Malverne Fire Department 30 Broadway, Malverne, NY11565 When the fire department in Malverne was created in 1911 it was called Norwood Hook & Ladder Company. The first fire…More engine was a small hand-drawn cart equipped with leather buckets, a few short ladders and firefighting tools. A year later, the company acquired its first utility truck, which had extension ladders and soon after purchased two lots on Broadway, where the first fire house was built. In 1923, the village signed a contract with the company to establish fire protection for its residents and acquired it 12 years later, changing the name to the Malverne Fire Department. In addition to protecting Malverne, the department also responds to fires in Malverne Park, North Lynbrook and parts of North Valley Stream and Franklin Square. All of the volunteers who serve as firefighters are residents of either Malverne or areas that comprise the fire district. They have all completed classroom and hands-on training through the fire academy and the firehouse. Young adults between ages 13 and 18 can also join the Junior Firefighters program.
St. Thomas the Apostle Church 24 Westminster Rd, West Hempstead, NY11552 St. Thomas the Apostle Church is a Roman Catholic church that was founded in 1931. The first services were held in a…More storefront located on what is now Hempstead Gardens Drive until the church building was constructed in 1934. The first mass was held on Christmas Eve of 1934 and the building was officially dedicated during the following year. In addition to regular prayer services, the church also has an adult and children's choir, weekly Bible study groups, a book club, a knitting club and various classes and workshops throughout the year. There is also a youth program for middle school and high school students that holds social events, coordinates volunteer projects in the community and stages a musical each year open to all local teens. The church welcomes a mission preacher, holds adult courses every year during Lent and Advent and runs a bereavement program in the fall and spring. The human services department responds to requests for assistance from those in the community who have material needs. The parish also has a school, a chapel and CYO sports program.