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District Chorus Concert Brings Voices Together

The Hicksville School District chorus concert brought together the developing voices from all nine public schools for a one-night songfest at the high school. Twenty-one participants had achieved All-County Chorus status.

The elementary chorus, comprised of 131 vocalists from the seven grade schools, opened their four-song set with Jack North and Walter Rodby’s “Sol-Fa Calypso” and closed with Irving Berlin’s “I Love a Piano.” Laurie Haddock, Beth Garner, Rachel Pantorno and Mindy Weiss, who were assisted by Frank Barbera, directed them in rotation.

The middle school chorus, directed by Caroline Calleo and Justin Starr and accompanied by Stephen Goldstein on piano, treated the audience to three songs, including Sherri Porterfield and William Blake’s “The Tiger” as their opening number.

The high school Madrigals, directed by Michelle Emeric, sang a lively a cappella set that started with John Lennon and Paul McCartney’s “In My Life” and closed with the familiar beats of Lalo Schifrin’s timeless “Mission Impossible Theme.”

The program concluded with a performance by the high school concert choir, also directed by Emeric, who opened their set with Stephen Foster’s “Beautiful Dreamer” and finished with Brian Tate’s “Gate Gate.”

— From the Hicksville School District

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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