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Hicksville’s Caitlin Dwyer Earns First In AquaRun

On Sept. 16, several hundred swimmers and runners gathered at TOBAY Beach for an 800-meter swim in South Oyster Bay followed by a three-mile run to and through the TOBAY Beach Bird and Game Preserve.

Caitlin Dwyer, of Hicksville, turned in an outstanding performance, finishing in 42 minutes and 20 seconds to take first place honors in the highly competitive women’s 20-24 Age Group.

UJA-Federation of New York got together with the Greater Long Island Running Club and the Runner’s Edge running and multisport specialty store to stage the AquaRun. Race administration was handled by the club, with Steve and Holly Jonas serving as the co-race directors and Club Vice President Mindy Davidson serving as the event coordinator.

Key financial support was provided by the Mandelbaum Property Tax Reduction Group and the related law firm of Maidenbaum & Sternberg LLP.  As always, Glen Wolther of All Round Foods donated an appetizing array of post race baked goods.

The entire net proceeds of the AquaRun go to benefit UJA-Federation of New York, together with its 60,000 contributors and 100 agencies, and its efforts to transform the lives of 4.5 million people in New York, in Israel, and around the world.  The world’s largest community-based philanthropy,  UJA-Federation raises funds that sustain the activities of health, human service, educational and community-building agencies, enabling it to help the sick and the hungry, connect children to their Jewish roots, and offer humanitarian relief to communities devastated by a crisis.

TOBAY Beach is one of the premier recreational venues on Long Island, and we are pleased that the Town of Oyster Bay allowed  us to utilize TOBAY for what was an outstanding morning of family fun and competition.  With the inclusion of a two-person team relay category, even those who were uncomfortable with a swimming competition were able to be part of the event.

News

The community is rallying together to raise funds for a Hicksville native who has been battling to get a service dog.

Nancy Burpee is a 49-year-old competitive swimmer and single mother with a rare genetic terminal illness called Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (EDS), which causes the deterioration of the connective tissues, tendons, ligaments and vital organs.

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.


Sports

The fall athletic season seemed to move quickly, but all teams had outstanding seasons with all teams reaching the playoffs except for two who had their best season in many years.

In addition to athletic acheivements, all of the varsity programs at Hicksville High School also participated in raising more than $4,000 for several charities this past fall: pediatric cancer, breast cancer awareness and cystic fibrosis.

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.


Calendar

Model Railroad Open House

November 28-30

Popcorn Balls

November 30

Craft Fair

November 30



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