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Covert Avenue Chamber of Commerce Street Fair

Saturday, September 6

9/11 Memorial Service

Thursday, September 11

Floral Park Memorial High School PTSA Meeting

Tuesday, September 9


Wednesday, September 3

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

The United Methodist Church Thrift Shop will reopen, beginning today. Wednesdays and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.


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. Cost is $18 per person.

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 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. between Tulip and Cisney avenues.

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 $35. Email Kate Derry at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for information. Rain date is Sept. 7.


Tuesday, September 9

The Floral Park Memorial High School PTSA will have their first meeting of the school year on Tuesday, Sept. 9, at 7:30 p.m. in the school library, 210 Locust St. There will be a membership table for anyone who wishes to join the PTSA. All are welcome.

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.

The Bellerose Village Women’s Club will meet on Tuesday, Sept. 9 at 1 p.m. at the village hall, 50 Superior Rd.

Primary elections will be held from  6 a.m. to 9 p.m.


Wednesday, September 10

The FISH of Floral Park will hold its regular board meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 10 at 3:30 p.m. at the United Methodist Church (use the Violet Ave. entrance). All drivers and telephoners are invited to attend. The meeting is open to the public.

The Floral Park Zoning Board of Appeals will meet on Wednesday, Sept. 10 at 8 p.m. in the village courtroom.

Liz's Day organizational meeting at 7 p.m. on Sept. 10 at the recreation center.

The Irish Cultural Society will meet on Wednesday, Sept. 10 at 7:30 p.m. at the Garden City Library, 60 Seventh St. The meeting is free and open to the public. The topic will be the Irish in baseball, with guest speaker Richard Pioreck, adjunct associate professor of English at Hofstra University. Call John Walsh at 516-488-1353 for information.


Thursday, September 11

Patriot Day and local 9/11 observances

9/11 Memorial Service

The Village of Floral Park will be remembering the lives that were lost on September 11, 2001 with a memorial service at 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 11 at the 9/11 Relic Memorial in front of village hall. (Photo by Christy Hinko)


Friday, September 12

The Floral Park Memorial High School Class of 1964 will be holding its 50th reunion on the weekend of September 12-14. If you would like to receive an invitation, or for more information, contact Ginny Bohner at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 636-795-6786.


Saturday, September 13

Bellerose Village Day, the bi-annual picnic and one-mile run, will be held on Saturday, Sept. 13, beginning at 9 a.m. at village hall, 50 Superior Rd. Call 516-354-1000 for more information.


Sunday, September 14

The Queens County Farm will host their 34th Annual Antique Motorcycle Show on Sunday, Sept. 14 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Come see a display of motorcycles of various makes and models that have been out of production for more than 10 years. Trophies will be awarded for various categories. Music, historic tours, hayrides, and food will provide fun for the entire family. Free for members, $5 admission for all ages.


Upcoming Events

The Floral Park Historical Society will hold a membership meeting on Monday, Sept. 15 at 7:30 p.m. at Floral Park Centennial Hall (Tulip and Carnation avenues). The public and new members are welcome to attend. Visit www.floralparkhistorial.org for more information.

The Floral Park Chapter 5224 of AARP will hold its regular meeting on Monday, Sept. 15 at 1 p.m. at the Floral Park Recreation Center. This month’s featured speaker will be Senator Jack Martins, discussing “What it’s like to be Senator Martins, the personal side of being a senator”. The meeting is open to the public. Call President Marge Vance at 516-354-4296.  

The Town of Hempstead will hold its regular board meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 16 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 meet on Tuesday, Sept. 16 at 8 p.m. in the village court room.

The Hance Family Foundation’s Inaugural Beautiful Me Gala will be held on Thursday, Sept. 18 at 7 p.m. at the Cradle of Aviation Museum in Garden City. Visit www.hancefamilyfoundation.org and check out the events page for details.

The South Floral Park Civic Association regular meeting will be held on Thursday, Sept. 18 at 8 p.m. at 383 Roquette Ave.

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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