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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

Community gathers together

for 16th annual Liz’s Day

When a young woman named Elizabeth McFarland died of breast cancer, a group of women gathered together for a small meeting and Liz’s Day was born.

On Sept. 27, the 16th annual Liz’s Day took place at the Floral Park Recreation Center. The event featured a used book sale, a Chinese style auction raffle, foods, drinks and music. All of the money raised from the event went to breast cancer research.

A Village of Stewart Manor Board of Trustees meeting turned into a lesson in the values of community engagement on Oct. 6. The regularly scheduled village meeting was attended by a group of Boy Scouts working toward a merit badge who witnessed new laws enacted and speeches from Fire Chief Tom Skinner and members of the Elmont School District Board of Education.  

Members of Troop 134 attended the meeting to gain an Eagle Scout-required merit badge for Citizenship within the Community. They were required to go to a town hall-style meeting and witness a little democracy in action.


Calendar

Next Generation of Spirit Communication

Friday, October 24

FPMHS Athletic Booster Club Fundraiser

Sunday, October 26

Harvest Fair

Saturday, November 1



Columns

1959: The Year The Music Stopped Playing
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The Eccentric Heiress Of ‘Empty Mansions’
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