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Soccer For A Cause

August 2

Blood Drive

August 2

Holy Family Church Fair

August 13-16


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. 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.


August 7

Speed Dating

7-in-Heaven is hosting a speed dating event for singles ages 44 to 60. Meet 10 to 12 dates during 7 minute speed dating rounds. At Mio Posto, 600 W. Old Country Road in Hicksville. $38. For more information email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or visit www.7-in-heaven.com


August 13-16

Holy Family Church Fair

Holy Family Church will be holding a fair with rides, games, music, food and a casino. There are fees for food and rides. At 17 Fordham Ave. Wednesday and Thursday from 6 to 10 p.m.; Friday and Sunday from 6 to 11 p.m. For more information email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or visit www.festival.holyfamilyparishny.org


August 15

Summer Revival Extravaganza

Hicksville United Methodist Church will be hosting a steel band orchestra for a praise and worship concert. At 130 W. Old Country Road. 7:30 p.m.

High School Reunion

The Hicksville High School Class of 1974 will hold their 40th reunion at 8 p.m. at the Milleridge Inn. The cost is $90 per person which includes a three course dinner, open dinner and DJ. Checks can be made payable to Nancy Rooney and mailed to Nancy Rooney, 12 Elwood Ave., Hicksville, NY 11801. For questions and more information email Chris Roach at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

News

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.

Commuting to work via train is exasperating and expensive—add on the stress of parking and the threat of tickets, and it becomes madness.

At the Hicksville Long Island Railroad (LIRR) station, there are 2,603 total spots, which includes 1,440 in the town parking garage. Of the total spots, 1,531 are permit spots and 618 are unrestricted, according to the Town of Oyster Bay public information office. Though that sounds like plenty, the sheer volume of passengers commuting from the station makes every morning a mad dash for parking.


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

Fall Drama Production

November 20-22

Blood Drive

November 24

Christmas Holiday Fair

November 24



Columns

1959: The Year The Music Stopped Playing
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com

The Eccentric Heiress Of ‘Empty Mansions’
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Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com