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New Clubs Proposed At BOE Meeting

Board of Education Vice President Kevin Carroll spoke about fundraising programs for school athletic teams at a recent Board of Education meeting. The programs will allow sports teams to create extra activity clubs in order to offset costs of district funds.

“These clubs will be similar to other school clubs like the French Club or the Ecology Club,” said Carroll. “These will help the varsity teams, who under the current charter are not allowed to do their own fundraising.”

Carroll added that the fundraising efforts would go towards items like Varsity Letter jackets which can be quite pricey.

“I want to follow up with the high school principal (Raymond Williams) and the Athletic Director to move forward with this. It is certainly a direction for the Administration to pursue," he said.

The new district superintendent, Dr. Carl Bonuso, also gave his welcome speech at the board meeting. Bonuso served as interim superintendent in the Sag Harbor School District the past two years and is a retired superintendent in the Wantagh School system.

“What I want is to have positive, productive relationships between all members of our school family,” said Bonuso. “I want to have a healthy atmosphere here between members of our staff and our students.”

Bonuso gave a small presentation and recounted a speech he gave at a Sag Harbor Athletic Awards ceremony called ‘Ships in the Harbor.’

“I spoke about the different ships in a school district,” said Bonuso. “I spoke about scholarships, sportsmanship, championships, leadership, partnership and last but not least relationships because the best schools are the ones with the best relationships.”

He said that his speech was meant for more than the sports field but for the classroom and community at large.

He ended his address by saying he was going to keep his section of the district webpage updated with a constant stream of messages, articles and recommended readings for both parents and students.

At the board meeting on Aug. 20, Carroll also noted that the district webpage, www.hicksvillepublicschools.org has been updated and that there are plans to enhance it even more to make it a better source of information for parents and students.

The webpage lists updated features such as district policies in PDF format, the Hall of Fame honorees and a link to the Athletic Department.

“It is a tremendous source of information and knowledge to everyone in our district,” said Carroll.

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

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