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Our Annual Toy Drive

By   December 14, 2020

The holiday season is a time to support the families in our community who are less fortunate.  With help from Lee Avenue School, we were able to adopt nine families.  We were able to bring cheer this holiday season to fourteen children.

Thank you to all the members who sent in donations and a special thank you to the Simonello Family (Lorraine & Jennifer), who in honor of their father (a Past Board Member) and through Jennifer’s work company, The Plaza Marine Group, also donated toys for each child. Thank you for your generous donation. 

I want to thank my daughter, Michelle Humann, for helping me shop this year and my husband Nick for helping me with the endless wrapping.

The staff at Lee Avenue School were taken aback by the amount of gifts received, and couldn’t thank us enough.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!!


Christina & Nick Mirro – Co-Chairs

Joan Goessmann – Co-Chair

From left – Chris and Nick Mirro of HGCA, Stephanie Stam – Principal of Lee Ave. School and Maria Misiano-Ippolito – school nurse
Donations from the Simonello Family sponsored by The Plaza Marine Group

HGCA Helps Families in Our Community Give Thanks

By   November 22, 2020

The holiday season is a time to support the families in our community who are less fortunate. With help from Lee Ave School, the HGCA was able to provide a Thanksgiving dinner and much more to three families.  A generous gift card was presented to each family to help them fill their pantries and table with food for the holiday season.

Pictured: Left to right, Nick Mirro of Hicksville Gardens Civic, Mrs. Stephanie Stam, principal of Lee Avenue School, Maria Misiano-Ippolito, Lee Avenue’s nurse and Christina Mirro

Thank you to all our members who sent in donations, especially the Simonello family for their continuous generous donation that provided enough food for one family.

Have a Happy & Healthy Thanksgiving!

Stay Well and Stay Safe!

Meet the Candidates 2019

By   October 20, 2019
From left: Melissa McCardle, Erin Guida, James Altadonna, Ned Newhouse, and George Higwell
NOTE: Our October General Meeting had guest speakers who will be on the November ballot for positions in the Town of Oyster Bay.
Hicksville Gardens Civic Association DOES NOT endorse any particular candidate for office. We, as a local civic association, present candidates with a forum to share their ideas and to answer questions from the Hicksville community. The statements made by the candidates and presented in these forums are the candidates’ own and not an endorsement by us.  

Invitations to attend our Meet-the-Candidates forum were extended to both the Republican and Democratic Town of Oyster Bay Election Committees. The Republicans responded that their candidates could not attend due to previous commitments, and asked if there was an alternative date for them to attend. Unfortunately, we were unable to secure our venue for another date as there were other events already scheduled.

Here are the candidates for Town of Oyster Bay

James Altadonna
Joseph Saladino
Town Clerk
Rachel Klein
Rich LaMarca
Receiver of Taxes
George Higwell
Jeff Pravato
Council Members
Erin Guida
Steve Labriola
Melissa McCardle
Laura Maier
Ned Newhouse
Vicki Walsh

Information on all candidates is readily available on the internet, and we encourage everyone to seek out this information to be an informed electorate.

This year, any registered voter in Nassau County may vote during the times listed EXCEPT on Nov. 5th. On Election Day, Nov. 5th go to your regular polling place

Local Early Voting Location:  Levittown Hall, 201 Levittown Parkway

 Hours:  Sat. Oct. 26th     10am to 3pm
            Sun. Oct. 27th    10am to 3pm
               Mon. Oct. 28th   10am to 7pm
               Tue Oct. 29th     10am to 7pm
               Wed Oct. 30th   6am to 7pm
                Thu Oct. 31st   10am to 7pm
                Fri Nov. 1st        6am to 7pm
                Sat Nov. 2nd     10am to 3pm
                Sun Nov. 3rd     10am to 3pm

Meet the Candidates 2018

By   October 28, 2018

If you weren’t at our last meeting, you missed our Meet the Candidates Forum, where some of the candidates from local, state and federal elections presented themselves and their platform.


Voting is a privilege that comes with a responsibility to be informed about the issues and the candidates.  There are number of state and federal positions that are on this year’s ballot. Find more information on all candidates and their opponents online.  Be informed, be involved!

Dan DeBono – US Congress, 3rd District

Jim Gaughran – State Senate, 5th District

Michael Montesano – State Assembly, 15th District

Kevin Thomas – State Senate, 6th District

Dana Grossblatt – Nassau County District Court, 4th District
Joanne Curran Perrucci –  Nassau County District Court, 4th District

Memorial Day Parade

By   May 29, 2018

After 2 years of getting rained out, the annual Memorial Day Parade was on, and the community was blessed with a crisp morning.  The HGCA proudly marched as some flag runners handed out the stars and stripes to spectators.



HGCA Thanks Volunteers for Flag Distribution

By   May 28, 2018

The Flag Committee would like to thank Nassau County Legislator Rose Marie Walker for donating the flags and our volunteers who placed flags in front of every house in our Hicksville Garden Civic Association area.

A special thank you to Hicksville High School Robotics Team (Ms. Temp and the J-Birds), Girl Scout Troops 3181, 3551 and 3361, our Jr. Firefighters, and Hicksville Congress of Teachers; Kyrstin Stehle,

Andrea Ferrara, Stefanie Cristina, Alison Silvestri, Laura Fanelli, Lia DiPaola, Jessica Ficke, Andrea
McAuley, Margaret Congero, Amanda Mayr, and Ryan Safonte, for helping our Civic honor the men and
women who died while serving our country on this American holiday. A job well done.

Supervisor Saladino provides updates on TOB

By   May 19, 2018

At HGCA’s general meeting in May 2018, Supervisor Joe Saladino provided our membership an update on the Town of Oyster Bay, from a positive change in the town’s bond rating, to benefits of LED lighting and single-stream recycling programs, expectations on road paving, upgrades to parks around the Town, and of course status of the Hicksville Downtown Revitalization effort.


2017 Scholarship Awards

By   June 10, 2017

At the June 2017 general meeting, scholarships were awarded to 8 deserving students this year. After receiving their awards, each of the students gave a gracious speech to thank the sponsors and the civic, as well as to note their intended area of study.

Back row: Walter Grebe, Principal Raymond Williams, Ryan Wimbiscus, President Nicholas Sarandis
Front row: Shana Mathew, Fatemah Mukadum, Cecilia Funk, Nicole Titko, Jason Yang, Nolan Mingst, 
Assemblyman Michael Montesano

Recipients have the following plans for study upon graduation:

Name Plans Sponsor
Ryan Wimbiscus attending NCC for two years, then transferring, studying Business HGCA – John P Simonello
Shana Mathew attending Brooklyn Poly, studying Pre-Med HGCA
Walter Grebe attending SUNY Stony Brook, studying Computer Engineering Delco Plaza
Fatema Mukadum attending Northeastern University, studying Chemistry Foodtown
Nicole Titko attending Eastern Florida State, studying Crime Scene Technology Mary E. Dubon
Cecilia Funk attending LIU Brooklyn, studying Nursing Perfect Pharmacy
Jason Yang attending Vanderbilt University, studying Biology/Surgery Perfect Pharmacy
Nolan Mingst attending SUNY Buffalo, studying Mechanical/Aerospace Engineering Perillo Oil

We’d like to thank all of our sponsors for their generosity and their participation.  We’d also like to extend our thanks to Marie Dunker and the rest of the Scholarship Committee for their hard work in organizing this year’s scholarship program.