Our hopes for a full-fledged supermarket on the old Schenck property have been stopped by the declaration of bankruptcy by Grand Union. In the past three months, the developer has made efforts to secure another supermarket with little success and now plans to find alternative uses for the property.
To the board of trustees, this result is unfortunate primarily for the many seniors who needed a nearby supermarket to take care of their needs. To the developer, who invested over $100,000 in developing the plans, you can pretty much imagine how they feel. They worked closely with the village and responded every time in a most appropriate manner.
The board will continue to keep you in the loop as new plans are developed in the coming months.
This coming Tuesday, March 20, is the village election day. Trustee Ann Corbett is the Citizen's Party candidate for mayor with Trustee Kevin Greene and Gerry Bambrick as the trustee candidates. The candidates are unopposed this year but your support would be appreciated.
Ann will succeed me as mayor and the Annual Reorganization Night where the new mayor and trustees will take the oath of office will be held on April 2 at 8 p.m.
You can call Village Hall at 326-6300 if unsure where to vote.
This time of year you hear the coaches comment that they just want to get to 'the dance' meaning the basketball tournament. Under the leadership of Nick Simone, the Floral Park Memorial Knights have been to the dance frequently in the past few years. This year, the team made it all the way to the championship game which brought out plenty of family, friends and classmates. While the Knights came up short against a hot-shooting Jericho team, they had a terrific season after losing their first six games against top quality teams, winning 13 of 15 games down the stretch.
Congratulations to Coach Simone and the varsity basketball team for a great effort and successful season.
During the last snowstorm, the Police Department issued over 150 tickets to cars parked overnight. The only way our DPW crews can effectively clean the 37 miles of our village is for our residents to recognize the task at hand. A new law has been proposed that would automatically become a snow emergency whenever the snow reached four inches. When snow hits this level, our plows began the process of clearing all the roads.
While the village has the direct responsibility for 33 miles, the county is responsible for Tulip, Plainfield and Covert Avenues and the state for Jericho Turnpike. Unfortunately, both the county and the state snow removal activities have been well below acceptable levels, requiring the village to supplement their activity.
Those interested in running in a group are encouraged to meet at Centennial Gardens on Sunday at 9 a.m. The path inside the fence is about 1/2 mile in length and a number of runners join together to exercise and socialize. All are welcome. Enter at the walk-in gate on Raff Avenue near Willow Street. Some of the Conservation Society members will be doing some work as well that day.