Written by Youseph Rasheed Thursday, 12 September 2013 00:00
Automobile lovers were out in full force at the eighth annual Long Island Cruizin’ For a Cure car show this past Sunday. Over 600 cars, trucks, and motorcycles were on display at the exhibition which was held at the Sears parking lot in HIcksville.
The show is the only one of its kind dedicated to raising funds for awareness, testing and research pertaining to prostate cancer. Winthrop University Hospital provided men with free Prostate-Specific Antigen (PSA) screening blood tests, to help detect and prevent this affliction. The test measures the level of PSA in the blood. A high level indicates that the patient is more likely to develop prostate cancer. In the past, this show has diagnosed over fifty men with high PSA levels, which led these men to seek out medical care that potentially saved their lives.
The sun was shining brightly as the sounds of classic all American music and the aroma of burgers were in the air. Bill from Hempstead was standing in line at the PSA testing booth and said “the show is a magnificent spectacle. I grew up in the 60’s during the golden age for cars and music. I myself used to own a 1957 Chevy. Even though I have a urologist I still come here every year.”
Dr. Louis Faiella and Dr. David Gershbaum from Winthrop University Hospital were both on hand to show off the hospitals minimally invasive da Vinci Surgical System. It essentially provides robotic assistance for laparoscopic surgery in a new and modern technique that makes small incisions as opposed to larger ones.
“It’s a very intuitive machine,” Gershbaum said. “It allows us to perform more precise and articulated movements.”
Cruzin’ For A Cure founder, Sandy Kane, is a prostate cancer survivor. He presented a $20,000 check to Cold Spring Harbor Labs to continue researching ways to defeat this terrible disease.
“This is the biggest year we ever had. The turnout is great. ” Kane said. “It couldn’t be done without the help of all the wonderful people who really put time and effort to make this show what it is. My message to men is to go get tested. It is very important for your health.”
The main attraction of the event were the rows and rows of beautiful cars all over the pakring lot. A sleek and shiny sky blue 1958 Chevy Impala and eye catching red Ford Fairlane 500 were just some of the hundreds of cars on display.
Father and son Steve and Ricky from Massapequa brought their 1955 Buick Special that they had up for sale. Ricky, a mechanic, restored the car himself in about four years.
“The fun for me is putting these cars back together, selling them, and then moving on to the next car,” Ricky said. “I really like the event because my grandfather had prostate cancer and he beat it. The screening and car show is a really great combination.”
One of the most popular attractions at the show was the 1909 Alco-6 Racer. The powerful vintage warrior which is better known by its nickname, The Black Beast, was built by the American Locomotive company in Providence, Rhode Island. Hemmings Classic Car magazine considers it to be one of the top 100 collector cars of all time. A piece of American history, the car’s original cost was $6,000 and it was able to reach speeds of 121 mph.
Other cancer survivors wore blue shirts and walked around the lot answering questions and concerns that anyone had. Vincent Buccilli from East Meadow has been a prostate cancer survivor for over two years.
“This is my third year here, and I believe that Sandy is doing a wonderful job,” Buccilli said. “This is a really important event and men need to get tested. It certainly doesn’t hurt.”
Thursday, 05 December 2013 00:00
Although Fuel Cafe is six years old, it's been a work in progress since new owners took over one-and one-half years ago. The main part of the cafe was recently redecorated and an adjoining room is soon to open. And though there's been several changes, the concept remains the same—this is a place where healthy and hearty food is served. The food is grilled or baked, never fried, and they do not use microwaves so everything is made to order.
With a menu of over 170 items and dozens of combinations of meats, vegetables, bread and more, be prepared to do a lot of reading to figure out what your meal will be.
Thursday, 05 December 2013 00:00
For the past six months, Hicksville resident Chris Collins has spent his days digging for fossils and his nights falling asleep to the sound of vervet monkeys and coyotes. As a teacher’s assistant at the Turkana Basin Institute (TBI) in Kenya, Collins got a firsthand look at what it was like to live like an anthropologist.
Collins got his first taste of Turkana last year, as a student at the TBI field school which was founded by Stony Brook University and paleoanthropologist Dr. Richard Leakey. As a student, Collins spent four months learning about archeology, paleontology, geology, ecology and human evolution. What started as a study abroad experience, turned into a life changing experience as Collins soon found himself homesick for Africa.
Thursday, 05 December 2013 00:00
As they come off their most successful season in 30 years, the Hicksville Boys basketball team faces a challenge in replicating last year's success. The 2012-13 season saw the Comets compile a 15-5 record and had their season ending in the Nassau County semifinals to rival Baldwin. According to Head Coach Phil Essigman, who is entering his 14th season with the varsity team, the team will feature only two returning players from last season. Last year’s team was incredibly deep and experienced and it is part of the “rollercoaster”, as he described it, of high school sports for teams to go through periods of grooming inexperienced players.
Wednesday, 27 November 2013 00:00
Hicksville’s Mary-Jo Depaoli, and Nao Joe scored with awards on Sunday, November 17 in the 5th annual Blue Ribbon Run for Prostate Cancer, a 5 Kilometer road race that started and finished at Syosset-Woodbury Community Park.Depaoli crossed the finish line with a time of 23:01, earning her second place honors in the women’s 35-39 age group, and Joe finished the race with a time of 28:36, to earn third place in the women’s 30-34 age group, A record breaking total of 414 runners and walkers crossed the finish line.
The race was held by the Town of Oyster Bay and raised money to help in the fight against prostate cancer. Free prostate cancer screenings were offered on-site, as well as informative urology and men’s health exhibits, refreshments and prizes for participants.