On Thursday evening, Aug. 5, approximately 30 individuals representing various organizations throughout Hicksville met at the Town of Oyster Bay’s Public Works Building in Syosset to say thank you to Val Pakaluk and wish her well as she relocates to Florida.
Hosted by emcee Joel Berse, the evening featured many speeches from various politicians as well as community leaders and representatives of a variety of community organizations.
Hicksville firefighters were dispatched to a reported house fire on Friday, Aug. 5 at 9:21 p.m. Upon arrival, they found two homes side-by-side ablaze on Heitz Place off Park Avenue.
A total of five alarms were transmitted for firefighters and equipment to control the fast moving flames. Units from seven neighboring departments for manpower were called in. Twenty-one occupants were displaced by the blaze. The Red Cross was called to the scene to assist the residents. The fire started in the rear portion of house #79 and quickly spread to the house next door at #81. The Nassau County fire marshal was on scene to determine a cause along with the Town of Oyster Bay Building Department inspector. Hicksville Assistant Chief Richard Diaz, the incident commander, reported the cause was believed to be an air conditioner plugged into an outlet strip. There also was evidence of an extension cord running under a rug that may have contributed to the fire as well.
The $400 million bond plan to replace the 39-year-old Nassau Coliseum and construct a minor league ballpark at Mitchell Field was spurned by Nassau County residents in public vote on Aug. 1. According to the Nassau County Board of Elections, the margin was 88,389 (57 percent) opposed to 66,829 (43 percent) in favor.
Charles Wang, who bought the New York Islanders 11 years ago for an estimated $190 million, said he was extremely saddened by the outcome.
L.I.A.C.T’s (Long Island Actor's Community Theatre) is a group comprised of Hicksville High School alumni and current students, which brings together the actors of the Hicksville community and blends diverse, young talents by putting on theatrical productions. The group has had participation in the Hicksville Tree Lighting, Governors Comedy Club Fundraisers, as well as foundation walks with Alexander's Angels.
“This is our third consecutive year putting on a summer show. Our past credits included a Broadway Musical Review in August 2009 and a Mixed Genre Musical Review in Aug 2010. Our next show is on Aug. 11 and 13, titled ‘BasicGLEE.’ It’s L.I.A.C.T’s interpretation of the show Glee, with dancing, singing, acting and more,” said Juliana Becker, the group’s co-creator and director.
Oaths of Office were also administered to the following trustees for the 2011-2012 school year: Kevin Carroll, Steve Culhane, Susan Powell, Maureen Lee, James Mott and Edelman.
“The development of the Hub is critically important to the Nassau County economy,” Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos said at a July 21 press conference. “It currently supports hundreds of jobs and has the potential to create thousands of construction jobs and permanent jobs as well as increase tax revenues.”
Maragos said that he conducted a review to determine the economic feasibility of the current proposal to develop the Nassau Hub and retain the NY Islanders hockey team. At this point in time, he said, a comprehensive analysis cannot be completed as the lease agreement with the Islanders is still under negotiation and several significant terms have yet to be resolved such as revenue sharing, revenue guarantees, cost overrun protections and the Islanders’ commitment to remain in Nassau County.
Meeting July 14 at The Long Island Marriott Hotel and Conference Center in Uniondale, NIFA’s board of directors employed an impatient and chiding tone, delivering a clear message: Nassau County’s efforts to rectify what NIFA considers to be a financial disaster in the making are not good enough.
The annual Hicksville Summer Street Fair hosted by the Hicksville Chamber of Commerce is right around the corner. Make sure to stop in this Sunday, July 24 between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. for a day full of fun, shopping and entertainment.
Look for the fair on Jerusalem Avenue from Marie Street down to the Kennedy Park area. Come early and plan to stay late!
Nassau County Legislator and Public Safety Committee Chair Dennis Dunne, along with Nassau County Director of Veterans Services Michael Kilbride and other elected officials, spoke outside the County Legislature building in Mineola to address the issue of veterans not receiving proper benefits after filing the requisite paperwork.
Dunne said that hundreds of claims have been filed involving veterans who never received benefits or services but took all the necessary steps to obtain them. He also said that he requested a federal investigation to uncover any possible wrongdoing.
The Cancer Center for Kids (CCFK) at Winthrop-University Hospital received a $25,000 renewal grant from The Michael Magro Foundation to support its SOAR (School Re-entry and Ongoing Academic Resources) Program. Foundation President Terrie Magro generously collaborated with the CCFK to establish and fund this unique program, now in its fourth successful year to address the compelling needs of pediatric cancer patients and their parents.
The Cancer Center for Kids is the largest facility for treating children with cancer and blood disorders in Nassau County; its membership in the National Cancer Institute’s Children’s Oncology Group (COG) enables the Center to participate in national protocols and offer its patients the most advanced cancer care.
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