On Monday, May 28, the Village of Farmingdale held its annual Memorial Day parade down Main Street. Members of the local veterans’ organizations, fire department, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, local officials, and residents gathered dutifully for the somber ceremonies to honor the nation’s war dead.
The procession passed through nearly a dozen “arches of honor,” where American flags fly high between two fire engines with ladders extended, along Wellwood Avenue in East Farmingdale, performed by many of the local fire departments.
This weekend, a special service will celebrate the fact that their remains have recently been discovered all these years later. Finally, the men will receive a military burial at Arlington and their families will have closure.
On Saturday, May 26, at 1 p.m., residents are invited to Saint Patrick’s Church in Glen Cove for a local memorial mass that will precede the Arlington ceremony to be held by the Air Force on July 9.
On Tuesday, May 15, Farmingdale School District residents took to the polls at Howitt Middle School, resulting in an approved 2012-13 school budget with the breakdown being 1,787—yes, and 896—no. This year’s budget offered to voters totaled $150,567,160. The district’s budget-to-budget increase is 1.82 percent more than last year.
The grand opening of the fully accessible park and playground in Eisenhower Park, Field 4, the Let All The Children Play (LATCP) project, was highly anticipated, and met with great praise from those in attendance at the Friday, May 4 ribbon cutting ceremony.
Some of the local officials included Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano, Adam Weingarten, Michael Alon, chairman and founder of LATCP; David Weingarten, vice chairman of LATCP; Assemblymen Harvey Weisenberg, Tom McKevitt and Ed Ra; Nassau County legislators Denise Ford, Rose Walker and Dave Denenberg. Also in attendance were representatives of the environmental bond act needed to move forward with the ground breaking of the playground project, and corporate sponsor, Astoria Federal Savings President/CEO Monte Redman.
On Saturday, May 19, Long Island veteran organizations and funeral homes are set to give proper military burials to more than 50 unclaimed veterans’ cremated remains.
Lorentz thanked the three seniors groups that he had given budget presentations to within the past week, saying, “We’ve developed a relationship with them, such that they really understand our budget concerns and they are generally a supportive group.”
“As a little kid does, I ran up to the front door and started banging on the door, and the manager actually came out and saw that I was…literally in my pajamas,” remembered Abrams. Impressed by such enthusiasm, the manager put the pajama-clad Abrams in a harness and let the child climb, free of charge, all over the rock walls in the empty gym late into the night.
Nassau County Attorney John Ciampoli revealed at a press conference on April 26 that he asked District Attorney Kathleen Rice to investigate if all nine Democratic county legislators engaged in criminal activity. He cited the Democrats threat of refusing to vote on bond approvals if a compromise on redistricting is not reached.
The county attorney read a Dec. 15, 2011 correspondence from Democratic Minority Leader Kevan Abrahams, which was also signed by the other eight minority legislators, advising County Executive Ed Mangano that, “we cannot in good conscience consider any borrowing requests for any purpose until we arrive at a satisfactory resolution of legislative redistricting.” The county is looking to borrow up to $140 million, which requires a super majority (13 of 19) vote from the legislature.
The funeral procession will assemble near exit 49 on the Long Island Expressway at 8 a.m. on Armed Forces Day and travel to Long Island National Cemetery at 2040 Wellwood Avenue in Farmingdale, led by Patriot Guard and Legion Riders for a 9 a.m. military honors burial service.
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