Tuesday, 20 November 2012 00:00
As the sun set on a picture perfect Sunday and the lights came on at Tully Park, children from New Hyde Park, Floral Park, Franklin Square, Roosevelt and Oceanside took to the lacrosse field to play the game they love. From a spectator’s view it looked like any other game, but this night was different. On this night they were playing for a cause.
Just over two weeks ago Hurricane Sandy pounded the East Coast and left Long Island in state of destruction. Some lost power while others lost everything. When Eric Rudd from Long Island Park Lacrosse called Pete McClean from the New Hyde Park PAL Lacrosse the mission was clear “Kids playing for kids.”
Parents brought their children along with donations of food, clothing and cleaning supplies. While the parents were busy sorting through and organizing the various items the kids were playing their hearts out for one another. The normal feelings of rivalry were replaced with ones of camaraderie as the kids used to competing against one another were now on the same team. The stadium lights were hardly needed as the smiles of hope and compassion lit up the field.
As the evening came to a close Coach Keith packed up his minivan with some much needed supplies and headed back to the dark streets of Oceanside, a town hit hard by Sandy and still without power. While the storm has claimed many people’s homes and possessions it is no match for the resilience of the town’s children who despite their challenges came out and competed as though nothing was wrong. The event also helped the local residents in Long Beach and Lindenhurst.
Friday, 19 September 2014 00:00
Senator Jack Martins mentioned education, business and drug use among other topics in a recent interview with the Floral Park Dispatch. He’s currently seeking re-election in November, being challenged by Democrat Adam Haber.
Pointing to what he called “key legislation,” particularly the tax cap legislation passed in 2011 and prescription drug bill he helped foster to enactment, Martins feels New York State is on track to continue fiscal responsibility.
Thursday, 18 September 2014 00:00
On Thursday, Sept. 11, members of the Floral Park community gathered to honor the memories of the lives lost of Sept. 11, 2001, at the village’s annual 9-11 Remembrance ceremony. The Floral Park Volunteer firefighters served as Color Guard and the Holy Spirit Church Choir sang. Mayor Thomas Tweedy delivered the welcoming speech (see page 12 of this Floral Park Dispatch) and delivered the recitation of names, between the bell tolls of the United Methodist Church. Members of the fire department placed roses on the name panels at the village’s relic memorial. The following are the names of residents who perished in the 9/11 attacks and who are honored at the village’s memorial: Keith Fairben, EMT; William Dean, of Marsh & McLennan; Ryan Fitzgerald, of Fiduciary Trust Company International; Brian Magee, of Compaq; Charles Mendez, FDNY Ladder 7; Robert Regan, FDNY Ladder 118; Robert King, Jr., FDNY Engine 33; Howard Gelling, Jr., of Sandler O’Neill & Partners; Thomas Hetzel, FDNY Ladder 13; Ronald Kloepfer, NYPD ESU Squad 7; Michelle Bratton, of Cantor Fitzgerald.