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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

Due to what appears to be a colossal error on the part of the Nassau County Assessor’s office, or perhaps an errant interpretation of state law, more than 600 military veterans and Gold Star families in Hicksville will have to wait for their tax break until next year.

Hicksville is one of several local school districts that recently approved resolutions extending the exemption to local veterans, even though budgets and Albany’s tax cap make it a tough choice. On Feb. 26, with a contingency of veterans in the audience, the board voted to provide a school tax exemption for veterans living in the district, starting with the 2014-15 school year.

You’d expect volleyball, football and running the mile in gym class, but what about juggling, plate spinning, or riding a unicycle? For the past 30 years, The National Circus Project has been challenging typical notions of gym class by bringing skilled, trained circus artists into schools for performances and week-long workshops.

Every year, the Westbury based nonprofit goes into approximately 350 public and private schools all over the northeast, including a previous visit to Dutch Lane School in Hicksville. Teams of expert circus artists will come into a physical education class for either a day or week-long workshop. Students get a front row seat to a performance by some of the best in the business, as well as hands on experience with traditional circus skills such as juggling, wire walking or acrobatics. Students in the week-long workshop get to perfect a specific skill and show it off during a show at the end of the week for family members.


Sports

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.

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.

Life’s challenges are not supposed to paralyze you. They are supposed to help you discover who you are.


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