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J-Birds Compete In Robotics Challenge

The Hicksville High School robotics team,”J-Birds”, got to show off weeks of hard work recently at the regional robotics competition at Hofstra University. The J-Birds competed against both local and national teams in the “For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology”—or FIRST—regional robotics competition, placing 32 out of 50 teams.  

The hard-working troop worked together to complete their robot within the six week timeframe provided, and brainstormed the best possible robot to build within the allowed time.

The teams played a game called Aerial Assist. The game is played by two competing alliances of three robots each on a flat 25’ x 54’ foot field. The objective was to score as many goals as possible during the 2 minute match. The more an alliance gets the ball in their goals, and the more they work together to do it, the more points they received.

Working together was a key role of competing in the regional game. Not only did the students earn points for working together, they showed fellowship with members of other teams. If any student needed a mechanical part, they would announce it over the speakers, and members from other teams would give their spare part to them.

Each student put effort into the large project, and the team agreed that’s what made making a robot from scratch fun and worth the labor.

The team was made up of Matthew Colasanti, Michelle Carlamustro, Peter Bell, Steven Metri, Danny Sloan, Ryan Noetzel, Nick Maineri, Catherine Temps, Tom Altamura, Armen Arsenian, Anish Kurmar, Shiv Chopra, Bryant Grey-Stewart, Amatullah Fatehi, Christina Claus, Resala Samadi, Ron Penkar, Tim Tietjan, Nitya Mulani, Kieran Murray, Steven Morea, Mathew Chhabra, Lorelie Hess and Tiffany Toledo.

News

Last week, County Executive Ed Mangano declared amnesty for all speed camera tickets issued this summer.

Drivers across Nassau County were up in arms due to the recent implementation of the school zone cameras, which had issued numerous violations since they were installed just weeks ago. The source of residents anger with the county’s speed cameras stems from lack of  warning and the cameras issuing speed violations even when school wasn’t in session.

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.”


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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