Projected enrollment and staffing were on the table for the March 26 meeting of the Hicksville Board of Education.
Like many Long Island school districts, the Hicksville School District is facing declining enrollment. Brian Heyward, assistant superintendent for personnel of the Hicksville School District, reported that for the 2014-15 school year, there will be decreases in all of the schools. At the elementary school level, there is a reported decrease of 15 students. The middle school will see a drop of 57 students for the 2014-15 school year and the high school will report a decline of 23 enrolled students.
The Hicksville Public Library debut its newly renovated Children’s Room last weekend, which includes lower shelves for more kid-friendly browsing and a new room for older kids.
First Impressions, a home remodeling agency in Hicksville, recently sponsored a Island Harvest Food Drive. They collected 279 pounds of groceries and raised cash donations. Pictured here from left to right are Councilman Anthony Macagnone, First Impressions Entries and Designs, Inc. Owner Paul Panagiotidis, First Impressions Entries and Designs, Inc. Administrator Carolyn M. Reilly and Waldbaums Manager Grant Markman.
Attaining the perfect body or face with a quick injection or few incisions is a trend in today’s society, but how do you know that the person doing the procedure is as qualified as they claim? Disastrous tales of plastic surgery have been exposed by TV shows, documentaries and magazines, and is now the plot of an upcoming play starring Hicksville’s Deborah Rupy.
Next month, Rupy will star as the title character in Lady from Limerick which premieres at the Theater for the New City in Manhattan. Based on a true story and written for the stage by Plainview resident, Claude Solnik, the play centers around a woman from a small farm town in Ireland. She takes a secret trip to New York City, to undergo a facelift as a rare treat to herself and a surprise for her husband. However, the procedure goes wrong and the next morning, she ends up on life support. The play flashes between her family’s visit to New York and her own memories. While the play centers on a tragic event, Rupy says there are deeper, happier themes.
It’s been almost 12 years since the death of Jean Renison, but it was only last week that her friends and family could have some peace of mind, knowing that the man responsible would finally be held accountable. On March 20, 36-year-old Sebastian Barba was sentenced to 12 years in prison for the hit-and-run incident that killed 80-year-old Renison as she was crossing the street in Westbury.
It seemed like it would never come, but spring is finally here. The sun’s out a little longer, the days are getting warmer and the showers promise blooming flowers in weeks ahead.
Another telltale sign that spring has finally sprung in Hicksville is the opening of the community garden. An outreach of Trinity Lutheran Church, this garden has been both maintained by, and served, the local community since 2011.
If laughter is the best medicine, why not use it to help ease the pain of cancer? The Sarah Grace Foundation (SGF) is inviting people to do just that, with their 11th annual Night of Laughter. The event is one of the organization’s biggest fundraisers of the year and proceeds go toward their mission of helping children who have cancer and their families.
The event brings together four comedians— Isaacs and Baker, John Consoli, Hiram Kasten, and Lori Grasman, with event host Rick Morgan, for a light-hearted evening of food, raffles, and laughter, all for a good cause.
Vincent Lant pursued the community service facet of attaining Eagle Scout rank in his own hometown of Hicksville by helping restore the Hicksville Gregory Museum.
Under Lant’s leadership, scouts from Troop 382 removed two old park benches that were in deplorable condition, excavated the surrounding ground, installed pavers and built two new mahogany benches using stainless steel screws that gave this landmark site a fresh look. His project also entailed fabricating a new frame for the sign insert advertising the museum’s name. Adding surrounding plants gave the sign the new appeal it needed. In addition, 500 pounds of red landscaping rocks were installed in order to have proper drainage around the north side of the museum.
After a recent meal at Koreana in Hicksville, I found a list of the world’s 50 best foods from a poll conducted by CNN in 2011. Four Korean dishes were there: galbi (41), bibimbap (40), bulgogi (23) and kimchi (12) and I was pleased to have eaten three of the four.
It’s impossible to escape kimchi at a Korean meal and at Koreana the spicy fermented cabbage appears as one of the little vegetable side dishes, called banchan, that are brought to the table. In addition to the kimchi there were soy bean sprouts, macaroni with mayonnaise, vegetable stir fry seaweed seasoned with white vinegar, and acorn jelly made from acorn starch. The banchan vary according to the choices of the chef. Whatever the variety, care is taken to make sure there is a wide representation of flavors, textures and color.
Not many high school students can say they know how to fly a plane, build a heat shield or act as mission control for a flight. But these are just some of the skills Hicksville High School junior Veronica Ann Morrish picked up at the Honeywell Leadership Challenge Academy, an international program that encourages students to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).
Morrish applied for the prestigious program last year and was selected based on her academic merit and two essay prompts. She says she has always loved the mystery of space.
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