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Evening With Medium Josephine Ghiringhelli
Friday, October 12

Fire Prevention Open House
Friday, October 12

Kids Fall Festival
Saturday, October 13


Friday, October 12

Evening With Medium Josephine Ghiringhelli

The Ladies Auxiliary to the Wantagh Fire Department present an evening with renowned psychic medium Josephine Ghiringhelli from WMJC Radio 94.3. Show begins at 8 p.m. at the Wantagh Fire Department Station 1, 3470 Park Ave., Wantagh. Doors open at 6:45 p.m. Cost is $35 per person and includes coffee, tea, soda, and dessert served before and after the show. Advance sales only. Contact Maryellen at 516-804-6041 or Nancy at 516-783-4231 for more information.

Fire Prevention Open House

The Farmingdale Fire Department will be hosting a fire prevention open house from 6 to 8 p.m. The theme this year is Always Have Two Ways Out.


Saturday, October 13

Kids Fall Festival

The New Life Assembly of God at 816 Main Street in Farmingdale will hold a fall festival for kids from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. All are welcome to attend. Kids from ages four to 11 will receive free pumpkins (first 75 children in attendance). Games, prizes, hot dogs, and hot chocolate will be available. Illusionist performance for the kids. Call 516-694-3883 for more information.

Yard Sale

The Wantagh Preservation Society will be holding a yard sale from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (rain date Oct. 14). Vendors are needed. Cost is $35 for a space that includes car. New and used crafts and collectables may be sold. For application or more information, call 516-785-0761 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


Monday, October 15

Asperger’s Syndrome Conference

“Asperger’s Syndrome: Strategies for Effective Intervention” presented by Tony Attwood, Ph.D. From 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Melville Marriott, 1350 Walt Whitman Rd., Melville. For details and registration information visit: www.mksalomon.com.


Saturday, October 20

Autism Fundraiser

The families of the Brookville Center for Children’s Services Children’s Residential Program, invite you to the First Autism Fundraiser at The Nutty Irishman, 323 Main St., Farmingdale from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. Cost: $30 which includes food and a live band. Cash bar. Please make checks payable to: Attention: Rose Bauer, Brookville Center for Children’s Services Children’s Residential Program, 28 Sea Spray Drive, Lido Beach, NY 11561. If you are unable to attend, a donation would be greatly appreciated. Donations can only be made online at www.BrookvilleCenter.org. For more information, call 516-442-1516.

Fall Fair

The Wantagh Memorial Congregational Church, 1845 Wantagh Ave., will host a fall fair from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The fair will be held in Seaman Hall (the white building next to the church) and on the front lawn, with lots of vendors and a pumpkin patch. The pumpkins will be on sale from Oct. 13 to Oct. 31. Admission and parking are free. For more information call 516-785-1829 or e-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for more information or vendor application.

Blessing Of The Animals

Temple B’nai Torah of Wantagh, located at 2900 Jerusalem Ave., will be holding a rain or shine blessing of the animals at 12:30 p.m. The date was picked because the story of Noah is read during the Shabbat service. There will be a short memorial service for those pets that have passed on. There will be a tent on the Oakfield Ave. lawn. Parking is available. Bring your pet on a leash or in a carrier for a special blessing.


Saturday, October 27

Hospice Care Network’s Crystal Ball Gala

“Halloween Casino Night” cocktail reception, sit-down dinner, games of chance, silent auction, entertainment and dancing to benefit Hospice Care Network’s programs and services. Honorees include Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice and Justice Ute Wolff Lally. At the Glen Head Country Club, 240 Glen Cove Rd., Glen Head from 7 p.m. to 12 a.m. Tickets are $350 each and sponsorships begin at $100. Call 516-224-6467 or visit www.hospicecarenetwork.org.


Sunday, October 28

Brain Cancer Run/Walk

The 2nd Annual Run For Rob: Voices Against Brain Cancer 5K run/walk in memory of Dr. Robert Bernstein will be held at Bethpage State Park. Registration begins at 9 a.m. Adult entry $25/kids entry $15. Register online at http://voicesinmotion.org/runforrob/ or call 212-340-1340.

Junior League Of The Women’s Club 70th Anniversary

The Junior League of the Women’s Club of Farmingdale is celebrating their 70th anniversary from noon to 3 p.m. at Carlyle on the Green in Bethpage. Tickets are $45 per person and include lunch, unlimited soda, beer and wine, dessert, and light entertainment. For more information, call Diana Kleemann at 516- 586-4107 or Janice Milos-O’Reilly at 516-454-0139. The Jr. League of the Woman’s Club of Farmingdale meets regularly on the first Thursday of each month at 7:45 p.m. at the Village Hall located on Main Street in Farmingdale.


Saturday, November 10

CCAN’s Gala Event

The Carcinoid Cancer Awareness Network (CCAN) will host the 9th Annual “Celebration of Life” Gala on Worldwide NET Cancer Awareness Day from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. The evening includes a cocktail hour, dinner, open bar, coffee and cake, music, dancing, 50/50 raffles, and raffle prizes. The gala will be held at The Sterling, 345 Hicksville Rd., Bethpage. Attendance is $95 per person or $875 for a table of ten. To register or for more information visit: www.carcinoidawareness.org.


Friday, December 7

Doo-Wop Fundraiser

An Evening With the Stars: Doo-Wop Fundraiser to help support the games for the physically challenged will be held on Friday, Dec. 7 at 8 p.m. at Bethpage High School. Featuring Winnie Winfield, Lenny Dell and the Dimensions, Continentals, Cathy Jean, The Fireflies, The Jarmels, and Classic Sounds. Tickets are $25 each, reserved seating only. Free parking. Go to www.larentr.com or call 631-873-8817 for more information.


Upcoming Events

Village Of Farmingdale Board of Trustees

Meetings held at the village hall:

•Oct. 15: 7 p.m. work session with counsel.
•Oct. 22: 7 p.m. work session.
•Oct. 29: 7 p.m. work session.

St. Thomas’ Fellowship Café

An outreach program that is open to everyone no matter what age who would like to have a good meal and get together with other people in the community. There is no charge for this and it is open the last Saturday of each month from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at St. Thomas’ Episcopal Church, 298 Conklin St., Farmingdale. At the end of every café take home meals are offered. Sponsored by Episcopal Charities of Long Island and St. Thomas’ Church. Call 516-752-9254. Schedule: Oct. 27, Nov. 24, Dec. 29.

Harvest Craft Fair Vendors Needed

Vendors are needed for the Harvest Craft Fair at Grace Lutheran Church, 1294 Bellmore Ave., North Bellmore. The fair is being held on November 3 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and its $45 per table. Craft vendors only. For an application call 516-785-5029 or e-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Holiday Craft Fair Vendors Wanted

The Friends of the Farmingdale Library are seeking crafters and flea market vendors for their Holiday Craft Fair to be held on Saturday, Nov. 3 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Table space is $40 and may be reserved by calling either 516-454-6813 or 516-244-0829. Space is limited.

Vendors Wanted

Vendors wanted for the Temple B’nai Torah of Wantagh located at 2900 Jerusalem Avenue for the Holiday Shopping Flea Market fundraiser on Sunday, November 25 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sell your merchandise or promote your business to shoppers from the South Shore of Nassau County. Rain or shine. For information call Ben at 516-221-2370 or e-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for more information.


Ongoing Events

Twin County Chorus

Ladies, do you love to sing? Then we’ve got a place for you. Join Twin County Chorus in the joys of a cappella harmony. We rehearse every Thursday evening in Levittown from 7 p.m. to 9:45 p.m. Call Bobbi at 516-798-4325 or Susan at 516-729-8323 for more information. Or visit our website: www.twincounty.org.

Dance Classes

Learn the art of social and ballroom dancing with professional dance instructors. Singles and couples welcome. Beginners and advanced. At Kismet, 18 W. Nicholai St., Hicksville. Fridays from noon to 3:30 p.m. Lesson is $10. Social dancing takes place at 12:30 p.m. Chicken, salads, bagels, cream cheese, and pastries. DJ, singles and couples areas, singles introduced, dance hosts, large dance floor. A donation of $14 includes group lesson. Dates: Oct. 12, 19 and 26. For more information call 718-332-7825 or e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

News

During a recent meeting of the Farmingdale Board of Education, President Shari Bardash-Eivers addressed a controversy that had erupted among parents in the district surrounding comments that were made online about student data mining. Initially proposed as a component of New York State’s Common Core Learning Standards, data mining is used to gather information on students through a company called InBloom. However, the proposal to allow data mining through the use of InBloom was defeated by state lawmakers. 

 

For Eivers, the controversy had come about after she had made comments on social media sites regarding parents who were opposed to student data mining. Many referred to her comments as “insensitive,” for use of the terms “paranoid” and “ignorant” whilst noting that the same parents opposed to data mining seemed to have no qualms about activities such as using Google or their credit cards online—acts which she said carry many of the same risks. 

On April 4, members of the Farmingdale Board of Fire Commissioners appointed three new Chiefs of the Farmingdale Fire Department. After 14 years of service with the department, the newly minted Chief Patrick Tortoso is ambitious about his new title. 

 

“I wouldn’t be here without my members' backing,” Tortoso said.

 

At the ceremony, Frank Romano, ex-Chief of the Farmingdale Fire Department, gave his final rundown of the 997 calls the department handled in 2013, before handing over the proverbial reigns to Tortoso. 

 

“You guys always did a standup job,” Romano said congratulating his commrades. “This has been a rewarding experience.” 


Sports

John Galanoudis of Farmingdale, a junior student at Molloy College, batted .462 for the week with a .562 on-base percentage and a .615 slugging clip to help Molloy to a 3-1 series win over St. Thomas Aquinas. He scored four times, had six hits including two doubles, and drove in three runs. Galanoudis also stole a base and walked once.

 

— Submitted By ECC Sports

 

Erin Donovan of Farmingdale, a sophomore at Farmingdale State College, finished 6th in the High Jump at the St. Joseph’s Invitational competition. Her mark of 4 feet, 8.25 inches moves her to No. 7 on the All-Time list. 

 

— Submitted by the Farmingdale State College Athletics Department


Farmingdale High School’s Lady Dalers have staked an early lead in Nassau County Girl’s Varsity Lacrosse Conference I, after winning each of their last three games this season. Starting the season on the road, the Lady Dalers would open with a non-league victory over Sacred Heart on March 20. The Lady Dalers would go on to win the exhibition match 10-8, thanks to Tara Wahl who scored six goals to put Farmingdale in the lead. On March 22, the Lady Dalers would compete in their first game of the regular season against

South Side High School. During the game Jill Alonso put up two goals and four assists, helping the team to secure its 13-4 road win. 


Calendar

School Board Budget Adoption - April 9

CSEA Training - April 11

Comedy Dinner - April 11


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