The Farmingdale School District continues its commitment to the community by making fiscally sound decisions in light of the economic downturn. This past spring, the community voted to use funds from the capital reserve to replace windows at Farmingdale High School. There was no increase to the tax levy as a result of the community’s decision and no further financial commitment is necessary. This work is part of the district’s long-term energy savings plan.
I was disappointed but not surprised to hear that John Venditto just proposed a tax increase because, after all, this continues the pattern of the all-Republican Oyster Bay Town Board. Despite the fact that seven out of 10 other towns on Long Island have found a way to hold the line on taxes, Oyster Bay has followed its normal playbook of increasing taxes in a non-election year. This maintains the practice, which has led to a 45 percent increase in taxes over the last six years. This translates to an average increase on your and my tax bills of approximately $600. My one hope is that Councilwoman Rebecca Alesia cannot possibly vote for this increase, inasmuch as she is running for reelection on the “Tax Revolt” line.
Peter J. Clines, Farmingdale resident
The third annual “Art in the Park” event held on Saturday, Sept. 25, was a huge success for the Women’s Club of Farmingdale and our village as well. Those who attended were treated to a beautiful, seasonal, colorful day filled with art appreciation and music plus a nice stroll through our Village Park.
Our gratitude is extended to Mayor George “Butch” Starkie, Deputy Mayor Pat Christiansen, and Cheryl Parisi for their personal attention and support.
They and the village staff supported and participated in the project from the onset.
Our thanks are extended to Debbie Podolski, president of the Chamber of Commerce, as well as the director of the Farmingdale Library. Due to her enthusiasm in our project, the Chamber donated the money for the music that filled the air that day.
Special thanks to Senator Kemp Hannon and Legislator Joe Belisi for attending and supporting our efforts to bring more interest in the arts to our village.
We also express our thanks to the merchants of Farmingdale who donated gift certificates to be awarded to the artists who won ribbons for their artwork.
Thanks are also extended to the Farmingdale Fire Department who graciously hung the “Art in the Park” banner across Main Street.
Women’s Club enthusiastically thanks Professor Wayne Krush, of the Art Department of Farmingdale College for his interest and support. Through his efforts and his students’ participation, a contest was held at the college for the poster that was used this year for “Art in the Park.” The students had a booth in front of the park to display and sell their work. Talented Professor Krush was also the leader of the Lonesome Moonlight Strong Band that entertained us for the day.
We wish to thank Christy Hinko, editor of the Farmingdale Observer, who was instrumental in obtaining advertising coverage not only in Farmingdale but also in the surrounding communities for our project.
Finally we wish to thank our committee Catherine Bongiorno, Barbara Hoerner, Ann Lomonte, Jane Monaghan, Marie Ortolani, Cheryl Parisi, Loda Romanelli and Fran Rotondo who spent months with us in preparation for this endeavor.
Success came to “Art in the Park” because 45 artists and the visitors who came to view their work supported our wish to bring art into our community. Through our efforts and theirs, Women’s Club will be able to give two $1,000 art scholarships to Farmingdale High School graduates this year and the remainder of the proceeds will go to other community projects.
Dolores Cianciabella, Chairperson
Art in the Park; and
Veronica Jones, co-Chairperson
Art in the Park on behalf of the Women’s Club of Farmingdale
I would like to take this opportunity to thank the entire Village of Farmingdale for opening our doors to what seemed like the whole of Long Island for the Annual Columbus Day festivities.
We are quite shocked and dismayed that a handful of Farmingdale residents could so adversely affect our neighborhood in Wantagh. Who are these residents? They are members of the Farmingdale Wantagh Jewish Center. Led by Toby Kase (president of the FWJC), these Farmingdale residents, as I’m sure you are probably already aware, voted to allow T-Mobile to erect six cell phone towers/antenna on the roof of the FWJC – a 100 percent residential area.
On behalf of the South Farmingdale Water District and Board of Commissioners, I have very exciting news to report; news that will give confidence and comfort to all residents in the South Farmingdale Water District.
The following are trustee reports from the Sept.21 Floral Park Village Board meeting:
Trustee Tweedy reported that he, Mayor Greene, Village Clerk Yvonne Blaber, Deputy Village Clerk Susan Walsh, Superintendent of Public Works Steve Siwinski, General Supervisor Richard Albertson, Highway Supervisor Mike Naylor, Chris Clements from Dvirka and Bartilucci consulting engineers, Camraj Ramgulam from Verizon, Bruce Machen from the Water Authority of Western Nassau County and John Valente from Valente Contracting met on September 21 for a pre-construction meeting regarding the Landau Avenue Project. Landau Avenue is being reconstructed in the village’s continuing effort to maintain our village streets. Landau Avenue will be reconstructed from Tulip Avenue to Webster Street with work commencing in about two weeks when final mark-outs by National Grid are completed. Work will begin on Webster Street going north to Tulip Avenue on the western side of the street. The project is scheduled to be completed by December 31, 2010. The Whittier Avenue overlay project is scheduled to be completed by the end of September. All castings have been raised and concrete work and storm drains are being completed.
(This letter to the editor is in response to the Long Island Wins column, titled “Welcoming Strangers: Immigration and Faith” by Maryann Sinclair Slutsky, which appeared in the Friday, Sept. 17 edition of the Farmingdale Observer.)
(This letter is in response to the letter to the editor “Fake Immigration Solutions? LI Wins Leads the Pack!” which appeared in the Friday, Aug. 6 edition of the Farmingdale Observer.)
“I’d be detailing the facts as they are,” writes Mr. Hassett in his August 6 letter to the Farmingdale Observer. This implies that whatever he writes is based on sound factual information. Yet, one of his statements in the same letter is gross misspeak. He writes, “Incredibly, some already receive Social Security payouts and Medicare without having contributed a single penny into these funds.” Mr. Hassett most certainly did not detail “the facts as they are.”
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