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theFloralParkDispatch.com Calendar

Village Concert

Friday, July 25

Magic & Comedy

Friday, July 25

Irish Kids-Fleah Music Fundraiser

Saturday, July 26


Wednesday, July 23

The Bellerose Jewish Center at 254-14 Union Tpke. in Floral Park, will be holding its fabulous Summer Rummage Sale on Wednesday, July 23, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is free. Sale items include: household items, clothing, bric-a-brac, and more. For information call 718-343-9001.

The Floral Park Architectural Review Board will meet on Wednesday, July 23 at the Recreation Center at 7:30 p.m.


Friday, July 25

The Village of Floral Park’s Summer of Stars 2014 Big Band Extravaganza will be held on Friday, Just 25 at 7 p.m. at Memorial Park. 25-piece band, playing authentic music of the 40s to contemporary favorites. Bring your own chair.

The Magic & Comedy of Jim McClenahan will perform on Friday, July 25 at 10:30 a.m. at Elmont Road Park in Elmont and again at 1:30 p.m. Rath Park in Franklin Square as part of the Town of Hempstead Children’s Summer Shows series.. All shows are free and open to the public. Tickets are not required. Call 516-292-9000 ext. 7382 for information on all performances. Visit www.toh.liparks-andrecreation/announcements in case of inclement weather.


Saturday, July 26

Irish Kids-Fleah Music Fundraiser will be held on July 26 from 9 to 11:30 p.m. at Swing The Teapot at 6 Verbena Ave. to benefit young musicians try to attend World Fleadh in County Sligo, Ireland, an international Irish and Celtic music festival. Call 516-488-2180 for information.


Tuesday, July 29

On Tuesday, July 29 at 8:45 p.m. the film Million Dollar Baby plays at the Clark Botanic Garden in Albertson as part of the Town of North Hempstead’s free summer film series. The film features Clint Eastwood and Hillary Swank, and it won four academy awards. Visit www.northhempsteadny.gov for details.


Saturday, August 2

The Town of Hempstead’s E-Cycling collection will be held on Saturday, Aug. 2 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Town Parking Field L2 Division Avenue, off Hempstead Tpke. in Levittown.


Upcoming Events

The Town of Hempstead will hold its regular board meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 5 at 10:30 a.m. at the Nathan L.H. Bennett Pavilion, Hempstead Town Hall, 1 Washington St. in Hempstead. Agendas post the town’s website on the Friday before the meeting date. Visit www.toh.li for more information.

The Floral Park Board of Trustees will hold a regular meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 5 at 8 p.m. at village hall, 1 Floral Blvd.

The Floral Park Fire Department will hold its annual picnic on Wednesday, Aug. 6 at the Floral Park Pool in a private event. The pool will close to the public at 4:30 p.m. The pool will be open to fire department members from 6 to 11 p.m.  

Elvis is back as part of the village’s Summer of Stars 2014 series. Tommy J. Walker and The Michael Ventimiglia Band perform all the greatest hits of Elvis at Memorial Park on Friday, Aug. 8 at 7:30 p.m. Bring your own chair.

The library board meeting will be held on Wednesday, Aug. 13 at the Floral Park Public Library at 7:30 p.m.


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.

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. Dialogue and an exchange of ideas can be helpful. Call for date of the next meeting.

The Art Club

Has year round classes all taught by a professional. 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.

News

For as long as she could remember, Christina Amato-Smith has always wanted to open her own hair salon. The Floral Park native worked at a salon down the road from her home, but it wasn’t until 1994 when Amato-Smith made good on her promise to herself.

“I came to Bethpage to open my business because my clients were here,” said Amato-Smith who now lives in Lindenhurst and has owned Top Cuts for 20 years.

While her business has been met with much success, in 2008, Amato-Smith’s personal life was met with a challenge when she was diagnosed with stage three breast cancer. It was this event that prompted Top Cuts to organize a Cut-a-Thon to raise funds and awareness for breast cancer. This year’s event occurs on Saturday, November 1.

County sponsors Narcan training at high school

Long Island communities are waging a war against prescription drug abuse and a rampant heroin epidemic. The county launched a free public training program in 2012 to teach ordinary citizens the signs of an overdose and how to reverse its effects using a drug called Narcan.

Garden City High School hosted one of these training events on Oct. 9 as a packed auditorium of parents and community members gathered to learn the skills needed to potentially save a life. Floral Park will host the event in December.


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
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com

The Eccentric Heiress Of ‘Empty Mansions’
Written by Mike Barry, MFBarry@optonline.net

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