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Floral Park Historical Society News

The Floral Park Historical Society will host the unveiling of a historic marker to commemorate the first and only Vanderbilt Cup Race that traversed the Floral Park community, on October 8, 1904. It was one of the six Vanderbilt Cup international auto races held on Long Island between 1904 and 1910 and the first in the United States.

The festivities will be on Saturday, April 26, from noon to 2:30 p.m.; the unveiling ceremony and a short program will be at 12:30 p.m. at the triangle mini-park at the intersection of Emerson Ave. and Jericho Tpke.

Emerson Ave., between Jericho Tpke. and Lowell Ave., will be closed at noon for the event.

Howard Kroplick, Town of North Hempstead Historian and Vanderbilt Cup Race authority, is bringing his Vanderbilt Cup race car (1909) – an Alco known as the “Black Beast” that won two Vanderbilt Cup Races. It will be parked on Emerson Ave. near the triangle for everyone to see.

“The north end of the Incorporated Village of Floral Park was deemed an appropriate spot for the Vanderbilt Cup Race historic marker. It will stand in the triangle near a pedestrian bench where Emerson Ave. and Jericho Tpke. intersect, right at the turnpike route which the 1904 race followed. The triangle is a hospitable setting for the historic marker and it will be visible to passersby and vehicle traffic. The unveiling of the historic marker will enable the public to read and learn more about the rich history of the community’s past which is celebrated during May, ‘Floral Park History Month’,” said Ann Corbett, president of the Floral Park Historical Society.

Other historic markers in the village are located in front of the United Methodist Church, the first church in the village, and across from the Floral Park Library where the John Lewis Childs’ seed house stood.

The Floral Park Historical Society was chartered in 1999 and maintains a small museum and an archive in Floral Park Centennial Hall. The mission of the organization is to preserve the history of the Village of Floral Park. The historic marker is a way of educating the public about milestone events in Floral Park’s history.  

This is a rain or shine event. If it rains the program will be at Reliance Firehouse on Holland Ave., north of Jericho Tpke. For information, contact Ann Corbett at 516-775-6849 or visit www.floralparkhistorical.org

News

Community gathers together

for 16th annual Liz’s Day

When a young woman named Elizabeth McFarland died of breast cancer, a group of women gathered together for a small meeting and Liz’s Day was born.

On Sept. 27, the 16th annual Liz’s Day took place at the Floral Park Recreation Center. The event featured a used book sale, a Chinese style auction raffle, foods, drinks and music. All of the money raised from the event went to breast cancer research.

A Village of Stewart Manor Board of Trustees meeting turned into a lesson in the values of community engagement on Oct. 6. The regularly scheduled village meeting was attended by a group of Boy Scouts working toward a merit badge who witnessed new laws enacted and speeches from Fire Chief Tom Skinner and members of the Elmont School District Board of Education.  

Members of Troop 134 attended the meeting to gain an Eagle Scout-required merit badge for Citizenship within the Community. They were required to go to a town hall-style meeting and witness a little democracy in action.


Calendar

Firematic Awards Ceremony

Thursday, October 16

St. Elisabeth’s Craft Fair

Saturday, October 18

Floral Park Memorial High School Homecoming

Saturday, October 18



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