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All Aboard: LIRR Revamping Hicksville Train Station

Written by Cory Twibell: Friday, 25 May 2012 00:00

Westbury’s decrepit Ellison Avenue Bridge to be replaced

Over the next five years, Long Island Rail Road commuters from Hicksville, Westbury and Mineola will notice some significant changes at their hometown stations.

The MTA Long Island Rail Road announced on Monday, May 21, that $211.5 worth of capital improvements – dubbed the MTA Capital Plan – will result in major renovations at the Hicksville train station, a new bridge on Ellison Avenue in the Village of Westbury and drainage improvements in Mineola.


Residential Burglaries On The Rise In Second Precinct

Written by Cory Twibell: Friday, 25 May 2012 00:00

Home break-ins up 54 percent from last year

According to Nassau County’s Second Precinct, residential burglaries have increased 54.65 percent in a year-to-date (YTD) comparison.

From Dec. 28, 2010 to May 9, 2011, the Second Precinct, which is absorbing the Eighth Precinct as part of the county’s consolidation initiative, reported 86 YTD residential burglaries. From Dec. 27, 2011 to May 7, 2012, the Second Precinct reported a total of 133 YTD residential burglaries.


Residents Approve 2012-13 School Budget

Written by Cory Twibell: Thursday, 17 May 2012 00:00

Phil Heckler, Brenda Judson elected to board of education

With 1,612 votes in favor and 834 opposed, the Hicksville community approved the school district’s 2012-13 budget in the amount of $120,631,633 on Tuesday, May 15. Residents also voted in support of a second proposition on the ballot, which approved $50,000 going toward the Hicksville Gregory Museum for its various educational programs and offerings.

New trustee-elects for the board of education are Phil Heckler (1,280 votes), who ran uncontested, and Brenda Judson (989), who defeated Maureen Lee (874). Heckler said he hopes to get more residents to board meetings and wants to propose the creation of committees to keep parents better informed.


United Veterans Of Hicksville Hosting Memorial Day Parade

Friday, 18 May 2012 00:00

Annual parade, ceremonies will commence at 9 a.m.

The United Veterans of Hicksville will hold their annual Memorial Day Parade and Service on Monday, May 28, as parade participants will begin assembling in the Sears parking lot at 8 a.m. before the parade steps off at 9 a.m.

The parade will march south on Broadway to Old Country Road where it will turn west. It will continue to Jerusalem Avenue and then turn south to go past the parade reviewing stand and end at the Hicksville Middle School. The service at the Middle School Veterans Memorial will begin once the parade ends and the community is invited to stay for the ceremonies and presenting of the wreaths.


Catching Up With Former HT Titan Ronnie Cameron

Written by Cory Twibell: Friday, 11 May 2012 00:00

Old Dominion football star recently signed with Chicago Bears

Former Holy Trinity football standout Ronnie Cameron wasn’t selected by any National Football League teams in the recent draft but learned he was signed as a free agent by the Chicago Bears soon after the final pick in the draft was made.

Cameron, 6-foot-2, 304-pounds, earned six All-America distinctions in his final season at defensive tackle at Old Dominion University. The Hicksville Illustrated News recently caught up with the new Bear, who was in contact with 22 other NFL teams before signing in Chicago.


Fundraising Events Held In Honor Of Sarah Grace

Friday, 11 May 2012 00:00

Hockey game, dance-a-thon helping Hicksville-based Sarah Grace Foundation

Professional and amateur skaters took to the ice April 15 for a charity hockey game to raise money for two very dedicated and worthwhile organizations. The 2nd Annual Kings Park/ Commack Alumni vs. NY Islanders Alumni Hockey Game, held at the Superior Ice Rink, attracted 1,200 spectators and raised approximately $16,000 to be split between the Hicksville-based Sarah Grace Foundation For Children With Cancer, Inc. and the Northport-based Frank J. Rizzo V Memorial Scholarship Fund.

“The turnout was phenomenal. What a wonderful way to honor Sarah and Frank,” said Matt Weippert, who along with his wife Marissa, established The Sarah Grace Foundation For Children With Cancer, Inc. nine years ago.


Judson And Lee Vie For Hicksville BOE Seat

Written by Cory Twibell: Friday, 04 May 2012 00:00

Phil Heckler is unopposed for Anthony Edelman’s seat

Hicksville residents will take to the polls on Tuesday, May 15 from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. throughout the district to vote on the 2012-13 budget and board of education candidates.

Incumbent trustee Maureen Lee will face Brenda Judson for one seat on the board, while Phil Heckler is running unopposed for Anthony Edelman’s outgoing seat.


Night Of Laughter Held In Honor Of Sarah Grace

Friday, 04 May 2012 00:00

Foundation thankful to local community, supporters

For the past nine years, The Sarah Grace Foundation For Children With Cancer, Inc. has dedicated itself to helping children and their families faced with the financial and emotional challenges and hardships brought upon by childhood cancer.

To do so, the nonprofit, volunteer-run organization established in 2003 by Hicksville residents Matt and Marissa Weippert in honor of their daughter, Sarah Grace, relies on donations and money raised through garage sales, the sale of custom Christopher Radko Heart and Angel collector pieces and special fundraising events, including its recent Night of Laughter.


Resident Donates Kidney To Boss, Gets Fired

Written by Cory Twibell: Friday, 27 April 2012 00:00

Debbie Stevens says she was let go

while recovering from surgery

In a developing story that’s garnered national headlines, Hicksville resident Debbie Stevens claims that she was fired after taking additional time off from work to recover from donating a kidney – one that was intended to help her sick boss.

“My boss was needing a kidney and I immediately told her that she could have one of mine just because it’s part of who I am,” Stevens said at a recent press conference held at the office of her attorney, Lenard Leeds.


Local Gym Owner Contributes To Fitness Book

Written by Cory Twibell: Friday, 27 April 2012 00:00

In The Zone’s Dr. Marisa Silver advises on wellness

Dr. Marisa Silver, owner of In The Zone Personal Fitness at 62 Bethpage Road in Hicksville, recently shared some of her chiropractic and personal fitness prowess in the book Your Fitness & Nutrition Questions Answered.

With two decades of experience in the field and a dozen fitness certifications to her name, the book’s publisher, Benchmark Publishing Group, describes Dr. Silver as “a testament to professionalism that exists in the personal trainer industry.”


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