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Salvatore Chiarelli Wins Bravos

Local residents were seranaded by a classical Italian singer this past Sunday, at a performance at the Hicksville Public Library by Salvatore Chiarelli. Chiarelli sang popular and classical songs in both English and Italian while accompanied by pianist Ishmael Wallace.

Chiarelli performed traditional Italian songs such as “Speak To Me Of Love, Mariú”, “I Have But One Heart,” and “O Sole Mio.”

Chiarelli believes that it is his and Wallace’s calling to perform this type of music to as many people as possible. “We want to share the love of this music that we have with so many more people,” he said.

One of the members of the audience, Theresa Putnam, came to the event to hear one of her favorite genres of music performed live. “I find the music very relaxing,” she said. “I’ve always liked Italian music.”

Putnam enjoyed all of the songs Chiarelli sang, especially the song, “O Sole Mio.”

“I think he has a very nice voice,” she said of Chiarelli. “He also has a really good personality, which is important too.”

Although Chiarelli and Wallace have only recently started performing together, they clicked right away, according to Chiarelli. In addition to being a talented pianist, Wallace is also a composer and a baritone singer. “He’s the most talented pianist I’ve ever had,” said Chiarelli of Wallace. “He’s open minded, gifted, and loves all music.”

Chiarelli is a second-generation Italian who grew up on Long Island in Nassau County. He graduated from Seaford High School and went to college at Hofstra University.

Twenty years ago, Chiarelli decided to pursue his dream. “I went back to school, received a masters degree in music education, and learned how to be classically trained as an opera singer,” he said.

Chiarelli did not always have people believe in him. “I had a lot of people tell me ‘you’re past your peak, you’re not going to have a career,’” he said. “I didn’t listen to any of it.”

Singing is in his genes, as Chiarelli’s father is also a singer, and he knew that his abilities would allow him to make it as a performer.

The passion that Chiarelli has for classical Italian music inspires Wallace. “He has found something that people really need, and I don’t think we’re getting that much of,” said Wallace. “He made his own career doing it. He has not had to be dependent on anybody else, except on his own talent.”

Besides performing at libraries, Chiarelli also sings at dinner shows, restaurants, Italian clubs, charitable events and churches. His next local performance will be in Floral Park on April 27. In addition to singing at events, Chiarelli teaches music classes at public schools in Manhattan.

“I get a lot of joy pleasing people, and they give the joy back to me so much more,” said Chiarelli. “I don’t want to lose sight of having fun and enjoying it all.”

News

A group of like-minded local residents banded together and saved more than 200 area trees from the chopping block — for now.

A state judge ordered Nassau County and the Department of Public Works to stop cutting down trees along South Oyster Bay Road, granting a temporary restraining order to a group of residents spearheading an effort to save the trees.

State Supreme Court Judge Antonio Brandveen scheduled a hearing on Thursday, Oct. 16 for the county to address complaints from residents, in particular a group called Operation STOMP (Save Trees Over More Pavement) founded by Hicksville native Tanya Lukasik.The Public Works department had planned to removed more than 200 30-foot trees in communities ranging from Plainview, Bethpage, Hicksville and Syosset.

For the past 16 years, Lucia Simon has walked from her home in Hicksville to her job at the Hicksville Public Library. She enjoys her job as a librarian and says that the staff has become like family to her. But for the past three years, Simon and 56 fellow co-workers have been frustrated at what she says is the library’s board refusal to negotiate a fair contract.  

“We have had no contract in three years. They refuse to bargain with us. Every time they come back to us it’s not fair,” says Simon.

However, the board of trustees disagree, saying that it has made a “fair offer.”


Sports

The Girls Varsity soccer team, in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, wore pink uniforms and pink socks in their game on Oct. 8 against MacArthur whom they defeated 1-0. The girls and boys soccer programs at Hicksville High School are selling pink ribbon car magnets with a soccer ball and HHS on it with the words “Kick Cancer” on the ribbon. All the money raised will go to the Sarah Grace Foundation, which is a local foundation trying to beat pediatric cancer. The players plan to raise $1,000 for this organization

— From Hicksville High School

Hicksville native progressing through Mets system

The Mets minor league system is enjoying a rare period of prosperity. For years, it was barren due to trading off high-ceiling players for major leaguers, or neglecting the draft in favor of the free agent market. Since General Manager Sandy Alderson took over, the organization has reversed course and put a much greater emphasis on player development. During his second-to-last season, however, former GM Omar Minaya took a chance and drafted a local catcher, Cam Maron, out of Hicksville High School in the 34th round.


Calendar

Board of Education Meeting

October 22

Oktoberfest

October 25-26

Pancake Breakfast

October 26



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