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Magro Foundation Bringing Hicksville Together

Alumni lacrosse game fundraises more than $6K to support children with cancer

A frigid November day was no match for the warm hearts of all those who took part in the 1st Annual Hicksville Alumni Lacrosse game, which benefited the Hicksville-based Michael Magro Foundation.

The event, which was held on Saturday, Nov. 24 on the turf field at Hicksville High School, raised more than $6,200 for the Magro’s organization dedicated to the support of children with cancer and their families.

The event featured a clinic for the Hicksville High School varsity lacrosse and a second clinic for players of all ages, which was sponsored and run by MDP Lacrosse LLC. According to Terrie Magro, vice president of The Michael Magro Foundation, the clinics were “organized, professionally run and everyone had a great time.”

Although there wasn’t much time to prepare or advertise for the fundraiser, there was still an impressive turn out, as more than 60 Hicksville alums participated in the lacrosse game. The event began with an inspiring rendition of the National Anthem that was sung by Hicksville High School senior Mary Elizabeth Assante. Hicksville’s rich tradition of lacrosse was also displayed as Vincent Hoosak (class of 1963) and Tom Campelettano  (class of 1977), who posed for a ceremonial faceoff at midfield. Hoosak was a member of the first lacrosse team for Hicksville High School.

The teams were split up based upon odd or even graduating years and many players showed they still have the skills to play lacrosse at a high level. The Orange team (odd) beat the White team 9-7 in a well-played contest, which had everyone hugging at the end.

After the game, Gary Schweitzer and Teddy Marrotti, owners of Crossroads Restaurant, graciously donated a buffet for the hungry players. There were several hundred people at the restaurant where raffles and 50/50 tickets were sold. The two people who won the 50/50 drawings were kind enough to donate their winnings back to the foundation. Some of the prizes that were raffled off were a gift certificate to the Cheesecake Factory, as well as a gift certificates to Peppercorns, Mia Posto, Jericho Wines and Liquors and more. The MMF committee secured 28 raffles for the event. Starbucks of Plainview generously donated several containers for tea, hot chocolate and coffee.

Possibly the most exciting aspect of the event is that the alumni are now motivated to make this an annual occurrence. According to most participants, the event was great to help support the Michael Magro Foundation and also to have something to look forward to on the Saturday after Thanksgiving every year.

Terrie Magro is thrilled to have the new exposure for the foundation. She stated, “The lacrosse fundraiser is an event that Paul and I are thrilled to add to our annual calendar of events. It is about raising awareness for the Michael Magro Foundation, sharing our mission and helping children diagnosed with cancer and other chronic illnesses.”

Much gratitude was expressed by Terrie and Paul to all of those who assisted in this wonderful event, as well as to DJ Gem Entertainment NY and Katie Burnett Photography for donating their talents and time.

Please visit the following websites to learn more about the co-sponsors of this event: www.MDPLacrosse.com and www.michaelmagrofoundation.com. Both foundations can be found on Facebook; “like” them to follow their stories.

News

A group of like-minded local residents banded together and saved more than 200 area trees from the chopping block — for now.

A state judge ordered Nassau County and the Department of Public Works to stop cutting down trees along South Oyster Bay Road, granting a temporary restraining order to a group of residents spearheading an effort to save the trees.

State Supreme Court Judge Antonio Brandveen scheduled a hearing on Thursday, Oct. 16 for the county to address complaints from residents, in particular a group called Operation STOMP (Save Trees Over More Pavement) founded by Hicksville native Tanya Lukasik.The Public Works department had planned to removed more than 200 30-foot trees in communities ranging from Plainview, Bethpage, Hicksville and Syosset.

For the past 16 years, Lucia Simon has walked from her home in Hicksville to her job at the Hicksville Public Library. She enjoys her job as a librarian and says that the staff has become like family to her. But for the past three years, Simon and 56 fellow co-workers have been frustrated at what she says is the library’s board refusal to negotiate a fair contract.  

“We have had no contract in three years. They refuse to bargain with us. Every time they come back to us it’s not fair,” says Simon.

However, the board of trustees disagree, saying that it has made a “fair offer.”


Sports

The Girls Varsity soccer team, in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, wore pink uniforms and pink socks in their game on Oct. 8 against MacArthur whom they defeated 1-0. The girls and boys soccer programs at Hicksville High School are selling pink ribbon car magnets with a soccer ball and HHS on it with the words “Kick Cancer” on the ribbon. All the money raised will go to the Sarah Grace Foundation, which is a local foundation trying to beat pediatric cancer. The players plan to raise $1,000 for this organization

— From Hicksville High School

Hicksville native progressing through Mets system

The Mets minor league system is enjoying a rare period of prosperity. For years, it was barren due to trading off high-ceiling players for major leaguers, or neglecting the draft in favor of the free agent market. Since General Manager Sandy Alderson took over, the organization has reversed course and put a much greater emphasis on player development. During his second-to-last season, however, former GM Omar Minaya took a chance and drafted a local catcher, Cam Maron, out of Hicksville High School in the 34th round.


Calendar

Board of Education Meeting

October 22

Oktoberfest

October 25-26

Pancake Breakfast

October 26



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