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Baseball Day
Saturday, June 16

Benefit For Local Firefighter
Saturday, June 16

Help Farmingdale Breakfast Rotary
Sunday, June 17


Saturday, June 16

Baseball Day

Farmingdale Baseball League’s Annual Baseball Day will be held at Allen Park. The events start at 9 a.m. and go throughout the day. There will be skill competitions for many of the divisions and all-star games for the AAA, boys juniors, seniors and majors divisions and girls fastpitch. Participation trophies will be presented to the younger divisions. Food will be available at the FBLI concession stand. There will be a free giant 28-foot slide, moon bounce, carnival games. Popcorn, cotton candy and Italian Ices from Ralph’s will be on sale. The chance book drawing will be held at 5 p.m. and there will be raffles available to win a big screen TV and Yankee tickets. Farmingdale Baseball invites everyone to come to the park and share in the fun.

Benefit For Local Firefighter

Kevin O’Toole is a volunteer firefighter with the Bethpage Fire Department. Kevin was critically burned in the line of duty in Prince George’s County, MD, where he also volunteers with the Bladensburg Fire Department. O’Toole was one of several firefighters injured in a blaze at a vacant home in Riverdale, MD. The burns to his legs, ankles, thighs, fingertips, arms, shoulders and abdomen are second and third degree to more than 50 percent of his body. It’s been a grueling rehabilitation, which included 10 skin graft surgeries to his stomach, arms, legs, and hands. Kevin continues his rehabilitation and physical therapy at the Nassau University Medical Center Burn Unit. The family lives in Hicksville. Join Bethpage Engine & Ladder Company 4 from 7 to 11 p.m. at The Paramount in downtown Huntington. Entertainment provided by Jimmy Kenny and The Pirate Beach Band. Tickets are $20 (additional fees and service charges may apply) and on sale via The Paramount Box Office, Ticketmaster.com or charge-by-phone at 800-745-3000.


Sunday, June 17

Help Farmingdale Breakfast Rotary

The Farmingdale Breakfast Rotary Club invites Farmingdale families to help support its efforts to help the Farmingdale community and get 10 percent off NY Mets tickets to Rotary Appreciation Day at Citifield on Father’s Day. The game begins at 1:10 p.m. with the NY Mets vs the Cincinnati Reds. The Breakfast Rotary team will also invite neighboring Rotary clubs for this special day of appreciation for all the Rotary organizations and their community and global initiatives. The Rotary Club will be honored on the Citifield screen. Bring dad to the game and he’ll have a chance to win a number of prizes. Sponsorship opportunities available to advertise in a Keeping Score Journal that will be provided to all attendees. For tickets and sponsorships call Tony 516-420-0740. Order tickets now for the 10 percent discount ($36 instead of $40). Or mail a check for full amount of tickets made payable to The Farmingdale Breakfast Rotary Foundation, c/o Brendan Mahoney 15 Clinton St., Farmingdale, NY 11735. Include name and address where tickets will be mailed.


Monday, June 18

Village Of Farmingdale Board Of Trustees

Meetings held at the village hall. 7 p.m. work session with counsel.


Tuesday, June 19

Professional Development Meeting

Fundraisers and Executive Directors – Teaming Up For Success presented by AFPLI at the Melville Marriott, 1350 Old Walt Whitman Rd., Melville. 8:00 a.m. registration and buffet breakfast. The program begins at 8:30 a.m. Advance registration is $25 members; $50 for nonmembers. Walk-in registration is $35 members; $60 nonmembers. Advance registration is required to guarantee seating. To register in advance, email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , call 631-249-5008 or visit www.afpli.org to register online.

Republic Airport Commission

Meeting, which is open to the public, is scheduled for 7 p.m. in Conference Room 201 of the Main Terminal of Republic Airport, 7150 Republic Airport.


Thursday, June 21

NAMI LI Regional Council

Meeting at 7:45 p.m. at North Shore University Hospital at Plainview, 888 Old Country Rd., Lecture Room (lower level). Call 694-7327 or 367-1893. Speaker: Linda Manzo, BA education, BS special education, history CAS/SAS: supervision and administration. Subject: Student Voices Loud and Proud, a remarkable documentary…a living credit tool to eradicate stigma.


Saturday, June 30

Garage Sale

YES Community Counseling Center, 75 Grand Ave., Massapequa, will be conducting its Annual Garage Sale (rain date July 1) at the back of the offices (New York Ave. between Central Ave. and Hicksville Rd.) from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. YES will be collecting items, old and new (but saleable). To donate items (all contributions are tax deductible), contact 516-799-3203. The proceeds from this event will be used to support programs and services to youth and families.


Upcoming Events

Vacation Bible School

The Farmingdale United Methodist Church, 407 Main Street (corner of Grant Ave.), Farmingdale, will hold its Vacation Bible School for children 4 years old through fifth grade on Friday, July 20 from 5 to 6:30 p.m., Saturday, July 21 from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., closing on Sunday, July 22 at 9:30 a.m. Registration information is available at the church office 516-694-3424 or www.farmingdaleumc.org.

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 Events

Library Exhibit

Oil paintings by Carla Peipert will be on display during the month of June at the Farmingdale Library. A reception will be held on June 9 from 2 to 4 p.m. Welcome to all.

To Know Is To Grow’ Exhibit

Paul Gatto was commissioned by the Farmingdale Library to paint a piece that was presented there on May 5. He was asked to come up with subject matter that would be significant for the library and that would display the computer age. Paul Gatto came up with a tree of knowledge as the main feature. The tree rises from a large volume with bits and bytes streaming as text. The painting on board is 55 inches by 61 inches and will hang permanently over the south side entrance.


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 .

•Do You Speak Yinglish? The Yiddish Club allows individuals of varying language abilities to speak “Yinglish,” a combination of Yiddish and English. Read, speak and tell stories related to Yiddish experiences. Meets every Monday from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Farmingdale Wantagh Jewish Center, 3710 Woodbine Ave., Wantagh. Call 785-2445.

•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.

•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 on Thursdays from 10 a.m. to noon and Sundays from 6 to 8 p.m. in Melville. Call 631-692-0986. $10.


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

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

•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 for those 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., at 8:15 p.m. Call Commander Thomas Taylor 752-9613.

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

•The Knights of Columbus Rt. Rev. Msgr. William A. Delaney Council #5983 meets on the first and third Thursdays of each month at the council located at 110 Merritts Rd., Farmingdale, at 8 p.m. Members only. For hall rentals, call 390-1281. For membership information, call 804-8998.

•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., 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. Call 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. 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

Pretty New Thrift Shop

Donations are needed for the Pretty New Thrift Shop, 238 Main St., Farmingdale. The shop supports the work of Central Nassau Guidance and Counseling Services, Inc., a multi-service mental health and substance abuse agency located in Hicksville. The shop is open Monday-Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and accepts gently used clothing, housewares, furniture and collectibles. Call 420-1394.

Free Writer’s Workshops

Got a hidden talent? Why not share it and develop it at a free writer’s workshop? The LI Writer’s Guild is a friendly, Nassau County-based organization of amateur/professional, published/unpublished poets, essayists, novelists and short story writers who meet at informal workshops at the Levittown and Bethpage Libraries. Everything from plot development to characterization to basic literary theory for the fiction and nonfiction writer alike is discussed and practiced. There are reading and critiquing sessions and recommendations and contacts for the more serious writers seeking to publish their work is provided. For a schedule of workshops and social events, log onto www.liwritersguild.org.

News

During a recent meeting of the Farmingdale Board of Education, President Shari Bardash-Eivers addressed a controversy that had erupted among parents in the district surrounding comments that were made online about student data mining. Initially proposed as a component of New York State’s Common Core Learning Standards, data mining is used to gather information on students through a company called InBloom. However, the proposal to allow data mining through the use of InBloom was defeated by state lawmakers. 

 

For Eivers, the controversy had come about after she had made comments on social media sites regarding parents who were opposed to student data mining. Many referred to her comments as “insensitive,” for use of the terms “paranoid” and “ignorant” whilst noting that the same parents opposed to data mining seemed to have no qualms about activities such as using Google or their credit cards online—acts which she said carry many of the same risks. 

On April 4, members of the Farmingdale Board of Fire Commissioners appointed three new Chiefs of the Farmingdale Fire Department. After 14 years of service with the department, the newly minted Chief Patrick Tortoso is ambitious about his new title. 

 

“I wouldn’t be here without my members' backing,” Tortoso said.

 

At the ceremony, Frank Romano, ex-Chief of the Farmingdale Fire Department, gave his final rundown of the 997 calls the department handled in 2013, before handing over the proverbial reigns to Tortoso. 

 

“You guys always did a standup job,” Romano said congratulating his commrades. “This has been a rewarding experience.” 


Sports

John Galanoudis of Farmingdale, a junior student at Molloy College, batted .462 for the week with a .562 on-base percentage and a .615 slugging clip to help Molloy to a 3-1 series win over St. Thomas Aquinas. He scored four times, had six hits including two doubles, and drove in three runs. Galanoudis also stole a base and walked once.

 

— Submitted By ECC Sports

 

Erin Donovan of Farmingdale, a sophomore at Farmingdale State College, finished 6th in the High Jump at the St. Joseph’s Invitational competition. Her mark of 4 feet, 8.25 inches moves her to No. 7 on the All-Time list. 

 

— Submitted by the Farmingdale State College Athletics Department


Farmingdale High School’s Lady Dalers have staked an early lead in Nassau County Girl’s Varsity Lacrosse Conference I, after winning each of their last three games this season. Starting the season on the road, the Lady Dalers would open with a non-league victory over Sacred Heart on March 20. The Lady Dalers would go on to win the exhibition match 10-8, thanks to Tara Wahl who scored six goals to put Farmingdale in the lead. On March 22, the Lady Dalers would compete in their first game of the regular season against

South Side High School. During the game Jill Alonso put up two goals and four assists, helping the team to secure its 13-4 road win. 


Calendar

School Board Budget Adoption - April 9

CSEA Training - April 11

Comedy Dinner - April 11


Columns

Yellow Margarine And A Pitch For The Ages
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com

Sustainable LI: Getting Good Things Done
Written by Mike Barry, MFBarry@optonline.net

LI’s ‘Most Prominent Lady In Politics’
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com