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Town Offers Help For Altered Commutes

Written by Floral Park Dispatch Staff, floralpark@antonnews.com Thursday, 17 July 2014 00:00

The Town of North Hempstead has prepared a transportation contingency plan for local commuters who may be looking for alternatives if the Long Island Railroad (LIRR) workers strike on July 20.

The plan includes adding free parking at North Hempstead Beach Park, on West Shore Rd. in Port Washington, to aid car pooling, and providing up to 300 spaces at iPark, 1305 Union Tpke. in New Hyde Park, enabling commuters to catch bus service along Union Tpke. or meet up with carpooling buddies.

 

Resident Questions Transfer Policy

Written by Rich Forestano, rforestano@antonnews.com Wednesday, 16 July 2014 00:00

Speaking for a group of local residents, Santo Cipolla is asking the Sewanhaka Central High School District to revisit a 28-year-old policy that allows one community to attend any of the five district high schools, including Floral Park Memorial High School.

“It was a policy that was created to desegregate South Floral Park and a portion of Floral Park called Jamaica Square,” Cipolla said at a school board meeting last week. “It is our belief that there is not equal access to the schools and violates the equal protection clause under the Fourteenth Amendment.”

 

Fourth Of July Parade Marches On

Written by Marilou Giammona, floralpark@antonnews.com Friday, 11 July 2014 00:00
Hurricane Arthur was no match for the water wars that emerged along the route of the Stewart Manor Fire Department’s 16th annual Fourth of July parade. Despite ominous-looking clouds and cooler than usual temps, spectators stood ready with water balloons, Super Soakers, buckets and garden hoses, as they awaited the onslaught from the many fire departments who participated in the parade.

With an escort from the Nassau County Police Department Third Precinct, the parade stepped off at 10:30 a.m. on Stewart Avenue at Fernwood Terrace, proceeded west to Covert Avenue, then wound through the residential streets of Stewart Manor before ending on Covert Avenue near the Stewart Manor Fire Department.

 

Police Seek Robbery Details

Written by Floral Park Dispatch Staff, floralpark@antonnews.com Thursday, 10 July 2014 00:00

Nassau County Police Department seeks assistance with details of a robbery that occurred on Sunday, June 29 at 12:34 p.m., at TD Bank, 372 Jericho Tpke. in Floral Park. According to police, a subject approached a teller and instructed the teller to fill a white plastic shopping bag with money. The teller placed an undisclosed amount of currency in the bag as instructed. The subject fled on foot east across the parking lot.

There were five employees and nine customers present in the bank at the time of the robbery. There were no injuries reported.  

 

That’s The Spirit

Written by Cristina O’Keeffe, floralpark@antonnews.com Saturday, 12 July 2014 00:00

The date is set. The planning committee has met. The “Big Bucks” raffle tickets have been mailed to parishioners. St. Anne’s 12th Annual Spirit Day Celebration is happening on Saturday, Sept. 20.

While the summer has just begun, any event planner knows that September will be here before we know it. The St. Anne’s Spirit Day planning committee has been working for over a month updating the colorful event flyer, stuffing and mailing the Big Bucks raffle tickets and securing vendors. At a recent well-attended planning session, committee leaders provided updates on every aspect of the day, from set-up to clean-up and all that falls in-between.

 

German-American Traditions Thrive

Written by Lyn Dobrin, floralpark@antonnews.com Thursday, 10 July 2014 09:16

There’s an old-fashioned feeling at Koenig’s, a 70-year-old restaurant in Floral Park where German food is served in a comfortable welcoming setting. The large American flag dedicated to September 11th in the main dining room and the group of businessman, gathered in a side room enhanced the feeling of a place that cares about tradition. The men are from a club in Bushwick and they meet at Koenig’s twice a month, says owner William Fitzgerald.

Don’t be fooled by the Irish name. Fitzgerald’s mother is German and he grew up enjoying all the dishes that are served in his restaurant. Fitzgerald says that when he started as a manager at Koenig’s 32 years ago, he was pleased to see that the food there was like his mother’s. He also received early training to be a gracious host as an usher in church when he was growing up. “It was my job to bring people to their pews,” he says.

 

County Honors Floral Park Firefighters

Thursday, 03 July 2014 00:00

Nassau County officials honored 29 firefighters from across Nassau County in the county’s annual firematic awards ceremony held in the legislative chambers in Mineola. Commended at the event were 1st Battalion Chairman/Ex-Chief Kenneth B. Fairben of the Floral Park Fire Department and Lieutenant Richard Harris of the South Floral Park Fire Department for the hard work and dedication they put in to protecting Nassau County’s residents and property. Fairben was also honored for his years of dedication to the community.

 

“It is times, such as Superstorm Sandy, when your courage shines but it is everyday heroism that personifies our Nassau County Firefighters,” said County Executive Ed Mangano. “We gather today to honor our brave first responders who have gone above and beyond the call of duty and consistently risk their own lives to protect our Nassau County residents. Heroism, courage and sacrifice are just three words to describe their dedication. Each and every day, firefighters wake up and respond to emergencies with a single goal: protecting the public, rarely with concern for their own safety.”

 

Leave Fireworks To The Pros

Written by Christy Hinko Wednesday, 02 July 2014 00:00

Fireworks are synonymous with the celebration of Independence Day in Floral Park. Yet, the thrill of fireworks can also bring pain. 

 

“Amateur use of fireworks is not only it is illegal and dangerous to persons and property,” said Floral Park Fire Commissioner Kevin Fitzgerald. Fireworks are illegal to own or use by anyone other than licensed professionals in New York State. 

 

Floral Park Recreation Center Notes

Thursday, 26 June 2014 00:00

Beginning on Monday, June 30 the Floral Park Recreation Center’s day time hours will be filled with exciting and organized activities for children of all ages. Preschool, ages 3 through 5, Arts and Crafts, grades 1st through 6, and Primary Recreation Program, ages 3 through 5, and Morning Sports. The first week of Morning Sports are basketball for boys and cheerleading/kickball for girls. A special late registration table will be set up in front of the shelter house. In the afternoon, boys and girls grades 4 and above can participate in afternoon “Tennie-ball” on Field 2. Every Wednesday is Bingo from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. under the arts and crafts shelter.

At night, the Recreation Center becomes the “Hub of Floral Park” when over-50 adult teams gear up for competitive and recreational play in both the basketball and volleyball leagues, Mondays through Thursday nights. Players enjoy exercising and competing with friends and neighbors throughout the summer months.

 

Seniors Turn Discards Into Dollars

Written by Edith Updike, eupdike@antonnews.com Wednesday, 25 June 2014 11:55

The knick-knacks and gewgaws come from Floral Park, Stewart Manor, Bellerose Village, and New Hyde Park. They come from Suffolk County and Manhattan. And a band of web-savvy seniors use eBay to turn them into money that supports their recreation center. It all began when retired executive Leonard Bloom first taught his “How To Sell On eBay” class for The Great Neck Senior Center and the enthusiasm of the participants inspired him.

“The center always needs money—they feed 100 people a day,” Bloom says. “I got this idea about selling merchandise and giving the proceeds to the center.” It would give the seniors from the class a practical exercise of their newly acquired skills, and help support the center’s activities. The students in the group enthusiastically accepted Lenny’s challenge, and Director Ann Tarcher gave the go-ahead.