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Sister Act: Return Of The Divas

Hicksville residents celebrated iconic female singers this past weekend during a live concert at the Hicksville Public Library.

“Sister Act: A Salute to Legendary Divas” is made up of two actual sisters, Andrea Giammalvo and Celeste Santini. The sisters dressed up in costume and sang the songs of famous female vocalists of the past.

The performance was originally written as a school performance with the intent to educate students about the journey of women in music. “We wanted kids to know who these great ladies are and how these women paved the road for the great ladies of today such as Beyoncé,” said Giammalvo.

During the show, the sisters performed music as early as Billie Holiday in the 1940s, to more recent hits from the 1990s.

There were a great number of people in the audience who had previously seen “Sister Act”. “We have some groupies, which is so cool,” said Giammalvo.

One fan of “Sister Act” has seen the duo perform at least 10 times. The first time Brenda Zysberg saw the sisters perform was about seven years ago.

“Each show gets better and better,” said Zysberg. “They are extremely talented ladies and they put on a beautiful show.”

Zysberg keeps coming back for more shows because of the great talent of the two performers. “They have wonderful voices and the variety of the songs they sing is beautiful,” she said.

Members of the audience were singing and even dancing along to the songs, including Bernadette Davidock. It was her first time watching the “Sister Act” performance, and she was impressed with what she saw. “I would pay to see them,” Davidock said. “These girls are very talented. They have professional voices.”

The older songs brought back memories to Davidock, who grew up in the 1950s. “I loved all the Broadway songs, and all the rock and roll 1950s and 1960s music that they sang,” she said.

The best part about performing ”Sister Act” is working with her sister, according to Giammalvo. “She’s the best,” she said. “We truly get along. There is no faking it.”

The performance is part of the Town of Oyster Bay Department of Community Youth Services, Cultural and Performing Arts Division. Giammalvo and Santini perform at libraries, private parties, schools, as well as fundraisers.

The sisters became involved with the town when they first began performing this act 15 years ago. “Every year we wind up in the Distinguished Artists concert series for them,” said Giammalvo. “It’s been great. We’ve been blessed to work for our local neighbors on Long Island.”

News

Bullying is a serious problem in today’s society and the controversial topic was the focus at last Saturday’s  'Bully-Proof Your Child Seminar’ at East Coast MMA & Fitness Center in Hicksville. State Senator Jack Martins and Legislator Rose Marie Walker attended the program which ran in the newly renovated center on Woodbury Road.

“Bullying is a real issue in our communities and I want to thank East Coast Mixed Martial Arts & Fitness for agreeing to host this forum,” said Martins. “Teaching our kids self defense to protect themselves or to protect those around them is a great thing. We need to take every opportunity to teach our kids important life lessons.”

Old classmates reignited friendships and shared memories of their teenage years as the Hicksville High School Class of 1964 came together recently to celebrate their 50th reunion at the Holiday Inn in Plainview.

Among the attendees was Bob Cheeseman who met his wife, Lorraine (Kirwan) in middle school. They were serious throughout high school and married soon after. Bob said, “I enlisted in high school and went into the Air Force. I did 30 years active Air Force and another 15 after that. I retired in 2010 as a Brigadier General. After I retired, my wife received a certificate from the Governor of Texas and was designated a Yellow Rose of Texas.”


Sports

The Hicksville boys volleyball team improved to 3-3 on the season by topping Sewanhaka in three sets by the scores of 25-14, 25-20 and 25-13.

“We lost the first few matches this year but bounced back to win the last three,” said Hicksville’s second year Head Coach Kevin Bunting. “We have a young team — we lost three starters last year. We have no seniors on this team, but we have three juniors,” he added. Bunting noted that it will bode well for next year’s team when they have even more experience to build on.

It seemed to happen in an instant.

Hicksville forward Michael Osmundsen was touching the ball past Kellenburg goalkeeper Jack Abuin to slot the ball into an empty net to score the lone goal in the non-league 1-0 victory over the Firebirds.

It’s nothing short of what Comets boys soccer head coach Scott Starkey would expect. He described his forward as “very explosive, fast and he’s not just fast — he’s tenacious.”


Calendar

Community Council Meeting

October 2

Indoor Garage Sale

October 5

Movie: God’s Not Dead

October 5



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