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Mother’s Day Family Fair
Saturday, May 5

Huge Scale Model Show
Saturday, May 5

Fashion Show Fundraiser
Sunday, May 6


Saturday, May 5

Mother’s Day Family Fair

The Friends of the Farmingdale Library are seeking crafters and flea market vendors for their Mother’s Day Family Fair to be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Table space is $40 and may be reserved by calling either 454-6813 or 244-0829. Space is limited, so reserve your space early.

Huge Scale Model Show

Get an entertaining, miniature glimpse into our past at NoreastCon 2012, LI’s largest scale model show. Sponsored by the LI Scale Model Society, this two-day event kicks off at 9 a.m. on May 5 and concludes May 6 at 5 p.m. There will be hundreds of models on exhibit next to full-size inspirations. Also includes exhibits, movies, seminars and activities or shop 60 tables of discount vendors. Raffles, re-enactors in uniform and free model-building clinics for kids will add to the fun and excitement. A must-see for hobbyists, historians, artists, craftspeople, collectors, students, soldiers and veterans. The event is being held at the American Airpower Museum, 1230 New Highway, Farmingdale.


Sunday, May 6

Fashion Show Fundraiser

The Farmingdale Columbiettes will have a fashion show fundraiser at the Knights of Columbus 2204, 1 Morton St., Farmingdale (off Route 109, behind 7-11) at 1 p.m. Cost: $20 includes dinner and dessert as well as a fashion show presented by Dress Barn. Advance tickets required - cut off to reserve a ticket is May 2. Call Erica 516-249-8364, Rita 631-694-9073 or email lyn@ This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Nonperishable items for St. Kilian’s Outreach Food Pantry will also be collected (bin in lobby of K of C Hall) and are always appreciated.

Farmingdale Fundraiser

For the U10 Girls Soccer Team. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 239 Yoakum Ave (off Fallwood/Graham). Great assortment of items.


Monday, May 7

Village Of Farmingdale Board Of Trustees

Meeting at 7 p.m. at Village Hall. Call 249-0093. Work session – 8 p.m. BOT meeting with counsel.


Tuesday, May 8

Plant Sale

Stock up on quality seasonal plants priced below local retail and support Farmingdale horticulture students and the wonderful Teaching Gardens by attending its annual spring plant sale. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 8-10 in the parking lot by Garden Gates, Farmingdale State College campus, north entrance off Route 110. Rain location inside greenhouse. There will be wide variety of flowering annuals in flats, pots and baskets, Farmingdale-grown veggies, herbs, perennials, tropicals, etc.


Wednesday, May 9

Diabetes Program

Dining Out Tips and Tidbits. This fun and enjoyable 60-minute presentation will review tips for dining out such as navigating the menu for healthy choices, portion control as well as ways to handle the temptations of dessert. 6 to 7 p.m. at St. Joseph Hospital, Diabetes Education Center, 4295 Hempstead Tpke., Bethpage. Call 516-520-2214.


Friday, May 11

Celebrate Daler Football

Former players, coaches, family, fans, cheerleaders, band, kickline come to the Stuart Thomas Manor, Farmingdale, to share in the tradition that has made Saturday afternoons at the Don Snyder Stadium special for so many and which continues to be a special experience for kids today. During Happy Hour, the coaching staff will feature DVD footage of past games. If you have any memorabilia you would like to share, bring it down. 7 to 11 p.m. RSVP to Buddy Krumenacker 516-353-6351 or email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


Saturday, May 12

Chamber Shredding Fundraiser

Farmingdale Chamber of Commerce hosting document shredding fundraiser at Stop & Shop parking lot, 55 Motor Ave., from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.


Monday, May 14

St. Luke’s Annual Blood Drive

From 3 to 9 p.m. in St. Luke’s Lutheran Church (Fellowship Hall), 145 Prospect St., Farmingdale. To schedule an appointment, call or email Sue Hickey 516-293-5236 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


Thursday, May 17

NAMI LI Regional Council

Meeting at 7 p.m. at North Shore University Hospital at Plainview, 888 Old Country Rd., Lecture Room (lower level). Call 694-7327. Program: Open forum: All aspects of mental illness are up for discussion. Speaker: Dr. Luis Betancourt, psychiatrist, Nassau University Medical Center.


Saturday, May 19

Spring Yard Sale

The Wantagh Preservation Society will be holding its spring yard sale from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (rain date May 20) on museum grounds, 1700 Wantagh Ave., Wantagh. Rental fee for space (which includes car) is $35. Merchandise of new, used, crafts and collectables may be sold (no food vendors). For more information or an application, call Elaine 516-785-0761.


Sunday, May 20

Free Veterans Benefits Seminar

In recognition of Armed Forces Day, Levittown Community Church, 100 Periwinkle Rd., Levittown, will be hosting a free Veterans Benefits Seminar for all military members now serving, as well as those who have previously served our country. This informative seminar will take place immediately following the 10 a.m. worship service honoring our Armed Forces. For further information, call the church office Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 516-735-6550.

All Breed Dog Show

The Long Island Kennel Club will host its All Breed Dog Show at Old Bethpage Village Restoration, Auxiliary Field, 1303 Round Swamp Rd., Old Bethpage. Doors open at 8 a.m. Admission $8 per adult; $4 children and seniors. Featured at the event: breed judging, rally and obedience competition, breed showcase, freestyle exhibition, vendors, education, tours, cake for everyone before Best in Show competition and new event My Dog Can Do That – American Kennel Club guided agility course open to all dogs, purebred and mixed breed. For more information call 347-450-5452 or http://longislanddogshows.org.

From Italy With Love

Salvatore Chiarelli will perform at Bethpage Library in a free concert “From Italy With Love (Da Italia con amore).” Seating is limited to 250; Bethpage Library patrons receive priority seating. Call 516-931-3907 for more information.


Upcoming Events

St. Thomas’ Life Skills Fellowship

Learn about critical topics and local resources. All workshops will be held at St. Thomas’ Episcopal Church from 7 to 9 p.m. Cost: In lieu of a registration fee, forward a free will offering to support local ministry (including a feeding program) at St. Thomas’ Church. Pre-registration is preferred and strongly recommended. Call the church 516-752-9254 or the rectory at 516-752-2750. Forward registration and workshop you’d like to attend, ASAP, to: St. Thomas’ Church, Attn: Life Skills Fellowship, 298 Conklin St., Farmingdale, NY 11735:

•May 22: Workshop C: Talking To Kids About Drugs: Prevention and Resources. A representative from the YES Community Counseling Center will discuss signs, signals and related services.

•June 12: Workshop D: Senior Services and Supports including information on Medicare supplements and Advantage plans.

Sixth Biennial Sojourn To Ghana West Africa

Ten-day adventure to Ghana (The Gold Coast) Aug. 4-14, 2012. $2250 double occupancy (land package only). Airfare from U.S. not included. Trip price includes: beautifully appointed hotel accommodations (double occupancy), two meals daily, transfers and ground transportation via deluxe air-conditioned motor coaches, friendly experienced English-speaking tour guides. Tour fees and admissions. Tours to W.E.B. Dubois Center for Pan African Culture, Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park, Slave Castles - Door of No Return, River of the Last Bath, Boat Cruise on the Volta Lake - largest man-made lake in the world, visit to Torgome Village for Naming Ceremony, tour of Kumasi (Seat of the Ashanti Empire/ Manhyia Palace), craft villages and shopping opportunities galore. For additional information contact Pat Jenkins This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 516-997-6585.


Ongoing Event

Watercolors By Cindy And JoAnn

The Farmingdale Library is hosting an exhibit of watercolor paintings in the Art Gallery by Cynthia Dunton and JoAnn Krapp during the month of May. Their selected works include landscapes, florals and portraits. The artists have studied under Paul Gatto. A reception is planned for May 20 from 2 to 4 p.m.


Weekly Events

•Bingo every Monday to support Deborah Hospital. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and the game starts at 7:15 p.m. at 110 Bingo Hall, 585 Broadhollow Rd., Melville. Call Pam 631-730-8021.

•Free Support Group for divorced or separated meets every Monday except holidays from 7:30 to 9 p.m. at St Kilian’s RC Church Parish Center (basement), 485 Conklin St. (Route 24). Widowed welcome as well. All singles needing support. Call 516-753-0923 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

•Therapeutic Movement Group. Bodies in Motion is a therapeutic movement group for children ages 5 to 1 who need that extra special attention to promote coordination, strength, balance, fine and gross motor skills, social skills, attention and focusing. This group meets Tuesdays at 4:30 p.m. at Hot Shots Xtremes Gymnastics Center, second floor, 127 B. Carmans Rd., Farmingdale. Call 631-249-3127 or 631-249-3126. Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Facilitators are licensed therapists specializing in pediatrics.

•Overeaters Anonymous. Are you a compulsive overeater? Undereater? Overeaters Anonymous can help. There is a meeting on Tuesdays on the corner of Salisbury Park Dr. and Carmans Rd., East Meadow, across from the firehouse from 7:45 to 9:15 p.m. Call for directions 997-4534. For information about the meeting call Nancy 798-2547 (between 7 and 9 p.m.) or Ed 845-5423.

•Caregiver Support Group offered by the LI Alzheimer’s Foundation at Brandywine Senior Living at Huntington Terrace, 70 Pinelawn Rd., Melville. This professionally facilitated group meets on Mondays from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. and allows participants opportunities to share feelings and strategies related to caring for a person with Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia. Call 767-6856 and speak with group facilitator Alana Rosenstein, LMSW, before attending for the first time. Those who are financially able are asked to contribute $10 to the LI Alzheimer’s Foundation for each session they attend.

•Senior Pops Orchestra is seeking string players, especially string bass. The orchestra meets every Wednesday from 9:30 a.m. to noon in Melville. Join a fun group. Visit www.seniorpops.org, to find out more about the orchestra.

•Mid Nassau Jewish Retirement Club meets every Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Temple Emanuel 123 Merrick Ave., East Meadow. New members are welcome. Call Marty Fein 485-3171.

•The Scrabble Club meets on Thursdays from 12:15 to 3:15 p.m. at the Plainedge Library, 1060 Hicksville Rd., Massapequa. All ages. Scrabble players wanted. Call Judy 827-9506.

•The Relationship Journey, a group for widow, widowers, divorced and singles 45+. Meets every Thursday at 8 p.m. at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 449 Stewart Ave., Bethpage. Fee $7. Facilitated by TV talk show host of The Relationship Journey. Refreshments. Call 395-8303 for room location.

•Mastering Life – Conversations. Do you experience frustration in relationships, career, health, confidence? Conversations produces a permanent, positive shift in all areas of life. Led by Stefan Deutsch, human development expert. Thursdays from 10 a.m. to noon and Sundays from 6 to 8 p.m. in Melville. Call 631-692-0986. $10.

•Clutterers Anonymous, a 12-step self-help group, offers help and support to those who have clutter problems in their homes or workplace. Meets weekly on Thursdays from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at the United Methodist Church, 265 Asbury Ave., and also the 1st and 3rd Friday from 7:30 to 9 p.m. at the School of the Community Reformed Church, 90 Plandome Rd., Manhasset. There are no dues or fees. For more information, email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , call (866) 800-3881 or visit www.ClutterersAnonymous.net.

•Massapequa Singles and Massapequa Couples holds dances every Friday from noon to 4 p.m. Couples and singles tables. Professional Dance Lesson at 11:15 a.m. Dance starts at noon and a full-course hot buffet luncheon is served at 1 p.m. $15 donation. Singles are introduced and partners are encouraged at Manor East Catering Hall, 201 Jerusalem Ave., Massapequa. Email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 332-7825.

•Massapequa Singles and Massapequa Couples hosts a workshop to Learn To Dance. All Social Dances, American and Latin. Partners are encouraged but not necessary at 11:15 a.m. every Friday at Manor East Catering Hall, 201 Jerusalem Ave., Massapequa. $10. Email Dance This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 332-7825.


Monthly Events

•Island Photo Group, a group of photographers working together to advance each other’s photographic skills and to be an exciting force in photographic education on LI. Meets the 1st, 2nd, 4th Mondays of every month at 7:30 p.m. (except legal holidays) in the Community Center in Allen Park, 101 Motor Ave. Check our calendar of events at www.islandphotogroup.com or call 516-450-LENS.

•Farmingdale Columbiettes #2204 meets the first Monday of the month at 7  p.m. at the Farmingdale Knights of Columbus Hall #2204, 1 Morton St., Farmingdale (off Route 109 behind 7-11). This wonderful faith-filled Catholic women’s organization is based on charity with emphasis on helping our local community. We would love it if you would think about joining us. If interested in learning more call Diane at 631-293-4290 or Lyn at 516-753-0923 or even better, email:   This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

•Farmingdale Knights of Columbus meeting at 8 p.m. at 1 Morton St. (off 109). New members always welcome. Call 1-631-755-2204. Meetings are held on the first and third Tuesdays of each month.

•Speak Easy: A Toastmasters Club. Can help you conquer your fear of public speaking. In Bethpage, Northrop Grumman Toastmasters meets on the first and third Tuesdays of each month at 5:45 p.m. in Northrop Grumman Building 5, South Oyster Bay Rd., Bethpage. Call Brian 346-7516.

•Farmingdale Veterans of Foreign Wars. The Veterans of Foreign Corp. George Benkert Jr. Post of Farmingdale is actively recruiting veterans of Afghanistan, Iraq, Desert Storm, Vietnam, Korea and WWII. Membership requirements include active participation in a foreign conflict. For membership qualifications contact membership chairman Bob Fullam at 516-694-5539. The VFW building is at 635 Main St., Farmingdale, and members meet there on the second Tuesday of each month at 8:30 p.m.

•Farmingdale American Legion, Hugh C. Newman Post #449 is looking for new members who have served in the Armed Forces during various wars and conflicts such as WWII, Korea, Viet Nam and the Gulf War. Meetings are held on the third Tuesday of every month at VFW Post #516, 635 Main St. (just south of the railroad crossing), at 8:15 p.m. Call Commander Thomas Taylor 752-9613.

•LI Junior Chamber of Commerce regularly has the Meet and Greet on the first Thursday and the monthly meeting on the third Tuesday of each month, along with a variety of other events throughout the month, For more information on the LI Junior Chamber, visit WWW.LIJC.com. Contact: Martin Dekom, Chairman, 850-2717 - This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ; Julie Dekom, Membership Director This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ; Steven Eiselen, Community Development VP This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

•South Shore Hand Smockers meet on the fourth Tuesday of each month at 7:30 p.m. at the First Baptist Church, Main St., Babylon. Beginners are welcome. Call Marie 631-277-1096.

•Italian Culture Society at Farmingdale meets the last Tuesday of every month at 7:30 p.m. at Ellsworth W. Allen Park, Motor Ave. Italian lessons are given by a native Italian teacher. For lessons in Italian come early at 6:30 p.m. Refreshments are served - ample parking. For private lessons call Francesca at 249-4543.

•Farmingdale AARP Chapter 3967 welcomes new members, offers senior information, entertainment and Bingo at meetings which are held on the third Wednesday of the month at 1 p.m. at the Farmingdale Public Library. New members sought. Call President Ann Derasmo 631-694-2371.

•Free Diabetes Support Group for adults living with diabetes meets the third Wednesday of each month from 1 to 2 p.m. Facilitators are certified diabetes educators. The group provides a forum for support and diabetes education. The meetings are held in the Diabetes Education Classroom at New Island Hospital, 4295 Hempstead Tpke., Bethpage. Call 520-2213 to reserve a spot.

•Green Living Seminars, a series hosted by Starflower Experiences at 7 p.m. at the Melville Branch of the Half Hollow Hills Library, 510 Sweet Hollow Rd., directly across from the Sunquam Elementary School (between Route 110 and Old Country Rd.). The seminars will be held on the second Thursday of each month except July and August. Call 938-6152.

•Bethpage Masonic Lodge No. 975 Free and Accepted Masons will meet at 8 p.m. at the Hicksville Masonic Temple, 18 W. Nicholai St., Hicksville. Meetings are every second and fourth Friday. Call 731-2488.

•Italian Genealogical Group meetings are held on the second Saturday of every month from September to June at 10:30 a.m. at the Bethpage Library, 50 Powell Ave., Bethpage. Free. Visit http://www.italian.org. Telephone 631-931-3907 Free.

•Earthwalk conducted by the staff of Starflower Experiences on the first Sunday of every other month at 2 p.m. A light touch of nature on an unusual and enjoyable walk. Discover the wonders of the natural world through your senses. For adults and children 9 and up. Meet at Sweet Hollow Hall in West Hills County Park, Melville. Fee of $2.50 per person. Call 938-6152 to sign up and for directions.


Ongoing Programs

Farmingdale Adult Day Care Center

A social day care program offering socialization and stimulation to persons 60 and over. The caring staff provides innovative activities for those who can no longer attend regular senior centers because of physical and/or mental impairment. It also affords respite to caregivers allowing them valued time to devote to matters of home or personal needs. This interfaith service meets on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the United Methodist Church, 407 Main St. Support groups are also held once a month on Wednesdays. Call 293-8928.

Safe Boating Courses

Safe Boating Courses, free vessel safety checks and more from America’s Boating Club, the United States Power Squadrons. With 18 squadrons around Long Island, there’s one near you. Visit WeBoatSafe.org or call 1-800-341-8777 for more information.

Free Educational Services

Free courses and academic advice is available to economically and educationally disadvantaged adults. The LI Educational Opportunity Center offers programs leading to employment in a variety of fields as well as entrance to college. The LIEOC has satellite units in many areas. Call the unit located at Hooper Hall, Farmingdale State College, at 631-434-3740 for further information.

News

Driving rain and cold temperatures could not keep Long Islanders from coming out to support the first annual DogFest Walk ‘n Roll, a fundraiser for Canine Companions for Independence. Held for the first time at Marjorie Post Park in nearby Massapequa, dogs of all breeds and sizes came with their humans with one goal in mind; to raise funds for CCI.

 

Event organizer Yvonne Dagger, past president and now board member, discussed the importance of the event. 

It’s been more than 50 years since the Farmingdale High School class of 1964 roamed the halls of their beloved high school, but that doesn’t mean that the memories have faded. The class—the first to graduate from Farmingdale High—came together on Saturday, October 18 at the Marriott in Islandia to celebrate all of the good times past and make new memories as a class.  


Sports

3rd Grade Division

The Giants and Jets met for the 2nd time this season, with the Giants again getting the victory over the Jets.  Jalen Gordon scored late into the 1st half for the Giants, which turned out to be the only points in the half.  The Giants shut the Jets down for both halves, keeping the offense off the board.  The Jets strong point this weekend was the defense, with Kyle June and Jake Kuller picking up the weekly William June Foundation awards.  In what is turning into a rough offensive season for the Jets, these awards continue to remind the boys of the perseverance and determination of the award’s namesake and his “never say quit” attitude.

 

—Submitted by Paul Caputo


William Merola, a member of the Farmingdale School District’s wrestling program, was recently selected to attend the third annual U.S. Marine Corps Summer Leadership and

Character Development program, which is limited to 150 sophomores and juniors throughout the nation.

 

Over the summer, from July 20-26, Merola attended the third annual Marine Corps recruiting command summer leadership and character academy at the USMC base in Quantico. 

 

The SLCDA (Summer Leadership and Character Development Program) educates high school leaders about Marine Corps Officer Programs by participating in classroom academics, ethics training, accelerated college prep, physical fitness training, a field exercise, a community service component and a field trip to Washington, D.C.


Calendar

Networking Event - October 29

Halloween Parade - October 31

Holiday Craft and Vendor Fair - November 2


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