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Hance Family’s Day Of Remembrance

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.

The Hance Family Foundation’s mission for the Day of Remembrance not only celebrates the lives of the Hance sisters, but reminds people to cherish their loved ones, to spend time with family and maintain a specialness about the day.

Warren Hance, the father of the three girls, posted this message on foundation’s Facebook page, co-founded with his wife, Jackie:

“July 26, 2014. It has been 5 years since we hugged and kissed Emma, Alyson & Katie. It has been 5 years since our lives changed forever and a new way of living began.

“Jackie and I are learning, day by day, how to live with loss. We have learned that we can’t stay within the loss, we can’t survive in that space. Staying within the loss means we are dead. We have to accept that loss is inescapable for all—you can’t live a life without it. While Jackie and I struggle to contain our loss and sadness, we ask ourselves what can we do in the face of indescribable loss? Our answer is we try to balance. We feel the loss. We acknowledge it everyday and then we work very hard to stay in the living moments we have. We have also learned to allow those who love us to be in our lives. We spend time helping others. We tell people that we see what they do for our family and we appreciate all of the kindness and generosity. We learn to love with broken hearts.

“We are fortunate that people often ask us what they can do or how they can help us. Here’s how—you can be kind to my girls by treating July 26th as a special day for the people who are important to you. Use this day as a reminder. Let July 26th be a day that shines a light on those you love, the people who you hold close, or maybe even those you miss. Honor these people by telling them or reconnecting with them on a day we hold for Emma, Alyson, Katie and all those who lost their lives on July 26th.

“Today I will focus on what I love and appreciate about my girls.

“Thank you for remembering and honoring our beautiful girls. We appreciate each and every one of you. We face each day with the support we receive from family, friends and strangers. Just as I did five years ago, I thank you for holding my daughters in your hearts.

"With love, WJH”

The Hance Family Foundation honors the lives of Emma, Alyson, and Katie Hance, by ensuring healthy, happy, and safe children through innovative self-esteem educational programming and the support of children in need.

On Thursday, Sept. 18, the Hance Family Foundation will hold its Inaugural Beautiful Me Gala, with Keynote Speaker Ann Curry and Honoree Ralph Selitti of the NY Islanders at the Cradle of Aviation Museum in Garden City. The gala will include dinner, dancing, and a showcase of the foundation’s work over the past four years. Visit for tickets, sponsorship information and donations.


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.”


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

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