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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

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.


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November 20-22

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November 24

Christmas Holiday Fair

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