Thursday, 26 June 2014 00:00
The Floral Park Brick Heads Team #3181, an extracurricular robotics program of the Floral Park Bellerose School District, was honored by Mayor Thomas Tweedy and the Board of Trustees at the village meeting on June 17. The team of 10 students in grades 5 through 8 competed in the FIRST Lego League (FLL) competition.
The 2013-14 season was a remarkable one for the Brick Heads. They competed against 110 teams from throughout Long Island. On March 2, they brought home three trophies from the Long Island FLL Championship Tournament. The team’s awards included Robot Performance, Judges Award and, in collaboration with Carle Place Middle School, the Alliance Award.
The team also took home first place (robot performance) and second place (gracious professionalism) trophies at the Long Island FLL Practice Tournament and first place (robot performance) and second place overall champion at the FLL Long Island Sunday Qualifier. All three tournaments were sponsored by School-Business Partnerships of Long Island, Inc.
The team was selected to represent Long Island at the Canadian First Lego League (FFL) International Open in Toronto, Ontario. The tournament sponsored jointly by FIRST Robotics Canada and the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering, brought together 72 of the top FLL teams, representing 21 countries, from throughout the world.
In Toronto, the team received a second place trophy for Project Research. The award recognizes a team that utilizes diverse resources to formulate an in-depth and comprehensive understanding of the problem they have identified. The students’ robot achieved a score of 501 and placed 14th in the robot game.
FIRST is a non-profit organization, founded by Dean Kamen, Segway inventor, to encourage youth to consider careers in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics). There are over 20,000 FLL teams worldwide in over 70 different countries.
— Submitted by the Floral Park-Bellerose School
Thursday, 21 August 2014 09:42
On Sunday, Aug. 20, Genna Cardalena, 17, of Floral Park, was named Miss Long Island Teen 2015 at the annual pageant held in Patchogue, in conjunction with the Miss Long Island Pageant. Thirty-two women, between the ages of 14 and 26 years old represented towns from across Long Island to compete for the Miss and Teen 2015 titles.
Cardalena told the Floral Park Dispatch, “It’s really surreal; it took me about 24 hours for it to really sink in that I was Miss Long Island Teen 2015.” This is her third competition. Her cousin originally turned her on to pageant competitions. “I entered on a whim and placed in the Top 10 in a 2013 competition in Westchester,” said Cardalena. She then entered the 2014 pageant on Long Island and placed in the top five and also won Miss Congeniality.
Thursday, 21 August 2014 08:55
Village Trustee Mary Grace-Tomecki updated residents on the road repairs at Beverly Avenue at Tuesday night’s Village Board meeting. The reconstruction of Beverly Avenue which is located between Covert Avenue and Orchid Street began this past week. The contractor for the construction is the Roadwork Ahead Incorporation based out of Westbury.
“Approximately 10 years ago, the greater part of Beverly underwent an overlay. However, at the time, it was deemed that the segment between Covert and Orchid was not a good candidate for an overlay,” said Tomecki. “The crown of this portion of Beverly was much higher than the rest of the street, causing substantial ponding and in turn, drainage issues that could not be resolved by simply applying asphalt to the existing road surface.”