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Hicksville Holds Tree Lighting

Kennedy Park turned into Hicksville’s own winter-wonderland during the Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony at Kennedy Park on Saturday, Dec. 7.

“The Tree Lighting brings the community together,” said James Bentson, the event chairman and member of the Hicksville-Jericho Rotary Club. “It’s a really great thing.”

Although the weather was freezing and members of the community were bundled up in their heaviest winter gear, the Lady’s Auxiliary Club was there to hand out hot chocolate to keep everyone warm.

The Hicksville-Jericho Rotary Club as well as the Hicksville Fire Department were in charge of the event. “The Rotary Club organized the ceremony, but the Hicksville Fire Department decorated the tree, brought the fire truck, and brought Santa,” said Bentson.

The events of the night began with Cub Scout Pack 930 as the Honor Guard, and saying the Pledge of Allegiance. Girl Scouts then packed onto the showmobile and sang popular Christmas Carols such as “Jingle Bell Rock,” “Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree,” and “It’s a Marshmallow World.” The Girl Scout troops that were in attendance were Daisy Troop 3553, Brownie Troops 3595, and 3367, as well as Junior Troops 3362, 3307, 3607, and 3306.

Members of Ella Marie School of Dance performed six different Holiday-themed dances. Ella Marie has been performing in the Tree Lighting Ceremony for about 20 years, according to dance directors Katherine Golub, Annmarie Anderson, and Michelle Rosner.

“The original Ella Marie used to be a part of the Rotary Club,” explained Golub. “That’s how we got involved in the tree lighting.”

Christmas trees were lined up throughout Kennedy Park. Each of the 22 trees was decorated by different organizations. Some groups that decorated the trees included Hicksville Historical Society, Hicksville Boys and Girls Club, The Center for Developmental Diseases, Hicksville Chiropractic Office, St. Ignatius Loyola School, Holy Family School, Cub Scout Pack 930, Cub Scout Pack 381, and many more.

The Tree Lighting Ceremony was originally meant to take place on Friday, Dec. 6, but heavy rains called for a postponement.

Despite the date change, there were not many setbacks and the event went along almost exactly as planned, according to Bentson.

“It was just a thousand phone calls,” he explained. “It was a change in pace, but we had a good crowd here tonight, so it worked out really well.”

 

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



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