Pastor Gunshik Shim’s career has spanned more than 25 years; while he has only been the spiritual leader of Farmingdale United Methodist Church for little over a year now, in that short time he has already grown to love the community surrounding it very much.
“I’m very delighted to serve the Farmingdale congregation,” he said. “The people here are very warm and friendly and I’ve enjoyed being pastor here.”
Rafael Avila, manager of research and development at Natural Organics of Melville, has been tinkering to make new ideas into reality for most of his life.
Now the Farmingdale resident is looking to pass on his love of breathing life into his imaginings with the first of what he hopes will be a series of seminars on inventing.
On Sept. 17 at 7 p.m. at the Farmingdale Public Library, Avila will host a seminar on inventing which he hopes will eventually grow into a series covering everything from concept and execution to fundraising and marketing. He hopes to establish a home-grown inventors’ movement.
The Farmingdale Village board granted a Special Use permit to Allstate Insurance after considerable debate on the part of the Board of Trustees regarding village codes.
The Allstate office, located at 223 Main Street for over 30 years, had submitted a Special Use application to move across the street to a larger facility at 222-224 Main Street in order to expand the scope of operations.
At Wednesday’s Board of Education meeting, Farmingdale Superintendent of Schools John Lorentz addressed parents’ concerns over low student testing scores in recent New York State assessments. According to Lorentz, the results for English Language Arts (ELA) and Math in grades 3-8 placed the district in the bottom quartile of Nassau County.
However, Lorentz was quick to point out that the lower scores were to be expected, and in fact were experienced by school districts across Long Island; this, he said, was brought about by new, stricter testing in alignment with the state-mandated adoption of the Common Core Learning Standards and not enough time to prepare adequately for them.
The Farmingdale Summit together with The South Farmingdale Fire Department invite all members of the community to “A Day of Remembrance” on Wednesday, Sept. 11. The Summit’s annual Farmingdale Remembers ceremony will start at 6:30 p.m. sharp at the 9/11 Memorial at the Farmingdale Public Library at 116 Merritts Road.
Farmingdale Remembers is an annual observance commemorating the events of September 11, 2001. The Summit urges all residents of the community to participate in the brief ceremony to: honor and remember those who perished, pay tribute to those who served so unselfishly in the recovery operation and show our continued support for all those who were affected by the events of 9/11/01.
The Farmingdale School District’s Howitt Middle School recently welcomed incoming students and parents to its Sixth Grade Orientation program. The annual event is designed to help new students get acclimated with their surroundings before the start of the new school year.
Students and parents were shown a slide-show presentation, participated in an informational question and answer session and toured the building for the first time. Howitt Middle School administrators, teachers, support staff and the PTA Membership Committee were in attendance to ensure that students and parents had an enjoyable experience.
Honor Flight Long Island is looking for men and women who have proudly served their country during WWII. The next scheduled flight for WWII veterans will take flight in just one more month.
Honor Flight Long Island is part of a national, non-profit organization called Honor Flight, which was established in 2004 and made to honor American veterans for their sacrifices. Our nation’s heroes will be paired up with a volunteer guardian, who will escort them on a flight to Baltimore and then on a bus to Washington, D.C.to visit the memorial that is built in their honor. The trip is free and is also a day to remember for the soldiers who fought bravely and helped keep our country safe and strong. “I can’t express what this generation has done for us,” said Honor Flight Long Island President Chris Cosich. “These guys were all together and had amazing stories to tell.” They also paid tribute to those who served in the Korean and Vietnam wars.
Laura Schaefer is running for Nassau County Legislature for the 14th District. Schaefer is a first time candidate, running on the Republican, Conservative, and Independence lines in the general election this November. The 14th Legislative District is composed of the communities of Garden City, Carle Place, Westbury, Old Westbury, Hicksville, and Bethpage.
Schaefer is a lifelong resident of Westbury. She grew up in Wheatley Hills riding bikes, playing kickball and going to the movies.
After an absence from the local scene for many years, an unusual Long Island resident has slowly been making his presence felt recently- the turkey vulture, a large avian resembling an eagle or hawk.
Recently spotted in areas such as Farmingdale and Hicksville, the turkey vulture has some residents expressing concern; most of that concern simply springs from the fact that most people don’t actually know a great deal about these mysterious birds.
Hicksville resident Pat Monnia spotted a turkey vulture on her block recently, and was surprised to see the large, out-of-place bird in her neighborhood. She immediately contacted the Farmingdale Observer regarding her sighting.
Senator Jack Martins and Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel were joined on Aug. 9 by members of local veterans’ organizations to announce that veterans’ legislation they sponsored (S.5825/A.6221-C) was signed into law on Aug. 2 by Governor Andrew Cuomo. In an effort to improve the benefit claims process for New York’s veterans, the law requires that directors of city and county veterans’ service agencies become accredited as veterans’ service organization (VSO) representatives.
“New York State is committed to giving our veterans the best care possible after they return from serving our nation and defending the freedoms we cherish as Americans,” Governor Cuomo said. “This new law will enable local Veterans Service Agencies to better serve our heroes returning from overseas, and give our veterans and their families the ability to apply for vital federal benefits in their own communities. This is another step by New York State in our efforts to be the national model for how state government serves our veterans and their families.”
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