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HHS Graduation

June 29

County Pools Open

June 30

Michael Magro Golf Outing

June 30


June 27

Lecture: Stay in the Light

Psychic medium, Bobbi Allison will share her unique style and insights into spiritual paths. $15. 8 p.m. At Levittown Hall, 201 Levittown Pkwy., Hicksville. For more information visit www.bobbiallison.com or call 516-731-0909.


June 29

HHS Graduation

Come congratulate the Hicksville High School Class of 2014 as they graduate. Hicksville High School football field at 2 p.m.


June 30

County Pools Open

Nassau County’s outdoor swimming pools will open for the season. Pool locations include Cantiague Park, 480 W. John St. in Hicksville.

Estate Planning

Central Nassau Guidance and Counseling Services will host a discussion on estate planning at their office at 950 S. Oyster Bay Rd., Suite 102 in Hicksville. This family/parent support group meeting focusing on estate planning is presented by attorney Adam Lamkin. Medicaid billable for agency clients, $5/family all others. From 7 to 8 p.m. For more information call 516-822-6111.

Michael Magro Golf Outing

Crossroads restaurant will be having their 2nd annual golf outing to benefit the Hicksville-based Michael Magro Foundation. The event will take place at the Tam O’Shanter Club in Brookville. Registration starts at 8:30 a.m., there will be a continental breakfast at 9 a.m. and a BBQ lunch. Goody bags, raffle and trophies will be awarded. Cost is $200 per golfer. Afterwards, enjoy dinner at Crossroads, located at 646 S. Broadway in Hicksville. Dinner is $60 per person, which includes an open bar, hot and cold buffet, coffee and dessert. Pre-registration is a must. To find out more and to register visit www.michaelmagrofoundation.com

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