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Fourth Of July Parade Marches On

Hurricane Arthur was no match for the water wars that emerged along the route of the Stewart Manor Fire Department’s 16th annual Fourth of July parade. Despite ominous-looking clouds and cooler than usual temps, spectators stood ready with water balloons, Super Soakers, buckets and garden hoses, as they awaited the onslaught from the many fire departments who participated in the parade.

With an escort from the Nassau County Police Department Third Precinct, the parade stepped off at 10:30 a.m. on Stewart Avenue at Fernwood Terrace, proceeded west to Covert Avenue, then wound through the residential streets of Stewart Manor before ending on Covert Avenue near the Stewart Manor Fire Department.

Dozens of Nassau County Fire Riders—a motorcycle club started by the FDNY “to unite firefighters, have a good time and promote safe motorcycling” — led the procession. The Stewart Manor Fire Department Color Guard followed closely behind, paving the way for Stewart Manor Mayor Gerard Tangredi, Trustee William Grogan, Hempstead Town Councilman Ed Ambrosino and State Assemblyman Ed Ra.

This year’s parade featured the Floral Park Fire Department marching band, antique fire trucks from North Bellmore and Floral Park, and various apparatus from the following departments: Stewart Manor, Bellerose Terrace, Mineola, New Hyde Park, South Floral Park, Floral Park Centre, Manhasset-Lakeville, Hempstead, Uniondale, Garden City Park, Franklin Square & Munson, West Hempstead, Elmont, Valley Stream, Malverne and Lynbrook.

Mother Nature stepped in just as the parade came to an end, but the rain did not put a damper on the post-parade festivities. As in previous years, parade participants and spectators enjoyed a barbecue and awards presentation in the municipal parking lot on the corner of Chester and Covert Avenues.

Editor’s note: See next week’s Floral Park Dispatch for more photos.

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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