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Belmont Stakes Parade

Saturday, May 31

“A Day At The Races” Fundraiser

Saturday, May 31

Floral Park Lions Club Comedy Fundraiser

Sunday, June 1


Wednesday, May 28

The Architectural Review Board will meet on May 28 at 7:30 p.m. at the recreation center.


Thursday, May 29

Belmont Stakes Carats, Jewels and Little Black Dress Luncheon will be held at the Turf and Field Club at Belmont Park on May 29 at 11:30 a.m. Contact Joann Adams at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for details.


Saturday, May 31

Belmont Stakes Parade on May 31. Assemble at Alva T. Standforth athletic fields at 9:30 a.m. Parade steps off at 10 a.m. and parades west on Hemsptead Tpke. to Belmont Park. Email Parade Chairman Ralph Esposito at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for information.

The Sewanhaka, Elmont, Floral Park Special Education Parent Teacher Association (SEF-SEPTA) will hold “A Day At The Races” fundraiser to benefit SEF-SEPTA and the Andrew Burrows Best Buddy Foundation on Saturday, May 31 at 12:30 p.m. under the festival tent at Belmont Park. Cost is $50 for adults, $25 for children (2-13) and includes park entrance, racing program, barbecue lunch and tap beer. For tickets and raffle donation call Fran at 516-616-7144.


Sunday, June 1

The Floral Park Lions Club is holding a comedy fundraiser on Sunday, June 1 at 7 p.m. Join for a fun-filled night. Price of admission is one for $15 or two for $25. A two-drink minimum purchase is also required. Make checks payable to the “Floral Park Lions Club” and mail it to: John Mansfield, 62 Eweler Ave., Floral Park, NY 11001. Please purchase tickets before May 27. Some tickets will be available for purchase at the door.


Tuesday, June 3

Village of Floral Park Board of Trustees will meet on Tuesday, June 3 at 8 p.m. in the village hall court room.  

The 2014 Floral Park Memorial PTSA Installation Dinner will take place on Tuesday, June 3 at 6 p.m. at The Inn at New Hyde Park. Please join the PTSA as they install the officers of the executive committee for the 2014-15 school year and present PTA honorary life memberships. Dinner includes Tuscan Table, salad, a choice of entree, soda, coffee, tea and dessert. A cash bar will be available. For reservations, return the form found on the FPMHS website, along with a check for $48 per person payable to FPMHS PTSA, to the PTSA mailbox in the main office or contact Valerie Trifon 516-437-3980 or JoAnn Milea 516-328-0894.


Wednesday, June 4

NYRA post position draw for the Running of the Belmont Stakes will be held at Belmont Park on June 4 at 11 a.m.

The Floral Park Memorial PTA meeting will be held on Wednesday, June 4 at the high school at 7:30 p.m.


Thursday, June 5

The West End Civic Association of Floral Park will have its final meeting of the 2013-14 season on Thursday, June 5 at 8 p.m. at the Atlantic Avenue Firehouse (second floor meeting room). The guest speaker will be Assemblyman Edward Ra, who will discuss state issues and impact on the Village of Floral Park. Also present will be Village Trustee Dominick Longobardi. As is the tradition for the last meeting, wine, beer, soft drinks and cheese will be served. President Perry Criscitelli and Vice President Marc Mullen urge all members to attend.

Belmont Stakes Charity Celebration to benefit the Jockey Club Foundation and the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation will be held at Bar Americain in New York City on Thursday, June 5 from 6 to 10 p.m. Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres will be served. Contact the Jockey Club at 212-521-5305.


Friday, June 6

Garden City Belmont Festival will be held on Friday, June 6 from 6 to 10 p.m. on Seventh St. in Garden City.


Saturday, June 7

146th running of the Belmont Stakes will take place on Saturday, June 7 at Belmont Park. Post time for the day’s races will be 11 a.m. The chance for a Triple Crown win is possible with California Chrome having already secured the Derby and Preakness wins.

Floral Park Art League will hold its exhibit to celebrate thoroughbred horse racing at Memorial Park on Saturday, June 7 from 3 to 7 p.m. and again on June 8 from 2 to 6 p.m.

Friends of the Floral Park Library will hold a book sale on Saturday, June 7 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and again on Sunday, June 8 from 1 to 4 p.m. at Centennial Hall.


Sunday, June 8

Floral Park Belmont Festival will be held on June 8 from 2 to 7 p.m. on Tulip Ave.

News

Girl Scouts of Nassau County recently recognized Krista Longobardi and Meaghan Smith, both students at Floral Park Memorial High School, for individually earning their Gold Award, the highest and most prestigious award within the Girl Scouts Organization. In order to be eligible for a Gold Award, a Girl Scout must have completed two Girl Scout Senior or Ambassador Journeys or have already received the Silver Award and completed one additional Journey. The Gold Award also requires the completion of 80-hours or more of an individual leadership Take Action project that makes a sustainable and measurable impact on an important issue, or need in the community, and that serves to educate and inspire others in the community.

Longobardi’s Girl Scout Gold Award Take Action Project, Pick Your Pet, teaches children ages 5-12 the benefits of owning a pet. She was able to educate her community on the adoption process, the best pet for your household, and how adoption can save an animal’s life. Longobardi’s love of animals made it easy to spread knowledge on this topic. She improved her communication and public speaking skills as a result of her project since she spoke in front of her community leaders and peers.

Saint Mary’s High School will host the 22nd Annual Don Monti Memorial Golf Classic and Fall Alumni Dinner on Thursday, Sept. 25, at Plandome Country Club. Following the golf outing, a dinner reception will take place where Tom Raleigh, of Floral Park, will be honored with the Timothy J. Coughlin ’76 Memorial Award for Outstanding Contributions to St. Mary’s High School.

Raleigh has deep connections to St. Mary’s High School and the Manhasset community. Four of Raleigh’s five children went to St. Mary’s: Tom, Jr. ’88, Brian, ’91, Katie ’93, Kevin ’95. Raleigh has been a loyal St. Mary’s advocate both as a past parent and former coach.  


Calendar

Town of Hempstead Board Meeting

Tuesday, September 2

Floral Park Senior Citizens’ Picnic

Tuesday, September 2

Village of Floral Park Board of Trustees To Meet

Tuesday, September 2



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