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Floral Park North End Civic Association To Meet

Thursday, February 20

Floral Park-Bellerose Rotary Club

Tuesday, February 25

Floral Park Architectural Review Board To Meet

Wednesday, February 26


Wednesday, February 19

Nominations for the Town of North Hempstead’s 2014 Women’s Roll of Honor are being accepted through Feb. 19. For more call Stephanie Sajous at North Hempstead’s 311 Call Center. Or visit www.northhempsteadny.gov/Roll-of-Honor for nomination forms.


Thursday, February 20

The Floral Park North End Civic Association will hold their meeting on Feb. 20 at 8 p.m. at the Reliance Fire House.


Tuesday, February 25

The Sewanhaka Central High School District will hold its Board of Education meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 25 at 8 p.m. at Sewanhaka High School.

Floral Park-Bellerose Rotary Club will meet on Tuesday, Feb. 25 at 5 p.m. at Trinity Restaurant. Visit www.rotaryfpb.com for details.


Wednesday, February 26

The Floral Park Architectural Review Board will meet on Feb. 26 at 7:30 p.m. at the Recreation Center.


Thursday, February 27

The Hillcrest Civic Association will meet on Feb. 27 at the Recreation Center at 7:30 p.m.


Friday, February 28

The Floral Park-Bellerose School will hold Spirit Day on Friday, Feb. 28.


Saturday, March 1

Citizens’ Party will hold their family brunch on March 1 at 9 a.m. at Crabtree’s at 226 Jericho Tpke. For information visit www.FPCitizensParty.com or call 516-381-9101.


Tuesday, March 4

Covert Avenue Chamber of Commerce General Meeting will be held on March 4 at Park Place Restaurant. Details will be announced. Email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call Cathy Grasman at 516-488-2705 for information.


Wednesday, March 5

SEF SEPTA will hold their next meeting on March 5 at Sewanhaka High School, 2nd floor in the library at 7:30 p.m. Topic will be: Common Core Curriculum and Special Education. Email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for details.


Thursday, March 6

The Floral Park Chamber of Commerce will hold a breakfast meeting at Swing The Teapot, 6 Verbena Ave. on March 6 from 8 to 10 a.m. Individual price: $18. Visit www.floralparkchamber.org for more information.


Ongoing Programs

Senior Programs

The following programs regularly serve all residents of Nassau County. Call the NC Dept. of Senior Citizen Affairs 516-571-4330:

• Employment Referrals for Seniors. The NC Dept. of Senior Citizen Affairs is a resource to employers seeking qualified workers and to mature job seekers, 55+, who want assistance with employment and résumé preparation. Services are free of charge.

• The Foster Grandparents Program is recruiting senior volunteers to share their time and love with children in Nassau County. Volunteers receive a non-reportable stipend, transportation reimbursement, paid holidays, sick days and vacation days.

• If you are 55+, make your spare time count. Join the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program, a national organization, and share your talents and skills at one of the many diversified placements.

FISH Of Floral Park

Provides free transportation to and from medical appointments for senior citizens who are residents of the Floral Park/Bellerose area and cannot afford cab fare or who have no other means of transportation. Should you or a loved one need transportation to a medical appointment, contact FISH at 516-835-9522 or telephone coordinator Fran Hornberger at 516-775-0740.

Floral Park United Methodist Thrift Shop

The United Methodist Church Thrift Shop, at 35 Verbena Ave., features jewelry, clothing, housewares, bric-a-brac, dishes, linens, collectibles, some furniture, small appliances and antiques. Open every Wednesday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Donations gratefully accepted. Call 516-354-4969.

At The Bellerose Jewish Center

Located at 254-04 Union Tpke., Floral Park. Call 718-343-9001: Free Jewish education for kindergarten and Sunday School children. A thorough religious curriculum with experienced teachers for third grade to their Bar/Bat Mitzvah is also provided. The Renaissance Group. A nonsectarian group of men and women who have lost a dear one. Dialogue and an exchange of ideas can be helpful. Call for date of the next meeting.

The Art Club

Has year round classes all taught by a professional. Classes for the littlest artist to the more serious, adult classes too. Call for more information at 516-742-7662 or go onto the web at thegardenartstudio.com.

News

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.


Calendar

Women’s Club Membership Meeting

Wednesday, April 16

North End Civic Association To Meet

Thursday, April 17

Blood Drive

Friday, April 18



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