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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

The community is rallying together to raise funds for a Hicksville native who has been battling to get a service dog.

Nancy Burpee is a 49-year-old competitive swimmer and single mother with a rare genetic terminal illness called Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (EDS), which causes the deterioration of the connective tissues, tendons, ligaments and vital organs.

Local veterans groups and residents gathered at Hicksville Middle School Veterans Memorial Park recently to honor brave servicemen and woman, past and present. William M. Gouse Jr. Post 3211 hosted Hicksville’s annual Veterans Day ceremony on Nov. 11.

The ceremonies began with the pledge and national anthem sung by Hicksville High School student Cassie Pursoo, accompanied by trumpeter Conner Hoelzer. Monsignor Thomas Costa from Our Lady of Church in Hicksville gave the invocation.


Sports

The fall athletic season seemed to move quickly, but all teams had outstanding seasons with all teams reaching the playoffs except for two who had their best season in many years.

In addition to athletic acheivements, all of the varsity programs at Hicksville High School also participated in raising more than $4,000 for several charities this past fall: pediatric cancer, breast cancer awareness and cystic fibrosis.

Football was Mike Torrellas’ heart and soul. He also liked a good Turkey Bowl.  

Unfortunately, the Hicksville Crusaders co-founder wasn’t able to witness the program’s inaugural event, which took place Saturday, Nov. 8.

Torrellas passed away suddenly last December due to a blood clot, but the spirit and drive of the man who wore the number 53 and tragically passed at that age still surrounds the Crusaders football program.


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November 28-30

Popcorn Balls

November 30

Craft Fair

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