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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

Sabina Lotlikar never imagined she’d find herself competing in a pageant. The 19-year-old from Hicksville was more used to spending her time cooking, playing video games and working out than walking in heels in front of hundreds of people. But that all changed this year when Lotlikar decided to compete in the Miss LI pageant, an experience she describes as unforgettable.

“It was so nerve-wracking because I’ve never done anything like this, but I’m so glad I went through it and was dedicated to it. It was amazing,” she says.

When it comes to photography, it’s been a long road for Hicksville’s John Micheals. What started as a hobby in childhood, has now returned as an irreplaceable form of self expression.

“It’s a way of expressing myself. I’m very comfortable with it. It’s a way of expressing myself and being me without any qualifications,” he said.

Micheals’ journey in photography started with snapping pictures with a Kodak as a kid growing up in Queens. As an undergrad at City College of New York, he took art classes and his photography took a back seat as he became an art teacher. When he retired in 1996, he picked up the camera again, taking classes at Nassau Community College and getting his certificate in photography. He dropped photography again when family priorities arose, and got behind the lens again in 2009.  


Sports

Cantiague Park Senior Men’s Golf League had its fourth tournament on Thursday Aug. 7. We had 33 golfers and a record 8 who scored under 40. Low overall score was won by newcomer Ed Hyne with an impressive 33, his second low net in a row. Charlie Acerra scored a solid 35, and won low overall net with a 26; his best score in 4 years.

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 % 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. The league meets every Thursday at 7:30 a.m., but the formal tournament dates are only the first and third Thursday of the month through late October. We will have a final luncheon with prizes on our last meeting.

The fields of Kevin Kolm Memorial Park were filled with nearly 200 soccer players on Saturday for the annual ‘Soccer For A Cause’ event. The event was put together by the Mastermind Unit in sponsor of the Michael Magro Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to assisting pediatric patients with cancer and their families.

“The Mastermind Unit is a non-profit organization that was founded by a group of guys who grew up playing soccer together in Hicksville,” said co-founder Bryan Alcantara. “This is our seventh annual  ‘Soccer For A Cause’ event at Memorial Park.”


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