(UPDATE: Anton Community Newspapers learned on March 30 that the agreement reached on the State’s budget restores funding for “4201” schools.)
A chance comment sliced through the clouds on a rainy day and provided a moment of sunshine and a lifelong memory for Mary McKenna.
The Marketing Communications Coordinator for Mill Neck Family of Organizations barely contained her excitement as she recounted the time 5-year-old Aaron Schlectman met her in a gentle rain, looked squarely in her eyes and said, “Do you really need that umbrella?” Once a quiet toddler because of his deafness, Mary broke into a smile as she recalled the moment he began “chattering away.”
Hicksville resident Marissa Weippert, co-founder of The Sarah Grace Foundation for Children With Cancer, Inc., was recently named a 2011 Nassau County Trailblazer. Weippert was nominated by Legislator Rose Marie Walker (17th L.D.) and recognized at the 13th Annual “Women: Trailblazers in the New Millennium” awards ceremony held March 21 at the Nassau County Legislature in Mineola.
Each year, in observance of March being Women’s History Month, Nassau County’s 19 legislators select individuals from their respective districts who, in their opinion, have rendered significant contributions for the enhancement of the region and the betterment of residents. Nassau County “Women: Trailblazers in the New Millennium” awards are presented to residents who, like the pioneering women in history who have gone before them, “are lighting the way for all those whose lives they touch.”
Jim Buonagura from Hicksville and his fiancée, Danielle Norris, were recently chosen as one of the three semi-finalist couples in the KJOY 98.3FM Dream Wedding sweepstakes.
Jim said he heard about the promotion in December and decided to tell the unique story of how he and Danielle crossed paths and eventually settled down together.
“They were asking people to go online and say how’d you meet your fiancée. The rules were that you had to be engaged but had no strict venue or no set date in mind. After they read the entries, the staff selected the final three and put them on the Web,” said Buonagura, who explained how he and Danielle were then sent to Treasured Memories, a photography and videography entertainment group in Massapequa.
On Thursday, June 2 from 7 to 9:30 p.m. the Hicksville Community Council will be hosting a “Community Helping Community” expo. Informational letters will be mailed this week to all organizations and businesses in Hicksville.
This is a wonderful opportunity to get your mission and message out to the public to let everyone know what great work you’re doing for our community. Each exhibitor will have an opportunity to talk about their group(s) and answer questions at their individual tables.
Oyster Bay Town Supervisor John Venditto announced that the new, state-of-the-art Hicksville Parking Facility at the corner of Duffy Avenue and Newbridge Road will be open beginning 5 a.m. on Monday, March 21.
“I am pleased that the new Hicksville Parking Facility is ready to open,” Supervisor Venditto said. “I think commuters will find the bright, well-lighted facility, complete with an elevator, security cameras and emergency call boxes, very user-friendly, while the community will find the low-profile, office-like structure more visually appealing and in keeping with the surrounding area than the former parking structure.”
The Hicksville Public School District Board of Education held its regular meeting slightly after 9 p.m. on March 16 and offered updates on the school district, including a PowerPoint of the New York State Report Card for the 2009-2010 school year.
Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction Marianne Litzman presented an overview of academic performance and accountability status based on last years’ statistics.
Litzman said the district is in “Good Standing,” according to the State; however, three subgroups from certain districts did not meet “Adequate Yearly Progress” (AYP) in various areas.
A large audience attended the Hicksville Community Council meeting on Thursday, March 3 to listen to and ask questions of our local elected officials. First to speak was Rose Marie Walker, Nassau County legislator, explaining how the county has gotten into the financial fix it’s in, how it’s trying to correct areas of immediate concern and plan for the future. Michael Montesano, NYS assemblyman, who had just that evening returned from Albany, spoke about matters most pressing at the state level, which, of course, include the governor’s proposed budget and cuts. Montesano said that these are hard times and all New Yorkers need to be prepared for some hard decisions. Montesano explained that consideration must be given equally to the downstate and upstate counties and residents and their needs. Rebecca Alesia and Anthony Macagnone, members of the Town of Oyster Bay Town Board, filled in with news about the hard winter and the excellent job the town’s Highway Department did with snow removal; the nearly completed parking garage; and assurance that the town is working in cooperation with the county and state to get things accomplished.
Second Squad detectives are investigating a robbery that occurred on Monday, March 7 at 11 a.m. in Hicksville.
According to detectives, a female approached subject, a 39-year-old female victim, engaged her in conversation at a bus stop at West John Street and Wycoff Street at which time a male subject approached the victim from behind and pressed a knife against her back.
The subjects told the victim that they had her husband and demanded money for his return, police said. When the victim stated she had no money on her, the subjects forced her into a tan four-door sedan and drove her to her home in Westbury, police explained. After retrieving her wallet, the victim returned to the subjects’ vehicle and was driven to her bank where she withdrew $3,000 and gave it to the suspects, said detectives.
Unemployment strikes and a new job is elusive. Soaring gas prices produce pain at the pump. Utility bills rob money from the food budget. Making do with less leaves little left to get by.
Poised to come to the rescue are local food pantries. Residing quietly, they provide both a lifeline for people in need and a support system for people who are struggling – perhaps for the very first time in their lives.
People come seeking food.
They leave with much more.
Besides cereal, canned vegetables, peanut butter, jelly and other items that line the shelves, pantry staples include a warm embrace, an open heart, words of encouragement, sometimes professional advice. To a person, pantry providers express gratitude, even awe, at a guest’s courage and a donor’s generosity.
The Arson Bomb Squad reported the details of an aided case that occurred on Thursday, Feb. 24 in Hicksville.
According to detectives, at approximately 6:22 a.m., Vito Badalamente, 89, of Hicksville, was discovered on fire inside Holy Family Church by the associate pastor. The priest used a fire extinguisher to douse the flames. Badalmente was transported to Nassau University Medical Center where he was admitted to the burn unit for treatment of burns on approximately 60 percent of his body.
Badalamente eventually succumbed to his injury on Friday, Feb. 25 at 11 p.m. in the Nassau University Medical Center Burn Unit.
The Arson Bomb Squad is investigating. The cause of the injury appears to be accidental.
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