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North End Civic Association Meeting

Thursday, June 19

Floral Park Memorial High School Parents Athletic Booster Club

Monday, June 23

Sewanhaka High School Board of Education

Tuesday, June 24


Thursday, June 19

The North End Civic Association will meet on Thursday, June 19 at 7:30 p.m. at the Reliance Fire House, on Holland Ave. New members welcome.


Monday, June 23

The Floral Park Memorial High School Parents Athletic Booster Club announces its fifth annual golf outing to take place on Monday, June 23 at the North Shore Towers Country Club. This event is a fundraiser for the school’s athletic programs. Additional committee members are welcome. To register your four-some, contact Mike Jakob at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 971-912-3074. For sponsorship opportunities, contact Tom Engel at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 516-354-6058.


Tuesday, June 24

Sewanhaka High School Board of Education will hold its public meeting on Tuesday, June 24 at 8 p.m.


Wednesday, June 25

The Architectural Review Board will meet on Wednesday, June 25 at the Recreation Center at 7:30 p.m.


Saturday, June 28

Jimmy Klein, a retired NYPD sergeant and resident of Floral Park, was struck by an auto on Jan. 7 while walking home from the train station. He sustained life-threatening injuries but continues to recover. A fundraiser will be held on June 28 from 7 p.m. to midnight at St. Hedwig’s Parish to help offset his medical expenses. Admission is $50 and includes food, soda, beer and music. Raffles, T-shirts, and prizes will be available. Contact Rich Klein at 917-753-5052, Charlie Weber at 917-797-3779, or Steve McAllister at 347-538-0838 for tickets.

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy brings their swingin’ big band era sound to the beach at Point Lookout for the Town of Hempstead’s Annual Independence Celebration on Saturday, June 28 at 7:30 p.m. Along with the free concert, the evening includes a fireworks display and a patriotic tribute to military veterans. Town Park Point Lookout is at 1300 Lido Blvd. in Point Lookout at the foot of the Loop Pkwy. The park phone number is 516-431-3900. There is a rain date of Sunday, June 29. For more information about the beach show and the entire schedule of summer concerts, call the Town of Hempstead Department of Parks and Recreation at 516-292-9000, ext. 7382, or visit the town’s website at www.toh.li

Floral Park Memorial High School graduation will be held on Saturday, June 28.


Upcoming Events

Sunday, July 13

Town of Hempstead STOP collection date on July 13 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Division Avenue Parking Field L2 in Levittown. Visit www.toh.li or call 516-378-4210 for more information.

St. Hedwig’s Church Dinner-Dance will be held on Sunday, July 13 at 12:30 p.m. at the parish hall on Jericho Tpke. at Willis Ave. in Floral Park. Reserve seating before June 20. Cost is $50 per person and includes food, wine, beer, soda, coffee and dessert. Music by Nino Gegliemi. Call 516-354-4616 or 516-354-0042 for tickets and information.


Saturday, August 23

Town of Hempstead STOP collection date on Aug. 23 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 450 Milburn Ave. in Hempstead. Visit www.toh.li or call 516-378-4210 for details.


Ongoing Programs

FISH Of Floral Park

Provides free transportation to and from medical appointments for senior citizens who are residents of the Floral Park/Bellerose area and cannot afford cab fare or who have no other means of transportation. Should you or a loved one need transportation to a medical appointment, contact FISH at 516-835-9522 or telephone coordinator Fran Hornberger at 516-775-0740 for details.

Floral Park 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.

At The Bellerose Jewish Center

Located at 254-04 Union Tpke., Floral Park. Call 718-343-9001: Free Jewish education for kindergarten and Sunday School children. A thorough religious curriculum with experienced teachers for third grade to their Bar/Bat Mitzvah is also provided. The Renaissance Group: a nonsectarian group of men and women who have lost a dear one. Call for date of the next meeting.

The Art Club

Has year-round classes all taught by professionals. Classes for the littlest artist to the more serious, adult classes, too. Call for more information at 516-742-7662 or go onto the web at thegardenartstudio.com

Safe Boating Courses

Safe Boating Courses, free vessel safety checks and more from America’s Boating Club, the United States Power Squadrons. Visit WeBoatSafe.org or call 800-341-8777 for information.

Medicare Help For Seniors

Are you a senior who would like help paying for Medicare benefits and prescription drugs? Free assistance is only a phone call away if you qualify because of limited income. There may be a way to alleviate some of the cost of Medicare — deductibles and coinsurance, Part B premiums, prescription drug plans (Part D). Reducing monthly premiums, annual deductibles and co-payments, aiding with coverage gaps. To learn more call an LIS/HHS (Low Income Subsidy from U.S. Dept. of HHS) counselor from Family & Children’s, a community of caring. 516-485-3425, ext. 222.

News

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.”

Hundreds of civic, business, community and elected officials gathered in Baldwin at the Coral House to support the annual kick-off of the Long Island Toys for Tots Drive on Monday, Oct. 27. The toy drive is the nation’s largest gift program for children during the holidays. Marine Corps Major Chuck Kilbride gave special recognition to the many people who make Toys For Tots possible locally, including U.S. Postal Service workers, marines, legislators, and the police and fire departments, who work tirelessly to collect toys each year.

The hundreds of guests were treated to special performances by the F.R.E.E. Players Jazz Ensemble and the American Bombshells trio.


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



Columns

1959: The Year The Music Stopped Playing
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