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Holy Family CYO To Aid Hurricane Sandy Victims

Holy Family CYO is proud to sponsor the 4th Annual Tommy O Memorial Basketball Tournament. Tommy O was a New York City firefighter, who died tragically on Dec. 4, 2008. Tommy was also a community activist and very involved in Hicksville youth sports. He was a longtime coach and board member of Holy Family CYO.

The tournament will be played from Dec. 8 to 16. In the past, proceeds from the tournament have been used to fund the Tommy O Scholarship Fund. Scholarships are awarded annually to high school seniors who are alumni of the Holy Family CYO program and who have demonstrated a commitment to community service during their high school careers. Through this scholarship fund, organizers are endeavoring to keep Tommy’s memory alive, especially in the hearts of the scholarship recipients. Hopefully they will be inspired by stories of Tommy’s selflessness, his acts of heroism on 9/11 and his commitment to his family and community. This year, however, the proceeds from the tournament will be donated to Hurricane Sandy relief agencies or directly to affected families.

To further support this endeavor CYO will be posting sponsor signs throughout the Holy Family School gymnasium. Sponsors may choose to have their sign posted for the tournament only ($100) or for the entire basketball season ($250), which runs from now through March 2013. Sponsors also have the option of having their sign displayed prominently on the scorer’s table for the entire basketball season ($500).

In life Tommy touched so many lives. Your donation or sponsorship will enable him to continue touching lives. If you wish to make a donation or purchase a sponsor sign, please make your check payable to Holy Family CYO and in the memo line show “Hurricane Sandy” and mail it to Ed Hebron, 2 Mitchell Court, Hicksville N.Y. 11801.

For further information please contact Ed Hebron at (516) 761-6647 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Thank you for your support.

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.


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