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Firefighters Adopt A Battalion

Members of the Floral Park and Stewart Manor fire departments recently expanded the reach of Nassau County Firefighters Operation Wounded Warrior (NCFF-OWW) to support Massapequa Park-based Adopt-A-Battalion (AAB). Floral Park Fire Department (FPFD) members Carol and Chris Baktis and Stewart Manor member Mike Kushner visited AAB headquarters to present the organization with a check and to lend a hand sorting, packing and shipping items to troops currently deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan.

“OWW is looking to support organizations like AAB to create a network for our heroes,” said SMFD member Bob Barbieri, who accompanied Kushner and the Baktises and who used to volunteer with AAB himself. “AAB helps them before a tragedy and [NCFF-OWW] helps them after,” he said.

Each of the participating departments hosts its own fundraising events throughout the year, and all proceeds go into a central fund. The year’s efforts culminate with the “Long Red Line,” three convoys that leave Long Island in early December to visit military hospitals along the East Coast to personally deliver gifts and gratitude to wounded military personnel.

“Primarily our focus is to donate to the needs of our wounded military who have returned home here to the U.S.,” said NCFF-OWW Chairman Joe O’Grady.

One of the challenges NCFF-OWW faces is finding the veterans who need help, so the group started to reach out to other veterans organizations a couple of years ago. “Most are too proud to ask for the help they so rightfully deserve,” O’Grady said. “In 2013, we donated six sets of kitchen appliances for veterans' homes on Long Island, and donated food gift cards to the VA in Northport. Returning veterans are choosing between eating a meal and paying their rent. We make this donation each year just before Thanksgiving,” he said. NCFF-OWW can be found online at www.ncff-oww.org. For information about ABB call 516-342-5557.

News

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.

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.”


Calendar

Andy Cooney

Friday, August 22

Town STOP

Saturday, August 23

Sewanhaka Central Board of Education Meeting

Tuesday, August 26



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