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Holy Family School A Home Away From Home

Red Cross emergency specialists, volunteers welcomed at Hicksville school

Recently, you had to have seen all the trucks from power companies and the long lines at gas stations, but you may not have noticed some very special heroes in Hicksville.

Since Thursday, Nov. 1, Holy Family School was used as home for Red Cross volunteers, who came from places like Texas, Louisiana, and Michigan, the Carolinas, Florida and even as far as Washington and Alaska. The call for the Red Cross Emergency Specialists went out nationwide and they responded. Often, they are the first ones reporting to disasters. They help local authorities and then set up their own facilities.

But before arriving here on Long Island to help your neighborhood, this amazing organization needed room to set up a home base. Holy Family in Hicksville was a large enough area to house some of the hundreds of volunteers being requested along with their trucks, cars and equipment.

The Red Cross is a volunteer-led, humanitarian organization, providing emergency assistance, disaster relief and education inside the United States. From their home base at Holy Family, they received their daily assignments to go out into the neighborhood and help with the relief efforts here on Long Island.

As the Holy Family School strives to teach these very same values to their students, housing the Red Cross volunteer workers was a perfect match. It was a place for the workers to regroup and rest up then get their assignments for the next day.

“I must say an enormous thank you to the many of you who have reached out in support these past weeks. I am keenly aware, as I join many of you in dealing with issues of no heat, no lights, no gas and so on, and yet, you have taken the time to reach out to me and more importantly you have reached out to the amazing Red Cross volunteers using our gym as their Long Island home,” Holy Family School Principal Maryalice Doherty said in a statement.

The Holy Family Church, throughout this emergency, remained open until 9 p.m. The first night they offered hot drinks during the blackout. Then as the true scope of this emergency was realized, on the second night they operated as a charging station for cell phones, a warming center for those without utilities and showed movies for families. Volunteers started serving an evening meal at one point as well.

The small, local parish school has proven to be an invaluable asset, not only to the local community but to all in all the surrounding areas like Long Beach, Oceanside, Island Park, Coney Island and any who needed the Red Cross to help immediately.

“I have never been so humbled nor have I ever felt so proud to be part of this great Holy Family School family,” Holy Family School Principal Maryalice Doherty said.

News

The 7th annual Parish of the Holy Family Festival went off without a hitch and lit up the night sky on Fordham Avenue in Hicksville last week. Thousands of community members came and joined in the festivities.  

This year’s theme was the 1964-1965 World’s Fair that took place in Queens. Volunteer coordinator and 28-year member of the congregation Mary White said “We are having this festival to raise money and to offset the expenditures of the school and the church. Last year we had a record breaking 10,000 people attend and while all the numbers are not in yet, we are doing very well this time around too. The turnout has been great because the weather has been so cooperative.”

Matty’s Sports Deli, located at 107 Stewart Avenue, first opened its doors Nov. 12, and slowly but surely, it’s making a name for itself as the place to go to get good eats in Hicksville.

However, according to owner and Bellmore resident Matthew Burak, the main thing working against his slow climb up the hill of success is what any entrepreneur knows is vital to business—location, location, location.


Sports

Cantiague Park Senior Men’s Golf League had its fourth tournament on Thursday Aug. 7. We had 33 golfers and a record 8 who scored under 40. Low overall score was won by newcomer Ed Hyne with an impressive 33, his second low net in a row. Charlie Acerra scored a solid 35, and won low overall net with a 26; his best score in 4 years.

Competition on the nine-hole course is divided into two divisions. Flight A is for players with a handicap of 13 or lower. Flight B is for players with a handicap of 14 or more. The league is a 100 % handicap league. Any man 55 years or older is eligible for membership. We have many openings for this year, and you can sign up anytime throughout the the season. The league meets every Thursday at 7:30 a.m., but the formal tournament dates are only the first and third Thursday of the month through late October. We will have a final luncheon with prizes on our last meeting.

The fields of Kevin Kolm Memorial Park were filled with nearly 200 soccer players on Saturday for the annual ‘Soccer For A Cause’ event. The event was put together by the Mastermind Unit in sponsor of the Michael Magro Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to assisting pediatric patients with cancer and their families.

“The Mastermind Unit is a non-profit organization that was founded by a group of guys who grew up playing soccer together in Hicksville,” said co-founder Bryan Alcantara. “This is our seventh annual  ‘Soccer For A Cause’ event at Memorial Park.”


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