Just as electricity coursed through the colored lights lining the branches of the tall tree in Kennedy Park, energy surged through the crowd gathered for the annual ceremony Friday evening.
Several hundred Hicksville residents and friends packed into the tiny park to welcome Santa Claus and the Christmas season.
A new year will dawn in Hicksville without one of its most beloved residents. In the final days of its goodbye, after 71 years of distinguished retailing and service to the community, Goldman Bros. becomes a casualty of the changing times, a challenging business climate and an uncertain economy.
With the county’s fiscal woes dominating the headlines, it’s hard to be optimistic about Nassau’s future. However, the tone of the Nassau County Planning Commission Public Hearing on the draft of the 2010 Master Plan, which makes policy recommendations to attempt to guide the county towards economic growth and prosperity, was hopeful. In fact, most of the speakers at the Thursday, Nov. 18 hearing spoke in praise of the plan, with few, if any, caveats.
While ostensibly a five-year plan, the Master Plan offers suggestions for the county through 2030. One theme that runs through the entire plan is Nassau’s great need for affordable housing; in the five-chapter plan, only chapter 4, Infrastructure, does not prominently feature the need for the creation of new residential units to suit the paradigm shift in Nassau’s population. The single family home, the dominant form of housing in the county that was once desired for traditional nuclear families with 2.3 kids and a dog, is now too big and too expensive for seniors, a large and growing portion of Nassau’s population. It’s also not feasible for young people, who currently struggle to find affordable rentals- if they stay in the county at all.
This past year has been a whirlwind of activity and exciting events for Forgotten Friends of Long Island (FFLI) Animal Rescue and Rehabilitation. With continued support from its donors, members and volunteers, FFLI has been able to expand its mission of rescuing the most disadvantaged animals from local municipal shelters.
Dogs and cats suffering from illness, injury, disability, abuse or neglect, or who continue to be overlooked and are consequently scheduled for euthanasia, are the animals of greatest concern to FFLI. Through the efforts of FFLI and its supporters, the animals in its care receive necessary medical treatment and therapy as well as the love and dignity that many of them have never before experienced. Through its careful and conscientious adoption screening process, FFLI is dedicated to matching each animal to its ideal “forever home.”
Shortly before 3 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 22, 911 received a report of a house on fire on Arrow Lane in Hicksville and minutes later nine people were left homeless.
The Hicksville Fire Department received the alarm at 3:02 p.m. and all units were dispatched following a general alarm. Police, already on the scene, reported fire showing on the first floor.
Earlier this month, the Hicksville Board of Education’s Facilities Committee provided updates on a handful of items ranging from the new synthetic turf field to high school door alarms.
A ribbon cutting ceremony took place on Oct. 22 as the district acknowledged dignitaries and those responsible for the high school’s newly completed track/synthetic turf field, which included the Town of Oyster Bay and member grants from Nassau County.
On Thursday, Nov. 11, the Annual Hicksville Veteran’s Day Ceremony was held at the Middle School Veterans Memorial Park. The Veterans Day Committee of the United Veterans of Hicksville planned the ceremony. The ceremony was hosted by Veterans of Foreign Wars William M. Gouse, Jr. Post 3211, whose commander, William G. Walden was the Master of Ceremonies and his leadership guided the Veterans Day Committee.
Veteran’s Day is a national holiday honoring our military veterans. Formerly it was known as Armistice Day to commemorate the armistice ending the First World War on the 11th hour, of the 11th day, of the 11th month in 1919, which was proclaimed Armistice Day by then President Woodrow Wilson. In 1954 President Dwight D. Eisenhower and the 82nd Congress changed the wording from Armistice Day to Veterans Day at the urging of veterans organizations.
Members of the Press (MOTP), a local band from the Hicksville Middle School, was recently selected as one of 48 middle/high school rock bands from around the country as semi-finalists in the SchoolJam USA Battle of the Bands and is seeking support from potential fans in Hicksville.
Susan Hall, mother of two band members and the group’s “informal manager,” said MOTP got a very early start with music and has been performing for several years.
“The band has been together for five years. They started out doing talent shows at OCR in their elementary school. I think the first time they had played together might have been third grade. It’s very cool. They love it and that’s their dream: they want to be rock stars,” said Hall.
Kenny Albert went from calling games in the seats at Madison Square Garden as a kid, to a sportswriting job at Anton Newspapers in high school, to eventually becoming one of the most recognizable and beloved voices in professional sports.
“I received a tape recorder for my fifth birthday. I started calling games off television, and when I became old enough to take it to Madison Square Garden (MSG) or Shea Stadium, I would call games into the recorder from the stands. The people around me probably thought I was crazy,” said Albert, who grew up in Sands Point and covered sports for Anton’s Port Washington News.
The son of famous sportscaster Marv Albert, Kenny honed his craft as a young adult and worked his way through the ranks to eventually become the official radio voice of the New York Rangers, in addition to several other spots with the NFL, NBA and more.
Through the efforts of several local individuals, community groups and Nassau County officials, the fully restored Hicksville eagle had its day in the sun on Oct. 28 as the Hicksville Historical Society held a dedication ceremony for the rare bird.
“Samuel A Goldberg, who with his Latin class, dedicated the eagle on May 15, 1965. On May 15, 1990 they had a 25th anniversary ceremony and it’s nice to be here today to celebrate the restoration of the Hicksville eagle,” said David Morrison, who hosted the festivities.
Robert Koenig, president of the Hicksville Historical Society, thanked the Northwest Civic Association for their part in the renovation process and offered a brief history of Hicksville for those unfamiliar with the area.
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