Why Join or Renew Your FSCA Membership?
The FSCA has been hard at work for our members and our community. We realize this has been a difficult year for all of us. Here are some of the things the FSCA has done over the years. All of this takes time, volunteers and money that comes from membership dues and fundraisers.
American Flag Project
Our Spruce Up The Square Committee purchased 20 American Flags that are displayed on utility poles along Hempstead Turnpike. NYS Assemblyman Ed Ra purchased ten flags and the FSCA purchased ten flags. The flags were hung on July 1, 2021, just in time for Independence Day. More can be done with increased membership and sponsor donations.
Hometown Hero Program
This was third year of honoring those who served in the military (at the VFW) and our first responders such as fire, police and EMT’s (at Rath Park). This year we added a banner recognizing our health care workers at Rath Park. Our 2020 banner was for our local Astronaut Michael Massimino, which is on display on the southwest corner of Commonwealth St and Hempstead Turnpike, the street where Mike grew up. The latest 2021 banner is our "9-11 - Never Forget" which is on display on the south side of Naple Avenue in front of the 9-11 Memorial.
Our 2021 program is closed. Our 2022 program will be similar to our previous programs so if you'd like samples of our 2021 program click here. For a sample application to honor a Hometown Hero, click here. To view a video of the 2020's VFW display click here. To view a list of Honorees and Sponsors click here.
Honoring Our Healthcare Workers & First Responders
The FSCA worked with a local business and a non-profit organization to raise funds to purchase over 1,000 medals and pins of honor for the staff at Northwell Health’s Long Island Jewish Valley Stream Hospital, the Franklin Square and Munson Volunteer Fire Department and the Nassau County Police Department’s 5th Precinct. On Saturday May 22nd, President Katherine Tarascio presented the medals and pins to the leaders of these three organizations for all of their work in aiding and protecting the people of Franklin Square throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. The leadership of the hospital, the fire department and the police precinct will distribute them to all members of their respective teams so each receive a medal or pin to wear with pride on their uniforms as they continue to serve the people of Franklin Square. The members of the Civic Association and the entire Franklin Square community hope that these frontline workers will appreciate this small token of their respect and gratitude for all the efforts made during the pandemic.
Franklin Square Banners
The year 2020 was our first year hanging additional banners at the intersection of Hempstead Turnpike / Franklin Avenue / New Hyde Park Road. Four of these are our “Live, Shop, Dine” banners to help promote our local businesses and two banners congratulate or 2020 graduates as they have had a trying end to this school year. We replaced those banners with two winter banners just before Thanksgiving 2020. Those two banners were replaced with two new spring / summer banners in April of 2021. With appropriate funding and the Town of Hempstead permission, we hope to continue the banner effort and increase the amount of lampposts that can be decorated.
Spruce Up The Square
This new committee will be working on improving the visual appeal of our community. Over the winter of 2020 they had wreaths and snowflakes hung on some of the lampposts along Hempstead Turnpike. This spring they decorated the lampposts in front of the Franklin Square Post Office with hanging flowers. With appropriate funding their plan is to do more.
The FSCA requested that the Town of Hempstead put up a surveillance camera at Rath Park on Naple Avenue, to cover the 9-11 Memorial, the Gazebo, the VFW Memorial, and a portion of the Franklin Square Historical Society Museum. A sign was put up, as a deterrent, that the area is under 24 x 7 surveillance. The following organizations supported this effort by signing the letter.
Franklin Square Civic Association - President - Katherine Tarascio, Franklin Square Historic Society - President - Dr. Paul Van Wie, Franklin Square & Munson Fire Department - Head Chief - Dominick Labianca, and Franklin Square VFW Post 2718 - Commander - John Conway.
On behalf of our members and the community, the FSCA wrote letters to the Town of Hempstead and Nassau County to report our residents' & businesses' that were having issues with water drainage. Our community was having water flooding the streets, sidewalks, and property. The FSCA created a form on their website for our community post ongoing water drainage issues. That information will be forwarded to the appropriate government departments. In order to reach out to the community, email was sent to our members and the same information was posted on various Franklin Square Facebook pages. The following organizations supported this effort by signing the letters.
Franklin Square Civic Association - President - Katherine Tarascio, Franklin Square Chamber of Commerce - President Lisa DelliPizzi, Franklin Square & Munson Fire Department - Head Chief - Dominick Labianca, and Franklin Square Public Library - Director - Aviva Kane.
Community Yard Sale
We have had two successful Community Yard Sales at Rath Park in 2019. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic we were not able to have one in 2020. Our next Community Yard Sale is Saturday, November 6th, 2021, from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm. Seller spots are $25 for members and $40 for Non-Members. Click here to purchase a seller spot.
We have given these awards since 2017. We give six of the graduating students' certificates and a check for their accomplishments in the area of civic duty. One student from each of our high schools; H. Frank Carey, and North Valley Stream, and one from each of the four elementary schools; John Street, Polk St, Washington St and Willow Rd. The schools select the students using the criteria that we set.
The FSCA purchased food for the overnight shift at Long Island Jewish Valley Stream Northwell Health Hospital on Franklin Avenue. We personally delivered 133 mixed bagels with spreads generously discounted by their business member A&S Bagels and we also included 6 ½ pounds of local bakery cookies from business member LuLu’s Bakery as well. The board and their members wanted to express in some small way our gratitude for the hard work, dedication, and bravery demonstrated by the hospital workers of our community.
Franklin Square Movie Theater
The FSCA was a driving force to get the Franklin Theater Town of Hempstead Landmark. Our President Katherine Tarascio appeared before the ToH Landmarks Commission and the ToH Town Council helped accomplish this. Landmark Status was granted in the fall of 2019.
We worked with the Franklin Square Chamber of Commerce (FSCC) and the Franklin Square and Munson Fire Department (FSMFD) in writing letters to Nassau County in March of 2018 to have Franklin Avenue repaved and in February of 2019 to the Town of Hempstead (TOH) to have Scherer Boulevard repaved. Both were completed. We have recently sent a letter to our local Town of Hempstead officials, Nassau County officials and New York State officials to cleanup up one of our business districts starting with Hempstead Turnpike.
Surveys & Petitions
We often take surveys to get input from all of Franklin Square, Garden City South and West Hempstead residents regarding issues that we as an organization determine would be better served than relying on just our board and members. Past surveys included:
- Stop the proposal to build a three story storage facility on Hempstead Turnpike next to the Franklin Theater
- Whether or not Franklin Square should have a dog park
- A petition to repair Averill Park and the surrounding sidewalks and streets
Family Fun Nights
We had two Family Fun Nights (2016, 2017), which we used the Rath Park parking lot to show movies, and these were free to our community residents.
We had three fall festivals (2016, 2017, 2018) in conjunction with the Franklin Square Historical Society. These events help promote community gathering and pride.
We had two Winter Festivals (2016, 2017), which we used the Rath Park Gazebo area, and one in 2019, which we held at the VFW. The Winter Festivals had Santa, Mrs. Claus, and Frosty the Snowman. We provided hot chocolate, music and gifts for the children. At the VFW we had winter crafts for the children. For all three Winter Festivals, the Franklin Square and Munson Fire Department delivered Santa and Mrs. Claus on one of their fire trucks.
Atlantic City Bus Trips
We organized two bus trips to Atlantic City in the summer of 2018 and 2019.