It began with a text from my co-worker and good friend, Rich Forestano, asking, “Want to fly in a fighter jet?”
The day of that particular inquiry was May 11.
Sure enough, fifteen days later – Rich is a man of his word – we flew.
Join the Sarah Grace Foundation for Children With Cancer, Inc. as it presents The Odd Couple, its first theatrical fundraiser. The fun and family-oriented show is based on Neil Simon’s Broadway play about two men – one a neat freak and the other a slob – attempting to share an apartment despite their lifestyle and housekeeping differences. Performances will take place in the auditorium of Maria Regina RC Church in Seaford on Friday, June 24 and Saturday, June 25.
Proceeds from the production will benefit the Hicksville-based Sarah Grace Foundation For Children With Cancer, Inc., an all volunteer, 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation dedicated to improving the quality of life of children with cancer while at the same time offering comfort and support to their families.
The public is cordially invited to attend the following Hicksville Memorial Day weekend events:
On Saturday May 28, starting at 6 a.m., volunteers are needed to flag veteran’s graves at the Long Island National Cemetery in Farmingdale. Also on May 28 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the United States Marine Corps will have assault helicopters and an Opsrey with infantry demonstrations at Eisenhower Park.
The Kenneth Barnes Community Room at the Hicksville Public Library was filled to capacity on Saturday, May 21 with interested residents, political and LIRR representatives and local businesses there to hear the proposed Downtown Hicksville Revitalization Plan.
Led by Eric Alexander and Elisa Ward of Vision Long Island and co-hosted by The Hicksville Chamber of Commerce and Hicksville Community Council, representatives from AECOM, PS&S, Anderson Kim Architects, Street Plans Collaborative, ADL III Architecture, Marc Wouters, Steve Meehan Landscape Architecture and members of the Revitalization Committee addressed the audience explaining point by point the concepts of the Downtown Plan, which has been developed after several years of committee meetings and consultations with the Town of Oyster Bay, the Long Island Rail Road and findings from surveys completed by residents. Long-term areas to be addressed include Walkability, LIRR/parking, Housing, Offices and Retail Space, plus areas for Events, Amenities and Public Use. Handouts included a visual concept of how these can be addressed aseptically.
On May 17, residents voted to pass the proposed budget for the upcoming 2011-2012 school year as 1865 voted in favor of the budget and 1036 voted against.
The budget increased $3,006,092 from last year, a 2.63 percent increase, totaling at $117,178,303 (compared to last year’s $114,172,211).
Early last year, the Hicksville Chamber of Commerce and the Hicksville Community Council hosted a series of public meetings for the Downtown Hicksville Revitalization at the VFW and the Hicksville Community Center. Over 300 residents, business owners, civic leaders and agency representatives attended to determine the future of the triangle area of the downtown. At these meetings, community members shared their hopes and concerns for the future of downtown Hicksville and worked together to develop design plans for the area.
The design team took all of the plans and suggestions from the community and began to form a cohesive plan that could be implemented with short and longer-term strategies. The design team was led by Vision Long Island and AECOM, with assistance from PS&S, Anderson Kim Architects, StreetPlans Collaborative, ADL III Architecture, Marc Wouters and Steve Meehan Landscape Architecture.
On Tuesday, May 17, residents from the Hicksville Public School District will have the opportunity to vote on the 2011-2012 budget and three board of education trustee seats.
Qualified voters of the Hicksville Union Free School District will be able to vote on Tuesday, May 17 from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the following schools: Burns Avenue (District 1), East Street (District 2), Woodland (District 3), Lee Avenue (District 4), Fork Lane (District 5), Dutch Lane (District 6) and Old Country Road (District 7).
Calling the May 9 redistricting hearing “contentious” would be a gross understatement. While many of the residents and elected officials who took the podium criticized the plan logically and eloquently, there was a lot of screaming and yelling in the chamber. While the audience in the chamber was diverse in every respect, many members of the minority groups whose current alleged under-representation the redistricting plan is supposedly intended to correct, were present to tell Presiding Officer Peter Schmitt-in no uncertain terms-that he does not speak for them.
Minority Leader Diane Yatauro also did not mince words: “This hearing is nothing but a farce...I can tell you how most of this self-serving ‘Republican Protection Plan’ will play out today, over the next week. Here’s what will happen: We know that Peter Schmitt will claim to be the great protector of the minority community…” (the rest of this sentence was inaudible due to audience laughter). “Just as they were spending millions of dollars to defend the NIFA fight, but to no avail, as the Republicans were shot down in court, we’re expecting the same action. And that’s where this will end up again- in court,” Yatauro said.
April was a busy month for the Hicksville-based Sarah Grace Foundation For Children With Cancer with two major fundraising events held on Long Island.
After losing their 12-year-old daughter Sarah Grace to Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL) in 2002, Matt and Marissa Weippert set out to keep her memory alive while helping other children and their families facing the financial and emotional challenges and hardships brought upon by childhood cancer.
On Sunday, May 1, on what appeared to be one of the most beautiful days of the year so far, the offices of Zwanger-Pesiri Radiology hosted their annual Zwanger-Pesiri MS Walk for A Cure at parking field 5 of Jones Beach.
Local talent was available to lend their support. The Hicksville JV Softball Team, coached by Danielle Sekesan, walked along with Team Zamboni. Team Zamboni is the team of Patricia Servidio, a Hicksville resident who was diagnosed with the disease in May of 2007. Patricia’s daughter, Brianna, is the captain of the JV Softball Team and the co-captain of Team Zamboni, as well as the designer of the buttons that Team Zamboni members will be receiving for their donations, time and support.
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