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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
They’ve only been in operation for two months, but local online food market OurHarvest.com has already been able to donate more than 1,300 meals to food pantries and charities across Long Island. Amongst the recipients is Our Lady of Mercy (OLM) Parish in Hicksville.
The OLM Parish food pantry recently received meals of boneless skinless chicken breasts, bone-in chicken thighs, chicken drumsticks, grass-fed ground beef and London broil. The donated food is the same product offered to customers.
Hicksville’s Katelyn Gilhuley could go on and on about how great her second grade teacher, Mrs. Schwartz was. During the last school year, Mrs. Schwartz taught Gilhuley how to add, subtract, multiply, divide and work through word problems. So when it came time for the Long Island Student Essay Contest, Gilhuley knew exactly what she would write about for the theme: “My Teacher Made This Fun!”
This just in, this just in,” Gilhuley wrote: “This year’s favorite subject is math! Go math! If you are in Mrs. Schwartz’s class, you know she makes math fun! If you ever get something in math correct, she stomps her feet in celebration. If you answer incorrectly she says, ‘nice try,’ and makes you want to try harder. Learning is fun because Mrs. Schwartz allows her students to write math on the board and solve the problems. We try to earn a party. Buckle down and stamp your feet! Learning math in Mrs. Schwartz’s class is a special treat.”
Who says a bride has to wear white on her wedding day? For South Asian brides, no color is off limits including brilliant reds, blues and golds. For the past 17 years, Vastra in Hicksville has been helping brides from New York and across the country find the perfect dress for their special day.
There’s no lack of Indian sari boutiques in Hicksville but according to Marketing Director Prachi Jain, what sets Vastra apart from the others is its emphasis on one of a kind, hand-embroidered Indian dresses.
Many would consider it rude to play with your food. That is unless, you’re participating in the Long Island Potato Festival. The event, which was held in Cutchogue, NY, included a mashed potato sculpting contest which was dominated by Hicksville’s Sarah Tsang, who won first place in the youth division.
Contestants were allowed to use any tools and materials to help bring their creation to life. Sculptures were left on display throughout the day and voted on by festival goers.
Some students returning to school the first day might see a new face on the bus: Hicksville’s new interim superintendent Dr. Carl Bonuso.
“Every year on the first day of school I ride one of the buses. To see the face of a kindergartener on that first ride just reminds you of why you’re in the field,” he says.
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