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theFloralParkDispatch.com Calendar

JLCS PTA Meeting

Thursday, May 15

Hance Family Foundation Fun Run

Saturday, May 17

Floral Park-Bellerose School District Election and Budget Vote

Tuesday, May 20


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.

Covert Avenue Chamber of Commerce will meet on Wednesday, May 14 at 6:30 p.m. at SHE Boutique/Sewanhaka Travel at 58 Covert Ave.

Nassau County Police Department Annual Open House will be held from Wednesday, May 14 through Friday, May 16 from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at 1490 Franklin Ave. at 14th St. in Mineola. Exhibits and demonstrations include: the police museum, bomb squad, mounted unit, highway patrol, police academy, canine unit, aviation bureau, detention and more. No appointment necessary. Call 516-573-7135 for information.


Thursday, May 15

North End Civic Association will meet on May 15 at 7:30 p.m. at the Reliance Fire House at 2 Holland Ave.

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 Town of Hempstead’s Rock Hall will host their children’s gardening club on Thursdays from May 15 through Aug. 21 from 4:15 to 5:30 p.m.

Gardening: A Lesson in Life - Learn how to cultivate, seed, plant, and tend a vegetable and herb garden. Membership to the Garden Club is $80 for children ages 5 through 10. Garden club fee includes instruction, plants, and seeds. Pre-payment required. Contact the museum at 516-239-1157 to make reservations and receive an application, and visit www.FriendsofRockHall.org for museum information. Sponsored by the Friends of Rock Hall.


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. Floral Park street closures will be effect from 9 to noon.

Family Fun Day will be held on Saturday, May 17 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Centennial Gardens. Games, food, raffles, face-painting and more. Hosted by the Hance Family Foundation, Floral Park Youth Council, and Floral Park Conservancy Society. Visit www.hancefamilyfoundation.com for details.

The Town of Hempstead Stop Throwing Out Pollutants (STOP) collection day for household waste will be held on Saturday, May 17 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Newbridge Road Park in South Bellmore. For information call 516-378-2200.

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.


Monday, May 19

Bob McMillan will be presenting his video Presidents, Foreign Policy and Fun Vignettes on May 19 at 1 p.m. at the Floral Park Recreation Center. This event is hosted by Floral Park AARP Chapter 5224. The public is invited to attend and coffee and cake will be served after the meeting. Contact Joe Contardi at 516-437-8125, or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for information.

The Bellerose Village Board of Trustees regular meeting will be held on Monday, May 19 at 7:30 p.m. at 50 Superior Rd.


Tuesday, May 20

The Floral Park Village board of trustees will meet on May 20 at 8 p.m. in the village hall court room.

The Floral Park-Bellerose School District election and budget vote will be held on Tuesday, May 20 from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. for registered voters at their respective schools, John Lewis Childs and Floral Park-Bellerose. The ballots contain four items: Floral Park-Bellerose UFSD budget; one trustee for Floral Park-Bellerose UFSD; Sewanhaka Central High School District budget; Sewanhaka Central High School District bond proposition. This year’s candidates for the FPBSD election are Jennell Horan and Elizabeth Rossi.

The Floral Park-Bellerose School PTA will meet on Tuesday, May 20 at 9:15 a.m. at the Floral Park-Bellerose School.


Thursday, May 22

The Hillcrest Civic Association will meet on May 22 at 7:30 p.m. at the recreation center.

Bellerose Village Junior Women’s Club will hold their regular meeting on Thursday, May 22 at 7:30 p.m. at 50 Superior Rd. in Bellerose Village.


Monday, May 26

Memorial Day

Village offices will be closed today in observance of Memorial Day.

Floral Park American Legion Memorial Day parade and ceremony begins at 10 a.m. in front of the post. Ceremony begins at 11 a.m. at Memorial Park.


Tuesday, May 27

Sewanhaka Central High School District Board will meet on Tuesday, May 27 at 8 p.m. at Sewanhaka High School.

News

On Monday, July 7, Vincent J. Calamia, 48, of Floral Park, was arrested on charges related to the production and possession of child pornography. The criminal complaint, filed in the Eastern District of New York, alleges that between approximately 2005 and the date of his arrest, Calamia engaged in sexually explicit conduct with minors and possessed and produced child pornography. The complaint further alleges that approximately 10 videos seized from the defendant’s computer depict the defendant engaging in sexual contact with boys who appear to be as young as between 15 and 17 years old.

Village Board Trustee Mary-Grace Tomecki spoke on behalf of the Noise Abatement Committee at Tuesday night’s Village Board meeting regarding the proposed helicopter track route put forth by State Senator, Charles Schumer. Changes to the route would affect noise levels in the village and to other communities along the LIRR line.

The North Shore Route is a route currently used by helicopters exiting New York City heliports to locations on the east end of Long Island.

“The current route takes helicopters over the Long Island Sound at an altitude of 2,000 feet and is designed to minimize noise on the residential communities below,” said Tomecki. “A helicopter must arrive at its destination which in the case of the North Shore Route, means it must transition from water to land.”


Calendar

Village Concert

Friday, July 25

Magic & Comedy

Friday, July 25

Irish Kids-Fleah Music Fundraiser

Saturday, July 26



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