This journey I have embarked upon started Jan. 29, 2000. My father’s journey began on April 3, 1943, his first day in the U.S. Army.
In his service diary he wrote, “Last day in civilian life, will never forget that day for the rest of my life.” I wonder what he was thinking as he left his family and sweetheart, my mother. His name is John G. DiBartolo and he was only 19 years old.
I was only too happy to make a donation for the building of the World War II Memorial in Washington, DC. I wanted to honor my dad by registering his name; I did not want him to be left out. After doing so, I became more and more curious about exactly where he was and what battles he fought in while in Europe. So I decided to try and find out but had no idea at the time all the research I was facing. I don’t think my dad knew exactly what he was in for when he was drafted. So now I began to take the same journey he took some 57 years ago.
With 40,000 thousand members worldwide, and 18,000 thousand members just in New York alone, the Knights of Pythias is a fraternal organization , that participates in an immeasurable ense amount of charitiescharity, a, as well as raising e money to help organizations, as well as helpingand its members who are in need. This year marks the 148th anniversary of the organization.
The Knights of Pythias was founded in Washington, D.C. on Feb. 19, 1864. Members worldwide are involved in their community. Along with being an international fraternity, it is one based on charity, principle, friendship, and benevolence. The Knights are dedicated to universal peace.
Editor’s note: The following is an essay submitted by Andrew Keen about his father Constantine Keen. This is part of a series of essays, which were submitted by our readership for the Anton Newspapers Military Heroes Essay Contest with the American Airpower Museum of East Farmingdale and The Collings Foundation. Essay winners recently flew in historic aircraft stationed at the American Airpower Museum.
My dad, Constantine (Gus) Keen, was a young teenager sitting in a theatre with a bunch of his buddies when the movie was interrupted by the announcement that the Japanese had attacked Pearl Harbor. He and his friends, who were all underage to enlist, decided that they’d forge their birth certificates and join the service.
The Farmingdale Chamber of Commerce’s annual holiday parade was held on Saturday, Nov. 17 along Main Street, from Northside Elementary School to the Village Green. Residents of Farmingdale including, the Farmingdale High School band, and the Dalerettes, local officials and dozens of Girl Scouts, all showed their Christmas pride.
The owner who decided to move the New York Islanders off Long Island once its lease expires in June 2015 may play a role in filling the potential void left by the teams’ departure. County Executive Edward P. Mangano, developer Bruce Ratner, Isles owner Charles Wang and Don Monti of Renaissance Downtown think they have a plan in place to solve the developmental conundrum that is the Hub, which includes Nassau Coliseum.
The group announced a strategic “Reuse Plan” on Tuesday, Nov. 20 that reportedly will transform the Coliseum within the first half of 2013. Others have tried and failed where Ratner is venturing and the 77-acre site in Uniondale could become barren in three years once Wang departs for Brooklyn’s Barclays Center.
South Farmingdale Fire Commissioner Thomas Mastakouris said within the first couple of days of the storm recovery, many of the out of state workers were sleeping in their utility trucks in vacant parking lots. The temperatures were still at freezing overnight when some of the workers were sleeping out in their trucks.
Dybus is a teacher and judge for the Suffolk Piano Teachers Federation, the International Concert Alliance and an adjudicator for New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA).
In Shire, Amanda Marcella wanted to be a housewife. After 20 years, she finds herself divorced and begins to rebuild her life. But someone is watching. Her life begins to unravel and she is thrust into a world of jealousy, obsession and revenge. Shire begins in Massapequa and Farmingdale, and then moves to Georgia with frequent return visits to Long Island.
Now that fall is here it’s time to get back into the swing of things. Hope everyone had an enjoyable summer. The Women’s Club of Farmingdale had their first meeting of the club year on Thursday, Oct. 4 at Allen Park with a new President Maria Ortolani and the new executive board: 1st Vice President Ann Lomonte; 2nd Vice Presidents Anna Ievolo and Lynn Connolly; Recording Secretary Cheryl Parisi; Corresponding Secretary Rosemary Emigholz; Treasurer Dru Brem; Auditor Madeline Bondietti and Immediate Past President Barbara Hoerner.
This will be an exciting year as our 100th anniversary is fast approaching in March 2013. Many exciting events are being planned. Cookbook chairperson Loda Romanelli and her committee have put together a wonderful cookbook Recipes of Remembrances-The Women’s Club of Farmingdale 100th Anniversary 1913-2013. It contains recipes from club members and friends and also past presidents through the years. It is a treasure to own. If you would like to purchase a cookbook, please contact Barbara Hoerner at (516) 799-6245. The cost is $15.
“I thought my house was going to blow away,” one local homeowner told Farmingdale Observer. As he was working on the monumental task of cleaning up his home after the devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy; he spoke about the frightening feeling that his home would come apart during the storm. Many Farmingdale homes incurred tremendous damage, as did so many homes throughout Long Island, and in particular, Nassau County. As with many Nassau residents, much of residents’ belongings were ruined and they are left with the task of rebuilding a home.
It is a scene that is devastatingly similar throughout Long Island, and particularly in waterfront areas on the north and south shores. Homeowners desperately tried to remove the water that had flooded homes by opening doors, windows, garage doors, and by using generator-powered vacuums, designed to capture water. Along curbsides, carpets, furniture, clothing, toys, and other treasured belongings were left for sanitation crews to take away. Literally, lifetimes of memories had been washed away.
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