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Belmont Festival Takes Tulip Avenue

The annual Floral Park Belmont Stakes Festival sponsored by the Floral Park Chamber of Commerce, NYRA and the Village of Floral Park was held on Sunday, June 8. The festival took place on Tulip Ave. from Plainfield to Verbena avenues and along some of the side streets.

A wide assortment of delicious foods and beverages from local Floral Park eateries were available for festival goers. The festivities also included face painters and street performers provided by Event King; numerous inflatable-bouncy rides; raffles; Chinese auction, and more.

The Long Island Bulldog Rescue was there with some pups.

The Floral Park Art League hosted its annual art show and raffle in Memorial Park adjacent to the street fair.

A festival is not complete without music. Complementing the many vendors and merchants were live bands performing on two stages, including local favorites RAKE, John Kouris and the Hambones, The RVO Band, Rear View Mirror, Blue Eyed Soul and The Real Deal.

In the DJ booth was Floral Park’s own, DJ — Stephen Wickes (One Sound Label) who kept the music flowing.

News

The Town of North Hempstead has prepared a transportation contingency plan for local commuters who may be looking for alternatives if the Long Island Railroad (LIRR) workers strike on July 20.

The plan includes adding free parking at North Hempstead Beach Park, on West Shore Rd. in Port Washington, to aid car pooling, and providing up to 300 spaces at iPark, 1305 Union Tpke. in New Hyde Park, enabling commuters to catch bus service along Union Tpke. or meet up with carpooling buddies.

Speaking for a group of local residents, Santo Cipolla is asking the Sewanhaka Central High School District to revisit a 28-year-old policy that allows one community to attend any of the five district high schools, including Floral Park Memorial High School.

“It was a policy that was created to desegregate South Floral Park and a portion of Floral Park called Jamaica Square,” Cipolla said at a school board meeting last week. “It is our belief that there is not equal access to the schools and violates the equal protection clause under the Fourteenth Amendment.”


Calendar

Mike Barry will perform at Swing The Teapot

Friday, July 18

Bellerose Village’s Board of Trustees Meeting

Monday, July 21

Summer Rummage Sale

Wednesday, July 23

 


 

 


Columns

1959: The Year The Music Stopped Playing
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com

The Eccentric Heiress Of ‘Empty Mansions’
Written by Mike Barry, MFBarry@optonline.net

Yellow Margarine And A Pitch For The Ages
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com