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Saturday, May 4

Family Fair, Book Sale

A giant Mother’s Day Family Fair will be held inside the Farmingdale Library, Merritts Road, on Saturday, May 4 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Something for everyone! For  information, call 516-454-6813 or 516-244-0829. Special note- the Farmingdale Library will also be holding a book sale in conjunction with the Fair. Great bargains on used books.

Tuesday, May 7

Homemakers Meeting

There will be a meeting of the Farmingdale Chapter of the Homemakers Council of Nassau County on Tuesday, May 7 at Ellsworth Allen Town Park, Motor Avenue, Farmingdale at 10 a.m. New members welcome.  Join for programs and refreshments. Contact Barbara at 516-249-0976 for information.

Plant Sale

The Farmingdale State College Ornamental Horticulture Department will hold a plant sale on May 7, 8, and 9 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., rain or shine, at the college campus greenhouses, entrance off the campus’ north entrance on Route 110. Choose from a wide variety of flowering annuals in flats, baskets and pots. Many Farmingdale-grown vegetables, perennials, tropicals, and houseplants available. 

Thursday, May 9

Free Voice Lessons

Ladies, do you love to sing? Twin County Chorus has a place for you. Women of all ages who enjoy singing are invited to join the Twin County Chorus of Sweet Adelines International in the joys of a cappella harmony.

Saturday, May 11

POW-MIA service 

Non-sectarian memorial service held for the remembrance of all brethren who are still listed as POW-MIA. Service on May 11 at 2 p.m. at St. Francis DeChantal, 1309 Wantagh Avenue, Wantagh. 

Monday, May 13

Blood Drive

St. Luke’s Annual Blood Drive on May 13 from 3 to 9 p.m. at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, Fellowship Hall, 145 Prospect Street, in Farmingdale. For more information or to make an appointment call Sue Hickey @ 516-293-5236 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Wednesday, May 15

Special Needs Bowling

On May 15, Farmingdale Lanes at 999 Conklin Street, will host a free special needs bowling day, sponsored by the Town of Babylon.  Visit www.farmingdalelanes.com for more information.

Sunday, May 26

Memorial Day Service

The UVO Memorial Day Service will be held at Veterans Plaza in Eisenhower Park, near parking field #6 on Sunday, May 26 at 10:30 a.m. For information call: 516-343-0106.

Sunday, June 2

Strawberry Festival

The Farmingdale Bethpage Historical Society of Long Island will hold their annual strawberry festival on the Village Green at 2 p.m. 


News

After spotting an abandoned cemetery at the corner of Grant Avenue and Rose Street in the heart of downtown Farmingdale, resident Vicki Gruber became inspired to trace the lineage of the Van Cott family—some of the earliest settlers in the Farmingdale community. Gruber, a corporate and securities attorney, said that after approaching the village about the history of the cemetery, she took it upon herself to do the research. Compiling three or four years worth of newfound information, Gruber discovered that each of the 16 plots in the cemetery are direct descendants of Claes Cornelissen Van Cats, a Dutch settler and firm believer in democracy, home rule and civil liberty. 

Farmingdale village officials will be holding a public hearing on Dec. 1, to reexamine school speed zones throughout the village, in order to establish a consistent school speed zone limit. 


Sports

At a special “wrap up “ meeting for the 2014 Marcum Workplace Challenge, Greater Long Island Running Club Vice President and Event Director Mindy Davidson of Farmingdale, presented a special plaque to Winsome Foulkes, team captain of the Farmingdale-based Telephonics Corporation.  Winsome is retiring from Telephonics after a long and successful career and has led the Telephonics Corporation in the Marcum Workplace Challenge since its inception.  

There is simply no better way for runners and their families to celebrate the Holiday Season than by being part of the fun at the Carter, DeLuca, Farrell & Schmidt Holiday 5 Kilometer Run, and on Saturday morning, Dec. 20, the Run will be celebrating its 27th anniversary edition at the John F. Kennedy Middle School in Bethpage. The run will start at 9:30 a.m. on Broadway in Bethpage.


Calendar

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The Wedding Singer - November 21

Holiday Parade - November 22


Columns

1959: The Year The Music Stopped Playing
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com

The Eccentric Heiress Of ‘Empty Mansions’
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