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Ready To Close The Books

Local teacher Walter Weil is ready to close the books after 34 years of educating students. The technology teacher from the Hicksville School District will be retiring after 14 years of teaching there. Weil was the technology teacher in both the Hicksville High School and the middle school.  

His time spent at Hicksville Middle School was special to him, especially this year.  “The middle school was like a family to me,” said Weil. “The people were closer and closer and nicer and nicer.” His time spent in the school district was a happy one because of how he was treated by all.

While Weil is ready for the next page of his life, he will surely miss the interaction with the students.  He recalls one time when a student gave him a Christmas card and then asked if this would get him a 100 in the class.  He especially loved passing on his knowledge of technology, teaching his students about electricity, which was his specialty.

Weil’s next chapter would bring him to Florida, where he will work with seniors at a local senior center conducting family interviews.  Some words of wisdom Weil would want to pass on are to treat people the way you want to be treated. He has found that this has worked out well for him.  He thanks the school district for the open opportunity, as he gets ready to begin his retirement.

News

The 7th annual Parish of the Holy Family Festival went off without a hitch and lit up the night sky on Fordham Avenue in Hicksville last week. Thousands of community members came and joined in the festivities.  

This year’s theme was the 1964-1965 World’s Fair that took place in Queens. Volunteer coordinator and 28-year member of the congregation Mary White said “We are having this festival to raise money and to offset the expenditures of the school and the church. Last year we had a record breaking 10,000 people attend and while all the numbers are not in yet, we are doing very well this time around too. The turnout has been great because the weather has been so cooperative.”

Matty’s Sports Deli, located at 107 Stewart Avenue, first opened its doors Nov. 12, and slowly but surely, it’s making a name for itself as the place to go to get good eats in Hicksville.

However, according to owner and Bellmore resident Matthew Burak, the main thing working against his slow climb up the hill of success is what any entrepreneur knows is vital to business—location, location, location.


Sports

Cantiague Park Senior Men’s Golf League had its fourth tournament on Thursday Aug. 7. We had 33 golfers and a record 8 who scored under 40. Low overall score was won by newcomer Ed Hyne with an impressive 33, his second low net in a row. Charlie Acerra scored a solid 35, and won low overall net with a 26; his best score in 4 years.

Competition on the nine-hole course is divided into two divisions. Flight A is for players with a handicap of 13 or lower. Flight B is for players with a handicap of 14 or more. The league is a 100 % handicap league. Any man 55 years or older is eligible for membership. We have many openings for this year, and you can sign up anytime throughout the the season. The league meets every Thursday at 7:30 a.m., but the formal tournament dates are only the first and third Thursday of the month through late October. We will have a final luncheon with prizes on our last meeting.

The fields of Kevin Kolm Memorial Park were filled with nearly 200 soccer players on Saturday for the annual ‘Soccer For A Cause’ event. The event was put together by the Mastermind Unit in sponsor of the Michael Magro Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to assisting pediatric patients with cancer and their families.

“The Mastermind Unit is a non-profit organization that was founded by a group of guys who grew up playing soccer together in Hicksville,” said co-founder Bryan Alcantara. “This is our seventh annual  ‘Soccer For A Cause’ event at Memorial Park.”


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