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Housing Lottery For Returning Veterans

Mangano: Hicksville home being

built for one of our nation’s heroes

Building on his recent success of creating new affordable homes for veterans in Mitchel Field, Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano is inviting veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts to enter a lottery to win a brand-new house built by Homes for Homecoming Heroes, Inc. on a site in Hicksville that was donated by Nassau County. Homes for OurHomecoming Heroes, a not-for-profit corporation, will select a qualified veteran who is in need of housing and construct a residence on the property to suit the specific needs of the selected veteran. The veteran will then be able to purchase the new home at the cost of construction.
Mangano stated, “My administration is determined to provide affordable housing for our nation’s heroes and their families’ right here in Nassau County. I am thrilled that Nassau County was able to partner with Homes for Homecoming Heroes to provide a veteran with this wonderful opportunity to own a home in Nassau.”

In 2011, the Nassau County Legislature approved Mangano’s plans for the sale of a vacant county-owned property in Hicksville to Homes for Homecoming Heroes - a volunteer-based organization whose mission is to build affordable housing for veterans returning home from serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. Homes For Our Homecoming Heroes, Inc. coordinates the construction of homes by volunteer BOCES students, building professionals and volunteer organizations. With voluntary labor and the donation of materials, the estimated cost to build a 1,500 square foot home with an attached garage is approximately $150,000. Construction is expected to begin in October.
Veterans must have served in Iraq or Afghanistan within the last 12 years, earn a minimum of $47,000 annually in total family yearly income and qualify for a mortgage. A 1 percent down payment will be required, with the principal repaid over a 30-year period. For more information or to receive an application, please contact Larry Sklar at Homes for Homecoming Heroes at (646) 641-8460 or write to Homes for Homecoming Heroes, P.O. Box 20, Jericho, NY 11753.

News

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.

On Nov. 10, a dedication ceremony was held to celebrate the completion of a beautiful new two-story house in Hicksville. However, while new dwellings are an ordinary occurrence on Long Island, this one was unique and special in a way that very few are.

The house at 77 Thorman Ave. was built in memory of Navy Lieutenant and posthumous Congressional Medal of Honor recipient Michael P. Murphy, a Long Island native who tragically died in combat while serving in Afghanistan in 2005. However, this house represents more than just the dedicated service of a man to his country; it represents the beginning of a new life full of hope for a brother-in-arms and his family as well.


Sports

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.

The Long Island Fight for Charity will be hosting its 11th annual Charity Boxing Event on Nov. 24 at the Hilton in Melville. Among the 20 volunteers putting up their fists for funds will be Hicksville business owner Mell Goldman, who will be fighting under the nickname “The Kid.”  

Goldman is the President of All Boro Cleaning Services. He stated that he was enticed at the opportunity and wanted to contribute to charity.


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