Thursday, 12 June 2014 10:09
The Hicksville Public School District continued the tradition of hosting local senior citizens for a special luncheon this year with a sit down reception held in the high school. The gathering featured a full meal with live entertainment that spotlighted student talent. The back of the room featured an art gallery displaying student work.
“It is indeed our pleasure to have you here to acknowledge your contributions to our community,” said Superintendent of Schools Maureen Bright as she thanked the 150 attendees for their ongoing support. “Hopefully you will see the contributions you made helping us maintain our tradition of providing a quality education for our students.”
Student volunteers happily served beverages, salads, main courses and desserts to the delight of the attendees. The table centerpieces, made by art students, were offered as take-home prizes. The luncheon was an in-house event planned and executed by administrators, staff and student groups.
The jazz ensemble, directed by Jonathan Schmuel, opened the entertainment with three numbers including a snappy version of Rogers and Hammerstein’s “My Favorite Things.” In between meal courses guests enjoyed the musical styling of the High School Vocalists and the Saxophone Quartet. Guests were also treated to a sampling of the recent production of Jay Hopkins and John Hunter’s Iliad, Odyssey and all of Greek Mythology in 99 Minutes or Less, performed by the students in the theater department and directed by Caitlin Cassidy.
—From the Hicksville Public School District
Saturday, 30 August 2014 00:00
Who says a bride has to wear white on her wedding day? For South Asian brides, no color is off limits including brilliant reds, blues and golds. For the past 17 years, Vastra in Hicksville has been helping brides from New York and across the country find the perfect dress for their special day.
There’s no lack of Indian sari boutiques in Hicksville but according to Marketing Director Prachi Jain, what sets Vastra apart from the others is its emphasis on one of a kind, hand-embroidered Indian dresses.
Friday, 29 August 2014 00:00
Many would consider it rude to play with your food. That is unless, you’re participating in the Long Island Potato Festival. The event, which was held in Cutchogue, NY, included a mashed potato sculpting contest which was dominated by Hicksville’s Sarah Tsang, who won first place in the youth division.
Contestants were allowed to use any tools and materials to help bring their creation to life. Sculptures were left on display throughout the day and voted on by festival goers.
Friday, 29 August 2014 00:00
Somehow LSA, the Levittown Swimming Association, has always been a part of our Hicksville summers. My family’s introduction to the organization in 1975 began when our two older daughters tried out for the Parkway Swim Team, one of the nine teams that competed through July and most of August.
It was no small task for the younger girl, swimming her first full lap in the deep end of the pool to qualify at age six, but both girls made the team and donned the coveted gray tee shirts as the trees cast their shadows over the pool water at the end of practice.
Thursday, 28 August 2014 00:00
I’m convinced that the soul and the center of Hicksville is Cantiague Park. And why not? Every weekend it’s a beehive of activity ranging from tennis matches, hand ball games, basketball and baseball games, swimming, hockey and of course ‘the beautiful game’ called soccer. Cantiague has two professional soccer fields that are perfectly manicured and begging to be played on. And they were. This weekend was the finals of the East Meadow Soccer Tournament which is one of the largest youth soccer tournaments in the nation, sponsored by the US Soccer Federation. There were 18 boys and girls teams in the finals and a large staff of referees.
Two of the refs were Steven Orozco and Randy Vogt who told me how soccer had been growing and has now become the second most popular participation sport in America with 25 million of us watching this year’s World Cup. I also met and interviewed Joe Codispoti who along with Tim Bradbury is the head coach of Rockville Centre United, a U16 boys club. This U16 team has a group of standout players led by Jack Graziano, AJ Codispoti and Pat Basile who have been playing together for six years.