The Town of Oyster Bay held it’s regular town board meeting on Sept. 7 at 10 a.m. and a number of resolutions relevant to the Hicksville community were highlighted.
Town board members reminded anyone wishing to comment at the regular meetings that they must fill out a “persons intending to speak” form, which can be obtained from the town clerk.
Eight resolutions presented were pertinent to Hicksville and ranged from bicycle lockers at the train station to state funding programs for sidewalks and curbs.
On the morning of Sept. 11, the Hicksville Fire Department held a memorial service at Station #3 on Strong Street where they honored all the fallen on that day, including two firefighters from Hicksville, Ex-Chief Terry Farrell, Fire Department of New York Rescue #4 and Ex-Capitan George Howard, Port Authority Police Emergency Service Unit. Fellow firefighters, family members and community observers reflected on the loss of the two Hicksville firefighters who lost their lives nine years ago.
Four years ago when their son, Matthew, underwent a kidney biopsy, Michael and Dana Levine knew exactly what they didn’t want to hear when their child’s test results were finalized: FSGS.
FSGS, or Focal Segmental Glomerulosclerosis, is the second-leading cause of kidney failure in children. The disease causes a filtering malfunction in the kidney where beneficial proteins are irregularly spilled into the urine and unable to be delivered to the body.
“It was complete and utter devastation when you find out a 3-year-old child has a very rare kidney disease that has no known cure … when we heard those four letters my wife and I wanted to crawl into a hole and not come back,” said Michael Levine.
Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice recently announced the arrest of four attorneys who, she said, stole more than $1 million from their clients in separate incidents by destroying real estate deals and, in one case, stealing a portion of a victim’s life insurance beneficiary check just days after the death of her husband.
“The victims in these cases thought that they had attorneys they could trust with their hard-earned money and their dreams for a more secure future,” Rice said. “But what they got were four criminals whose only intention was to rob them blind.”
Richard Gluszak, 59, of Hicks-ville, was arrested and charged with two counts of Grand Larceny in the Second Degree. He faces up to 15 years in prison if convicted. Martin Geduldig, Esq., represents him.
Ninety years old. That’s a lot of years, but what is really important is the “dash” – what he did in between all those years.
This is some of what I know about Chief Pollina. Actually I got to know Joe a couple of years before I was old enough to join the department. He was a proud U.S. Marine first and foremost. He was one of the members of the “Greatest Generation,” who served our country that I was privileged to know. Our fire department, like many around here, had a lot of veterans from the Greatest Generation join the ranks. Joe was a championship boxer while serving in the Corps. Almost to the day he passed on, he was always in top physical condition. He worked out at the YMCA in Hempstead. I saw him many times running when I worked in Hempstead. When the fire department installed a gym in the firehouse, he was always there. He was mentor to many who wanted to stay in shape. Eventually, he organized and ran the department’s physical agility program and designed the test that is given new members before they are sworn in. He helped many prepare for the test before it was given.
While the iconic statue perched at the foot of the Hicksville train station continues to be restored, a re-dedication ceremony for the famous bird is planned once the final touches are applied.
Sculptor Vaja Gabashville, who works for Steve Tatti, head of the sculpting team, recently performed grinding work on the new beak for the eagle. The grinding and shaping work took approximately two days to finish. After the beak is fully shaped, the stone is to be finished to match that of the eagle.
Uganda, a landlocked country in the eastern half of Africa, has seen its share of turmoil and treachery, but Katelynn Carroll, like many volunteers around the world, is helping the country in a grassroots effort to create a brighter and more positive future for its inhabitants.
Carroll, a Hicksville High School Class of 2007 graduate, recently returned from an 11-day volunteer mission in the tiny village of Wairaka (pronounced “why-lee-ca”) located outside of Jinja, Uganda. A fellow Hicksville Comet from the Class of 2005, Frank Regan, joined her on the journey.
The featured speaker at the Sept. 21 Open Meeting of the Greater Long Island Running Club will be Amy Palmiero-Winters, a Hicksville resident who recently was awarded the ESPY as the best female athlete with a disability.
The event will be held in the auditorium of the Plainview-Old Bethpage Public Library, 999 Old Country Road in Plainview, starting promptly at 8 p.m. on Sept. 21.
The Boy Scouts of Westbury Troop 233, which includes several Scouts from Hicksville, commemorated the organization’s 100th birthday in grandeur fashion as they hosted their counterparts from Westbury, U.K., and together celebrated a century of scouting worldwide.
In addition to the three days of local activities for the Scouts, which were planned by the Westbury United Methodist Church, the U.S. Post Office issued a memorial stamp and the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) designed a special patch for the occasion.
On Thursday, Aug. 12, Governor David Paterson held a news conference at the Nassau County Police Academy in Massapequa Park to announce a new provision to Leandra’s Law, requiring that all individuals convicted of a DWI, even first time offenders with, or without a child in the vehicle to install an ignition interlock system on any vehicle they operate. The provision went into effect on Sunday, Aug. 15.
This is a triumph for the advocates of ignition interlocks, including the local Long Island chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) who have lobbied tirelessly in Albany to remove it from judicial discretion, an optional condition assigned to those convicted of drunken driving.
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