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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

A group of like-minded local residents banded together and saved more than 200 area trees from the chopping block — for now.

A state judge ordered Nassau County and the Department of Public Works to stop cutting down trees along South Oyster Bay Road, granting a temporary restraining order to a group of residents spearheading an effort to save the trees.

State Supreme Court Judge Antonio Brandveen scheduled a hearing on Thursday, Oct. 16 for the county to address complaints from residents, in particular a group called Operation STOMP (Save Trees Over More Pavement) founded by Hicksville native Tanya Lukasik.The Public Works department had planned to removed more than 200 30-foot trees in communities ranging from Plainview, Bethpage, Hicksville and Syosset.

For the past 16 years, Lucia Simon has walked from her home in Hicksville to her job at the Hicksville Public Library. She enjoys her job as a librarian and says that the staff has become like family to her. But for the past three years, Simon and 56 fellow co-workers have been frustrated at what she says is the library’s board refusal to negotiate a fair contract.  

“We have had no contract in three years. They refuse to bargain with us. Every time they come back to us it’s not fair,” says Simon.

However, the board of trustees disagree, saying that it has made a “fair offer.”


Sports

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

Hicksville native progressing through Mets system

The Mets minor league system is enjoying a rare period of prosperity. For years, it was barren due to trading off high-ceiling players for major leaguers, or neglecting the draft in favor of the free agent market. Since General Manager Sandy Alderson took over, the organization has reversed course and put a much greater emphasis on player development. During his second-to-last season, however, former GM Omar Minaya took a chance and drafted a local catcher, Cam Maron, out of Hicksville High School in the 34th round.


Calendar

Board of Education Meeting

October 22

Oktoberfest

October 25-26

Pancake Breakfast

October 26



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