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Letter: Chamber Thanks Community

The Floral Park Belmont Stakes Festival sponsored by the chamber of commerce, NYRA, and the village was a success. The event could not have gone so well without the participation Floral Park businesses, entertainers, and community members. The festival included face painters and performers provided by Event King; inflatable-bouncy rides provided by Send in the Clowns; and food from local Floral Park eateries. Attendees also participated in raffles generously donated by TD Bank, Pita Park, Butts & Such, J Fallons Tap Room, Korner Kutters, AAA Taxi, Poppy’s Place, Floral Station Deli, Village Pizza, LAI Acupuncture, Sewanhaka Travel, Pellegrini Meats, Ben Peters Hair Salon, Salon DiCaperci, Sheishinkan Martial Arts, JoMar Grooming, Carriage Trade Insurance, Michael D. Squire DDS, Eileen Dolan and the Keats Agency.

While families enjoyed samples from Dee Dee’s Luncheonette, taking pictures in a model airplane from the Cradle of Aviation Museum, or petting dogs from the Long Island Bulldog Rescue, they also enjoyed entertainment by local bands such as R.A.K.E., Something and the Vintage, John Kouris and the Hambones, The RVO Band, Tom Kelly and the Real Deal, Blue Eyed Soul, Rear View Mirror. Attendees were also treated to performances by Center Stage Dancers, Dancin’ Queens Dance Studio, and the Floral Park Memorial High School Florettes. Vendor booths lined Tulip Ave. from Plainfield to Verbena avenues and along the side streets. Attendees enjoyed the food stands of Lemonade Drinks, Pita Park, Capo’s, Floral Station Deli, Twisted Yogurt, Village Pizza, Jack Duggans, Graziellas Bakery, Poparazzi Corn, Jamesons, Poppy’s Place, Park Place, and more. Members of the American Legion, Citizens Party, Rotary, Floral Park Art League, Jr. Women’s Club, and others participated. Floral Park’s service departments were also represented with the fire, police and public works departments on hand. Thanks to Cathy Grasman of Jo-Mar Grooming & Boarding, who chaired the committee and worked tirelessly to organize the fair, and to the committee and volunteers: Theresa Whalen of Sterling Sign Company, Judy Torre of Senior Service Assistants, Mike Jakob of Carriage Trade Insurance, Karen Meraglia of TD Bank, Rich Vitello of AAA Taxi, Stephen Wickes of One Sound Label, and Jennifer McKendry of Wags to Whiskers. 

— Floral Park Chamber of  Commerce

News

Senator Jack Martins mentioned education, business and drug use among other topics in a recent interview with the Floral Park Dispatch. He’s currently seeking re-election in November, being challenged by Democrat Adam Haber. 

Pointing to what he called “key legislation,” particularly the tax cap legislation passed in 2011 and prescription drug bill he helped foster to enactment, Martins feels New York State is on track to continue fiscal responsibility.

On Thursday, Sept. 11, members of the Floral Park community gathered to honor the memories of the lives lost of Sept. 11, 2001, at the village’s annual 9-11 Remembrance ceremony. The Floral Park Volunteer firefighters served as Color Guard and the Holy Spirit Church Choir sang. Mayor Thomas Tweedy delivered the welcoming speech (see page 12 of this Floral Park Dispatch) and delivered the recitation of names, between the bell tolls of the United Methodist Church. Members of the fire department placed roses on the name panels at the village’s relic memorial. The following are the names of residents who perished in the 9/11 attacks and who are honored at the village’s memorial: Keith Fairben, EMT; William Dean, of Marsh & McLennan; Ryan Fitzgerald, of Fiduciary Trust Company International; Brian Magee, of Compaq; Charles Mendez, FDNY Ladder 7; Robert Regan, FDNY Ladder 118; Robert King, Jr., FDNY Engine 33; Howard Gelling, Jr., of Sandler O’Neill & Partners; Thomas Hetzel, FDNY Ladder 13; Ronald Kloepfer, NYPD ESU Squad 7; Michelle Bratton, of Cantor Fitzgerald.



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Spirit Day - September 20

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