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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

At the eleventh hour on the eleventh day of the eleventh month, residents and community members joined with the Floral Park American Legion to honor veterans at the annual Veteran’s Day ceremonies at Memorial Park, following a march down Tulip Avenue to the park with the members of the veterans of the Legion post, American Legion Auxiliary members, Sons of the American Legion, Boy and Cub Scouts from Troops 482 and 678 and local officials.

During the ceremony, a plaque was dedicated in memory of General Kazimierz Pulaski and others of Polish heritage who have served in the U.S. military. The plaque dedication was led by members of the Polish American Congress, Long Island Division, President Grzegorz Worma and Honorary President Richard Brzozowski. An invocation was delivered by Father Peter Rozek of St. Hedwig Church, followed by a POW-MIA ceremony by Post 334 Vice Commander Matthew Cacciatore.

While parking around Long Island Rail Road train stations is typically a challenge, even on a regular work day, the holidays create more of a struggle for commuters in search of parking spots. LIRR spokesman Salvatore Arena said that ridership between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day increases by at least 10 percent; last year it was by 12 percent. Though the MTA is adding more trains to the schedule, that doesn’t ease the parking situation, which is operated not by the LIRR, but by individual municipalities in each town.

“Every station is different,” Arena said. “A good part of our parking is in the hands of the locality. They set the rules essentially.”


Calendar

Floral Park Memorial PTSA Fall Fest Fundraiser

Friday, November 21

Buy A Meal, Wag A Tail

Saturday, November 22

Hanging of the Greens and Potluck Luncheon

Sunday, November 23



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