Board Reports 11/15/22

Fire Department

We thank the Fire Department for the extraordinary volunteerism and service of our Chiefs, officers and members. The month of September included 125 calls for service, 99 rescue calls, and 12 mutual aids to emergencies, mostly fires in other communities.

In addition to many hours of direct service to the public, our Floral Park Fire Department spends a great deal of time on important, ongoing training for both the leaders and membership. In recent months, this has included: Strategies and Tactics for Large Scale Incidents, Shaping Today’s Fire Departments for Today’s Expectations, Introduction to Fire Officer (a sixteen week series), Carbon Monoxide and Air Monitoring, Fire Behavior and Arson Awareness, and an upcoming December department drill on responding to gas emergencies, conducted jointly with National Grid.

Our Chief staff is also investigating the latest equipment and methods used to extinguish electric vehicle fires including special blankets and hose positioning which can extinguish fires from underneath EVs. FPFD will continue to work with other departments and agencies, including the Nassau County Fire Marshal’s office, to stay in front of the rapidly changing best practices in attacking EV fires.

Department of Public Works

The paving of Spooner Street has been completed, as has the Spooner parking lot. There are several punch list items for adjustments in the parking lot.

Beautiful, new trees, selected by homeowners from lists for street sides with power lines and those without power lines, are currently being planted, adding the greenery we all love. Additional new trees will be planted in early December. For yours, please call 516-326-6320.

Conservation Society (FPCS)

Autumn has been the time for enjoyable Gardens activities, especially for our children. Our Gardening for Kids program, under the loving direction of FPCS volunteer Mrs. Laura Trentacoste, has flourished with nature experiences including leaf experiments.

On a sunny Saturday, over forty family members delighted in a Gardens Family Tour, led by our very talented FPCS volunteer Mrs. Trentacoste and children’s librarian Mrs. Kathy Guidal. Stops at the Sensory Garden, Giving Garden (which produces vegetables for local food pantries), Strawberry and Blueberry Gardens, the magnificent “Colorful Bird Town” mural (designed and painted by artist Dilianny Espinoza), and many other fall attractions were featured. A fun afternoon ended as the families used colorful recyclables to create bird feeders, then filled them with seed. Remember to keep feeding the birds who visit your neighborhood throughout the cold winter months.

And now, our Centennial Gardens season is coming to an end. The Gardens will close for the winter at the end of Thanksgiving weekend, Sunday, November 27th at dusk. Thanks to so many of you for perfect spring, summer and fall seasons at our Gardens this year. We’ll spotlight our Gardens 2022 highlights and heroes in future Village Board Reports.

Chambers of Commerce and Our Businesses

The holiday season is here. Please celebrate with us in our Floral Park and Stewart Manor business districts.

You can begin your window shopping and gift purchases on Small Business Saturday, two days after Thanksgiving, on November 26th. Remember, there are no Village parking meter fees when you SHOP & DINE LOCAL in our business districts on Small Business Saturday.

Then, join the holiday celebrations at the Floral Park Chamber of Commerce, Floral Park Junior Woman’s Club, Our Lady of Victory and Village of Floral Park tree lighting, festival and shopping village. The fun begins at 5pm, tree lighting at 6pm, on Friday, December 2nd.

And, do it again at the Covert Avenue Chamber of Commerce and Village of Stewart Manor tree lighting and festival, complete with horse and buggy rides, music and tasty treats. It all happens on Saturday afternoon, December 10th, starting at 4pm.

Floral Park Memorial Musicians!

Let’s give a shout-out to the Floral Park Memorial High School Marching Band who won third place in the New York State Marching Band Competition held in Syracuse. Our marching band broke the school and district records for competitive marching band scores, and received a resounding, late night welcome back to Floral Park from their families, fans, and our police and fire chief.

LET’S HEAR IT FOR FPM, and a Happy Thanksgiving to all!