I’m sorry to hear that the Labor Day Parade and Drill will be cancelled this year. Yet it’s harder to hear that the parade and drill will be cancelled permanently. I can recall the good times I had when watching the parade and drill as a kid.
Being an American and military veteran, I support our cherished freedoms, especially freedom of religion. As a Roman Catholic of Irish descent I was raised to practice love of mankind and acts of charity. Family legend has it that my late grandmother carried hand grenades in her bicycle basket for the Irish Republican Army during the uprising. My family came to America and three generations have served in the military during periods of war. We love our nation and our community. We defend our nation against those seeking to murder innocents. We do not have a Holy War or Jihad against members of other religions. Instead we support them and recognize their contributions to our community and way of life.
I just wanted to write and say how sad it was for me to hear that the Annual Hicksville Parade and Drill have been permanently cancelled. This was so much a part of my life as a child. My sisters and I still reminisce about the fun we had at the parade and drill. My father was a fireman with the Great Neck Vigilants from his 20s until his death in 1976 (35 years).
Our family always went to this on Labor Day and us girls have told our children about it. We always get so excited when we talk about it. The family has even recently talked about going to one in the future on Labor Day when we could all get together. I guess this will not happen. I feel sad for the families who really knew and enjoyed this function but I know things do come to an end sooner or later. In my heart it will be missed and I know many others will miss it dearly also.
The Labor Day Parade and Drill was one of the many Hicksville Fire Department functions that kept many families going while times were tough.
Ann (Pritchett) Chelette
The story on the front page in the Aug. 13 edition of the Hicksville Illustrated News headlined “Town of Oyster Bay’s Hicksville Parking Garage Rises From the Ashes” contained the following statement:
“The Town of Oyster Bay awarded … a contract to build this vital infrastructure improvement and increase the number of parking spaces from 1,100 spots to 1,500 spots.”
What a surprise! That is not what the residents directly affected by the existence of the Hicksville parking garage, the homeowners whose backyards border on the parking garage, the homeowners of West Marie Street and Duffy Avenue and members of The Duffy Park Civic Association have been repeatedly told. In numerous meetings held with Town of Oyster Bay (TOB) officials to discuss first the demolition and then the reconstruction of the parking garage, we were consistently told that there were 1,400 parking spots in the old garage and there would be 1,400 spots in the new garage. When challenged by a homeowner who had counted only 1,200 spaces in the old garage, the TOB officials insisted on the 1,400 number.
Commander Greg Bennett and Post Membership Officer John Geiger invite military veterans to join Charles Wagner American Legion Post 421. Requirements are service during a period of war with an honorable discharge or current active duty.
For over 90 years the American Legion has lobbied Congress and State governments for veterans benefits. Perhaps you need assistance with veterans benefits. We volunteer to help needy veterans and their families. We volunteer at the VA hospital. On Veterans Day, Memorial Day and every day we remember and help our brother and sister veterans. We stand shoulder to shoulder with you. And we support and assist our troops. Bring your ideas and service to the Legion and your community. And above all Charles Wagner Legionnaires salute you for your service to our nation. For information contact Commander Greg Bennett at 338-6995.
Last week eighteen beds in a West Marie Street house were discovered by Hicksville firefighters. We could pretend that Sleepys’ extensive facility off Hicksville Road was inadequate for storage. Or we could say what we all know to be the truth: The dwelling was a flophouse for illegal aliens. Either case, I juxtapose this with the latest pro-illegal immigration, hate Arizona, Americans-are-racists ranting of Maryann Sinclair Slutsky which appeared in the same July 23 issue of The Hicksville Illustrated. Her angle: illegal immigration is good for the economy.
It is our sad duty to report our comrade, Michael Tisdell, has passed. Legionnaires gathered at Wagner’s Funeral Home on Monday, July 12 for a Memorial Service for Michael Tisdell.
Post 421 Commander Greg Bennett and Post Chaplain Herbert Grimmer led the American Legion Memorial Service. Other Legionnaires in attendance were Past County Commander Richard Hockbrueckner, Past Post Commanders Charlie Rockwood and John Mauro along with John Geier, Pete Johnson, Chester Lech, Ben Klimkowski, Lloyd Harmon, Harold Deegan, Richard Grand, Michael Grella, Fred Hoehing and others.
Hicksville Legionnaires extended an Independence Day greeting to the community. Early on the morning of the Fourth of July, Legionnaires decorated downtown Broadway with “Old Glory.” The U.S. flags were placed in holders on every parking meter, a proud tradition of the Charles Wagner Post. During the early evening Legionnaires took down the flags.
Summer vacation, that special time of year for all children, is upon us and members of the local community still have the chance to make it memorable for a child from New York City! Thanks to the many families in Nassau County and throughout 13 Northeastern states and Canada, more than 1.7 million New York City children from low-income neighborhoods have enjoyed free summer experiences in suburban and small town communities through The Fresh Air Fund. The Fund is currently seeking more families to give inner-city children a two-week experience this summer. By volunteering as a host family for the Friendly Town program, a child can have a break from the heat and noise of the crowded city streets.
“Being able to run around and be outside is a freeing experience for her,” says one of our Fresh Air hosts about her Fresh Air child. “I still enjoy watching her face as she takes joys in the simple things, like roasting a marshmallow or jumping into the lake.” Please read about the special experiences of other Fresh Air children and hosts by visiting our website, www.freshair.org, which includes photos, stories, videos and other helpful information.
There are no financial requirements for hosting a Fresh Air child. First-time visitors are six to 12 years old, and reinvited youngsters may participate in the Friendly Town program through age 18.
To learn more about hosting a Fresh Air child this summer, please contact Risa Procton at 516-674-2023, or call The Fresh Air Fund at 800-367-0003 or check out www.freshair.org.
Executive Director, Fresh Air Fund
(This letter was sent to President Barack Obama by the New York chapter of the National Association of Jewish Legislators President Charles Lavine, NYS Assemblyman, 13th A.D. and to Anton Community Newspapers.)
Dear President Obama:
The New York chapter of the National Association of Jewish Legislators urges you to remain resolute in American support of Israel, which continues to be our staunch ally.
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