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C And B Archery Hits The Mark

With the popularity of movies like the Hunger Games and The Avengers, it’s no surprise that C and B Archery in Hicksville is thriving. The indoor archery range allows archers of all skill levels and ages to tap into their inner superhero, as they learn how to use arrows and shoot bows at targets over 40 yards away.

Manager Dustin Cimato says he has seen all different types of shooters, including those who are blind and in wheelchairs.

“I’ve seen every different type of person coming from every different walk of life be able to do this sport,” Cimato says. “Anyone can do it.”

C and B Archery offers lessons six days a weeks for archers of all skills levels and ages. There are many reasons people may come into the range—some want to better their hunting skills, while others just love the sport. Cimato says it’s rare that someone will come in for a lesson and never return.

“A lot of people who come in here have always had a passion for it,” Cimato says. “This sport has a huge draw and a lot of people seem very passionate about it, so they come back all the time.”

Owner Ralph Allocco says he decided to open in Hicksville seven years ago because it would be in the middle of other similar facilities in Patchogue and Queens. But unlike other indoor archery ranges that had walls covered in deer heads, Allocco wanted to make C and B Archery family friendly.

“And now we have the largest youth program on the eastern seaboard,” Allocco said.

For the fall season, about 200 students have signed up for junior league, where archers ages seven to 17 hone their skills. There is also a Junior Olympic Archery Development class.

New shooters will begin by taking lessons, while avid shooters new to the range will be evaluated by staff before being permitted to shoot on their own. Archers can learn how to shoot both traditional and compound bows.

C and B Archery is located at 11 Commercial Street in Hicksville and is open Tuesday through Sunday. Lessons, which includes bow rental, an hour of range time and a paper target, cost $25.50. Bows and arrows are also available for purchase at the facility. For more information, visit www.cbarchery.net or call 516-933-2697.

News

Bullying is a serious problem in today’s society and the controversial topic was the focus at last Saturday’s  'Bully-Proof Your Child Seminar’ at East Coast MMA & Fitness Center in Hicksville. State Senator Jack Martins and Legislator Rose Marie Walker attended the program which ran in the newly renovated center on Woodbury Road.

“Bullying is a real issue in our communities and I want to thank East Coast Mixed Martial Arts & Fitness for agreeing to host this forum,” said Martins. “Teaching our kids self defense to protect themselves or to protect those around them is a great thing. We need to take every opportunity to teach our kids important life lessons.”

Old classmates reignited friendships and shared memories of their teenage years as the Hicksville High School Class of 1964 came together recently to celebrate their 50th reunion at the Holiday Inn in Plainview.

Among the attendees was Bob Cheeseman who met his wife, Lorraine (Kirwan) in middle school. They were serious throughout high school and married soon after. Bob said, “I enlisted in high school and went into the Air Force. I did 30 years active Air Force and another 15 after that. I retired in 2010 as a Brigadier General. After I retired, my wife received a certificate from the Governor of Texas and was designated a Yellow Rose of Texas.”


Sports

The Hicksville boys volleyball team improved to 3-3 on the season by topping Sewanhaka in three sets by the scores of 25-14, 25-20 and 25-13.

“We lost the first few matches this year but bounced back to win the last three,” said Hicksville’s second year Head Coach Kevin Bunting. “We have a young team — we lost three starters last year. We have no seniors on this team, but we have three juniors,” he added. Bunting noted that it will bode well for next year’s team when they have even more experience to build on.

It seemed to happen in an instant.

Hicksville forward Michael Osmundsen was touching the ball past Kellenburg goalkeeper Jack Abuin to slot the ball into an empty net to score the lone goal in the non-league 1-0 victory over the Firebirds.

It’s nothing short of what Comets boys soccer head coach Scott Starkey would expect. He described his forward as “very explosive, fast and he’s not just fast — he’s tenacious.”


Calendar

Community Council Meeting

October 2

Indoor Garage Sale

October 5

Movie: God’s Not Dead

October 5



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