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
Friday, 21 November 2014 00:00
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.
Thursday, 20 November 2014 00:00
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.”