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Going Bald In Binkley's Name

Where else can you go to get a free haircut while helping fight kid’s cancer? By joining the courageous team at the Annual St. Baldrick’s Day taking place in Floral Park on Saturday, April 5 at Trinity Restaurant, 190 Jericho Turnpike, in Floral Park from 2 to 9 p.m.

The event is in memory of Aiden Binkley, an 11-year-old Floral Park boy who passed away in December 2010 from a rare form of pediatric cancer.

At the end of July 2008 Aiden was diagnosed with stage 4 Rhabdomeyosarcoma, a rare cancer that originated in his prostate and had a small spread to his lung (aidenbinkley.com).

Last year, the St. Baldrick’s event at Trinity had an outstanding number of 238 shavees that raised over $251,000, which made the Floral Park event number 11 out of 3,000 worldwide shaving events. It was a huge accomplishment as it marked $1 million raised since this event began in Floral Park in 2008.

An amazing congratulations to the supportive Floral Park community. This year, the event organizers hope to move up to the number 10th ranking.

The St. Baldrick’s premise is simple, shave your head to find a cure for children’s cancer. The shaving is a show of solidarity with the children who lose their hair when they are afflicted by cancer treatment and to raise money to help find a cure for this horrible disease. The St. Baldrick’s Foundation has raised over $100 million and is committed to funding the best research for kids with cancer and the top pediatric oncologists in the U.S.

Additionally, a Parade of Heroes tradition began in 2009 when Aiden rode to Trinity's with the fire department. The tradition has continued to grow each year since. This year, returning Army soldier Charles Susczynski, Jr. of Floral Park is this year’s parade hero. Susczynski, a graduate of Floral Park Memorial High School, served in Afghanistan with 2nd Infantry, Division 4.

The parade, being led by Sword of Light Pipe Band, steps off from Village Hall at 1:30 p.m., marching through the village to Trinity Restaurant for St. Baldrick’s festivities. Tom Weissler and Michael McGuire of Trinity Restaurant have proudly sponsored the event for the sixth year in a row.

To become a shavee or volunteer, stop by the event or donate to the cause, visit www.stbaldricks.org and to donate to one of the shavees. For information call Bob GaNun, lead organizer for the annual event, at 917-921-3639.

Shave you later!

News

The 36th annual Thunderbird American Indian Mid-Summer Pow-Wow will be held at the Queens County Farm Museum from Friday, July 25 through Sunday, July 27. It is the longest-running American Indian Pow-Wow and will feature three days of inter-tribal Native American Dance Competitions.

More than 40 Indian nations will be represented. Chanting, drumming and brilliantly-colored, finely-detailed regalia will provide stimulating entertainment for people of all ages. All dance competitions and performances will be narrated for your appreciation of the rich tradition and culture that is being shared. American Indian art and craft vendors will offer a unique array of times for shoppers.

On Monday, July 7, Vincent J. Calamia, 48, of Floral Park, was arrested on charges related to the production and possession of child pornography. The criminal complaint, filed in the Eastern District of New York, alleges that between approximately 2005 and the date of his arrest, Calamia engaged in sexually explicit conduct with minors and possessed and produced child pornography. The complaint further alleges that approximately 10 videos seized from the defendant’s computer depict the defendant engaging in sexual contact with boys who appear to be as young as between 15 and 17 years old.


Calendar

Village Concert

Friday, July 25

Magic & Comedy

Friday, July 25

Irish Kids-Fleah Music Fundraiser

Saturday, July 26



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