As a 20-plus year resident of Oyster Bay, I’ve seen many things change for the better in our town and few things that took us backward. It’s rare that residents have a chance to vote directly on important issues like preserving our suburban quality of life...with one single yes vote. Oyster Bay Town residents have this opportunity on Tuesday, August 20, when they vote yes to approve the Town’s land sale. There’s so much at stake and it’s time for us to show we really care about our quality of life by voting yes and being heard, loud and clear.
(Editor’s note: At the Village Pops Concert at the Farmingdale Village Green on Sunday, July 21, Deputy Mayor Patricia Christiansen, delivered this speech. The “Minute of History,” is a series of speeches delivered at the Pops Concerts throughout the summer.)
Dictionaries define nostalgia as sentimentality for the past, typically for a period or place with pleasant personal associations. Longtime residents of Farmingdale often recall the period between World War I and World War II with such wistfulness. It is remembered sometimes as a bucolic and a quiet time, with the rather small population of the village and with houses interspersed with stores and business offices on Main Street.
(Editor’s note: The following is in response to “The Minute of History—Gettysburg 150: The Farmingdale Connection” by Serena Carter Brochu that printed in the Farmingdale Observer on Friday, July 19.)
It was quite refreshing to read about the 150th Anniversary of the deciding battle of the American Civil War. The article written by Serena Carter Brochu was an interesting article about Farmingdale’s involvement.
Not to be picky, but there are two errors in her reporting of the greatest battle on America’s soil.
(Editor’s note: At the Village Pops Concert at the Farmingdale Village Green on Wednesday, July 10, Frances Rotondo, former president of Women’s Club of Farmingdale delivered this speech. The “Minute of History,” is a series of speeches delivered at the Pops Concerts throughout the summer.)
Abigail E. Leonard had a title given to her by Dorothy Ruettgers who wrote a scholarly article in a book entitled, Long Island Women: Activists and Innovators (in the article, Miss Leonard was given the title of “quiet innovator”). Empire Books published the book in 1998. This evening, I will do my best to pay tribute to this woman who came to Farmingdale in 1911 at the age of 60. In 1912, Miss Leonard had her home built in Farmingdale and it still stands.
I prefer thinking positive thoughts. But not everyone has the same mental habits. There are some folks who just love thinking through the absolute worst-case scenarios. What if the LIE shuts down and I can’t get home? What if Long Island beaches became infested with sharks and all are closed for the summer? What if the Mets never get their act together?
Those are all pretty crazy, right?
(Editor’s note: At the Village Pops Concert at the Farmingdale Village Green on Wednesday, July 3, Serena Carter Brochu, a long time Farmingdale resident, and graduate of Farmingdale High School’s class of 1983 delivered this speech. The “Minute of History,” is a series of speeches delivered at the Pops Concerts throughout the summer.)
Today marks the 150th anniversary of the final day of the Battle of Gettysburg, which took place from July 1st through July 3rd 1863. The battle, fought during some of the hottest days of the summer, engaged over 158,000 soldiers with estimated casualties of 51,000. Of all the participating states, New York State sent the most men into the battle, with nearly 28,000; one-fourth of whom were either killed, wounded, captured, or reported missing.
The Battle of Gettysburg took place in southern Pennsylvania just weeks after the Confederate victory at Chancellorsville, Virginia. With the Confederate Army in high spirits, General Robert E. Lee took his army to replenish its supplies and to move the fighting to the North. Among Lee’s goals were to threaten Northern cities and to win a major battle on Northern soil. With its well-developed road system and plentiful farmland, Gettysburg attracted Lee’s attention.
(Editor’s note: At the Village Pops Concert at the Farmingdale Village Green on Wednesday, June 26, Maria Ortolani, president of the Women’s Club of Farmingdale delivered this speech. The “Minute of History,” is a series of speeches delivered at the Pops Concerts throughout the summer.)
Before I begin, I’d like to thank Brad Demilo and the Village Pops band for presenting a beautiful musical concert. I’d also like to thank the Farmingdale/Bethpage Historical Society, and especially Mr. William Johnston, village historian, for inviting me to speak to you tonight about the history of the Women’s Club of Farmingdale.
I would like to express my sincere gratitude to all of the donors who participated in the Blood Drive I sponsored on June 20th, in conjunction with the Farmingdale Public Library and Long Island Blood Services.
I am delighted to report that 52 pints of blood were collected from those who selflessly gave of their time to donate. This was far and above the projection heading into the day, and it just shows the great generosity of the community. These 52 pints will be able to help 156 individuals. In times of shortage, which we are unfortunately experiencing, this gift of blood gives life to those in need here on Long Island.
Editor’s note: The following letter is in response to the June 4 announcement from District Attorney Kathleen Rice’s office about prostitution arrests within Nassau County, which appeared in the June 7 and June 14 editions of Anton Community Newspapers.
The only thing wrong with Kathleen Rice’s public display of the 104 men arrested for illegally patronizing prostitutes in a police sting was the absence of “Client number 105,” former Governor Eliot Spitzer! When he committed a similar crime, he was not sent to jail or fined, even though people working for his house of prostitution were. That was patently unfair, especially since prostitution (the supply) would not exist if there were no (male) demand.
I read with great interest, and then with dismay, the letter to the editor from my friend Norman Gersman, attacking long time Great Neck resident Howard Weitzman who is a former mayor of Great Neck Estates and former County Comptroller. It is important for readers to understand that Norman was one of George Maragos’ campaign operatives in 2009 and has held a series of County jobs ever since. Also, Norman refers so glowingly to the column by Mike Barry praising and defending Comptroller Maragos’ record … without indicating that Barry is a well-known and consistent supporter of Republican officials and candidates.
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