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Letter: Drinking And Driving

On Feb. 3, I celebrated my 30th year as a law enforcement officer. In that time I have witnessed both the best of humanity and the worst. Thank God that the good times far outweighed the bad. Having recently witnessed another potentially fatal traffic accident involving youths, and alcohol; I feel I would be remiss in not commenting publicly on a recent event within our Floral Park Village. This incident involved a decades old formula for tragedy - Youth + Alcohol + Driving (speed) = Disaster.

There is ample research that the drinking of alcohol is not a “youthful rite of passage” but rather has some real world implications most of which result in tragedy and misfortune. I ask that you as parents, educators, and other concerned stake holders join the Floral Park Police Department in addressing this very serious problem that exists within our Village.

The police department will be visiting business owners who possess a license to sell alcohol and advise them against the practice of serving “Underage children”. Those found not to be in compliance will be met with the full force of the law thereby jeopardizing their license and business.

Road safety checkpoints will be established throughout the Village to ensure that persons operating vehicles within our village are not consuming alcohol to impairment.

FPPD Police Officer John Groshans, our school resource officer, will again try to educate those youths on the threshold of experimentation against the consequences of alcohol. The Floral Park Police Department cannot do this alone. We need a team approach, parents, educators, coaches, business owners, concerned residents and the police, can make a difference. Let’s all act to avert further tragedy.

Floral Park Police Commissioner Stephen G. McAllister

News

Girl Scouts of Nassau County recently recognized Krista Longobardi and Meaghan Smith, both students at Floral Park Memorial High School, for individually earning their Gold Award, the highest and most prestigious award within the Girl Scouts Organization. In order to be eligible for a Gold Award, a Girl Scout must have completed two Girl Scout Senior or Ambassador Journeys or have already received the Silver Award and completed one additional Journey. The Gold Award also requires the completion of 80-hours or more of an individual leadership Take Action project that makes a sustainable and measurable impact on an important issue, or need in the community, and that serves to educate and inspire others in the community.

Longobardi’s Girl Scout Gold Award Take Action Project, Pick Your Pet, teaches children ages 5-12 the benefits of owning a pet. She was able to educate her community on the adoption process, the best pet for your household, and how adoption can save an animal’s life. Longobardi’s love of animals made it easy to spread knowledge on this topic. She improved her communication and public speaking skills as a result of her project since she spoke in front of her community leaders and peers.

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.  


Calendar

Town of Hempstead Board Meeting

Tuesday, September 2

Floral Park Senior Citizens’ Picnic

Tuesday, September 2

Village of Floral Park Board of Trustees To Meet

Tuesday, September 2



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