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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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    Comings and goings: Bakery to open cafe
    Creative Cakes opens
  • Getting the best rental car prices

    Getting the best rental car prices
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    Gov. Cuomo: Lowe's to Distribute Over 22,000 Thanksgiving Meals to Sandy Victims

    Gov. Cuomo: Lowe's to Distribute Over 22,000 Thanksgiving Meals to Sandy Victims
    Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that Lowe’s will be distributing more than 22,000 traditional, family-style Thanksgiving meals from Boston Market to families in the hardest hit communities of Hurricane Sandy. These heat-and-serve dinners...

    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...