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Spring Shopping Extravaganza

May 7

Flea Market

May 10

Catholic War Veterans To Meet

May 15


May 7

Spring Shopping Extravaganza

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 the church office at 516-938-1233.

Free Dance Class

Gotta Dance will offer a free dance class and hold summer registration from 3 to 5 p.m. at 24 E. Nicholai St. in Hicksville. For more information visit gotta-dance.org or call 516-348-3949.


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.


May 15

Catholic War Veterans

All Catholics who served in the U.S. Armed Forces are invited to join. Meetings are held year-round the third Thursday of the month at 45 Heitz Place in Hicksville. For more information call 516-822-3954.


May 16

Lecture: Does A Superhuman Exist Within You?

Discover how the state your body is in could be helping or hurting your potential to stay in the supernatural. Donna Martini teaches people to be their most powerful selves through “Positive Manipulation.” $15. At 8 p.m. At Levittown Hall, 201 Levittown Parkway in Hicksville. For more information visit www.eyesoflearning.org or call 516-731-0909.

Blood Drive

The Hicksville Middle School PTA will hold a blood drive from 2:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the small gym.


May 17

Mega Yard Sale

Trinity Lutheran School will be holding a mega yard sale in their municipal parking lot. The community is welcome to drop off donations May 14-16. The game truck will be at the sale from 10 a.m. to noon.


May 18

Dinner and Social

The Singles Association of Long Island is having a dinner and social for those 25 years old and over. At Boulder Creek Steakhouse in Hicksville from 4 to 7 p.m. Cost is $3. RSVP by May 16. For more information visit This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 516-465-3953.


May 19

Blood Drive

There will be a blood drive in the multipurpose room of Trinity Lutheran Church of Hicksville, at 40 W. Nicholai St. in Hicksville. From 3 to 8:45 p.m. Call 516-822-4867 for an appointment.

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

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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

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