Written by Marilou Giammona, email@example.com Friday, 11 July 2014 00:00Hurricane 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.
Thursday, 14 August 2014 00:00
On Saturday, July 26, Floral Park and Hance Family Foundation supporters from more than 23 states, including from Michigan, Louisiana, and Arizona, from three countries joined in the remembrance of Emma, Alyson, and Katie Hance in the foundation’s annual Day of Remembrance. Green ribbons and balloons were tied generously around trees, lampposts, railing and garden stakes, celebrating the lives of the sisters, gone too soon.
The foundation’s Facebook page was loaded with photos and prayers and messages from around the globe, from those who participated in some way, remembering the sisters who died in a car accident on July 26, 2009, at ages 8, 7, and 5.
Wednesday, 13 August 2014 11:12
Bright blue eyes, a full head of hair, beautiful smile, and full of energy. At 5 years old, Ethan Demmers is possibly at the healthiest he will be in his life. Ethan was recently diagnosed with Duchenne’s muscular dystrophy (DMD). Typically, people with this disease live only into their 20s. Over the next few years, the disease will slowly attack every muscle in Ethan’s body, eventually causing him to permanently be in a wheelchair. Ethan’s parents are not ready to give up their hope for a cure. They are fully committed to helping find a cure for this deadly illness, not just for their own son, but for all others suffering as well.
Ethan’s father, Dustin Demmers, is an English teacher at Floral Park Memorial High School. To the student body, Demmers can be described as funny, happy, wacky, wild, crazy, and unique among other adjectives. Demmers can be found smiling through the halls, making jokes over the loudspeakers, or making his class into the ideal environment for learning.