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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.


Village To Hear From Public About Proposed Property Law

Written by Christy Hinko: Friday, 13 July 2012 00:00

Four public hearings set for August 6 meeting

At the July 2 meeting of the Village of Farmingdale Board of Trustees approximately 30 people were in attendance for the regular public board agenda.

Mayor Ralph Ekstrand said other villages within Nassau County have been passing legislation to make property owners responsible for maintaining their property. The board set a resolution to hold a public hearing on a new proposed property maintenance code for Aug. 6.


Youth Services Coalition Rallies To Restore Funding

Written by Joe Scotchie: Friday, 13 July 2012 00:00

Monies eliminated for numerous county agencies

With no budget agreement in sight and numerous agencies now defunded, the Nassau County Youth Services Coalition once again rallied on Friday, July 6, at the Theodore Roosevelt Legislative Executive Building in Mineola to both protest the lack of inaction and to seek the restoration of lost funds.

In June, numerous youth agencies received notice that their county contracts would be cancelled and funding eliminated on July 5 if Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano’s fiscal recovery plan was not approved.


East Meadow Fire Department Wins ‘BBQ Grilling Throwdown’

Written by Rich Forestano: Friday, 06 July 2012 00:00

Rockville Centre, Bethpage come in second and third place respectively

Firefighters were battling the flames on Friday, June 29, but of a different kind. The smoke billowing from the Nassau County Firefighters Museum emanated the aromas of grilled delight.

East Meadow, Bethpage and Rockville Centre fire departments battled in the 4th Annual “BBQ Grilling Throwdown” sponsored by Fairway Markets in Uniondale last week. The key message of the contest: holiday barbecue safety.


Comment Period For Bethpage Plume Remediation Ends July 30

Written by Christy Hinko: Friday, 06 July 2012 00:00

Local residents weigh in at public sessions

The Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has indicated that cleanup of the Bethpage area plume is predicted to take more than 30 years before “groundwater” standards are achieved.

“This is one of the largest plumes I have ever seen,” and one of the most vocal communities, said Jim Harrington. Harrington is currently the director of the remedial bureau in the Division of Environmental Remediation at the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC). He was on-hand for the June 21 public session that was held at the Bethpage Community Center.


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