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School Briefs: February 20, 2014

Supermarket Fun Night

Sewanhaka High School PTSA presents Supermarket Fun Night on Friday. March 7. Doors open at 6 p.m. Games begin at 7 p.m. in the Sewanhaka High School Student Cafeteria, 500 Tulip Ave. in Floral Park. Admission is $5 and includes two boards, coffee, dessert, and door prizes. Raffles and 50/50 will be available. Call 516-488-9607 for tickets. Proceeds support the Senior Scholarship Fund. No one under 18 will be admitted.

High School Musical

The Floral Park Memorial High School Music Department will present Seussical, The Musical! at the school’s Hayden Auditorium on Thursday, March 27 at 4 p.m., on Friday, March 28 at 7 p.m. and on Saturday, March 29 at 7 p.m. Tickets can be purchased in the school’s music department for $10 (cash or check made to: Floral Park Memorial Music Dept). Admission for the March 27 show at 4 p.m. is free for elementary students and senior citizens. Contact Mrs. Kolb or Mrs. Koch for information at 516-488-9327.

Booster Club Fundraiser

Join the Floral Park Memorial High School Athletic Booster Club for an Evening With Aunt Barbara, (pictured) the nation’s leading seller of Tupperware. The event will take place on Thursday, March 6, at 7:30 p.m. at the American Legion Hall located at 15 Elizabeth St., in Floral Park. Admission is $10 per person which includes the show and light snacks. Bring your own beverages. Checks should be made payable to the FPMHS Athletic Booster Club and sent to Kelly Pipa, 57 Clover Ave., Floral Park, NY 11001 Attn: Booster Club Fundraiser.

Calling All 1974 OLV Alums

Calling all graduates of OLV’s Class of 1974. It’s been 40 years and a reunion is being planned for May 17, 2014. Please contact Tim Coyle at 631-766-5921 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for details and to be added to the message distribution.

Substitute Teachers Immediate Openings

The Floral Park-Bellerose School District has openings for substitute teachers. Email a copy of your New York State Teaching Certificate, resume and a letter of interest to Millie Del Greco at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it   for consideration.

Bus Applications Due

Applications are being accepted now from parents who use Floral Park-Bellerose school buses to transport their children to private school. Deadline for next year’s bus service is April 1, 2014.

Past Yearbooks For Sale

Looking for a great gift to give your Floral Park Memorial High School alum? Yearbooks from previous years are available for immediate sale. The 2013 yearbook is available for $25 each. All earlier years are available for $20 each. The current year’s books can be preordered for $92.33 and will be distributed on June 12. Senior class students receive the 2014 book as part of their prepaid dues package. Contact Jeanne Spadanuta, yearbook advisor, for information by emailing This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or calling 516-488-9332.

News

On Saturday, July 26, Floral Park and Hance Family Foundation supporters from more than 23 states, including from Michigan, Louisiana, and Arizona, from three countries joined in the remembrance of Emma, Alyson, and Katie Hance in the foundation’s annual Day of Remembrance. Green ribbons and balloons were tied generously around trees, lampposts, railing and garden stakes, celebrating the lives of the sisters, gone too soon.

The foundation’s Facebook page was loaded with photos and prayers and messages from around the globe, from those who participated in some way, remembering the sisters who died in a car accident on July 26, 2009, at ages 8, 7, and 5.

Bright blue eyes, a full head of hair, beautiful smile, and full of energy. At 5 years old, Ethan Demmers is possibly at the healthiest he will be in his life. Ethan was recently diagnosed with Duchenne’s muscular dystrophy (DMD). Typically, people with this disease live only into their 20s. Over the next few years, the disease will slowly attack every muscle in Ethan’s body, eventually causing him to permanently be in a wheelchair. Ethan’s parents are not ready to give up their hope for a cure. They are fully committed to helping find a cure for this deadly illness, not just for their own son, but for all others suffering as well.

Ethan’s father, Dustin Demmers, is an English teacher at Floral Park Memorial High School. To the student body, Demmers can be described as funny, happy, wacky, wild, crazy, and unique among other adjectives. Demmers can be found smiling through the halls, making jokes over the loudspeakers, or making his class into the ideal environment for learning.


Calendar

Free Barbeque Dinner For Local Veterans

Thursday, August 14

Hockey Team Concert Benefit

Friday, August 15

Summer Recreation Awards Ceremony

Thursday, August 21



Columns

1959: The Year The Music Stopped Playing
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com

The Eccentric Heiress Of ‘Empty Mansions’
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