(Editor’s Note: Greg Bennett is the commander of Charles Wagner American Legion Post 421 in Hicksville.)
On Saturday, Jan. 8 a magnificently patriotic event was held at Calverton National Cemetery.
Twenty military veterans, who perhaps died alone and forgotten, were finally buried with full military honors at Calverton. Their remains were located in the New York City Coroner’s Office and potters fields. They were forgotten and unclaimed until their brother and sister veterans came to bring them home to eternal rest beside their comrades in a national cemetery.
This national project is called Missing In America Project (MIAP). This is gaining momentum across America. The MIAP on Jan. 8 was organized by John Caldarelli of American Legion Post 1244 and Dignity Memorial Funeral Homes.
An early morning fire, at the height of the most recent snowstorm, destroyed the offices and shop of the Pioneer Window Co. located at 15 Frederick Place. The facility is located across from the IHOP restaurant on Old Country Road. When the alarm was reported at 4:11 a.m. the fire was already throughout the building.
Ninety-five volunteer firefighters were on scene quickly. Hicksville firefighters were standing by in their four stations and were on scene in minutes. Six engine companies and four ladder companies were used to douse the flames. The bulk of the fire was reported out at 4:34 a.m. and overhaul operations started at 4:55 a.m. All apparatus were clear by 7 a.m.
This season appears to be on the way to being a record snowfall season. The most recent blizzard saw very few residential hydrants being cleared. Some are still inaccessible. Firefighters answer your calls 24/7. Please answer their call for help. Please keep the hydrant nearest to your home clear of snow and ice. Please pass the word to neighbors who may not see this appeal for help. It only takes a few minutes to clear out a covered or hidden fire hydrant. For every minute a fire burns unchecked it doubles in size. A simple, small fire can destroy a typical house in a matter of minutes. Please help your firefighters protect your neighborhood and save precious time. Keep the hydrant nearest you clear.
It’s official. After launching his campaign in March 2010, standing outside train stations, restaurants and local businesses and after a long and arduous court battle, Jack Martins can take the “-elect” off of the end of his new job title.
Former Mineola Mayor Jack Martins was sworn in as the Seventh District senator last Tuesday. Martins was accompanied by his wife Paula and the rest of the Martins family as he took the oath of senator around noon Tuesday.
Before Martins was sworn in, Majority Leader Dean Skelos (R-Rockville Centre) cited “spectacular wins throughout the state,” which garnered applause from the crowd of about 200 people. Skelos was sworn in as Senate majority leader last Wednesday.
The Sarah Grace Foundation For Children With Cancer, Inc., a Hicksville-based organization, honors the memory of Sarah Grace Weippert, who lost a courageous battle with leukemia at the age of 12.
The foundation, started by her parents, is an all-volunteer network of family, friends and loved ones whose mission is to provide child cancer sufferers with some laughs, smiles or momentary escapes from the reality of daily cancer treatments.
The work that Matt and Marissa Weippert are doing with the Sarah Grace Foundation provides positive outlets for many families during a difficult time. Together with their son James, their board of directors and a score of volunteers, the foundation continues to spread smiles to children with cancer. As the back to school season approached in September the Foundation was quick to distribute Staples gift cards to assist families in need of financial aid. At Thanksgiving, supermarket gift cards were distributed to families referred by the Pediatric Oncology Social Workers at Cohen Children’s Medical Center of NY, Winthrop University Hospital and Nassau University Medical Center, among others.
The Long Island Water Conference (LIWC) has announced that Hicksville Water District Commissioner Karl Schweitzer has been elected its new chairman. Schweitzer, who has been active in the LIWC for more than seven years, previously served as first vice chairman of the conference.
“I am honored to have been elected chairman,” said Schweitzer. “The Water Conference is dedicated to providing Long Island with a pure and plentiful water supply and we will continue to support our members who provide this essential service to every household throughout Long Island at the lowest cost in the nation.”
Environmental health and safety have been the centerpiece of Commissioner Schweitzer’s professional career, as well as his tenure with the Hicksville Water District. A certified utility safety administrator professionally, Schweitzer’s focus with the district continues to be the safety and security of the environment as well as the employees and the residents he serves.
‘You can’t cap what you can’t control,’ was the mantra of a delegation of mayors from across New York State, who recently descended upon Garden City’s Village Hall to discuss recommendations of New York State Conference of Mayors and Municipal Officials (NYCOM) Mayors’ Task Force on Mandate and Property Tax Relief.
Earlier this year, NYCOM formed a working task force of 20 mayors to come up with a set of mandate relief proposals that they say must be adopted by the state legislature prior to considering any form of a property tax cap. During a press conference, Sam Teresi, NYCOM president and mayor of the city of Jamestown, NY, explained that the task force’s recommendations focus on first reforming the cost drivers that lead to high property taxes in New York, in particular the many mandates on local governments pertaining to collective bargaining and managing workforce costs.
Teresi stated that the report entitled, You Can’t Cap What You Can’t Control, was built on a series of fundamental and simple foundations; namely, that property taxes in the State of New York are too costly. “Whether it is in the 62 cities, the 555 villages, the 900 towns, the several hundred school districts, special taxing jurisdictions, property taxes are simply too high in New York State and are one of the leading causes for taking what I believe is the greatest state and the greatest country in this world and making us unattractive and uncompetitive for business development,” Teresi said.
Hicksville native and relationship consultant, Annie Zirkel, LPC (licensed professional counselor) has made it past over 15,000 other applicants to become one of 20 finalists from around the country for Good Morning America’s new position of Advice Guru.
Zirkel, who currently lives in Michigan, came a long way to get on this short list. Growing up in Hicksville, and earning an Associates degree from Nassau Community College, she is now making a bid to give advice to America on topics ranging from parenting to marriage to work dilemmas and friendship woes.
The Advice Guru’s job will be to answer Good Morning America audience questions on-line and do on-air segments for the show.
On the bitter cold, sun-drenched Friday the week before Christmas, the warmth of human kindness embraced the Hicksville United Methodist Church.
The pantry was open and people in need had come for food and clothing. Men and women; from teens to seniors; single mothers and children, unemployed fathers – all struggling to get by, all residing nearby, all calling Nassau County home – were making their weekly visit. This day was special. Children, who accompanied their mom or dad, received a gift of a toy or puzzle courtesy of a drive by two fifth-grade classes at Trinity Lutheran Church on West Nicholai Street.
Peter Cornelis is a man on a mission.
Driven by his passion to educate, comfort and serve both people who have suffered strokes and people who care for them, this six-time stroke survivor is working tirelessly to take his message to the masses. Hope for Stroke, a non-profit he co-founded with Joseph Foley, also a stroke survivor, recently held a seminar at the Hicksville Community Center that brought together experts in the field, caregivers and stroke survivors. The group’s message of positive energy and optimism filled the room, despite grim statistics that stroke is the third leading cause of death and a leading cause of adult disability, according to the National Stroke Association.
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