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Social Dancing at Kismet Hall

January 24

Family Fun Day

January 25

Blood Drive

January 25


Ongoing

Korean War Veterans of Nassau County

The Korean War Veterans of Nassau County Chapter 1 monthly meeting is held at 8 p.m. at American Legion Post #1711 at 3123 N. Jerusalem Road in Levittown the third Monday of every month. Call 334-1025. You didn not have to have served in Korea to become a member.


January 24

Social Dancing at Kismet Hall

Every Friday afternoon from noon to 3 p.m. at Kismet Hall (located at 18 W. Nicholai Street) in Hicksville there are dance classes for those 45 and older. Kick up your heels and join the fun. Enjoy a ballroom dance lesson taught by professional instructors and then do some social dancing to a professional DJ on a large dance floor. There will be snacks, singles hosts and introductions, couples areas. Call 718 332-7825, email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for more information.


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 such as crafts, pretzel making, face painting and more for kids.

Singles Club Meeting

The Singles Club of Long Island is having a luncheon at the Asian Buffet on Old Country Road in Hicksville. Starts at 11:30 a.m. You do not hae to be single and anybody is welcome to join the club. For more information write to Karin at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 516-938-0506. You can also find the group at meetup.com.

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.

News

Local veterans groups and residents gathered at Hicksville Middle School Veterans Memorial Park recently to honor brave servicemen and woman, past and present. William M. Gouse Jr. Post 3211 hosted Hicksville’s annual Veterans Day ceremony on Nov. 11.

The ceremonies began with the pledge and national anthem sung by Hicksville High School student Cassie Pursoo, accompanied by trumpeter Conner Hoelzer. Monsignor Thomas Costa from Our Lady of Church in Hicksville gave the invocation.

On Nov. 10, a dedication ceremony was held to celebrate the completion of a beautiful new two-story house in Hicksville. However, while new dwellings are an ordinary occurrence on Long Island, this one was unique and special in a way that very few are.

The house at 77 Thorman Ave. was built in memory of Navy Lieutenant and posthumous Congressional Medal of Honor recipient Michael P. Murphy, a Long Island native who tragically died in combat while serving in Afghanistan in 2005. However, this house represents more than just the dedicated service of a man to his country; it represents the beginning of a new life full of hope for a brother-in-arms and his family as well.


Sports

Football was Mike Torrellas’ heart and soul. He also liked a good Turkey Bowl.  

Unfortunately, the Hicksville Crusaders co-founder wasn’t able to witness the program’s inaugural event, which took place Saturday, Nov. 8.

Torrellas passed away suddenly last December due to a blood clot, but the spirit and drive of the man who wore the number 53 and tragically passed at that age still surrounds the Crusaders football program.

The Long Island Fight for Charity will be hosting its 11th annual Charity Boxing Event on Nov. 24 at the Hilton in Melville. Among the 20 volunteers putting up their fists for funds will be Hicksville business owner Mell Goldman, who will be fighting under the nickname “The Kid.”  

Goldman is the President of All Boro Cleaning Services. He stated that he was enticed at the opportunity and wanted to contribute to charity.


Calendar

Fall Drama Production

November 20-22

Blood Drive

November 24

Christmas Holiday Fair

November 24



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