Thursday, 08 May 2014 10:35
This letter is in support of the upcoming reduced bond referendum on May 20, 2014. I would like to take this opportunity to encourage more votes in the community. Based on the past results in the surrounding communities – we want to be sure this does not affect what happens in Floral Park. The first bond vote did pass here, which is encouraging, but we have to show a much stronger force to make sure that this does pass overall.
The reasons why this needs to pass are many:
1.) The work needs to be done one way or the other, this is the most cost effective way to do it and will not result in painful cuts later on if bond fails.
2.) We are eligible for state aid as a result of passing this bond.
3.) This is good for property values – for a few reasons – it reflects well
on a neighborhood that voted YES
for their children and schools and
the drive by value alone of the new entrance of FPM is not to be discounted.
4.) This small increase in our taxes for the life of the bond (approximately $116 per household) is so minimal – and we get a direct impact back in our own community. So – for about the cost of going out to dinner – we can give our children and neighborhood a great gift.
I understand that tax increases are unwelcome – but they are also part of our reality. We have to vote yes for this bond and the school budget as well, minimal increases with both – to avoid unwelcome cuts in our future. Please encourage your friends and neighbors to get out the vote. Let’s not let this fail again, because if it does – the negative impact will be with us for a long time. I hate to think how our children and youth will feel if this does not pass. My own kids do not understand how it could have failed the first time. Having gone on the tour at Floral Park Memorial on April 26th, I saw firsthand how the repairs that need to be made. It is a wonderful school, but right now it is not the environment that the kids deserve.
Friday, 29 August 2014 00:00
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.
Thursday, 28 August 2014 00:00
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.