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Editorial: The Merging Of Minds… And Communities

To those of you who have been subscribing to Three Village Times, I appreciate your feedback, comments and following of local news in the Elmont, Franklin Square and West Hempstead areas. To the dedicated subscribers to the Floral Park Dispatch, I will push myself to create a fair and balanced approach to news coverage in the area, while keeping a hometown feel that we at Anton Newspapers work so hard to create.

This merger will give surrounding and encompassing areas a chance to see what’s going on just a hop, skip and a jump away from home base. So much goes on in Floral Park that affects Elmont and vice versa while Franklin Square and West Hempstead practically share the same streets. I am sure that you, the reader, will embrace each community as if it were your own, noticing we’re all connected in one way or the other.

—Rich Forestano

It seems like yesterday that I was taking the reins of the Floral Park Dispatch from my predecessor Melissa Arguetta (it was more like the first week of May, but I digress). In the short time that I was covering Floral Park, I was privileged to have a front row seat for the annual madness that is the Belmont Stakes, experienced some of the area’s fine cuisine in the shape of Crabtrees and saw the dedication and passion displayed by employees and students’ parents when it came to making the difficult decisions regarding the school budget. Along the way, I also crossed paths with a number of intriguing citizens ranging from weekly columnist/resident intellectual Phil Gukkkk and the Honorable Mayor Thomas Tweedy to 2012 Memorial Day Parade Marshal Vincent DeMartino and My First School director Jeannine Votruba.

With the recent merger of Three Village Times and the Floral Park Dispatch, the former editor, Rich Forestano, will be the new captain of this ship. An Elmont native, Rich is as intimately familiar with his new territory as the neighborhoods he’s already been covering. Trust me when I tell you that I’m leaving the Dispatch in good hands. And while I may no longer have my name in the masthead, fear not dear reader as I’ve moved over to the Illustrated News and will still be having my byline appear in the Dispatch periodically. In the meantime, I urge you to reach out to Rich with any story ideas, concerns or just to welcome him in his new position.

—Dave Gil de Rubio