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Editorial: Action Satisfaction

It’s never too late to get involved.  

In my time here at Anton Community Newspapers, I’ve interviewed countless people from all walks of life, and many have lived most of their lives in Hicksville.

I’ve interviewed lots of residents who no longer live on Long Island and asked, “What do you miss about the area?” Their answers are usually consistent – they miss experiencing the changes of the four seasons and the convenience of every possible destination being only a short drive away.

So what better time than spring to get out and see what Hicksville and the surrounding communities have to offer? And, while local school and civic board meetings aren’t for everyone, they’re the best way to find out what else is going on around you. Well, maybe second best, with consideration to the newspaper you’re holding at the moment!

I’ve had numerous rewarding experiences over the past two years as editor of the Hicksville Illustrated News – due to covering some great community events – that have vastly expanded my professional and personal network.

And in the end, it’s not about the seasons or the location, it’s the people here – the ones who plan community events and show up smiling at meetings after a long day at work – who have made, and continue to make our area, a place worth missing once you’ve left it.                                         

- CT

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.


Calendar

Model Railroad Open House

November 28-30

Popcorn Balls

November 30

Craft Fair

November 30



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