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Farmingdale Residents Achieve Highest Honor In Girl Scouting

Friday, 17 August 2012 00:00

While some high schools now require a few hours of community service for graduation, none go as far as the Girl Scouts who earn the Gold Award. This year Sabrina Carrieri, Deanna Lavelle, Victoria Lorig, Heather McSherry, Gabrielle Messina, Elizabeth Shields and Ashley Zizzo of Farmingdale join the record number of 121 Girl Scouts in Nassau County that have woven a minimum of 80 hours of community service into their busy schedules. These young women developed Gold Award community action projects that address social issues in their community or promote acts of kindness and goodwill throughout the county. Their efforts earned these girls the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest honor that a young woman can achieve in Girl Scouting.  

“We are so proud of all the young women who earned their Girl Scout Gold Award this year,” said Donna Ceravolo, executive director of the Girl Scouts of Nassau County. “Through their projects, these women have changed the lives of others and improved their communities in significant ways. We couldn’t be happier that 121 girls chose to take this rigorous path towards earning their Gold Award and succeeded in accomplishing their goals.”

 

NYPD Commissioner Gives Speech At War Memorial

Written by Christy Hinko Friday, 10 August 2012 00:00

Nassau County hosts Vietnam War Memorial replica

This November marks the 30-year anniversary of the dedication of the national monument, the Vietnam War Memorial in Washington, D.C. On the memorial, 58,195 names of this nation’s military service members who fought in the Vietnam War and who lost their lives in service are inscribed. This includes soldiers who are still Missing In Action (MIA). April 30 marked 37 years since the recorded end of the Vietnam War.

Last week, on Thursday, Aug. 2 a scaled-down replica of the national monument was presented to the public for a temporary display at Eisenhower Park in East Meadow. Dozens of service members and their families gathered for the opening ceremonies, which included a keynote speech from New York City Police Commissioner Ray Kelly.

 

Long Island Veterans Honor Purple Heart Recipients

Written by Christy Hinko Friday, 10 August 2012 00:00

On Wednesday, Aug. 2 dozens of Vietnam War veterans and local officials gathered at Eisenhower Park in East Meadow during the construction of the Traveling Vietnam War Memorial Wall to honor Purple Heart veterans.

Bob Chiappone, commander of the Military of the Purple Heart (MOPH) Chapter 417, led the ceremony for the Purple Heart veterans. The medal was placed at the apex of the memorial wall, a tradition since 1982 when a construction worker threw his brother’s Purple Heart medal into the apex of the memorial. Some say the wall has a heart and it is a living tribute to the wounded and deceased.

 

Project SAFEGuard Being Introduced To Schools

Friday, 03 August 2012 00:00

The project addresses enhanced emergency preparedness

On Thursday, July 27, officials at Morrelly Homeland Security Center in Bethpage hosted Project SAFEguard, an educational program that will be rolled out to local school administration. It is a program of the Applied Science Foundation for Homeland Security (ASFHS), a member of the Long Island Forum for Technology (LIFT) family of companies.

Project SAFEguard is a program developed in response to New York State’s regulations, including the “Safe Schools Against Violence in Education Act” (SAVE) and revised regulations of the commissioner of education mandating schools to have sound safety plans.

 

Carole P. Roman Publishes First Children’s Book

Written by Christy Hinko Friday, 03 August 2012 00:00
Earlier this month, Long Island author Carole P. Roman published her first children’s book, Captain No Beard—An Imaginary Tale of a Pirate’s Life. Roman told Anton Newspapers, “It is based loosely on a game I play with my grandson Alexander,” inspired by his charm and imagination.

In the story, Alexander “Captain No Beard” and his crew (a monkey, a lion, a frog, and his cousin and first mate, Hallie) set sail on their “mighty frigate” from his bedroom into a magical seafaring world in search of a distant land and treasures.

 

‘Spirit of Broadway’: 25 Years For St. Kilian’s Players

Written by Rita Zirpolo Padden Friday, 27 July 2012 00:00
This year St. Kilian Players celebrate their 25th anniversary with a show different from the Players’ traditional Broadway musicals, yet filled with the same enthusiasm and entertainment. The Players began in 1988 when Fr. Chuck Romano arrived and conceived the idea of community theatre in the parish. Fr. Chuck discussed his idea of 25 years ago that is the same idea that exists today.

According to Fr. Chuck, “It is amazing that the group has survived and thrived; it is a credit to the group’s commitment, the parish’s support and the belief in what it all was about when we started. It was the idea of a theatre group open to people of all faiths working together sharing their time and talents to entertain audiences. We wanted to put on a good show and in the process have a spirit of giving, not getting. It is the ‘We, not I, mentality.’ Friendships and marriages happened. Children have grown up following in their parents’ footsteps. People have become better in their own self-awareness and confidence in their abilities. A real community spirit has developed and has been sustained for 25 years. Each year different talents emerge.”

 

NCCCA Holds Community Meeting In Seaford

Written by Christy Hinko Friday, 27 July 2012 00:00

Public comment period expires July 30

On Thursday, July 19, Nassau County Coalition of Civic Associations (NCCCA) hosted “Stop the Grumman/Navy Toxic Plume” presentation with the Seaford Harbor Civic Association and Massapequa Water district at the Seaford Fire Department headquarters.

Massapequa Water District Commissioner John Caruso gave a detailed presentation to approximately 100 community members and residents.  He said, “Most people, especially the DEC (Department of Environmental Conservation) and EPA (Environmental Protection Agency), really don’t get it when it comes to our sole source aquifer; what’s below us is our drinking water supply, broken up into three distinct aquifers.” Long Island mostly draws from middle, the Magothy aquifer, from a range of 50 to 900 feet below the earth’s surface; Massapequa water is screened from about 850 feet below the surface.

 

Obituary - Mary Graff

Written by Farmingdale Observer Editorial Staff Thursday, 10 December 2009 12:21
Mary Graff, of Bethpage, passed away on Dec. 6, 2009. Wife of the late Casper. Mother of Barbara Davids, Richard Graff and Steven Graff. Also survived by many other family members and friends. Arrangements entrusted to the McCourt & Trudden Funeral Home, Farmingdale. Funeral Mass was held at St. Kilian RC Church. Interment St. Charles Cemetery.
 

Maragos: Bonding Failure Increases Budget Deficit

Written by Joe Scotchie Friday, 20 July 2012 00:00

NIFA, Democratic legislators targeted for criticism

Last week, Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos announced that the 2011 unaudited budget deficit would reach $50.4 million. He added that the projected deficit for 2012 is set at $45 million. However, he placed the blame on both NIFA and the Democratic Party caucus in the county legislature.

Maragos said that the failure of both NIFA and the Democratic caucus to work with County Executive Edward P. Mangano and approve $43.1 million in bonding for property tax refunds caused the deficit to balloon. With such approval, he said the deficit for 2011 would be at only $7 million and the 2012 projected budget would be nearly balanced.

 

BOE Re-elects Bardash-Eivers, Wilson To Administrative Positions

Written by Jordan Lauterbach Friday, 20 July 2012 00:00

Board hears district’s APPR plan

The Farmingdale Union Free School District Board of Education administration will remain the same for the 2012-13 school year. Shari Bardash-Eivers was reelected as board president prior to the district’s annual reorganization meeting on Wednesday, July 11 at Weldon E. Howitt Middle School. Steve Wilson will return as vice president.

Trustees Kathy Lively and Rick Morrison were also sworn in at the meeting, officially beginning new terms on the seven-person board. Bardash-Eivers was also reelected at the May school board elections.

 

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