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Annual Hicksville Homecoming Fair Is September 29

The Hicksville Council of PTAs proudly announces the 22nd Annual Homecoming Fair will take place on Saturday, Sept. 29. All are invited to join in the fun at this wonderful community event.

The Fair is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. at Hicksville High School’s John A. Walker soccer field. As in the past a number of activities will be featured, including many fun attractions like the ever-popular Castle bouncer, a giant slide and an obstacle course plus many game booths courtesy of the individual PTA units and school clubs. Lunch can be purchased as you walk along the fairgrounds thanks to the Hicksville Athletic Booster Club and the generosity of Applebee’s. Snack items will be available for purchase at various booths during the day.

The Homecoming Fair would not be complete without a parade. The 2012 Homecoming Parade will set off from the Hicksville Middle School at approximately 12 p.m. showcasing the award-winning Hicksville High School Marching Band, the energetic kickline, our color guard and cheerleaders. Our high school’s football team, the Comets, will kick off against Hempstead at 1:30 p.m. Gate admission is waived for this special community event; plan to stay after the fair and cheer our Comets to a homecoming victory.

The Homecoming Fair is sponsored by the Hicksville Council of PTAs. All profits from the individual PTA unit game booths, 50/50 and raffle baskets will be used to fund homecoming scholarships awarded each year to deserving Hicksville High School graduating seniors. In addition, the Hicksville Congress of Teachers, Booster Club, Band Parents Association and more than 15 high school activity clubs will participate in this district wide event. The Hicksville Building and Grounds will be running three raffles – two for bicycles and one for an Ipad2.

Game tickets are four for $2 and can be used at the various PTA unit game booths (one ticket per game). Attractions will require four tickets for each person or you may purchase a POP (pay one price) bracelet for $15 (POP bracelets are good only on attractions, not on game booths). As an early bird special, purchase a POP bracelet from 9:45 to 11 a.m. and receive 10 free game tickets. Game tickets can also be used for a chance to win an Ipod system donated by Thomas F. Dalton Funeral Homes.

Plan on spending a fun day at the 22nd Hicksville Council of PTAs Homecoming Fair. Mark your calendar and join us on Saturday, Sept. 29. This event is held rain or shine.

News

Vastra boutique finds a niche

in hand-embroidered dresses

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.

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.


Sports

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.

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.


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Greek Festival

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