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.
Assemblyman Michael A. Montesano (R,I,C-Glen Head) is pleased to be hosting the Safe Kids-Safe Streets Anti-Drug Forum. Montesano, a former police officer and detective, is all too familiar with the destructive power drugs can have on individuals and communities. The event is being held on Thursday, April 14 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the William P. Bennett Hicksville Community Center, 28 West Carl Street, Hicksville.
“I am looking forward to speaking about the personal and societal dangers caused by drugs and drug use,” said Montesano. “The more information that the community has, the better they will be equipped in fighting the drug battle and addressing personal struggles with addiction.”
(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.
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