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Island Harvest Food Drive

Friday, 28 March 2014 08:26


First Impressions, a home remodeling agency in Hicksville, recently sponsored a Island Harvest Food Drive. They collected 279 pounds of groceries and raised cash donations. Pictured here from left to right are Councilman Anthony Macagnone, First Impressions Entries and Designs, Inc. Owner Paul Panagiotidis, First Impressions Entries and Designs, Inc. Administrator Carolyn M. Reilly and Waldbaums Manager Grant Markman.


Local Resident Stars In Lady From Limerick

Written by Betsy Abraham, Saturday, 29 March 2014 00:00

Attaining the perfect body or face with a quick injection or few incisions is a trend in today’s society, but how do you know that the person doing the procedure is as qualified as they claim? Disastrous tales of plastic surgery have been exposed by TV shows, documentaries and magazines, and is now the plot of an upcoming play starring Hicksville’s Deborah Rupy.

Next month, Rupy will star as the title character in Lady from Limerick which premieres at the Theater for the New City in Manhattan. Based on a true story and written for the stage by Plainview resident, Claude Solnik, the play centers around a woman from a small farm town in Ireland. She takes a secret trip to New York City, to undergo a facelift as a rare treat to herself and a surprise for her husband. However, the procedure goes wrong and the next morning, she ends up on life support. The play flashes between her family’s visit to New York and her own memories. While the play centers on a tragic event, Rupy says there are deeper, happier themes.


Fugitive Charged For Hit And Run

Written by Hicksville News Staff, Friday, 28 March 2014 00:00

It’s been almost 12 years since the death of Jean Renison, but it was only last week that her friends and family could have some peace of mind, knowing that the man responsible would finally be held accountable. On March 20, 36-year-old Sebastian Barba was sentenced to 12 years in prison for the hit-and-run incident that killed 80-year-old Renison as she was crossing the street in Westbury.


Community Garden Springs Into Action

Written by Betsy Abraham, Thursday, 27 March 2014 00:00

It seemed like it would never come, but spring is finally here. The sun’s out a little longer, the days are getting warmer and the showers promise blooming flowers in weeks ahead.  

Another telltale sign that spring has finally sprung in Hicksville is the opening of the community garden. An outreach of Trinity Lutheran Church, this garden has been both maintained by, and served, the local community since 2011.  


Laughing For A Cause

Written by Betsy Abraham, Wednesday, 26 March 2014 00:00

If laughter is the best medicine, why not use it to help ease the pain of cancer? The Sarah Grace Foundation (SGF) is inviting people to do just that, with their 11th annual Night of Laughter. The event is one of the organization’s biggest fundraisers of the year and proceeds go toward their mission of helping children who have cancer and their families.  

The event brings together four comedians— Isaacs and Baker, John Consoli, Hiram Kasten, and Lori Grasman, with event host Rick Morgan, for a light-hearted evening of food, raffles, and laughter, all for a good cause.


Local Scout Gives Museum A Face-Lift

Saturday, 22 March 2014 00:00

Vincent Lant pursued the community service facet of attaining Eagle Scout rank in his own hometown of Hicksville by helping restore the Hicksville Gregory Museum.

Under Lant’s leadership, scouts from Troop 382 removed two old park benches that were in deplorable condition, excavated the surrounding ground, installed pavers and built two new mahogany benches using stainless steel screws that gave this landmark site a fresh look. His project also entailed fabricating a new frame for the sign insert advertising the museum’s name. Adding surrounding plants gave the sign the new appeal it needed. In addition, 500 pounds of red landscaping rocks were installed in order to have proper drainage around the north side of the museum.


The World’s Best Foods Are At Koreana

Written by Lyn Dobrin, Friday, 21 March 2014 00:00

After a recent meal at Koreana in Hicksville, I found a list of the world’s 50 best foods from a poll conducted by CNN in 2011. Four Korean dishes were there: galbi (41), bibimbap (40), bulgogi (23) and kimchi (12) and I was pleased to have eaten three of the four.

It’s impossible to escape kimchi at a Korean meal and at Koreana the spicy fermented cabbage appears as one of the little vegetable side dishes, called banchan, that are brought to the table. In addition to the kimchi there were soy bean sprouts, macaroni with mayonnaise, vegetable stir fry seaweed seasoned with white vinegar, and acorn jelly made from acorn starch. The banchan vary according to the choices of the chef. Whatever the variety, care is taken to make sure there is a wide representation of flavors, textures and color.


Student Aims For The Stars

Written by Betsy Abraham, Thursday, 20 March 2014 00:00

Not many high school students can say they know how to fly a plane, build a heat shield or act as mission control for a flight. But these are just some of the skills Hicksville High School junior Veronica Ann Morrish picked up at the Honeywell Leadership Challenge Academy, an international program that encourages students to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

Morrish applied for the prestigious program last year and was selected based on her academic merit and two essay prompts. She says she has always loved the mystery of space.  


Hicksville Axes Sit And Stare

Written by Emily Cappiello, Wednesday, 19 March 2014 00:00

The Hicksville School District is prepared to fight an uphill battle against New York State regarding changes they feel should be made to the Common Core Curriculum, as brought up at the March 12 Board of Education Meeting.

The Common Core Committee, formed by the district, brought a letter to the Board of Education regarding important and imperative changes they believe the state should take into consideration to help the initiative become increasingly successful and not something to fight against.


Unlocking The Healing Powers Of Food

Written by Paige McAtee, Friday, 14 March 2014 00:00

A holistic chef taught members of the community how they can use food as medicine at a Power Foods lecture at the Hicksville Public Library on Wednesday, March 5.

Lee Perrotta has been a chef for almost 30 years but has officially been holistic for about 20 years. Next week, she graduates as a certified Ayurvedic practitioner.

According to Perrotta, ayurveda is the science of life. It is the ancient way of holistic medicine from India and was the first medicine that ever existed. Ayurveda strives to bring human beings and animals into perfect balance and alignment through lifestyle, diet choices and environment.


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