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Locals Have Puppy Love

Written by Betsy Abraham, Thursday, 25 September 2014 08:46

For Hicksville’s Diane Fergenson, getting involved with Dog Fest Walk ‘n Roll, seemed like an obvious choice.

“It just made sense to see what I could do,” Fergenson says.

For the past 20 years, Fergenson has been a volunteer and puppy raiser for Canine Companions for Independence, a national non-profit that provides assistance dogs to children and adults with disabilities. As a puppy raiser, she gets 8-week-old puppies and teaches them basic commands, and acclimates them to the world.


Grills, Cars Stay Hot Despite Rain

Written by Emily Cappiello, Wednesday, 24 September 2014 00:00

It was a show of saucy ribs and souped up cars at Cantiague Park this past Sunday for the fourth annual Hicksville Fire Department barbecue and car show. More than 1,000 attendees gathered on Sept. 21, fighting the rain and clouds to check out about 100 vintage and modern cars and to sample fare from the 18 teams who came out to duke it out in the barbecue competition. Event chairman Greg Doerflein explained that the idea started about five years ago and takes a full year to plan. “This is the fourth year and every year it gets bigger and bigger. We start on next year’s event the day after,” he said.

The barbecue and car show is a labor of love and a full company effort, said Brian Quinn, co-chairman of the event. The committee works with car clubs to secure placements and travels the island to gain participants in the barbecue competition portion. “Some of the participants even slept here last night, that’s how dedicated they are to this event,” said Quinn. “However, this wouldn’t be possible without a full company effort.”


Local Competes In Miss Teen India NY

Written by Betsy Abraham Saturday, 20 September 2014 00:00

Rhea Manjrekar traded in her running shoes and track shorts for high heels and an evening gown recently, as she participated in the Miss Teen India New York pageant. The 15-year-old from Hicksville snagged the title of first-runner up, and will be competing for the national title in December. 


This was Manjrekar’s first time competing in a pageant. But she started out with major doubts about even participating. 


 “At first, I didn’t want to do it. I have extreme stage fright. My mom told me to try it out because she thought it would boost my confidence and look good on my college applications, so I went for the practice,” Manjrekar said. “The girls were so nice. I thought I wouldn’t fit in but I made friends immediately so I decided to do it.” 


Hicksville Goes Cruizin’ For A Cure

Written by Potoula Angnostakos Friday, 19 September 2014 00:00

The parking lot of Sears in Hicksville transformed into a sea of cars this past Saturday as part of the ninth annual Long Island Cruizin’ For A Cure Car Show. 


The show, which was founded by Jericho prostate cancer survivor Sandy Kane, is the only car show on Long Island dedicated to raising funds for research, testing and also education for early detection of prostate cancer. The all-volunteer car show usually draws around 4,000 attendees. It features 600 cars, trucks, motorcycles and more; a perfect day for car enthusiasts and the like.


Community Rallies For Homecoming

Written by Hicksville News Staff Thursday, 18 September 2014 00:00

A forecast for steady rain did not deter hundreds of children, students, faculty members and community residents from attending Hicksville’s Homecoming on Sept. 13 at Hicksville High School.


The day was full of festivities for everyone, including the High School’s traditional family fair, which was held across the backfield before the hometown Comets’ game against the

Levittown Macarthur Generals. The fair featured a variety of foods, games, a bouncy house and booths for various school clubs and many other attractions. Faculty members reconnected with their students — both past and present — and there were countless community members and alumni proudly wearing combinations of Hicksville’s orange and black.


Local Teacher Is Best On Long Island

Written by Betsy Abraham Wednesday, 17 September 2014 00:00

Dutch Lane Elementary School teacher Jaimie Fleschner went from the classroom to the pitcher’s mound recently, winning KJOY’s “Best Teacher On Long Island” contest.  


Fleschner still doesn’t know who nominated her for the contest and only found out she had been entered after she got a phone call from the radio station. 


“They told me I was nominated and I was completely shocked and flattered. It was a great feeling,” says Fleschner. 


The Dance Place: A Unique Approach To Fitness

Written by Lulu Cohen, Thursday, 11 September 2014 10:03

Dance has a variety of benefits for children. Just like other sports like soccer, tennis or basketball, it promotes good health, emotional and mental stability.

The Dance Place in Hicksville is the brainchild of former dancer, Miana DeLucia. As a child, DeLucia found relief in her local dance studio. She says, “When I was young, my brother was very sick. I used to go to the studio just to get away. There, I found my passion and it became like a second home to me. It was my safe place.”


Homecoming’s This Weekend

Written by Hicksville News Staff, Wednesday, 10 September 2014 00:00

The community is invited to show off their Comets pride at Hicksville’s Homecoming Fair, which takes place Saturday, Sept. 13, starting at 10 a.m.

The festivities start at 10 a.m. at Hicksville High School’s John A. Walker Soccer Field. A number of fun activities will be featured, including attractions like a giant slide and an obstacle course, plus many game booths courtesy of the individual PTA units and school clubs. Lunch and snack items will be available for purchase.


Young Trio Spins The Classics

Written by Chris Boyle, Sunday, 07 September 2014 00:00

The Long Island Piano Trio has only been together for a relatively short amount of time, but these three young ladies — playing the piano, cello, and violin — are already making waves in the local music scene with their talented take on the classics.

Dahyun “Diane” Park of Commack, a senior in high school and the pianist of the trio, noted that she met her partners — cellist Michelle Shin of Plainview and violinist Mi Kyoung Kim of Hicksville — through their church’s youth orchestra.


From Hicksville To The Big 10

Written by Vinny Messana, Saturday, 06 September 2014 00:00

When all the personal accolades have been bestowed upon you, team success is all that matters. Hicksville native and redshirt senior at the University of Michigan, Tyler Arnone, is determined to lead the Wolverines to a deep postseason run.

“Every year I believe we will win, but this year is the best team I’ve been on from top to bottom,” said Arnone, who is the team captain. The Wolverines are coming off a solid 8-7-3 season, but Arnone has been impressed with the team’s “mix of young talent and old experience.” Although the results don’t count, the team was undefeated during the 2014 pre-season. Regardless, the team has proven to receive a boost from its incoming group of freshman, which was ranked as the No. 2 recruiting class in the country.


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