As the Hicksville Memorial Day Parade concluded the color guards of the U.S. Army units present and those of the United Veterans of Hicksville lined up in formation by the Hicksville War Monuments at the Hicksville Middle School Veterans Plaza. The Post commanders sat in folding chairs by the shade of a tree by the World War I Monument. The weather had changed from a damp rain to a hot and humid day.
The military and veterans groups that had color guards in formation were: the U.S. Army 800th Military Police, the U.S. Army 69th Infantry Foxtrot Company, Charles Wagner American Legion Post 421, William M. Gouse, Jr. Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3211, Gieir-Levitt Jewish War Veterans Post 655, Joseph Barry Catholic War Veterans Post 1946, Henry Biel Masonic War Veterans Post 46 and Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 82.
Over 55,779 fans watched and waited with great anticipation at last Saturday’s 143rd Belmont Stakes. They waited for the sun to shine; it didn’t. They waited for the mud to turn back to Belmont’s trademark dirt; it wouldn’t. But on a day where the impossible seemed implausible, it happened.
Last year, 13-1 underdog Drosselmeyer took the third leg of the Triple Crown and this year saw much of the same with 24-1 shot Ruler on Ice.
Ruler on Ice delivered a huge upset, plowing through the mud to a three-quarter-length victory over Stay Thirsty. Brilliant Speed came in to show.
While it has been nearly a decade since they were tragically taken away from this world after the 9/11 attacks, the trio continue to do what they always did best in the living years-touching the lives of others.
Recently, our daughter Katelyn was the recipient of the Colaio/Pedicini Memorial Foundation Scholarship, a college tuition award given to Hicksville High School students who personify the outstanding character traits of these men. While the timing of such an award couldn’t be more impeccable during these rough times, our gratitude lies much deeper than financial appreciation. The fact that our daughter was chosen for such a distinct honor hasn’t only made us extremely proud; it connected our family to an important legacy that will always shine bright in the town of Hicksville.
To celebrate its 50th anniversary, Hicksville’s Mid Island Animal Hospital will host “Be Kind to Animals Day” on June 18. Pet owners from Long Island are invited to visit the office from 1 to 4 p.m. and choose an animal charity they would like to support. Mid Island Animal Hospital will make a donation in honor or in memory of their pets.
Representatives and volunteers from Canine Companions for Independence, the Guide Dog Foundation and America’s VetDogs, Last Hope, Long Island Greyhound Transfer, Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine and the Cornell Feline Health Center will be on hand to talk about their missions. Over $10,000 will be divided among the organizations.
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.
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