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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

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.


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November 20-22

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November 24

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