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Sweet Retirement For Hicksville Teacher

Karen Massaro is ready to close the books on teaching. She has dedicated 32 years to the Hicksville School District, where she served as a music teacher.  

Massaro has taught at several schools during her tenure in the district. She taught at East Street Elementary School for 13 years, Woodland Elementary School for 10 years, Lee Avenue Elementary School for 12 years and Dutch Lane Elementary School for seven years. Splitting her time in between schools for many years was no easy task.

While she didn’t have a favorite year, Massaro recalls her time at Lee Avenue School, which she attended when she was a child. She had the privilege of working with teachers who taught her. Eventually, she was able to step into the shoes of the teacher who had giving her the inspiration to become a music teacher.  

“I’m going to miss giving students the joy of music,” said Massaro. “I want them to have fun while learning about it.”  

Her plans are to continue teaching private voice lessons. However, she also wants to spend more time traveling, reading and being with her family. Massaro realizes that it is important to “make sure you pursue and do what you love for your career.”  

She believes it’s, “the only way you’re going to be happy with 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



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