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Group Halts Tree Removal

Written by Steve Mosco, smosco@antonnews.com Saturday, 18 October 2014 00:00

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.

 

Trustees, Board Clash Over Contracts

Written by Betsy Abraham, babraham@antonnews.com Friday, 17 October 2014 00:00

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.”

 

Cakes Raise Cancer Awareness

Written by Patty Servidio, hicksville@antonnews.com Thursday, 16 October 2014 00:00

Jean Schapowal is a woman on a mission.

The Hicksville resident has a booming cake business called Cakes With Character and has received awards and accolades for her baking accomplishments, even appearing as a finalist on CBS’s “The Great American Bake-Off.”

She has also participated in quite a few “cake collaborations” over the past two years. Cake collaborations are events where sugar artists and cake decorators work on pieces based on a particular theme. This year, Schapowal is participating in nine collaborations, as well as organizing one of her own based based on the 25th anniversary of “The Simpsons.”

 

Water District Welcomes Schuckmann

Written by Hicksville News Staff, hicksville@antonnews.com Saturday, 11 October 2014 00:00

The Hicksville Water District recently announced the appointment of its newest board member, William “Bill” Schuckmann.  Schuckmann will assume the role of secretary and will fill the void left by the untimely passing of Hicksville Water District Board of Commissioners Chairman Warren Uss.

“We are pleased to welcome Bill Schuckmann to the Hicksville Water District Board of Commissioners,” said Chairman Nicholas J. Brigandi. “Bill’s strong connection to the Hicksville community and experience within Long Island’s water industry makes him the most qualified person to carry out the remainder of Warren’s term.”

 

Parents Prioritize Communication, Budget

Written by Betsy Abraham, babraham@antonnews.com Friday, 10 October 2014 00:00

When it comes to the new superintendent of the Hicksville School District, open communication and budget savviness are a top priority for parents, as was expressed at a recent community meeting held by search firm, School Leadership. The firm has been meeting with students, faculty and parents in order to get a better idea of what the community is looking for in their next superintendent.  

During a meeting on Sept. 29 in the administration building, the firm asked the handful of parents and community members in attendance what qualities and experience a potential candidate should have. The group agreed that interpersonal skills were extremely important.

 

County Axing Grand Old Trees

Written by Steve Mosco, smosco@antonnews.com Thursday, 09 October 2014 00:00

A Nassau County Department of Public Works project to remove hundreds of trees across Hicksville, Bethpage, Syosset, and Plainview has some residents chopping mad.

Michael Martino, spokesman for the department, said the county is removing close to 200 trees lining county and state roadways from Jericho Turnpike in Syosset, to the Long Island Rail Road tracks in Bethpage, in order to improve sidewalk safety.

 

Church Holds CROP Walk

Written by Betsy Abraham, babraham@antonnews.com Friday, 03 October 2014 00:00

On Oct. 11, Parkway Community Church will join a nationwide effort to stop hunger...and it all starts with a couple of steps.

The Hicksville church will be sponsoring a CROP (Communities Responding to Overcome Poverty) Hunger Walk to raise money for the Church World Service, a faith-based relief organization. Members from the church will be doing a one-mile walk through Hicksville and hope to raise $5,000 through donations.

 

Local Kids Get ‘Bully-Proof’

Written by Gary Simeone, hicksville@antonnews.com Thursday, 02 October 2014 00:00

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.”

 

Friends Reunite At 50th Reunion

Written by Lulu Cohen, hicksville@antonnews.com Saturday, 27 September 2014 00:00

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.”

 

Students Score 'Above Average'

Written by Gary Simeone, hicksville@antonnews.com Friday, 26 September 2014 00:00

The Common Core results are in and overall the district performed reasonably well according to Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum & Instruction, Marianne Litzman at Sept. 17's school board meeting.

“The students in grades 3-8 performed wonderfully in some areas but there were also some challenges,” said Litzman. “Overall as a district we performed above average for the County and State levels.”

 

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