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Club Gets VIP Treatment

Recently, 20 members from our local Hicksville Boys and Girls Club were treated to the opportunity to witness the greatly anticipated grudge match between the New York Islanders and the New Jersey Devils at Nassau Coliseum.

Club members were awarded prime seating behind the goalie’s net, providing an action packed, exciting experience for the young teens. The rivalry did not disappoint as the two teams engaged in an aggressive, hard-fought battle – resulting in a stalemate for almost three complete periods. The Devils were able to turn up the intensity, scoring three goals in the final two minutes of the game, earning victory over the home Islanders by a score of 3-0.

At the end of the game, each teen received a free Islanders T-shirt and an exclusive VIP pass to meet and greet Islanders goalie Rick DiPietro.

Hicksville Boys and Girls Club would like to thank the New York Islanders Organization and Rick DiPietro’s Charity Ticket Program for recognizing the importance of giving back to our youth and communities, and also providing amazing experiences and memories that will not be forgotten.

 Lets go, Islanders!

News

The community is rallying together to raise funds for a Hicksville native who has been battling to get a service dog.

Nancy Burpee is a 49-year-old competitive swimmer and single mother with a rare genetic terminal illness called Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (EDS), which causes the deterioration of the connective tissues, tendons, ligaments and vital organs.

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.


Sports

The fall athletic season seemed to move quickly, but all teams had outstanding seasons with all teams reaching the playoffs except for two who had their best season in many years.

In addition to athletic acheivements, all of the varsity programs at Hicksville High School also participated in raising more than $4,000 for several charities this past fall: pediatric cancer, breast cancer awareness and cystic fibrosis.

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.


Calendar

Model Railroad Open House

November 28-30

Popcorn Balls

November 30

Craft Fair

November 30



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