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Editorial: Memorializing Moms Everywhere

This Sunday is Mother’s Day. It’s fallen on the second Sunday of May ever since Congress designated it so back in 1914. Since that time, it’s been a day in which mothers everywhere are rightfully feted with a myriad of cards, flowers and breakfasts in bed that come in varying states of edibility. And while this official designation is a relatively modern-day phenomenon, cultures over the centuries have honored those Mother Nature chose to endure hormonal and biological abuse for nine months.

The Romans celebrated an event called Magna Mater that fell between March 15 and March 22. Games were held and the citizenry marched through the streets hoisting elegant displays of arts and crafts. (As to how much of it was pieces of uncooked macaroni pasted to construction paper is still up for debate). Fast forward to the late 1800s, and Julia Ward Howe, (author of “The Battle Hymn of the Republic”), established a Mother’s Day Proclamation of 1870, a cry for peace in the aftermath of the Civil War and the idea of brother fighting against brother. (Definitely something that could be utilized against siblings squabbling during long car trips). In post-World War I France, the government awarded medals on December 19, La Fete de Méres, Moms with four or five children nabbed bronze, those with six or seven landed silver and gold medals were nabbed by mothers with eight or more offspring. (Given the grief children give their mothers, medals should be awarded to moms on a daily basis.)

On a commercial level, the National Retail Foundations estimates that Mother’s Day is a $16 billion industry, florists see their highest sales in May, U.S. restaurants claim it’s the busiest day of the year and Hallmark found that 96 percent of American consumers shop on Mother’s Day. Suffice it to say, this outpouring of recognition for those tasked with oftentimes wiping noses, being emotional cheerleaders and saviors on the eve of when school projects are due is well-deserved and can never truly measure up to these and many other sacrifices they make. Like noses and opinions, every one has a mom and if you’re lucky enough to still have one in your life, be sure to thank her on Sunday.

- Dave Gil de Rubio

News

The Sewanhaka Central High School District School Board adopted the 2014-15 proposed budget last week. The proposed budget total for the 2014-15 school year is $175.3 million, a budget increase of $3.52 million from last year. The tax levy increase is set at 2.1 percent. The budget vote will take place on May 20.

The current projection for state aid in 2014-15 is $29.2 million in the state legislative budget, a slight increase from last year ($27.8 million).

“There was a budget-to-budget state aid increase of 5.2 percent,” District Superintendent Dr. Ralph Ferrie said.

The Floral Park Historical Society will host the unveiling of a historic marker to commemorate the first and only Vanderbilt Cup Race that traversed the Floral Park community, on October 8, 1904. It was one of the six Vanderbilt Cup international auto races held on Long Island between 1904 and 1910 and the first in the United States.

The festivities will be on Saturday, April 26, from noon to 2:30 p.m.; the unveiling ceremony and a short program will be at 12:30 p.m. at the triangle mini-park at the intersection of Emerson Ave. and Jericho Tpke.

Emerson Ave., between Jericho Tpke. and Lowell Ave., will be closed at noon for the event.


Calendar

Women’s Club Membership Meeting

Wednesday, April 16

North End Civic Association To Meet

Thursday, April 17

Blood Drive

Friday, April 18



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