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A Pantry Christmas at United Methodist

Written by Mary Ellen Porrazzo Friday, 24 December 2010 00:00

Hicksville Church Responds to

Hunger Crisis with Tender Loving Care

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.


Stroke Survivors and Caregivers Receive Message of Hope

Written by Mary Ellen Porrazzo Friday, 24 December 2010 00:00

Hicksville Non-Profit Proves Positive Energy is

Key to Surviving, Thriving

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.


Man Gets 16 Years in Prison for Killing NC Deputy Attorney

Friday, 17 December 2010 00:00

Feder Stole Vehicle From

Hicksville Hyundai Dealership

Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice has announced that Robert Feder was sentenced to 16 years in prison by a Nassau County judge after pleading guilty to killing a Nassau County Deputy Attorney in a Westbury car crash last May while under the influence of cocaine.

According to police, Feder, 51, of Huntington Station, pleaded guilty to Aggravated Vehicular Homicide, Attempted Murder in the Second Degree, and Driving While Ability Impaired by Drugs on Oct. 29.


Believe: A Lesson Learned From Amy Palmeiro-Winters

Written by Roberta Lane Friday, 17 December 2010 00:00

Amy Palmeiro-Winters is a runner; she will not stand still for anything. Eagerly making a mark in the sport, it seemed that her running career would be cut short when, at 21, a motorcycle accident claimed half of her left leg.

In spite of expert opinion, she began running again after 27 surgeries over a three-year span. The surgery attempts ended with the decision to amputate from just below the knee. She has since experienced tremendous success. The sheer fact that Palmeiro-Winters kept motivated through so much adversity is something few can do.

She returned to running, but ultimately with a prosthetic leg, setting new world records for her running class, and competed successfully in myriad races, including ultra marathons (50k, 50-mile, 100k, 100 mile and 24 hour races), triathlons including the Ironman, half-Ironman, and Olympic distance races. She says that putting her prosthetic in place every day is like putting on a pair of eyeglasses.


Plenty of Spirit At Tree Lighting

Written by Mike Koehler Friday, 10 December 2010 00:00

Hundreds Gather in Kennedy Park for Santa, Dancers, Singing Scouts

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.


Goldman’s Goodbye Writes Hicksville History

Written by Mary Ellen Porrazzo Friday, 10 December 2010 00:00

‘Team Sports Store’ Closes After 71 Years

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.


Nassau County Planning Commission Holds Public Hearing on Master Plan

Written by Karen Gellender Friday, 03 December 2010 00:00

Taubman Corporation Asks for Recognition for

Syosset Mall Project, Commissioners Agree

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.


FFLI Animal Rescue and Rehabilitation Hosts Party and Fundraiser in Hicksville

Written by Katherine M. Trager Friday, 26 November 2010 00:00

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.”


Fire Engulfs House in Minutes

Written by Owen W. McGee Friday, 26 November 2010 00:00

Hix Fire Chief Korona Suggests

Iron as Possible Cause

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.


Hicksville Schools Update

Written by Corey Twibell Friday, 19 November 2010 00:00

Board of Ed Facilities Committee

Offers Info on New Projects

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.


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