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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

A group of like-minded local residents banded together and saved more than 200 area trees from the chopping block — for now.

A state judge ordered Nassau County and the Department of Public Works to stop cutting down trees along South Oyster Bay Road, granting a temporary restraining order to a group of residents spearheading an effort to save the trees.

State Supreme Court Judge Antonio Brandveen scheduled a hearing on Thursday, Oct. 16 for the county to address complaints from residents, in particular a group called Operation STOMP (Save Trees Over More Pavement) founded by Hicksville native Tanya Lukasik.The Public Works department had planned to removed more than 200 30-foot trees in communities ranging from Plainview, Bethpage, Hicksville and Syosset.

For the past 16 years, Lucia Simon has walked from her home in Hicksville to her job at the Hicksville Public Library. She enjoys her job as a librarian and says that the staff has become like family to her. But for the past three years, Simon and 56 fellow co-workers have been frustrated at what she says is the library’s board refusal to negotiate a fair contract.  

“We have had no contract in three years. They refuse to bargain with us. Every time they come back to us it’s not fair,” says Simon.

However, the board of trustees disagree, saying that it has made a “fair offer.”


Sports

The Girls Varsity soccer team, in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, wore pink uniforms and pink socks in their game on Oct. 8 against MacArthur whom they defeated 1-0. The girls and boys soccer programs at Hicksville High School are selling pink ribbon car magnets with a soccer ball and HHS on it with the words “Kick Cancer” on the ribbon. All the money raised will go to the Sarah Grace Foundation, which is a local foundation trying to beat pediatric cancer. The players plan to raise $1,000 for this organization

— From Hicksville High School

Hicksville native progressing through Mets system

The Mets minor league system is enjoying a rare period of prosperity. For years, it was barren due to trading off high-ceiling players for major leaguers, or neglecting the draft in favor of the free agent market. Since General Manager Sandy Alderson took over, the organization has reversed course and put a much greater emphasis on player development. During his second-to-last season, however, former GM Omar Minaya took a chance and drafted a local catcher, Cam Maron, out of Hicksville High School in the 34th round.


Calendar

Spooktacular Halloween

October 17

Fall Festival

October 18

Veterans Casework Seminar

October 21



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