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Local Wins Achievement Award

For Terry Fontana, winning the United States Tennis Assosciation Eastern’s Lifetime Achievement Award was over 50 years in the making and is a dream come true.

A crowning achievement for the Hicksville resident, Fontana owes her involvement and recognition in tennis to the support of her colleagues and friends. “I have worked with so many people in this section,” said Fontana. “They have helped me achieve this.”

Since first playing in her mid-twenties, Fontana has been a stalwart supporter of tennis through her various volunteer roles. In 1956, she first picked up a racket and soon after, it became her life’s passion.

Before learning more about the tennis community, Fontana joked that she didn’t know indoor facilities existed. “I remember shoveling snow off tennis courts outdoors so I could go out and play because I wasn’t aware of indoor tennis clubs,” she said. “Tennis was not something that I grew up with.” She ended up working at indoor facilities for years after.

As her tennis IQ increased, it became her mission to help countless others succeed in the sport. To name a few of her earliest projects, Fontana founded the Matinecock Racquet Club. She also managed Valley Tennis of Manhasset and eventually moved to Arizona for more tennis opportunities.

Fontana said 1989 proved to be a defining year as she first became involved in USTA projects, including joining the Long Island Region Board once back in New York from Arizona.

Fontana earned the Eastern Volunteer of the Year Award in 1992. In addition, she started the first community tennis association in Long Island during the 90s and helped bring tennis into the Hicksville School District.

In 1995, Fontana honored former professional player Vitas Gerulaitis by organizing the Vitas Gerulaitis Long Island Championships. Through her work, she raised over $13,000 in scholarships and $2,000 in contributions for deserving juniors.

By working tirelessly to support Jr. Team Tennis programs on Long Island, Fontana received the region’s most prestigious honor: the Hy Zausner Lifetime Achievement Award in 2000. Three years later, she accepted the Long Island Volunteer of the Year Award for her efforts.

Over the last decade, Fontana has worked selflessly to support the growth of tennis. Most recently, and earlier in 2013, Long Island honored with the Vitas Gerulatis For The Love of Tennis Award at their Annual Dinner.

About her latest — and largest — accolade, Terry said, “I’m just so proud. I really am. But never in my life did I dream that I would get a Lifetime Achievement Award from the section. Honestly, it’s just so wonderful.”

News

You could say Darren Butler has quite the entrepreneurial disposition. The Hicksville resident not only founded a church, but invented a doorstop that does not require screwing any holes into your wall or door. The device simply clamps on to the bottom of any sized door without requiring tools.

“I never envisioned myself as being an inventor,” explained Butler. “I became one by accident and out of frustration.”

After Butler and his wife purchased their home, they wanted to decorate and maintain it.  “We have four children and at the time we wanted to minimize the damage that occurs from doors slamming into walls because as young children do; they have a tendency to aggressively open doors, and as a result the door knob created holes in our wall,” said Butler. “We purchased conventional doorstops so at the very least we could minimize that reality if not eliminate it all together.”

The Hicksville Fire Department hosted the Nassau County Parade and Drill Championships this past Saturday, an event that was entertaining for both guests and participants.

The Motorized Drill competition held in the morning had 16 participating fire departments. The drill included eight events and each racing team was judged based on how fast they completed each event. Events included the Three Man Ladder, Motor Hook and Ladder, Motor Hose, Efficiency, Motor Pump, and Buckets. The Hicksville Hicks came in fifth place and received a trophy.


Sports

Madeline Huffman, a fourth grade student at Our Lady of Mercy School in Hicksville, recently became the New York State Free Throw Champion in the Knights of Columbus Free Throw Competition, 9 Year Old Girls Division at the United States Military Academy, West Point.

Huffman’s journey to the state championship began at her home parish, Our Lady of Mercy Roman Catholic Church in January. The local qualifier was sponsored by the Knights of Columbus Joseph F. Lamb Council #5723. Boys and girls ages 9 through 14 competed, each receiving three warm up shots and 15 free throw attempts.

This November, Hicksville resident Marlo Signoracci will head to Florida for Ironman, a demanding, long-distance triathlon that includes biking, running and swimming. Here, she shares her story as she prepares for one of the most physically challenging athletic events out there.

“I meet my goals and maintain my health. I stay mindful of what is important to me and seek balance in all endeavors. With gratitude, I am fully present to this moment in time.”


Calendar

Hicksville Street Fair

July 20

Blood Drive

July 23

Our Lady Of Mercy Family Festival

July 30 - August 3



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