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Sweet Retirement

Hilary Sperber is ready to retire after serving as a band and orchestra teacher in the Hicksville School District for 35 years.

She made her mark in the music department at Dutch Lane, East Street and Fork Lane Elementary School, her longest tenure. She got her start as a music teacher in 1977, where she began as a side teacher per-diem. In September 1983, Sperber officially joined the full-time ranks. She ran the band and orchestra programs, starting in 1993.

Sperber has had many fond memories of her time as the band director. She recalls her eighth-grade class in 1988 at Hicksville Middle School as the most interesting.

Sperber will miss the joy of teaching children who want to learn about playing an instrument. She believes there is a lot involved with learning the ropes of being a great musician and takes this as a “look at what I can do” approach towards helping kids hone their skills as they continue to grow and become better musicians.

“I will miss the glory of watching them have success while playing the instrument” said Sperber. “It is about the success of finding the right instrument.”

Sperber has plenty to look forward to in the next stage of life. She plans to continue with her outside musical program, the Atlantic Wind Symphony, and as the program director for the Long Island Brass Guild. Sperber would like to go to Europe—particularly London and Italy.

Although she is done teaching full-time, she plans to be involved in the school music area. She wants to go back to teaching at per diem as a substitute teacher at Dutch Lane. “I want to go back to where I started” said Sperber. “I want to be able to give back to my colleagues.”

Her words of wisdom are to never to give up.

“If it is in your heart, you do it” she stated. “If this is what you desire, you pursue it.”

News

The community is rallying together to raise funds for a Hicksville native who has been battling to get a service dog.

Nancy Burpee is a 49-year-old competitive swimmer and single mother with a rare genetic terminal illness called Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (EDS), which causes the deterioration of the connective tissues, tendons, ligaments and vital organs.

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.


Sports

The fall athletic season seemed to move quickly, but all teams had outstanding seasons with all teams reaching the playoffs except for two who had their best season in many years.

In addition to athletic acheivements, all of the varsity programs at Hicksville High School also participated in raising more than $4,000 for several charities this past fall: pediatric cancer, breast cancer awareness and cystic fibrosis.

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.


Calendar

Model Railroad Open House

November 28-30

Popcorn Balls

November 30

Craft Fair

November 30



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