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Hicksville

Hicksville
Beginnings: For centuries, miles of prairie grass spread across the spot that would become Hicksville. When Welsh settler Robert Williams proposed in 1648 to buy a large portion of the eastern plains, including Hicksville, the Matinecock Indians didn't think they were giving up much as they preferred to live in the forest. Most British settlers were just as uninterested because it was so remote. The land lay vacant for almost two centuries, until Jericho businessman Valentine Hicks, son-in-law of the nationally famous Quaker preacher Elias Hicks, turned his attention to the prairie land he had acquired.
Photo: At St. John's Protectory, Hicksville (Photo from "Long Island To-day" by Fred...
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Beginnings: For centuries, miles of prairie grass spread across the spot that would become Hicksville. When Welsh settler Robert Williams proposed in 1648 to buy a large portion of the eastern plains, including Hicksville, the Matinecock Indians didn't think they were giving up much as they preferred to live in the forest. Most British settlers were just as uninterested because it was so remote. The land lay vacant for almost two centuries, until Jericho businessman Valentine Hicks, son-in-law of the nationally famous Quaker preacher Elias Hicks, turned his attention to the prairie land he had acquired.
Photo: At St. John's Protectory, Hicksville (Photo from "Long Island To-day" by Frederick Ruther, 1909)
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  • Annapolis' Borland, Williams lead classes at NOOD Regatta

    Two Annapolis sailors, Jeff Borland and Tim Williams, took advantage of favorable winds on their home Chesapeake Bay waters to take the lead in their classes Saturday at the Sperry Top-Sider NOOD Regatta. Borland leads the nine-boat Etchells class aboard Make Mine a Double with 13 points through two days of the three-day event. Williams has four wins in six races aboard LinGin in the Alberg 30 class. Race officials will determine the regatta's overall winner today, based on the strongest finish in the most competitive class. The overall winner will be invited to participate in the Sperry Top-Sider NOOD Championship Regatta in the British Virgin Islands at the end of the season to compete aboard Sunsail 44i's against the other overall winners in the 2013 series.
  • Comings and goings: Bakery to open cafe

    Comings and goings: Bakery to open cafe
    Creative Cakes opens Sisters Beth Fahey and Becky Palermo, who've operated Creative Cakes for 22 years in Tinley Park, can hardly wait for their newest venture to open. They just moved the bakery from 16649 S. Oak Park Ave. into new space inside...

    Getting the best rental car prices

    Getting the best rental car prices
    If you plan on renting a car this summer, a bit of forethought can help you knock quite a bit off a potential rental bill. Here are some suggestions: Check alternate airports. If you're heading for a city with more than one airport, check rates at each...

    MTA Announces Fare Hike Proposals

    MTA Announces Fare Hike Proposals
    Riders and commuters will see an increase in fares and tolls. The question is how much of an increase will there be? The base fare is currently $2.25. A series of 4 proposals were put forth Monday by the staff of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority...

    LI Man Attempted To Swap Drugs For Sex With Child: Cops

    LI Man Attempted To Swap Drugs For Sex With Child: Cops
    A Long Island man was arrested after police said he arranged to have sex with a 12-year-old girl in exchange for prescription pills. According to Nassau County detectives, Walter Hurst, 57, of Bayshore, arrived at a hotel in Hicksville Thursday night...