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Bonsai Day

Saturday, May 25

Parade Announcement

Monday, May 27

Fire Department History

Wednesday, May 29

Saturday, May 25

Bonsai Day

The Cornell Cooperative Extension of Nassau County presents Bonsai Day on May 25 at East Meadow Farm, 832 Merrick Avenue in East Meadow from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Award-winning bonsai displays, and Bonsai Society of Greater New York experts will be available to answer questions. Also, gardeners can bring their bonsai for tips and advice from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Call 516-565-5265 for more information.


Monday, May 27

Parade Announcement

On May 27, the United Veterans of Hicksville will hold the annual Memorial Day Parade and ceremonies. The parade will step off at 9 a.m. from the Sears parking lot. It will turn left and head south along Broadway to Old Country Road. At Old Country Road it will turn west until it reaches Jerusalem Avenue. At Jerusalem Avenue it will turn south and proceed to 4th Street where it will end by the Hicksville Middle School. At approximately 10:30 a.m., the Memorial Day ceremonies will take place at the Middle School’s Veterans Memorial Park.


Tuesday, May 28

Golf Outing

Crossroads Restaurant Golf Outing to benefit the Michael Magro Foundation on May 28. Registration at 8:30 a.m. at Tam O’Shanter Club, Fruitledge Road, Brookville. Cost is $200 per person. There will be a continental breakfast at 9 a.m. and a barbecue lunch at noon. Enjoy dinner back at Crossroads located at 646 South Broadway, in Hicksville. Dinner only will be $60 per person, and includes open bar, deluxe hot and cold buffet, coffee and dessert. Pre-registration is a must. For more information and to register visit http://www.michaelmagrofoundation.com/ or call 516-935-4510.


Wednesday, May 29

Fire Department History

The Hicksville Historical Society is proud to present Ex Chief Owen Magee, 57-year member of the Hicksville Fire Department, to give a talk on the history, establishment and operations of the Hicksville Fire Dept. The earliest fire company dates back to 1869. Program on May 29 at 7:15 p.m. at the Hicksville Library’s Ken Barnes Community Room. Refreshments will be served.  For information contact President Mike Christodoulou at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or at 516-433-7462.


Saturday, June 1

Carnival For A Cure

Relay For Life of Bethpage will hold its Carnival For A Cure, beginning on June 1 at 5 p.m. on the ballfields at Bethpage High School. Visit www.relayforlife.org/bethpageny for information.

Veterans’ Dance

British Veterans of America, Nassau County, Inc. will hold their British Veterans’ Dance on June 1 from 7 to 11 p.m. at the Veterans of Foreign Wars hal, 320 South Broadway, in Hicksville. Admission is $15 per person. Coffee, cake, and dancing to Vic Vincent Group. All are welcome. Call 516-739-0698 for information.


Sunday, June 2

Health Fair

On June 2, the Hicksville Chamber of Commerce and Zwanger-Pesiri present the Hicksville Health Fair from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Kennedy Memorial Park, Jerusalem Avenue, West John Street and Broadway. Vendors, rides, food available. Visit hicksvillechamber.com for more information.


Wednesday, June 5

Senior ID Program

Senator Kemp Hannon joins Senator Charles Fuschillo and Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano in announcing a free Senior ID Program at the Farmingdale Library on June 5. The program will take place from noon to 4 p.m. Senior citizens, aged 60 and above, can come to the Farmingdale Library to get a free, wallet-sized, ID card. The card includes personal contact information, photo, emergency contact name and phone number, and helpful emergency phone numbers. For information contact Senator Hannon’s Community Office at 516-739-1700.


Sunday, July 14

Classic Car Show

Classic Car Show on July 14 at Bethpage Federal Credit Union at 899 South Oyster Bay Rd in Bethpage. All makes and models welcome. Live performance by one of Long Island’s top doo-wop bands, The Fabularies. Trophies, raffles, vendors, radio broadcast, and more. Download a car registration form at www.corvettesociety.com. Raindate is July 21. Show spots sell out each year, reserve early. For more information contact Joe at 516-849-2465.


Sunday, July 21

Summer Fair

Hicksville’s 11th Annual Summer Street Fair will be held on July 21 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Kennedy Park, Route 107 and Jerusalem Avenue.


Saturday, August 17

Hicksville Run

The Greater LI Running Club has teamed up with the Hicksville Chamber of Commerce for the inaugural Discover Hicksville 5-mile run on Aug. 17 at 4 p.m. Course will start and finish at Cantiague Park. Sponsorship opportunities available. For more information contact 516-443-9204 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


Weekly Events

•Bible Studies conducted by the Cornerstone Christian Church of LI every Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. at 250 W. Old Country Rd., Country Bridge Plaza, (behind Antun’s Catering House; nearest cross road: Route 106). For more information call 342-1552 or go to www.cornerstonechristianchurchny.com.

•Mid Nassau Jewish Retirement Club meets every Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Temple Emanuel 123 Merrick Ave., East Meadow. New members are welcome. Call Marty Fein 485-3171.

•Martial Arts America in Hicksville, 300 South Broadway, holds free Child Safety workshops on Saturdays. The free workshops are offered as part of the school’s monthly community service. For more information, visit www.MaaSchools.com or call 932-5275.

•Hicksville-Jericho Rotary Club meets every Thursday at 12:15 at Franks Steak House, 4 Jericho Turnpike, Jericho.

•Hicksville Homemakers business meeting from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the William Bennett Community Center, 28 W. Carl St. Come in and join the group and become a member. Classes held every Thursday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

•Bible Study at Parkway Community Church, 95 Stewart Ave., Hicksville. Every Wednesday at 11 a.m. and 7:30 p.m.  For more information call 516-938-1233 or go to www.parkwaychurch.org.


Monthly Events

•Charles Wagner American Legion Post 421, founded in 1919, meets the first and third Monday of each month (July and August the post meets only the third Monday) at 8 p.m. at the Hicksville VFW Hall, 320 S. Broadway, Hicksville. All eligible veterans are most welcome. Dedicated to assisting veterans, POW-MIA, military, children and the community. Come and help your fellow veterans. For further information, contact American Legion Post 421 by writing to American Legion 421, PO Box 925, Hicksville, NY, 11801 or e-mail your request for further information to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , or telephone 516-781-0843.

•The Board Of Fire Commissioners regular meetings are held on the second Tuesday of each month except in the month of December when the meeting is held on the first Tuesday. Meetings start at 6:30 p.m. in the board room of the E. Marie St. Firehouse. Meetings are also held on the third Thursday of the month at 7 p.m. at which time department matters and small details are discussed with the chiefs of the department.

•William M. Gouse Jr. Post #3211 VFW meeting at 7:30 p.m. at 320 S. Broadway. For information call 931-7843. Meetings are held every second and fourth Monday of each month.

•William M. Gouse Jr. Post #3211 VFW Ladies Auxiliary meets at 8 p.m. at 320 S. Broadway. Meetings are held every second Monday of the month.

•Korean War Veterans of NC Chapter #1 regular monthly meeting at 8 p.m. (1:30 p.m. during the winter months) at American Legion Post #1711, 3123 N. Jerusalem Rd., Levittown. The chapter meets on the third Monday of every month (except July and August). Call 334-1025.

•The LI Psoriasis Network Meetup Group will get together in the second floor In-Service Classroom of North Shore University Hospital at Plainview, 888 Old Country Rd., on the first Tuesday from 7 to 9 p.m. All are welcome. No cost. More information is available at http://psoriasis.meetup.com/24/

•Order Sons Of Italy in America invites those interested to join the Galileo Galilei Lodge #2253 in Hicksville. The meetings are held on the second Tuesday of the month at 7:30 p.m. at Wm. Bennett Community Building, 28 W. Carl St. Join by calling Marie Matassa 931-2843 for an application.

•Nassau County Aquarium Society meets on the second Tuesday of the month at 7:30 p.m. at the American Legion Hall, 66 Veterans Blvd., Massapequa. Free parking, free admission, guests welcome. Refreshments served. Junior members always welcome. Call Mike Foran 798-6766; Ken Smith 631-589-0913 or Brandie 631-473-4018.

•Disabled America Veterans (DAV) was founded in 1920, is congressionally chartered and dedicated to building better lives for America’s disabled veterans and their families. DAV Chapter #143 includes members from all of Nassau County. Meetings are held from September to June on the second Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. at TOBAY’s Town Hall South, 977 Hicksville Rd., Massapequa. Call 797-6921 for further information or e-mail at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Come and join your fellow veterans in support of each other.

•Vietnam Veterans Of America (VVA) was founded in 1978, is congressionally chartered and exclusively dedicated to Vietnam-era veterans and their families. VVA Chapter #82 is your Nassau County Chapter and meets on the third Tuesday of each month at 8 p.m. at Hicksville’s VFW Hall. Call 677-5384 for further information or contact us by e-mail at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Come and join your fellow Vietnam Veteran in support of each other.

•NC Mothers Of Twins Club, a caring support, education and resource for parents of multiples. Meetings are at 7:30 p.m. at the Parkway Community Church, 95 Stewart Ave., on the third Tuesday of each month with the exception of July and December. Call 616-3366 or visit www.NCMOC.org.

•Alzheimer’s Support Group. Are you a caregiver who would like to share your experience with others? There is strength in knowing you are not alone. Join this support group at 7 p.m. on the third Tuesday of the month in the Adult Day Health Care Program Room at the Cold Spring Hills Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation, 378 Syosset-Woodbury Rd., Woodbury. Call Sheldon Rybak, RCSW/ACSW 622-7770.

•Hicksville Historical Society. The trustees, members (and guests) of the HHS meet on the fourth Tuesday of March, May, September and November in the Kenneth Barnes Community Room in the Hicksville Library at 7:15 p.m. This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

•LI Junior Chamber of Commerce regularly has the Meet and Greet on the first Thursday and the monthly meeting on the third Tuesday of each month, along with a variety of other events throughout the month, For more information on the LI Junior Chamber, visit WWW.LIJC.com. Contact: Martin Dekom, chairman, 850-2717 - This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ; Julie Dekom, membership director This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ; Steven Eiselen, community development VP This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

•Your Widows/Widowers Social Group, a nonsectarian, nonprofit organization of widows and widowers ages 50 to 70 years of age. Fee for members is $3, nonmembers $5. Meets at 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at St. Joseph’s Church, 5th St. and Franklin Ave., Garden City, on the third Wednesday of each month. Call Diana 481-9280. No meeting at the church during July and August.

•St. Bernard’s W/W Interfaith Organization. General meeting at 8 to 11 p.m. at the Elks Club, 2612 Veterans Blvd., Massapequa. All are invited. Meetings are held on the second Thursday of the month. For further information contact Chris 631-842-6734.

•Catholic War Veterans. All Catholics who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces are invited to attend the meeting of Joseph Barry Post No. 1946 of the Catholic War Veterans on the third Thursday of each month at 8 pm. at the Joseph Barry Knights of Columbus Council, 45 Heitz Pl. For information on joining call 433-5008.

•Perceptual Problems Affecting Reading/Learning. Free meetings about a little-known but common perceptual problem which affects the reading and learning capabilities of children and adults, as featured on 60 Minutes, are now being held at Perceptual Change Associates, 120 Bethpage Rd., Hicksville. Seating is limited for the twice monthly meetings being held on the first Friday and second Thursday of each month from 2 to 3 p.m. For reservations to learn more about this easily correctable perceptual problem call 822-4900.

•LI Tourette Syndrome Association Support groups for those who have family members or other loved ones with Tourette Syndrome meet from 7:30 to 9 p.m. on the first Friday of each month at the DeMatteis Center, north side of Northern Blvd., Old Brookville (directly opposite the NY Institute of Technology campus). There are three separate support groups running simultaneously: one group for children, one for teens and one for parents/adults. Siblings of TS children are also invited. Free for LI-TSA members. For further information, call 876-6947 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

•Bethpage Masonic Lodge No. 975 Free And Accepted Masons will meet at 8 p.m. at the Hicksville Masonic Temple, 18 W. Nicholai St., Hicksville. For information call 731-2488. Meetings are every second and fourth Friday.

•St. Bernard’s W/W Interfaith Organization Dance every fourth Friday at the Elks Club, Veterans Blvd., Massapequa, at 8 p.m. to midnight. $14. For further information contact call Chris 631-842-6734.

•The River Flows Coffee House, an evening of fellowship consisting of conversation, board games, music that rocks as well as coffee provided by Starbucks and cake are offered. Presented by The River of Life Church on the second Saturday of each month. A free will offering of $7 per adult is allocated to a “Free Lunch Buffet” and other church ministries. 15 W. Marie St. 7:30 to 11:30 p.m. Donations of nonperishable, prepackaged and canned foods and personal hygiene products are needed to provide aid for the poor or homeless and can be dropped off Sundays from 1 to 3 p.m. or by appointment. Call Pastor James Cohen 937-9226.

•Jewish War Veterans, Gieir-Levitt Post #655 invite all Jewish war veterans to join them at the Mid-Island Y JCC, 45 Manetto Hill Rd., Plainview, at 9 a.m. on the second Sunday of every month. Call Larry Sklar at 942-3327.

News

Vastra boutique finds a niche

in hand-embroidered dresses

Who says a bride has to wear white on her wedding day? For South Asian brides, no color is off limits including brilliant reds, blues and golds. For the past 17 years, Vastra in Hicksville has been helping brides from New York and across the country find the perfect dress for their special day.

There’s no lack of Indian sari boutiques in Hicksville but according to Marketing Director Prachi Jain, what sets Vastra apart from the others is its emphasis on one of a kind, hand-embroidered Indian dresses.

Many would consider it rude to play with your food. That is unless, you’re participating in the Long Island Potato Festival. The event, which was held in Cutchogue, NY, included a mashed potato sculpting contest which was dominated by Hicksville’s Sarah Tsang, who won first place in the youth division.

Contestants were allowed to use any tools and materials to help bring their creation to life. Sculptures were left on display throughout the day and voted on by festival goers.


Sports

Somehow LSA, the Levittown Swimming Association, has always been a part of our Hicksville summers. My family’s introduction to the organization in 1975 began when our two older daughters tried out for the Parkway Swim Team, one of the nine teams that competed through July and most of August.

It was no small task for the younger girl, swimming her first full lap in the deep end of the pool to qualify at age six, but both girls made the team and donned the coveted gray tee shirts as the trees cast their shadows over the pool water at the end of practice.

I’m convinced that the soul and the center of Hicksville is Cantiague Park. And why not? Every weekend it’s a beehive of activity ranging from tennis matches, hand ball games, basketball and baseball games, swimming, hockey and of course ‘the beautiful game’ called soccer. Cantiague has two professional soccer fields that are perfectly manicured and begging to be played on. And they were. This weekend was the finals of the East Meadow Soccer Tournament which is one of the largest youth soccer tournaments in the nation, sponsored by the US Soccer Federation. There were 18 boys and girls teams in the finals and a large staff of referees.

Two of the refs were Steven Orozco and Randy Vogt who told me how soccer had been growing and has now become the second most popular participation sport in America with 25 million of us watching this year’s World Cup.  I also met and interviewed Joe Codispoti who along with Tim Bradbury is the head coach of Rockville Centre United, a U16 boys club.  This U16 team has a group of standout players led by  Jack Graziano, AJ Codispoti and Pat Basile who have been playing together for six years.


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Greek Festival

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