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Floral Park Chamber of Commerce’s Spring Luncheon

Thursday, May 1

West End Civic Association Meeting

Thursday, May 1

Mother's Day Plant Sale

Friday, May 2


Thursday, May 1

The Floral Park Chamber of Commerce’s Spring Luncheon Meeting will be held on May 1 from noon to 2 p.m. at Park Place. Price: $18. Visit www.floralparkchamber.org for information.

West End Civic Association meeting will be held on Thursday, May 1 at 8 p.m. at the Atlantic Avenue Fire House.

The next meeting of the West End Civic Association will be on Thursday, May 1 at 8 p.m. at the Atlantic Avenue Firehouse, second floor. Representatives from the Sewanhaka Central High School and Floral Park-Bellerose school districts will present the budget which will be presented for a vote in May. All members are urged to attend.


Friday, May 2

Mother's Day plant sales: A smorgasbord of colorful floral gift possibilities, just time for Mother’s Day: annuals, perennials, herbs, shrubs, hanging baskets, vegetables. This springtime bazaar — the 45th annual for Clark Botanic Gardens — features more than plants, including an art show, “attic treasures,” the garden gift shop, a tea room with sandwiches, home-made cakes when you get peckish, and gardening supplies such as Bioferm, “Black Gold” for your garden. At Clark Botanic Garden on Friday, May 2 and Saturday, May 3 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free admission – rain or shine. www.clarkbotanic.org/events.html

Spring Plant Sale/Gardening Weekend on Friday, May 2 through Sunday, May 4. Purchase select annuals and perennials, including Old Westbury Gardens’ signature varieties. Not sure what plants are right for your landscape? Knowledgeable horticulturalists from the gardens, various plant societies and Cornell Cooperative Extension of Nassau County will be on hand to help you select the right plants and answer your questions. On Saturday at noon, kids can get involved, Gardeners get their hands dirty at crafting garden “cookies” out of clay, compost, and seeds. Commonly called seed balls, these gems are a great way to get kids to delight in the fun of propagation and planting in your own backyard. At Old Westbury Gardens. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Soil testing 10a.m. to 3p.m. Bring ½ cup of dry soil and have it tested by Master Gardeners from CCENassau. For info visit: oldwestburygardens.org/05_calendar.htm  


Saturday, May 3

Irish American Society at 297 Willis Ave., in Mineola will host #KeenanStrongBenefit to benefit

Billy Keenan featuring performances by the Cunningham Brothers, Jameson’s Revenge, Girsa and the Narrowbacks. The benefit will be held from 7 to 11 p.m. Visit www.keenanstrong.org or call 516-746-9392 for information.


Monday, May 5

Covert Avenue Chamber of Commerce General Meeting will be held on May 5 at 6:30 p.m. at Park Place. Agenda will cover the 1st Annual Spring Sidewalk Event and an update about the Floral Park Chamber’s upcoming events. 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.

Historical Society Meeting will be held on Monday, May 5 at 7 p.m. at Centennial Hall.

The Floral Park Lions Club “Swing Into Spring” 14th Annual Mickey Finn Golf Tournament will be held on Monday, May 5 at North Shore Towers Country Club. Breakfast will be at 10:30 a.m. The shotgun start is at noon. Cocktails and dinner at Crabtree’s Restaurant at 6 p.m. Sponsorships still available. For tickets or sponsorship information call Bart at 516-354-8917 or Jim at 516-502-5696.


Tuesday, May 6

Board of Trustees meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 6 at 8 p.m. in the village hall court room.


Upcoming Events

JLCS PTA meeting on Thursday, May 15 at 7 p.m. in the school auditorium. Meet other parents and find out what’s going on at school. Officer Groshans and School Superintendent Opiekun will be the guest speakers. Sign up for chair and co-chair positions for the many committees that help organize programs that support the school and students. Babysitting will be available.

The Hance Family Foundation

Fun Run will be held on Saturday, May 17 at Centennial Gardens from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Visit www.hancefamilyfoundation.org for more information.


Ongoing Programs

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.

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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