At the Monday, Oct. 4 “Know Before You Vote” Forum, hosted and moderated by the League of Women Voters, incumbents Carl Marcellino (R-5th SD), Kemp Hannon (R-6th SD), Joseph Saladino (R-12th AD) and Charles Lavine (D-13th AD) had a difficult game to play: blame Albany for high taxes and dysfunctional governance, yet portray their continued presence there as an asset to the Long Island taxpayer. Incumbent Michael Montesano (R-15th AD), only in office since February, had the benefit of being able to present himself as both newcomer and experienced politician. Meanwhile, challengers Larry Silverman (D), Francesca Carlow (D), Leon Hart (D) and Robert Germino (R) could attack the alleged failings of the state government with few reservations.
At what was often a contentious event, moderator Paula Blum struggled not only to keep the candidates to their designated time limits, but to control the noisy and at times, combative crowd; Blum reminded the audience several times that they should take their concerns to heart on Election Day rather than shouting them at the candidates on stage. One attendee yelled “Stop Spending!” several times before being asked to leave.
H.O.P.E. for Stroke, a non-profit organization helping stroke survivors and their caregivers get through a devastating life event, recently announced its grand opening in Hicksville.
Stroke survivors and caregivers operate this unique organization. No one is paid a salary all of its funds go toward operations and public education and awareness.
Founder Peter V. Cornelis and cofounder Joseph Foley started this organization after their own experiences with strokes to help others who face this challenge and inspire them to go beyond their current boundaries of recovery. Life does not have to stop after a stroke. Have your sense of self return and make new friends.
Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice announced on Oct. 4 that the owner, the former assistant director and corporation that operates the Hicksville child daycare facility, Carousel Day School, where 2-year-old Olivia Raspanti died in March 2009 after choking on a carrot, have pleaded guilty to criminal charges.
In addition to agreeing to State licensing requirements, sweeping safety improvements and more stringent oversight by the New York State Office of Child and Family Services (OCFS), the owner and former director of the school pleaded guilty to Reckless Endangerment in the Second Degree. As part of the plea agreement, the center must remain licensed and subject to the requirements of OCFS, including the fact that neither of the defendants are permitted to resume their former positions at the school.
The Evangelical Church of St. Stephen recently kicked off a gala weekend as religious and political luminaries gathered for the church’s 100th anniversary, celebrating a century’s worth of fellowship, service and worship on Long Island, all in the same Hicksville location.
“We stand out among churches, because we have both a bishop and a pope,” said Church Council president Vicki Maxey as she noted that a leading religious leader, the Rev. Dr. Robert Alan Rimbo, a bishop with the Metropolitan New York Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, attended the event along with local politicians and the church’s beloved leader of three years, Pastor Stephanie Pope (the church’s first female pastor ever).
Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano and Legislator Rose Marie Walker (R-Hicksville) opened Cantiague Park’s indoor ice skating rink after a significant renovation project, which was completed this month, on Sept. 25. The ribbon-cutting ceremony was followed by a free two-hour skating session hosted by the county to kick off the winter skating season.
During the summer, the county began the major renovation project at Cantiague’s rink that includes the installation of new boards and glass partitions, enhanced lighting, a new coat of paint for the stands and an improved drainage system.
The Hicksville Council of PTAs recently announced that the 20th Annual Homecoming Fair will take place on Saturday, Oct. 2, and all are invited to join the community event.
The fair is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. at Hicksville High School’s John A. Walker Soccer Field. As in the past, a number of activities will be featured, including many attractions like the popular castle bounce, a large slide, batter up and a hi-striker to go along with many game booths courtesy of the individual PTA units and school clubs.
The homecoming fair would not be complete without a parade – and the 2010 homecoming parade will start off from the Hicksville Middle School at approximately 1:15 p.m., showcasing the award-winning Hicksville High School Marching Band, the kick line, color guard and cheerleaders. The football team, the Hicksville High School Comets, will kickoff against Plainview at 2 p.m. Gate admission is waved for this special community event; plan to stay after the fair and cheer the Comets to a homecoming victory.
The Hicksville Water District (HWD) continues its commitment of its aggressive Fire Hydrant Maintenance Program with full field inspections and maintenance of all hydrants.
As part of its mission, public safety measures are currently being taken by inspecting each hydrant for any apparent deficiencies, inspecting all caps, greasing all threads and taking static readings. What’s more, each hydrant is being tested to ensure they drain properly.
The Town of Oyster Bay held it’s regular town board meeting on Sept. 7 at 10 a.m. and a number of resolutions relevant to the Hicksville community were highlighted.
Town board members reminded anyone wishing to comment at the regular meetings that they must fill out a “persons intending to speak” form, which can be obtained from the town clerk.
Eight resolutions presented were pertinent to Hicksville and ranged from bicycle lockers at the train station to state funding programs for sidewalks and curbs.
On the morning of Sept. 11, the Hicksville Fire Department held a memorial service at Station #3 on Strong Street where they honored all the fallen on that day, including two firefighters from Hicksville, Ex-Chief Terry Farrell, Fire Department of New York Rescue #4 and Ex-Capitan George Howard, Port Authority Police Emergency Service Unit. Fellow firefighters, family members and community observers reflected on the loss of the two Hicksville firefighters who lost their lives nine years ago.
Four years ago when their son, Matthew, underwent a kidney biopsy, Michael and Dana Levine knew exactly what they didn’t want to hear when their child’s test results were finalized: FSGS.
FSGS, or Focal Segmental Glomerulosclerosis, is the second-leading cause of kidney failure in children. The disease causes a filtering malfunction in the kidney where beneficial proteins are irregularly spilled into the urine and unable to be delivered to the body.
“It was complete and utter devastation when you find out a 3-year-old child has a very rare kidney disease that has no known cure … when we heard those four letters my wife and I wanted to crawl into a hole and not come back,” said Michael Levine.
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