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Library Unveils Children’s Room

The Hicksville Public Library debut its newly renovated Children’s Room last weekend, which includes lower shelves for more kid-friendly browsing and a new room for older kids.

Renovations took three days and were funded by $30,000 in bullet aid obtained by State Sen. Jack Martins. The library lowered the bookshelves, so children can now reach the highest shelves on their own. A wall was also knocked down to transform a portion of the adult nonfiction section into an additional room for children’s books. The new room also has a TV and Wii game console. Library Director Elizabeth Goldfrank says the goal with the renovations was to create a unified space for kids of all ages.

“Children need a place to come together,” said Goldfrank. “Now when mom brings in a little child and older child, they both have a place to go.”

Children’s DVDs were also brought upstairs to make the whole room a one-stop shop for kids, much to the delight of seven year old, Dylan.

“I like that the DVDS are all up here now so I don’t have to go downstairs,” he said.

His mom Maura said she’s thankful for the library and its resources.  

“It’s such a great place. Children are the future so it’s important to give them the foundation for reading and the love of books now, otherwise they’ll never have it,” she said.

Those who came to the children’s room during the grand opening enjoyed giveaways like Frisbees, refreshments and taking their picture at a photo booth. Clowns also performed magic tricks and made balloon animals. The Hicksville-Jericho Rotary was at the event to donate 400 dictionaries to children in third through fifth grade.

“A lot of times, it’s the first book these third graders have ever received. Not everyone can afford an iPad or digital book, and having a physical copy shows the importance of having a book that’s yours, that you can write your name in,” said Cheryl Rambler- Goveia, assistant governor for Rotary International District 7255.

Sen. Jack Martins also picked the winning ballot for the “Name Your Bear” contest, and the giant stuffed bear that will be in the children’s library will be called “Gumball,” thanks to a suggestion by a young library patron.

News

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.

Some students returning to school the first day might see a new face on the bus: Hicksville’s new interim superintendent Dr. Carl Bonuso.

“Every year on the first day of school I ride one of the buses. To see the face of a kindergartener on that first ride just reminds you of why you’re in the field,” he says.


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.


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