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FBLI Registration - January 11

NYC Draft Riots - January 12

Village BOT Work Session - January 13

 

Thursday, January 9

 

Chamber of Commerce Meeting

The Farmingdale Chamber of Commerce will hold its first general meeting of 2014, on Jan. 9, at Palmer’s American Grille at 123 Fulton St. Bring your business cards. All members present will enter into a drawing to win either “Featured Member of the Month” on the Chamber website, a Spotlight in the newsletter, or a banner or the Chamber’s website for one month. 

 

Zoning Board Meeting 

The next meeting of the Village of Farmingdale Zoning Board of Appeals will be held at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 9 at Village Hall on Main Street.

 

Saturday, January 11

 

FBLI Registration

Come sign up for the Farmingdale Baseball League, Inc. at Allen Park on Friday, Jan. 11. Registration will be held from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. For more information log onto the FBLI website at www.fdalebaseball.com.

 

Widow’s Connection

Living Faith Christian Church hosts Widow’s Connection from 9:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. in the church’s Fellowship Hall at 25 Hempstead Tpke.

 

Sunday, January 12

 

New York City Draft Riots

The Farmingdale-Bethpage Historical Society will host a program on the New York City Draft Riots of the Civil War, on Jan. 12, at 2 p.m., inside the Farmingdale Public Library, located at 116 Merritts Rd. 

Join us for a presentation from well-known author and scholar Barnet Schecter, as he reflects on a period of four days in the history of New York City that had federal troops called-in to control the violence.

 

Monday, January 13 

 

Village Board of Trustees Work Session

The next public work session of the Village of Farmingdale Board of Trustees will be held at 7 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 13 at Village Hall on Main Street. 

 

Tuesday, January 14

 

Super Community Blood Drive 

FUMC is hosting a blood drive with New York Blood Center on Tuesday, Jan. 14, 4:45-9:15 p.m. in Fellowship Hall.  All donors will be entered into a sweepstakes for one pair of tickets to Super Bowl XLVIII ($2,500 value). There is a critical blood shortage in Jan. due to school closings and inclement weather.  To schedule an appointment, contact Mary Bing at 516-456-0248.  Walk-ins welcome. 

 

FBLI Registration

Come sign up for the Farmingdale Baseball League, Inc. at Howitt West Middle School on Tuesday, Jan. 14. Registration will be held from 6:30-9 p.m. For more information log onto the FBLI website at www.fdalebaseball.com.

 

Wednesday, January 15

 

Farmingdale Board of Ed Meeting

The Farmingdale Union-Free School District Board of Education will hold its next meeting on Jan. 15, at 8 p.m., inside the Howitt Middle School cafeteria. 

 

Thursday, January 16

 

After-hours Networking and Business Card Swap

On Jan. 16, the Chamber of Commerce invites you to meet at the Nutty Irishman, located at 323 Main Street, after normal business hours to network and swap cards with other local business owners. 

 

Women’s Club 

The Women’s Club of Farmindale will hold their next meeting at Village Hall, located at 361 Main Street, on Jan. 16 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. 

 

FBLI Registration

Come sign up for the Farmingdale Baseball League, Inc. at Allen Park on Thursday, Jan. 16. Registration will be held from 6:30-9 p.m. For more information log onto the FBLI website at www.fdalebaseball.com.

 

Saturday, January 18

 

FBLI Registration

Come sign up for the Farmingdale Baseball League, Inc. at Allen Park on Saturday, Jan. 18. Registration will be held from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. For more information log onto the FBLI website at www.fdalebaseball.com.

 

Monday, January 20

 

Martin Luther King Jr. Day

School and village offices will be closed on Monday, Jan. 20, in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. 

Tuesday, January 21

 

Farmingdale High School PTA Meeting

The next meeting of the Farmingdale High School Parent-Teacher Association will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 21, at 7 p.m. inside the high school library. 

 

Blood Drive

Come give blood. On Jan. 21, the Woodward Parkway Elementary School will be hosting a blood drive from 3:30 - 9 p.m. Juice and cookies will be provided. 

 

Village Board of Trustees Work Session

The next public work session of the Village of Farmingdale Board of Trustees will be held at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 21 at Village Hall on Main Street. 

 

Thursday, January 23

 

Fire Commissioner’s Meeting

The next meeting of the Farmingdale Fire Commissioners will be held at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 23 at Village Hall on Main Street. 

 

Tuesday, January 28

 

Planning Board

The next meeting of the Farmingdale Planning Board will be held at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 28 at Village Hall.

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

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