On June 3, residents in the South Farmingdale Fire District voted 52-0 to change the department’s existing Length of Service Award Program [LOSAP] for eligible volunteer firefighters.
As the first fire district on Long Island to have the switch approved by voter referendum, South Farmingdale will freeze LOSAP service credits for eligible volunteers, effective Jan. 1, 2015, and transition from its current defined benefit program to a defined contribution system.
A bunch of young ladies were recently instructed on the crafty caveats of creativity with the most unlikely of materials: duct tape, which according to Farmingdale Young Adult Librarian Natalie Korsavidis, is a surprisingly big hit among the students in her art classes.
“Duct tape is very, very popular,” said Korsavidis, who runs all of the programs for kids in grades 3-12. “If something is popular with my teens, third to fifth graders usually tend to like it as well. I’ve done duct tape before with older kids, so I thought I’d try it with the youngsters this time.”
In the rich tradition of commemorating all those who have served in the United States Armed Forces—dedicating their lives to fight for home and country overseas—veterans in the Village of Farmingdale lined up bright and early on May 26 for the annual Memorial Day Parade.
The parade assembled at Yoakum Street and Thomas Powell Blvd. before making its way south down Main Street towards the grandstand assembled in front of Village Hall.
Everyone knows that the Dalers can deliver the goods when it comes to nearly any sport, but word has spread that there is yet another field where the students of Farmingdale High School are delivering hard-hitting results: the field of science.
Science Research Advisor Laurie Sheinwald said the school’s Science Research Club was started in response to Farmingdale’s public reputation solely as a school for athletics. She said that they wanted to show that they have an impressive scientific community of students as well.
Elected officials in the Village of Farmingdale are looking to pass legislation that will restrict cellphone providers such as AT&T and Verizon from putting any antenna, beacon or tower on private property.
“The village relies on the cellphone tower revenue,” said Farmingdale Mayor Ralph Ekstrand. “These rich cellphone providers can easily pay the fees.”
Voters in the Farmingdale School District cast their ballots on May 20, to pass a $156.4 million spending plan for the 2014-2015 school year, by a margin of 71 percent.
According to unofficial tallies, 1,516 residents voted “yes” while 626 voted against the 2014-2015 budget.
“When the Farmingdale community went to the polls on May 20, they spoke loud and clear,” Superintendent John Lorentz said. “They said that they understand the intrinsic value of the public school system, and are willing to take action to preserve it. We can’t thank them enough.”
Every coach preaches that it takes all 25 guys to win, that it’s a team effort and not a single player will receive special treatment. But what is usually forgotten is that sometimes there is one player that can carry a team and that the team needs him to step up when it matters the most.
Although he is less than two years removed from being an All-County high school player, Alex Weingarten has proven to be that type of player for the Farmingdale Rams. The south shore native has been their most reliable arm for the past two seasons, he played a huge role in winning their seventh consecutive conference championship and he will need to do so in the regionals. He is used so frequently for one reason; the bigger the situation is, the better he pitches.
National media outlets reporting on the recent car wreck, which caused the deaths of five Farmingdale teenagers, have been cluttered with headlines using words like “tragic,” “horrifying,” “heartbreaking,” and “catastrophic.” While it is true, the accident was a horribly unfortunate tragedy that had a profound impact not only on the family and friends involved, but on the entire community.
However, Farmingdale residents rallied together amid crisis to support the families of the five lost Dalers. In doing so, students in the district have added a few more words to the list: “hope,” “community,” “fellowship,” and “caring.”
Farmingdale’s student artists are showcasing their creative talents as part of the district’s annual Art Show, open until May 29. Students in grades K-12 have proudly put drawings, paintings, photos, sculptures and more on display at Weldon E. Howitt Middle School.
The exhibit opened with a reception on May 13, when parents were given the opportunity to stop and admire their student’s hardwork. Fine Arts Director Rita Padden gave a brief presentation on the district’s art curriculum, and thanked parents and teachers of these art students from Northside, Albany Avenue, Woodward Parkway, Saltzman East Memorial Elementary schools, Howitt Middle School and Farmingdale High School.
In response to the tragic car crash on May 20 that claimed the lives of five Farmingdale teens—Tristan Reichle, Jesse Romero, Carly Lonnborg, Noah Francis, and Cody Talanian—New York State Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced a series of safety measures that will be implemented on Conklin Street.
“It is clear that more must be done to help ensure the safety of drivers and residents in the area around Conklin Street,” Cuomo writes in his letter to Farmingdale Mayor Ralph Ekstrand. “My administration will continue to take every available action we can through engineering, education, and enforcement to avoid tragic accidents like this in the future.”
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