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.
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.
The manner in which 20-year-old Rahul Rai was discovered is, well, almost straight out of Bollywood – India’s equivalent to cinema culture here in the United States.
A graduate of Wheatley High School in Old Westbury and current student at Pace University, Rai was performing as a dancer in the Hicksville-based dance company Bollywood Performing Arts when movie director Nayan Padrai spotted Rai and asked him to audition for the leading role of Harry.
The week of May 2 through 6 is National Drinking Water Week, a celebration of the vital role that water plays in our daily lives and in our communities. The Long Island Water Conference (LIWC) will mark the occasion with their 26th annual Best-Tasting Water Contest, taking place at the Campus Commons at Farmingdale State College.
Assemblyman Michael A. Montesano (R,I,C-Glen Head) recently held his first anti-drug forum at the Hicksville Community Center to raise awareness and promote cooperation between law enforcement, the district attorney’s office and the community.
“Nassau County suffers with a horrible drug problem that is having a detrimental effect on our youth,” said Montesano. “As a former police officer and detective, I am all too familiar with the detrimental influence drugs can have on individuals and communities. I believe it is important to hold events like this that bring together different parts of the community to discuss the problem.”
The Hicksville Public School District voted to adopt its 2011-2012 budget during a special meeting at the high school on Wednesday, April 13.
The proposed budget of $117,178,303 – a 2.63 budget to budget increase from last year – will be presented to the public on Wednesday, May 4 at 9 p.m. in the board room of the administration building.
The Hicksville Community Council’s 41st Anniversary Dinner Dance Installation was held on April 7 at the Knights of Columbus Hall.
Receiving the President’s Award for 2011 was Lionel Chitty, president of the Hicksville Chamber of Commerce, for his tireless efforts to unite the entire community for the betterment of Hicksville and to actively work on the Revitalization Plan. This year’s Community Service Award went to the Hicksville Council of PTAs. Attending on their behalf were President Pam LaMonda-Jaffie and Secretary Francine DeAgresta. The Council is a coordinating body comprised of representatives from each individual PTA working toward the same goal – excellence in educational opportunities of all Hicksville students. Hicksville’s own Bill Foley was the recipient of the coveted Dick Evers Community Service Award for the time and effort spent beautifying Kennedy Park and Foley Gardens.
On Monday, March 21, Nassau County Legislator Rose Marie Walker honored Terrie Magro as a 17th Legislative District Trailblazer award recipient.
Legislator Walker chose Terrie because she, “Serves as a role model in pioneering our future and continues to light the way for generations to come while meeting the challenges in her present.”
Terrie and her husband, Paul, co-founded a nonprofit foundation in memory of her son, Michael, who passed away from leukemia in 2004 at the tender age of 13. The Michael Magro Foundation, a 501c3 corporation, was formed in 2005 to help other families who have children diagnosed with a pediatric cancer. Their fundraisers support The Cancer Center for Kids at Winthrop Hospital, Winthrop Pediatric Associates, Cohen’s Children Hospital, Nassau University Medical Center and others.
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