In today’s ever diversifying world, knowing another language can be a huge asset. Lupe Beatriz Urquizo has been teaching Spanish to children at the Hicksville Public Library for the past 14 years. The library offers these free lessons to youngsters ages five to 14 most Saturdays throughout the year.
“I believe all of us remember our good teachers and our bad teachers," said Urquizo. “There have been teachers in my life that have touched my soul. They were an inspiration to me and I want to give that same motivation to the children I teach."
Typically Asian cuisine is not associated with dessert and pastries so I was delighted by the deliciousness of the breads and pastries I found at Canaan Bakery and Cafe in Hicksville. Savory and sweet buns, Danish and Korean pastries, cookies and very good coffee can be enjoyed at the café, which is located at the entrance of the H&Y Supermarket. This is the Nassau County outpost of the four Canaan bakeries—the other three are in Flushing.
Linda Cafiero has been a yoga and tai chi instructor, as well as reiki master, for well over 10 years. Last week she brought her meditation expertise to the Hicksville Public Library. Cafiero hosted a meditation workshop at the library for an intimate group of individuals seeking to gain a few moments of peace and serenity in their hectic and fast-paced world.
Residents in the Hicksville School District will have a few more dollars added to their taxes as a result of a new school tax exemption for veterans. Across New York State, school districts are being asked to provide this special exemption, which provides three tiers of tax breaks for vets based on whether or not they saw combat or suffered a disability.
While a similar exemption already exists at the county level, the state left individual school districts to decide if it would be in the best interest of the taxpaying community.
Officials are set to recognize another batch of local youngsters for their work in the community. Oyster Bay Town Supervisor John Venditto, together with Kids Helping Kids by Kids Way, Inc. co-founders Robert A.J. Eslick and Philip M. Eslick, recently kicked off the search for the next winners of the ‘Kids of Distinction’ community service based Scholarship Program for 2014.
The Hicksville Public School District will hold a community health fair this weekend. Local residents are invited to take part in the fourth annual fair and "Commit To Be Fit" as they enjoy fun, free activities and learn more about how to be healthy.
Enjoy nutritious snacks, try a class in Zumba, Yoga, Martial Arts, Modified Cricket, or choose one of the many activities scheduled. Residents can then stop by the school nurses’ booth for a free blood pressure screening. There are activities for the entire family and over 50 booths, including basketball and volleyball, eight hole mini golf, ping pong and knock hockey, Wii Dance, dance and fitness classes and Circuit /CV training.
If you’ve wondered what Korean food tastes like, a visit to H&Y Marketplace in Hicksville is in order. The store features samplings of at least eight different dishes every Saturday and Sunday. On a recent visit I enjoyed leek and meat filled mini dumplings, udon noodles, seaweed salad, their special Gold Ratio Multigrain rice and bulgogi (marinated sliced ribeye). After tasting their seafood pancakes, I took home a batch of fresh batter to cook later in the week. It was good.
It’s a smart move to provide these tastes because although Long Islanders are familiar with other Asian cuisines such as Chinese and Thai, Korean food is a relative newcomer here.
If you’ve ever wondered what Hicksville was like back in the 1800s, James Janis is the person to ask. Janis is the Hicksville historian as well as a reference librarian at the Hicksville Public Library. He works on organizing the archives of Hicksville’s history, as well as preparing them for the future.
“I’m working in the past, I’m trying to prepare for the future, and at the same time, I’m working in the present,” said Janis.
When brothers-in-law David Levine and Doug Kesselman found out that they could have the opportunity to work together and spend their days working with dogs, they jumped at the chance to combine their passions and opened Camp Bow Wow, a day care and boarding center for dogs.
Levine, who previously had an electrical business, and Kesselman, who used to work in the garment district, are proud to bring the first Camp Bow Wow, which has more than 120 locations nationwide, to Long Island.
Siela Bynoe is the newest member of the Nassau County legislature, after winning last week’s special election for the District 2 seat.
“I want to be a strong voice in the legislature for the district,” Bynoe, who was the Democratic nominee, said. “I’m excited that I have an opportunity to serve the community in a different capacity, and I’m looking forward to working on some initiatives that will bring a better quality of life to the community.”
Bynoe has a strong history in public service. The Westbury resident is the Executive Director of the Huntington Housing Authority and previously worked at the Long Island Housing Partnership.
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