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Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Set For December 7

Local organizations contributing to annual family-friendly holiday event

The Hicksville-Jericho Rotary, with the help of the Hicksville Fire Department and the Hicksville Water District, will be holding the annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony on Dec. 7 at 6:30 p.m. in Kennedy Park, Route 106 and Jerusalem Avenue, in Hicksville.

The large Christmas tree located in the center of the park, as well as 20 other trees nearby, will be lit and decorated with help from local business owners, civic associations, service associations and veterans groups. In addition, Fresh 102.7 FM will be on the scene to play some holiday music, while the Hicksville Ladies Auxiliary from the Hicksville Fire Department will be with serving hot chocolate.

The evening starts at 6:30 p.m. with the introduction of local politicians. This will be followed by the Cub Scout Honor Guard, who will lead in the Pledge of Allegiance. Next up, the Girl Scouts will sing holiday songs as well as patriotic songs in remembrance of Pearl Harbor. Santa Claus will then make his magical appearance, arriving on a Hicksville Fire Department firetruck. Santa will then do the countdown to lighting the trees. Once the trees are lit, the Ella Marie School of Dance will be performing several wonderful holiday dance numbers that everyone always enjoys.  

The Hicksville-Jericho Rotary has been hosting the Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony for the past 18 years.

“We have been serving Hicksville and Jericho since 1951, providing scholarships to local high school students, supporting the Hicksville Boys and Girls Club, the local food pantry, the Gift of Life and many more worthwhile projects,” said a Rotary representative.

If you or someone you know is interested in joining the Rotary and giving back to the Hicksville-Jericho community, email Donna Rivera-Downey at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  or call (516) 532-4566.

News

Vastra boutique finds a niche

in hand-embroidered dresses

Who says a bride has to wear white on her wedding day? For South Asian brides, no color is off limits including brilliant reds, blues and golds. For the past 17 years, Vastra in Hicksville has been helping brides from New York and across the country find the perfect dress for their special day.

There’s no lack of Indian sari boutiques in Hicksville but according to Marketing Director Prachi Jain, what sets Vastra apart from the others is its emphasis on one of a kind, hand-embroidered Indian dresses.

Many would consider it rude to play with your food. That is unless, you’re participating in the Long Island Potato Festival. The event, which was held in Cutchogue, NY, included a mashed potato sculpting contest which was dominated by Hicksville’s Sarah Tsang, who won first place in the youth division.

Contestants were allowed to use any tools and materials to help bring their creation to life. Sculptures were left on display throughout the day and voted on by festival goers.


Sports

Somehow LSA, the Levittown Swimming Association, has always been a part of our Hicksville summers. My family’s introduction to the organization in 1975 began when our two older daughters tried out for the Parkway Swim Team, one of the nine teams that competed through July and most of August.

It was no small task for the younger girl, swimming her first full lap in the deep end of the pool to qualify at age six, but both girls made the team and donned the coveted gray tee shirts as the trees cast their shadows over the pool water at the end of practice.

I’m convinced that the soul and the center of Hicksville is Cantiague Park. And why not? Every weekend it’s a beehive of activity ranging from tennis matches, hand ball games, basketball and baseball games, swimming, hockey and of course ‘the beautiful game’ called soccer. Cantiague has two professional soccer fields that are perfectly manicured and begging to be played on. And they were. This weekend was the finals of the East Meadow Soccer Tournament which is one of the largest youth soccer tournaments in the nation, sponsored by the US Soccer Federation. There were 18 boys and girls teams in the finals and a large staff of referees.

Two of the refs were Steven Orozco and Randy Vogt who told me how soccer had been growing and has now become the second most popular participation sport in America with 25 million of us watching this year’s World Cup.  I also met and interviewed Joe Codispoti who along with Tim Bradbury is the head coach of Rockville Centre United, a U16 boys club.  This U16 team has a group of standout players led by  Jack Graziano, AJ Codispoti and Pat Basile who have been playing together for six years.


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