Friday, 18 May 2012 00:00
The United Veterans of Hicksville will hold their annual Memorial Day Parade and Service on Monday, May 28, as parade participants will begin assembling in the Sears parking lot at 8 a.m. before the parade steps off at 9 a.m.
The parade will march south on Broadway to Old Country Road where it will turn west. It will continue to Jerusalem Avenue and then turn south to go past the parade reviewing stand and end at the Hicksville Middle School. The service at the Middle School Veterans Memorial will begin once the parade ends and the community is invited to stay for the ceremonies and presenting of the wreaths.
The United Veterans of Hicksville, in commemoration of those who made the ultimate sacrifice during past and present wars, invites all military veterans, active duty personnel, Gold Star Parents and Blue Star Parents to join in the parade and ceremonies.
“We extend a ‘welcome home’ to all our veterans. We are also pleased to honor the local Pearl Harbor survivors and their Commander Michael Montelione, who participates every year in the parade and ceremonies,” said Commander William Walden.
This year’s parade is hosted by the Catholic War Veterans, Joseph Barry Post 1946, under the leadership of Commander Joseph Messana, who will be the master of ceremonies. The United Veterans of Hicksville Memorial Day Committee consisted of members from the Joseph Barry Post 1946 Catholic War Veterans Commander Joseph Messana, Charles Wagner Post 421 American Legion Commander John Mauro, William M. Gouse Jr. Veterans of Foreign Wars Commander William Walden and Robert Chiappone of the Nassau County Chapter 82 Vietnam Veterans of America. Also attending the meetings was Charles Rockwood, Tom Basacchi of the American Legion: Arlene Howard and Harold Deegan of the Catholic War Veterans. The Gier-Levitt Post 655 Jewish War Veterans, under the commandership of Jack Hayne, will not be participating in this year’s events due to the Jewish holiday of Shavuot coinciding with the Memorial Day weekend. The United Veterans of Hicksville wishes them well and looks forward, once again, to their participation next year.
The Grand Marshall of this year’s parade is American Legion Commander John Mauro. Commander Mauro was responsible for the successful coordination of last year’s parade and ceremony.
“We congratulate John, his lovely wife Terry and all of the Mauro family for John being selected as the Grand Marshall and we thank him for his service to our country and the Hicksville community,” Walden said.
The United Veterans also extend their appreciation to all the Hicksville groups, fraternal organizations, houses of worship, Scouting groups, sports groups, the Hicksville Fire Department and federal, state, county and town legislators who participate annually in the Memorial Day Parade and Service. The committee would also like to thank the Nassau County Police Second Precinct, the Hicksville Auxiliary Police Unit 312, Sears and the Hicksville School District for all their support.
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.