On Feb. 27, parents in the Farmingdale, East Meadow, Massapequa and Levittown school districts came together for an informal panel discussion on the New York State Education Department and the implementation of the state Common Core Learning Standards.
Panelists included New York State Assemblyman Thomas McKevitt, Jeanette Deutermann of the Long Island Opt Out Facebook page, and former public school teacher David Greene, who came to the Farmingdale Public Library to talk with local parents about key concerns and questions with the curriculum.
An outspoken parent and founder of the Long Island Opt Out movement, Deutermann delved into some of the factors behind what led to the state’s adoption of the Common Core, and how the state education department cites High School graduation rates as its reasoning behind the curriculum.
With the quest to craft the Farmingdale Schools’ 2014-2015 spending plan underway, the Board of Education met on Feb. 26 to discuss the financial well-being of the District; a topic that the support—or lack thereof—from New York State will have a very direct impact upon.
Superintendent of Schools John Lorentz discussed how New York State Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s proposed budget for the 2014-2015 fiscal year is slated to include additional financial support for school districts; however, Lorentz said the increase in aid is still far short of what Farmingdale needs to ensure its standards of learning are kept intact going forward.
After a recent 45-37 win over the top-seeded team from Baldwin, the Farmingdale High School Boys Varsity Basketball team will be heading to the Nassau County ‘AA’ conference finals. According to Head Coach Jim Pastier, this is the first time since 2002 that the Dalers have advanced to the county finals.
“Nobody gave us a shot since before the season,” said senior Malik Seelal, directly following the victory over Baldwin. “That was our motivation.”
Curtis Jenkins, who led the Dalers’ squad in scoring throughout the regular season, was held to an uncharacteristic seven points, meanwhile Ron Winkler carried the load with a tremendous 15 point and 14 rebound performance.
Salt used to melt ice and snow from the roadways has become a hot commodity in Farmingdale—as in most of Nassau County—even after Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced an extra 400 tons would be shipped to Long Island to combat future snow storms. This winter,
New York has used over 46,000 tons of salt in less than two months time, according to state officials. Whereas, on average, the state only uses 30,000 tons per year.
Farmingdale village officials found themselves in a bind following the snowstorm on Feb. 14, when foremen with the Department of Public Works reported that the village had run out of salt.
Sometimes having a passionate fan base can affect the home team. The Farmingdale Dalers admitted the volume and intensity of the crowd at the game against Calhoun “forced them to rush their shots” in the first quarter, according to Dan McKeon.
Fortunately for the home crowd, the Dalers were able to relax and overcome an 11-point deficit against their opponent to advance to the Nassau County quarterfinals with a 47-38 victory.
While the Dalers would strike first to put up an early 2-0 lead, the squad’s scoring chances were quickly stifled by the Colts’ defense—scoring only one more basket in the first quarter of the game.
After calling a stop work order on all construction in the village, Farmingdale officials met with the developers and representatives from National Grid and LIPA to discuss a recent gas leak caused by the ongoing development of 120 Secatogue Avenue.
“The findings at that meeting were most distrubing,” said Farmingdale Mayor Ralph Ekstrand.
According to Ekstrand, National Grid representatives said it is at their sole discretion whether to cut off gas service at the property line or at the gas main in the street.
Nassau County Police detectives are investigating an officer-involved shooting that occurred on Feb. 14, in downtown Farmingdale.
According to homicide squad detectives, the incident occurred as police were searching for a stolen vehicle, which had just occured from the parking lot of the Lotus Garden Chinese Restaurant at 345 Conklin Street. A nearby officer—parked at the Spartan Diner located at 1580 Broad Hollow Road—spotted the vehicle.
This St. Valentine’s Day, more than 600 Farmingdale High School students celebrated the holiday in a non-traditional manner to spread awareness to the growing concern of suicide and depression amongst teens and adults.
On Feb. 14, students and faculty dressed in all-purple attire in recognition of the “P.S. I Love You” initiative—a campaign created by West Islip High School senior Brook DiPalma, after her father committed suicide. From the tragedy, DiPalma said she was able to take away something positive, and has since been an advocate for suicide prevention on Long Island.
Curtis Jenkins, two-sport star for Farmingdale, scored the go-ahead, fade away jump shot with 3:00 remaining in overtime to put the Dalers up by two over Freeport. Farmingdale ultimately won the see-saw battle by a score of 57-52—and thereby won a spot in the playoffs.
Jenkins led the scoring with 21 points on Senior Night.
“Jenkins is probably the best athlete on Long Island,” said Head Coach Jim Pastier. “He’s one of the best basketball players around here right now. We need him to do what he did tonight, and we expect that out of him.”
Vietnam War author Phil Keith stopped by Farmingdale Public Library on Sunday, Feb. 16 for a book signing event organized by American Legion Post 449.
“As amazing as some of these events sound, they are not made up,” said Keith. “They actually happened.”
Keith has written two novels, Blackhorse Riders and Fire Base Illingworth.
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