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Name That Movie

Aimee Pitta, HHS class of 1982, titles movies in Hollywood

Hicksville High alum Aimee Pitta calls herself lucky.

The class of 1982 grad, who attended Nassau Community College for two years before enrolling at SUNY Oswego, was an aspiring writer after college when she was offered a job with a movie company in California.

“I’ve been in film marketing for the past 25 years and I work on writing and producing trailers and TV spots for movies. I also have a little niche job where I title films. I’ve titled It’s Complicated, No Strings Attached, the new Barbara Streisand movie, The Guilt Trip, Mirror Mirror with Julia Roberts and The Bounty Hunter with Jennifer Anniston,” said Pitta.

Pitta, who attended Holy Family School as a youngster, recently released her first published book, Happily Ever Before, which she co-wrote with actress Melissa Peterman (Baby Daddy, Reba, The Singing Bee).

“It’s a fun little book – a ‘chick-lit’ novel that Melissa and I wrote together. We came up with this concept of two sisters who would do anything for each other but wondered what would happen if one needed the other to have her baby? We decided it would make a good book and we just started writing,” Pitta explained.

Though she now calls Los Angeles home, Pitta keeps Hicksville close to her heart.  

“I miss my family. The high school seems much smaller now. You can’t beat Raimos Pizza or the Hicksville Sweet Shop. I guess everybody grows and moves on, but I still love my hometown,” Pitta said.

Happily Ever Before is available at Barnes & Noble and on Amazon, where 24 readers gave the book a five-star review.

And though luck may have brought the New Yorker to Los Angeles, Pitta’s success doesn’t appear to have come by chance.

For more information, visit www.happilyeverbefore.net.

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



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