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Mangano Joins Islanders At New Pro Shop Opening

County’s Cantiague Park Ice Rink now housing team store, pro shop

Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano joined New York Islanders forward Michael Grabner at the grand opening of the New York Islanders Pro Shop in Cantiague Park in Hicksville on Saturday, Sept. 8.

Following the ribbon-cutting ceremony, Grabner, a former 34-goal scorer, hosted an on-ice clinic with two local youth teams and signed autographs and one of Grabner’s game-worn jerseys was auctioned off. Fans also had the opportunity to join the Ice Girls and Islanders’ mascot, Sparky, during the public skate session.

The new outlet is a fully functioning pro shop that has items such as skates (ice hockey, inline hockey and figure), hockey sticks, equipment for youth through adult and skate sharpening capabilities.

A longtime favorite spot for local skaters and youth hockey teams, Cantiague’s indoor skating rink has also played host to Olympic gold medalists such as Nancy Kerrigan, who performed there in 2004, and was the New York Islanders practice facility from 1979 to 1992.

The rink is open Monday through Sunday, from September through May and offers approximately 30 hours of public sessions a week, including speed-skating sessions. In addition, the rink has hockey programs, group and private lessons and figure skating clubs. Birthday parties may also be arranged during public sessions.

Public skating fees for residents with a Leisure Pass are: $7 for adults, $5 for children and $4 for seniors, those with disabilities, veterans and volunteer firefighters. For patrons without Leisure Pass, the fees are $20 for adults and $14 for children. For more information, call (516) 571-7056.

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

Model Railroad Open House

November 28-30

Popcorn Balls

November 30

Craft Fair

November 30



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