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Teacher Of The Month At Dutch Lane

Dutch Lane School Special Education teacher Jen Stanzione was recently named Long Island’s teacher of the month. Stanzione was nominated for KJOY radio station’s “Teacher of the Month” contest at the beginning of February. Residents all across Long Island contacted the station to nominate outstanding teachers who’ve made a difference in their lives or the lives of their children. After four finalists were selected, voting for the winner took place every day throughout February. Voting was open to all Long Islanders and networks of school communities reached out to encourage others to vote for their favorite teacher.

At the end of March, Stanzione was notified that she won the contest. She and her students were awarded gift certificates to Noodles & Co. Restaurant in Garden City. Stanzione, who has worked in the district since 2005, was first hired to start the autism program in Lee Avenue Elementary School, where she worked for five years. Stanzione is also a member of the Hicksville Congress of Teachers. She lives in East Islip with her husband Dave and their twin sons, Jonathan and Andrew and their rescue husky, Cooper.

“As a special education teacher it is extremely rewarding to watch my students grow both academically and socially. I am honored to be a part of their lives, and I am grateful for the trust and respect afforded to me by their parents,” said Stanzione.

Parents, former students, and colleagues all pulled together to spread the word about what an excellent teacher Stanzione is, how much she cares about all of her students, and how committed she is to providing them with a warm, safe, and stimulating school environment.

“I am deeply touched by the support of the Hicksville staff, students, and the greater community. I thank everyone for their past and continued support,” she said.

— From Mary Masterson, Hicksville Congress of Teachers

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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