Hempstead Town Supervisor Kate Murray and the town board recently presented 12 awards to outstanding residents at the 18th annual “Make a Difference” Awards Ceremony. The ceremony highlighted local heroes, including those who make a difference in the lives of others on an everyday basis, such as Kathryn Tuffy of Bellerose Village.
For Tuffy, helping children who are at-risk or in-need is not only her career; she has made it her life’s quest. “Kate”, as her friends and family call her, spends her days working with children and their families as a behavior analyst. When she is off the clock, Tuffy takes her passion for helping children above and beyond the call of duty.
Floral Park Fire Chief Lou D’Amore was officially relieved from service at the Floral Park Board of Trustees meeting on Tuesday night. After four years of service as Village Fire Chief, D’Amore gave up his title to incoming chief Dan Bennett, who moves up from the assistant chief position. D’Amore will continue to serve as a member of the department.
On March 29, women were invited to attend the second annual Women’s Symposium, Education to Entertainment: A Morning of Learning, Listening and Laughter, sponsored by the Floral Park Lions Club in collaboration with District 20k2. Through the generosity of the Sewanhaka Central High School District and Floral Park Memorial High School principal Dr. Kathleen Sottile and staff, the school hosted the event for the second year.
Women’s positions and responsibilities are constantly changing and there is an ongoing necessity to provide women with a forum by which to address these and other demands. The symposium concentrated on many current issues in 16 diversified and enlightening workshops.
The Sewanhaka Central High School District School Board adopted the 2014-15 proposed budget last week. The proposed budget total for the 2014-15 school year is $175.3 million, a budget increase of $3.52 million from last year. The tax levy increase is set at 2.1 percent. The budget vote will take place on May 20.
The current projection for state aid in 2014-15 is $29.2 million in the state legislative budget, a slight increase from last year ($27.8 million).
“There was a budget-to-budget state aid increase of 5.2 percent,” District Superintendent Dr. Ralph Ferrie said.
The Floral Park Historical Society will host the unveiling of a historic marker to commemorate the first and only Vanderbilt Cup Race that traversed the Floral Park community, on October 8, 1904. It was one of the six Vanderbilt Cup international auto races held on Long Island between 1904 and 1910 and the first in the United States.
The festivities will be on Saturday, April 26, from noon to 2:30 p.m.; the unveiling ceremony and a short program will be at 12:30 p.m. at the triangle mini-park at the intersection of Emerson Ave. and Jericho Tpke.
Emerson Ave., between Jericho Tpke. and Lowell Ave., will be closed at noon for the event.
Ever since she was a little girl, Floral Park resident, Maria Santangelo has had a way of making animals feel at ease. The 19-year-old college student worked with abused animals as a kid and currently volunteers as a kennel helper at the North Shore Animal League in Port Washington. She also has her own pet care and dog walking business in the village.
“I like making all dogs feel comfortable because every one of them has their own temperament,” said Santangelo who started her business two years ago with the help of her stepmother, Anne Marie. “I don’t push them but let them sniff me first so they get used to me.”
The largest event in the comic industry, Free Comic Book Day, is taking place on Saturday, May 3, at participating comic book specialty shops across the country and worldwide, including right at Floral Park’s own Superhero Comics.
“People can stop by any time,” said Superhero Comics owner Rich Brindisi. “I hope new customers stop by too and become life-long fans of comic books.”
Floral Park has recently been named as a 2013 Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation in honor of its commitment to urban forest management.
Floral Park achieved Tree City USA recognition by meeting the program’s four requirements: a tree board or department, a tree-care ordinance, an annual community forestry budget of at least $2 per capita and an Arbor Day observance and proclamation.“We're very proud; it is a designation that we certainly covet and work hard to maintain,” said Floral Park Village Mayor Tom Tweedy. "This year is unique; we've planted about 125 trees this year already and have more trees in the ground now than before Superstorm Sandy."
It was a great day for a parade on Saturday for the annual St. Baldrick’s Day event which kicked off from Floral Park Village Hall at 1:30 p.m. Parade goers traveled from village hall to Trinity Bar and Restaurant on Jericho Tpke. where they gathered to watch willing participants shave their heads in the fight against childhood cancer. The event is held in memory of Aiden Binkley, an 11-year-old Floral Park boy who passed away in December 2010 from Rhabdomyosarcoma, a rare form of pediatric cancer.
Bringing a little bit of Italy to Floral Park, Salvatore Chiarelli, the operatic tenor will deliver a classic performance of his show, From Italy, Con Amore to patrons at the Floral Park Public Library, at 17 Caroline Pl. on Sunday, April 27 at 3 p.m.
Local residents were serenaded by a classical Italian singer on March 30, at a performance at the Hicksville Public Library by Chiarelli. Chiarelli sang popular, and classical songs in both English and Italian while accompanied by pianist Ishmael Wallace.