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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

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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