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Learning Without Limits

Hicksville resident Ann O’Connor is among the many seniors of Hofstra University’s Personal Enrichment in Retirement Program (PEIR) who is proving learning doesn’t have an age limit.

When O’Connor retired in 1996 from a career as an applied technology professor at Nassau Community College and Briarcliff College, she joined the program because she had a desire to continue growing mentally and intellectually as she aged.

Retiring was also a major life change for her, and she wanted something to stimulate her.

“When you retire it can be difficult. What you did all your life is gone, and you have to find your way again,” said O’Connor. “My husband retired before I did because he was in poor health. He could no longer do the social activities that I wanted to continue to do, and PEIR fulfilled that.”

As a member, she not only attends classes, but also lectures others in the program. At PEIR O’Connor continues to put her knowledge to good use, and she often teaches other members how to use the computer.  

“Teaching others how to use a computer has been something I’ve been doing since 1997, and I love teaching it here. I taught half the people here how to use the Internet and a computer mouse,” she laughed.

Exploring other subjects and attending different lectures adds to the fun of being a senior student.

 “I really enjoy the sciences. I also recently attended classes on micro-physics, philosophy and politics. It is a learning experience, and I can attend what I want, when I want,” she said.

O’Connor also facilities a group called “challenges of retirement,” a group that seniors can attend during lunch time. Meeting new friends in that group and in the classroom is one of her favorite aspects of the program.

“The diversity of interests people have here is absolutely amazing," O' Connor said. "I’ve made very dear friends, and I even socialize with them outside of the program.”

The PIER program is for retirees ages 55 and older. To schedule a visit, call Bradley Kaye at 516-463-4824. The website is www.hofstra.edu/academics/ce/lifelonglearning/peir

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.


Calendar

Fall Drama Production

November 20-22

Blood Drive

November 24

Christmas Holiday Fair

November 24



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