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.
Anthony J. Edelman and Adam Mosebach will take part in the Jekyll and Hyde production on Saturday, Nov. 6 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 7 at 3 p.m. at the Maguire Theater, SUNY Old Westbury, Route 107 North.
“We have been rehearsing Jekyll and Hyde since the beginning of September,” said Edelman.
“With some of the best performers that I have had the privilege to work with over the past 30 years, audiences should come see the show because it is a solid production,” Edelman added.
Cast as John Utterson, Edelman described the story “as relevant today as when first written,” mainly because it “is a story of the struggles we all face with making proper choices between good an evil.”
When Juliana Becker and a handful of close friends graduated from Hicksville High School, college and life after the 12th grade wasn’t enough to come between the group and its shared interest of the performing arts.
LIACTS boasts an impressive résumé for a group with only a year’s worth of experience. They have raised money to benefit several Long Island charities, most recently on Oct. 24 as they performed to raise awareness for Down Syndrome during Alexander’s Angels Buddy Walk at Heckscher State Park.
“In the spring of 2009, me and three other Hicksville people wanted to think of a way to do theater outside of high school, and we knew we were going to college, but we really wanted to do something with the same people we had went to high school with.
Starting Nov. 1, the Lustgarten Foundation and local salon owner Antonio Vozzolo, along with several others from Long Island and the tri-state area, will launch a public service announcement campaign to help spread awareness regarding the devastating disease.
According to Kerri Kaplan, executive director for the Lustgarten Foundation, the organization is based out of Bethpage and is the largest private funder of pancreatic research, as 100 percent of every dollar donated goes directly to support researching pancreatic cancer.
“In 1998 Marc Lustgarten, who was Cablevision’s former vice chairman, was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, and at the time, very little was known about this disease.
In May of 2008, Hicksville resident Louie Mavroudis watched his father dance at his wedding. Eight months later, his father Gregory Mavroudis lost his fight to lung cancer. Following this devastating loss, Louie knew that he needed to do something to honor the memory of his father. He also wanted to help find a cure so that other people would not have to suffer the way he and his family had.
When he heard that his friend Michael Lamothe was running the NYC marathon with Fred’s Team, which raises money for Pediatric Cancer Research at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, Louie was determined to do whatever he could to help his friend raise money for this great cause.
County Executive Edward P. Mangano campaigned for and won his current position with a clear promise to lower spending and taxes for Nassau. The day draws near when he must deliver, arriving at a balanced budget for 2011 without raising taxes or increasing the deficit. This has led to painful proposals, drawing protests on extreme moves like cutting loose the entire Long Island Bus system and turning the high expense of tax refunds over to schools, towns, villages and other special districts including libraries and fire districts.
This year’s Oyster Festival, Oct. 16 and 17, will have a special U.S. Coast Guard Search and Rescue (SAR) demonstration at the Oyster Festival said Joe Orlich, Flotilla Commander U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary in Oyster Bay.
A rescue swimmer from a Jayhawk HH-60 helicopter from Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod, whose area of operations encompasses Long Island, will simulate rescuing a “victim” of a boating incident in the water. The demonstration area will be secured by local Auxiliary members in their “Operational Facilities” which are private boats equipped to USCG standards operated by Auxiliarists who have received specialized training as coxswains and boat crew members. This event is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 16 at 1:30 p.m.
Cindy Smith, Oyster Festival press liaison, said “People will be able to get a good view of what is happening on the waterfront – seated on bleachers set up on the pier.”
At the Monday, Oct. 4 “Know Before You Vote” Forum, hosted and moderated by the League of Women Voters, incumbents Carl Marcellino (R-5th SD), Kemp Hannon (R-6th SD), Joseph Saladino (R-12th AD) and Charles Lavine (D-13th AD) had a difficult game to play: blame Albany for high taxes and dysfunctional governance, yet portray their continued presence there as an asset to the Long Island taxpayer. Incumbent Michael Montesano (R-15th AD), only in office since February, had the benefit of being able to present himself as both newcomer and experienced politician. Meanwhile, challengers Larry Silverman (D), Francesca Carlow (D), Leon Hart (D) and Robert Germino (R) could attack the alleged failings of the state government with few reservations.
At what was often a contentious event, moderator Paula Blum struggled not only to keep the candidates to their designated time limits, but to control the noisy and at times, combative crowd; Blum reminded the audience several times that they should take their concerns to heart on Election Day rather than shouting them at the candidates on stage. One attendee yelled “Stop Spending!” several times before being asked to leave.
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