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Vito Sciascia: A Volunteer With Lots Of Heart

Vito Sciascia was recently named Hicksville Soccer Club’s Volunteer of the Year at the 2014 Long Island Junior Soccer League 2014 Kick-off Convention.

Sciascia started coaching travel soccer in 1998 for a boys team, the Flash, who later changed their names to the Muddogs. He could always be found at various sporting fields trying to recruit new soccer players. He would make each of these boys feel important and there was always room for another player. He tried to never turn a child away and when other coaches were having trouble with a boy he would take them on his team, no one was ever too much for him. Sciascia found the good in all those boys and they in return respected him. He took them to many tournaments and solicited enough sponsorship so that it was never a financial burden on their families.

In 2004, after aging out with the boys’ team, Sciascia started a girls under 10 travel team, The Patriots. Many of the core group of girls still remain as Patriots today. Sciascia has always treated these girls like they are his own children.  He stayed coaching the team even when his daughter decided to stop playing a few years ago. Even though the girls would sometimes give him grief, he’d laugh and say “They’re girls, it’s ok! They’re trying to figure it all out. Don’t let them kid you though, they are all smart, every single one of them.” Week after week Sciascia shows up rain or shine with a laugh, a smile, and ball bag in tow.

Sciascia has been a member of the Hicksville Soccer Club for 23 years and has served on almost every committee. Anytime anyone needed a committee member or chairperson Sciascia would raise his hand and say, “Oh I’ll do that”. He has been on Coaches Conduct Committee, Grievance Committee, Scholarship Committee, and Director of Coaching Advisory Committee. He has also been Parliamentarian, counted election ballots and lined fields. No task is ever too large or too small.

As the chapter of HASC is closing for his Patriots, we in the club are pretty sure Sciascia’s coaching career is not quite done yet as his grandson is coming of age to start Intramural. Look out Hicksville; Vito Sciascia just may have himself a new little team yet again.

— From the Hicksville Soccer Club

News

A group of like-minded local residents banded together and saved more than 200 area trees from the chopping block — for now.

A state judge ordered Nassau County and the Department of Public Works to stop cutting down trees along South Oyster Bay Road, granting a temporary restraining order to a group of residents spearheading an effort to save the trees.

State Supreme Court Judge Antonio Brandveen scheduled a hearing on Thursday, Oct. 16 for the county to address complaints from residents, in particular a group called Operation STOMP (Save Trees Over More Pavement) founded by Hicksville native Tanya Lukasik.The Public Works department had planned to removed more than 200 30-foot trees in communities ranging from Plainview, Bethpage, Hicksville and Syosset.

For the past 16 years, Lucia Simon has walked from her home in Hicksville to her job at the Hicksville Public Library. She enjoys her job as a librarian and says that the staff has become like family to her. But for the past three years, Simon and 56 fellow co-workers have been frustrated at what she says is the library’s board refusal to negotiate a fair contract.  

“We have had no contract in three years. They refuse to bargain with us. Every time they come back to us it’s not fair,” says Simon.

However, the board of trustees disagree, saying that it has made a “fair offer.”


Sports

The Girls Varsity soccer team, in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, wore pink uniforms and pink socks in their game on Oct. 8 against MacArthur whom they defeated 1-0. The girls and boys soccer programs at Hicksville High School are selling pink ribbon car magnets with a soccer ball and HHS on it with the words “Kick Cancer” on the ribbon. All the money raised will go to the Sarah Grace Foundation, which is a local foundation trying to beat pediatric cancer. The players plan to raise $1,000 for this organization

— From Hicksville High School

Hicksville native progressing through Mets system

The Mets minor league system is enjoying a rare period of prosperity. For years, it was barren due to trading off high-ceiling players for major leaguers, or neglecting the draft in favor of the free agent market. Since General Manager Sandy Alderson took over, the organization has reversed course and put a much greater emphasis on player development. During his second-to-last season, however, former GM Omar Minaya took a chance and drafted a local catcher, Cam Maron, out of Hicksville High School in the 34th round.


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