The Floral Park Fire Department has maintained a stalwart presence in the community for more than a century. It boasts three station locations—Vernon Street and Floral Boulevard (headquarters), Holland Avenue north of Jericho Turnpike, and Atlantic Avenue and Pine Street—which are home to five companies: Rescue Co. #1, Hook & Ladder Co. #2, Alert Engine Co. #1, Reliance Engine Co. #2 and Active Engine Co. #3. All told, the department comprises more than 100 volunteers.
While that is an impressive number, it is down from a decade ago.
In 2012, Howard Kroplick was named town historian for the Town of North Hempstead. Now, two years later, he has published a pictorial history of the town, including several historical accounts of Floral Park, simply titled North Hempstead, a volume brought out by Arcadia Publishing as part of its extensive Images of America series.
“As town historian, it was the logical thing to write such a book,” Kroplick said. “This is the first published book on the town.” The volume, he added, is “long overdue” and also a publication that coincides with the 400th anniversary of the town’s discovery by the Dutch explorer, Adriaen Block.
On Tuesday, March 18, Floral Park will hold village elections from noon to 9 p.m. at the Floral Park Recreation Center. Village trustee and member of the Floral Park Citizens’ Party James E. Rhatigan is seeking re-election. The following was submitted by the Citizens’ Party:
James E. Rhatigan is seeking re-election to a two-year term as Floral Park trustee, running on the Citizen’s Party ticket. He currently serves as Floral Park trustee, representing the south side section of the village.
One fortunate New Hyde Park resident was rescued from the freezing cold on Tuesday, Feb. 25 thanks to Dr. Julia Harmon, DVM of the New Hyde Park Animal Hospital and Cathy Grasman, owner of Jo-Mar Grooming and Boarding in Floral Park. That night, at approximately 8 p.m., Harmon was going to her car after work when she saw Spike, a wandering bulldog near Brooklyn Ave., one block from the vet’s office on Jericho Tpke.
Harmon immediately brought Spike, who was not wearing a collar and did not have a microchip implanted for identification, back to the vet’s office. The temperature outside was already at 31 degrees, but felt like 20 degrees with the windchill. Luckily Spike was brought in from the cold early; temperatures dropped down to 25 degrees that night.
The Our Lady of Victory (OLV) 1987 alumna Pamela “Champagne Pam” Lewis is a singer, songwriter, and performer, with a sultry, silky cabaret style. Her passion for performing and music traces back to her earliest memories. In 2010, Lewis began writing and performing her own cabaret shows in Manhattan. “That endeavor has led me to win the “Best Female Singer” award from Broadway World for her current show, Daddy’s Little Girl.
Lewis offers an entertaining inventory of song and story as she checks off the list of a life well lived and loved. Bubbling with a spectrum of sound from contemporary music to jazz, this show is intended to pop with music lovers everywhere and of course, the cabaret devotee.
Pastry chef Ben Borgognone remembers his first cake “as if it was yesterday.” He was 12 years old and had already put in four years at his father’s shop, Alba Bakery in Brooklyn, washing pots and doing whatever else dad asked him to do. It was the end of the day and Borgognone was alone in the shop when a customer came in wanting a specially decorated cake. He set about filling the cake with cannoli cream, icing and decorating it, and even making the roses.
Since then it’s been the bakery business for this energetic and personable pastry chef. He received a degree in hotel and restaurant management from NYIT and worked as an assistant pastry chef at the Plaza Hotel.
Floral Park and members of the Nassau County Firefighters Operation Wounded Warrior (NCFF-OWW) organization recently hosted six wounded warriors from Camp Lejeune who were in town for the Superbowl festivities in New York and New Jersey. Members of the organization had previously visited the soldiers in December 2013 during an NCFF-OWW caravan visit to the Marine Corps base in North Carolina. NCFF-OWW annually delivers donated items from Long Island to several groups of wounded soldiers along the East Coast.
On Tuesday, March 18, Floral Park will hold village elections from noon to 9 p.m. at the Floral Park Recreation Center. Village trustee and member of the Floral Park Citizens’ Party Kevin Fitzgerald is seeking re-election. The following was submitted by the Citizens’ Party:
Kevin M. Fitzgerald was born and raised in Brooklyn where he attended Xaverian High School. He then went on to Pace University where he graduated in 1989 with a B.B.A in Operations Management. During his summers in high school, Fitzgerald was a volunteer counselor at Catholic Charities Operation F.U.N., a daily summer camp in Brooklyn providing recreational activities for persons with developmental disabilities.
Over the past year, the Friends of the Floral Park Public Library have had some major accomplishments, including their annual book sale, new furnishings, program sponsorship and sustaining the museum pass offerings.
“Being a member of the Friends is a satisfying way to play a vital role in supporting our Library, which is an often overlooked resource of the community,” said The Friends of the Floral Park Public Library President Terry Meegan.
Through the dedication and hard work by its volunteers, the Friends of the Library have raised more than $5,600 to support library programs and make purchases for the library. The 2014 Book Sale will take place on June 7, 8, and 9, at Centennial Hall.
You can’t judge a book by its cover, or a romance novel by its author’s name and photo. The original comedy By Any Other Name by Claudia Wilson was presented on Jan. 30 through Feb. 7 at the United Methodist Church in Floral Park and what a success.
The charming comedy written by Wilson, who lives in Floral Park and is a longstanding member of Theatre Box, centered on Otto Putzhammer, a budding romance novelist whose stories are constantly rejected by publishing companies because of two strikes against him—his less than romantic sounding name and his less than attractive appearance.