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Women’s Club Membership Meeting

Wednesday, April 16

North End Civic Association To Meet

Thursday, April 17

Blood Drive

Friday, April 18


Wednesday, April 16

The Women’s Club membership meeting will be held on April 16 at 12:30 p.m. at the Recreation Center. The program will be “Memories of Clearing Clutter” as presented by Diane Landau. New members welcome. Refreshments will be served. Contact Edna for information at 516-354-8818.


Thursday, April 17

The North End Civic Association will meet on April 17 at 7:30 p.m. at the Reliance Fire House, on Holland Ave. New members welcome. The Sewanhaka School District budget will be discussed.  


Friday, April 18

The Knights of Columbus Council, Nassau County Fire Fighters Operation Wounded Warrior, and the Floral Park Fire Department will hold their Annual Good Friday Keith Fairben Memorial Blood Drive on April 18 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Our Lady of Victory Church’s Memorial Hall, at 2 Bellmore St. Photo ID is required, no appointment is necessary. Donors must be between the ages of 17 and 75, or 16 with parental permission. Operation Wounded Warrior will also be collecting bicycle gloves, T-shirts, and hats. For information call Joe at 516-326-0637.


Monday, April 21

The Floral Park AARP Chapter #5224 monthly meeting will be held on April 21 at 1 p.m. at the Recreation Center. The guest speaker speaker will be Nancy Massaro and Richie Pfeiffer, presenting The Braddock Boys documentary. Light refreshments will be served. New members and guests are welcome. Call Joe at 516-437-8125 for information.


Tuesday, April 22

The Sewanhaka Central High School board of education meeting will be held on April 22 at 8 p.m. at Sewanhaka High School.

The Town of North Hempstead regular board meeting on Tuesday, April 22 at 7:30 p.m. at town hall, at 220 Plandome Rd. in Manhasset.


Wednesday, April 23

Village of Floral Park Architectural Review Board meets on April 23 at 7:30 p.m. at the Recreation Center.

The AHRC Nassau Floral Park Auxiliary will hold the Ida Bono Memorial Luncheon on Wednesday, April 23 at noon at the Garden City Country Club, 206 Stewart Ave. in Garden City. For reservations call Joyce at 516-352-4138.

The Floral Park Women’s Club membership meeting will be held on Wednesday, April 23 at 7:30 p.m. at the Recreation Center off Stewart St. New members are always welcome. Refreshments will be served.


Thursday, April 24

The Hillcrest Civic Association meets on Thursday, April 24 at the Floral Park Recreation Center at 7:30 p.m.


Saturday, April 26

St. Elisabeth’s Church, 6 Harvard St. in Floral Park, will hold a Craft Fair and Flea Market on April 26 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call Russ for information at 516-775-5270.

The Floral Park Historical Society will host the Vanderbilt Cup Race Historic Marker unveiling ceremony on Saturday, April 26 from noon to 2:30 p.m. at Emerson Ave. and Jericho Tpke.


Sunday, April 27

Floral Park Fire Department Open House will be held on April 27 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the commuter parking lot at Carlton Ave. and Floral Blvd. Department members will provide information about membership and explain the duties and rewards that come with being a volunteer firefighter or EMT.

Irish American Society at 297 Willis Ave., in Mineola will hold a night of Irish dinner and dancing on Saturday, April 27 at 5 p.m. The cost is $35 per person, catered by B. Kerins and staff with music by Andy Healy. Reservations are recommended. Call 516-746-9392 for details.


Monday, April 28

The Bellerose Village Board of Trustees will hold their regular meeting and budget hearing on April 28 at 7:30 p.m. at village hall, 50 Superior Rd.


Ongoing Programs

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. 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

At the eleventh hour on the eleventh day of the eleventh month, residents and community members joined with the Floral Park American Legion to honor veterans at the annual Veteran’s Day ceremonies at Memorial Park, following a march down Tulip Avenue to the park with the members of the veterans of the Legion post, American Legion Auxiliary members, Sons of the American Legion, Boy and Cub Scouts from Troops 482 and 678 and local officials.

During the ceremony, a plaque was dedicated in memory of General Kazimierz Pulaski and others of Polish heritage who have served in the U.S. military. The plaque dedication was led by members of the Polish American Congress, Long Island Division, President Grzegorz Worma and Honorary President Richard Brzozowski. An invocation was delivered by Father Peter Rozek of St. Hedwig Church, followed by a POW-MIA ceremony by Post 334 Vice Commander Matthew Cacciatore.

While parking around Long Island Rail Road train stations is typically a challenge, even on a regular work day, the holidays create more of a struggle for commuters in search of parking spots. LIRR spokesman Salvatore Arena said that ridership between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day increases by at least 10 percent; last year it was by 12 percent. Though the MTA is adding more trains to the schedule, that doesn’t ease the parking situation, which is operated not by the LIRR, but by individual municipalities in each town.

“Every station is different,” Arena said. “A good part of our parking is in the hands of the locality. They set the rules essentially.”


Calendar

Chris Deeks Memorial Alumni Game

Friday, November 28

Floral Park AARP Christmas Luncheon

Monday, December 1

Stewart Manor Board of Trustees Meeting

Monday, December 1



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