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.
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.
United States Senator Charles E. Schumer was given a warm welcome when he visited the Village of Floral Park Fire Department Headquarters on Monday, Jan. 27. Schumer revealed to a small crowd that more than 70 Nassau County fire departments and seven volunteer ambulance corps are facing major budget hikes in order to meet the year-end deadlines to upgrade existing radio equipment due to federal mandates.
Schumer had only the highest of praise for the volunteer firefighters who came from cities across Nassau County, including Stewart Manor, Garden City, Bellerose, New Hyde Park, Great Neck, Island Park, Valley Stream, East Williston, Port Washington, Bayville, Freeport, Wantagh, and Oceanside, Lakeview.
“As you know I care a lot about our firefighters; they are great people. Nassau County volunteer fire departments are among the best in the country,” Schumer said, adding, “They risk their lives, they don’t get paid to make us safe. It’s a great thing and everyone here in this county is blessed by the quality of the fire departments.”
Long Island Lutheran Middle and High School has been blessed by countless individuals and families who have affected exciting and positive changes for the school. As the school’s “Growing in Excellence” campaign continues on in Phase II, many gathered to celebrate the special people who help make LuHi the wonderful educational ministry it is today.
Long Island Lutheran gave tribute to important LuHi community members with the school’s highest honor, the Pro Deo et Schola Award, meaning “for God and school.”
This year’s recipients were Loretta Ruff and family of Hicksville and Dr. David and Janet Hahn of Brookville.
Ruff served as executive secretary at LuHi from 1979 to 2005, and both she and husband Fred have been invaluable volunteers at the LuHi Open, Bid-for-Kids Dinner Auction Dinner and, most recently, the Haiti Meal Packing Event. She has served on a number of councils and boards at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Plainview where she and Fred are active members. In addition, daughters Karen (Klose), Allison (Sweeney) and son Frederick and their families have served LuHi in various volunteer and staff roles.
Many people would agree that noise levels are on the rise. Ear-piercing sounds emanate from movies screens, concert stages and cranked-up volumes on iPods. And how often, when waiting for a live operator, is one subjected to high-decibel recordings while on hold? There is no denying the prevalence of loud noise these days, resulting in an unfortunate side effect being seen more frequently; namely a progression in hearing loss. This is not only occurring, as typically thought, in older populations, but in younger people as well.
“People need to be aware that hearing loss from prolonged loud noise exposure is irreversible. Many don’t think to protect their ears because the loss is not sudden,” said Tanya Linzalone, director of the Mildred and Frank Feinberg Community Center for Hearing Health at Mill Neck Audiology, who added that over time, constant noise exposure leads to damage of the hair cells of the inner ear, which are vital to our ability to hear.
“This damage is permanent,” Linzalone stressed.
Statistics show that approximately one in 110 American children is on the autism spectrum – a 600 percent increase in prevalence over the past two decades.
When Hicksville High School special education teacher Margot Horn began her career over 31 years ago, the “autistic” diagnosis was rare and many people confused the term with “artistic.” Autism and Autism Spectrum Disorder are both general terms for a group of complex disorders of brain development. These disorders are characterized by difficulties in social interaction, verbal and non-verbal communication and repetitive behaviors. Autism appears to have its roots in very early brain development; however, the most obvious signs and symptoms tend to emerge between 2 and 3 years of age.
Many of Margot’s first students in a private school were severely disabled and non-verbal. Margot ate lunch with them and worked on eating skills and toilet training. She taught them sign language to communicate. Even the littlest amount of progress was considered fabulous and was celebrated. Currently, Margot teaches resource room, Regents algebra (inclusion) and a life skills class, which prepares students for independent living.
On Saturday, Jan. 21 families and friends of Catholic schools across Long Island braved the freezing temperatures and icy conditions to rally in protest of the closings announced by the Diocese of Rockville Centre on Dec. 6. Families not only wanted to voice their opposition to the closings scheduled for the end of this school year, but rallied in support of Catholic school education in general. They pleaded for Bishop William Murphy and all Catholics in the Diocese to hear their concerns and understand that despite the threat of their schools closing, they do value and support the Catholic elementary school education.
Most of the rally crowd came from the six schools stated to close, along with St. Agnes parishioners who came out to show their support.
In the original school-closing announcement Bishop Murphy said, “While these choices have not been easy and closing schools is one of the most painful parts of my ministry, I want to assure the parents and children that they are uppermost in my mind.”
Two homeless men have taken up residency under the Hicksville train station overpass between East Marie Street and East Nicholai, according to Hicksville resident and former U.S. Navy Chief (Ret.) Roy Tringali.
A resident of Hicksville for 53 years, Tringali said he was on his way home from church several Sundays ago and noticed two men sitting near the Long Island Rail Road’s Hicksville station underpass. Tringali approached one of the men, struck up a conversation and learned that both of the homeless men were veterans.
Tringali, a retired U.S. Navy Chief and member of several Hicksville civic groups, said he “took him for his word” and began making some phone calls to see how he could help once he arrived back home.
2011 was an extremely busy year for The Sarah Grace Foundation For Children With Cancer, Inc. The nonprofit dedicated to helping children with cancer and their families sponsored numerous fundraisers throughout the year and concluded 2011 with its annual Holiday Party!
Over 150 people (including children and their families) attended The Sarah Grace Foundation’s annual Holiday Party held Dec. 11 at Cohen Children’s Medical Center of New York. The three-hour long party featured face painting from Cupcake the Clown, arts and crafts, entertainment from Barattini Productions DJ Entertainment and refreshments arranged through Bruce’s Bakery of Great Neck and Phil and Son Pizza in Plainview. The event concluded with a visit from Santa, who provided gifts to all the children.
Christopher J. Moskos was sworn in as the 67th chief of the Hicksville Fire Department at Hicksville Fire Department Station #1 on Jan. 1.
Moskos joined as a member of Emergency Company 5 in July of 1983, after he was a member of the Hicksville Fire Department Juniors from 1980 to 1982. Having served just over three years, Moskos was elected as 2nd lieutenant to Company 5, a position he relinquished following his transfer to Floodlight/Heavy Rescue Company 8 in January 1988.
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