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Curtains

May 1-3

Vendors Night

May 2

Car Wash for Cancer

May 4


May 1-3

Curtains

The Holy Trinity Performing Arts Department will be presenting the musical comedy, Curtains at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10. At Holy Trinity Diocesan High School, 98 Cherry Lane in Hicksville. For more information email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 516-433-2900.


May 2

Vendors Night

The Hicksville Middle School PTSA is holding a vendors night at 6 p.m. in the Middle School large gym. There will be several vendors, a raffle basket and 50/50. Admission is $5 per person for those 14 and up. Each admission comes with three raffle tickets.


May 4

Car Wash for Cancer

Holy Family CYO will host its seventh annual Car Wash for Cancer from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Holy Family School, 17 Fordham Ave. in Hicksville. Proceeds will be donated to the family of Dale, a local 13-year-old boy battling cancer. Dale has undergone 28 cycles of chemotherapy and surgery to remove four ribs. The results have been positive, but the family has been faced with many medical bills. For those who cannot attend the car wash, donations are also being accepted. Checks can be made payable to the Lexiebean Foundation and mailed to Ed Hebron, 2 Mitchell Ct., Hicksville, NY 11801. For more information please contact Ed Hebron at 516-761-6647 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Rain date is May 18.

Anniversary Dinner and Social

The Singles Association of Long Island will be having a dinner at Applebee’s located at 938 S. Broadway in Hicksville. $3 plus the cost of the meal. For ages 25 and over. At 7 p.m. RSVP by May 2. For more information email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Family Communion Breakfast and Mass

The Knights of Columbus and Columbiettes will hold their annual family communion breakfast and mass at St. Ignatius Church. Breakfast will follow the 9:30 a.m. mass at the Knights of Columbus Hall, at 45 Heitz Place. Admission is $15 per person, $24 per couple, $30 per family. There will be surprise guest speakers. Call Grace at 516-931-2529 for reservations.


May 7

Spring Shopping Extravangza

Shop over 60 vendors selling jewelry, handbags, household items, handmade craft items and more. At Levittown Hall, 201 Levittown Pkwy. in Hicksville. From 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. For more information contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


May 10

Flea Market

Parkway Community Church will hold its annual flea market, plant sale and bake sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Rain or shine. The church is located at 95 Stewart Ave. in Hicksville. For more information call t he church office at 516-938-1233.


May 12

Ladies Auxiliary

The Ladies Auxiliary has their monthly meeting at William M. Gouse Jr. VFW Post 3211 at 320 S. Broadway. At 8 p.m. For more information call 516-931-7843.

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