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Resident Earns Legionnaire Of The Year Award

It took several years before Hicksville’s John Mauro won his first Legionnaire of the Year Award but not nearly as long to win his second.  

The American Legion Post 421 member was once again given the honor from The American Legion’s Nassau County Committee for the second straight year. Mauro graciously accepted the award from American Legion Charles Wagner Post 421 Commander Tony Paternostro, Tenth District Commander Harry D. Ransom and Program Chairman Reginald Butt, Jr.

Mauro is a longtime resident and World War II veteran who organizes the myriad functions and events for Post 421. 

Previously, Mauro served as the Grand Marshal for the Hicksville Memorial Day Parade in 2011. 

Hicksville Veterans of Foreign Wars Commander William Walden hailed Mauro and his wife, Terry, as “some of the nicest people you will ever meet.” Walden called Mauro a “stand-up guy” who maintains relationships between the various veterans’ organizations in the area and is a “tremendous asset” to the Hicksville community.

“We congratulate John, his lovely wife, Terry, and all of the Mauro family … and we thank him for his service to our country and the Hicksville community,” Walden said.

The American Legion Post 421 meets at 7:30 p.m. at the Hicksville VFW Hall, 320 South Broadway, in Hicksville. All eligible veterans are welcome. For more information, call 942-5563 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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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