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Hicksville-Jericho Rotary Club News: July 19, 2013

Club installs new officers

The Rotary Club of Hicksville-Jericho installed its most recent president, officers and board of directors on July 11. Elizabeth Goldfrank was installed as president by State Legislator Rose Walker. Also installed as officers were Ed Moffett, vice president; Donna Rivera-Downey, secretary; and Gerry Poli, treasurer.

Members of the board of directors installed were Tom Howell, Ennio Lattini Dr. Irwin Gross, James Grossman, William Schuckmann, and Dr. James Bentson.

The Hicksville Community Council held its 42nd Annual Awards Dinner on June 13, honoring people and organizations that exemplify the meaning of Community Service. The 2013 Dick Evers Community Service Award was presented to Donna Rivera-Downey, a lifelong Hicksville resident. Rivera-Downey’s interest in public service emerged during her own years as a Girl Scout growing up in Hicksville, and was honed and tested through her involvement with the Hicksville-Jericho Rotary Club and as a Girl Scout leader.

Rivera-Downey is a past president and current member of the Hicksville-Jericho Rotary Club, a past assistant district governor for Rotary District 7250, and the Youth Exchange Chair for Rotary District 7250. She is in her second elected term on the Hicksville Library Board of Trustees, now serving as board president. Rivera-Downey serves as chief marketing and communications officer for the Girl Scouts of Nassau County.

The Hicksville-Jericho Rotary has been proudly serving the Hicksville-Jericho community 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 charitable projects.

If you or someone you know is interested in joining our organization to support the community. E-mail 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. Visit www.hichsvillejerichorotary.org for information.

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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