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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

On March 29, women were invited to attend the second annual Women’s Symposium, Education to Entertainment: A Morning of Learning, Listening and Laughter, sponsored by the Floral Park Lions Club in collaboration with District 20k2. Through the generosity of the Sewanhaka Central High School District and Floral Park Memorial High School principal Dr. Kathleen Sottile and staff, the school hosted the event for the second year.

Women’s positions and responsibilities are constantly changing and there is an ongoing necessity to provide women with a forum by which to address these and other demands. The symposium concentrated on many current issues in 16 diversified and enlightening workshops.

The Sewanhaka Central High School District School Board adopted the 2014-15 proposed budget last week. The proposed budget total for the 2014-15 school year is $175.3 million, a budget increase of $3.52 million from last year. The tax levy increase is set at 2.1 percent. The budget vote will take place on May 20.

The current projection for state aid in 2014-15 is $29.2 million in the state legislative budget, a slight increase from last year ($27.8 million).

“There was a budget-to-budget state aid increase of 5.2 percent,” District Superintendent Dr. Ralph Ferrie said.


Calendar

Women’s Club Membership Meeting

Wednesday, April 16

North End Civic Association To Meet

Thursday, April 17

Blood Drive

Friday, April 18



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