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Floral Park Chamber Of Commerce News

The Floral Park Chamber of Commerce held its monthly member meeting on Feb. 7 at the warm and cozy Nancy’s Restaurant on Jericho Turnpike. The owners of Nancy’s were gracious as always and served up a delicious meal. We celebrated the efforts of our past president, Terry Whalen of Sterling Signs, and thanked her for her more than 15 years as a member of the chamber as well as her seven years as president. The chamber is stronger than ever thanks to Terry’s leadership.  

Ron Keats of Keats Agency - Nationwide Insurance, the incoming president of the chamber, went over the many things going on at the chamber. This included an update of the organization of the new committees, many of which are currently in action. All are still seeking out committee members and preparing for their first set of meetings. We have more committee members signed up than ever and would like to see even more. The more you do with the chamber, the more you get out of it.

The business relations committee, which includes beautification, Taste of the Town and our “Shop Local” theme, is led by Mike Jakob of Carriage Trade Insurance, and already has village approval for street post hanging plants and new banners for Jericho Tpke. and part of Tulip Ave. The baskets and banners will be purchased and donated by the chamber and maintained by our village.  

The Street Fair Committee, led by Cathy Grasman of Jo-Mar Pet Grooming is beginning its planning for this year’s street fair which will be held on Sunday, June 8. Cathy will be meeting with NYRA’s representatives.

The membership committee is being led by Marie Grant of Donnelly Group and is in full gear for our 2014 membership enrollment. Please do renew now, or if you’re not a member, join now online at www.floralparkchamber.org.

Membership in the Floral Park Chamber of Commerce is loaded with benefits. Check out the website for a list but remember, it’s all about getting involved. The chamber is a great place to meet your local merchants, increase your business exposure, expand on your networking and have some fun while you are at it.

— Submitted by the Floral Park Chamber of Commerce

News

The Floral Park Recreation Summer 2014 programs have now reached their half way point. While youngsters still have four more weeks of camps and activities, the night time volleyball and basketball programs are now gearing up for their final push to the playoff and championship rounds. Of the 55 adult teams competing, only Madness and Chaos (B league basketball) and Poppy’s (Women’s competitive volleyball) have managed to move through the season without a blemish on their records. Playoffs for volleyball are on Aug. 6 and Aug. 7, while basketball quarterfinals begin Thursday, July 31. Family, friends and spectators are always welcome. Good luck to all teams and players during their quest to become Floral Park’s Champions of the Summer of 2014.

As in past years, the Floral Park Recreation Department sprinkled in some expert instruction along with the recreational format of the various camps. Many thanks go out to Lisa O’Grady (OLV volleyball coach) for presenting an excellent volleyball clinic for our beginning junior players. Once again, Nassau Community College football Coach Ed Mack and his players have volunteered their time to give a few pointers for all youngsters grades 4 and above on Wednesday, June 30. The junior football clinic kicks off at 8:30 a.m., while senior campers (grades 7 and above) will receive instruction beginning at 10 a.m. Some features will include pass and catch techniques and NFL style agility drills. All Floral Park youth entering grades 4 and above are invited to attend. At that same time, Chris Schneider, outstanding and championship basketball coach at both St. Mary’s and Sacred Heart, will be on hand to present a comprehensive basketball clinic for both our junior and senior future female basketball stars.

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.


Calendar

Theatre Box

Friday, August 1

E-Cycling Collection

Saturday, August 2

Floral Park Board of Trustees

Tuesday, August 5



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