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Chamber Of Commerce Hosting Annual Street Fair

President says July 22 event already booked 70-plus vendors

Now celebrating its 10th year in Hicksville, the Street Fair has become an annual staple of summer fun in the community, and Chamber President Lionel Chitty said this year’s event is shaping up to be no different.

Chitty, an account manager at Sir Speedy in Plainview, said that the July 22 fair already has approximately 70-plus vendors booked and that, as always, admission for residents is free.

He added that the chamber is looking to upgrade its vendor offerings for attendees but will offer the same attractions that residents have enjoyed in the past.

“We’re working with Nassau Craft Fairs to bring in some higher-end quality vendors and just try to make it more of a family-oriented thing. We’re still going to have the rides and things of that nature and just try to get as many people out as we can,” Chitty said.

Past events have included a water slide, T-shirts for children, Ferris wheel, rock wall, swing ride, space ball, Marty (the caricaturist), live music and admission to the Hicksville Farmer’s Market, which has experienced significant growth over the past few years.

Regarding other upcoming events, the Hicksville Community Golf Outing is Monday, June 4, at the Town of Oyster Bay Golf Course in Woodbury and the Hicksville Community Council is hosting a business expo on June 7 at 7 p.m. at 28 West Carl Street in Hicksville.

The chamber meets every third Tuesday at Peppercorn’s Restaurant (25 East Marie Street) at 12:30 p.m. and new members are welcome.

“All they need to do is show up and it’s $20 to come in. It’s a pretty good spread as far as lunch goes,” Chitty added.

Hicksville Chamber: 10 West Marie Street, Hicksville, NY 11801; for more information, visit www.hicksvillechamber.com or call 931-7170.

News

You could say Darren Butler has quite the entrepreneurial disposition. The Hicksville resident not only founded a church, but invented a doorstop that does not require screwing any holes into your wall or door. The device simply clamps on to the bottom of any sized door without requiring tools.

“I never envisioned myself as being an inventor,” explained Butler. “I became one by accident and out of frustration.”

After Butler and his wife purchased their home, they wanted to decorate and maintain it.  “We have four children and at the time we wanted to minimize the damage that occurs from doors slamming into walls because as young children do; they have a tendency to aggressively open doors, and as a result the door knob created holes in our wall,” said Butler. “We purchased conventional doorstops so at the very least we could minimize that reality if not eliminate it all together.”

The Hicksville Fire Department hosted the Nassau County Parade and Drill Championships this past Saturday, an event that was entertaining for both guests and participants.

The Motorized Drill competition held in the morning had 16 participating fire departments. The drill included eight events and each racing team was judged based on how fast they completed each event. Events included the Three Man Ladder, Motor Hook and Ladder, Motor Hose, Efficiency, Motor Pump, and Buckets. The Hicksville Hicks came in fifth place and received a trophy.


Sports

Madeline Huffman, a fourth grade student at Our Lady of Mercy School in Hicksville, recently became the New York State Free Throw Champion in the Knights of Columbus Free Throw Competition, 9 Year Old Girls Division at the United States Military Academy, West Point.

Huffman’s journey to the state championship began at her home parish, Our Lady of Mercy Roman Catholic Church in January. The local qualifier was sponsored by the Knights of Columbus Joseph F. Lamb Council #5723. Boys and girls ages 9 through 14 competed, each receiving three warm up shots and 15 free throw attempts.

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.

“I meet my goals and maintain my health. I stay mindful of what is important to me and seek balance in all endeavors. With gratitude, I am fully present to this moment in time.”


Calendar

Hicksville Street Fair

July 20

Blood Drive

July 23

Our Lady Of Mercy Family Festival

July 30 - August 3



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