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Taking The Baton: Relay For Life

Residents raise money for cancer research

On Saturday, June 8, over 200 Hicksville residents, along with their family and friends, will participate in Relay for Life to honor those who have died from cancer, celebrate those who have overcome it and support those who are fighting against it. Relay for Life is hosted by the American Cancer Society in an effort to raise awareness about the disease.

Megan Stewart, manager of special events for the American Cancer Society said, “Relay is an opportunity to celebrate life and fight back against cancer. It is a way to do something good and help those whom we love.”

During this 12-hour walk-a-thon, teams will camp out at Cantiague Park on West John Street and take turns walking or running around a predetermined path. Relay for Life is a fundraising event and teams are encouraged to find donations from friends and family, as well as get businesses to sponsor them if they choose. The event also honors caregivers, as their commitment and love outweigh all of the struggles that come with the disease. Since its inception in 1985, Relay has become the world’s largest movement to end cancer.

This year, survivors and their families are invited to a pre-Relay dinner at Knights of Columbus for the traditional Survivors Dinner at 6 p.m. Hicksville Legislator Rose Walker is the special Survivor Speaker this year, kicking off Relay for Life at 7 p.m. by sharing her story and encouraging others to keep moving forward in their efforts to end cancer. An inspirational Survivor’s Lap soon follows where all those who have beat the disease take one lap together, symbolizing their strength and how far they have come. “Survivors are living proof that we can beat this and we attend Relay to show them our support,” said Stewart.

As the event proceeds, games and music fill the park, as well as other sources of entertainment, but participants never lose sight of their primary objective. “We have set a goal of $60,000 this year and since starting in Hicksville in 2010, we have raised over $150,000,” stated Stewart. “Hicksville has done an incredible job in the past few years, but we still have more to do. It is important to participate in Relay to show those living with cancer that we believe in them and are fighting for them.”

Come nightfall, the emotional Luminaria Ceremony begins, honoring those whose lives were lost. Candles are placed inside white paper bags filled with sand — each in special memory of one person — and the bags are lined up, illuminating the pathway. “Each bag represents a life,” explained Stewart. “They glow throughout the night and we take a few laps in silence to remember those we lost. It reminds us that in honor of these people, we must finish the fight. Along with the Survivors Lap, it is one of the most incredible experiences of Relay.”

Relay concludes at sunrise with an announcement of the event’s earnings and the Fight Back Ceremony. Everyone makes a personal commitment to save lives by fighting back against this debilitating condition. By taking action, such as receiving a screening test, quitting smoking or talking to someone about the issue, the world is that much closer to ending the fight.

“We participate in Relay so that one day, no one has to hear the words, ‘You have cancer’,” said Stewart. Thanks to this life-changing event, the American Cancer Society continues to save lives.

For more information about Hicksville’s 4th annual Relay for Life, the public is invited to attend a meeting on April 30 from 7:30 to 8 p.m. at The Computer Resource Center on Jerusalem Avenue. Contact Megan Stewart for additional details and information at 631-300-3150, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , or visit www.relayforlife.org/hicksvilleny to sign-up or donate.

News

Some students returning to school the first day might see a new face on the bus: Hicksville’s new interim superintendent Dr. Carl Bonuso.

“Every year on the first day of school I ride one of the buses. To see the face of a kindergartener on that first ride just reminds you of why you’re in the field,” he says.

Last week, County Executive Ed Mangano declared amnesty for all speed camera tickets issued this summer.

Drivers across Nassau County were up in arms due to the recent implementation of the school zone cameras, which had issued numerous violations since they were installed just weeks ago. The source of residents anger with the county’s speed cameras stems from lack of  warning and the cameras issuing speed violations even when school wasn’t in session.


Sports

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.

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.


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