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Fire Department Swears In New Chiefs

The Hicksville Fire Department recently swore in Frank M. McGeough, the 2014 Chief of the Department, at a ceremony held at HFD Headquarters. Chief McGeough, a former Captain of Independent Engine and Hose Company No. 2, previously served as Assistant Chief since 2008 and is a 20 year member of the department.

For the first time in the history of the department, the membership elected a female to the position of assistant chief. Newly elected 3rd Assistant Chief Elizabeth “Liz” Flahavan, a former Captain of Heavy Rescue Company No. 8, has been a member of the department since 1988 and is a NYS certified Emergency Medical Technician. Recently, Chief Flahavan was honored with the 2013 “Nassau County Firematics Award” for service to the community.  

Also sworn was newly elected Fire Commissioner Anthony Wigdzinski, a former chief of the department, as well as 1st Assistant Chief Richard Diaz and 2nd Assistant Chief Robert Telender. Department members were also on hand at the ceremony to thank out-going Chief of Department Christopher Moskos for his eight years of service in the chief’s office.

Chairman of the Board of Fire Commissioners Robert Lang said, “The Board of Fire Commissioners is proud and happy to welcome Commissioner Wigdzinski and congratulate the new slate of chiefs this year. We are excited to work with Chief McGeough and we are very confident that he will continue the excellent leadership that he has displayed over the past six years as assistant chief. In light of an increase in female membership in recent years, we are particularly happy to see a woman elected to chief for the first time and we wish Chief Flahavan the best of luck in her new position. I am sure she will do a great job.”

Chief of Department McGeough said, “I am honored to be elected to lead the Hicksville Fire Department and continue a long tradition of excellence and service to the people of Hicksville. I would like to thank Chief Moskos for his leadership and guidance over the past eight years and I would also like to welcome Chief Flahavan to her new position. I am certain that she will make a great addition to the leadership of the department.”

Third Assistant Chief Flahavan remarked “It is truly an honor to be selected by the department membership to this position, which I am sure will be both challenging and rewarding. Congratulations to Chief McGeough. I am looking forward to working with him as well as Chief Diaz and Chief Telender."

News

Vastra boutique finds a niche

in hand-embroidered dresses

Who says a bride has to wear white on her wedding day? For South Asian brides, no color is off limits including brilliant reds, blues and golds. For the past 17 years, Vastra in Hicksville has been helping brides from New York and across the country find the perfect dress for their special day.

There’s no lack of Indian sari boutiques in Hicksville but according to Marketing Director Prachi Jain, what sets Vastra apart from the others is its emphasis on one of a kind, hand-embroidered Indian dresses.

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.


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.


Calendar

Social and Ballroom Dancing

September 5

ECC Open House

September 6

BOE Meeting

September 10



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