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.
Michael Pakaluk, son of Hicksville residents Michael and Valerie Pakaluk, recently edited and published a book focusing on the powerful story of an amazing woman who converts to Catholicism at Harvard University, marries her college sweetheart and welcomes six children.
After some successful forays into the pro-life activism in New England, this woman, Ruth Van Kooy Pakaluk, is struck with breast cancer and dies at the young age of 41. To be published on March 1, The Appalling Strangeness of the Mercy of God is available now for pre-order at Amazon.com. The Hicksville library will also have a copy.
Each year, more than a million people are newly diagnosed with cancer and statistics show that many will need blood, sometimes daily, during their chemotherapy treatments. Such was the case for Sarah Grace Weippert, who was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL) in February 2002.
“Sarah was diagnosed with cancer when she was 11 and passed away nine months later. During her illness, she received almost daily transfusions of blood, plasma and platelets,” said Sarah’s father, Matt Weippert. “Blood drives were held in Sarah’s honor to help provide for her much needed transfusions.”
Hicksville firefighters were alerted on Feb. 9 at 11:43 p.m. for a vehicle fire in the driveway of a home on Atlas Lane. The first arriving chief on scene, Assistant Chief Frank McGeough, reported a fully involved car fire under the car port and extending into the house. Flames were already 50 feet in the air. In spite of an aggressive attack by firefighters, a major portion of the home suffered heavy damage.
The fire originated in the engine compartment and spread rapidly, fueled by burning magnesium components of the car’s engine. All occupants escaped, with one person treated for smoke inhalation and transported to the medical center by Nassau County police.
The Rev. Dr. Ronald Parks Conner, 65, Episcopal priest and scholar, died Jan. 30 of aplastic anemia at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, MD.
He served for a year as the curate of Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Hicksville, then moved to Princeton, NJ, and served until 1977 as the curate of All Saints’ Church, as well as on the staff of Trinity Church in Rocky Hill, NJ.
After a year on the staff of his boyhood parish of St. Columba’s in Tenleytown, he received a call to be vicar of St. Martin’s Chapel, Bridgewater, NJ, which he served from 1978 to 1981. Fr. Conner then became rector of St. Stephen’s Church in Providence, Rhode Island, and served as the dean of the diocese’s Providence Deanery.
Hicksville’s Michael Magro Foundation honors the life of Michael Magro, and perpetuates his spirit by helping children and their families face the challenges of pediatric cancer. Creating innovative programs and expanding its outreach have put the Foundation at the forefront of Long Island philanthropy.
Sharing the mission of the Cancer Center for Kids at Winthrop-University Hospital, and partnering with the Hospital’s pediatric specialty areas, the Michael Magro Foundation recently awarded the hospital a $25,000 grant to fund a software package for a state of the art portable echocardiogram machine. This cutting-edge equipment, manufactured by GE, helps assess cardiac anatomy with advanced technology and exceptional clarity. In addition, utilizing Automated Function Imaging, it can monitor the heart before, during and after chemotherapy, enabling physicians to establish a baseline for pediatric cancer patients, determine the effects of treatment both long and short-term, and evaluate potential cardiac damage.
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