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Powder Puff Derby

On Friday, April 26, Girl Scout Brownie Troop #3362 hosted the 2nd annual Hicksville Association of Girl Scouts Powder Puff Derby at Woodland School. Over 40 Girl Scouts from Hicksville troops in grades 1-5 participated.

The Powder Puff Derby is modeled after Boy Scouts’ Pinewood Derby. Each girl designed, built, and decorated their own racecars from kits, which consisted of a block of wood and four wheels.

The cars are gravity powered and run down a regulation track.  All the girls who spent countless hours creating their very own wooden cars with their parents were excited to finally race on Friday night.   

There were shouts of excitement and delight from both participants and spectators, as they cheered on their fellow Girl Scouts whose cars zoomed down the tracks toward the finish line.

Participation in the Derby gives Girl Scouts the chance to learn the basics of woodworking, engineering and fair competition.  

Medals were given out for the fastest cars.

First place—Marissa P.

Second place—Shayla K.  

Third place—Katie B.  

In addition, trophies were given to Kaitlyn K. for most glamorous car; Catie P. for best Girl Scout themed car; Kaitlyn C. for most unique designed car and Faith M. for most Girl Scout spirit.

News

Local veterans groups and residents gathered at Hicksville Middle School Veterans Memorial Park recently to honor brave servicemen and woman, past and present. William M. Gouse Jr. Post 3211 hosted Hicksville’s annual Veterans Day ceremony on Nov. 11.

The ceremonies began with the pledge and national anthem sung by Hicksville High School student Cassie Pursoo, accompanied by trumpeter Conner Hoelzer. Monsignor Thomas Costa from Our Lady of Church in Hicksville gave the invocation.

On Nov. 10, a dedication ceremony was held to celebrate the completion of a beautiful new two-story house in Hicksville. However, while new dwellings are an ordinary occurrence on Long Island, this one was unique and special in a way that very few are.

The house at 77 Thorman Ave. was built in memory of Navy Lieutenant and posthumous Congressional Medal of Honor recipient Michael P. Murphy, a Long Island native who tragically died in combat while serving in Afghanistan in 2005. However, this house represents more than just the dedicated service of a man to his country; it represents the beginning of a new life full of hope for a brother-in-arms and his family as well.


Sports

Football was Mike Torrellas’ heart and soul. He also liked a good Turkey Bowl.  

Unfortunately, the Hicksville Crusaders co-founder wasn’t able to witness the program’s inaugural event, which took place Saturday, Nov. 8.

Torrellas passed away suddenly last December due to a blood clot, but the spirit and drive of the man who wore the number 53 and tragically passed at that age still surrounds the Crusaders football program.

The Long Island Fight for Charity will be hosting its 11th annual Charity Boxing Event on Nov. 24 at the Hilton in Melville. Among the 20 volunteers putting up their fists for funds will be Hicksville business owner Mell Goldman, who will be fighting under the nickname “The Kid.”  

Goldman is the President of All Boro Cleaning Services. He stated that he was enticed at the opportunity and wanted to contribute to charity.


Calendar

Fall Drama Production

November 20-22

Blood Drive

November 24

Christmas Holiday Fair

November 24



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