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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

When life hands you lemons, make lemonade. That’s just what a Hicksville baker is doing, except in her case it isn’t lemons, but a gluten-free diet. Her lemonade stand of choice is her brand new gluten-free eatery, “Jac’s Bakeshop and Bistro,” which held its grand opening on April 12.  

“I’m a baker who can’t even eat wheat or eggs,” said owner Jaclyn Messina, chuckling at the irony.

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.


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
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