Anton Community Newspapers  •  132 East 2nd Street  •  Mineola, NY 11501  •  Phone: 516-747-8282  •  FAX: 516-742-5867

No Books For You

Written by Matthew Ern, Wednesday, 27 August 2014 00:00

Elmont Library reneges on Stewart Manor drop-box

It was announced at the August Stewart Manor Board of Trustees meeting that the Elmont Memorial Library recently reneged on a deal to place a library drop-box in Stewart Manor Village Hall. The box would have allowed the Village’s elderly residents a more convenient option for returning books. According to the Board, the deal was all but done before the library backed out at the last minute.

“They offered us the world and we got crumbs. Rocks, really,” said Stewart Manor Mayor Gerard Tangredi.


American Hero: Staff Sergeant Leonard Jindra

Saturday, 23 August 2014 00:00

On June 6, 1944, the Americans and the Allies stormed the beaches of Normandy, France, with 150,000 soldiers, 5,000 ships, and 11,000 aircraft in a titanic battle to breach Hitler’s fortified Atlantic Wall. Operation Overlord was the largest invasion in world history; the forces of democracy and freedom were in a fight to the finish against powerful totalitarian regimes and their ideologies. The invasion drew upon all the physical, spiritual, material, and human resources of our great nation. Brave, young Americans overcame daunting odds as they fought their way across Utah and Omaha beaches. These boys, doing the deeds of men, that day changed the course of history.


Inspection Of Centennial Columns Continues

Written by Christy Hinko, Friday, 22 August 2014 00:00

At the intersection of Carnation and Tulip avenues, passersby might have noticed the erected scaffolding attached to Centennial Hall. According to village officials the building, because of its age and its need for some repair and maintenance, is being examined and evaluated. The monumental columns, that support the front of the building, are deteriorating.

The building was sold by the Freemasons organization to the village more than 10 years ago. It presently serves as the Floral Park Historical Society Museum, a community meeting place, and storage. It has been used as a donation collection site for the Nassau County Firefighters Operation Wounded Warrior’s annual event and as the Friends of the Library annual book sale.

The inspection is in progress. The village plans to have more information available as the results are reported.


Floral Park Teen Crowned

Written by Christy Hinko, Thursday, 21 August 2014 09:42

On Sunday, Aug. 20, Genna Cardalena, 17, of Floral Park, was named Miss Long Island Teen 2015 at the annual pageant held in Patchogue, in conjunction with the Miss Long Island Pageant. Thirty-two women, between the ages of 14 and 26 years old represented towns from across Long Island to compete for the Miss and Teen 2015 titles.

Cardalena told the Floral Park Dispatch, “It’s really surreal; it took me about 24 hours for it to really sink in that I was Miss Long Island Teen 2015.” This is her third competition. Her cousin originally turned her on to pageant competitions. “I entered on a whim and placed in the Top 10 in a 2013 competition in Westchester,” said Cardalena. She then entered the 2014 pageant on Long Island and placed in the top five and also won Miss Congeniality.


Village Discusses Road Repairs

Written by Gary Simeone, Thursday, 21 August 2014 08:55

Village Trustee Mary Grace-Tomecki updated residents on the road repairs at Beverly Avenue at Tuesday night’s Village Board meeting. The reconstruction of Beverly Avenue which is located between Covert Avenue and Orchid Street began this past week. The contractor for the construction is the Roadwork Ahead Incorporation based out of Westbury.

“Approximately 10 years ago, the greater part of Beverly underwent an overlay. However, at the time, it was deemed that the segment between Covert and Orchid was not a good candidate for an overlay,” said Tomecki. “The crown of this portion of Beverly was much higher than the rest of the street, causing substantial ponding and in turn, drainage issues that could not be resolved by simply applying asphalt to the existing road surface.”


Improvements To The Floral Park Pool

Written by Christy Hinko, Saturday, 16 August 2014 00:00

On Tuesday, Aug. 12, Floral Park Village officials are scheduled to sign the contract with a general contractor, awarding the bid to begin the planned improvements and construction to the Floral Park Recreation Center pool. Construction is scheduled to begin as soon as the pool closes for the season, on Sept. 2. According to village officials, the bulk of the construction will likely be completed before the start of winter, with minor improvements scheduled before the 2015 season reopening in mid-June. Surrounding residents are expected to receive updates and notifications on the work progress, noting any temporary inconveniences during the process.

Here are some of the planned improvements:


Hance Family’s Day Of Remembrance

Written by Christy Hinko, Thursday, 14 August 2014 00:00

On Saturday, July 26, Floral Park and Hance Family Foundation supporters from more than 23 states, including from Michigan, Louisiana, and Arizona, from three countries joined in the remembrance of Emma, Alyson, and Katie Hance in the foundation’s annual Day of Remembrance. Green ribbons and balloons were tied generously around trees, lampposts, railing and garden stakes, celebrating the lives of the sisters, gone too soon.

The foundation’s Facebook page was loaded with photos and prayers and messages from around the globe, from those who participated in some way, remembering the sisters who died in a car accident on July 26, 2009, at ages 8, 7, and 5.


Floral Park AARP Chapter News

Written by Floral Park Dispatch Staff, Saturday, 09 August 2014 00:00

The Floral Park Chapter 5224 of AARP recently held its annual installation luncheon at the Floral Park Recreation Center, ahead of the chapter's regular break for the summer months. Incoming AARP chapter officers were sworn in by Mayor Thomas Tweedy.

Chapter members’ birthday were also celebrated and a sing-a-long was organized and led by Kenny Hendricks. The convocation was given by Floral Park Methodist Church Pastor Sikes.


Floral Park Alum Goes Big

Written by Betsy Abraham, Friday, 08 August 2014 00:00

Vince Scuderi, a graduate of Sewanhaka High School, took over the Metropolitan Room in Manhattan this past Sunday with his group, the Out of the Box Big Band.

“The concert went well, with just the right amount of fulfilled expectations and controlled and chaotic surprise to keep the audience and the musicians on the edge of their seats and always wanting more,” said Scuderi.


Reptiles Galore

Thursday, 07 August 2014 00:00

On Thursday, July 31, Erik’s Reptile Edventures visited Floral Park and neighboring children at Averill Boulevard Park as part of the Town of Hempstead’s Children’s Summer Shows series. The show, in its seventh year, was part of an 10-stop tour throughout the township in July and August.

Visit for more information about the Edventures program.