A fire in the kitchen at the Royal Bukhara Grill at 70 Broadway was quickly brought under control by the building’s automatic sprinkler system, preventing what could have been a major downtown blaze. Hicksville’s dispatcher received the alarm at 1:40 p.m. on July 31. Damage (mostly water) was confined to the kitchen area. Four units, 40 firefighters responded under command of Captain Matt Koopman of Engine Co. 2. The building involved was the former Reptile Museum, a two-story, old wood-frame structure with many add-on structures over the years. The structure goes from Broadway all the way west to Jerusalem Avenue. No injuries were reported.
Thanks to the generosity of its sponsors, chamber members, and a little help from Mother Nature, the tenth annual Hicksville Chamber of Commerce Street Fair on Sunday, July 22 was an overwhelming success. More people than ever before thronged to Jerusalem Avenue to enjoy the festival and its attractions, where free admission was granted all day from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Lionel J. Chitty, president of the Hicksville Chamber of Commerce, was enthused about the triumph of this year’s fair. He was joined in the chamber’s tent by Chairman Sam Maruca, Community Liaison Philbert Robertson, Office Manager Janet Muller and her daughter, Laurie.
Maragos also said that County Executive Edward P. Mangano would be announcing a fresh round of budget reductions. And that is what happened at a press conference on Monday, July 23. There, Mangano, along with Maragos and Presiding Officer Peter J. Schmitt (R – Massapequa) outlined a $45 million deficit reduction plan, one that the county executive said would balance the budget without raising property taxes.
“Theresa believes that she has been blessed with an amazing and beautiful gift from God. She is able to communicate and validate that there is more to life than just here in the physical world and that our loved ones are still with us after their departure,” according to Caputo’s Facebook page, which has more than 172,000 fans.
The Kiwanis Foundation of Hicksville and the Hicksville Chamber of Commerce have announced that the two organizations will coordinate the replacement of the Hicksville Memorial Fountain that was built with donations from Hicksville residents, businesses and friends of Hicksville and originally dedicated in 1979.
There was a renovation and rededication of the fountain in 1998 and the fountain has been a centerpiece in Kennedy Park on Broadway and Jerusalem Ave for the past 33 years.
In June, numerous youth agencies received notice that their county contracts would be cancelled and funding eliminated on July 5 if Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano’s fiscal recovery plan was not approved.
During the July 3 Hicksville Board of Education meeting, the Hicksville School District trustees and administration reorganized for the official start of the 2012-13 school year.
Newly elected trustees Brenda Judson and Phil Heckler took the oath of office, which was administered by school district attorney Gary Steffanetta of Guercio & Guercio LLP. The swearing in of all trustees followed this.
Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano stood in front of 689 Main Street in Westbury on July 3 to announce plans for the building to be converted to a veteran’s housing complex by early 2013.
Mangano said that Nassau County awarded a $1.5 million grant from Federal HOME Investment Partnerships to the New York Veterans Advocacy Group (NYVAG), a nonprofit organization that will operate the facility.
The Rotary Club of Hicksville-Jericho installed its most recent president, officers and board of directors on June 28. Dr. James J. Bentson was inducted as the new president by fellow Rotarian Dr. Irwin Gross.
Also installed as executive officers by Dr. Gross were Elizabeth Goldfrank, vice president; Donna Rivera-Downey, secretary; and Gerry Poli, treasurer; Dr. James Bentson, past president and William Schuckmann, past president.
The Hicksville High School commencement program on Sunday, June 24 celebrated the myriad achievements and accomplishments of the Class of 2012 with a traditional outdoor ceremony that focused on future success for more than 400 graduates.
“Hicksville High School has been a wonderful school for you and because of you,” said Superintendent of Schools Maureen K. Bright in her thoughtful address.
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