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Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Set For December 7

Local organizations contributing to annual family-friendly holiday event

The Hicksville-Jericho Rotary, with the help of the Hicksville Fire Department and the Hicksville Water District, will be holding the annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony on Dec. 7 at 6:30 p.m. in Kennedy Park, Route 106 and Jerusalem Avenue, in Hicksville.

The large Christmas tree located in the center of the park, as well as 20 other trees nearby, will be lit and decorated with help from local business owners, civic associations, service associations and veterans groups. In addition, Fresh 102.7 FM will be on the scene to play some holiday music, while the Hicksville Ladies Auxiliary from the Hicksville Fire Department will be with serving hot chocolate.

The evening starts at 6:30 p.m. with the introduction of local politicians. This will be followed by the Cub Scout Honor Guard, who will lead in the Pledge of Allegiance. Next up, the Girl Scouts will sing holiday songs as well as patriotic songs in remembrance of Pearl Harbor. Santa Claus will then make his magical appearance, arriving on a Hicksville Fire Department firetruck. Santa will then do the countdown to lighting the trees. Once the trees are lit, the Ella Marie School of Dance will be performing several wonderful holiday dance numbers that everyone always enjoys.  

The Hicksville-Jericho Rotary has been hosting the Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony for the past 18 years.

“We have been serving Hicksville and Jericho since 1951, providing scholarships to local high school students, supporting the Hicksville Boys and Girls Club, the local food pantry, the Gift of Life and many more worthwhile projects,” said a Rotary representative.

If you or someone you know is interested in joining the Rotary and giving back to the Hicksville-Jericho community, email Donna Rivera-Downey at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  or call (516) 532-4566.

News

Local veterans groups and residents gathered at Hicksville Middle School Veterans Memorial Park recently to honor brave servicemen and woman, past and present. William M. Gouse Jr. Post 3211 hosted Hicksville’s annual Veterans Day ceremony on Nov. 11.

The ceremonies began with the pledge and national anthem sung by Hicksville High School student Cassie Pursoo, accompanied by trumpeter Conner Hoelzer. Monsignor Thomas Costa from Our Lady of Church in Hicksville gave the invocation.

On Nov. 10, a dedication ceremony was held to celebrate the completion of a beautiful new two-story house in Hicksville. However, while new dwellings are an ordinary occurrence on Long Island, this one was unique and special in a way that very few are.

The house at 77 Thorman Ave. was built in memory of Navy Lieutenant and posthumous Congressional Medal of Honor recipient Michael P. Murphy, a Long Island native who tragically died in combat while serving in Afghanistan in 2005. However, this house represents more than just the dedicated service of a man to his country; it represents the beginning of a new life full of hope for a brother-in-arms and his family as well.


Sports

Football was Mike Torrellas’ heart and soul. He also liked a good Turkey Bowl.  

Unfortunately, the Hicksville Crusaders co-founder wasn’t able to witness the program’s inaugural event, which took place Saturday, Nov. 8.

Torrellas passed away suddenly last December due to a blood clot, but the spirit and drive of the man who wore the number 53 and tragically passed at that age still surrounds the Crusaders football program.

The Long Island Fight for Charity will be hosting its 11th annual Charity Boxing Event on Nov. 24 at the Hilton in Melville. Among the 20 volunteers putting up their fists for funds will be Hicksville business owner Mell Goldman, who will be fighting under the nickname “The Kid.”  

Goldman is the President of All Boro Cleaning Services. He stated that he was enticed at the opportunity and wanted to contribute to charity.


Calendar

Fall Drama Production

November 20-22

Blood Drive

November 24

Christmas Holiday Fair

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