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Women’s Symposium: Education to Entertainment

On March 29, women were invited to attend the second annual Women’s Symposium, Education to Entertainment: A Morning of Learning, Listening and Laughter, sponsored by the Floral Park Lions Club in collaboration with District 20k2. Through the generosity of the Sewanhaka Central High School District and Floral Park Memorial High School principal Dr. Kathleen Sottile and staff, the school hosted the event for the second year.

Women’s positions and responsibilities are constantly changing and there is an ongoing necessity to provide women with a forum by which to address these and other demands. The symposium concentrated on many current issues in 16 diversified and enlightening workshops.

The day began with the entertaining and delightful talents of local novelist, keynote speaker and workshop presenter Saralee Rosenberg, “Women’s Intuition: Miracle or Myth.”

Senator Jack Martins welcomed the women attending the opening of the event and presented the Lions with a banner announcing the day.

Attendees at the symposium had the opportunity to connect with other women throughout the day and share their experiences. Many of those present expressed that they learned a great deal. The feedback was that their workshops were very informative and up-to-date, outstanding and meaningful. The presenters were highly knowledgeable, fabulous, engaging, and easy to understand.

In addition to the outstanding workshops, those in attendance were able to shop from the wide assortment of sixteen vendors who filled the gymnasium with their wares and information that included jewelry, craft products, clothing, and other services.

The Women’s Symposium would like to thank the following presenters: Body King & One Sound Studio; Ellen O’Brien, Azureleaf Communications; Stephanie Larkin, Red Penguin Web Solutions; Dr. Beverly Adler; Lori Sullivan, Esq.; Mark Herbrich, P.T.; Brittany Gammarato, Pita Park Restaurant; Tracey Simon, director of Floral Park Library; Rosemarie Bou, D.C.; Michele Devine, A.V.P.- Wells Fargo advisors; Michael Calandra, Seishinkan Martial Arts; Kate Tuffy, MSEd., BCBA; Dr. Lauradonna Manno; Reva Gajer, RN,MSN, ANP and Sarah Siemers, ANP-BC.

In addition, Elliot Krakauer from the Lions Long Island Eye Bank and Donna Rosenblum from Reason2Smile, a non-profit organization that educates people how they can help provide funding for education, food, clothing, and healthcare to orphans and at-risk children in developing countries were in attendance.

The Floral Park Lions received a number of inquiries from women who expressed an interest in becoming a member of the Lions Club.  

The Floral Park Lions Club has been in existence since 1925 and has been a significant mainstay in Floral Park community; sponsoring and collaborating with many local educational, charitable, and service related endeavors. Every day, Lions Club International Foundation (LCIF) works to fulfill their mission: “To support the efforts of Lions clubs worldwide in serving their local communities and the world community as they carry out essential humanitarian service projects.” For information about the Lions Club, go to www.lions20k2.com or visit the Floral Park Lions Club Facebook page.

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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