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St. Francis Hospital Opens Health Center in Hicksville

Friday, 13 January 2012 00:00

New facility to provide services for uninsured, underinsured

As part of its ongoing mission to provide high quality healthcare to the community regardless of a patient’s ability to pay, St. Francis Hospital, The Heart Center recently opened the Bishop McHugh Health Center at 750 South Broadway in Hicksville. The new 3,250 square foot facility will focus on providing primary care to the uninsured and underinsured. Its highly trained medical staff will provide physical examinations, lab work, x-rays, flu shots, appropriate immunizations and specialty referrals as needed.

“We realize that in these tough economic times many people are going without basic medical care because they lack health insurance,” said Ruth Hennessey, EVP and chief administrative officer of St. Francis Hospital. “The Bishop McHugh Health Center brings together our community health, prevention, and outreach efforts with primary care and will provide for enhanced continuity of care,” Hennessey added.


Dutch Lane Teacher Promoting Heart Health

Written by Mary Masterson Friday, 06 January 2012 00:00

Tom Glenn organizes Jump Rope for Heart fundraiser

Many children’s lives have been touched by the loss of a loved one to heart disease. Tom Glenn, a physical education teacher at Dutch Lane School and member of the board of directors of the Hicksville Congress of Teachers, recently helped the cause.

For each of the past eleven years that Tom Glenn has worked for the Hicksville School District, he has encouraged his students to participate in the American Heart Association’s “Jump Rope for the Heart” fundraiser.


Senator Marcellino Visits Soccer Champions

Friday, 06 January 2012 00:00

New York State Senator Carl L. Marcellino presented a proclamation to the Hicksville School District and the high school boys varsity soccer team for having secured the New York State Championship for Conference AA against Webster Schroeder High School. The team, coaches, and members of the administration gathered in the Kristoff Theater to hear the senator’s laudatory remarks about their victorious efforts.

“Teamwork is essential to success,” Senator Marcellino told the team members. “When we pull together as a team, we are strong and can’t be stopped.”


Our Lady of Mercy Hosts Successful Opera Night

Friday, 30 December 2011 00:00

On Saturday, Dec. 3, an enthusiastic crowd welcomed American soprano Barbara Divis and Italian tenor Francesco Pavesi to Our Lady of Mercy’s “A Night at the Opera.” Divis and Pavesi performed a mixture of classical, popular, and seasonal favorites including Libiamo, Con Te Partiro, and O Holy Night.

Barbara Divis has performed over 35 lead roles throughout the country. She is known primarily for roles that demonstrate her expressive ability and acting prowess. She has performed Madama Butterfly with six opera companies and Mimi in La Boheme with seven opera companies. Companies of note that Barbara has performed with are Atlantic Opera, San Diego Opera, Austin Lyric Opera, Santa Barbara Opera, Opera San Jose and Hawaii Opera Theatre. Music from her two CDs is currently being featured with author Michael J. Vaughn in his novel, Operaville; sold on


Timing Is Right to Give the Gift of Clean Water

Written by Pat Grace Friday, 30 December 2011 00:00

Comment period extended to Jan. 11, 2012 to request that Cuomo protect water supply and ban fracking

Governor Cuomo’s proposal to open New York to hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, has come under fire for failing to protect the state’s residents from a method of gas drilling that pollutes the environment, explained a host of speakers at a rally to ban fracking held Dec. 15 at Mary Jane Davis Green in Manhasset.

In this challenging economy the buzzword is job creation and Cuomo has also been criticized for claiming fracking will create jobs, but, as speaker Patti Katz, Reach Out America (ROA), said, “You can’t drink money.” The complaint period against fracking has been extended to Jan. 11, 2012 and rally speakers encouraged everyone to visit and to send Governor Cuomo one of their own letters.


A Grand Debut for Library’s Food for Fines

Written by Mary Ellen Porrazzo Friday, 23 December 2011 00:00

Boys and Girls Club recipient of library’s generosity

It is said it takes a village to raise a child. In its own quiet and loving way, Hicksville has created a Christmas village for its neediest sons and daughters.

Thanks to the Hicksville Library’s Food for Fines campaign and its generous donors, the Hicksville Boys and Girls Club received more than 100 pounds of food, all non-perishable goods, collected between Nov. 21 and this past Monday, Dec. 19. During that time period, the library waived fines up to and including two dollars a patron for a week in exchange for a donation.


Local Man Arrested on Attempted Murder

Friday, 23 December 2011 00:00

The Second Squad reported the details of an attempted murder that occurred in Hicksville on Saturday, Dec. 17 at 1:30 a.m.

According to detectives, Joseph Ohlhausen, 33, armed with a kitchen knife, entered his mother and stepfather’s bedroom and repeatedly stabbed his stepfather while he was sleeping. Detectives said the male victim, 58, ran out of the home to a neighbor and called police.


Hicksville Water, Fire District Election Results

Friday, 16 December 2011 00:00

The Hicksville Fire District and Hicksville Water District held commissioner elections on Tuesday, Dec. 13. Scott Skrynecki was elected to the board of fire commissioners and Warren Uss was re-elected as water commissioner.

Uss is a third-generation lifelong resident of Hicksville and has been an active member of the Hicksville Fire Department for 37 years and is Ex-Captain of Emergency Company Five. He has served as chair of many of the department’s committees and is past president of the Hicksville Exempt Association.


Resident Captures Burglar Stealing Package from Home

Written by Cory Twibell Friday, 16 December 2011 00:00

Peachtree Lane homeowner: ‘Keep an eye out’

Hicksville resident John Blazich recently captured video of a burglar – one whose name will likely be headed for the proverbial naughty list this year – after a man allegedly removed a package from Blazich’s Peachtree Lane home on Dec. 6, according to the homeowner.

Blazich said his wife was expecting a package, which had been confirmed as “delivered” through UPS, which then prompted Blazich to check footage from his home security system.


HMS Teacher Joseph Surgot Saves Student’s Life

Written by Mary Masterson Friday, 09 December 2011 00:00

Seventh-grader needed Heimlich after choking at lunch

During this holiday season, the Hicksville community has something very special to be thankful for – the quick action of a teacher, Joseph Surgot, who saved the life of a child in October.  

Surgot, a science teacher at the Hicksville Middle School, was on lunch duty in his building’s cafeteria on Oct. 7 when he was alerted to a commotion at a lunch table.  One of his seventh-grade students, 12-year old Kenneth Goubran, was doubled over choking. Surgot ran to the boy and performed the Heimlich maneuver, which he had learned in his First Aid Training course when he became a coach. 


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