The Hicksville Community Council hosted a “Meet the Candidates” forum Dec. 1 to give the two candidates running for Hicksville Water Commissioner, and four men making a push for the Fire Commissioner position, a chance to introduce themselves to the community.
William Schuckmann is running against Warren Uss for Hicksville Water Commissioner. Schuckmann, a 37-year employee of the Hicksville Water District, managed an $8 million budget while serving as its superintendent since 1999. He is a former commissioner of the Hicksville Fire District, Chamber of Commerce and Community Council board member, former fire chief, and is celebrating 40 years of service to the Hicksville Fire Department. “As the Hicksville Water District’s Superintendent for the past 12 years and an employee for 37 years, I fully understand what it takes to manage a complex water system serving over 45,000 people,” Schuckmann said. “If elected Water Commissioner, I will dedicate myself to assuring Hicksville Water’s continued water quality excellence.”
Preparations are underway for the Hicksville Fire Department’s Holiday Fire Safety Open House being held Sunday Dec. 4, from noon to 3 p.m. at the West John Street Firehouse on the corner of Strong Street. Fire safety information will be available along with a few demonstrations outside. Fire safety is important with the approach of the holidays and the winter season. The fire department hopes to encourage attendance by having Santa on hand and, something new for Hicksville, fire engine rides, but the main focus is to be on fire safety.
The Hicksville High School boy’s varsity soccer team won the New York State Championship for Conference AA held upstate at Middletown High School against Webster Schroeder High School on Nov. 20. For the first time since 1979, the boys’ varsity soccer team has earned the Conference AA, Nassau County Championship, Long Island Championship, and New York State Championship titles, and the 2011-12 New York State Scholar-Athlete Team Award.
Hicksville High School senior Yinwei (Charlie) Zhang has been named one of 16,000 Semifinalists in the 57th National Merit Scholarship Program and will compete next spring for one of the National Merit Scholarships, which altogether total $34 million.
The road to becoming a National Merit Semifinalist, and then Finalist, is highly competitive. More than 1.5 million high school juniors in approximately 22,000 high schools nationwide entered the 2012 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2010 Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT). The nationwide pool of semifinalists represents 1 percent of U.S. high school seniors and includes the highest-scoring entrants in each state.
Season two of Hicksville’s Farmer’s Market became history at Kennedy Memorial Park last Sunday as well wishers, “thank you’s” and “see you next year” filled the chilly air. People who meandered from stand to stand headed back to their cars with bags full of locally grown produce and home cooked goods along with something not so tangible – a community experience that combines nature, nutrition, education and camaraderie.
“The open air market is a real tradition,” said Bernadette Martin, director of Friends & Farmer’s, Inc; which operates farmer’s markets in Glen Cove, Long Beach, Elmont and Kings Park in addition to Hicksville. She praised the Hicksville market for “holding its own” during a year marked by a struggling economy and tempestuous weather. “I want to express gratitude to the people of Hicksville,” she said in a telephone interview.
A full house greeted veterans from several generations as U.S. Marines Staff Sgt. Trevano Barrett and Sgt. Daniel Peck spoke and honored the former servicemen and women residing at the Amber Court Assisted Living Community on Brush Hollow Road in Westbury on Nov. 11.
Ginger Bonner, activities director at Amber Court, introduced the two Marines on hand and offered a few words to commemorate those who have served in years past and present.
Trustees of the Hicksville Board of Education are essential to the success of the school district and were honored during the Oct. 20 Board of Education meeting by district administration and student representatives. Superintendent of Schools Maureen Bright awarded each trustee a certificate of appreciation and made laudatory remarks on the Board’s behalf.
Hicksville recently lost a prominent figure in the community, Howard Goldman, 83, who passed away Wednesday, Nov. 2 from Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease complications.
Goldman lived in Hicksville with his wife and children for more than half a century and took pride in establishing relationships with customers at his athletic supply store Goldman Bros. on Route 107, which closed its doors late last year.
After going so far as initiating a lawsuit last year to avoid a takeover of Nassau County finances by the fiscal watchdog NIFA, County Executive Edward P. Mangano is now submitting a multi-year financial plan to that group seeking four more years of the “control period” that gives it authority over Nassau’s books.
Included in the plan is Mangano’s $2.6 billion budget for 2012 - approved by the Republican majority in the Legislature on Oct. 30 and currently sitting with NIFA for approval - which has left some glaring questions that many hope will be answered now that Election Day is over. These include, an announcement on which two Nassau County Police precincts will be closed, what the future of Long Island Bus will be, and whether $150 million in labor savings will come from union “concessions” or in the form of a massive decimation of the county workforce.
Five Hicksville High School graduates will be fundraising and competing in the Walt Disney World Half Marathon during the first week of the New Year as members of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Team in Training.
Kerri O’Connor, Meagan Doyle, Alexis Tobin, Meghan Ida and Keira McCarthy are training to run the 13.1-mile race in Orlando, FL on Jan. 7, which will mark the race’s 15th anniversary. The athletes will run through the Magic Kingdom and finish at the Epcot theme park.
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