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‘Sweeping’ Security Changes for SAT/ACT Testing

Written by Wendy Karpel Kreitzman: wkreitzman@antonnews.com Friday, 06 April 2012 00:00

NCDA Rice announces test-taking overhaul

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.

 

Matt Sohmer Setting Unprecedented Weightlifting Records

Written by Christy Hinko: chinko@antonnews.com Friday, 30 March 2012 00:00

Sohmer prepares to compete for world team

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.

 

Farmingdale Shares Concerns About State Budget Proposal

Written by Christy Hinko: chinko@antonnews.com Friday, 30 March 2012 00:00

Water Consolidation Plan seen favorable by state reps

(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.

 

Adventureland Amusement Park Celebrates Milestone Year

Written by Christy Hinko: farmingdale@antonnews.com Friday, 23 March 2012 00:00

Park delivers family-owned, operated service to generations

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.

 

Starkie’s Final Public Meeting as Mayor

Written by Christy Hinko: chinko@antonnews.com Friday, 16 March 2012 00:00

Farmingdale Village Elections March 20

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.

 

Adams Gives Cuomo Budget Presentation to Farmingdale

Written by Christy Hinko: chinko@antonnews.com Friday, 16 March 2012 00:00

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.

Cuomo and his cabinet members arranged a series of public sessions throughout the state to give residents a chance to get more information on the budget proposal. The State Commissioners have been meeting with community members and residents to share details from the governor, as well as gathering concerns from residents to report back to Albany. Cuomo announced the initial budget proposal Jan. 17. The end of the state’s fiscal year is March 30.

 

Ralph Ekstrand Wins Village Mayoral Election

Written by Christy Hinko: Farmingdale@antonnews.com Friday, 23 March 2012 00:00

Barrett, Ryan grab trustee seats

Farmingdale 2035 Party mayoral candidate Ralph Ekstrand defeated challenger Georgiana Sena in the March 20 village election. Ekstrand received 815 votes, while Sena, a member of the Village Independent Party, picked up 639 votes.

 

Four Candidates Vie for Two Trustee Seats

Friday, 09 March 2012 00:00

In the Tuesday, March 20 Village of Farmingdale elections there are four candidates running for two four-year term trustee seats. The Farmingdale 2035 Party candidates are: William Barrett, trustee incumbent and Thomas Ryan. The Village Independent Party candidates are: Michael Manchin and Susan Miles.

The Farmingdale Observer asked each candidate to submit a general statement about their candidacy and respond to the same set of questions. Their answers appear here.

 

Ekstrand and Sena Vie for Mayor Position

Friday, 09 March 2012 00:00

The Farmingdale Observer offered the following questions to each of the mayoral candidates who will run on the ballots in the Village of Farmingdale public elections on Tuesday, March 20. Both candidates were also offered a chance to make a general statement about their candidacy, or share something about themselves.

 

Farmingdale State College: Anniversary Exhibition

Written by Christy Hinko Friday, 02 March 2012 00:00

This year marks the centennial milestone of Farmingdale State College, founded in 1912. The school, undergoing some major transformations and renovations, is presently displaying Farmingdale State College Centennial Exhibition: Historical Perspectives through Friday, March 9 in its Memorial Gallery in Nathan Hale Hall.

 

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