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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

Girl Scouts of Nassau County recently recognized Krista Longobardi and Meaghan Smith, both students at Floral Park Memorial High School, for individually earning their Gold Award, the highest and most prestigious award within the Girl Scouts Organization. In order to be eligible for a Gold Award, a Girl Scout must have completed two Girl Scout Senior or Ambassador Journeys or have already received the Silver Award and completed one additional Journey. The Gold Award also requires the completion of 80-hours or more of an individual leadership Take Action project that makes a sustainable and measurable impact on an important issue, or need in the community, and that serves to educate and inspire others in the community.

Longobardi’s Girl Scout Gold Award Take Action Project, Pick Your Pet, teaches children ages 5-12 the benefits of owning a pet. She was able to educate her community on the adoption process, the best pet for your household, and how adoption can save an animal’s life. Longobardi’s love of animals made it easy to spread knowledge on this topic. She improved her communication and public speaking skills as a result of her project since she spoke in front of her community leaders and peers.

Saint Mary’s High School will host the 22nd Annual Don Monti Memorial Golf Classic and Fall Alumni Dinner on Thursday, Sept. 25, at Plandome Country Club. Following the golf outing, a dinner reception will take place where Tom Raleigh, of Floral Park, will be honored with the Timothy J. Coughlin ’76 Memorial Award for Outstanding Contributions to St. Mary’s High School.

Raleigh has deep connections to St. Mary’s High School and the Manhasset community. Four of Raleigh’s five children went to St. Mary’s: Tom, Jr. ’88, Brian, ’91, Katie ’93, Kevin ’95. Raleigh has been a loyal St. Mary’s advocate both as a past parent and former coach.  


Calendar

Town of Hempstead Board Meeting

Tuesday, September 2

Floral Park Senior Citizens’ Picnic

Tuesday, September 2

Village of Floral Park Board of Trustees To Meet

Tuesday, September 2



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