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SMFD Hosts Annual 4th of July Parade

Water wars wage on

The Stewart Manor Fire Department (SMFD) continues to outdo itself year after year. The 15th annual Fourth of July parade boasted nearly two dozen volunteer fire departments, thousands of water balloons and countless spectators eager to engage in a no-holds-barred water fight along the tree-lined streets of Stewart Manor.

Participating fire departments hailed from as far west as Broad Channel and as far east as Syosset, with many in between, including Bellerose Terrace, Bellerose Village, Elmont, Floral Park, Floral Park Centre, Franklin Square & Munson, Garden City, Garden City Park, Hempstead, Lynbrook, Malverne, Manhasset-Lakeville, Mineola, New Hyde Park, North Bellmore, South Floral Park, Stewart Manor, Uniondale, Valley Stream, West Hempstead and Williston Park.

With an escort from a Third Precinct patrol car and bicycle patrol Officer Nick Mesesso, the parade stepped off at 10:30 a.m. on Stewart Avenue at Fernwood Terrace, proceeded west to Covert Avenue, then wound through the residential streets of Stewart Manor before ending on Covert Avenue near the Stewart Manor Fire Department. Dozens of Nassau County Fire Riders – a motorcycle club started by the FDNY “to unite fire fighters, have a good time and promote safe motorcycling” – led the procession.

New to the parade this year were John Deere carts, donated by Chief Equipment Inc., which escorted Stewart Manor Mayor Gerard Tangredi and a few members of the SMFD. The carts were followed by dozens of engines and hook-and-ladder trucks. Several departments rode on floats, which ranged from patriotic themes to the more whimsical circus tent of the Garden City Park Juniors.

The parade and barbecue that followed in the municipal parking lot on the corner of Chester and Covert Avenues is the culmination of a year-long effort by Stewart Manor employees and volunteers. SFMD Chief Tom Skinner credits not only SMFD members, DPW employees and the village beautification committee, but also village residents and visitors from surrounding communities for continuing to make the event a fun-filled, memorable day chock full of tradition and pride for our nation.

News

In an earlier column, Mayor John Watras shared some helpful tips on how to secure your property in preparation for a hurricane. The following are additional recommendations on what you can do now to be prepared in the event that a major storm hits Long Island.

As the storm approaches, customers should take the following steps to prepare for the arrival of either a hurricane or tropical storm:

New online company debuts

Two Long Island childhood friends, Scott Reich and Michael Winik, recently left their respective careers as an attorney and investment banker to pursue their dream of starting a business together, online food market OurHarvest.

“When Mike and I decided to start a business, we knew it had to reflect our shared love of food, address the lifestyles of our fellow Long Islanders, and be socially responsible,” said Reich.


Sports

Stretching tips for the high school athlete

Prior to the start of high school running season, Garden City’s Physical Therapy Options (PTO) had an opportunity to provide a presentation to members of Sacred Heart Academy’s cross country team. Team members gathered at Garden City’s New York Running Company to learn strategies and tips for a successful fall season.

PTO staff members Dr. Meghan Goetz, Doctor of Physical Therapy, and PTO Aide Mike Murphy discussed the importance of stretching to prevent injury and provided strategies and tips for success for the high school runner.

The league started on Saturday, Sept. 13 at Garden City’s Tullamore Park. It runs from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays. A uniform shirt and soccer balls are provided. Cleats and soccer shorts are recommended and players must wear shin guards. Age groups range from pre-k through 12th grade. Garden City residents and non-Garden City residents are welcome. Middle school and high school age volunteers are needed. No soccer experience is necessary. If you have any other questions, please contact Andy Garger at ajgarger@verizon.net or 516-775-8058.

— Submitted by the Challenger Soccer League


Calendar

Garden City High School Homecoming

Saturday, October 25

Marvelous Movie Matinée

Monday, October 27

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Saturday, November 1



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