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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

Girl Scouts of Nassau County recently recognized Krista Longobardi and Meaghan Smith, both students at Floral Park Memorial High School, for individually earning their Gold Award, the highest and most prestigious award within the Girl Scouts Organization. In order to be eligible for a Gold Award, a Girl Scout must have completed two Girl Scout Senior or Ambassador Journeys or have already received the Silver Award and completed one additional Journey. The Gold Award also requires the completion of 80-hours or more of an individual leadership Take Action project that makes a sustainable and measurable impact on an important issue, or need in the community, and that serves to educate and inspire others in the community.

Longobardi’s Girl Scout Gold Award Take Action Project, Pick Your Pet, teaches children ages 5-12 the benefits of owning a pet. She was able to educate her community on the adoption process, the best pet for your household, and how adoption can save an animal’s life. Longobardi’s love of animals made it easy to spread knowledge on this topic. She improved her communication and public speaking skills as a result of her project since she spoke in front of her community leaders and peers.

Saint Mary’s High School will host the 22nd Annual Don Monti Memorial Golf Classic and Fall Alumni Dinner on Thursday, Sept. 25, at Plandome Country Club. Following the golf outing, a dinner reception will take place where Tom Raleigh, of Floral Park, will be honored with the Timothy J. Coughlin ’76 Memorial Award for Outstanding Contributions to St. Mary’s High School.

Raleigh has deep connections to St. Mary’s High School and the Manhasset community. Four of Raleigh’s five children went to St. Mary’s: Tom, Jr. ’88, Brian, ’91, Katie ’93, Kevin ’95. Raleigh has been a loyal St. Mary’s advocate both as a past parent and former coach.  


Calendar

Town of Hempstead Board Meeting

Tuesday, September 2

Floral Park Senior Citizens’ Picnic

Tuesday, September 2

Village of Floral Park Board of Trustees To Meet

Tuesday, September 2



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