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Students Compete In Spelling Bee

Burns Avenue Elementary School student, Benjamin Choi, and Hicksville Middle School student, Srishti Tyagi, competed at the third annual Hofstra Long Island Regional Scripps Spelling Bee this past weekend.

Like many students, they were both nervous before the spelling bee began, but they braved the stage in complete confidence.

Choi, who didn’t make it to round two, still enjoyed his experience.

“The stage makes me nervous but  it is exciting being up there,” he said.

Tyagi competed for several rounds. She spelled the words “sashimi,” “halal” and “foggara” correctly but she was knocked as the words got more difficult.

“I practice my memorization skills often and I like to practice spelling on my free time. It is fun,” she said.   

The intense day began at 9 a.m. with a written exam. Students then marched onto the stage and patiently waited to be called to the microphone to spell a word at random from the Merriam-Webster dictionary.

Every student wanted the chance to compete in the nationals. The national winner last year received an array of prizes including a $30,000 cash prize, trophy and more.

About one-third of the students were eliminated after the preliminary round, which consisted of spelling one word.

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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