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Legion Meeting

January 20

Board of Education Meeting

January 22

Family Fun Day

January 25


January 16

7 in Heaven Singles Event

There will be a 7 In Heaven Singles Event at Mio Posto Italian Restaurant, 600 W. Old Country Rd. in Hicksville, from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Ten experts will give advice and presentations, free samples, prizes and appetizers. The cost is $15. For more information, contact organizers at 631-592-9804 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Find out more at  www.7-in-heaven.com


January 20

Legion Meeting

Charles Wagner American Legion Post 421 will be having their bimonthly meeting 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.

Korean War Veterans Meeting

Korean War Veterans of NC Chapter #1 will hold their regular monthly meeting at 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. Call 334-1025 for more information.


January 21

Vietnam War Veterans Meeting

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.


January 22

Board of Education Meeting

The Hicksville Board of Education will be having a meeting at the administration building at 8:30 p.m.


January 23

Catholic War Veterans Meeting

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 516-433-5008.


January 25

Family Fun Day

The Broadway Mall will be holding a family fun day from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Come to Center Court to enjoy free entertainment for kids.

Blood Drive

Broadway Mall will be hosting a blood drive in parternship with Long Island Blood Services. Come to the IKEA Wing from 10:45 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. to donate blood and help save a life.


January 26

Historical Society Winter Social

The Hicksville Historical Society will be hosting their winter social at the Hicksville Gregory Museum from 1 to 4 p.m. Historian Marissa L. Berman will give a presentation on Nunley’s Amusement Park  that was on Sunrise Highway in Baldwin.  Berman, a Long Island  native and Assistant Director of the Archives at Queensborough  Community College, has a book on the park published by Arcadia Books. For more information, call Society President Mike Christodoulou at 516-433-7462 or write This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


January 29

Sands Casino Trip

The Catholic Daughters of the America’s #869 will be hosting a bus trip to the Sands Casino in Pennsylvania. The cost is $42 per person. Give back is $30 slot pay and $5 food voucher. The bus leaves at 9 a.m. sharp, please arrive at Cantiague Park, near the miniature golf course at 8:30 a.m. We will be returning at approximately 8:30 p.m. For reservations, call Barbara at 516-935-5576. The first to pay is the first on the bus. All profit will benefit our charities and scholarship fund.


February 8

Dare To Wear Red

The Joseph Barry Columbiettes will be hosting a Dare To Wear Red-Women’s Heart Health Dinner and Dance. Featuring singer and entertainer Joe Salemi. Speakers include Legislator Rose Walker and other health care professionals. Cost is $27 per person, which includes dinner, dessert, soda, coffee and tea. There will be a cash bar. Reservations and checks payable to Joseph Barry Columbiettes must be made prior to Feb 1. Call Pat at 516-433-4186.  Proceeds benefit Columbiette charities and scholarships. From 7 to 11 p.m. at 45 Heitz Place.

Defensive Driving Class

Our Lady of Hope R.C. Church will be hosting a defensive driving course. This class will help students become safer drivers, and they can also receive a 10 percent insurance reduction from their liability and collision premium and up to four points will be deducated from their driving record. The cost of the class is $45. From 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.  To register or for more information call 516-334-6288.


Ongoing

Central Nassau Guidance & Counseling Services

Located at 950 South Oyster Bay Rd. in Hicksville, Central Nassau Guidance and Counseling Services offers the following programs:

• The Community Program has a group for senior citizens. The Golden Years is open to all people over 60 who are dealing with issues related to drugs or alcohol. This is an opportunity to talk confidentially with your peers as well as having the support and guidance of a skilled professional. Medicare and most other insurances are accepted. The Community Program is also a NYS DMV approved facility. For information about this or any other services call 822-4060.

• A support group for those who have family members with mental illness meets Mondays from 7 to 8 p.m. A nominal fee is charged. Therapeutic and supportive services to people hampered in their functioning by mental illness, psychological difficulties and/or substance abuse and addiction problems is provided. The staff is comprised of psychiatrists, registered nurses and certified social workers.

• An outpatient substance abuse agency offering a Parenting Group. This group specializes in parenting issues for substance abusers. While drug use among teens has declined in other parts of the country, it continues to rise here in Nassau County. For information on this group as well as other services, call 516-822-4060. All inquiries are confidential.

News

When life hands you lemons, make lemonade. That’s just what a Hicksville baker is doing, except in her case it isn’t lemons, but a gluten-free diet. Her lemonade stand of choice is her brand new gluten-free eatery, “Jac’s Bakeshop and Bistro,” which held its grand opening on April 12.  

“I’m a baker who can’t even eat wheat or eggs,” said owner Jaclyn Messina, chuckling at the irony.

There’s a lot you can do in 99 minutes. You could cook dinner, play a non-stop soccer game, watch a romantic comedy or hang out with Odysseus, Achilles and Hercules. If you chose the last option, Hicksville High School’s upcoming theatre production of The Iliad, The Odyssey, and All of Greek Mythology in 99 Minutes or Less  is the place for you.

The mouthful of a title says it all. The cast will take on over 80 characters as they speed through all of Greek mythology, including popular tales such as The Iliad and The Odyssey, in a little over an hour and a half.


Sports

Vito Sciascia was recently named Hicksville Soccer Club’s Volunteer of the Year at the 2014 Long Island Junior Soccer League 2014 Kick-off Convention.

Sciascia started coaching travel soccer in 1998 for a boys team, the Flash, who later changed their names to the Muddogs. He could always be found at various sporting fields trying to recruit new soccer players. He would make each of these boys feel important and there was always room for another player. He tried to never turn a child away and when other coaches were having trouble with a boy he would take them on his team, no one was ever too much for him. Sciascia found the good in all those boys and they in return respected him. He took them to many tournaments and solicited enough sponsorship so that it was never a financial burden on their families.

Cantiague Park Senior Men’s Golf League had its first tournament on Thursday April 4. Twenty golfers came out on on a crisp but sunny morning. Charlie Hong was the only man to score under a 40, with a 38 and won for low overall score. Jim O’ Brien  scored a 41, and won low overall net in a tie-breaker with Mike Guerriero.

Competition on the nine-hole course is divided into two divisions. Flight A is for players with a handicap of 13 or lower. Flight B is for players with a handicap of 14 or more. The league is a 100 percent handicap league. Any man 55 years or older is eligible for membership. We have many openings for this year, and you can sign up anytime throughout the the season.


Calendar

The Acchords Concert

April 26

Senior Citizen Luncheon

May 1

Curtains

May 1-3



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