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.”
Hundreds of civic, business, community and elected officials gathered in Baldwin at the Coral House to support the annual kick-off of the Long Island Toys for Tots Drive on Monday, Oct. 27. The toy drive is the nation’s largest gift program for children during the holidays. Marine Corps Major Chuck Kilbride gave special recognition to the many people who make Toys For Tots possible locally, including U.S. Postal Service workers, marines, legislators, and the police and fire departments, who work tirelessly to collect toys each year.
The hundreds of guests were treated to special performances by the F.R.E.E. Players Jazz Ensemble and the American Bombshells trio.
Anthony DePalma has been manager at Covert Avenue’s Raindew Family Center and Pharmacy for 13 years. On Oct. 17, at the 30th Annual Small Businessperson of the Year and Legislative Breakfast at the Crest Hollow Country Club, DePalma got his much deserved recognition when he was awarded small businessperson of the year by the Covert Avenue Chamber of Commerce.
“My initial reaction was ‘wow that’s very nice,’ I didn’t realize that it was going to be such a beautiful extravaganza,” said DePalma on winning the award. “They did it very, very well. They had a breakfast at the Crest Hollow Country Club and everything was done beautifully. It was just done very, very nicely. Very proud.”
The saying, “Idle hands are the devil’s workshop,” came to mind when the issue of students from Sewanhaka High School hanging out at a nearby apartment building was brought up by residents at the Nov. 3 Stewart Manor Board of Trustees meeting. This problem with some of Stewart Manor’s younger neighbors dominated the evening’s discussion. High school students from the area have drawn the ire of village residents for loitering near Argyle Road before school and committing illicit acts. During the meeting’s public comments, resident Grace Palestino mentioned an ongoing problem relating to illegal drug use behind the nearby Garden Apartments complex. Sewanhaka High School students are suspected of being the main culprits.
Ethan Demmers was born to Dustin and Betsy Demmers on Dec. 3, 2008. When his parents realized their son was not progressing with rolling over and sitting up as his sister had done, Ethan was tested and completed physical therapy. Right before Thanksgiving 2013, the Demmers got the news that their son had been diagnosed with Duchenne muscular dystrophy.
After the diagnosis was made, Dustin started a Facebook page and meetethan.com to share Ethan’s story.
On Saturday, Oct. 25, dozens of residents and neighbors from the surrounding communities assembled in Stewart Manor and paraded through the streets dressed as princesses, superheroes, villains and cuddly storybook characters. The annual parade through the village was enjoyed equally by the costumed kiddies, as it was by some masquerading parents, and even a few canine friends and a bunny rabbit.
At the annual meeting of the Nassau County Historical Society on Oct. 5, Walter Gosden was elected to a five-year term as trustee of the society.
Gosden is a retired art teacher, the appointed historian of the Village of Floral Park, founder/director of the Floral Park Historical Society and author of a photographic history of Floral Park. He is the owner of a 1936 Packard club sedan; another of his interests is automotive history.
Tammany Hall is an essential part of the vocabulary of New York City politics. For many, Tammany Hall and political corruption are synonymous. For others, Tammany Hall was a lifesaver tossed into the turbulent and unforgiving sea of 19th- and early 20th-century New York City. The author of a new book about Tammany Hall, Terry Golway, will speak about these complexities at the Wednesday, Nov. 12 meeting of the Irish Cultural Society of the Garden City area.
Golway’s book Machine Made: Tammany Hall and the Creation of Modern American Politics has been well received in book reviews. His talk will acknowledge the misgovernment of Tammany Hall with its creation of “Boss” Tweed as the very face of political corruption. But he will also argue that Tammany Hall was an influence on the progressive legislation which helped working people, the Irish among them, to form a vibrant middle class in the United States.
On Oct. 23, Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice announced the arrest of a Floral Park woman for stealing nearly $700,000 from a longtime employer, as well as more than $10,000 from a new employer, by writing herself checks drawn from company bank accounts.
Deborah Tangredi was arrested and arraigned on Oct. 23 before Nassau District Court Judge Joy Watson on the following charges: