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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

Vastra boutique finds a niche

in hand-embroidered dresses

Who says a bride has to wear white on her wedding day? For South Asian brides, no color is off limits including brilliant reds, blues and golds. For the past 17 years, Vastra in Hicksville has been helping brides from New York and across the country find the perfect dress for their special day.

There’s no lack of Indian sari boutiques in Hicksville but according to Marketing Director Prachi Jain, what sets Vastra apart from the others is its emphasis on one of a kind, hand-embroidered Indian dresses.

Many would consider it rude to play with your food. That is unless, you’re participating in the Long Island Potato Festival. The event, which was held in Cutchogue, NY, included a mashed potato sculpting contest which was dominated by Hicksville’s Sarah Tsang, who won first place in the youth division.

Contestants were allowed to use any tools and materials to help bring their creation to life. Sculptures were left on display throughout the day and voted on by festival goers.


Sports

Somehow LSA, the Levittown Swimming Association, has always been a part of our Hicksville summers. My family’s introduction to the organization in 1975 began when our two older daughters tried out for the Parkway Swim Team, one of the nine teams that competed through July and most of August.

It was no small task for the younger girl, swimming her first full lap in the deep end of the pool to qualify at age six, but both girls made the team and donned the coveted gray tee shirts as the trees cast their shadows over the pool water at the end of practice.

I’m convinced that the soul and the center of Hicksville is Cantiague Park. And why not? Every weekend it’s a beehive of activity ranging from tennis matches, hand ball games, basketball and baseball games, swimming, hockey and of course ‘the beautiful game’ called soccer. Cantiague has two professional soccer fields that are perfectly manicured and begging to be played on. And they were. This weekend was the finals of the East Meadow Soccer Tournament which is one of the largest youth soccer tournaments in the nation, sponsored by the US Soccer Federation. There were 18 boys and girls teams in the finals and a large staff of referees.

Two of the refs were Steven Orozco and Randy Vogt who told me how soccer had been growing and has now become the second most popular participation sport in America with 25 million of us watching this year’s World Cup.  I also met and interviewed Joe Codispoti who along with Tim Bradbury is the head coach of Rockville Centre United, a U16 boys club.  This U16 team has a group of standout players led by  Jack Graziano, AJ Codispoti and Pat Basile who have been playing together for six years.


Calendar

Close Encounters with Benevolent ETs and Ascended Masters

August 29

Adventures in Genealogy

September 4

Greek Festival

September 5-7



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