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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

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.

Some students returning to school the first day might see a new face on the bus: Hicksville’s new interim superintendent Dr. Carl Bonuso.

“Every year on the first day of school I ride one of the buses. To see the face of a kindergartener on that first ride just reminds you of why you’re in the field,” he says.


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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