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Holy Family Festival Is A Hit

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.”

There were rides, live music, face painting, a beer and wine garden, and even a mini casino where adult patrons could go to have a chance at winning it big. Gerry Gagliano of Hicksville tried his luck at the color roulette and said “My son is out riding all the rides and I’m in here trying to win some bucks. So far I won three dollars but I lost 11.” When asked if he was having a good time despite losing money Gagliano said with a smile on his face, “Oh yeah, you better believe it.”

Volunteer Jennifer Sheehan of Hicksville brought along her two daughters and their friend and said “My kids are having a great time. They are about to get on The Happy Swing Ride. The festival is a really positive thing for the community and I volunteer here every year.”

Hicksville's Theodore Davidson won a giant stuffed bear for his girlfriend Carla Villon. Villon said “I feel fantastic here! This carnival is a lot of fun." Davidson added, “It’s great for the kids.”

One of the best selling foods at the festival was the Belgian waffles which were fittingly introduced to Americans at the 1964-1965 World’s Fair. Delfina Wood of Levittown was serving them up to hungry festival goers and said “The smell of these waffles is delicious. They have been selling like hotcakes. I am going to eat some with my friends later tonight.”

Bartender Pete Ciorciari was amazed at the success of the festival and said “We set a record on Friday night for gross receipts at the bar and that speaks for itself.”

Lani Volino of Levittown came to the festival with her large group of friends. She said “This is great! I have Holy Family Pride. I like seeing family and friends here and making new friends here as well.” She added “I can’t wait to go on the Ferris wheel!”

The ultimate prize was The Holy Family Festival Raffle which cost $50 to enter. Annmarie Hawkins of Hicksville won $2,500, Maureen and Brian Sacco of Levittown won $3,000, John and Mary Scafura of Hicksville won $5,000 and the grand prize went to Nick Brigandi of Hicksville who won $10,000. All proceeds received by the church festival went to help the well being of the church.

News

It was quite a panel at the Hicksville Community Center Oct. 20 as State Senator Jack Martins and Senate Candidate Adam Haber discussed their qualifications and answered public questions about their upcoming election bids in the 7th Senate District. Congressman Steve Israel was on hand as well as 13 District State Assemblyman Michael Montesano and contender Lou Imbroto. The event was hosted by Northwest Civic Association President Joel Berse.

Martins, who previously served as Mayor of Mineola and was elected to Senate in 2011, said that the State of New York is in much better financial shape since he has taken office.

Alan Yu, an external auditor from the firm, Cullen & Danowski LLP gave the findings of the annual district external audit at Oct. 22’s Hicksville Board of Education meeting. Discussed at the meeting were the financial statements of the 2013-14 school year which officially ended June 30.

According to Yu, the Hicksville School district has a fund balance of $34 million. Roughly 26 to 27 percent of the general fund balance comprises the total budget.


Sports

The Hicksville girls volleyball team improved to 7-1 by knocking off Oceanside in three consecutive sets by scores of 25-13, 25-19 and 25-14.

Emily Markakis played terrificly, using a powerful serve to record three aces, seven kills and added nine digs. Nikki Chase added six kills and eight digs. Additionally, Raeann Dong was versatile—recording three aces, seven kills and nine digs.

The Girls Varsity soccer team, in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, wore pink uniforms and pink socks in their game on Oct. 8 against MacArthur whom they defeated 1-0. The girls and boys soccer programs at Hicksville High School are selling pink ribbon car magnets with a soccer ball and HHS on it with the words “Kick Cancer” on the ribbon. All the money raised will go to the Sarah Grace Foundation, which is a local foundation trying to beat pediatric cancer. The players plan to raise $1,000 for this organization

— From Hicksville High School


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November 4

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