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Belmont Stakes Parade

Saturday, May 31

“A Day At The Races” Fundraiser

Saturday, May 31

Floral Park Lions Club Comedy Fundraiser

Sunday, June 1


Wednesday, May 28

The Architectural Review Board will meet on May 28 at 7:30 p.m. at the recreation center.


Thursday, May 29

Belmont Stakes Carats, Jewels and Little Black Dress Luncheon will be held at the Turf and Field Club at Belmont Park on May 29 at 11:30 a.m. Contact Joann Adams at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for details.


Saturday, May 31

Belmont Stakes Parade on May 31. Assemble at Alva T. Standforth athletic fields at 9:30 a.m. Parade steps off at 10 a.m. and parades west on Hemsptead Tpke. to Belmont Park. Email Parade Chairman Ralph Esposito at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for information.

The Sewanhaka, Elmont, Floral Park Special Education Parent Teacher Association (SEF-SEPTA) will hold “A Day At The Races” fundraiser to benefit SEF-SEPTA and the Andrew Burrows Best Buddy Foundation on Saturday, May 31 at 12:30 p.m. under the festival tent at Belmont Park. Cost is $50 for adults, $25 for children (2-13) and includes park entrance, racing program, barbecue lunch and tap beer. For tickets and raffle donation call Fran at 516-616-7144.


Sunday, June 1

The Floral Park Lions Club is holding a comedy fundraiser on Sunday, June 1 at 7 p.m. Join for a fun-filled night. Price of admission is one for $15 or two for $25. A two-drink minimum purchase is also required. Make checks payable to the “Floral Park Lions Club” and mail it to: John Mansfield, 62 Eweler Ave., Floral Park, NY 11001. Please purchase tickets before May 27. Some tickets will be available for purchase at the door.


Tuesday, June 3

Village of Floral Park Board of Trustees will meet on Tuesday, June 3 at 8 p.m. in the village hall court room.  

The 2014 Floral Park Memorial PTSA Installation Dinner will take place on Tuesday, June 3 at 6 p.m. at The Inn at New Hyde Park. Please join the PTSA as they install the officers of the executive committee for the 2014-15 school year and present PTA honorary life memberships. Dinner includes Tuscan Table, salad, a choice of entree, soda, coffee, tea and dessert. A cash bar will be available. For reservations, return the form found on the FPMHS website, along with a check for $48 per person payable to FPMHS PTSA, to the PTSA mailbox in the main office or contact Valerie Trifon 516-437-3980 or JoAnn Milea 516-328-0894.


Wednesday, June 4

NYRA post position draw for the Running of the Belmont Stakes will be held at Belmont Park on June 4 at 11 a.m.

The Floral Park Memorial PTA meeting will be held on Wednesday, June 4 at the high school at 7:30 p.m.


Thursday, June 5

The West End Civic Association of Floral Park will have its final meeting of the 2013-14 season on Thursday, June 5 at 8 p.m. at the Atlantic Avenue Firehouse (second floor meeting room). The guest speaker will be Assemblyman Edward Ra, who will discuss state issues and impact on the Village of Floral Park. Also present will be Village Trustee Dominick Longobardi. As is the tradition for the last meeting, wine, beer, soft drinks and cheese will be served. President Perry Criscitelli and Vice President Marc Mullen urge all members to attend.

Belmont Stakes Charity Celebration to benefit the Jockey Club Foundation and the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation will be held at Bar Americain in New York City on Thursday, June 5 from 6 to 10 p.m. Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres will be served. Contact the Jockey Club at 212-521-5305.


Friday, June 6

Garden City Belmont Festival will be held on Friday, June 6 from 6 to 10 p.m. on Seventh St. in Garden City.


Saturday, June 7

146th running of the Belmont Stakes will take place on Saturday, June 7 at Belmont Park. Post time for the day’s races will be 11 a.m. The chance for a Triple Crown win is possible with California Chrome having already secured the Derby and Preakness wins.

Floral Park Art League will hold its exhibit to celebrate thoroughbred horse racing at Memorial Park on Saturday, June 7 from 3 to 7 p.m. and again on June 8 from 2 to 6 p.m.

Friends of the Floral Park Library will hold a book sale on Saturday, June 7 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and again on Sunday, June 8 from 1 to 4 p.m. at Centennial Hall.


Sunday, June 8

Floral Park Belmont Festival will be held on June 8 from 2 to 7 p.m. on Tulip Ave.

News

At the intersection of Carnation and Tulip avenues, passersby might have noticed the erected scaffolding attached to Centennial Hall. According to village officials the building, because of its age and its need for some repair and maintenance, is being examined and evaluated. The monumental columns, that support the front of the building, are deteriorating.

The building was sold by the Freemasons organization to the village more than 10 years ago. It presently serves as the Floral Park Historical Society Museum, a community meeting place, and storage. It has been used as a donation collection site for the Nassau County Firefighters Operation Wounded Warrior’s annual event and as the Friends of the Library annual book sale.

The inspection is in progress. The village plans to have more information available as the results are reported.

On Sunday, Aug. 20, Genna Cardalena, 17, of Floral Park, was named Miss Long Island Teen 2015 at the annual pageant held in Patchogue, in conjunction with the Miss Long Island Pageant. Thirty-two women, between the ages of 14 and 26 years old represented towns from across Long Island to compete for the Miss and Teen 2015 titles.

Cardalena told the Floral Park Dispatch, “It’s really surreal; it took me about 24 hours for it to really sink in that I was Miss Long Island Teen 2015.” This is her third competition. Her cousin originally turned her on to pageant competitions. “I entered on a whim and placed in the Top 10 in a 2013 competition in Westchester,” said Cardalena. She then entered the 2014 pageant on Long Island and placed in the top five and also won Miss Congeniality.


Calendar

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Saturday, August 23

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Tuesday, August 26



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