Written by Colleen Maidhof, email@example.com Thursday, 20 February 2014 11:32
Floral Park Memorial Junior Senior High School student, Eric Afflerbach, 13, competed Sunday, Feb. 10 at the Third Annual Hofstra Long Island Regional Scripps Spelling Bee. Like many other students, he was nervous before the spelling began, but he braved the stage for a few rounds.
He spelled words including “vigilante” and “subterfuge”, and competing until he was among the last 30 spellers. Even though he was knocked out of the competition by difficult words, he still enjoyed competing.“I am very happy to have this opportunity. It’s very exciting. I’ve enjoyed spelling since first grade,” he explained.
The intense day began at 9 a.m. with a written exam. After, the students marched onto the stage, and they patiently waited to be called to the microphone to spell a word at random from the Merriam-Webster dictionary.
Every student wanted the chance to compete in the nationals. The national winner last year received an array of prizes including a $30,000 cash prize, a trophy and more.
Wednesday, 12 March 2014 00:00
The Floral Park Fire Department has maintained a stalwart presence in the community for more than a century. It boasts three station locations—Vernon Street and Floral Boulevard (headquarters), Holland Avenue north of Jericho Turnpike, and Atlantic Avenue and Pine Street—which are home to five companies: Rescue Co. #1, Hook & Ladder Co. #2, Alert Engine Co. #1, Reliance Engine Co. #2 and Active Engine Co. #3. All told, the department comprises more than 100 volunteers.
While that is an impressive number, it is down from a decade ago.
Friday, 07 March 2014 00:00
In 2012, Howard Kroplick was named town historian for the Town of North Hempstead. Now, two years later, he has published a pictorial history of the town, including several historical accounts of Floral Park, simply titled North Hempstead, a volume brought out by Arcadia Publishing as part of its extensive Images of America series.
“As town historian, it was the logical thing to write such a book,” Kroplick said. “This is the first published book on the town.” The volume, he added, is “long overdue” and also a publication that coincides with the 400th anniversary of the town’s discovery by the Dutch explorer, Adriaen Block.