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theFloralParkDispatch.com Calendar

Andy Cooney

Friday, August 22

Town STOP

Saturday, August 23

Sewanhaka Central Board of Education Meeting

Tuesday, August 26


Wednesday, August 20

Made with Love-Daytime at the library on Wednesday, Aug. 20 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Made with Love are needle crafters who make items for local community members in need as well as working on their own projects to practice their skills. No instructor will be present. All are welcome. The Floral Park Public Library is located at 17 Caroline Place (516-326-6330 / www.floralparklibrary.org). Registration is required for all library programs except where noted.  


Thursday, August 21  

Teen Summer Reading Club Finale Party at the library on Thursday, Aug. 21 at 3:30 p.m. For teens in grades 7-12 who completed the Spark a Reaction Summer Reading Club, quite the party complete with pizza, raffles, prizes and a flight simulator to celebrate.

Gluten Free Cooking at the library on Thursday, Aug. 21 at 7 p.m. Join Barbara Callanan, MS and Joan Schmidt, RN, experts in gluten-free dietary solutions who will be here to discuss gluten free cooking. 1 in 20 Americans have some form of gluten sensitivity. Callanan and Schmidt will instruct you on how to develop delicious and nutritionally sound gluten-free menus and recipes. Registration is online or at the reference desk.

The Floral Park Summer Recreation Awards Ceremony will be held on Thursday, Aug. 21 at 7:30 p.m. at the recreation center.


Friday, August 22

Andy Cooney, the nation’s most beloved Irish American singer and world-touring band return to Floral Park on Friday, August 22 at 7:30 p.m. as part of the Floral Park Summer of Stars 2014 series at Memorial Park at Tulip and Plainfield avenues. Bring your own chair or blanket. All concerts are held rain or shine.


Saturday, August 23

Town of Hempstead STOP, hazardous materials collection will be held on Saturday, 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.


Tuesday, August 26

The Sewanhaka Central High School Board of Education will meet on Tuesday, Aug. 26 at 8 p.m. at Sewanhaka High School.


Wednesday, August 27

The Floral Park Architectural Review Board Meeting will be held on Wednesday, Aug. 27 at 7:30 p.m. at the recreation center.


Monday, September 1

Village offices closed in observance of Labor Day on Monday, Sept. 1.


Tuesday, September 2

Tuesday, Sept. 2 is the first day of school for students at local Floral Park-Bellerose schools, Sewanhaka High School and Floral Park Memorial High School.

The Town of Hempstead will hold its regular board meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 2 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 Senior Citizens’ Picnic will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 2 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the pool.

The Village of Floral Park board of trustees will meet on Tuesday, Sept. 2 in the village court room at 8 p.m.


Wednesday, September 3

The Floral Park Library will hold its board meeting on Sept. 3 at 7:30 p.m. at the library.   

Thursday, September 4

The Floral Park Chamber of Commerce will hold its next luncheon meeting at Jack Duggans with, owner and host Kathleen Duggan on Thursday, Sept. 4 from noon to 2 p.m. Come join to hear the mayor’s message and current goings on from Police Commissioner Steve McCallister. Maximum 50 attendees, so please reserve ahead. Individual price is $18.

The Floral Park West End Civic Association will meet on Sept. 4 at 8 p.m. at the Atlantic Avenue Firehouse.

Saturday, September 6

The Covert Avenue Chamber of Commerce Street Fair will be held on Sept. 6. Details to follow.

The Junior Women’s Club of Bellerose will hold its Village-wide Garage Sale on Saturday, Sept. 6 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Bellerose LIRR. Selling spaces are available for $30 Email Kate Derry at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for information.


Tuesday, September 9

The Town of North Hempstead will hold its regular board meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 9 at 7:30 p.m. at town hall in Manhasset.

News

At the eleventh hour on the eleventh day of the eleventh month, residents and community members joined with the Floral Park American Legion to honor veterans at the annual Veteran’s Day ceremonies at Memorial Park, following a march down Tulip Avenue to the park with the members of the veterans of the Legion post, American Legion Auxiliary members, Sons of the American Legion, Boy and Cub Scouts from Troops 482 and 678 and local officials.

During the ceremony, a plaque was dedicated in memory of General Kazimierz Pulaski and others of Polish heritage who have served in the U.S. military. The plaque dedication was led by members of the Polish American Congress, Long Island Division, President Grzegorz Worma and Honorary President Richard Brzozowski. An invocation was delivered by Father Peter Rozek of St. Hedwig Church, followed by a POW-MIA ceremony by Post 334 Vice Commander Matthew Cacciatore.

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.”


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



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