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Historic Marker Unveiled

The early era of Long Island motor sports was on full display on Saturday, April 26, as the Vanderbilt Cup Race Historic marker was unveiled in a ceremony on the corner of Emerson Ave. and Jericho Tpke. Members of the Floral Park Historical Society as well as local politicians were on hand to reveal the marker, which pays tribute to the first International major auto race in the USA run on a public road. The race ran through Floral Park on Oct. 8, 1904. Long Island hosted six Vanderbilt Cup races from 1904 to 1910.

“This marker is a testament to William K. Vanderbilt, who was one of the first people to encourage the sport of auto racing to take place on Long Island,” said Historian from the Town of North Hempstead, Howard Kroplick. “These races eventually led to the creation of the Long Island Motor Parkway, one of the first parkways on Long Island.”

Kroplick said that the Vanderbilt Cup Races were one of the most prestigious sporting events in the country, the “Super Bowl of its day.” The races inspired a heavy turnout of onlookers, sometimes upwards of 50,000 spectators in and around the course.

The inaugural Long Island race in 1904 featured 17 vehicles and a competition between European and American drivers. The race ran over a 30.24-mile course of dirt roads through Nassau County and the community of Floral Park.

Kroplick showed off his car, the 1909 Alco-6 Racer “Black Beast” at the ceremony. Kroplick purchased the car, which competed in 15 major automobile races including two Vanderbilt Cup races, in 2008. The “Black Beast” won six races highlighted by consecutive Vanderbilt Cup Race victories in 1909 and 1910.

Floral Park Historical Society Director and Historian of the Village of Floral Park Walter Gosden, who helped restore the Vanderbilt marker, said that it was important to recognize all of historical events in town.

“These races were so important for our area, helping to develop the parkways on Long Island,” said Gosden.

New York State Senator Jack Martins, who was in attendance at the ceremony, said, “We must preserve and celebrate all of our history on Long Island; I want to thank the Floral Park Historical Society for restoring this marker.”

News

Girl Scouts of Nassau County recently recognized Krista Longobardi and Meaghan Smith, both students at Floral Park Memorial High School, for individually earning their Gold Award, the highest and most prestigious award within the Girl Scouts Organization. In order to be eligible for a Gold Award, a Girl Scout must have completed two Girl Scout Senior or Ambassador Journeys or have already received the Silver Award and completed one additional Journey. The Gold Award also requires the completion of 80-hours or more of an individual leadership Take Action project that makes a sustainable and measurable impact on an important issue, or need in the community, and that serves to educate and inspire others in the community.

Longobardi’s Girl Scout Gold Award Take Action Project, Pick Your Pet, teaches children ages 5-12 the benefits of owning a pet. She was able to educate her community on the adoption process, the best pet for your household, and how adoption can save an animal’s life. Longobardi’s love of animals made it easy to spread knowledge on this topic. She improved her communication and public speaking skills as a result of her project since she spoke in front of her community leaders and peers.

Saint Mary’s High School will host the 22nd Annual Don Monti Memorial Golf Classic and Fall Alumni Dinner on Thursday, Sept. 25, at Plandome Country Club. Following the golf outing, a dinner reception will take place where Tom Raleigh, of Floral Park, will be honored with the Timothy J. Coughlin ’76 Memorial Award for Outstanding Contributions to St. Mary’s High School.

Raleigh has deep connections to St. Mary’s High School and the Manhasset community. Four of Raleigh’s five children went to St. Mary’s: Tom, Jr. ’88, Brian, ’91, Katie ’93, Kevin ’95. Raleigh has been a loyal St. Mary’s advocate both as a past parent and former coach.  


Calendar

Town of Hempstead Board Meeting

Tuesday, September 2

Floral Park Senior Citizens’ Picnic

Tuesday, September 2

Village of Floral Park Board of Trustees To Meet

Tuesday, September 2



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