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 our second 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 most recent 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.
For more information about the program for 2021 click here. For an application to honor a Hometown Hero in 2021 click here. To view a video of the last year’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
This 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. 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 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. They are in the planning stages to place American Flags on the utility poles along Hempstead Turnpike and have already secured funding for 20 flags.
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. We are already planning this for our 2021 graduates.
Community Yard Sale
We have had two successful Community Yard Sales at Rath Park. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic we were not able to have one this past spring or our rescheduled one this fall. Both the sellers and buyers are interested in us running another one, hopefully in the fall of 2021.
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 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.