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School District Honors Alum’s Service In Navy

Upon retirement, the U.S.  Navy presents retirees with a flag that is flown over the location of their choice in commemoration of their years of military service. Hicksville High School Class of 1988 alumnus Thomas Schiffer, Naval Musician First Class (Surface Warfare), requested his flag be flown over his alma mater.  

With deep appreciation for Schiffer’s 20 years of service, a special flag raising ceremony was held at Hicksville High School on March 4. Kim Wesson and Tony Walker,  President and Vice President of the Hicksville High School Class of 1988, respectively, witnessed the raising of the flag while a brass quintet played “America the Beautiful.” The high school quintet was comprised of Jeremy Lopez and Matthew Tyler on trumpet, Bryan Reyes on french horn, William Sullivan on trombone and Christos Dimopoulos on tuba.

Patrick Lavin recited the poem “The Watch” as the flag was raised. Superintendent of Schools Maureen Bright and high school principal Raymond Williams attended the ceremony along with several alumni who learned of the ceremony through social media. Schiffer was fondly remembered by his classmates for his love of music and involvement in the high school theatrical performances and Madrigal Singers.

The flag was flown for 24 hours and returned to the U.S. Navy for presentation to Schiffer, along with congratulations from Hicksville Public Schools students and staff.

— From the Hicksville School District

 

News

You could say Darren Butler has quite the entrepreneurial disposition. The Hicksville resident not only founded a church, but invented a doorstop that does not require screwing any holes into your wall or door. The device simply clamps on to the bottom of any sized door without requiring tools.

“I never envisioned myself as being an inventor,” explained Butler. “I became one by accident and out of frustration.”

After Butler and his wife purchased their home, they wanted to decorate and maintain it.  “We have four children and at the time we wanted to minimize the damage that occurs from doors slamming into walls because as young children do; they have a tendency to aggressively open doors, and as a result the door knob created holes in our wall,” said Butler. “We purchased conventional doorstops so at the very least we could minimize that reality if not eliminate it all together.”

The Hicksville Fire Department hosted the Nassau County Parade and Drill Championships this past Saturday, an event that was entertaining for both guests and participants.

The Motorized Drill competition held in the morning had 16 participating fire departments. The drill included eight events and each racing team was judged based on how fast they completed each event. Events included the Three Man Ladder, Motor Hook and Ladder, Motor Hose, Efficiency, Motor Pump, and Buckets. The Hicksville Hicks came in fifth place and received a trophy.


Sports

Madeline Huffman, a fourth grade student at Our Lady of Mercy School in Hicksville, recently became the New York State Free Throw Champion in the Knights of Columbus Free Throw Competition, 9 Year Old Girls Division at the United States Military Academy, West Point.

Huffman’s journey to the state championship began at her home parish, Our Lady of Mercy Roman Catholic Church in January. The local qualifier was sponsored by the Knights of Columbus Joseph F. Lamb Council #5723. Boys and girls ages 9 through 14 competed, each receiving three warm up shots and 15 free throw attempts.

This November, Hicksville resident Marlo Signoracci will head to Florida for Ironman, a demanding, long-distance triathlon that includes biking, running and swimming. Here, she shares her story as she prepares for one of the most physically challenging athletic events out there.

“I meet my goals and maintain my health. I stay mindful of what is important to me and seek balance in all endeavors. With gratitude, I am fully present to this moment in time.”


Calendar

Hicksville Street Fair

July 20

Blood Drive

July 23

Our Lady Of Mercy Family Festival

July 30 - August 3



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