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HFD Holiday Open House Draws Large Crowd

Fire safety, rides with Santa highlight

annual family friendly event

The Hicksville Fire Department’s 2nd Annual Holiday Fire Safety Open House on Dec. 2 called attention to the many fire and emergency issues that our community faces every year.

Malfunctioning smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors, food on the stove fires and overloaded electrical circuits are only some of the dangers posed in local Hicksville homes.

During the event, information was available to residents on how avoid mishaps that would cause the fire department to respond to your house. The fire department responds to 800-900 fire calls every year. Most of these alarms are preventable. Some of these mishaps have resulted in serious fires.

A recent bedroom fire damaged the second floor of a home on Underhill Avenue in Hicksville and multiple units responded and brought the fire under control quickly. The fire was traced to an overloaded outlet strip in the bedroom. Improperly used outlet strips have been responsible for at least three fatal fires in Hicksville alone during the last few years, according to the fire department.

As noted at its open house demonstration fire, outlet strips are not made to supply electricity to appliances such as irons and vacuum cleaners. The strips are also not able to handle numerous transformer plugs; if you have a surge protector strip, it’s only protected if it’s plugged into a grounded outlet (many outlets in older homes are not grounded). To see if you have a grounded outlet, a simple, cheap detector type plug can be purchased at a local hardware or home improvement store to test your outlets.

“Yes, we bribed you into attending with Santa and fire engine rides, which we know all the children enjoyed, but we hope you took home the safety information we provided to help make your home safer,” said one Hicksville firefighter.

If you have any questions, please contact the Hicksville Fire Department at (516) 933-6444. The HFD would also like to wish all local residents a very happy holiday season and a happy fire-safe New Year.

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.


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