Anton Community Newspapers  •  132 East 2nd Street  •  Mineola, NY 11501  •  Phone: 516-747-8282  •  FAX: 516-742-5867

theFarmingdaleObserver.com Calendar

Sunday, March 10

Rumrunning On LI

The Farmingdale Bethpage Historical Society of Long Island will host the presentation on March 10 at 2 p.m. at the Farmingdale Public Library, 116 Merritts Road. Program is free and open to the public. Refreshments and social hour will be held following the program. 

St. Pat’s Dinner

St. Thomas Episcopal Churchwomen, 298 Conklin Street is having their St. Patrick’s Day Dinner on Sunday, March 10 at 5 p.m. The cost is $15 per adult, $5 per child under 12. The menu consists of corn beer, cabbage, potatoes, hot dogs, macaroni and cheese, Irish soda bread, rye bread, dessert, coffee, and tea. 

St. Baldrick’s

Join the St. Baldrick’s event at Jackie Reilly’s, 3964 Hempstead Turnpike in Bethpage, beginning at noon on Sunday, March 10. For more information call Monica at 516-756-1849 or Bill at 516-581-2227. Register or make donations to the event at http://www.stbaldricks.org/events/mypage/5766/2013

Friday, March 15

Eve Eskin Foundation’s Psychic Evening Reading

The Eve Eskin Foundation will host an evening with Psychic Richard on Friday, March 15 beginning with coffee, tea, soda and desserts at 7:30 p.m. at the VFW Post 516, 635 Main Street in Farmingdale. Tickets for the group reading are $55 each. All guests must be paid in full, in advance via check or Paypal. Visit www.evefoundation.com or call 516-293-1457 for more information.

Sunday, March 17

Blood Drive

Athletes for Life Blood Drive on March 17 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Long Island Blood Services, 905 Broadhollow Road (Rte. 110, just north of the Northern State Pkwy) in Melville. Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 516-655-2299 for more information.

Farmingdale’s Inaugural Saint Patrick’s Day Parade

Save the date: First-ever Saint Patrick’s Day Parade along Main Street in Farmingdale, rain or shine. Details to follow.

Senior Pops Orchestra Of Long Island

The Senior Pops Orchestra, under the direction of Stephen Michael Smith, will team up with the students of Huntington High School in an intergenerational concert on March 17, at 2 p.m. in the Huntington High School Auditorium located at 188 Oakwood Road. Some of the selections include “A Night on Bald Mountain” by Mussorgsky, “A Salute to the Big Apple” and “Dances Fantasticas, Orgia” by Turina. Sponsored by Bethpage Federal Credit Union. For information, including directions, visit www.seniorpops.org or call 516-414-1831.

Sunday, March 17

Pet Photos With Easter Bunny

Easter photos, family and pet photos with the Easter bunny on March 17 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Last Hope parking lot, 3300 Beltagh Avenue in Wantagh. Benefits the Last Hope Animal Rescue. Photo costs: $5 for emailed copies, $9 for printed-mailed copies. Call Joanne at 631-671-2588 for information.

Thursday, March 21

Community Summit Expo and Health Fair

The Farmingdale Community Summit Expo and Health Fair is Farmingdale’s premier event for bringing business and community together. This year’s event will be held on Thursday, March 21 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at Farmingdale High School on Lincoln Street. This event is organized by the Farmingdale Community Summit Council and sponsored by the Farmingdale Chamber.

Sunday, April 7

Free Legal Assistance

On April 7 Hofstra Law will host a free legal assistance clinic for all veterans. Free consultations with pro-bono attorneys who specialize in elder law, tax, wills, estate, family law, VA benefits, claims, disability, employment, USERRA, housing, bankruptcy, debtor/creditor matters, Medi­care/Medicaid, landlord-tenant issues and more. To schedule a consultation, contact the Hofstra Veterans Law Student Association at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 516-468-3551.

Tuesday, April 23

Founders’ Day Dinner

The Farmingdale Bethpage Historical Society of Long Island will hold their 49th Annual Founders’ Day Dinner on April 23 at 6:30 p.m. at the Blue Lagoon Restaurant at 677 Farmingdale Road (Route 109) in West Babylon. John Hanc will be the guest speaker. Call 516-694-5392 for more information. Registration suggested before April 12. 

Wednesday, May 1

Tolerance Benefit and Auction

One of the most enjoyable benefits on Long Island, the event brings together leading philanthropists and community leaders to support the Holocaust Memorial and Tolerance Center’s emphasis on teaching children how to be Upstanders against hatred, intolerance and bullying. Event will be held at Carlyle on the Green in Bethpage at 6:15 p.m. In addition to an exceptional atmosphere and dinner, we will feature exciting new auction packages, vacation getaways, celebrity memorabilia, and more! Two educational scholarships will be presented. Proceeds benefit the Holocaust Memorial and Tolerance Center’s education programs. For tickets and sponsorship information, visit www.karma411.com/tolerancebenefit or call 516-571-8040.


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


Columns

Yellow Margarine And A Pitch For The Ages
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com

Sustainable LI: Getting Good Things Done
Written by Mike Barry, MFBarry@optonline.net

LI’s ‘Most Prominent Lady In Politics’
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com