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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

Dance has a variety of benefits for children. Just like other sports like soccer, tennis or basketball, it promotes good health, emotional and mental stability.

The Dance Place in Hicksville is the brainchild of former dancer, Miana DeLucia. As a child, DeLucia found relief in her local dance studio. She says, “When I was young, my brother was very sick. I used to go to the studio just to get away. There, I found my passion and it became like a second home to me. It was my safe place.”

The community is invited to show off their Comets pride at Hicksville’s Homecoming Fair, which takes place Saturday, Sept. 13, starting at 10 a.m.

The festivities start at 10 a.m. at Hicksville High School’s John A. Walker Soccer Field. A number of fun activities will be featured, including attractions like a giant slide and an obstacle course, plus many game booths courtesy of the individual PTA units and school clubs. Lunch and snack items will be available for purchase.


Sports

At 6 a.m. on a blustery Saturday morning 1,600 people arrived at Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Park to participate in the 27th annual Runner’s Edge Tobay triathlon and tri- relay race. The participants were from all over Long Island, some from upstate NY, a few from out of state and were all ages and some even with disabilities but all came with one goal in mind, to finish.

The course starts out as a half mile swim in Oyster Bay Harbor, then a 9.3 mile bike ride through Oyster Bay, Laurel Hollow, and Cove neck which is very hilly but finishes with a 2.9 mile downhill to the finish. Then the riders have one more leg of the race which is 3.2 mile run through Mill Neck and Brookville, up to Planting Fields Arboretum and back down to Roosevelt Park to the finish line.

Second year head coach Rob Carroll is encouraged by what he has seen from the Hicksville Comets in the preseason. For this reason, he feels the team is better than their preseason ranking of No. 13.

“Last year was a tough year for us,” he said in regards to their 1-7 season. “But we improved as it went on and played in some very competitive games.”

The team ended a 15-game losing streak last season with a 26-19 victory over Uniondale.  They also were barely edged 20-14 by Hempstead on a last minute score. The rest of the games featured several lopsided scores, which is why Carroll believes the team is being overlooked.


Calendar

BOE Meeting

September 10

HHS Class of 1954 Reunion

September 12, 13

Cruizin’ For A Cure Car Show

September 14



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