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Census Bureau Says Return Your Form

Friday, 02 April 2010 00:00

The 2010 Census is under way and those working on it urge residents to return their forms as soon as possible. The bureau hopes to receive as many back in the mail as possible prior to April 12. For those who do not mail back the form, a Census enumerator will begin knocking on doors after to record the information personally.


Hicksville Man Sentenced to 3 ½ to 7 Years for Running Gift Card Ponzi Scheme

Friday, 02 April 2010 00:00

Must Pay Nearly $2.4 Million in Restitution

Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice announced today that a Hicksville man has been sentenced to 3 ½ to 7 years in prison after pleading guilty to operating a Ponzi scheme that promised investors gift cards to nearby stores at steep discounts, and then stealing nearly $2.4 million of their money.

Craig Ginsberg, 49, pleaded guilty in September 2009 to Grand Larceny in the Second Degree. Ginsberg must also pay restitution in the amount of $2,375,439.


USPS Discusses Eliminating Saturday Mail Delivery

Written by Denise Nash Friday, 26 March 2010 00:00

American Postal Workers Union Opposes Idea

Local postal workers and leaders from the letter carriers, mail handlers and clerks recently held a rally to oppose eliminating Saturday mail delivery. According to Congressman Steve Israel, seniors, veterans and many others rely on the postal system for urgent deliveries, such as Social Security checks and medical information. Postal workers attended the rally to urge the United States Postal Service (USPS) to consider all alternatives before ending Saturday service.


State Awards $2.7 Million for Responsible Fatherhood Programs

Written by Denise Nash Friday, 26 March 2010 00:00

EAC Receives Funds to Initiate New Program

The State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA) recently announced that it has awarded more than $2.7 million for eight organizations to run programs that will help low-income, noncustodial fathers become more involved with their children’s lives, financially and emotionally.


Hicksville Fire Department Mourns Loss of Ex-Captain Robert Perchinski

Friday, 19 March 2010 00:00

The Officers and members of Emergency Company 5 of the Hicksville Volunteer Fire Department are saddened to announce the passing of Ex-Captain Robert Perchinski on March 15.

Ex-Captain Robert Perchinski joined Emergency Company 5 in August of 1968 and became quickly involved in Company 5 and was elected as their secretary in 1971. The members recognized his leadership abilities and he was elected to serve as 2nd Lieutenant in 1972 and quickly rose through the ranks to become the 32nd captain to serve Company 5 in 1974, and again in 1975. It was during this period that Bob led the membership through some of the busiest times within the department and he took part in many notable Signal 10s.


State of the County: ‘Deeply Troubled’

Written by Matthew A. Piacentini Friday, 19 March 2010 00:00
Mangano Touts ‘Real Time Reform’  And Tax Stabilization

In his first State of the County address, County Executive Edward P. Mangano criticized the previous administration, listing numerous problems in Nassau’s government and saying that because of past planning, “Tonight, I am here to tell you: The state of our county is deeply troubled.”

He went on to detail the major problem areas and touch on some ways he hopes to address the issues.


Convicted Killer Pleads Guilty to Murder-for-Hire Plot Against Sister-in-Law

Friday, 12 March 2010 00:00

Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice announced that convicted murderer Harpal Hira has pleaded guilty to attempting to hire a hitman from his Nassau County jail cell to murder his sister-in-law before she could provide key testimony as a witness at his trial last month.

Hira, of Hicksville, pleaded guilty to two counts of Criminal Solicitation in the Second Degree. He faces up to seven years in prison if convicted. Hira is currently awaiting sentencing after his conviction by a jury on charges of Murder in the Second Degree, Assault in the First Degree, Assault in the Second Degree, two counts of Aggravated Criminal Contempt, two counts of Criminal Contempt in the First Degree, Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Fourth Degree, Assault in the Third Degree, and Menacing in the Third Degree. He faces up to 50 years in prison on that case. He will be sentenced on both cases March 31.


Paying Homage to New York’s 200-Year Firematic History

Written by Victoria Caruso-Davis Friday, 12 March 2010 00:00

Michael Heller Publishes Chariots of Firefighters

Michael Heller has delved into the nearly 200-year history of New York’s firematic drill teams through his new book, Chariots of Firefighters – The History and Practice of Firematic Competition in New York State. The self-published work is the first of its kind to pay tribute to what Heller calls a “long-standing sport and pasttime.”

Chariots of Firefighters, which took two and a half years from start to finish, chronicles the birth and rise of these contests – from foot races and fistfights between neighboring fire companies in New York City to the formation of the New York State Volunteer Firemen’s Parade and Drill Team Captain’s Association and the over 350 teams from over 260 fire districts that make up its 200-year history. According to Heller, the 325-page book is geared toward anyone with any interest in history, the fire service or sports in general.


Community Mourns Loss of ‘Mr. Hicksville’

Written by Victoria Caruso-Davis Friday, 05 March 2010 00:00

Richard ‘Dick’ Evers Passes Away

Richard “Dick” Evers passed away Feb. 25, 2010 while a resident in White Oaks Nursing Home. The 87-year-old pillar of the Hicksville community died surrounded by family.


Carousel Day School’s Owner and Director Indicted

Friday, 05 March 2010 00:00

Carousel Day School’s owner and director Eugene Formica, 65, and assistant director Kathryn Cordaro, 52, both of Hicksville, were indicted this week on charges related to the March 2009 choking death of 2-year-old Olivia Raspanti.


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