The founders of the popular Facebook group “Massapequa Moms,” a ‘virtual living room with 6,700 people,’ are leveraging their social media power to create a new discount loyalty card good all over Long Island—including, they hope, in Farmingdale.
With a hugely popular Facebook community, co-founders Dawn Boyle Kostakis and Stephanie Hartman wanted to “figure out a way that we could help the consumer and the business owner at the same time; keeping commerce going, keeping it all local and having the people get a little bang for their buck,” said Kostakis. They wanted to serve more than just Massapequa, too, and the Long Island Loyalty card was born.
Vincent Amelio, a playwright, teacher and Manhasset resident is the next to secure a seat on the town’s exceedingly successful roster.
Amelio’s latest play, How Alfo Learned to Love Women, tells the story of a young man in search of romance. Since 2004, the Off-Broadway production has traveled from evenings of dinner theatre at Borrelli’s Italian Restaurant in East Meadow to its new home in the National Opera-America Center in Manhattan. In the play, protagonist Alfo Idello is in early middle age and struggling to grow up—at least in his relationships to women. With the help of his smoking-hot lady psychiatrist, the 34-year-old commitment-phobe re-lives his teenage years growing up in 1970’s Brooklyn and working in the family’s Italian bakery. Alfo’s father, now in charge of the bakery, won’t pass the business along until his son is married. Alfo’s dead grandfather, trapped in a purgatorial traffic jam on the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway, must return to earth and teach Alfo how to love a woman.
As children all across Long Island head off to school, kids in grades three through eight brace themselves for a new round of the New York State Common Core English Language Arts and Mathematics exams. But at least in Farmingdale, a number of children are opting out of both of these tests. According to he NYS Allies for Public Education, the Garden City School District saw 632 students opted out of the ELA portion and 800 pupils declined to take the mathematics portion.
In response to concerns from school officials, parents, and teachers regarding the level of testing administered to children in grades 3-8, U.S. Rep. Steve Israel joined 12 of Long Island’s school district superintendents, on Sept. 8, to present new legislation that would reduce the number of tests taken by students in grades 3-8.
Last year, U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer stopped at Moby Drugs in Farmingdale to highlight the launch of a drug take-back program, which was designed to help residents remove addictive prescriptions out of their medicine cabinets.
Yet, despite studies conducted by the Center for Disease Control—which found 70 percent of those addicted to prescription drugs get them from home, family or friends—federal regulations have prevented pharmacies in New York State from hosting the take-back program.
Lt. Matt Komorowski of Farmingdale was recently honored with the first annual American Heroes award, for showing bravery when faced with impossible odds.
On Sept. 11, 2001, Komorowski was one of six FDNY firefighters with Ladder Co. 6, called to the World Trade Center just a short while before the tower collapsed. Arriving at the scene, Komorowski and the members of his ladder company rushed inside the building. As they rushed up the stairs the men of Ladder 6 stopped to assist Josephine Harris, a then 60-year-old Brooklyn grandmother, who was stuck in the stairwell of the building.
Thirteen years since the tragic events of Sept. 11, 2001, hundreds of residents flocked to Town Park Point Lookout, to witness a compelling new memorial tribute honoring all those who lost their lives that day.
At the center of the ceremony were two 18-foot-tall, sand-crafted tribute towers set against a 35-foot-long “Wall of Heroes” mural, which depicts the Manhattan skyline, and a reflecting pool at the base of the memorial display.
Over Labor Day Weekend, from Aug. 29-Sept. 1, the American Airpower Museum in East Farmingdale, treated Long Island locals to a once in a lifetime experience, taking visitors high above the clouds during its Warbird Weekend: Salute to Airpower.
To kick off the celebration, on Aug. 28, tens of thousands of Long Islanders who worked in local defense plants, but were never given an official “thanks” for a job well done, were honored by the Museum.
Sometimes when you do a job for a customer, you really have to expect the unexpected.
In the case of German Cabral and Jason Galvin, energy efficiency advisors with the Farmingdale-based Green Homes Long Island, this was just the case. Who could have imagined that while trying to figure out the best way ot lower a client’s energy bills they would solve a 20-year-old mystery?
On Aug. 20, certified energy efficiency experts did a home energy audit for Plainview resident Seymour Bosworth, with the goal of lowering the homeowner’s energy use by 25 percent or more.
Farmingdale’s Main Street was jam packed as more than 475 runners from all across Long Island competed in the tenth annual Companions in Courage one-mile race. Each year,
Companions in Courage, a non-profit charity created by NHL Hall of Famer Pat LaFontaine, invites runners of all ages to compete in a one mile sprint for the organization.
Following a fun run for the kids, women of all ages lined up along Main Street for the one mile race. Meanwhile, the men limbered up as they awaited their turn to compete.
LaFontaine, who ran wearing his same no. 16 bib, said that all of the funds raised from the event go towards charity.
Thousands of residents in South Farmingdale, Bethpage and Massapequa could face a rising water bill unless a group responsible for environmental pollution clean up its act.
On Sept. 2, Sen. Charles Schumer and the South Farmingdale Water District called on the U.S. Navy and the Department of Justice to prevent significant water bill increases for residents by chipping in for the construction a water treatment facility to filter and purify the ground water impacted by the Bethpage plume.
The water district has borrowed close to $5 million from the Town of Oyster Bay to construct the water treatment facility. Repaying the bond will cost consumers $1.5 million each year over the course of the loan, and Schumer said consumers should not be burdened by something they did not create, adding that the federal government must step up quickly in order to prevent these costs from being passed on to ratepayers, as is expected to occur in the near future.
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