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Soccer For A Cause Tournament

The Michael Magro Foundation is once again partnering with The Mastermind Unit to put on the annual Soccer For A Cause tournament. The event, which raises money for the Michael Magro Foundation, will take place at the Kevin Kolm Memorial Field in Hicksville this Saturday.

The soccer tournament is an enjoyable event, which offers participants the chance to enter in the competitive game. In years past, approximately 20 soccer teams from the tri-state area have played. All participants will be able to enjoy music and entertainment while supporting a worthy cause. Each registrant will receive a special event t-shirt. Teams can register online at http://www.mastermindunit.com/ with a $500 donation.

The annual charity event is a joint effort between friends, who grew up together and played soccer in Hicksville. Though Mastermind Unit founders Michael Stamatinos and Brian Horvath live miles away, they travel back every year to organize the event together and give back to their hometown community.

 “Coming back home every year and working together with friends to make this tournament happen is something I’m proud of,” says Stamatinos. “Donating our time and talent to such a special cause gives me a feeling that is indescribable and being able to do it with lifelong friends is even more meaningful. Giving back to a community that has given us so much sets a standard and paves the way for others to follow this example.”

The Michael Magro Foundation was established in 2005 to assist children with cancer and their families in the Hicksville community and the surrounding New York area. The foundation also supports children in the Winthrop Pediatric Specialty Center experiencing other types of chronic disease.

For more information about the event email Stamatinos at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 516-729-7801.

— From the Michael Magro Foundation

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.


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Model Railroad Open House

November 28-30

Popcorn Balls

November 30

Craft Fair

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