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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

Due to what appears to be a colossal error on the part of the Nassau County Assessor’s office, or perhaps an errant interpretation of state law, more than 600 military veterans and Gold Star families in Hicksville will have to wait for their tax break until next year.

Hicksville is one of several local school districts that recently approved resolutions extending the exemption to local veterans, even though budgets and Albany’s tax cap make it a tough choice. On Feb. 26, with a contingency of veterans in the audience, the board voted to provide a school tax exemption for veterans living in the district, starting with the 2014-15 school year.

You’d expect volleyball, football and running the mile in gym class, but what about juggling, plate spinning, or riding a unicycle? For the past 30 years, The National Circus Project has been challenging typical notions of gym class by bringing skilled, trained circus artists into schools for performances and week-long workshops.

Every year, the Westbury based nonprofit goes into approximately 350 public and private schools all over the northeast, including a previous visit to Dutch Lane School in Hicksville. Teams of expert circus artists will come into a physical education class for either a day or week-long workshop. Students get a front row seat to a performance by some of the best in the business, as well as hands on experience with traditional circus skills such as juggling, wire walking or acrobatics. Students in the week-long workshop get to perfect a specific skill and show it off during a show at the end of the week for family members.


Sports

Cantiague Park Senior Men’s Golf League had its first tournament on Thursday April 4. Twenty golfers came out on on a crisp but sunny morning. Charlie Hong was the only man to score under a 40, with a 38 and won for low overall score. Jim O’ Brien  scored a 41, and won low overall net in a tie-breaker with Mike Guerriero.

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 percent 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.

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.

Life’s challenges are not supposed to paralyze you. They are supposed to help you discover who you are.


Calendar

American Legion Meeting

April 21

HS Theater in the Round

April 24-26

Science Fair

April 26



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