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‘My Love Is Like An Extension Cord’

Searching for “The One”? Local writer and owner of Stow and Behold, Cristina Lopez-O’Keefe, shares her essay about her and her husband, Tom, as part of the collection of love and romance shorts in the Chicken Soup For The Soul: The Dating Game: 101 Stories about Looking for Love and Finding Fairytale Romance!. Lopez-O’Keefe shares the story of her engagement to Tom in, “My Love Is Like An Extension Cord” in chapter 90 of the collection.

This fun new book about dating — whether it sparked a lifelong love or a laugh with friends — will give you a boost as you search for your soul mate. Read these stories about how couples met, good and bad dates, maintaining the relationship, second chances, the Internet, and all the ups and downs of dating, love, and romance. For men and women from 21 to 91.

Floral Park Dispatch readers can enter to win a copy of Chicken Soup For The Soul: The Dating Game: 101 Stories about Looking for Love and Finding Fairytale Romance! by Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, and Amy Newmark by emailing This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it with the title of the book in the subject line. Or by postal mail to: Floral Park Dispatch, Christy Hinko — Chicken Soup, 132 E. 2nd Street, Mineola, NY 11501. All entries must be received by Thursday, June 26. One entry per person. Winner will be chosen randomly and notified on Friday, June 27.

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



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