Written by Bob GaNun and Christy Hinko, email@example.com Wednesday, 26 March 2014 00:00
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!
Thursday, 21 August 2014 09:42
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.
Thursday, 21 August 2014 08:55
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.”