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Breakfast Of Champions: Eating With Eli

Hicksville residents eat, chat with

two-time Super Bowl MVP Eli Manning

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day – especially when New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning is going to be sitting down at the table with you.

Hicksville’s Gerard Gagliano and his wife, Barbara, recently had the opportunity to eat alongside the two-time Super Bowl champ and MVP at MetLife Stadium after winning a Dunkin’ Donuts contest on Facebook.

The Hicksville Illustrated News caught up with Gerard regarding his experience.

HI: What was it like meeting Eli?

GG: It was a great experience to meet Eli Manning. He was very laid back and easy to talk to. It was almost unreal being in this big room with all kinds of Giants memorabilia and be able to talk with someone as famous as Eli Manning in a way not many people get a chance to. Overall it was fun.

I got this opportunity just by luck. I saw the ad on TV for the contest during a game and went online and entered. I didn’t even realize you could enter multiple times so it was just one entry that did the trick. I had almost forgotten about it when I received the email to contact the Dunkin’ Donuts people and they told me I won.

HI: Would you call yourself a big Giants fan? What are some of your greatest and worst memories as a fan?

GG: Actually it is my wife, Barbara, that is a big Giants fan and I pretty much entered for her to have a chance to meet Eli. She was at work when I told her we won and was very surprised. I follow them too, but I wouldn’t say I was a die-hard fan. I would say meeting Eli would be my best memory as a fan. I don’t really dwell on the bad stuff, so I probably don’t have many bad memories.

HI: What do you think the team’s chances are this year to make the playoffs and potentially repeat as champs?

GG: Well, I think they are pretty much done as far as making the playoffs this season, but they have pulled off miracles before.

HI: Do you get to many games throughout the season?

GG: We try to get to at least one game every season but I have a wacky work schedule and it is tough sometimes to get my work chart and the game schedule to match up. My wife doesn’t miss a game on TV though, in fact it is not wise to bother her when the Giants are playing and she is watching!

HI: How would you sum up your experience?

GG: It was a nice experience. We got a chance to look around at all the trophies and memorabilia from the team’s history. They had a contest for you to make a Giants doughnut and Eli made one along with everyone else. The question and answer period was great, it really had that feel of sitting at the table having breakfast and chatting with Eli Manning like you were just hanging out at someone’s house. We all got a chance to have a picture taken with him, and overall it was just a great morning.

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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