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Street Fair Is Overwhelming Success

Hicksville Chamber of Commerce, myriad sponsors contribute to annual event

Thanks to the generosity of its sponsors, chamber members, and a little help from Mother Nature, the tenth annual Hicksville Chamber of Commerce Street Fair on Sunday, July 22 was an overwhelming success. More people than ever before thronged to Jerusalem Avenue to enjoy the festival and its attractions, where free admission was granted all day from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Lionel J. Chitty, president of the Hicksville Chamber of Commerce, was enthused about the triumph of this year’s fair. He was joined in the chamber’s tent by Chairman Sam Maruca, Community Liaison Philbert Robertson, Office Manager Janet Muller and her daughter, Laurie.

“This is the best one yet,” said Chitty, adding, “We wanted to do something to bring the community together and we’re just happy to have everyone.”

Chitty attributes much of this year’s astounding success to the turnout of chamber members, which is the highest it’s ever been at 48, and the help of the generous sponsors—Verizon, TD Bank, American Dental and Point Church.

Diverse vendors lined the teeming streets in tents, offering up a bewildering array of merchandise and services. There were nostalgic movie posters and handcrafted Irish slate clocks, imitation sunglasses and tie-dyed T-shirts. If one wished to have his or her face painted, there was no shortage of tents for that. Perhaps if one wanted to get a quick eyebrow waxing, well, there was a tent for that, too. One of the more standout vendors wasn’t selling, but giving away tickets to Jersey Boys on Broadway. A Dave & Busters tent hosted games and prize giveaways all day.

A colossal King Kong-inspired inflatable with a slide emptying into a dinosaur’s agape mouth was one of the more popular attractions for children, who were allowed to use all of the attractions for free, thanks to 888 Let’s Jump and the sponsors. Other children’s attractions included a bouncy castle, inflatable bull ride, petting zoo and the ever-endearing Bubbles the Clown. The Hicksville Chamber of Commerce distributed free T-shirts to children 10 and under.

While most people bustled about the sun-drenched streets, some took shelter in the shade under the railroad bridge to enjoy a tasty treat. Gyros, funnel cakes, and sausages were among the delicious snacks being offered throughout the day. Shaved ices and refreshing lemonade were a sure way to keep cool.

The Farmer’s Market was open for business, and will be every Sunday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. through Nov. 18 offering an assortment of fresh vegetables and more.

The main stage hosted live music from The Confessions and Members of the Press (MOTP). Both bands attracted impressive crowds with their respective renditions of popular songs.

In between musical acts, Hicksville’s own Theresa Caputo of TLC’s Long Island Medium took the stage for a meet and greet. She was undoubtedly the biggest attraction of the day, causing a frenzy of fans and a line spanning down the street and around the corner.

Nassau County Police Department volunteers like officer Edwin Rosado were ensured that everything from crowd control to traffic regulation in the area was copacetic. A tent for Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano was available all day for anyone who may have wanted to voice any concerns or just stop by and say “hello.”

And, of course, the Hicksville Illustrated News was in on the action with a table set up where free newspapers were available.

Next year’s fair is already being planned and is sure to be another huge hit. If you would like to be included in next year’s sponsorships, please contact the chamber at 931-7170 or check the website at hicksvillechamber.org.

News

When life hands you lemons, make lemonade. That’s just what a Hicksville baker is doing, except in her case it isn’t lemons, but a gluten-free diet. Her lemonade stand of choice is her brand new gluten-free eatery, “Jac’s Bakeshop and Bistro,” which held its grand opening on April 12.  

“I’m a baker who can’t even eat wheat or eggs,” said owner Jaclyn Messina, chuckling at the irony.

There’s a lot you can do in 99 minutes. You could cook dinner, play a non-stop soccer game, watch a romantic comedy or hang out with Odysseus, Achilles and Hercules. If you chose the last option, Hicksville High School’s upcoming theatre production of The Iliad, The Odyssey, and All of Greek Mythology in 99 Minutes or Less  is the place for you.

The mouthful of a title says it all. The cast will take on over 80 characters as they speed through all of Greek mythology, including popular tales such as The Iliad and The Odyssey, in a little over an hour and a half.


Sports

Vito Sciascia was recently named Hicksville Soccer Club’s Volunteer of the Year at the 2014 Long Island Junior Soccer League 2014 Kick-off Convention.

Sciascia started coaching travel soccer in 1998 for a boys team, the Flash, who later changed their names to the Muddogs. He could always be found at various sporting fields trying to recruit new soccer players. He would make each of these boys feel important and there was always room for another player. He tried to never turn a child away and when other coaches were having trouble with a boy he would take them on his team, no one was ever too much for him. Sciascia found the good in all those boys and they in return respected him. He took them to many tournaments and solicited enough sponsorship so that it was never a financial burden on their families.

Cantiague Park Senior Men’s Golf League had its first tournament on Thursday April 4. Twenty golfers came out on on a crisp but sunny morning. Charlie Hong was the only man to score under a 40, with a 38 and won for low overall score. Jim O’ Brien  scored a 41, and won low overall net in a tie-breaker with Mike Guerriero.

Competition on the nine-hole course is divided into two divisions. Flight A is for players with a handicap of 13 or lower. Flight B is for players with a handicap of 14 or more. The league is a 100 percent handicap league. Any man 55 years or older is eligible for membership. We have many openings for this year, and you can sign up anytime throughout the the season.


Calendar

American Legion Meeting

April 21

HS Theater in the Round

April 24-26

Science Fair

April 26



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