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Working All The Anglers

As a legal matter, Long Islanders can enjoy trout fishing year-round, but the harsh conditions of the past few months have not been friendly to recreational fishing, so there was probably some pent-up demand released on April 1, for the official state-wide opening of trout season.

According to a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service survey, in 2011, New York State was second in the nation in total spending on fishing-related items, and remains a clear leader in paid angler licenses, with nearly one million purchased.

Pat Gallagher is one in that million, a bankruptcy specialist with the Nassau County Attorney’s Office who spends weekends fishing from his kayak. He started fishing when he was 10 years old, and now regularly paddles the waters around Long Island and beyond. “I really need the balance,” he says. “I think it helps me to be more productive.” (You can follow him through the fishing season online at longislandkayakangler.blogspot.com)

Situated in the warmest corner of the state, Long Island is first in line for seasonal resupply by the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC).

“DEC is beginning its fish-stocking efforts,” said Commissioner Joe Martens. “[We] will continue these efforts throughout the spring to ensure New York’s lakes, rivers and streams provide ample opportunities for anglers to reel in a great catch.”

The new fish will join trout that wintered over from fall 2013 in waters such as Massapequa Reservoir, Upper Twin Pond, and Oyster Bay Mill Pond. These bodies tend to retain a good number of fish from year to year, increasing the likelihood of landing a well-fattened specimen.

Recent upgrades now allow sportsmen to purchase and print their licenses—for fishing, hunting or both—from home by visiting www.licensecenter.ny.gov. A yearly license costs $25, but Gov. Cuomo is pushing the newly established lifetime licenses, long-term commitments that boost short-term revenue, at $460 apiece.

For a wealth of information on fishing locations and tips for beginning anglers, visit www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/fishing.html.

News

Commuting to work via train is exasperating and expensive—add on the stress of parking and the threat of tickets, and it becomes madness.

At the Hicksville Long Island Railroad (LIRR) station, there are 2,603 total spots, which includes 1,440 in the town parking garage. Of the total spots, 1,531 are permit spots and 618 are unrestricted, according to the Town of Oyster Bay public information office. Though that sounds like plenty, the sheer volume of passengers commuting from the station makes every morning a mad dash for parking.

John Busto, a 6th Degree Black Belt in American Kempo Karate and lifelong Hicksville resident, was inspired to begin the rigorous path of martial arts at the young age of nine after watching the old David Carradine television show “Kung-Fu.”

“I saw that show and I thought, ‘I have to do this.’ It was just something that was interesting to me; the mystique of martial arts,” he said. “So my parents brought me to a local school called Tracy’s Karate. Back then there weren’t many schools like there are today, and I was lucky enough to have one in my town.”


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.


Calendar

Fall Drama Production

November 20-22

Blood Drive

November 24

Christmas Holiday Fair

November 24



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