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Editorial: Back To The Rat Race

August is, hands down, the best time to be a commuter in Floral Park and on Long Island in general.

On any given week, enough people are on vacation or working abbreviated hours to make the drive or the train commute smooth and speedy. The relative quiet on the roads makes for less stressful driving, just as the sunshine and slower pace of summer tamp the general stress of life. Even managers and bosses take a little time off, lightening the atmosphere at work.

It used to be just the opposite. Schools close in the summer, not because it’s too hot to study, but because the food-growing months were once upon a time the busiest season of the year, when people, like squirrels, gathered and stored as much food as possible for the fallow season.

Winter was the only time children were sufficiently free of duties necessary for the family to survive to attend school. Nowadays it’s so easy to get food that fat is a bigger problem (no pun intended) than famine.

So let’s be thankful that we have summers for fun, that we’re well-fed without having to toil in the soil, and knuckle down for the traffic jams of fall.

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

Chris Deeks Memorial Alumni Game

Friday, November 28

Floral Park AARP Christmas Luncheon

Monday, December 1

Stewart Manor Board of Trustees Meeting

Monday, December 1



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