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Hicksville Honors The Fallen

It’s been 12 years since the attack on the World Trade Center, but no matter how many years have passed, it is a day that Americans will remember forever. To honor the fallen members of the Hicksville community, as well as the first responders who lost their lives trying to rescue civilians, friends and family of those who were lost on that day gathered together with the Hicksville Fire Department to pay tribute. A special tribute was given to George Howard, ex-captain of the Hicksville Fire Department who was with Emergency Company 5, and Terrence Farrell, ex-chief of the department who was also with Citizens Engine Company 3.

With American pride on full display as a large flag hung over the firehouse as well as a sea of American Flags on the lawn to honor the 411 first responders that were lost in the terrorism attack, the event kicked off with a procession by the New York Metro Pipe Band and the Hicksville Color Guard. Nick Brigandi, Honorary Chief of the Hicksville Fire Department, led the pledge of allegiance followed by Erica Fuentes singing the national anthem.

“We’ve come here on this solemn day to pay our respects to those who were lost and to never forget the tragedy of September 11th,” said Karl Schweitzer, ex-chief and chair of the program. “The events of that day will never be forgotten. September 11th changed the world. We will never forget our fallen brothers. Their deaths, like their lives, will have meaning,” he said.

“Although we are reminded of the sadness, we are also reminded of how we came together and how we would not be defeated,” said Christopher Moskos, chief of the department. “We learned to take nothing for granted and to count our blessings.”

Schweitzer said that the memorial outside of the Hicksville Fire Station was established to provide the community with a place of solace in which they could come to mourn the local victims of the terror attacks. While bagpipes played “Amazing Grace” in the background, wreaths honoring Howard and Farrell were placed on either side of the memorial.

A solemn salute was held as Taps played in the background. After the wreaths were placed, all of the members of the fire department paid their respects with a salute at the memorial.

In addition to Farrell and Howard, the department also made sure to honor those lost from the Hicksville community. As a bell was rung for each of the nine residents who died in the World Trade Center attacks as a biography was read about each one, emotions ran high and many attendees were reduced to tears. The community members were then invited up to place red, white and blue carnations in front of it to honor those close to them who were killed on that September morning.

“We must never forget that happened that day. We must also honor all of those who perished fighting for our freedom in the War on Terror,” Schweitzer concluded.

The following are the Hicksville residents who died tragically on 9/11:

Nancy Bueche – Nancy worked for Aon Corp on the 102nd floor of Tower Two. She grew up in Richmond Hill and moved to Hicksville and leaves behind a daughter Bridget.

Mark Colaio - Mark worked at Cantor Fitzgerald on the 104th floor of the World Trade Center’s north tower and was a graduate of Hicksville High School. He leaves behind his wife, June, a daughter Delaney and his son Joseph.

Stephen Colaio – Mark’s Brother Stephen also worked at Cantor Fitzgerald on the 104th floor of the World Trade Center’s north tower and was a graduate of Hicksville High School. He leaves behind his mother, father and sister.

Thomas Pedicini – Thomas was Stephen and Mark Colaio’s brother-in-law and also worked for Cantor Fitzgerald on the 104th floor of the World Trade Center’s north tower and was a graduate of Hicksville High School. Thomas leaves behind his mother and father.

Gilbert Granados - Gilbert worked for Aon Corp on the 98th floor of Tower Two. He also served as a reservist, Lieutenant Commander in the United States Coast Guard for 20 years and was an Operation Desert Storm Veteran. Gilbert moved from East Los Angeles to Hicksville while attending the United States Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point. He leaves behind his wife, Teresa and two daughters; Kathleen and Maureen.

Steven Policino – Steve worked for Cantor Fitzgerald on the 104th Floor of the World Trade Center, north tower. He graduated from Hicksville High School and after his marriage to Jane they moved to Plainview. He leaves behind a daughter Celeste and a son, Steven.

Kenneth Rice III - Kenneth worked for Marsh & McLennan on the 96th floor of Tower One and lived in Hicksville. He leaves behind a mother, father and two brothers.

Brian Terrenzi - Brian worked at Cantor Fitzgerald on the 101st floor of Tower One and lived in Hicksville. He leaves behind a daughter Elizabeth Brian who was born 3 months after September 11, 2001.

Walter Weaver - Walter was New York City Police Department officer serving in Emergency Services Unit Truck 3 located out of the Bronx. He became a New York City police officer in 1992 and was a graduate of Hicksville High School. Walter leaves behind his mother, father and two brothers.

News

When life hands you lemons, make lemonade. That’s just what a Hicksville baker is doing, except in her case it isn’t lemons, but a gluten-free diet. Her lemonade stand of choice is her brand new gluten-free eatery, “Jac’s Bakeshop and Bistro,” which held its grand opening on April 12.  

“I’m a baker who can’t even eat wheat or eggs,” said owner Jaclyn Messina, chuckling at the irony.

There’s a lot you can do in 99 minutes. You could cook dinner, play a non-stop soccer game, watch a romantic comedy or hang out with Odysseus, Achilles and Hercules. If you chose the last option, Hicksville High School’s upcoming theatre production of The Iliad, The Odyssey, and All of Greek Mythology in 99 Minutes or Less  is the place for you.

The mouthful of a title says it all. The cast will take on over 80 characters as they speed through all of Greek mythology, including popular tales such as The Iliad and The Odyssey, in a little over an hour and a half.


Sports

Vito Sciascia was recently named Hicksville Soccer Club’s Volunteer of the Year at the 2014 Long Island Junior Soccer League 2014 Kick-off Convention.

Sciascia started coaching travel soccer in 1998 for a boys team, the Flash, who later changed their names to the Muddogs. He could always be found at various sporting fields trying to recruit new soccer players. He would make each of these boys feel important and there was always room for another player. He tried to never turn a child away and when other coaches were having trouble with a boy he would take them on his team, no one was ever too much for him. Sciascia found the good in all those boys and they in return respected him. He took them to many tournaments and solicited enough sponsorship so that it was never a financial burden on their families.

Cantiague Park Senior Men’s Golf League had its first tournament on Thursday April 4. Twenty golfers came out on on a crisp but sunny morning. Charlie Hong was the only man to score under a 40, with a 38 and won for low overall score. Jim O’ Brien  scored a 41, and won low overall net in a tie-breaker with Mike Guerriero.

Competition on the nine-hole course is divided into two divisions. Flight A is for players with a handicap of 13 or lower. Flight B is for players with a handicap of 14 or more. The league is a 100 percent handicap league. Any man 55 years or older is eligible for membership. We have many openings for this year, and you can sign up anytime throughout the the season.


Calendar

American Legion Meeting

April 21

HS Theater in the Round

April 24-26

Science Fair

April 26



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