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theFloralParkDispatch.com Calendar

Annual Spring Fair and Plant Sale

Saturday, May 10

HAPPY MOTHERS' DAY

Sunday, May 11

Bellerose Village Women’s Club

Tuesday, May 13


Wednesday, May 7

Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church at 57 Spooner Street in Floral Park honors Nurses’ Week on May 7 at 8 p.m. Come for an evening gathering in support of nurse’s spiritual work. Make acquaintance, reflect on a healing story, and enter a circle of blessing. All are welcome. Visit www.christlutheranfloralpark.org or call 516-775-9669 for information.

FISH of Floral Park Board of Directors monthly meeting will be held on Wednesday, May 7 at 3:30 p.m. at Floral Park United Methodist Church, 35 Verbena Ave. Use the Violet Ave. entrance. All drivers and volunteers are welcome to attend. The meeting is open to the public.


Saturday, May 10

The Floral Park United Methodist Church will hold its annual spring fair and plant sale on May 10 from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 35 Verbena Ave. Annuals, vegetables, hanging plants, stage deli, craft vendors, and thrift shop will be available. Raffle tickets for a handmade quilt are available.

Children are invited to join a hands-on session in Mothers' Day Floral Design from 12 p.m.-1 p.m. at Old Westbury Gardens. Work alongside our on-site floral designer to help create an arrangement that Mom, Grandma, or any special lady will be happy to display. Using fresh flowers and modern design techniques, children will enjoy this hands-on program to create a one of a kind gift straight from the heart. For ages 6–10. Registration required. Class size is limited so register early. $10.00, $7.00 members (includes materials).  Please call 516-333-0048 xt. 301 or register online at  www.oldwestburygardens.org/reg_floral_design_051014.htm.


Sunday, May 11

HAPPY MOTHERS' DAY


Tuesday, May 13

Bellerose Village Women’s Club will hold their regular meeting on Tuesday, May 13 at 1 p.m. at village hall, 50 Superior Rd. in Bellerose Village.

The Nassau County Homemakers membership meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 13 at 7 p.m. at Stewart Manor Village Hall, 120 Covert Ave., serving the Floral Park, Stewart Manor, West Hempstead, Garden City, and Franklin Square communities. New members welcome. Call Gina at 516-437-9679 for more information.

The Floral Park Memorial High School PTSA will hold their membership meeting on Tuesday, May 13 at 7:30 p.m. at the high school library, 210 Locust Ave. All members are invited to attend. Refreshments will be served.


Wednesday, May 14  

Library board meeting will be held on Wednesday, May 14 at 7:30 p.m. at the Floral Park Public Library.

Floral Park Zoning Board of Appeals regular meeting will be held on Wednesday, May 14 at 8 p.m. at village hall, 1 Floral Blvd.


Thursday, May 15

North End Civic Association will meet on May 15 at 7:30 p.m. at the Reliance Fire House on Holland Ave. Discussion will be held about the Sewanhaka School District budget. New members welcome.

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.


Saturday, May 17

Hance Family Foundation Fun Run will be held on Saturday, May 17 at Centennial Gardens. Visit www.hancefamilyfoundation.com for registration and details. First race begins at 9 a.m.

Family Fun Day begins immediately after the races, with live entertainment, bouncing castles, food, games, raffles, face-painting and more. Proceeds benefit the Hance Family Foundation which supports children. Floral Park street closures will be in effect from 9 a.m. to noon.

South Floral Park will host the annual Armed Forces Day Ceremony on Saturday, May 17 at 11 a.m. at 383 Roquette Ave. All active military, veterans and residents are welcome to attend.

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

Floral Park Memorial PTSA Fall Fest Fundraiser

Friday, November 21

Buy A Meal, Wag A Tail

Saturday, November 22

Hanging of the Greens and Potluck Luncheon

Sunday, November 23



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