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Erik’s Reptile Edventure

July 30

Soccer For A Cause

August 2

Blood Drive

August 2


July 28

Relapse Prevention

Discussion of strategies for family members with psychiatric conditions. Medicaid billable, $5 per family. At Central Nassau Guidance and Counseling Services, 950 S. Oyster Bay Rd. Suite 102. From 7 to 8 p.m.


July 30

Erik’s Reptile Edventure

This free “edventure” is designed to educate youngsters about the importance of science and nature, and more about reptiles, amphibians and bugs. At Levittown Hall, 201 Levittown Pkwy. at 10:30 a.m. For more information call 516-282-9000 x 7382.


July 30 - Aug. 3

Our Lady Of Mercy Family Festival

Our Lady of Mercy Church will be holding a family festival at 500 S. Oyster Bay Rd. from 6 to 11 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and 6 to 10 p.m. on Sunday Aug. 3. There will be rides, games, food, live music and a casino. Fees for food and rides. Email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 516-931-4351 for more information.


August 2

Soccer For A Cause

This tournament hosted by the Michael Magro Foundation will help support children with cancer and their families. $500 donation per team. At Kevin T. Kolm Memorial Park, 328 E. Old Country Road in Hicksville. For more information email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 516-578-8283.

Blood Drive

There will be a blood drive in the Macy’s wing of the Broadway Mall from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. All donors will receive a pair of tickets to see the NY Mets at Citi Field (by mail) and a $3 coupon off a $10 food court purchase.

News

Local veterans groups and residents gathered at Hicksville Middle School Veterans Memorial Park recently to honor brave servicemen and woman, past and present. William M. Gouse Jr. Post 3211 hosted Hicksville’s annual Veterans Day ceremony on Nov. 11.

The ceremonies began with the pledge and national anthem sung by Hicksville High School student Cassie Pursoo, accompanied by trumpeter Conner Hoelzer. Monsignor Thomas Costa from Our Lady of Church in Hicksville gave the invocation.

On Nov. 10, a dedication ceremony was held to celebrate the completion of a beautiful new two-story house in Hicksville. However, while new dwellings are an ordinary occurrence on Long Island, this one was unique and special in a way that very few are.

The house at 77 Thorman Ave. was built in memory of Navy Lieutenant and posthumous Congressional Medal of Honor recipient Michael P. Murphy, a Long Island native who tragically died in combat while serving in Afghanistan in 2005. However, this house represents more than just the dedicated service of a man to his country; it represents the beginning of a new life full of hope for a brother-in-arms and his family as well.


Sports

Football was Mike Torrellas’ heart and soul. He also liked a good Turkey Bowl.  

Unfortunately, the Hicksville Crusaders co-founder wasn’t able to witness the program’s inaugural event, which took place Saturday, Nov. 8.

Torrellas passed away suddenly last December due to a blood clot, but the spirit and drive of the man who wore the number 53 and tragically passed at that age still surrounds the Crusaders football program.

The Long Island Fight for Charity will be hosting its 11th annual Charity Boxing Event on Nov. 24 at the Hilton in Melville. Among the 20 volunteers putting up their fists for funds will be Hicksville business owner Mell Goldman, who will be fighting under the nickname “The Kid.”  

Goldman is the President of All Boro Cleaning Services. He stated that he was enticed at the opportunity and wanted to contribute to charity.


Calendar

Model Railroad Open House

November 28-30

Popcorn Balls

November 30

Craft Fair

November 30



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