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Veteran South Floral Park FD Ex-Chief Godfrey Passes On

After a lengthy illness, Ex-Chief G. Michael Godfrey of the South Floral Park Fire Department passed on July 12. Ex-Chief Godfrey was a volunteer firefighter for over 35 years, of which seven of those years he served as chief.

In addition to him being an ex-chief of the department, he has earned the respect from his fellow firefighters throughout Nassau County and beyond. He performed leadership roles in several organizations as follows:

Director and president of the Fireman’s Association of the State of New York (FASNY);

Ex-president, Nassau County Association of Fire Chiefs;

Past president, Southern New York Volunteer Fireman’s Association;

President, South Shore Volunteer Fire Department Association;

President, Nassau County Fireman’s Association;

President, Nassau County First Battalion Chiefs Association;

Chairman, Nassau County Fire Commission;

Executive Council, New York State Association of Fire Chiefs;

President, Executive Council of Firemanic Association.

These are just a few of the many community services Ex-Chief Godfrey provided.

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

Firematic Awards Ceremony

Thursday, October 16

St. Elisabeth’s Craft Fair

Saturday, October 18

Floral Park Memorial High School Homecoming

Saturday, October 18



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