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St. Patrick’s Day Dance

Saturday, March 15

Women’s History Month Celebration

Wednesday, March 19

Supermarket Bingo

Friday, March 21


March 15

St. Patrick’s Day Dance

Joseph Barry Knights of  Columbus will be having at St. Patrick’s Day Dance. There will be corned beef, cabbage, Irish soda bread, dessert and coffee. Open bar and an Irish band. Cost is $30 per person. Checks payable to “Joseph Barry Knights of Columbus.” Reservations required.  No money accepted at the door. Call 516-385-0131 or 516-938-8323. The event will be held at 45 Heitz Place in Hicksville at 8 p.m.


March 19

Women’s History Month Celebration

Join the Hicksville Chamber of Commerce and the Long Island Executive Team of TD Bank in honoring some local women who have made a difference in the community. Everyone is invited to the celebration at 225 N. Broadway, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Please respond as soon as possible to Xia Leto at 516-937-9501 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


March 19-23

Craft Show

There will be a craft show at Broadway Mall. Contact the mall at 516- 935-1313 for more information.


March 21

Supermarket Bingo

Joseph Barry Columbiettes will be having a supermarket bingo. Doors open at 7 p.m., games start at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $5 per person, which includes one set of cards. Additional cards and specials will be available.  There will be coffee, cake and raffles.  Checks payable to:  Joseph Barry Columbiettes.  Call Marie 516-822-7605 or Pat 515-433-4186 or e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . The event will be held at 45 Heitz Place in Hicksville.


March 23

Model Mariners Boat Show

Come see over 60 model boats at the annual model mariners boat show. In the Macy’s Wing of the Broadway Mall from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.


March 29

Blood Drive

Join the Sarah Grace Foundation at this blood drive, which is being held from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Hicksville Community Center, 28 Carl St. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call Matthew Weippert at 516-433-9745 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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.


Calendar

Close Encounters with Benevolent ETs and Ascended Masters

August 29

Adventures in Genealogy

September 4

Greek Festival

September 5-7



Columns

1959: The Year The Music Stopped Playing
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com

The Eccentric Heiress Of ‘Empty Mansions’
Written by Mike Barry, MFBarry@optonline.net

Yellow Margarine And A Pitch For The Ages
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com