With the closing of the holiday season, also considered the season of giving, some can honestly say they have volunteered a significant amount of time and energy to those less fortunate then themselves. One local Farmingdale resident and philanthropist, Thomas Gubitosi, can describe himself as a giver; his compassion is laudable.
Gubitosi, a semi-retired stockbroker with a knack for charity, founded the Marie Gubitosi Foundation more than 12 years ago, after the death of his mother.
Renovations, Pearl Harbor ceremonies, and new additions are among some of the recent activities at Farmingdale’s own American Airpower Museum. Located at Republic Airport, the Airpower Museum is home to war aircraft and vehicles dating back to World War II.
Gary Lewi of the Airpower Museum shared some of the exciting things coming up for the museum. “We are particularly proud of the exhibits,” said Lewi. There are several aircraft already on display at the museum, ranging from bombers from WWII to fighter jets dating back to 1967. The Airpower Museum is continuing to strengthen their collection of operation armor to add to their aircraft and compliment the collections on display.
Governor Cuomo’s proposal to open New York to hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, has come under fire for failing to protect the state’s residents from a method of gas drilling that pollutes the environment, explained a host of speakers at a rally to ban fracking held Dec. 15 at Mary Jane Davis Green in Manhasset.
In this challenging economy the buzzword is job creation and Cuomo has also been criticized for claiming fracking will create jobs, but, as speaker Patti Katz, Reach Out America (ROA), said, “You can’t drink money.” The complaint period against fracking has been extended to Jan. 11, 2012 and rally speakers encouraged everyone to visit amillionfrackingletters.com and to send Governor Cuomo one of their own letters.
A poster of one word—imagine—hangs on the wall in the office of Farmingdale First. Imagine is what Frank Pomata, Director of Student Support Services, does every day while painting a friendly face on student campus life. There’s even a candy dish and family photos in his office.
Farmingdale First is a selective TRIO-SSS program funded by the U.S. Department of Education. Eligible students who are ready and willing to participate in Farmingdale First include: non-traditional students, first generation students, lower income students or learning disabled individuals.
On Saturday, Dec. 17 MTV star Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino made a special guest appearance at Stew’s Wines of Farmingdale. “The Situation” of the famed reality series, Jersey Shore, soon to be in its fifth season, was on hand to sign bottles of Devotion Vodka for fans.
“Hosting Mike ‘The Situation’ Sorrentino and Devotion Vodka this past weekend was really exciting for all of us here at Stew’s Wines,” said Stew’s Wines of Farmingdale Store Manager Stephen Vaughan. “The Saturday before Christmas is generally a very busy one for us, so to have a celebrity bottle signing going on while we had so many shoppers in the store already, it was the icing on the cake!”
On Saturday, Dec. 10 the Farmingdale Public Library held an opening reception to honor the fine oil painting collection “Oils in Nature’s Brush” by A.V. “Ed” Panetta. Panetta was joined by dozens of friends and family members as he proudly presented some of his most beloved paintings from throughout the years.
Panetta, 94, said he has been in love with drawing since he was a young boy. He remembers drawing a lot of planes, encouraged by many of his elementary teachers, like Mrs. Riordan and Mrs. Johnson. He would draw from his imagination, creating new flying inventions like a plane with a submarine periscope attached. Panetta said that as a young student he was often given special privileges during art class to have an independent study, permission to create freely, despite the assignment given to the rest of the class.
On Monday, Dec. 5 the Village of Farmingdale and other local and state officials gathered at Fancy FREE Gift Shop and Artisan Center at 248 Main Street in Farmingdale to help celebrate its grand re-opening with a ribbon cutting ceremony and a showcase of the local crafts and talent that will be available and the gift shop.
The Fancy FREE Gift Shop is organized and operated by Family Residences and Essential Enterprises, Inc. (FREE), a nonprofit agency that supports over 3,000 individuals with autism and other special needs.
According to Deputy Mayor Pat Christiansen, the festive holiday arrangements currently on display on Main Street were the result of many hours of hard work put in by several groups and individuals within the Farmingdale community.
“The Beautification Committee worked together with resident and nonresident volunteers, junior firemen, firemen, Relay For Life committee members, Girl Scouts, the mayor and trustees,” Christiansen said. “They gathered on three separate occasions and worked very hard to put up all these holiday decorations. We also have to give special thanks to DPW personnel and Public Works Superintendent Andrew Fisch for their efforts in decorating the Tricentennial tree and solving numerous lighting issues. Also thanks to Amityville DPW for the loan of a truck, and to Lowe’s [Home Improvement] in Farmingdale.”
Nassau County Legislator Joe Belesi recently joined together with Village of Farmingdale officials Mayor George Starkie and Deputy Mayor Patricia Christiansen to attend the Annual Village of Farmingdale Tree Lighting. Pictured: Belesi, Debbie Podolski, Rosemary Trudden, George Starkie, Joe Trudden, Patricia Christiansen and Phil Strehl.
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