Farmingdale State College (FSC) President W. Hubert Keen made a grand public announcement following one of many celebration events of its centennial, and just days before the campus would reach its 100th year mark. Keen presented “Farmingdale Forward: 10 Goals for 10 Years”—an impressive agenda for FSC’s future—which includes increasing enrollment by 1,000 students, expanding academic programs to include FSC’s first master’s degrees, the hiring of 70 new faculty members, and the next phases of renovation.
“Farmingdale is poised to enter a new phase of growth and development, an extension of the success we have enjoyed in recent years,” Dr. Keen said proudly. “We call this vision ‘Farmingdale Forward,’ because it represents the steps we must take to ensure an enduring excellence. Our ‘10 Goals for 10 Years’ will transform Farmingdale again. By 2022, the college will be very different, with growth and improvement apparent in every important measure.”
Vision Long Island has named Bartone Properties and BWC Realty Partners the 2012 Smart Growth “Revitalizing Communities” award recipients for the redevelopment plan for Farmingdale.
One aspect of the expansive project, to become Bartone Plaza, involves redeveloping the property around the village’s train station where a warehouse now sits. A mixed-use building with ground level retail space and with residential units above is planned.
The Farmingdale school board adopted a budget of $150,567,160 for the 2012-13 school year at the public board of education meeting on April 3 at Howitt Middle School.
Salaries and employee benefits ate up a large chunk of the budget, with $78,345,917 going toward staff compensation and $37,439,051 slated to be used for healthcare costs and other benefits. The 2011-12 budget included $78,053,893 for salaries and $35,264,337 in benefits, so the increases were relatively minor.
Annually, the Long Island chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) holds a prestigious luncheon to honor Long Island law enforcement, including officers, attorneys and local citizens, who display an extraordinary commitment against the drunk driving plight. On March 22, for the fifth year, MADD gave several special awards, along with recognition of the outstanding dedication to DWI enforcement, prosecution and education that the law enforcement professionals have shown.
Following a bagpipe presentation by Sergeant Todd Bennett of the Southampton Town Police Department, a brief invocation was given by Bishop Robert W. Harris and generous welcomes from MADD Victim Advocate and event chairwoman Margaret Rebholz and Senior Development Officer Rori Fleshel.
The most recent public meeting on April 2 of the Village of Farmingdale Board was a bittersweet ending for many existing members of the village board, including outgoing Mayor George Starkie. Following a jam-packed work session, Mayor Starkie expressed his sadness about it being his final board meeting and the official end of his mayoral term. “It’s been an experience of a lifetime,” Starkie told community members, remarking how incredible it has been to work with the board and village staff over the past years.
Starkie addressed the residents, “Thank you for the privilege to serve the community that I love; it’s been a labor of love.” He gave advice to the board members to remember to use the ruler of “is it good for Farmingdale” to guide future village operations.
High school students: Get ready for your close-up. The SATs and ACTs now want a photo of you.
The requirement that photos be uploaded at the testing site is just one of the new security measures that will now govern SAT and ACT test-takers. In the aftermath of the arrests of 20 local students late last year, all charged with either taking SAT or ACT exams for other students or having paid someone to take the test for them, Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice announced a “sweeping security overhaul” to prevent further cheating. DA Rice was joined by executives from the College Board and the ACT exams at a press conference on Monday, March 26, as she outlined the new rules.
When it has been proven that 99 percent of the population can barely lift their own bodyweight, one Farmingdale resident, Matthew Sohmer, 19, has recently set a new teen and American record of a 711-pound dead lift. Sohmer is presently a freshman at Becker College in Massachusetts, playing lineman in his first year.
Sohmer currently holds the records in squat teen record at 700 pounds; the bench record at 275 pounds; and the dead lift record for teen and American titles at 711 pounds.
(Editor’s Note: This is a continuation of the article “Adams Gives Cuomo Budget Presentation to Farmingdale” that appeared in the Friday, March 16 edition of the Farmingdale Observer.)
On Friday, March 2, the Farmingdale Public Library, Farmingdale Chamber of Commerce and Mayor George Starkie hosted a presentation of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s budget address, “New NY Transformation Plan...the Next Step,” given by State Cabinet Member Ken Adams, CEO of Empire State Development.
Childhood memories are the foundation of our lives, and an iconic Farmingdale venue has been providing those memories of warm summer nights, cotton candy, melting ice cream cones and thrill-a-minute rides for 50 years.
On Saturday, March 24, over three generations of thrill seekers will have passed through the iron gates of one of the most recognizable mid-island attractions, Adventureland Amusement Park.
Mayor George “Butch” Starkie presided over his final Farmingdale Village Board meeting on Monday, March 5. Starkie announced in January that he would not be seeking re-election. Eagle Scouts from Troop #261 were among those who attended the meeting.
On Tuesday, March 20, Farmingdale will hold its village elections. There are two candidates vying for the mayor’s seat: Ralph Ekstrand and Georgiana Sena. There are four candidates seeking two open trustee seats: William Barrett, Michael Manchin, Susan Miles, and Thomas Ryan. Polls will be open from noon to 9 p.m. at Village Hall. Residents must have already registered to cast their vote in this election.
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