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Holy Trinity Students Help Clean Up In Long Beach

Holy Trinity High School students have always responded when asked to serve the community and help those in need, so in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, students returned to school with an urgent need to help.

Almost 20 percent of the students at Holy Trinity live in the hardest-hit areas, such as Long Beach, Freeport and Oceanside, and over 30 of them suffered significant loss of their homes. It is no wonder that their fellow classmates made it abundantly clear that they needed to do something.

As a result, Fr. Joe Fitzgerald, the school’s chaplain, contacted Rev. Brian Barr at St. Mary of the Isle Church in Long Beach to see how they could help. On Saturday, Nov. 10, 15 students were joined by Fr. Joe and other staff members of Holy Trinity delivering much needed essentials collected by the school to the community and to assist in any way possible.  

The group was shocked by the reality of what they saw as they drove through the town, which made them even more determined to help make a difference. Upon their arrival at St. Mary of the Isle, the group gathered for a few words from Fr. Joe, prayed together and then they began to work. They first tackled cleaning the church which, the students learned, was going to host a wedding later that day. The couple getting married did not care about the condition of the church; it was only important for them to get married where they grew up. Holy Trinity Junior Bryan O’Neill of New Hyde Park was touched by their story and felt personally responsible for making sure the church was suitable for their wedding.

After unloading their bus with all the school’s donations, the students assisted in the church’s collection center, sorting food and clothing. Bryan O’Neill expressed his feelings like this, “It was sad to see all the people who lost a lot and it made me realize why we were there – we needed to be there,” O’Neill said.   

Another junior, Ryan Rossi, of Franklin Square said, “When all is lost, hearts are found.”  He explained the quote by saying that when something like this happens and everything seems hopeless, great people with great hearts come together to rebuild.

Holy Trinity has been helping the relief efforts in other ways. The school is working with Catholic Charities of America by providing space to them to warehouse items that the organization has been collecting and relief workers have been staying at the school’s convent.

The Holy Trinity High School students and staff will continue to collect much needed items such as cleaning supplies, buckets, mops, Clorox, ammonia, detergent for clothing, toiletries and baby clothes. Members of the school community will then return to those areas in need every Saturday for the foreseeable future.

For more information, visit www.holy­trinityhs.org.

News

A group of like-minded local residents banded together and saved more than 200 area trees from the chopping block — for now.

A state judge ordered Nassau County and the Department of Public Works to stop cutting down trees along South Oyster Bay Road, granting a temporary restraining order to a group of residents spearheading an effort to save the trees.

State Supreme Court Judge Antonio Brandveen scheduled a hearing on Thursday, Oct. 16 for the county to address complaints from residents, in particular a group called Operation STOMP (Save Trees Over More Pavement) founded by Hicksville native Tanya Lukasik.The Public Works department had planned to removed more than 200 30-foot trees in communities ranging from Plainview, Bethpage, Hicksville and Syosset.

For the past 16 years, Lucia Simon has walked from her home in Hicksville to her job at the Hicksville Public Library. She enjoys her job as a librarian and says that the staff has become like family to her. But for the past three years, Simon and 56 fellow co-workers have been frustrated at what she says is the library’s board refusal to negotiate a fair contract.  

“We have had no contract in three years. They refuse to bargain with us. Every time they come back to us it’s not fair,” says Simon.

However, the board of trustees disagree, saying that it has made a “fair offer.”


Sports

The Girls Varsity soccer team, in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, wore pink uniforms and pink socks in their game on Oct. 8 against MacArthur whom they defeated 1-0. The girls and boys soccer programs at Hicksville High School are selling pink ribbon car magnets with a soccer ball and HHS on it with the words “Kick Cancer” on the ribbon. All the money raised will go to the Sarah Grace Foundation, which is a local foundation trying to beat pediatric cancer. The players plan to raise $1,000 for this organization

— From Hicksville High School

Hicksville native progressing through Mets system

The Mets minor league system is enjoying a rare period of prosperity. For years, it was barren due to trading off high-ceiling players for major leaguers, or neglecting the draft in favor of the free agent market. Since General Manager Sandy Alderson took over, the organization has reversed course and put a much greater emphasis on player development. During his second-to-last season, however, former GM Omar Minaya took a chance and drafted a local catcher, Cam Maron, out of Hicksville High School in the 34th round.


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