Whether it’s redoing the seats in a 1920s Plymouth Roadster or turning a 2004 Range Rover hot pink, AutoMat is up for the challenge. The Hicksville-based shop started out in a basement workshop focused solely on floor carpeting, and over 58 years has transformed into a leader in car restoration and customization.
AutoMat was founded by WWll veteran Eric Browner in 1956. After the war, Eric began working for a car seat cover company. He quickly learned the ins and outs of the business and realized that he could do it better.
Today Eric’s sons Tim and Roger are the President and Vice President in charge of operations at AutoMat. They describe their father as an innovate entrepreuner.
After more than a year of assisting residents affected by Hurricane Sandy, Project Hope crisis counselors will soon hang up their logo-adorned blue fleece vests. Before they do, they will work with local agencies to ensure a smooth transition of services for those who continue to struggle.
East Asian brush painting is a style of art that developed in East Asia, based primarily on Chinese calligraphy. Terry Kimmel has been practicing this art form for decades, and pieces in her gallery range in age from 20 years to just a few weeks old.
Kimmel’s exhibition of paintings using ink and color on rice paper is currently on display at the Hicksville Public Library. About two dozen of her works line the walls of the library’s community room. The paintings of flowers, landscapes, fish and some abstract images will be shown throughout February.
For every club, restaurant, or neighborhood bar you might wander into after a long hard week, the experience just wouldn’t work without one vital piece of the puzzle—an experienced bartender slinging drinks and keeping customers happy.
However, those bartenders don’t just grow on trees; they are carefully crafted into drink-mixing machines by people such as Drew Vaughn, owner of Bartenders International of Hicksville. Opening its doors in 2002, Bartenders International specializes in both training and job placement in the industry, and has developed a reputation over the years for consistently churning out the right people for the right job.
For many seniors, as well as a growing segment of younger people, the art of ballroom dance is a timeless way to while away hours while keeping both body and mind fit—and it doesn’t hurt that it’s a whole lot of fun.
Pearl Bacal of Hickville, co-founder of the Society Tempo Ballroom Dancing Club of Hicksville along with partner Nick Maucus, has been teaching and running dances all over Nassau County for over 25 years. Society Tempo meets every Friday afternoon at Kismet Hall in Hicksville and on a good day can attract as many as 40 participants, who spend the afternoon dancing their feet off in addition to enjoying lunch and refreshments. The event caters primarily to seniors, but Bacal was quick to note that all age groups are welcome.
Looking for a gift outside of the heart-shaped chocolate box? Something beyond the sappy sentimentality of a Hallmark card? The Nassau Mid Island Chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society delivers sweet romance with just a few notes.
The local chapter of the Society has been bringing couples together through its Singing Valentines program for over 20 years. This year, four tuxedo-clad barbershop quartets from the organization will go all over Nassau and Western Suffolk to sing “Heart Of My Heart” and “Let Me Call You Sweetheart” to love targets at workplaces, homes, schools, care facilities and other locations.
Third-grade student Jasmine Roldan from Fork Lane Elementary School recently won the Long Island Ducks essay contest for her piece on all the things she loves about Hicksville.
The Long Island Ducks, a minor league baseball team, holds the “Take a Duck to Class” essay contest every year. This year, the Ducks wanted participants to explain “Why My Community Is Important to Me.” Roldan’s essay stood out among the thousands who participated. She was one of only four contestants to win.
Roldan truly believes in what she wrote about Hicksville. “Almost every day the birds are chirping and the sun is shining,” she said.
A special election will be held Feb. 11 for the Nassau County Legislative District 2 seat, which oversees parts of Hicksville.
Robert Troiano previously held the title of District 2 Legislator until earlier this month, when he took a position as Director of Operations with the Town of North Hempstead. Up for the position now is Siela Bynoe, who was nominated by the Nassau County Democratic Committee, and Republican nominee Pepitz Blanchard, who lost to Troiano for the council seat in last November’s election.
One key ingredient and quite possibly the secret to the success of Francesco’s Bakery in Hicksville may be the simple recipe of a son’s love for his father.
“My dad was my hero and I wanted to be just like him,” 48-year-old Francesco Guerrieri proudly proclaims.
It was his love for his dad that propelled him from a bright-eyed young boy into the proprietor of five Long Island bakeries. Becoming “just like his dad” started early for Guerrieri, who began working side by side with his father, Antonio, at Erga Bakery in Bethpage when he was just nine-years-old. “I used to fill the cookies, make cakes, clean up, I did it all.”
For Terry Fontana, winning the United States Tennis Assosciation Eastern’s Lifetime Achievement Award was over 50 years in the making and is a dream come true.
A crowning achievement for the Hicksville resident, Fontana owes her involvement and recognition in tennis to the support of her colleagues and friends. “I have worked with so many people in this section,” said Fontana. “They have helped me achieve this.”
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