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Hicksville Graduate Publishes First Book

Author Melissa Kuch, a 2001 graduate of Hicksville High School, has just released her first book The Hypothesis of Giants, Book One: The Assumption, the first of a four-part series. The Assumption, the debut novel, is an imaginative young adult book that will transport readers to a fantastical world where giants exist.  

“I wanted to make something new for teens, something that was different, something other than vampires,” said Kuch who’s always had a passion for writing.  “The young adult genre has always been a favorite of mine. I grew up reading Carolyn Keen, C. S. Lewis and R. L. Stein. Writing The Hypothesis of Giants was the perfect way to meld together my vivid imagination and love for writing.”

The Assumption is set in the town of Candlewick, a place where no one questioned their mandatory curfew for the past 15 years until one night, a mysterious conch shell sounds, only heard by two young teenagers who are destined to fulfill a preordained prophecy.

Kuch is also a St. John’s University graduate.

She has written short fiction pieces and plays that have entertained readers of all ages. Her short stories Cloud Pictures in the Sky, To Secure a Husband and Name Change can be found on Amazon.com, in addition to The Assumption. The second part of the series, Book Two, The Change Agent, will be available by 2014.

For more updates about this series and other works by Melissa Kuch, visit: www.melissakuch.com/.

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.


Calendar

Close Encounters with Benevolent ETs and Ascended Masters

August 29

Adventures in Genealogy

September 4

Greek Festival

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