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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

On Saturday, July 26, Floral Park and Hance Family Foundation supporters from more than 23 states, including from Michigan, Louisiana, and Arizona, from three countries joined in the remembrance of Emma, Alyson, and Katie Hance in the foundation’s annual Day of Remembrance. Green ribbons and balloons were tied generously around trees, lampposts, railing and garden stakes, celebrating the lives of the sisters, gone too soon.

The foundation’s Facebook page was loaded with photos and prayers and messages from around the globe, from those who participated in some way, remembering the sisters who died in a car accident on July 26, 2009, at ages 8, 7, and 5.

Bright blue eyes, a full head of hair, beautiful smile, and full of energy. At 5 years old, Ethan Demmers is possibly at the healthiest he will be in his life. Ethan was recently diagnosed with Duchenne’s muscular dystrophy (DMD). Typically, people with this disease live only into their 20s. Over the next few years, the disease will slowly attack every muscle in Ethan’s body, eventually causing him to permanently be in a wheelchair. Ethan’s parents are not ready to give up their hope for a cure. They are fully committed to helping find a cure for this deadly illness, not just for their own son, but for all others suffering as well.

Ethan’s father, Dustin Demmers, is an English teacher at Floral Park Memorial High School. To the student body, Demmers can be described as funny, happy, wacky, wild, crazy, and unique among other adjectives. Demmers can be found smiling through the halls, making jokes over the loudspeakers, or making his class into the ideal environment for learning.


Calendar

Free Barbeque Dinner For Local Veterans

Thursday, August 14

Hockey Team Concert Benefit

Friday, August 15

Summer Recreation Awards Ceremony

Thursday, August 21



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