Thursday, 21 November 2013 00:00
A good portion of recent network news has been about the one year anniversary of Hurricane Sandy. It is one year later and so many NY/NJ residents are still waiting for promised relief from this natural disaster. Neighborhoods were destroyed, life as they knew it changed…forever.
Fortunately, the Village of Floral Park weathered the storm better than most of Long Island. I vividly recall driving throughout the village and walking through the streets of the West End, where I witnessed extreme damage. Our public services: fire, police and public works were running, despite Village wide power outages in excess of a week and gas lines reminiscent of the 1973 gas shortage,.
Despite the property damage we came out ahead of the storm; the fire department responded to a record number of calls,I witnessed a police patrol every two or three blocks, and Public Works was out in force as well.
The Floral Park Fire Department is 100 percent volunteer and whether it is a blizzard or a hurricance, the department goes on 24-hour stand-bys based on weather related emergencies. Our fire department members leave their families in order stay in their stations to protect their neighbors at the most vulnerable times.
The police department works 12 hour tours, 24 hours a day, seven days a week; and longer in a public emergency situation. The Department of Public Works often works extended shifts and is always just a phone call away which makes a huge difference in mitigating emergencies.
I am’ not trying to make a political statement, I just want to thank our dedicated public servants, who are often unrecognized, for the job they do everyday. Our public servants make this Village of Floral Park, the place we all chose to live.
We are always in need of volunteers so please consider paying it forward and becoming a Floral Park volunteer firefighter and EMT. There is no expense involved and iIt will most likely be the most rewarding sacrifice you’ll ever make. Teenagers 14-18 years of age are also welcomed into our Fire Explorer Program where you will be trained in basic firefighting and first aid (EMS) skills. Call the chief’s office at 516-326-6327 for an application. Upon applying to a company (we have five) you’ll be interviewed at home with your family, where all details will be explained and all your questions will be answered.
Wednesday, 30 July 2014 00:00
The Floral Park Recreation Summer 2014 programs have now reached their half way point. While youngsters still have four more weeks of camps and activities, the night time volleyball and basketball programs are now gearing up for their final push to the playoff and championship rounds. Of the 55 adult teams competing, only Madness and Chaos (B league basketball) and Poppy’s (Women’s competitive volleyball) have managed to move through the season without a blemish on their records. Playoffs for volleyball are on Aug. 6 and Aug. 7, while basketball quarterfinals begin Thursday, July 31. Family, friends and spectators are always welcome. Good luck to all teams and players during their quest to become Floral Park’s Champions of the Summer of 2014.
As in past years, the Floral Park Recreation Department sprinkled in some expert instruction along with the recreational format of the various camps. Many thanks go out to Lisa O’Grady (OLV volleyball coach) for presenting an excellent volleyball clinic for our beginning junior players. Once again, Nassau Community College football Coach Ed Mack and his players have volunteered their time to give a few pointers for all youngsters grades 4 and above on Wednesday, June 30. The junior football clinic kicks off at 8:30 a.m., while senior campers (grades 7 and above) will receive instruction beginning at 10 a.m. Some features will include pass and catch techniques and NFL style agility drills. All Floral Park youth entering grades 4 and above are invited to attend. At that same time, Chris Schneider, outstanding and championship basketball coach at both St. Mary’s and Sacred Heart, will be on hand to present a comprehensive basketball clinic for both our junior and senior future female basketball stars.
Saturday, 26 July 2014 00:00
The 36th annual Thunderbird American Indian Mid-Summer Pow-Wow will be held at the Queens County Farm Museum from Friday, July 25 through Sunday, July 27. It is the longest-running American Indian Pow-Wow and will feature three days of inter-tribal Native American Dance Competitions.
More than 40 Indian nations will be represented. Chanting, drumming and brilliantly-colored, finely-detailed regalia will provide stimulating entertainment for people of all ages. All dance competitions and performances will be narrated for your appreciation of the rich tradition and culture that is being shared. American Indian art and craft vendors will offer a unique array of times for shoppers.