Lights. Camera. Action. These are the words you may hear if you are in Floral Park’s village hall.
For almost two decades Floral Park has been home to Four Village Studio (4VS), a local community television station serving the four-village area.
The community station airs a variety of programs hosted by residents, a community billboard and its own weather station. However, according to Operations Manager James Green, this is not the only goal of the studio.
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.
Dozens of merchants and vendors gather once again on Saturday, Sept. 6 for the 20th Annual Covert Avenue Chamber of Commerce Street Festival, beating out the threat of rain for a successful event.
Maybe not a scene from the rap song video, Thrift Shop, but the popular spot in Floral Park to score some of the best deals on lightly used goods and clothing, the United Methodist Church’s Thrift Shop, was just as exciting to watch when it re-opened to customers for the season. The thrift shop re-opened on Wednesday, Sept. 3 after being closed for the summer for restocking, cleaning and organizing the shelves and racks.
Thrift Shop Manager Dolores Rossi said more than nine volunteers helped throughout the summer to get the shop back into top shape for its re-opening, including her 17-year-old grandsons, Andrew Rossi of Floral Park and Jake Kennedy of New Hyde Park.
In 1963, Sewanhaka High School alumni and Floral Park resident, Adele Werthmuller pulled out her yearbook. She was on a mission and began paging through the pictures and names of her beloved classmates. She decided to look through the phone book for familiar names. She said, “I kept in contact with many of my girlfriends so I started looking for the men first.”
What a spectacular summer! After such a brutal winter we certainly deserved some respite from Mother Nature and she could not have been more kind. This summer at Village Hall was quite a busy one. We have been collaborating with Cameron Engineering for more than 20 months on the design of our new pool facility. Cameron Engineering & Assoc. is a recognized leader in aquatic recreation facility design. Throughout the design process Cameron’s design team pro-actively assessed our needs, attended and attentively listened to our residents at the many public information sessions and incorporated these ideas into their final design.
We are very pleased with the plans which were put out for bids due in July. Bids were received and the difference among the four lowest bidders was less than eight percent. The winning bid was submitted by Phillip Ross Industries who was awarded the project on Aug. 5.
Falling debris from aircraft that landed last week in the backyard of a Steward Manor resident who was on his way out to walk his dog was the talk of the jam-packed Aug. 25 meeting of the Town-Village Aircraft Safety & Noise Abatement Committee (TVASNAC).
Lee Ackerman typically walks his dog twice a day; when heading out for his afternoon jaunt with his four-legged friend on Tuesday, Aug. 19, he said noticed something in his backyard that wasn’t there that morning—an 11-inch by 12-inch sheet of metal, covered with aircraft maintenance text and graphite soot.
Girl Scouts of Nassau County recently recognized Megan, Erin and Laura Rostkowski for each earning the 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.
“We are so proud of all the Gold Award recipients. Earning the Gold Award is a huge accomplishment and takes a great amount of dedication,” said Donna Ceravolo Executive Director and CEO of the Girl Scouts of Nassau County. “Fewer than 5 percent of all Girl Scouts throughout the nation obtain this award.”
The following are the names of residents who perished in the 9/11 attacks and who are registered with the 9/11 Memorial. Visit names.911memorial.org for the full registry and more information.
Keith George Fairben of Floral Park (South Pool, panel S-26). Fairben was first responding emergency medical technician. William Thomas Dean of Floral Park (North Pool, panel N-11). Dean was at the World Trade Center for Marsh & McLennan. Mary Yolanda Dowling of Floral Park (South Pool, panel S-59). Dowling was at the World Trade Center for Aon Corporation. Ryan D. Fitzgerald of Floral Park (South Pool, panel S-40). Fitzgerald was at the World Trade Center for Fiduciary Trust Company International. Brian Magee of Floral Park (North Pool, panel N-20). Magee was at World Trade Center with Risk Waters Group conference as an attendee from Compaq. Charles R. Mendez of Floral Park (South Pool, panel S-20). Mendez was a first responding firefighter with FDNY’s Ladder 7. Robert M. Regan of Floral Park (South Pool, panel S-10). Regan was a first responding lieutenant with FDNY’s Ladder 118. Robert King, Jr. of Bellerose Terrace (South Pool, panel S-14). King was a first responding firefighter who served with FDNY’s Engine 33. Joseph Lostrangio of Bellerose (North Pool, panel N-17). Lostrangio was at the World Trade Center as a consultant to Marsh & McLennan from Devonshire Service Group, Inc.