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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

Bring your four-legged friends—in costume if they’d like—to roam Old Westbury Gardens during ‘Dog Days.’ Twice a year canines are welcome to accompany their (leashed) humans around the grounds of the mansion, and this is Fido’s last shot until spring. On Sunday, enjoy exhibits from rescue groups and animal welfare organizations from 1 to 4 p.m. A dog costume contest and parade takes place at 3 p.m. All activities included with admission: $8, $5 for seniors and $3 for children ages 7 to 17. At 71 Old Westbury Rd., Westbury, Saturday, Oct. 25 and Sunday, Oct. 26 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tel: 516-333-0048.


Mentorship is one of those goals rotary clubs strive for, particularly when it comes to grooming future community business leaders. Nowhere was this more important than when the most recent Farmingdale Breakfast Rotary meeting’s guests were Stanley Pelech, director of Integrated Academic and Technical studies and Jodi Haniquet, advisor of the Farmingdale High School (FHS) Interact club. Interact is Rotary International’s service club for young people. The Farmingdale Breakfast Rotary is the sponsor of the 75-plus student strong high school club. Advisor Jodi Haniquet reported to Rotary club members what  fundraising events the Interact Club will participate in for the 2015 school year. The service group will once again team with FHS student government in a food drive – donations collected for Island Harvest pantries. They will also participate in Ronald McDonald house dinner program – cooking and serving meals on the premises in New Hyde Park for the many families staying at the residence while their seriously ill children receive treatment at nearby hospitals.


Sports

The Farmingdale State College Women’s Volleyball team earned a three-set victory of York in a non-conference match on Oct. 8. 

 

Tied 4-4 in the opening set, Farmingdale State freshman defensive specialist Gina Giacalone served for 14 consecutive points to extend the advantage 18-4. The Rams cruised to a 25-8 victory in the first set. 

Farmingdale team wins annual Bethpage Ocean to Sound Race

On Sunday, Sept. 28, the Farmingdale-based Runner’s Edge team earned first place overall in the 29th annual Bethpage Ocean to Sound Relay. The team, representing the Runner’s Edge running and multisport specialty store located at 242 Main St. in Farmingdale, consisted of Boyd Carrington, Andrew Coelho, Nick Pampena, Tim Lee, Shawn Anderson, Ryan Healy, Kevin Galante, and Brandon Abasolo. It completed the 50-mile course from Jones Beach State Park to Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Park in Oyster Bay in 4 hours, 41 minutes, 58 seconds. The runners won by a margin of more than 10 minutes over the runner-up team from the Sayville & Smithtown Running Company, with much of the difference supplied by the strong Leg 2 performance by Andrew Coelho. Runner’s Edge Teams also took second place honors in the Mixed Open and Men’s Masters Divisions of the Relay. The Relay was sponsored by Bethpage Federal Credit Union (“Built to Give You More”), with new Race Directors Glen Wolther and Keith Montgomery managing the event for the host Greater Long Island Running Club.


Calendar

Women's Club of Farmingdale - October 16

Board of Trustees Work Session - October 20

Jack O'Lantern Extravaganza - November 2


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