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Here Comes Hockey Season At Cantiague

Kids of all ages are welcome to come play hockey at Cantiague Park in Hicksville, and this winter is no exception. Both shape-up sessions for those who want to get in shape for hockey season and tryout dates have been announced. The schedule, broken down by age group, is as follows:

Mites (birth years 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008)

Shape-Ups: March 13, 5:45 to 6:45 p.m.; March 14, 6 to 7 p.m.; and March 16, 3:15 to 4:15 p.m. Tryouts: March 20, 6 to 7 p.m.; March 23, 8 to 9 a.m.; and March 27, 6 to 7 p.m.

Squirts (birth years 2003, 2004)

Shape-Ups: March 12, 6 to 7 p.m.; March 14, 7:15 to 8:15 p.m.; and March 16, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Tryouts: March 20, 7:15 to 8:15 p.m.; March 23, 9:15 to 10:15 a.m.; and March 27, 7:15 to 8:15 a.m.

Peewees (birth years 2001, 2002)

Shape-Ups: March 13, 7 to 8 p.m.; March 14, 8:30 to 9:30 p.m.; and March 16, 5:45 to 6:45 p.m. Tryouts: March 18, 8 to 9:15 p.m.; March 20, 8:30 to 9:30 p.m.; and March 25, 8 to 9:15 p.m.

Bantams (birth years 1999, 2000)

Shape-Up: April 7, 3:15 to 4:15 p.m.; April 13, 9:15 to 10:15 a.m.; and April 14, 9:15 to 10:15 a.m. Tryouts: April 17, 8 to 9:15 p.m.; April 18, 8 to 9:15 p.m.; and April 20, 3:15 to 4:30 p.m.

Midget Minor (birth years 1997, 1998)

Shape-Ups: April 7, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.; April 10, 8:30 to 9:30 p.m.; and April 13, 3:15 to 4:30 p.m. Tryouts: April 15, 8 to 9:15 p.m.; April 18, 8:15 to 9:15 p.m.; and April 20, 3:15 to 4:30 p.m.

All events are held at Cantiague Park, located at 480 West John Street in Hicksville. The Nassau County Hockey Program is open to Nassau County  residents only, and all players/parents must have a valid Leisure Passport. The fee for each shape-up session is $25, while the tryout fee is $100, payable to “Treasurer of Nassau County” at the first tryout. All players are expected to attend all three tryouts.

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



Columns

1959: The Year The Music Stopped Playing
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com

The Eccentric Heiress Of ‘Empty Mansions’
Written by Mike Barry, MFBarry@optonline.net

Yellow Margarine And A Pitch For The Ages
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com