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United Veterans Of Hicksville Hosting Memorial Day Parade

Annual parade, ceremonies will commence at 9 a.m.

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.

News

Bob Hilsky left an indelible mark on the face of Hicksville baseball, as well as countless local players. This Saturday, that mark becomes official as the Hicksville High School varsity baseball field is renamed in honor of Coach Bob.

The entire community is invited to this Saturday’s 11 a.m. ceremony, where the Board of Education will dedicate the varsity baseball field as Coach Bob Hilsky Memorial Field to honor Hilsky’s 30 years of coaching baseball. Hilsky also taught in the district elementary schools before retiring in 1995. Hilsky passed away this past January at the age of 75.

There was a time when boxing was the hottest ticket in town. People cleared their schedules to watch famous fights such as Ali-Frazier and Duran-Leonard. Even the motion pictures that portrayed prize-fighters were box-office hits. Local professional boxer Anthony Karperis may be able to play a hand in turning the clock back, if he continues to make an impact in the ring.

Nowadays, boxing has been surpassed by MMA—specifically UFC—in popularity. Karperis, a native of Hicksville, feels that the product has become diluted due to the ubiquity of the competitions.


Sports

This November, Hicksville resident Marlo Signoracci will head to Florida for Ironman, a demanding, long-distance triathlon that includes biking, running and swimming. Here, she shares her story as she prepares for one of the most physically challenging athletic events out there.

Leadership, like coaching, is fighting for the hearts and souls of men and getting them to believe in you.  

Why hire a triathlon coach?

Every once in a while you just tip your cap to the opposition. That was the type of game it was for Hicksville’s JV baseball team in their 3-0 loss to Massapequa. The starting pitcher for the Massapequa Chiefs, Patrick Clyne threw a complete game shutout, while allowing three hits, walking none and striking out four.

Clyne was forced to pitch under duress only one time and that was in the third inning with the game still scoreless. He allowed a two-out single to opposing pitcher Terrence Wong. The next two batters followed with infield hits to load the bases. He was able to make a big pitch, however, to end the threat and keep the Comets off the board.


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Senior Citizen Luncheon

May 1

Curtains

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