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Letter: The Floral Park Community Is Stronger as One

Friday, 30 March 2012 00:00

Saint Baldrick’s is a volunteer-driven organization to which they are dedicated to help find cures for childhood cancers. There are a total of 160,000 children diagnosed with cancer worldwide. The more volunteers the better!

This event unites the community and helps bring everyone a little closer. Strangers become friends and stories about survival spark a little hope in everyone’s mind. The Floral Park community in time of need always grows and creates a bond that is inseparable. We are stronger as one. Last year, the total fundraising for Saint Baldrick’s Day from Floral Park was $275,00, which is phenomenal!


Letter: Thank You Floral Parkers

Friday, 23 March 2012 00:00

The 100th Anniversary Committee of Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church of Floral Park, along with Lutheran Social Services, would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to everyone in the congregation and the community for their contributions to our “Baby Shower.” Many people who could not attend dropped off bags and boxes of baby items and clothing.  For those who attended, we had a great time.  Thank you again to everyone who donated.  

Lisa Santoro
Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church of Floral Park


Phil-osophically Speaking: March 22, 2012

Written by Phil Guarnieri Friday, 23 March 2012 00:00

You Don’t Know Jack

He was short, corpulent and sported a finely manicured mustache. There was no mistaking him for anyone else when his beefy body swaggered (walked is too mild a description) down the sidewalks of New York. He had the air of someone who knew his way around the concrete jungle. Every byway, thoroughfare, back ally and even the subterranean world in this great big city was imprinted in his DNA. He was born for New York; the kind of colorful character you read about but are surprised actually exists.


Phil-osophically Speaking: March 15, 2012

Written by Phil Guarnieri Friday, 16 March 2012 00:00

Language Barriers

What is the substance that binds a people, a culture, and a way of life into a common purpose and a common future? Is it a creed, shared ideals or a communal history that congeals diversity into unity? While the United States is the most successful multi-cultural nation in the world, criticism abounds about immigrant populations that are not as eager to Americanize as their forebears. The school curriculum and the political and social forces in our culture once served as a bridge for immigrants between the land of their birth and their adopted country. Now it’s a one-way ticket to monolingualism — usually in a language other than English.


Mayor’s Message Village of Floral Park: March 15, 2012

Written by Thomas J. Tweedy Friday, 16 March 2012 00:00

Mayor Tweedy wanted to share a story as to why living in a full-service village can be very special. At the Department of Public Works (DPW), there are a myriad of details and coordination that need to be executed daily.  These functions are essential for keeping our village, and our lives within it, healthy, cleanly and safe. But occasionally, something is missed and needs attending to by one of our department supervisors.


Phil-osophically Speaking: March 8, 2012

Written by Phil Guarnieri Friday, 09 March 2012 00:00

A Moment of Truth in The Iranian Crisis

The Mideast, was there ever a time when its blustering winds grew still or its roiling spirit found peace? The war drums — they’re beating — beating with the fury of ancient hatreds. In the world’s largest tinderbox, overtaxed centrifuges crank unabated and unimpeded in underground Iranian bunkers. In an inexorable march toward madness, energy stored in atoms is being converted into heat to ignite a chain reaction capable of producing a nuclear warhead. An Iranian bomb feels like a cold shiver down the spine of the civilized world.

With the clock ominously ticking, interminable negotiations, biting economic sanctions and even a covert war to eliminate the regime’s nuclear scientists have not succeeded in derailing their killing machines. What is called soft power has failed; muscular diplomacy is all that remains.


From the desk of NY State Senator Jack Martins: March 8, 2012

Written by Senator Jack Martins Friday, 09 March 2012 00:00

That Dog Don’t Hunt

In the South, if you were to make a plan that isn’t particularly sound or useful, you might hear someone utter, “That dog don’t hunt.”

For example, if a husband planned to golf on his wedding anniversary, that’s definitely “a dog that don’t hunt.”  His decision to smooth things over by telling his wife he’ll take her along - even more so.  If she responds with tickets to a Broadway show on Super Bowl Sunday – well, you get the picture.


Mayor’s Message Village of Floral Park: March 1, 2012

Written by Thomas J. Tweedy Friday, 02 March 2012 00:00

The Village of Floral Park has once again been recognized for our leadership and proactive role on important issues impacting our community. One of our top priorities remains making sure Floral Park does not shoulder an unfair share of our region’s aircraft noise burden. Our colleague Trustee Mary-Grace Tomecki was prominently featured in a recent New York Times article, entitled “A Plan to Restrict Flight Paths to Hush the Blender Over Long Island,” which included an extensive discussion of the Federal Aviation Administration’s intention to adopt regulations, which could severely restrict flight paths of low flying helicopters over Long Island.


Phil-osophically Speaking: March 1, 2012

Written by Phil Guarnieri Friday, 02 March 2012 00:00

The Other America

Fifty years ago, the eloquent political activist Michael Harrington published a book called The Other America. It was a powerful indictment of America’s capitalist culture that Harrington claimed left 25 percent of its population in poverty. A rhetoritician with few peers, Harrington was an enormously influential thinker. The Other America is said to have inspired Lyndon Johnson’s Great Society and the erection of its twin pillars: Medicare and Medicaid.

In 2012, the “Other America” still exists but in a guise that was neither expected nor desired when Harrington’s book was published in 1962. In modern America, subsidies are dispensed freely and happily as if they were the holy sacraments handed down by the high priests of progressive politics. More than one in every five Americans, some 67 million are dependent on federal aid for housing, food, income, health care and education.


Phil-osophically Speaking: February 23, 2012

Written by Phil Guarnieri Friday, 24 February 2012 00:00

Our Rendezvous With the Stars

Somewhere back in the unfathomed depths of ancient human history, a conscious effort was made to leave the confines of the envelope of the North African Continent, where the species originated, to venture forth in the world, an exodus that would lead our race to the far corners of the earth. The conqueror Alexander the Great would lead a great army over 20,000 miles, much of it on foot, over daunting mountain ranges and desert terrain to propel a still inchoate civilization toward cultural unity and globalization. From a small Republic, Julius Caesar built Rome into the greatest empire the world had ever seen. Christopher Columbus and his fellow mariners discovered and then bridged a vast ocean to join the Old World to the New World. In that New World, 13 fledgling colonies situated at the Atlantic rim of the Northern Hemisphere would build a civilization upon an immense wilderness creating, in Jefferson’s words, a Continental Empire of Liberty.


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