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Hicksville Musicians To Play BandJam

Hicksville locals Cal Kehoe, Brian D’Addario, Thomas Murphy, Michael D’Addario, and Danny Ayala of the band, MOTP will play in an American Idol-style competition where the best middle and high school bands battle it out will take place at The Ridgefield Playhouse in Ridgefield, CT, in the 4th annual Ridgefield BandJam 2013 on Sunday, April 28, at 4 p.m. This charity event created by kids to benefit the non-profit Playhouse has become a much-anticipated competition where students perform before a panel of industry professionals.

This year’s celebrity judges are Grammy® nominated producer/musician Steve Addabbo, Broadway star Linda Eder, recording artist Paul Pesco and singer/songwriter/producer Vaneese Thomas. Each winning band will receive a $500 gift certificate and Rock Show Membership from the Guitar Center, a Song Writing Workshop at Enchanted Garden, a professional band video biography and a 1-year supply of candy from Unreal Candy, for an approximate prize value of $3,500 per winning band.

For tickets ($20, $15 students) to attend Ridgefield BandJam 2013 and more information about The Ridgefield Playhouse, call the box office at 203-438-5795, or go to ridgefieldplayhouse.org.

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

November 24



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