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Farmingdale Village Board Of Trustees Public Meeting

Monday, January 7

Farmingdale BOE Meeting

Wednesday, January 16


Friday, December 28

Open Knit & Chat

Infinite Yarns, at its new location, 34 Hempstead Tpke. in Farmingdale, hosts Friday Nights Open Knit & Chat from 7 to 9 p.m. Enjoy an evening crocheting or knitting your own favorite projects. Bring your own project, or purchase materials to start a new one. Free to attend. Visit http://www.infiniteyarns.com/ or call 516-293-0010 for more information.


Thursday, January 3

Widows, Widowers Club Meet

The Long Island NAIM Catholic Widows and Widowers Club meets at the VFW Post #7277 Hall, at 191 Veterans Blvd, in Massapequa at 8 p.m. Proof of widowhood is required. DJ Ray will be playing. For information call Maureen at (516) 781-4763.


Sunday, January 6

Massapequa Preserve Birds

Join the South Shore Audubon Society for a bird walk at the Massapequa Preserve from 9:30 a.m. to noon on Sunday, Jan. 6. Walk leaders and other birders and nature enthusiasts will be happy to share their knowledge and experience with you. The bird walk is free. Bring binoculars. Rain, snow or temperature below 25 degrees F will cancel the event. The group will meet at the Northeast parking lot at the Massapequa Long Island Railroad Station.  For more information, visit www.ssaudubon.org or call Steve Schellenger at (516) 987-8103

Flash Mob for Tweens and Young Teens

Flash Mob starring American Idol Star Jackie Tohn set for Sunday, Jan. 6 at 11 a.m. at the Huntington Hilton, Route 110, in Melville as part of the ORT Party Planning Showcase & Ultimate Teen Party. Performance roles in the KALIEDESCOPE OF LIGHTS video is limited to the first 200 children, ages 11 to 13, who apply. Free to attend. The child that gives the best performance will win a free ‘Club Style’ party for up to 75 people at Wall Street in Commack. All participants will also receive free professional head shots and candid shots at the party. Pre-registeration is preferred by visiting www.ortpartyplanningshowcase.com. The showcase runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.


Monday, January 7

Divorced, Separated and Widowed Support

This is a group to help with emotional needs during a difficult time. Not a professional service, but a helpful support group. Although free, we do pass around an envelope for a voluntary donation for use of the room. Meets every Monday except holidays at 7:30 p.m. at St. Kilian’s RC Church, 485 Conklin Street in Farmingdale. Email Lyn at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 516-753-0923 for more information.


Tuesday, January 8

Homemakers Council of Nassau County

The Farmingdale Chapter of the Homemakers Council of Nassau County will hold their next regular meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 8 at Ellsworth Allen Town Park, on Motor Parkway at 10 a.m. The meeting program will be “Happy New Year.” New members welcome. Join for program and refreshments. Contact Barbara at (516) 249-0976 for more information.


Sunday, January 13

Film Screening

The community is invited to Temple B’nai Torah (2900 Jerusalem Avenue, Wantagh) for a screening and discussion of Hester Street by Joan Micklin Silver on Sunday, Jan. 13 at 1 p.m. Starring Carol Kane and Doris Roberts, Hester Street, is the touching story of Russian immigrants on the Lower East Side of Manhattan in 1896. The old world and new world collide as the family struggles to adjust to American life. Will they forsake their heritage? Free parking. Call Rabbi Bellows at (516) 221-2370 for information.


Upcoming Events

Farmingdale Village Board Of Trustees Public Meeting

The next public board of trustees meeting will be held on Monday, Jan. 7 at 8 p.m. at Village Hall, 361 Main Street, in the conference room. Copies of the past minutes and future agendas can be found on the village website. Regular meetings are typically on the first Monday of each month at 8 p.m.

Farmingdale BOE Meeting

The next public Farmingdale Board of Education meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 16 at 8 p.m. in the Howitt Middle School cafeteria on Van Cott Avenue in Farmingdale. The public is invited and encouraged to attend regular school board meetings and special sessions of the board of education.

Winter Coat Drive

The Parkway Community Church will be holding a winter coat drive during the months of November and December. All coats will be donated to The Interfaith Nutrition Network (INN) in Hempstead, a not-for-profit, volunteer-based organization that addresses the issues of hunger and homelessness on Long Island. All donations of new or “gently” used coats (infant, child and adult sizes) can be dropped off at the Parkway Community Church, 95 Stewart Ave., in Hicksville between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. For more information, call 516-433-5659.

Farmingdale PTA Vendor Fair

The Farmingdale High School PTA will hold a vendor fair in conjunction with the annual Fashion Show this year. Vendors needed for the vendor fair to be held at the high school from noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 2. Homemade crafts, Lia Sophia, Tastefully Simple, pocketbooks, Pampered Chef, etc., all are welcome. Cost is $50 for a 10x10 space. All proceeds go to the FHS PTA Scholarship Fund. For details, contact Joanne Acton at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


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.

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.

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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