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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

At the eleventh hour on the eleventh day of the eleventh month, residents and community members joined with the Floral Park American Legion to honor veterans at the annual Veteran’s Day ceremonies at Memorial Park, following a march down Tulip Avenue to the park with the members of the veterans of the Legion post, American Legion Auxiliary members, Sons of the American Legion, Boy and Cub Scouts from Troops 482 and 678 and local officials.

During the ceremony, a plaque was dedicated in memory of General Kazimierz Pulaski and others of Polish heritage who have served in the U.S. military. The plaque dedication was led by members of the Polish American Congress, Long Island Division, President Grzegorz Worma and Honorary President Richard Brzozowski. An invocation was delivered by Father Peter Rozek of St. Hedwig Church, followed by a POW-MIA ceremony by Post 334 Vice Commander Matthew Cacciatore.

While parking around Long Island Rail Road train stations is typically a challenge, even on a regular work day, the holidays create more of a struggle for commuters in search of parking spots. LIRR spokesman Salvatore Arena said that ridership between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day increases by at least 10 percent; last year it was by 12 percent. Though the MTA is adding more trains to the schedule, that doesn’t ease the parking situation, which is operated not by the LIRR, but by individual municipalities in each town.

“Every station is different,” Arena said. “A good part of our parking is in the hands of the locality. They set the rules essentially.”


Calendar

Floral Park Memorial PTSA Fall Fest Fundraiser

Friday, November 21

Buy A Meal, Wag A Tail

Saturday, November 22

Hanging of the Greens and Potluck Luncheon

Sunday, November 23



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