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LI Lizards Donate $5K For Hurricane Sandy Relief

The Long Island Lizards would like to thank all the Nassau and Suffolk participants who came out for the Hurricane Sandy Relief Clinic recently. Thanks to the participation of nearly 100 students, and the sponsorship of the event by Atlantic Hyundai, the Lizards will be making a $5,000 donation to the Hurricane Sandy Long Island Disaster Relief fund.

Lizards head coach Joe Spallina, along with players Tommy Palasek, Michael Skudin and Chris Passavia, helped to lead students of all ages and skill levels through a variety of stations, focusing on different fundamental lacrosse skills. Members of the Stony Brook womens lacrosse team also came out to lend a hand to the young girls at the clinic.

Many of the Lizards players and staff experienced Sandy’s devastation firsthand, and were eager to help give back to those who were hit the hardest.

“I was really humbled to see all of those families come out and support the Sandy relief,” said Lizards defenseman Michael Skudin. “Coming from Long Beach and knowing friends and families that lost everything, I was really thankful to see the Long Island community come together to help others.”

Atlantic Hyundai sponsored the event, helping the Lizards to make a total donation of $5,000.

“Atlantic Hyundai, the number one Hyundai dealer in the country, is happy to give back to the community,” said Dan Toomey, the General Manager of Atlantic Hyundai.  

The clinic was organized with the help of the Islip PTA and Maud Sherwood Elementary, who kindly donated use of the field. Islip PTA also collected nonperishable food items at the event, which will be donated to a local food pantry.

A full schedule of Lizards’ camps and clinics will be released in the future. For more information about this, or any future Lizards clinics, please contact Marie Letterii, director of youth lacrosse, at Marie@ LongIslandLizards.com.

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

Blood Drive

November 24

Christmas Holiday Fair

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