Once again I am groping for words to express the awe that took place in Farmingdale last week. Beginning on Wednesday afternoon when James arrived home and hundreds of people stood in the rain for several hours awaiting his arrival at the funeral home through to Saturday morning when we laid our hero, James Argentine, to rest. For the thousands of people who lined Conklin Street, you know what I am talking about. Our community came together to wrap their arms around the Argentine family and share in their grief. Jan and Bob, James’ mother and father, his fiancée Crystal and the whole family felt your love and support.
Burdened as we on Long Island are by high energy costs and dirty air, we should applaud the recent passage by the House of Representatives of the American Clean Energy and Security Act (ACES). ACES sets forth clean energy and efficiency goals for America to achieve - goals that have already been reached and surpassed by other countries around the world. The release of carbon dioxide from the burning of fossil fuels (coal, petroleum products, and even “clean” natural gas) has started a process of rapid global climate change.
Rotary President, John Cuccia introduced Vice President Kathy Firetog who introduced the Aug. 5 meeting’s speakers, Rotary District 7250 membership chairman Rony Kessler. He is also president of the West Hempstead Rotary Club.
The speaker explained that the District was in danger of being merged with another if it didn’t get more members. He also explained that local Rotary Clubs under 20 members might be disbanded. Rather than have each Rotary member bring in one member, Mr. Kessler advocates having those club members who are good salesmen bring in many members. The non-salesman Rotarians can help provide leads to the salesmen Rotarians. Mr. Kessler gave the Farmingdale Rotarians many ideas for getting new members. For example, there are sections in the newspaper that show publicity aware business people. These people can be asked to join Rotary. Another idea is to have a business card exchange at a restaurant sponsored by Rotary. His Rotary Club adds any guests names to its mailing list. He has posters about joining Rotary at key spots in his town. He also publicly publicizes Rotary programs for the next six months to attract businessmen to the meetings. Len Constantinopoli responded for the Rotary. He thanked the speaker for his many fine ideas for increasing Rotary membership.
Farmingdale The Farmingdale Chamber of Commerce was incorporated on May 29, 1953 by a small group of far-sighted individuals who cared about our community. According to the original incorporation papers, the Chamber was created to foster trade and commerce, promote and encourage industry, trade, business, financial and professional interests of Farmingdale; and to promote the civic, commercial, industrial, and organizations having an interest in Farmingdale.
This summer I sponsored and passed legislation in Nassau County that protects children on the Internet by banning all convicted sex offenders from social networking and Internet dating websites. Working closely with nationally renowned advocacy groups Parents For Megan’s Law & the Coalition Against Child Abuse and Neglect we were able to pass this important legislation to provide a safer environment for our children to surf the Internet. While researching this legislation it became apparent how dangerous a place the Internet can be for unsupervised children. Sexual predators are using the Internet and websites like MySpace and Facebook to prey on children. They are also using online dating services like Match.com to identify single mothers to exploit their children.
(Editor’s Note: The Mayor’s Column will run occasionally as submitted by the village.)
It has been brought to my attention from a resident that, as a public service, I should reach out to the local business community and request that all employees who make home deliveries have photo identification on their person when going to people’s homes.
A recent column published in this paper completely missed the point about the race for Nassau County Executive. The 2009 campaign isn’t about who can raise and spend the most money; it’s about who is best able to govern our county for the next four years.
Who will be able to stop the bleeding that our taxpayers have endured for the past eight years, while the county budget increased $800 million? Who will turn around the current agenda to increase taxes by nearly 4 percent each of the next four years?
(Editor’s Note: This letter was originally sent to Superintendent of Farmingdale Schools John Lorentz and is being reprinted here at the author’s request.)
I am the parent of a first grader at Saltzman East Memorial and I am writing to express my concern about the requirement of Ziploc bags as general school supply list for the students in this district.
One hundred summers ago Farmingdale had a huge celebration and parade to welcome the inauguration of the Cross-Island Trolley Line. The date was Aug. 25, 1909, a truly exciting day for the residents of the village. In the morning our state assemblyman spoke at a civic ceremony; in the afternoon a baseball game was played between sandlotters from Farmingdale and Ridgewood, followed by a Vaudeville show in the auditorium of the old Nazareth Trade School. The day ended with a community ball held by the firemen.
The Cross-Island Trolley Line ran between Halesite and Amityville. It was largely a single-track operation, with a dozen or so sidings for passing. The line ran south on Broad Hollow Road from Huntington, west on Conklin Street to Main Street, then south on Main Street on its way to Amityville. It connected with three LIRR lines: Huntington on the Port Jefferson branch, Farmingdale on the Main Line, and Amityville on the Babylon/Montauk branch. The trolley helped to break the isolation of Farmingdale, then a small village surrounded by many farms.
Last month, I wrote about all the wonderful Farmers’ Markets in our area. We are so fortunate to be able to buy fresh local produce and other assorted items from craftspeople who are our neighbors and friends.
This month, it has come to my attention that there is a problem with some of our tomatoes. According to Cornell Cooperative Extension, there is something called late blight which is affecting tomato and potato plants. This is the same disease that caused the Irish Potato Famine of the 1840s, so whether you have a small backyard garden like I do, or you are a major nursery, late blight is a disease to which we must all pay attention but be careful not to confuse with early blight, which is much less devastating. According to the experts, it is very destructive and very infectious. It presents with at least nickel-sized olive green to brown spots on leaves with slightly white fungal growth on the underside when conditions have been humid – early morning or after a rainfall. Sometimes the border of the spot is yellow or has a water-soaked appearance..Spots begin tiny, irregularly shaped, and brown. Firm, leather-like brown spots develop on tomato fruit.
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