Memorial Day is a vital national American holiday; the one day of the year when we as citizens take pause and honor those who have fallen while defending the principles and freedoms that have come to define us as a people.
It is on that day that many veterans of the military reflect upon both their great service to this country, as well as the ultimate sacrifices of the friends and loved ones who live on in their memories and hearts; this is something that members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 3211 of Hicksville each remember in their own individual ways.
Relocating to a new country can be intimidating enough, but taking on a brand-new occupation once you get there as well? It’s enough to make someone think twice about the whole thing and just stay put.
But not Kumar K. Chhetri, owner of New Chilli and Curry restaurant located at 106 Woodbury Road in Hicksville. Originally from Nepal, where he worked in the antique jewelry trade, Chhetri moved to the United States nearly 20 years ago for a change of scenery as well as a desire to try out a new career.
The Hicksville Public Library’s budget for 2014-15 includes a 4.04% increase, and while this does pierce the NYS property tax cap, Hicksville residents will only see an average increase of $12.87 per household. With the 2014-15 budget, the average homeowner will pay approximately $257.01 a year in library tax.
The library is looking to get $4.3 million of their $5.2 million budget from real estate taxes (the rest comes from fines and fees, PILOTS, the appropriated fund balance, and other revenues). The most significant line item increase in the library’s budget was for capital improvements, which went from $30,000 in the 2013-14 budget to $320,000 in the 2014-15 proposed budget. Library director Elizabeth Goldfrank attributes this huge change to some much needed repairs in the building.
Spring time has finally arrived and that means more people are outside looking for a nice spot to stop and smell the flowers. And thanks to one local boy's efforts, the Trinity Lutheran Community Garden might be the perfect place to sit and relax. This past Saturday, Boy Scout Troop 291 member Thomas Miller helped install two new benches and shrubbery as part of his Eagle Scout project. Miller was helped by members of his troop to help beautify the area.
“The Eagle Scout project is a mandatory project that is meant to establish long lasting benefit in the community,” said Miller, who is an eight year member of the Boy Scouts. “It is essential to do the project in order to attain Eagle Scout status, which is the highest ranking in the Boy Scouts.”
If you are a “Dancing with the Stars” fan, you may secretly envision yourself gliding across the dance floor in perfect synchronicity with your favorite dance professional, the crowds cheering you on, as the judges reveal your scores.
At the Hicksville Public Library you don’t have to be on the hit show to have your dancing dreams realized. At the library, everyone is a star while taking the ballroom dance classes of seasoned instructor, Catherine Politis.
Your old bike may be doing nothing more than taking up space in your garage, but for people in Africa, a bicycle could be the key to literacy, a higher income, and overall better life. Westbury resident and Wheatley School science teacher Steven Finkelstein saw this first hand when he went to Africa in 1997. An avid bicyclist, seeing how people’s lives were changed with this simple vehicle fueled a passion in him to help bring cycles to Africa.
In 1999, he saw that dream realized as he helped organize the Afri-Bike Coalition at Wheatley. Together with the nonprofit organization the Village Bicycle Project, the group held their first bike collection in 1999, and in 2000, sent 200 bikes to Ghana. Since, then they’ve sent a total of 2,500 bikes to Ghana.
With his smooth cabaret voice, singer Harvey Granat serenaded the audience at the Hicksville Public Library while performing the songs of the late American singer and songwriter George Gershwin on Sunday, April 27.
Granat is known for his performances being a combination of an artists’ songs and interesting stories from the artists’ lives. He did more than just sing during his performance; he also told the audience stories about Gershwin, from letters and manuscripts Granat has compiled.
The Hicksville community gave a moving tribute to a great baseball coach and teacher this past Saturday, as they honored the life and name of Bob Hilsky. Hilsky, who coached boys varsity baseball for 30 years in the district, passed away this past January at the age of 75. The Hicksville Board of Education dedicated the varsity baseball field as Coach Bob Hilsky Memorial Field.
“His contributions were more than just a baseball coach,” said Board of Education trustee, Steven Culhane, who was a former player of Hilsky’s. “Coach Hilsky believed in the real meaning of team, the power of inclusion and the Board of Education is proud and privileged to reserve a spot for him here forever for the all the contributions he gave.”
These days, every parent welcomes anything that can give them a little extra peace of mind when it comes to the safety of their children. Recently at the Hicksville Public Library, Nassau County provided parents with just that in the form of its acclaimed KidPix initiative, a free program that provides parents with a detailed identification card containing important information about their child to be used in the event of an emergency.
Senator Jack Martins said that KidPix offers a vital conduit of information between parents and authorities in the event a child is hurt or goes missing. He said in such instances having access to information can save lives.
Hicksville school officials weren’t sad to hear the news that inBloom, a nonprofit organization that planned to mine student testing data and personal information, was closing up shop. The thought of a national database chronicling student addresses, birthplaces, economic statuses, race, ethnicity and disabilities, had many parents and school officials all across Long Island up in arms.
Hicksville school board president Phil Heckler says he initially liked the concept of collecting student’s data for research purposes, but once he realized that names were going to be linked to the findings, lost support for it.
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