October’s surprise snow and unseasonably cold air did not dampen the spirits of visitors and vendors at Hicksville’s second annual Fall Fair hosted by the Chamber of Commerce last Sunday at Kennedy Park.
The day began with temperatures in the 40s and patches of snow on the grass and a brisk wind blew throughout the event, but enthusiasm was warm among those who came to sample everything from The Farmer’s Market to amusements for the kids to local music and everything in between.
(The candidate submitted the following statement.)
I am seeking re-election to the office of Oyster Bay Town Clerk to continue serving the residents of the Town of Oyster Bay and to finish the job I have started. I have the experience, commitment and dedication, having served as Town Clerk for nearly eight years. Prior to joining the government team in Oyster Bay, I served as a New York State Assemblyman for seven years. I graduated from St. John’s University with a Masters Degree in Government and Public Administration.
Firefighter Scott Skrynecki, a life-long resident of Hicksville and member of the Hicksville Fire Department, recently announced his candidacy for commissioner of the Hicksville Fire District.
Like his parents, Steve Skrynecki and Jean Hasbrouck Skrynecki, Scott graduated from Hicksville High School and was very involved in the Hicksville community from an early age. Skrynecki is an active member of the Hicksville Fire Department’s Engine Company 7, where his grandfather Fred Hasbrouck was captain in the 1970s.
Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice announced on Oct. 18 that a sweep targeting county residents who steal undeserved Medicaid and public assistance benefits has resulted in the arrest of ten people who collectively stole more than $458,000.
Rice said the sweep was the result of joint investigations by the District Attorney’s Public Assistance Fraud Unit and the Special Investigations Unit of the Nassau County Department of Social Services (DSS). The Public Assistance Fraud Unit was established in 2003.
Sometimes an ordinary person displays extraordinary courage.
Beth Taylor Devlin always had a place in her heart for children with special needs. In her teens she was a special needs camp counselor and trained children for the Special Olympics while she attended Buffalo State College. She began her career in education in the Bronx before coming to Hicksville in 1990 to teach in the Special Education Pre-K program at Dutch Lane School.
The Parish of Saint Ignatius Loyola celebrated the official installation of its 11th pastor, Reverend James Stachacz, on Sunday, Oct. 2. The 12:30 p.m. Mass was overflowing with St. Ignatius parishioners as well as members of Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Lindenhurst, and St. Brigid Parish, Westbury, where Fr. Stachacz had previously served as associate pastor.
“I am humbled and honored by the warm welcome I have received from the people of Saint Ignatius Parish,” Fr. Stachacz told those assembled. “I look forward to working with my brother priests and our dedicated lay ministers to serve this Parish family and wider community of Hicksville. This is my first pastorate … and maybe a little like Saint Ignatius himself, when the Bishop called I wasn’t really sure I was ready.
The Mill Neck Family Organizations, who operate a facility at 501 South Broadway in Hicksville to assist deaf adults in communicating, hosted its 50th annual Apple Festival at Mill Neck School for the Deaf on Saturday, Oct. 8 and Sunday, Oct. 9, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Throughout the two unseasonably warm fall days, vendors from all over Long Island, including Karl Ehmer meats and cheese, offered jellies, jams, honeys, baked goods to patrons in attendance. Hundreds of supporters were already at the festival at 10:45 a.m. and ranged from infants in strollers to elderly in wheelchairs, and everybody else in between.
Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman announced on Oct. 5 a $1.6 million settlement with a food service provider for illegally overcharging school districts and other education providers. The Suffolk County-based Whitsons Culinary Group received savings from food vendors it worked with, but did not pass on those savings to customer schools, resulting in more than $800,000 in illegal charges, Schneiderman stated. Whitsons must now pay $1.6 million to the state and affected school districts, and comply with a series of reforms to improve transparency in its contracting and service.
The Sarah Grace Foundation For Children With Cancer, Inc., based in Hicksville, recently announced that a limited number of tickets are currently on sale for the 2011 Holiday Extravaganza, a month-long raffle for various prizes.
Throughout the month of November, the foundation will be holding a raffle-a-day and each $20 ticket purchased will be entered into the month-long raffle for such prizes as movie and restaurant gift certificates with the grand prize, a $150 Visa gift card, drawn on Thanksgiving Day.
Walk inside and you enter the place where a vision to educate deaf children in a loving, family environment grew into The Mill Neck Family of Organizations that includes award-winning schools for deaf children and adults and children with speech and language delays and autism spectrum disorders, innovative teacher training, job-seeking and creating programs, ground-breaking technology and research and so much more. The forward thinking and concrete action that flourished behind these doors thrives to this day and promises a future as rich as its past.
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