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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

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.

Commuting to work via train is exasperating and expensive—add on the stress of parking and the threat of tickets, and it becomes madness.

At the Hicksville Long Island Railroad (LIRR) station, there are 2,603 total spots, which includes 1,440 in the town parking garage. Of the total spots, 1,531 are permit spots and 618 are unrestricted, according to the Town of Oyster Bay public information office. Though that sounds like plenty, the sheer volume of passengers commuting from the station makes every morning a mad dash for parking.


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.


Calendar

Fall Drama Production

November 20-22

Blood Drive

November 24

Christmas Holiday Fair

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