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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

Sabina Lotlikar never imagined she’d find herself competing in a pageant. The 19-year-old from Hicksville was more used to spending her time cooking, playing video games and working out than walking in heels in front of hundreds of people. But that all changed this year when Lotlikar decided to compete in the Miss LI pageant, an experience she describes as unforgettable.

“It was so nerve-wracking because I’ve never done anything like this, but I’m so glad I went through it and was dedicated to it. It was amazing,” she says.

When it comes to photography, it’s been a long road for Hicksville’s John Micheals. What started as a hobby in childhood, has now returned as an irreplaceable form of self expression.

“It’s a way of expressing myself. I’m very comfortable with it. It’s a way of expressing myself and being me without any qualifications,” he said.

Micheals’ journey in photography started with snapping pictures with a Kodak as a kid growing up in Queens. As an undergrad at City College of New York, he took art classes and his photography took a back seat as he became an art teacher. When he retired in 1996, he picked up the camera again, taking classes at Nassau Community College and getting his certificate in photography. He dropped photography again when family priorities arose, and got behind the lens again in 2009.  


Sports

The fields of Kevin Kolm Memorial Park were filled with nearly 200 soccer players on Saturday for the annual ‘Soccer For A Cause’ event. The event was put together by the Mastermind Unit in sponsor of the Michael Magro Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to assisting pediatric patients with cancer and their families.

“The Mastermind Unit is a non-profit organization that was founded by a group of guys who grew up playing soccer together in Hicksville,” said co-founder Bryan Alcantara. “This is our seventh annual  ‘Soccer For A Cause’ event at Memorial Park.”

Cantiague Park Senior Men’s Golf League had its fourth tournament on Thursday, July 17. We had 34 golfers and only three who scored under 40. Low overall score was won by Charlie Hong with an impressive 34. Joe Sander scored a solid 49 and won low overall net with a 31.

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% 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. The league meets every Thursday at 7:30 a.m., but the formal tournament dates are only the first and third Thursday of the month through late October. We will have a final luncheon with prizes on our last meeting.


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