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IKEA Donates $10,000 To K-Kids

The Bowling Green K-Kids were recently awarded $10,000 in IKEA products, services and donations from IKEA Long Island in Hicksville, to use toward community projects including updating the art center and library at Kamp Kiwanis. The Kiwanis camp services underprivileged children and helps community members. The award was part of a national corporate project, the IKEA Life Improvement Co-worker Challenge.

The challenge is part of the third year of IKEA’s Life Improvement Project, which offers consumers inspiration, and suggestions to help make a positive impact on their homes and lives. Through this year-long initiative, IKEA is encouraging people to share projects of what they do to improve their lives at home, and to learn from the life improvement tips of others, from saving time through better organization, to reducing bills by changing to energy-efficient light bulbs.

Rick Santer, lieutenant governor elect and faculty advisor of the Bowling Green Elementary School K-Kids winners said, “The Bowling Green K-Kids are excited to have been chosen to receive this very generous grant from IKEA. The K-Kids members are looking forward to meeting the IKEA volunteers who will be working with us as we supply the newly constructed Kamp Kiwanis Art Center/Library with much needed furniture and provide gourmet food for needy families in our neighborhood.”

K-Kids is a student-led community service organization for elementary school students, “young leaders helping others.” Service projects include community clean-ups, fundraisers, for various Kiwanis charities, including the ELIMINATE Project, the Kiwanis Pediatric Trauma Center at North Shore-LIJ and Pediatric Lyme Disease.

“Here at IKEA Long Island, we are committed to providing a better everyday life for the many people; it is an honor to be involved with Mr. Santer and the children in his K-Kids club,” said John Achillea, store manager. “They strive to support our community and we are committed to helping them do just that. We are all very enthusiastic about helping these young children provide charity to our community.”

The Life Improvement Co-worker Challenge received 80 inspiring proposals from IKEA co-workers from across the nation. In the Hicksville store, the steering committee selected two organizations for consumers to vote online for. Thousands of votes were registered and the winning charities were announced on April 10 for each store location. A total of 37 community projects were selected to be supported by IKEA. The total campaign donation across all stores was almost $500,000.

News

Vastra boutique finds a niche

in hand-embroidered dresses

Who says a bride has to wear white on her wedding day? For South Asian brides, no color is off limits including brilliant reds, blues and golds. For the past 17 years, Vastra in Hicksville has been helping brides from New York and across the country find the perfect dress for their special day.

There’s no lack of Indian sari boutiques in Hicksville but according to Marketing Director Prachi Jain, what sets Vastra apart from the others is its emphasis on one of a kind, hand-embroidered Indian dresses.

Many would consider it rude to play with your food. That is unless, you’re participating in the Long Island Potato Festival. The event, which was held in Cutchogue, NY, included a mashed potato sculpting contest which was dominated by Hicksville’s Sarah Tsang, who won first place in the youth division.

Contestants were allowed to use any tools and materials to help bring their creation to life. Sculptures were left on display throughout the day and voted on by festival goers.


Sports

Somehow LSA, the Levittown Swimming Association, has always been a part of our Hicksville summers. My family’s introduction to the organization in 1975 began when our two older daughters tried out for the Parkway Swim Team, one of the nine teams that competed through July and most of August.

It was no small task for the younger girl, swimming her first full lap in the deep end of the pool to qualify at age six, but both girls made the team and donned the coveted gray tee shirts as the trees cast their shadows over the pool water at the end of practice.

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.


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