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Dimensions Dancers Celebrate Spring

Friday, March 15

Easter Bunny Photos

Saturday, March 16

Blanket Donation

Months of March and April

Friday, March 15

Dimensions Dancers Celebrate Spring

Help celebrate the arrival of the Easter Bunny with a performance by the Dance Dimension Dancers on Friday, March 15 from 5 to 5:30 p.m. in the Center Court of Broadwall Mall.

Blanket Donation

The Parkway Community Church will be holding a “Blanket Drive” during the months of March and April. Gently used or new blankets will be donated to The Interfaith Nutrition Network (INN) in Hempstead, a nonprofit, volunteer-based organization that addresses the issues of hunger and homelessness on Long Island. All donations can be dropped off at the Parkway Community Church, 95 Stewart Ave., Hicksville, between the hours of 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. For more information contact Millie at (516) 938-1233.


Saturday, March 16

Easter Bunny Photos

Get your picture taken with the Easter Bunny at Broadway Mall. Available from Saturday, March 16 through Saturday, March 30 from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., daily at the Broadway Mall rotunda, across from IKEA.


Wednesday, March 20

Mercy League Golf Registration

The Glen Cove, Hicksville, Syosset League of Mercy Medical Center Golf League registration will take place on March 20 at 10 a.m. at Cantiague Park. For information call Betty at 516-364-0548 or Pat at 516-671-9747.


Sunday, March 24

Model Mariners Boat Show

Visit the Model Mariners Boat Show on Sunday, March 24 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Macy’s wing of Broadway Mall.


Saturday, April 6

Pancake Breakfast

St. Ignatius Boy Scout Troop 382 Pancake Breakfast will be held on April 6 from 8 to 10 a.m. at Applebee’s, 938 S. Broadway (Rt. 107). Enjoy a short stack for a tall cause! Cost: $10 per person. Contact Cathy for tickets at 516-286-4326 or email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


Sunday, April 7

Free Legal Assistance For Vets

On Sunday, April 7, Hofstra Law will host a free legal assistance clinic for all veterans. Free consultations with pro-bono attorneys who specialize in elder law, tax, wills, estate, family law, VA benefits, claims, disability, employment, USERRA, housing, bankruptcy, debtor/creditor matters, Medicare/Medicaid, landlord-tenant issues and more. To schedule a consultation, contact the Hofstra Veterans Law Student Association at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 516-468-3551.


Saturday, April 20

Pot Luck Supper

Catholic Daughters of the Americas #869 Pot Luck Supper will be held on April 20, at 6 p.m. at St. Ignatius Loyola School Cafe, 30 E Cherry St., Hicksville. Enjoy an evening of home cooking. Dinner includes main entree, coffee and dessert; BYOB. Reservations are $10 per person or a special family rate of $25 (family of four). Call Ana Marie at 516-932-5537 or Kathy at 516-707-5206. Walk-ins welcome.

News

Vastra boutique finds a niche

in hand-embroidered dresses

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.

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.


Sports

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.

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.


Calendar

Close Encounters with Benevolent ETs and Ascended Masters

August 29

Adventures in Genealogy

September 4

Greek Festival

September 5-7



Columns

1959: The Year The Music Stopped Playing
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com

The Eccentric Heiress Of ‘Empty Mansions’
Written by Mike Barry, MFBarry@optonline.net

Yellow Margarine And A Pitch For The Ages
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com