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Brave volunteers commended by Floral Park officials

As most families were dimming their lights and tucking in their children in anticipation of a very special visitor on Christmas Eve, a home on Elizabeth Street in Floral Park welcomed its own very important visitor: the Floral Park Fire Department. “Although it was a minor event,” said Trustee Kevin Fitzgerald at the board of trustees meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 2, the department responded in full force.

It was a little past 11 p.m. on Dec. 24, when Fitzgerald noticed flashing lights on Elizabeth Street. He stepped outside to see what was going on and saw three fire department trucks along with many department volunteers’ personal vehicles.

“I was once again amazed at the dedication of these men and women to be on the scene in a matter of minutes, while leaving their families and guests on a night when family traditions are honored,” he said.

To be sure, tragedy does not discriminate against day, date or time. Many residents may recall another house fire that occurred in the early morning hours of Christmas in 2010.

Floral Park firefighters responded to a basement fire on the corner of Violet and Carnation Avenues. Within 10 to 15 minutes, fire engulfed the entire home, which remains boarded up today, according to village officials. Several police and fire officers were taken to the hospital and treated for smoke inhalation. 

Unlike the complete devastation of that fire, the recent incident on Elizabeth Street “was a basement smoke condition from an electrical mishap,” Fitzgerald said. Thankfully, the home remains intact and no injuries were reported.

The Floral Park Fire Department comprises three station locations – headquarters, located at Vernon Street and Floral Boulevard; station 2, located on Holland Avenue north of Jericho Turnpike; and station 3, located at Atlantic Avenue and Pine Street. Under the direction of Chief Vincent Modica, 1st Assistant Chief Lou D’Amore, 2nd Assistant Chief Danny Bennett, 3rd Assistant Chief Brian Naughton and 4th Assistant Chief John Florio, the department operates multiple engines, hook and ladder trucks, and rescue vehicles.

“On behalf of our fellow residents, I would like to send a heartfelt thank you to the members of the department and your families for your continued sacrifices regardless, of time, hour, even the day in the name of the safety and wellbeing of our fellow residents,” Fitzgerald said.

News

Drivers—get ready to slow down. Nassau County is currently in the process of installing school zone speed cameras in an effort to enhance safety by encouraging drivers to travel with caution, as well as support law enforcement efforts to crack down on violators and prevent accidents caused by speeding.

Nassau County officials say Sewanhaka High School will receive a camera on Covert Avenue, which spans the eastern stretch of the property. Tulip Avenue runs in front of the high school and was also considered. Cameras could begin operation in September.

The Village of New Hyde Park finished its Operation Main Street project just in time, because the town’s eligibility for federal funds is shrinking, officials announced last week.

“The qualifications revolve around money,” trustee Donald Barbieri said. “Like how much income is being earned by people in the area. I guess as seniors move on, you can’t buy an [expensive home] and it changed the demographic, shrinking our eligible area.”


Sports

New York Mets pitcher Zack Wheeler and catcher Travis d’Arnaud brightened the day for some patients at Cohen Children’s Medical Center last week in New Hyde Park, posing for pictures and handing out gifts and autographs. The players hung out with the kids in the afternoon, playing video games and answering questions.

They also found the time to make the rounds, stopping by bedsides to spread some cheer. Mr. Met also joined the tour and was a big hit with the children, who peppered him with questions about everything from his four-fingered hand to the whereabouts of the missing Mrs. Met.

The Sewanhaka Indians football team has a season of change in store.

The Indians have moved up from Conference III to Conference II, due to an increase in enrollment, and are set to face teams that they have never seen before, according to head coach George Kasimatis.

“It is hard to gauge where we will be in this conference,” he said. “There is a lot of uncertainty as where we fit in.”


Calendar

Library Board Meeting

Thursday, Aug. 28

Welcome Reception

Wednesday, Sept. 3

Herricks School Meeting

Thursday, Sept. 4



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