The public hearing to address the MTA’s proposed fare hikes held at the Garden City Hotel on Sept. 16 was met with a literal “twist” of fate. As LIRR and LI Bus riders started shuffling into the hotel at 5 p.m. to register to speak, thousands of Long Island-bound commuters were about to be stranded in Penn Station. Two tornadoes ripped through New York City at the height of rush hour, causing the MTA to suspend all LIRR service.
Farmingdale State College’s Department of Visual Communications: Art and Graphic Design pays tribute to the long-running comic strip The Lockhorns. Fans can see original artwork and panels in Memorial Gallery in Sinclair Hall, at the exhibit on display now through November 5, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free for all.
On Wednesday, Sept. 8, on the steps of the State Supreme Court in Mineola, Plainview businesswoman Francesca Carlow announced that she has received the endorsement of the Democratic Senate Campaign Committee (DSCC) in the race for the 6th New York State Senate District seat against 34-year Republican incumbent Kemp Hannon. A day later, her Democratic Primary opponent, Dave Mejias- who was recently arrested for allegedly stalking his ex-girlfriend- announced that he would drop out of the race.
Everyone was keeping a watchful eye on the track of Hurricane Earl just a couple of days before the 6th annual Main Street Mile in Farmingdale, but the weather could not have been better for this great event which was held on Saturday, Sept. 4, producing two record breaking performances for both the men’s and women’s races. This Labor Day tradition has grown every year since the first race in 2005. The event was presented by Runner’s Edge, Croxley Ale House, B103 Radio, and Dr. Larry Lembo. The co-race directors were the team of: Runner’s Edge owner, Bob Cook; Mark Leff of Cisco Systems; Mindy Davidson of the Greater Long Island Running Club and BOCES; Eric Bressler of Wikham, Bressler, Gordon and Geasa; and Craig Gluf of Henry Schein. Proceeds exceeding $5,000 from the Main Street Mile were donated to support the Companions in Courage Foundation (CiC), founded by former New York Islander and Hockey Hall of Famer Pat LaFontaine, who also participated in the event. The race finished in front of the Farmingdale Firehouse and Village Hall, with the post race awards ceremony taking place at the Gazebo on the Village Green. There were 289 participants in the race, 37 of them from Farmingdale and many from surrounding local towns such as Massapequa and Seaford, and as far away as Maryland and Charlotte, North Carolina.
Over the Labor Day holiday weekend, the American Airpower Museum at Republic Airport hosted a World War II British Lancaster bomber, one of the few still flying.
The Nassau County Board of Elections has been doing a “trunk show” at venues all over the area to show voters how the new optical scanner machines work. Nassau County is following the new guidelines of the Help Americans Vote Act (HAVA) that was passed by the federal government in Oct. 2002 when then-President George W. Bush signed it into law.
Eighteen parents and members of the community were in attendance at the most recent Farmingdale School Board meeting on Wednesday, Aug. 25 in the new conference room at Howitt Middle School. They were treated to a photo collage presentation by the district’s SEPTA program. SEPTA is a district-wide Special Education Parent Teacher Association which meets monthly to ensure a free appropriate public education for children with special needs.The members of Farmingdale SEPTA participated in the state’s Summer Olympics at Mitchel Field.
At the most recent public Republic Airport Commission meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 17, the board of commissioners honored Dr. Philip Acinapuro, a long-standing member of the board and contributor to the airport.
On Saturday, Aug. 14 around 11 a.m. on Sinclair Street in Farmingdale, Charles Doyle, 31, was house-sitting for a friend when an event occurred that nearly cost him his life. Doyle was trying to fix something in the pool and fell in. Unfortunately, Doyle doesn’t know how to swim. He was able to scream for help before sinking to the bottom. Nearby neighbors pulled the unconscious man from the pool and called for help. Nassau County Police officers were first on scene, and applied a defibrillator, continuing with CPR. Assistant Chief Patrick Tortoso of the Farmingdale Fire Department was next to arrive, assisting with CPR compressions. Doyle was rushed to St. Joseph Hospital in Bethpage. When he arrived at the hospital, he had been in cardiac arrest for 27 minutes. The emergency room team and its chairman, Joseph Bruni, MD, sprang into action with more medication and shocked him again. In addition, they used a new technology, Artic Sun Therapeutic Cooling Device, to preserve brain function. Thanks to the incredible teamwork and professionalism Doyle was pulled back from the brink of death. Just days after his near death experience, Doyle was discharged on Thursday, Aug. 19, in time to celebrate his birthday.
Trains, trucks, baseball. Sounds like the list of a few things any normal 8-year-old boy would love and it is the list of things Jake Amato loves most. Jake is entering third grade this year at Northside Elementary in Farmingdale, but his plight with childhood leukemia keeps him from school and playtime on most days. He was diagnosed with cancer when he was only four years old.
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