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Tables For Walker Park

Chris Scully often goes to John J. Walker Memorial Park in Hicksville to play lacrosse, and one day he noticed that something was missing.

“I noticed that there was no place for families to sit to spend time together or eat dinner at football and lacrosse games,” he says.

Scully decided to meet the community’s need for tables at Walker and Borella Park in Plainview as part of his Eagle Scout project, which requires a boy scout to complete a community service project. The Hicksville High School student has been a part of the boy scouts since first grade and is a part of local troop 291.

Planning for the project began back in May and several fundraisers were conducted which funded the entire project, which cost a little over $1,400. Scully, with help from his family, friends and fellow troop members, were able to build six picnic tables for the two parks in two weekends. On the second day of building, the troop received a special surprise visit from Nassau County Legislator Rose Walker, whose late husband is the namesake of the park.

“Both of these fields are used everyday by many youth and adult groups, as well as families. The addition of these beautiful tables to the parks will enhance the pleasure of all who utilize the fields and playgrounds,” said Walker. “I cannot thank him enough. His project literally brought tears to my eyes.”

Scully said one of the most rewarding parts of the project was seeing it go to immediate use. He says as soon as they delivered the tables, he saw someone sit down on the bench to tie their shoes.

“It made me feel good to see it being used, and it was a big relief to get it completed,” he said.

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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