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Local Artist Makes A Splash

With drinks flowing in a room filled with the laughter and praises of family, friends and art patrons, local artist and Hicksville native, Evan Campanella, proudly displayed his artwork at opening night of his own show at the BJ Spoke Gallery in Huntington.

After being sponsored by a member of the gallery for a member’s choice showing, one of his works helped to turn the limelight on him. Now a member of the gallery himself, his paintings have taken over the entire front room of BJ Spoke for the next month.  

“This is the first ‘Me’ night I’ve had,” Campanella said while showing off some of his latest creations - contemporary, modern, edgy works of art, which he says, is his life’s passion. “It’s just fun – and it’s got to be fun,” he said.

A part of the fun, Campanella said, is listening to what other people think about his work. “I like hearing other people’s interpretations of my work. I know what it is to me, but sometimes people will say something about it and then I’ll think ‘Oh yea, I see that now.’ It’s cool to hear what other people think. Even when I was hanging things last night, some people were walking by saying ‘I know you guys are closed, but I just need to take a look at this work,’” he said. Although most people were amazed by his work and told him how impressed they were, Campanella added that he doesn’t take it to heart if everyone doesn’t love his work.

“Last night, some people were coming in as I was putting my paintings up and some were like ‘I don’t like anything in here’ not knowing that I was actually the artist,” he said. “But it’s got to about having fun and for me, that’s what painting is about. If someone says something really derogatory, I don’t listen, but it doesn’t bother me at all to hear what other people think,” he added.

As chatter took over the room, Campanella explained that he was nervous going into the showing, not because he wasn’t confident in his work, but because he wasn’t sure he actually brought enough with him to cover the room once he got to work hanging his paintings. “I was looking around and was like ‘I am not sure that I’m going to have enough to fill the room!’” he said. However, not only did he have enough artwork to fill the room, but he had enough people that appreciate his art to fill the room as well.

Campanella’s show, In The Light, will be showing at the BJ Spoke Gallery, at 299 Main Street, in Huntington, through the month of June.

News

There’s a lot you can do in 99 minutes. You could cook dinner, play a non-stop soccer game, watch a romantic comedy or hang out with Odysseus, Achilles and Hercules. If you chose the last option, Hicksville High School’s upcoming theatre production of The Iliad, The Odyssey, and All of Greek Mythology in 99 Minutes or Less  is the place for you.

The mouthful of a title says it all. The cast will take on over 80 characters as they speed through all of Greek mythology, including popular tales such as The Iliad and The Odyssey, in a little over an hour and a half.

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.


Sports

Vito Sciascia was recently named Hicksville Soccer Club’s Volunteer of the Year at the 2014 Long Island Junior Soccer League 2014 Kick-off Convention.

Sciascia started coaching travel soccer in 1998 for a boys team, the Flash, who later changed their names to the Muddogs. He could always be found at various sporting fields trying to recruit new soccer players. He would make each of these boys feel important and there was always room for another player. He tried to never turn a child away and when other coaches were having trouble with a boy he would take them on his team, no one was ever too much for him. Sciascia found the good in all those boys and they in return respected him. He took them to many tournaments and solicited enough sponsorship so that it was never a financial burden on their families.

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.


Calendar

American Legion Meeting

April 21

HS Theater in the Round

April 24-26

Science Fair

April 26



Columns

1959: The Year The Music Stopped Playing
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com

The Eccentric Heiress Of ‘Empty Mansions’
Written by Mike Barry, MFBarry@optonline.net

Yellow Margarine And A Pitch For The Ages
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com