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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

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.

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.


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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