The CEO of a Hicksville based modeling agency charged with scamming families out of hundreds of thousands of dollars has been arrested in Florida, a month after failing to surrender to District Attorney Investigators.
James Muniz, was the president and CEO of the Model Talent Development Center (MTD) and New Faces Development Center, Inc. (New Faces) in Hicksville. The agency was charged with defrauding dozens of clients out of more than $250,000 last month after a five-month joint investigation between the Nassau County District Attorney’s Office and New York State Attorney General’s Office. Muniz and three subordinates were scheduled to surrender to DA Investigators on Sept. 18. Marketing Director and online sales associate Jennifer Santiago, 26, Senior Development Director Jennifer Diaz-Domenech, 31, and Vice President of Operations, Michelle Alperin-Smith, 42, turned themselves in, however, Muniz, 44, fled to Florida.
Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano and Democratic candidate Tom Suozzi discussed community sustainability in a public forum at Hofstra University last Wednesday.
The New York League of Conservation Voters Education Fund and Hofstra’s National Center for Suburban Studies hosted the forum during which a panel of four local experts probed the contenders on environmental and community growth issues.
Approximately 300 people attended the event. Local notables such as Fox News contributor Chris Hahn were among the crowd.
With three thriving sari shops on South Broadway, it’s safe to say that A.J. Singh knows something about running a successful business. The entrepreneur has built a small fashion empire, creating a one-stop shop for anyone attending an Indian wedding.
Similar to American weddings, Indian weddings require lots of shopping for shoes, jewelry, and of course, the dress. The traditional Indian bride wears a red sari and elaborate gold jewelry. The groom often wears a sherwani, a long, embellished coat-like top, or a kurta, a long loose shirt that is often paired with a lightweight, drawstring pants.
It has been almost 11 years since Sarah Grace Weippert of Hicksville passed away from leukemia, at 12 years old. Sarah was attending Hicksville Middle School when she began feeling ill in February of 2002. Just nine short months later her young and precious life tragically came to an end. Thanks to the extraordinary effort made by her parents, Matthew and Marissa Weippert, her memory has been able to help the lives of hundreds of other children who have been affected by childhood cancer.
According to the American Cancer Institute, childhood cancer has just recently become the leading cause of death for children in the United States. Matthew Weippert knows the pain of losing a child to cancer all too well. Weippert said “a couple of months after Sarah passed we started thinking about doing something in honor of her memory because everything that she went through had to count for something. Even though Sarah was sick, she never really thought of herself as sick. She was a happy child. We wanted to instill her spirit into other children.”
As election time draws near and Town of Oyster Bay residents gear up to choose their next Supervisor, the Hicksville Illustrated took a look at the town’s most pressing issues. The Cerro Wire Property, town finances, and the brownfields are on the forefront of voters’ minds as they go to the polls November 5.
Cerro Wire Property
For nearly two decades residents and mall developer Taubman Centers have been fighting over Taubman’s plans to construct a luxury mall on the former Cerro Wire property bordering Robbins Lane and the Long Island Expressway in Syosset.
Residents across Nassau County are being hit with sharp school tax rate increases once again. Hicksville homeowners will see less of an increase than last year, but the 6.2 percent increase is still significantly high when coupled with last year's 7.582 percent increase.
The latest school tax bills, reflecting the the tax rates, will be mailed to Hicksville residents this week. In the past two years, school tax rates have increased almost 14 percent.
A fire at Giovanni’s Deli in Hicksville left two people, including one fireman, injured early Monday morning.
911 received a call for a fire at Giovanni’s Deli, at 125 Bloomingdale Road, around 5 a.m. Smoke was coming from the roof of the building and eyewitnesses told police that one person may still be inside.
The Hicksville community lost one of its bravest members last week, Honorary Fire Department Chief William Boyd.
Boyd joined the Hicksville Fire Department in August 1959 as a member of Ladder Company 6. Over his 54 years of service, he served in various roles, including 2nd Lieutenant and 1st Lieutenant of Company 6, before being elected Captain in 1970 and 1971. After years as an officer, Boyd served the department under various chiefs committees, including co-Chairman of House to House, chairman of the Department of Welfare, and chairman of Department Budget. In addition, he was on various Company 6 Captain’s Committees and was elected Captain of the Fire Police for 2001 and 2002. In 2009, Boyd was granted the title of Honorary Chief as he celebrated 50 years with the Hicksville Fire Department. Honorary Chief Charles DiStefano worked out of Firehouse Station 3 in Hicksville with Boyd. He remembers Boyd as being a gentlemen and very family oriented.
Tickets are now on sale for Our Lady of Mercy’s American Girl Fashion Show that will take place at Our Lady of Mercy School in Hicksville, Oct. 18 to Oct. 20. Fashion show tickets are $37 and can be purchased online at www.americangirlfashionshows.com. Tickets will not be sold at the door.
A total of four two-hour fashion shows will be held highlighting the American Girl historical characters and their individual stories, as well as showcasing contemporary fashions. Each fashion show will include tea-party style refreshments, raffles, souvenirs, and door prizes. Proceeds from the fashion show will be used to benefit Our Lady of Mercy School.
John Reid, owner of Tricky Business, is holding five folded dollar bills in his hand.
“Watch the bills closely,” he says.
He suddenly flips the bills over, and they’re all hundreds. He counts them, folds them, flips them over again and they’re singles again.
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