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Soccer For A Cause Raises Over $8.5K

The fields of Kevin Kolm Memorial Park were filled with nearly 200 soccer players on Saturday for the annual ‘Soccer For A Cause’ event. The event was put together by the Mastermind Unit in sponsor of the Michael Magro Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to assisting pediatric patients with cancer and their families.

“The Mastermind Unit is a non-profit organization that was founded by a group of guys who grew up playing soccer together in Hicksville,” said co-founder Bryan Alcantara. “This is our seventh annual  ‘Soccer For A Cause’ event at Memorial Park.”

The Mastermind Unit is made up of five guys, Alcantara, Brian Horvath, Michael Stamatinos, Dave Musinski and Andrew Visconti. Their main initiative is to empower individuals to take a leadership role in their community by organizing events that support a charity of their choice.

Sixteen soccer teams paid $500 each to play competitive playoff style soccer in hopes of raising money for the charity. The winning team was also awarded a three foot high trophy at the end of the final match. Hicksville’s FC Los Dappers took home the trophy.

Much like the recent World Cup games, the teams started out playing three matches in a group stage and the top two teams from each bracket moved on into the quarterfinal round. From there the top four teams made it into the semifinals and the winners squared off in the final game of the day.

“What’s unique about these games is that the teams play on shorter fields with smaller goals,” said Alcantara. “Also the games are shorter than regular soccer matches and if the two teams are tied at the end they face each other in a crossbar challenge to see who can kick the ball off of the crossbar first.”

In order to be on a team, players needed to be older than 18-years-old and have played competitive soccer in the past.

“A lot of these guys are local college players and ex-professionals, so these games are very hard fought and competitive,” said Alcantara.

The day was filled with energy and high spirit as the players battled hard on the field and the DJ pumped music through the speakers to keep the crowd of onlookers engaged.

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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