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Family Football Night August 28

Interactive scrimmage featuring

LIU Post College players

Sports enthusiasts from throughout the Town of Oyster Bay are invited to attend a “Family Football Night” at John J. Burns Town Park in Massapequa on Wednesday, Aug. 28, at 7 p.m. Residents will feel like a part of the action during the evening’s planned activities, including a live interactive scrimmage with players from LIU Post.

Oyster Bay Town Supervisor John Venditto said the unique event will allow fans to go inside the game and experience football from a different perspective.

“Coaches of the LIU Post Pioneers have agreed to wear a microphone during the practice, giving attendees the feeling of being inside the huddle,” said Oyster Bay Town Supervisor John Venditto. “Attendees will discover some of the complex strategy and nuances that go into an NCAA football program.”

Admission will be free for town residents, but all attendees are encouraged to bring a can of food, which will be donated to Island Harvest to benefit the fight against hunger. The event will be preceded by a youth clinic featuring players and coaches from LIU Post, as well as a player BBQ, which is scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m.

“The Town of Oyster Bay is pleased to support the sport of football, which is interwoven in the fabric of the Long Island community,” said Supervisor Venditto. “It’s an honor to have an outstanding college team like LIU Post practicing on one of our fields. I believe it speaks volumes about our outstanding facilities here in the town, which are considered to be among the finest in the nation.”

Supervisor Venditto said the Family Football Night will provide a memorable night for fans of the sport and provide a rare opportunity to learn the sideline plays from coaches.

“The collegiate players serve as roles models for the town’s young players, who can, one day, aspire to further their own education through athletics,” Supervisor Venditto said “Best of all, this event celebrates the game of football and advances a worthwhile charitable endeavor at the same time.”

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.


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