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Spiritual Discussion

June 7

Blood Drive

June 10

SeniorNet: Inernet for iPad or Tablet

June 16


June 7

Spiritual Discussion

The Center for Spiritual Living Long Island, 17 Maple Pl., Hicksville, is hosting a discussion for those who would like to share their spiritual journey with others from 10 a.m. to noon. For details, visit the website at www.religioussciencelongisland.org or call 516-822-9314.


June 9

Ladies Auxiliary

The Hicksville Ladies Auxiliary will be holding a meeting at 8 p.m. at the William M. Gouse Jr. VFW Post 3211, 320 S. Broadway.

Veterans of Foreign Wars

The Veterans of Foreign Wars meets at the William M. Gouse Jr. VFW Post 3211 in Hicksville, at 320 S. Broadway, at 8 p.m. For more information call 516-931-7843.


June 10

Blood Drive

Hicksville United Methodist Church at 130 W. Old Country Rd. will be holding a blood drive from 2 to 7:45 p.m. For more information call 516-931-0157.


June 13

You, Me and Dead People

Jim Fargiano, author of The Spoken Words of Spirit will give a brief overview of how he came about communicating with loved ones on the “other side.” Interactive event where audience members can ask what they want. $15. 8 p.m. at Levittown Hall, 201 Levittown Parkway in Hicksville. For more information call 516-731-0909.

AutoMat Car Show

Come see over 300 custom, classic, antique, exotic, sports and luxury cars and trucks at AutoMat. At 69 Hazel St. from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 516-938-7373.


June 16

SeniorNet: Getting The Most From Your iPad

Seniors are invited to learn how to use their iPads while meeting new friends. For seniors 60 and over. At the William P. Bennett Hicksville Community Center, at 28 W. Carl St. Session dates are Mondays in June from 1 to 3:30 p.m.  $10 to $35. For more information call 516-539-0150.

SeniorNet: Inernet for iPad or Tablet

Seniors 60 and over are invited to learn how to use their iPad or tablet and meet new friends. At the William P. Bennett Hicksville Community Center, at 28 W. Carl St. Session dates are Mondays in June from 9:30 a.m. to noon. $10 to $35. For more information call 516-539-0150.


June 17

Vietnam Veterans of America

The local chapter of the Vietnam Veterans of America meets at 8 p.m. at the William M. Gouse Jr. VFW Post 3211, at 320 S. Broadway in Hicksville. For more information call 516-509-6745.

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