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Letter: A School Budget Message From the FPBSD PTA

At the April meetings of the Floral Park-Bellerose School PTA and the John Lewis Childs School PTA, the general memberships unanimously approved motions to support the proposed 2012-13 Floral Park-Bellerose Elementary School District budget.

The purpose of the PTA is to advocate for and to promote the welfare of children and youth in the home, school and community. The PTA recognizes that every child deserves excellence in education and in quality of life. Our PTAs believe that the board of education has prepared a fiscally responsible budget designed to achieve the goal of providing a continued quality educational experience for all of our children.

Residents may attend the budget hearing on Monday, May 7 at 7:30 p.m. at the John Lewis Childs School for a detailed presentation of the budget.  Registration for the upcoming budget vote will be held at both schools on Monday, May 7, from 4–8 p.m. The vote is Tuesday, May 15, from 11 a.m.–9 p.m., again, at both schools. Residents vote at the school for which they are zoned. Absentee ballot applications are available on the district website.  The proposed budget includes continuation of the pre-kindergarten program, maintains class size, and continues the School Life Plus and Saturday enrichment programs.

In 2004, the proposed school budget was defeated and as a result, programs and services which we came to rely on and which benefited our children were eliminated. In addition, the use of fields and facilities were restricted, capital projects were canceled and computer and equipment purchases were eliminated.  

It is our responsibility as parents and neighbors to be advocates for the children of the Floral Park-Bellerose communities and to secure for them excellence in education. It is challenging as taxpayers to maintain such a high quality of life in our wonderful communities, but a defeated budget will not afford our children the education and services we have come to expect and that they deserve.

On behalf of the FPBS and JLCS PTAs, thank you for your support of our children and please vote for the budget on May 15.

Bridgette Alfonso, co-president, FPBS PTA
Laura Godley, co-president, FPBS PTA
Nadia Holubnyczyj-Ortiz, president, JLCS PTA

News

The 36th annual Thunderbird American Indian Mid-Summer Pow-Wow will be held at the Queens County Farm Museum from Friday, July 25 through Sunday, July 27. It is the longest-running American Indian Pow-Wow and will feature three days of inter-tribal Native American Dance Competitions.

More than 40 Indian nations will be represented. Chanting, drumming and brilliantly-colored, finely-detailed regalia will provide stimulating entertainment for people of all ages. All dance competitions and performances will be narrated for your appreciation of the rich tradition and culture that is being shared. American Indian art and craft vendors will offer a unique array of times for shoppers.

On Monday, July 7, Vincent J. Calamia, 48, of Floral Park, was arrested on charges related to the production and possession of child pornography. The criminal complaint, filed in the Eastern District of New York, alleges that between approximately 2005 and the date of his arrest, Calamia engaged in sexually explicit conduct with minors and possessed and produced child pornography. The complaint further alleges that approximately 10 videos seized from the defendant’s computer depict the defendant engaging in sexual contact with boys who appear to be as young as between 15 and 17 years old.


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Village Concert

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Magic & Comedy

Friday, July 25

Irish Kids-Fleah Music Fundraiser

Saturday, July 26



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