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Historical Society To Unveil Vanderbilt Historic Marker

The Floral Park Historical Society will host the unveiling of a historic marker on Saturday, April 26, to commemorate the first and only Vanderbilt Cup Race that traversed the Floral Park community, in 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. This will be the first historic marker on Long Island to spotlight the Vanderbilt Cup Races. In their heyday the auto races drew tens of thousands of spectators.The unveiling festivities are Saturday, April 26, from noon to 2:30 p.m.; the program will be at 12:30 p.m. at the triangle mini-park at the intersection of Emerson Ave. and Jericho Tpke. The intersection and adjacent street will be closed 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 near the triangle for everyone to see.

This is a rain or shine event. If it rains the program will be at Reliance Firehouse on Holland Ave. just north of Jericho Tpke. The “Black Beast will be on display in the firehouse.  

For information, visit floralparkhistorical.org or call Ann Corbett at 516-775-6849.

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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