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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

You could say Darren Butler has quite the entrepreneurial disposition. The Hicksville resident not only founded a church, but invented a doorstop that does not require screwing any holes into your wall or door. The device simply clamps on to the bottom of any sized door without requiring tools.

“I never envisioned myself as being an inventor,” explained Butler. “I became one by accident and out of frustration.”

After Butler and his wife purchased their home, they wanted to decorate and maintain it.  “We have four children and at the time we wanted to minimize the damage that occurs from doors slamming into walls because as young children do; they have a tendency to aggressively open doors, and as a result the door knob created holes in our wall,” said Butler. “We purchased conventional doorstops so at the very least we could minimize that reality if not eliminate it all together.”

The Hicksville Fire Department hosted the Nassau County Parade and Drill Championships this past Saturday, an event that was entertaining for both guests and participants.

The Motorized Drill competition held in the morning had 16 participating fire departments. The drill included eight events and each racing team was judged based on how fast they completed each event. Events included the Three Man Ladder, Motor Hook and Ladder, Motor Hose, Efficiency, Motor Pump, and Buckets. The Hicksville Hicks came in fifth place and received a trophy.


Sports

Madeline Huffman, a fourth grade student at Our Lady of Mercy School in Hicksville, recently became the New York State Free Throw Champion in the Knights of Columbus Free Throw Competition, 9 Year Old Girls Division at the United States Military Academy, West Point.

Huffman’s journey to the state championship began at her home parish, Our Lady of Mercy Roman Catholic Church in January. The local qualifier was sponsored by the Knights of Columbus Joseph F. Lamb Council #5723. Boys and girls ages 9 through 14 competed, each receiving three warm up shots and 15 free throw attempts.

This November, Hicksville resident Marlo Signoracci will head to Florida for Ironman, a demanding, long-distance triathlon that includes biking, running and swimming. Here, she shares her story as she prepares for one of the most physically challenging athletic events out there.

“I meet my goals and maintain my health. I stay mindful of what is important to me and seek balance in all endeavors. With gratitude, I am fully present to this moment in time.”


Calendar

Hicksville Street Fair

July 20

Blood Drive

July 23

Our Lady Of Mercy Family Festival

July 30 - August 3



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