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Hose Co. 4 Hosts Annual BBQ, Car Show

Portion of proceeds to benefit Brain Aneurysm Foundation

The Hicksville Fire Department hosted their Second Annual BBQ Competition and Car Show on Sept. 23 at Cantiague Park in Hicksville. Company 4, led by Capt. John Imbriale, 1st Lt. Michael Doerflein and 2nd Lt. Matthew Keyer, gave credit to the entire company for their efforts and hard work in the planning and execution of their event.

Fifteen cook teams, 20 vendors and more than 200 show cars wowed the large crowd taking in the sights on the first day of autumn. The festivities were opened by Hicksville’s own Nassau County Legislator, Rose Marie Walker; followed by the national anthem performed by Samantha Farrell.

Volunteer Hose Co. 4 will be donating a portion of its proceeds to the Brain Aneurysm Foundation in the name of one of their members who had suffered a brain aneurysm immediately following their 1st Annual BBQ Competition and Car Show in 2011.

“We are pleased to share that our stricken member has returned to work on Monday, Sept. 24, exactly one year and one week to the date of his aneurysm. We have our brother back and there’s nothing more that we could ask for,” said Capt. John Imbriale.

The Brain Aneurysm Foundation brings awareness and support to those who have suffered a brain aneurysm as well as their families. Sal Astuto, a member of Co. 4 and committee member, who leads the BBQ cook teams, is looking forward to next year’s event in hopes that additional teams will sign up to compete. The event is creating a buzz in anticipation that at some point the Co. 4 event will become a part of the National BBQ Competition circuit. Co-chairman Brian Quinn is also looking forward to the 2013 event, expecting to bring more vendors and attract more spectators. Co. 4 would like to give special thanks to their sponsors who helped to make this event so successful, including John Deere of Hicksville, AVA Pork, New American Auto Parts and On Site Energy.

A tentative date of Sept. 22, 2013 is being observed for next year’s event. Anyone interested in additional information regarding this event may contact Volunteer Hose Co. 4 at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or visit www.co4cookoff.com.

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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