last year. We have no seniors on this team, but we have three juniors,” he added. Bunting noted that it will bode well for next year’s team when they have even more experience to build on.

It seemed to happen in an instant.

Hicksville forward Michael Osmundsen was touching the ball past Kellenburg goalkeeper Jack Abuin to slot the ball into an empty net to score the lone goal in the non-league 1-0 victory over the Firebirds.

It’s nothing short of what Comets boys soccer head coach Scott Starkey would expect. He described his forward as “very explosive, fast and he’s not just fast — he’s tenacious.”


Calendar

Community Council Meeting

October 2

Indoor Garage Sale

October 5

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