Thursday, 10 July 2014 00:00
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
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.