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Letter: Save the Trees

Thursday, 09 October 2014 08:45

South Oyster Bay Road has 40-year-old trees lining the roadway. They are mainly beautiful sycamores. They form a canopy of shade across the road, give home to nesting birds, put oxygen into the air we breathe, and add to the beauty of Hicksville, Plainview, and Syosset. They are also slated for slaughter, a cutting down due to the shortsightedness of our politicians.

Walkable sidewalks can be erected without cutting down these valuable assets, a legacy to our communities. Why doesn’t the Town of Oyster Bay look at the ways other towns in the United States have managed to keep their trees and replace the sidewalks in a 21st Century fashion?

Why must we always cut rather than conserve?  

— Elaine Peters


Hicksville Voices

Written by Patty Servidio, Thursday, 02 October 2014 09:46

Our Hometown Museum

When we first moved to Hicksville in the early ‘90s, I remembered feeling a sense of pride over the fact that the town in which we lived had its very own museum.

Mind you, I have passed the sign on the road that announces “The Hicksville Gregory Museum” at least a thousand times. I’d never had the time to visit, for I was working full time; my days off were spent running errands, doing housework, or spending time catching up on mail. Once I became a parent, I had very little spare time to do much of anything, let alone visit a museum. Truth be told, I didn’t even know where it was located.


Letter: Common Core Gets A Big Fat ‘F’

Thursday, 02 October 2014 09:45

My husband and I had the pleasure of meeting with New York State Senator Kemp Hannon on Sept. 4 to discuss our significant concerns with the Common Core Curriculum. The senator graciously agreed to meet and spent almost an hour with us, listening to the issues associated with the curriculum.   

By now, I am certain that most readers are familiar with some of the problems inherent with the curriculum. Chief among them are the lack of input from educators, early childhood experts and a completely unproven and untested curriculum, despite dubious claims by the creators that they are internationally benchmarked. The absence of such expertise is readily apparent, given the inappropriate expectations imposed upon our youngest students and the subsequent pressure placed on students and teachers alike to produce high marks on state testing.



Written by Donald Parker Thursday, 25 September 2014 08:54

Censorship: It’s Real And A Real Threat

Books won’t stay banned. They won’t burn, ideas won’t go to jail. In the long run of history, the censor and the inquisitor have always lost. The only sure weapon against bad ideas is better ideas. The source of better ideas is wisdom.

— Alfred Griswold Whitney

The week of Sept. 21-28 has been designated Banned Books Week by the Office of Intellectual Freedom of the American Library Association. During this time, libraries and schools around the country hold programs and readings to celebrate the “right to read.”


Editorial: Crossroads Restaurants Closes

Thursday, 18 September 2014 00:00


It was a very sad day for Hicksville residents when their beloved Crossroads Restaurants closed. Crossroads has been a big part of Hicksville for many years.

The food was always delicious. The waiters and waitresses were very friendly and did their jobs well. The owners always come over to your table and welcomed you.


Question Everything

Written by State Senator Jack Martins Thursday, 18 September 2014 00:00


“Don’t believe everything you read on the Internet.”—Abraham Lincoln


I always chuckle whenever I see that quote posted on someone’s Facebook page with a picture of our 16th president. Of course, Honest Abe said no such thing, but the gag effectively calls to mind one of the prevailing crises of the nonstop communication age we live in.  There’s misinformation everywhere and unfortunately, we spend more and more of our time deciphering what can and can’t be believed. 


To be sure, that’s been true since the invention of the printing press and while American history is littered with its share of snake oil salesmen and Ponzi schemes, it definitely seems to be getting worse. Regrettably, with the rise of the internet, a ten-year old can publish something online that proliferates virally to such an extent that millions will share it without once checking if it’s true.



Editorial: Never Forget, Always Repeat

Thursday, 11 September 2014 08:57

This week Long Islanders face another anniversary of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. As we remember the thousands of innocent lives lost — including several in Hicksville — we also face the annual barrage of talking-head tributes, academic examinations and psychological analyses.

Local news broadcasts and cable television will once again air programs seeking the answers to questions that have seemingly been asked and answered hundreds of times over the last decade. However, the most important question — are we safer? — is the only one that truly matters.


Hicksville Voices

Written by Patty Servidio, Thursday, 11 September 2014 08:59

The Ghost House of Woodbury Road

Does anyone remember the name of the farm that used to stand on Woodbury Road, just before its intersection with Miller?

I recall the site well. It was a very large, white structure that almost appeared to be the size of a small bed and breakfast, with an adjacent barn and working yard behind the main building. I’ve done some investigating, but haven’t had any luck in obtaining records or information about the farm. It has since been torn down and several large single family dwellings currently take up space in the farm’s former lot.


Letter: Sports Musings

Friday, 12 September 2014 00:00

Some sports stories amuse me, while some anger me. Following are my musings about some recent sports section articles.

Medford’s own Marcus Stroman currently has a winning record for a Canadian team in the American League. So why didn’t the Mets sign this good young pitcher first?

I was very surprised when Alex Rodriguez’s lawyer, Joe Tacopina, expressed such glee over A-Rod’s drug dealer finally facing a possible prison sentence; but then I remembered that Anthony Bosch had forced A-Rod to inject all those steroids at gunpoint. Or have I misremembered that?


Hicksville Voices

Written by Patty Servidio, Friday, 05 September 2014 00:00

Packus Ratus

As I begin today’s column, my daughter is in full fledged “clear-out” mode. It began last night, after she opened her “store” on

For those of you who aren’t familiar with the website/application, it’s a place where you can purchase and sell gently-used items. You can open a “store” to sell those items which you no longer wish to keep, or you can purchase someone else’s previously worn merchandise. Basically, it’s an online thrift store, which my daughter regularly peruses.


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