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Former NBA Players Inspire Youth

The “Full Court Press: Prep for Success” youth basketball and life skills clinic was held for more than 120 Nassau County Police Activity League (NCPAL) and local Urban League boys and girls recently at the Town of Oyster Bay Hicksville Athletic Center. The young athletes from Hicksville and surrounding communities participated in basketball skills sessions and competitive games led by former star NBA players, and attended life skills workshops conducted by Urban League instructors. The kids were given tee-shirts, lunch, certificates of completion and autographs from retired NBA players.

NBA/WNBA retired basketball players and clinic instructors Vin Baker, a four-time NBA All-Star/Olympic Gold Medalist, Wes Matthews Sr., two-time NBA Champion/University of Wisconsin, Anthony Avent, Seton Hall University/seven-year NBA career, and Tamecka Dixon, three-time WNBA All-Star and two-time WNBA Champion inspired, instructed and interacted directly with the young players ages 10 to 16.  “It is fulfilling to know that the kids who participated in this event benefited from the skills and the years of experience of the former NBA and WNBA players. The goal of this program is to give boys and girls a way to interact with former NBA players and learn to play basketball better and gain self-confidence and learn teamwork. The Full Court Press: Prep for Success programs provides a memorable experience, which helps to instill a positive attitude for each of the boys and girls who participated,” said National PAL Event Coordinator Jeff Hood.

“The positive interaction between the former NBA players and the young people is exactly what PAL is all about. The kids were eager to learn from the pros about basketball and success in life. The life skills workshops were productive and covered important topics such as health, education and careers,” said Commanding Officer Nassau County Police Activity League Sgt. Doug Kenah.

Full Court Press: Prep for Success is a 14-city nationwide basketball and mentoring tour sponsored by National Basketball Retired Players Association (NBRPA); National Police Athletic/Activities League (PAL), and National Urban League (NUL).

News

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.

On Nov. 10, a dedication ceremony was held to celebrate the completion of a beautiful new two-story house in Hicksville. However, while new dwellings are an ordinary occurrence on Long Island, this one was unique and special in a way that very few are.

The house at 77 Thorman Ave. was built in memory of Navy Lieutenant and posthumous Congressional Medal of Honor recipient Michael P. Murphy, a Long Island native who tragically died in combat while serving in Afghanistan in 2005. However, this house represents more than just the dedicated service of a man to his country; it represents the beginning of a new life full of hope for a brother-in-arms and his family as well.


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.


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Model Railroad Open House

November 28-30

Popcorn Balls

November 30

Craft Fair

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