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Obituary: D’Aguanno, Philip

Thursday, 27 November 2014 00:00

Philip D’Aguanno, 79, of Melville, passed away on Oct. 15. Loving husband of Maria. Devoted Father, father-in-law and grandfather. A funeral mass was held at S.t Kilian R.C. Church. Interment Holy Rood Cemetery. Funeral arrangements entrusted to the McCourt & Trudden Funeral Home, Inc.


Group Urges Cuomo To Sign Bill

Written by Farmingdale Observer Staff Thursday, 27 November 2014 00:00

The Citizens Campaign for the Environment, a Farmingdale-based advocacy group, recently joined state lawmakers and Massapequa water district officials for a press conference calling on New York State Gov. Andrew Cuomo to sign the proposed Navy Grumman Plume Remediation Act (A9492), which has already passed both the state Assembly and Senate, in an effort to protect Long Island’s drinking water and the Great South Bay from the Grumman-U.S. Navy underground plume of toxic chemicals. 


Village Honors Its Past

Written by Daniel Offner Wednesday, 26 November 2014 00:00

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. 


Village Votes On School Speed Limits

Written by Daniel Offner Friday, 21 November 2014 00:00

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. 


LIRR Parking Problems

Written by Daniel Offner Thursday, 20 November 2014 00:00

Holidays Increase Daily Congestion 

While parking around LIRR train stations is typically a challenge, even on a regular work day, the holidays create more of a struggle for commuters in search of parking spots. LIRR spokesman Salvatore Arena said that ridership between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day increases by at least 10 percent; last year it was by 12 percent. Though the MTA is adding more trains to the schedule, that doesn’t ease the parking situation, which is operated not by the LIRR, but by individual municipalities in each town. 


“Every station is different,” Arena said. “A good part of our parking is in the hands of the locality. They set the rules essentially.”


Rotary Honors Local Veterans

Written by Farmingdale Observer Staff Wednesday, 19 November 2014 00:00

In celebration of Veteran’s Day, the Farmingdale Breakfast Rotary chose to mark the occasion by welcoming Lieutenant Colonel Gary Dolan, a heralded U.S. Army Ranger and Vietnam War veteran, to its ranks.


Vice President Dan Aldieri said that his fellow members feel he is “a worthy representative” and that he “posesses qualities that exemplify the true spirit of Rotary in public, business, social and private life.” 


Lt. Col. Dolan was inducted into the U.S. Army Rangers Hall of Fame for his heroism, acts of bravery and exemplary military service. His experiences were recounted in his book Of Their Own Accord. 


Hannon Re-Elected In A Landslide

Written by Daniel Offner Friday, 14 November 2014 00:00

Representing the Farmingdale, Bethpage, Old Bethpage, Levittown, Island Trees, Garden City, East Meadow, Massapequa, Hicksville and Plainedge communities in Albany for the past 25 years, Republican state Sen. Kemp Hannon recently defeated his Democratic challenger Ethan Irwin, a Levittown attorney, for another term in office. 


“Exercising one’s right to vote is one of our most important fundamental freedoms, and I look forward to returning to Albany to continue doing the peoples’ work,” Hannon said.


Finishing College With A Bang

Written by Vinny Messana Thursday, 13 November 2014 00:00

After winning the Skyline Conference Player of the Year during her freshman year at Farmingdale, it would’ve been tough for Jessica Sickles to top that accomplishment. There was

no need to worry, however, she closed out her college career on the court with another Player of the Year during her senior year. 


Neither of those compare to her most memorable moment on the court, according to the senior from Massapequa. 


“My best moment was reaching the Nationals last year,” she said about the tournament hosted by Amherst College. “It was great being in the tournament even though we lost in the first round,” she added. The team was defeated by Endicott College 5-2. 


Halloween Home Invasion

Written by Daniel Offner Wednesday, 12 November 2014 00:00

Nassau County Police are investigating a home invasion, which occurred this Halloween in Farmingdale. 


According to detectives, a 34-year-old mother was at home with her husband and two-year-old son when she opened the door, expecting “trick or treaters.”


Instead, three adult subjects, all wearing masks to cover their faces, waited on the doorstep. 


Homecoming Full Of Daler Pride

Written by Daniel Offner Thursday, 06 November 2014 00:00

In keeping with tradition, the students of Farmingdale High School celebrated 2014 Homecoming with a week full of “Daler” pride, all leading up to the annual varsity football game against the Generals of MacArthur High.


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