Thursday, 01 May 2014 10:06
Rev. Dr. Theodore S. Grant, a long time Hicksville resident and noted Long Island minister, psychotherapist, social service entrepreneur and education died of pancreatic cancer on April 16, 2014. He was 86.
Born on June 18, 1927, the eldest son of Stanley and Dorothy Grant, “Ted” was raised on a farm in East Meadow. Grant served with distinction in the U.S. Army before entering the ministry. He received his undergraduate and master's degree from Adelphi University. He earned his doctorate from San Francisco Seminary and was an adjunct professor at the Wurzweiler School of Social Work at Yeshiva University from 1979-90.
Grant’s ministry spanned over 55 years, touching numerous congregations on Long Island. He was the minister at Epiphany Lutheran Church in Laurelton, St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in Woodhaven, Redeemer Lutheran Church in Hicksville, interim minister at Parkway Community Church in HIcksville and the Community Church of East Willison, and served in a temporary capacity at many Long Island churches following his retirement.
For Grant, ministry and social work were deeply interconnected and his work extended well beyond his parishes. Under his tenure, Redeemer Lutheran Church became known as the “Church of the Open Door” because sections of the building were left open to provide a 24 hour sanctuary for the homeless. Grant also established one of the first soup kitchens for the homeless on Long Island at church in Hicksville. He served as founder of the Ecumenical Consultation Center in Hicksville, a nondenominational community mental health facility. He was a founder of Wally’s Circle that provided innovative support to Alzheimer’s patients and served on numerous county, community and professional boards over the years.
Service to the community was fundamental to Grant and no institution illustrated this better than his deep respect and engagement with the Hicksville Fire Department, where he served as chaplain for over 30 years.
Grant is survived by his wife of 62 years, Nancy Hollister Grant from Valley Stream, three children, seven grandchildren and one great granddaughter.
Saturday, 30 August 2014 00:00
Who says a bride has to wear white on her wedding day? For South Asian brides, no color is off limits including brilliant reds, blues and golds. For the past 17 years, Vastra in Hicksville has been helping brides from New York and across the country find the perfect dress for their special day.
There’s no lack of Indian sari boutiques in Hicksville but according to Marketing Director Prachi Jain, what sets Vastra apart from the others is its emphasis on one of a kind, hand-embroidered Indian dresses.
Friday, 29 August 2014 00:00
Many would consider it rude to play with your food. That is unless, you’re participating in the Long Island Potato Festival. The event, which was held in Cutchogue, NY, included a mashed potato sculpting contest which was dominated by Hicksville’s Sarah Tsang, who won first place in the youth division.
Contestants were allowed to use any tools and materials to help bring their creation to life. Sculptures were left on display throughout the day and voted on by festival goers.
Friday, 29 August 2014 00:00
Somehow LSA, the Levittown Swimming Association, has always been a part of our Hicksville summers. My family’s introduction to the organization in 1975 began when our two older daughters tried out for the Parkway Swim Team, one of the nine teams that competed through July and most of August.
It was no small task for the younger girl, swimming her first full lap in the deep end of the pool to qualify at age six, but both girls made the team and donned the coveted gray tee shirts as the trees cast their shadows over the pool water at the end of practice.
Thursday, 28 August 2014 00:00
I’m convinced that the soul and the center of Hicksville is Cantiague Park. And why not? Every weekend it’s a beehive of activity ranging from tennis matches, hand ball games, basketball and baseball games, swimming, hockey and of course ‘the beautiful game’ called soccer. Cantiague has two professional soccer fields that are perfectly manicured and begging to be played on. And they were. This weekend was the finals of the East Meadow Soccer Tournament which is one of the largest youth soccer tournaments in the nation, sponsored by the US Soccer Federation. There were 18 boys and girls teams in the finals and a large staff of referees.
Two of the refs were Steven Orozco and Randy Vogt who told me how soccer had been growing and has now become the second most popular participation sport in America with 25 million of us watching this year’s World Cup. I also met and interviewed Joe Codispoti who along with Tim Bradbury is the head coach of Rockville Centre United, a U16 boys club. This U16 team has a group of standout players led by Jack Graziano, AJ Codispoti and Pat Basile who have been playing together for six years.