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Reunion Listings

Farmingdale H.S. ‘53

A 60-year reunion will be held on Saturday, Sept. 28 at the Huntington Hilton. Previous graduates are also invited.  Contact Judy at 516-249-7013

 

General Douglas MacArthur High School Reunion 

The General Douglas MacArthur High School Reunion for the class of 1963 will be held on Saturday, October 26 from 6:30 to 11:30 p.m. at the Melville Marriott Hotel (1350 Walt Whitman Rd. in Melville). The cutoff date to purchase tickets is October 1. For details or to register, visit www.reunionmanager.net/reunion_registration.php?class_id=142551&reunion=GEN+DOUGLAS+MACARTHUR+SENIOR+HIGH+SCHOOL&class_of=1963 

 

John F. Kennedy High School Reunion 

John F. Kennedy High School in Bellmore will hold their multi-year reunion on Saturday, September 21 from 7 to 11 p.m. at Mulcahy’s of Wantagh (3232 Railroad Ave. in Wantagh) for graduation years 1968 through 2010. All alumni, guests, teachers, coaches, advisors and staff are invited to celebrate with friends, food, music and memories. There will be a buffet from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. as well as a cash bar. The first 500 people to purchase tickets online will receive a free alumni t-shirt. To register, visit www.bellmorejfkalumni.org and view upcoming events. 

 

North Shore High School Reunion 

North Shore High School’s class of 1973 will celebrate their 40th reunion on Saturday, October 12 at the Metropolitan Club Room in Glen Cove. Alumni can come enjoy the open bar, dinner, dessert and dancing. The cost is $95 per person. For more information and updates, visit the class Facebook page (North Shore High School Class of 1973) or contact Bergit Arctander at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  

 

St. Mary’s High School Reunion 

The St Mary’s High School Manhasset classes of 1972 and 1973 will be hosting a combined 40th/41st reunion at the Port Washington Yacht Club on Saturday, Sept. 28 from 6:30 to 11:30pm. The evening will begin with a cocktail hour followed by buffet dinner and dancing overlooking beautiful Manhasset Bay. Come share 40 years of friendship and memories with your fellow classmates. 

Spread the word and register for this event at the St. Mary’s Alumni website at www.stmaryalumni.ws and feel free to contact the reunion committee directly for any questions or comments: email Betty at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , Marua at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , Marlena at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or Nancy at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


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