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Obituary: John P. Pedranghelu

John P. Pedranghelu passed away Aug. 1, 2014 at the age of 82 in Hicksville. Beloved husband of Lydia. Loving father of John (Carol) and Joanne Pedranghelu. Cherished grandfather of Christine, John and Paul Pedranghelu, Erik Hilliker (Kari) and Jennifer Connors (Joseph). Dear brother of Santi Salvi (Armand) and Josie DeMeo. Also survived by loving nieces, nephews, relatives, friends and neighbors. John was born and raised in Port Washington and was a former semi-pro football player. He was a proud US Navy veteran who served aboard the USS Franklin D. Roosevelt aircraft carrier during the Korean War. He was a retired fuel oil truck driver who enjoyed golf, travel and sports. John was a dedicated family man who was admired and loved by all. In lieu of flowers donations in his memory can be made to the American Heart Association PO Box 4007 Boston, MA 0224-7005.

News

Hicksville’s interim School Superintendent Dr. Carl Bonuso gave a review of the district’s recently completed capital projects and facilities updates at Nov. 19’s board of education meeting. Most of the projects were completed over the summer in each of the district’s schools.

“Thanks to Director of Facilities and Operations, Dave Bell and his staff, we are structurally sound,” said Bonuso. “So much of what we do is in-house which saves the district money and our staff makes the facilities as special as the students they serve.”

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.


Sports

For the past 11 months, Hicksville’s Marlo Signoracci has been training for IRONMAN, one of the most physically challenging athletic events out there. The triathlon includes a swim, bike and run portion. Signoracci recently traveled down to Florida to compete in IRONMAN Florida. Here’s a look at her experience.

Nov. 1, 2014 will be a day in my life I will never forget and will carry with me forever. It truly was the celebration of the last 11 months of training.

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.


Calendar

Model Railroad Open House

November 28-30

Popcorn Balls

November 30

Craft Fair

November 30



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1959: The Year The Music Stopped Playing
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