Thanks to your support and votes I am very honored to have been elected to the Board of Fire Commissioners on Tuesday, Dec. 13.
It was a very humbling and proud moment for me and for my family. The men and women of the Hicksville Fire Department have worked extremely hard to serve the citizens of Hicksville, and because of that you enjoy the protection of one of the finest fire departments in the country. I will join a very distinguished membership on the Board of Fire Commissioners and I look forward to helping the department continue that fine tradition of service as Fire Commissioner. Once again, thank you very much for your support and I wish each of you a safe and happy holiday season.
As much as the organizers of the Hicksville Fire Department’s Holiday Fire Safety Open House would like to think, fire safety took a back seat to fire engine rides and Santa. A good turnout of more than 500 people attended the open house.
The members who donated their time handing out fire safety information, answering questions do hope they helped make the holidays in Hicksville safer. It was the first time the department offered fire truck rides. All the thanks go to the Board of Fire Commissioners for their approval. You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to know folks are not going to turn out just to get fire safety information. Fires hit the other folks, not us. Right? That is the prevailing opinion all over.
Oyster Bay Town Councilman Joe Muscarella announced that beginning Friday, Dec. 16, the town will have free firewood available for town residents.
“Starting Friday, Dec. 16, and continuing every Friday, Saturday and Sunday through mid-March 2012, Town of Oyster Bay residents can come to the town highway yard, 150 Miller Place, Syosset, after 3 p.m. on Friday and between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, to pick up a trunk full of cut, but not split wood,” Muscarella said. “No vehicles with commercial plates will be permitted. Residents should be aware that while the bins are filled each day, the wood goes quickly.”
The Trainmasters of Babylon, West Island Model Railroad Club, and Nassau Lionel Operating Engineers, all have open houses scheduled.
The Kiwanis Club of Hicksville and the Kiwanis Foundation of Hicksville want to thank the community for actively supporting our 11th annual Kiwanis pancake breakfast held on November 20th. Through the generosity and kindness of many community members, businesses and organizations we were able to provide the food pantries at Holy Family, Our Lady of Mercy, St. Ignatius, United Methodist and St. Brigid with much needed food, paper goods and money. We thank all of the Kiwanis members for their active participation and hard work in this endeavor. In addition, a special thank you to our Key Club members from Hicksville High School who participated in assisting us with this event and their advisor Tim Betts. In addition, we also want to thank Legislator Rose Walker and Assemblyman Michael Montesano for attending and giving us their support.
U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer announced last week that the federal mass transit tax break that currently saves mass transit riders over $1,000 per year, in pre-tax commuting benefits will expire at the end of the year, if it is not renewed and made part of the permanent tax code. The commuter benefit currently covers up to $230 per month from a person’s gross income to pay for their mass transit commutes and provides parity with a previous benefit extended to drivers’ parking costs. The $230 monthly benefit is an increase from the $120 benefit that was in place until 2009.
Known as the “Silent Killer,” carbon monoxide, commonly called CO, is the leading cause of accidental poisoning deaths in America, according to Oyster Bay Town Supervisor John Venditto, who urges residents to take an inventory of their home to ensure they are protected against this potentially lethal substance and outlined some simple steps residents can take to protect themselves and their loved ones.
“Carbon monoxide is colorless, odorless and tasteless, and it can kill,” Venditto warned. “This is the most dangerous time of year for carbon monoxide deaths because furnaces and heaters are being turned on for the first time and houses are closed up as the cold weather settles in. It’s now that blocked chimneys, defective heaters and other hazards can cause a deadly build-up of carbon monoxide, which, when inhaled by humans, causes confusion and lethargy, followed by a loss of consciousness and death.
Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano, in coordination with the United Veterans Organization (UVO), has announced that a Veterans Stand Down will be held at the 1st Marine Corps District Headquarters, located at 605 Stewart Avenue in Garden City on Monday, Nov. 21. The Stand Down is hosted by the Nassau County Veterans Service Agency with assistance from volunteers representing all service organizations.
The next free Nassau County Bar Association Mortgage Foreclosure Legal Consultation Clinic is Monday, Nov. 14, 3-6 p.m. at the NCBA headquarters, 15th and West Streets, Mineola. Attorneys have volunteered to provide one-on-one guidance, advice and direction to any Nassau County homeowner who is concerned about foreclosure matters or is already in the foreclosure process involving property in Nassau County.
For a fifth year, the American Red Cross and Pitney Bowes Inc. are teaming up to deliver holiday cheer and greetings to service members, their families and veterans throughout the holiday season.
The Holiday Mail for Heroes program provides Americans the opportunity to send holiday greetings to our men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces, any of whom will be far from home over the holidays and to our nation’s veterans and their families.
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