You’ve probably seen the St. Vincent de Paul Society trucks in your neighborhood but you might not know who they are and what they do, Who they are is one of the largest voluntary charitable associations in the world, having worked since its founding in 1833 Paris, to serve the needy. They became established in the U.S. in 1845 and on Long Island in the late 1940s.
“We offer emergency assistance in any way we can – food, furniture, utility bills, or help with rent or mortgage,” said Marion Holmgaard, president of the St. Vincent de Paul Society conference at St. Kilian’s Church, Farmingdale. Hers is one of about 50 parish conferences on Long Island.
Farmingdale resident, JoAnn Vergona Krapp, has an absolute passion for writing. The former school teacher and Northside Elementary Library Media Specialist has already written four children’s books with a fifth one due in June.
“I absolutely love the world of children’s literature,” said Vergona-Krapp in a recent interview. “With kids you can make up a total make believe world and let your imagination run wild.”
Vergona-Krapp let her imagination run wild in her most recent publication, Missing Treasure Means Trouble, which is a chapter book, best for ages 7 to 10-year olds. The wonderfully illustrated book is set in the Fire Island Lighthouse as it was undergoing major renovations in the 1980s. In the lighthouse’s, lantern room, three young adventurers meet up with a charismatic homeless man who enthralls them with stories of pirates, treasures and shipwrecks.
It is nothing but positive news in this year’s budget plan in the Farmingdale School District. Farmingdale, School Superintendent, John Lorentz said that the district tax levy came in at 2.35% which is below the district limit of 2.96%.
“We worked with the community and were able to come in slightly below the cap,” said Lorentz. “This is good news as we will be able to continue the programs in the district and not make any staff or teacher reductions.”
The district is also using its Proposition 2 Ballot, which does not affect the tax levy, to use capital reserves for a district wide window project. The project calls for the replacement and renovation of windows in all of the districts major schools. It is a three phase project.
When gardeners begin shopping for spring flowers, they may notice a familiar staple missing—impatiens.
Impatiens walleriana, which are beloved globally for their wide selection of color and low maintenance, have been affected by a fungus called downy mildew. The fungus first causes tiny spots, then yellowness on the leaves. A few weeks later, all that’s left is the flower’s stem and a frustrated gardener.
Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. in conjunction with the Integrated Medical Foundation and Bostwick Laboratories, recently sponsored a free prostate cancer screening program at the Massapequa Library.
Men who participated in the program received a free prostate cancer screening and a PSA blood test, regardless of whether or not they had insurance. The screenings were performed by Dr. Michael Dourmashkin, MD of Advanced Urology of New York.
Prostate Cancer is the most common form of cancer among men, after skin cancer. According to the American Cancer Society, approximately one in six men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during their lifetime.
For more information about getting a free prostate cancer screening, call the Integrated Medical Foundation at 631-247-0100.
Assembly Minority Leader Brian M. Kolb announced that Assemblyman Tom McKevitt (R,C,I-East Meadow) has been appointed to the position of Assistant Minority Leader Pro Tempore. As Assistant Minority Leader Pro Tempore, he will be instrumental in the preparation of floor debates and provide critical support in managing floor activity for the Conference.
The Women’s Club of Farmingdale has reached the significant milestone of its 100th anniversary. A splendid gala was held at Carlyle on the Green in Bethpage State Park to celebrate the occasion.
Mayor Ralph Ekstrand and Village Trustees Pat Christiansen, William Barrett, Cheryl Parisi and Tom Ryan attended the celebration. Also in attendance was Beth Mignone, president of the Farmingdale Chamber of Commerce, as well as chamber members Bill Trudden and Debbie Podolski, who is also the director of the Farmingdale Public Library. In addition, Farmingdale School Board member Tina Diamond, and Margaret Bollon, president of the Long Island Federation of Women’s Clubs also attended. Mayor Ralph Ekstrand presented a proclamation to Maria Ortolani, president of the Women’s Club and attendees danced the night away to the music of the “Risky Business” Band.
At a recent board meeting, the Farmingdale Village Board voted to amend a law, which would allow the village to exceed the New York State Property Tax Cap. However, fear not taxpayers of Farmingdale, Mayor Ralph Ekstrand said that action is a precautionary measure.
“We voted to go over the cap just in case,” Ekstrand told the Farmingdale Observer.
If the Farmingdale Public Library budget proposal is approved by voters next week, it will mean an annual tax increase of about $200 for homeowners, according to library director Debbie Podolski.
“It’s the best bang for their buck,” Podolski said. The budget calls for a 2.74 increase, which Podolski emphasizes is below the maximum allowable increase under New York State’s Property Tax Cap. “When you think about everything the community can get for $200, it’s really a value,” she said. “Just one magazine costs $7 on a newsstand.”
Farmingdale will get significantly more school aid than had been proposed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo. According to State Sen. Kemp Hannon, the district will receive an increase of 3.4 percent.
“Education has always been, and continues to be, one of my highest priorities as a legislator, and this year is no exception,” said Hannon. “I was successful in securing $58 million in operating aid for Long Island schools above what the governor proposed in January.”
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