For the past nine years the Farmingdale Community Summit has gathered together to commemorate the tragic events of September 11, 2001. This year, to mark the 10th anniversary, the Farmingdale Community Summit Council held a special gathering, a Remembrance Walk, from the Mazza Monument at Allen Park in Farmingdale to the Farmingdale Public Library.
The walk and ceremony were not only a remembrance but also a celebration of the human spirit of those whose lives were cut short. It also paid tribute to those who were first responders to 9/11 as well as those in the military serving overseas as a result of the attack.
At the recent public meeting of the Village of Farmingdale Board of Trustees on Tuesday, Sept. 6 Nassau County Legislator Joseph Belesi stopped by to present a check in the amount of $200,000 for the Environmental Bond Fund. The Board approved a resolution to approve the Village of Farmingdale entering into an Inter-Municipal Agreement (IMA) between the Village and Nassau County for the funding of projects in the Village Green, Main Street Triangle Park and new greenspace on Front Street at the proposed hotel site.
Trustee Ralph Ekstrand proposed to set a public hearing for proposed changes to Village codes to be held on Monday, Oct. 3 at 8 p.m. during the regularly scheduled public board meeting. All residents and business owners are invited to attend.
The GU 9 Xtreme girls from Farmingdale, playing in their first tournament as the HBC Xtreme, played up in the U10 division of the Rough Riders Kick-off Classic on August 6th.
Sunday, Sept. 11 will be the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center.
There are many local memorial services available for residents. The Farmingdale Community Summit walk and Nassau County’s ceremonies were scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 8 and Wednesday, Sept. 7, respectively.
Although hurricane Irene was downgraded to a tropical storm by the time it made its way up the East Coast of the U.S., making landfall on Long Island on Saturday, Aug. 27, it left a path of downed trees and power lines as it crossed the Island headed toward New England. According to LIPA officials, approximately 500,000 customers in Nassau County lost power due to the storm.
The Farmingdale 10U Greendog softball team completed a great season last weekend, beating higher seeded teams from Massapequa and Plainedge to reach the finals of East Meadow’s Summer Sizzle tournament. Unfortunately the girls had to settle for the runner-up hardware, as their late rally in the championship game against undefeated Bellmore ended with the tying runs on base in the 7-5 defeat.
The coaches are extremely proud not only of the game day results, but also of the hard work this group of girls put in during their many practices. For most of Farmingdale’s girls this was the first taste of real competition. While many of the towns they competed against traditionally put out strong 8U tournament teams, roughly half the Greendogs had only faced coaches pitching in the past.
If you live near the Farmingdale High School, you may have thought the military moved its physical fitness training to the athletic fields on Sunday mornings throughout this summer. Not so; while most people are still asleep Sunday morning at 7 a.m. dozens of area residents are gathering for an hour of basic calisthenics, and stretching under the guidance of local chiropractor Dr. Walter Priestley and retired NYPD lieutenant Manny Rodriguez. Rodriguez has also served as the former commanding officer at the New York City Police Academy. The men are donating their time and expertise to bringing a positive experience to the community.
The first couple of classes began with a small following of exercise enthusiasts meeting at the football field behind the high school. Each week, the classes grew in size, to now over 40 fitness-minded devotees.
The Girls U8 Tournament Team the Farmingdale Xtreme repeated as champions in the Rough Rider Independence Cup Tournament on June 25th. The girls finished with a 3-0 record in their bracket.
On Wednesday, Aug. 10, up to 40 protestors from MoveOn.org gathered by Rep. Peter King’s office in Massapequa to protest his recent support for legislation that raised the nation’s debt ceiling.
“We have a simple message: we need jobs, not budget cuts,” said Bob McKee, a local MoveOn.org member. “We’re here today to say ‘enough is enough’ and demand that Representative King stop his assault on the American Dream. It is far past time that Washington end the tax giveaways to corporations and the wealthy and use that money to revitalize our community and create good jobs that we so desperately need.”
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