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Student Wins Essay Contest

Third-grade student Jasmine Roldan from Fork Lane Elementary School recently won the Long Island Ducks essay contest for her piece on all the things she loves about Hicksville.

The Long Island Ducks, a minor league baseball team, holds the “Take a Duck to Class” essay contest every year. This year, the Ducks wanted participants to explain “Why My Community Is Important to Me.” Roldan’s essay stood out among the thousands who participated. She was one of only four contestants to win.

Roldan truly believes in what she wrote about Hicksville. “Almost every day the birds are chirping and the sun is shining,” she said.

In her essay, Roldan interviewed Legislator Rose Walker about her involvement in the community. Roldan expressed her interest in being a part of Hicksville through community events such as fundraisers, fairs and parades.

“Hicksville is beautiful,” said Roldan. “It’s my community and where I grew up. I think it’s more special than other communities because everybody is nice to everybody.”

As part of her prize, Roldan and her classmates received a visit from the Ducks' team mascot, Quakerjack, and team manager Kevin Baez this past Friday.

Roldan read her essay in front of Quackerjack and Baez, as well as her teacher, classmates, parents and TD Bank representatives.

“We look for people who are interested in the community because that’s what the Ducks are about,” said LI Ducks Assistant General Manager Doug Cohen.

Baez spoke to Roldan and her classmates, and then followed up with a question and answer session during which the students asked him about his job, the Ducks, baseball, interests, and more. Afterwards, Baez and Quackerjack signed autographs for the students.

At the event, Eric Fischon and Xiomara Leto, representatives of TD Bank, presented Roldan a $50 Visa gift card.

“I’m happy to say that in all my years of being a part of this essay contest, Jasmine’s essay is the best essay I’ve ever heard,” Fischon noted.

After meeting members of the Ducks, Roldan and the rest of Mrs. Koerner’s third grade class had a celebration with cupcakes and chips back in their classroom.

Roldan’s classmates were just as excited as Roldan about her winning the contest. They congratulated her and thanked her for bringing the Ducks to their school. Two students in her class even wrote and performed a song congratulating Jasmine on her essay.

Roldan’s favorite part of the entire event was getting autographs from Baez and Quackerjack, and “especially the $50 gift card,” she added.

She said that she is going to use the gift card to buy her whole family tickets to a Ducks game.

News

Last week, County Executive Ed Mangano declared amnesty for all speed camera tickets issued this summer.

Drivers across Nassau County were up in arms due to the recent implementation of the school zone cameras, which had issued numerous violations since they were installed just weeks ago. The source of residents anger with the county’s speed cameras stems from lack of  warning and the cameras issuing speed violations even when school wasn’t in session.

The 7th annual Parish of the Holy Family Festival went off without a hitch and lit up the night sky on Fordham Avenue in Hicksville last week. Thousands of community members came and joined in the festivities.  

This year’s theme was the 1964-1965 World’s Fair that took place in Queens. Volunteer coordinator and 28-year member of the congregation Mary White said “We are having this festival to raise money and to offset the expenditures of the school and the church. Last year we had a record breaking 10,000 people attend and while all the numbers are not in yet, we are doing very well this time around too. The turnout has been great because the weather has been so cooperative.”


Sports

Cantiague Park Senior Men’s Golf League had its fourth tournament on Thursday Aug. 7. We had 33 golfers and a record 8 who scored under 40. Low overall score was won by newcomer Ed Hyne with an impressive 33, his second low net in a row. Charlie Acerra scored a solid 35, and won low overall net with a 26; his best score in 4 years.

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 % 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. The league meets every Thursday at 7:30 a.m., but the formal tournament dates are only the first and third Thursday of the month through late October. We will have a final luncheon with prizes on our last meeting.

The fields of Kevin Kolm Memorial Park were filled with nearly 200 soccer players on Saturday for the annual ‘Soccer For A Cause’ event. The event was put together by the Mastermind Unit in sponsor of the Michael Magro Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to assisting pediatric patients with cancer and their families.

“The Mastermind Unit is a non-profit organization that was founded by a group of guys who grew up playing soccer together in Hicksville,” said co-founder Bryan Alcantara. “This is our seventh annual  ‘Soccer For A Cause’ event at Memorial Park.”


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