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Tom Raleigh Earns Honor

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.  

Raleigh joined the Nassau County Police Department in 1969, and after three years as a patrolman, he found his calling. He spent the next 17 years overseeing the Manhasset Police Boys Club (PBC), responsible for coordinating all of the youth services and sports in the community. It was in this role that he would come to know and coach many of the young men who would go on to become St. Mary’s High School students and now alumni.  

Raleigh also spent seven years coaching basketball at St. Mary’s High School, winning five league championships on three different levels. His basketball skills were honed at St. Francis College where he played for three years on a Division I Baseball/Basketball scholarship. He was a mainstay on the 1966 Knickerbocker Conference Championship team.

An avid lacrosse fan, Raleigh coached lacrosse at Manhasset High School for seven years and started the Floral Park Youth Lacrosse program. He has resided in Floral Park for 37 years, where he was actively involved in Catholic Youth Organization (CYO).

Raleigh is married to his elementary school sweetheart, Marilyn. The Raleighs have five children, Tom Jr., Brian, Katie, Kevin, and Kristie Erin, and 12 grandchildren.

The event is open to anyone who would like to attend in honor of Raleigh and be part of the festivities. All of the money raised directly benefits current St. Mary’s students.

To learn more about the event or to register online, visit www.stmary.ws/highschool or contact Kristin Lynch Graham, director of development and alumni relations at 516-627-2711 ext. 1162.

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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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