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It’s Showtime

Holy Trinity alum Anthony Karperis

turning heads in the ring

Don’t let the smile fool you, Anthony “Showtime” Karperis, a Hicksville native and Holy Trinity alum, is an up-and-coming junior welterweight in the boxing world.

The 24-year-old and 2008 Golden Glove winner recently took a short break from training to talk with the Hicksville Illustrated News.

Growing up a multi-sport athlete, Anthony was first introduced to boxing at 8 and fell in love with the sport. Karperis chose boxing over other athletic endeavors, noting that with boxing, the outcome rests on each fighter’s shoulders. Boxers are responsible for themselves; there is no backup, no second-string and no one else to blame.

“You win its on you. You lose its on you,” said Karperis, noting he strives to be his “own man in the ring.”

Karperis likened boxing to chess, as fighters must “pick people apart,” albeit without the grueling physicality. The strategy has worked for Karperis, whose speed and strength helped him earn a 3-0 professional record with two first-round knockouts.

Referring to boxing as “pure art,” Anthony “Showtime” Karperis likes to paint “a fresco” in the ring with opponents.

“I like to put on a show,” said Karperis, who cited his goal for those in attendance – for onlookers “to see something they haven’t seen before.”

With his upcoming bout scheduled for Feb. 23 at the Paramount in Huntington, Karperis is already visualizing success.

“If my opponent’s chin happens to find my overhand right, I don’t expect him to be standing,” Karperis said.

And as the nickname suggests, the match on Feb. 23 will be a showing you can’t afford to miss.

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

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September 4

Greek Festival

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