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By Any Other Name Is A Success

You can’t judge a book by its cover, or a romance novel by its author’s name and photo. The original comedy By Any Other Name by Claudia Wilson was presented on Jan. 30 through Feb. 7 at the United Methodist Church in Floral Park and what a success.

The charming comedy written by Wilson, who lives in Floral Park and is a longstanding member of Theatre Box, centered on Otto Putzhammer, a budding romance novelist whose stories are constantly rejected by publishing companies because of two strikes against him—his less than romantic sounding name and his less than attractive appearance.

Otto’s luck is about to change thanks to his sister, Heidi, who submits one of his manuscripts to a publisher under a pseudonym and a photo of a model. The result is a series of hilarious situations for everyone involved.

The show cast included: Rich Carroll as Otto Putzhammer, Melissa Virdone as Heidi, Kate Lenzo as Sally, Geralyn Greco as Martha, Nick Sieban as Rod, Tim Smith as KP Willson, and Kelly Schmidt as Gina.

Proceeds from the show will benefit the creation of a community storm center.

News

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.

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.”


Calendar

Floral Park Memorial PTSA Fall Fest Fundraiser

Friday, November 21

Buy A Meal, Wag A Tail

Saturday, November 22

Hanging of the Greens and Potluck Luncheon

Sunday, November 23



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