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Veterans Honor Next Generation of Heroes

Written by Patricia Servidio Friday, 16 March 2012 00:00

Students awarded for essay contest participation

American pride connected two generations on Monday, March 12, as The William M. Gouse Jr. Post 3211 honored nine students from the Hicksville School District with Voice of Democracy Awards.

The Hicksville School District, specifically the social studies department, (Dr. Rose Borda is the chair) held an essay contest for district students. The Patriots Pen theme was, “Are You Proud of Your Country?” and The Voice of Democracy theme was, “Is There Pride In Serving in Our Military?”


Remembering Purple Heart Veteran Louis Rowehl, 92

Written by Cory Twibell Friday, 09 March 2012 00:00

Patriot served in the Army, Hicksville and Mt. Sinai Fire Departments

Louis Rowehl, a Hicksville potato farmer, firefighter, St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church member and World War II Purple Heart recipient, died on Feb. 24 at 92 years old.

“I had a marvelous relationship with him. I’m impressed I spent time with such a marvelous soul,” said John Graham, a friend of Rowehl’s for 23 years and fellow firefighter in Mt. Sinai.


Local Student Stars In Rebranding Campaign at LIU

Friday, 09 March 2012 00:00

Long Island University seeks shorter designations for campuses

Hicksville resident Venkata Sravani Kollu, a medical biology master’s student at LIU Post, is being featured in a series of advertisements as part of Long Island University’s rebranding campaign.

On Jan. 1, Long Island University rebranded itself as LIU. The names of LIU’s six campuses received shorter designations, uniting them under the new LIU brand and extending their reach in an increasingly digital world. The C.W. Post Campus of Long Island University is now LIU Post and the university’s other five locations are LIU Brooklyn, LIU Brentwood, LIU Riverhead, LIU Hudson at Rockland and LIU Hudson at Westchester.


Runners Fundraise for Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

Written by Cory Twibell Friday, 02 March 2012 00:00

HHS, Holy Trinity grads thank community for support

Four Hicksville runners, with the help of friends, family and the local community, recently raised more than $16,000 to benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

Holy Trinity grad Alexis Tobin and Hicksville High School alums Meagan Doyle, Kerri O’Connor and Keira McCarthy organized several fundraising events in the area before running 13.1 miles at Walt Disney World on Jan. 7 for Team in Training (TNT), a Leukemia & Lymphoma Society program that helps athletes train and raise money for blood cancer.


Overcoming Bullies at Hicksville Boys & Girl’s Club

Written by Mary Ellen Porrazzo Friday, 02 March 2012 00:00

Academics and athletics foster friendship, develop confidence

“Be Great” is the motto of the Hicksville Boys and Girls Club, words that may double as medicine to battle life’s ills, chief among them bullying.

“Coming to a place like this builds self-esteem,” executive director Tom Bruno said in an interview last Friday. He cited the recreation program and Power Hour as just two elements of the club that do just that.


Holy Trinity’s Ronnie Cameron an NFL Draft Hopeful

Written by Cory Twibell Friday, 24 February 2012 00:00

All-Long Island star part of last football team at Hofstra

If Holy Trinity grad and Westbury native Ronnie Cameron receives a call from a National Football League general manager in late April, his road to the pros will certainly be one less traveled.

Cameron, who recently earned an information technology MBA, began his football career playing with friends in front of Park Avenue School in New Cassel and as a member of Mineola’s pee-wee program as a 7-year-old, yet described his younger self as more student than athlete.


PBA Officials State Their Case Against Plan for Nassau Precincts

Written by Joe Scotchie Friday, 24 February 2012 00:00

Say stationhouse necessities for combating crime are at risk

On the eve of a vote that could shut down four police precincts in Nassau County and convert them to community policing centers, officers with the Police Benevolent Association (PBA) once again presented their case against the proposal.

In a meeting with editors of Anton Community Newspapers, PBA President James Carver and his associates claimed that the proposed closures would result in less services at the community centers than what existed at precinct stationhouses. They also disputed claims made by Acting Police Commissioner Thomas Dale that crime has decreased in Nassau County and in general, they made the case that precinct stationhouses are essential to combating crime and performing needed services.


Hicksville Teacher Starkey Publishes Book

Friday, 17 February 2012 00:00

Author also coached boy’s soccer NYS championship team

An enthusiastic crowd of over 200 people gathered at the Book Revue in the village of Huntington on a cold January afternoon, to attend author Scott Starkey’s “book talk” of his debut novel, How to Beat the Bully Without Really Trying.

The Book Revue is one of the largest independent bookstores in the country and is considered a renowned cultural and social center. They regularly offer a schedule of distinguished author readings and celebrity appearances. Unfortunately, the first run of hard copies was sold out at the signing; however, digital copies are available via Nook and Kindle.

Starkey is currently a fifth-grade teacher at East Street School in Hicksville. He has worked in the district for the past 16 years, and as the Head Coach for the Varsity Boys Soccer team led his players to win the New York State Championship this year.


Catching Up With County Legislator Walker

Written by Cory Twibell Friday, 17 February 2012 00:00

Longtime Hicksville resident committed to community

One would be surprised to attend a community event in Hicksville without crossing paths with former Town of Oyster Bay Councilwoman and current Nassau County Legislator Rose Marie Walker.

A lifelong resident of Hicksville, the legislator attended and worked at private and parochial schools in the area, including St. Stephen’s Nursery School and the Hicksville Union Free School District. She earned a degree in education from Belmont Abbey/Sacred Heart College in North Carolina.

Walker has played a role in almost every aspect of life in Hicksville, ranging from the board of education to youth sports. The Hicksville Illustrated News recently caught up with Legislator Walker to discuss her background and issues in the 17th Legislative District.


TOB Rejects Application For Hicksville Costco Store

Written by Cory Twibell Friday, 10 February 2012 00:00

Town board votes 6-0 on resolution

On Tuesday, Feb. 7, Town of Oyster Bay board members voted down a proposal for Costco to open a store in Hicksville on 555 W. John Street.

The board voted 6-0, with one board member absent, to deny the application, but voted 6-0 to accept the environmental study associated with Costco’s application. The store, had the special-use permit been granted, would have measured more than 150,000 square feet and included parking lot space.

“Generally, they just felt it was not an appropriate use in that area and that the fallout with the traffic and everything else was not what was needed in that neighborhood. For most of the residents, traffic was the overriding concern – that would be a huge store with a lot of parking spaces,” a Town of Oyster Bay spokesperson said.


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