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Islanders Raise $28,071 For Hurricane Sandy Relief Efforts

The New York Islanders announced recently that they raised $28,071 for area residents affected by Hurricane Sandy. These funds go directly to the American Red Cross’ Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund to assist Long Islanders in need. 


Over the few weeks, people from around the world came together online to bid in the special “Hockey with a Heart” auction featuring one-of-a-kind sports and entertainment experiences. Local sports teams, organizations and individuals all donated to this unique auction, hosted by the Islanders, in an effort to help those who were affected by Hurricane Sandy. Fifteen donors contributed a total of 33 items, which were bid on more than 300 times. This auction raised $22,317 that will all go towards the American Red Cross Hurricane Sandy Relief fund.

On Monday, Nov. 12, the Islanders held the “Hockey with a Heart” open skate fundraiser. The team invited all area residents to join them for a day away from dealing with the Hurricane damage and more than 2,000 people attended. The Islanders and SMG opened Nassau Coliseum’s ice free of charge for anyone who participated. Those who visited the arena were encouraged to bring monetary and non-perishable donations, while all concession proceeds also went directly to those in need. Altogether, along with employees from the New York Islanders, arena management company SMG and Coliseum concessionaire SAVOR, the team collected more than 5,200 pounds of food, $5,754 and countless amounts of clothing that filled two 24-foot box trucks, amounting to 13,000 pounds. The Islanders donated all bedding, blankets and clothing to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Long Island, all food and baby supplies to Island Harvest and all money to the American Red Cross’ Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund to assist Long Islanders in need. Founded in 1972, the New York Islanders Hockey Club is the proud winner of four Stanley Cup Championships. The Islanders are also extremely active in the community working with organizations such as Smile Train, National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and raise money under the team’s charitable foundation, the New York Islanders Children’s Foundation. The team also has the Islanders Community Events Tour, which is an interactive NHL theme park geared towards the younger fan. The Islanders Community Events Tour visits local schools, community festivals, hockey rinks, local charity events and other similar functions throughout the course of the year.

For more team information, log on to newyorkislanders.com.

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

Social and Ballroom Dancing

September 5

ECC Open House

September 6

BOE Meeting

September 10



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1959: The Year The Music Stopped Playing
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