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Editorial: Thanks for the flowers. Now do your laundry.

Mother’s Day came and went last Sunday, with many a bouquet and breakfast in bed (even if some dishes may not have been cooked for quite exactly the right length of time).

Cards were made or bought—some sweet and sentimental, some goofy and comical—and many hugs and kisses were both given and received.

Mothers everywhere were given something of a break from their usual household chores, too. But we’ll note that federal statistics and other researchers shows that mothers still bear a disproportionate burden of unpaid homework. Between 1965 and 1985, the nation made great strides toward a more equal balance between men and women of paid work outside the home and unpaid work within. Then progress stalled. On average, single men do an hour less of housework per day after they get married. Women who marry end up doing more—seven hours more—housework than when they were single. So thank you for the lovely day. We enjoyed the pamperings, the cards, the extra hugs and kisses. The flowers are beautiful. But don’t forget to pick up your socks the other 364 days of the year.

News

Community gathers together

for 16th annual Liz’s Day

When a young woman named Elizabeth McFarland died of breast cancer, a group of women gathered together for a small meeting and Liz’s Day was born.

On Sept. 27, the 16th annual Liz’s Day took place at the Floral Park Recreation Center. The event featured a used book sale, a Chinese style auction raffle, foods, drinks and music. All of the money raised from the event went to breast cancer research.

A Village of Stewart Manor Board of Trustees meeting turned into a lesson in the values of community engagement on Oct. 6. The regularly scheduled village meeting was attended by a group of Boy Scouts working toward a merit badge who witnessed new laws enacted and speeches from Fire Chief Tom Skinner and members of the Elmont School District Board of Education.  

Members of Troop 134 attended the meeting to gain an Eagle Scout-required merit badge for Citizenship within the Community. They were required to go to a town hall-style meeting and witness a little democracy in action.


Calendar

Next Generation of Spirit Communication

Friday, October 24

FPMHS Athletic Booster Club Fundraiser

Sunday, October 26

Harvest Fair

Saturday, November 1



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