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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

Local veterans groups and residents gathered at Hicksville Middle School Veterans Memorial Park recently to honor brave servicemen and woman, past and present. William M. Gouse Jr. Post 3211 hosted Hicksville’s annual Veterans Day ceremony on Nov. 11.

The ceremonies began with the pledge and national anthem sung by Hicksville High School student Cassie Pursoo, accompanied by trumpeter Conner Hoelzer. Monsignor Thomas Costa from Our Lady of Church in Hicksville gave the invocation.

On Nov. 10, a dedication ceremony was held to celebrate the completion of a beautiful new two-story house in Hicksville. However, while new dwellings are an ordinary occurrence on Long Island, this one was unique and special in a way that very few are.

The house at 77 Thorman Ave. was built in memory of Navy Lieutenant and posthumous Congressional Medal of Honor recipient Michael P. Murphy, a Long Island native who tragically died in combat while serving in Afghanistan in 2005. However, this house represents more than just the dedicated service of a man to his country; it represents the beginning of a new life full of hope for a brother-in-arms and his family as well.


Sports

Football was Mike Torrellas’ heart and soul. He also liked a good Turkey Bowl.  

Unfortunately, the Hicksville Crusaders co-founder wasn’t able to witness the program’s inaugural event, which took place Saturday, Nov. 8.

Torrellas passed away suddenly last December due to a blood clot, but the spirit and drive of the man who wore the number 53 and tragically passed at that age still surrounds the Crusaders football program.

The Long Island Fight for Charity will be hosting its 11th annual Charity Boxing Event on Nov. 24 at the Hilton in Melville. Among the 20 volunteers putting up their fists for funds will be Hicksville business owner Mell Goldman, who will be fighting under the nickname “The Kid.”  

Goldman is the President of All Boro Cleaning Services. He stated that he was enticed at the opportunity and wanted to contribute to charity.


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November 20-22

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November 24

Christmas Holiday Fair

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