Thursday, 21 November 2013 00:00
A good portion of recent network news has been about the one year anniversary of Hurricane Sandy. It is one year later and so many NY/NJ residents are still waiting for promised relief from this natural disaster. Neighborhoods were destroyed, life as they knew it changed…forever.
Fortunately, the Village of Floral Park weathered the storm better than most of Long Island. I vividly recall driving throughout the village and walking through the streets of the West End, where I witnessed extreme damage. Our public services: fire, police and public works were running, despite Village wide power outages in excess of a week and gas lines reminiscent of the 1973 gas shortage,.
Despite the property damage we came out ahead of the storm; the fire department responded to a record number of calls,I witnessed a police patrol every two or three blocks, and Public Works was out in force as well.
The Floral Park Fire Department is 100 percent volunteer and whether it is a blizzard or a hurricance, the department goes on 24-hour stand-bys based on weather related emergencies. Our fire department members leave their families in order stay in their stations to protect their neighbors at the most vulnerable times.
The police department works 12 hour tours, 24 hours a day, seven days a week; and longer in a public emergency situation. The Department of Public Works often works extended shifts and is always just a phone call away which makes a huge difference in mitigating emergencies.
I am’ not trying to make a political statement, I just want to thank our dedicated public servants, who are often unrecognized, for the job they do everyday. Our public servants make this Village of Floral Park, the place we all chose to live.
We are always in need of volunteers so please consider paying it forward and becoming a Floral Park volunteer firefighter and EMT. There is no expense involved and iIt will most likely be the most rewarding sacrifice you’ll ever make. Teenagers 14-18 years of age are also welcomed into our Fire Explorer Program where you will be trained in basic firefighting and first aid (EMS) skills. Call the chief’s office at 516-326-6327 for an application. Upon applying to a company (we have five) you’ll be interviewed at home with your family, where all details will be explained and all your questions will be answered.
Wednesday, 16 April 2014 00:00
Ever since she was a little girl, Floral Park resident, Maria Santangelo has had a way of making animals feel at ease. The 19-year-old college student worked with abused animals as a kid and currently volunteers as a kennel helper at the North Shore Animal League in Port Washington. She also has her own pet care and dog walking business in the village.
“I like making all dogs feel comfortable because every one of them has their own temperament,” said Santangelo who started her business two years ago with the help of her stepmother, Anne Marie. “I don’t push them but let them sniff me first so they get used to me.”
Saturday, 12 April 2014 00:00
The largest event in the comic industry, Free Comic Book Day, is taking place on Saturday, May 3, at participating comic book specialty shops across the country and worldwide, including right at Floral Park’s own Superhero Comics.
“People can stop by any time,” said Superhero Comics owner Rich Brindisi. “I hope new customers stop by too and become life-long fans of comic books.”