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Car Show
Friday, August 24

Pancreatic Cancer Benefit
Saturday, August 25

Rotary Club Fund-Raising Triathlon
Sunday, August 26


Friday, August 24

Car Show

Farmingdale Fire Department fundraiser. On Main St. from 5 to 10 p.m. Main St. from Prospect St. North to South Front St. Come and enjoy the many cars and wonderful restaurants and shops.


Saturday, August 25

Pancreatic Cancer Benefit

The family of former Farmingdale resident Eliano M. Zanetti is hosting a benefit fundraiser from 5:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. at the Marriott Hotel, 1350 Old Walt Whitman Road, Melville. The event includes live music, a DJ, food and drink donated by the Zanetti family, raffles, and a Chinese auction. Entry is $10 for adults, $3 for children with all proceeds benefiting the Lustgarten Foundation to Cure Pancreatic Cancer, in honor of Mr. Zanetti who sadly succumbed to the terrible disease earlier this year. For more information, call Barbara or Bryan Zanetti at 516-710-2364.


Sunday, August 26

Rotary Club Fund-Raising Triathlon

Rotarian Yasuo Usui is competing in the Tobay Triathlon to raise funds for Shannon Serkes, a 15-year-old Farmingdale girl who is fighting a rare form of cancer. At Theodore Roosevelt Park in Oyster Bay. Contributions should be sent to the Farmingdale Rotary Club, P.O. Box 575, Farmingdale, NY 11735.

New Member Open House

Farmingdale Wantagh Jewish Center is having an open house for new members from 6 to 8 p.m. Free religious school for 1st year. Reduced membership dues for new members. Farmingdale Wantagh Jewish Center is located at 3710 Woodbine Ave., Wantagh. Call 516-785-2445 for more information and a personal tour or visit www.fwjc.org.


Monday, August 27

Art Exhibit

Evolution: Farmingdale State College Visual Communications Faculty Exhibition. An exhibit which dramatically displays the old and new artwork from Farmingdale’s art professors. The Memorial Gallery, Hale Hall, Farmingdale State College, 2350 Broadhollow Rd., Farmingdale. Gallery hours: Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Reception: Thursday, Sept. 13 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Admission is free and the gallery is accessible to persons with mobility impairments. For additional information call 631-420-6118 or visit: www.farmingdale.edu. Exhibit runs through September 21.


Wednesday, September 5

Cast Call

Northport Chorale. All voices needed. 7 p.m. in the Choir Room. Northport High School, Laurel Hill Rd., Northport. For more information, call Pearl at 631-239-6736 or Su at 631-754-3144. Visit www. northportchorale.org.


Thursday, September 6

Junior League Of The Women’s Club Meeting

The Junior League of the Women’s Club of Farmingdale invites Farmingdale Women to the first meeting of the 2012-2013 year at 7:45 p.m. at Farmingdale Village Hall. For details call Diana Kleeman at 516-586-4107 or Janice Milos-O’Reilly at 516-454-0139. We are a community oriented not-for profit organization dedicated to local and other philanthropic causes.


Saturday, September 8

Garage Sale

Multi-family garage sale. Amazing bargains and huge variety. Sponsored by Twin County Chorus of Sweet Adelines Intl. Corner of Long Island Ave. and West 7th St., Deer Park. From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Rain date Sept. 9.


Monday, September 10

Chorale Auditions

The Babylon Chorale will hold auditions for all voice parts at Westminster United Presbyterian Church, 109 Udall Rd., West Islip. Rehearsal is at 7:30 p.m. and auditions take place at 9:15 p.m. Additional audition date: Sept. 17. For further information, call 516-795-1022 or 631-321-4460. Visit www.babylonchorale.org or e-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


Tuesday, September 11

September 11th Anniversary

The Farmingdale United Methodist Church, 407 Main St., (Grant Avenue), will be open to the community on September 11 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. for quiet reflection and prayer to mark the eleventh anniversary of the events of September 11, 2001. All are welcome.


Saturday, September 15

Rotary Club Food Drive

The Farmingdale Rotary Club, along with Farmingdale Boy Scout Troop 261, is having a food drive at the Stop & Shop Supermarket, Motor Ave., Farmingdale. All collected food will go to the local pantry for distribution to those in need. The project is directed by Rotarian Yasuo Yasui. Also on Sept. 16.


Saturday, September 22

Crossfire Singing Group

Crossfire, a popular group of four talented musicians, is well-known for their uplifting Christ-centered music. The public is invited to share in an exciting and inspiring evening at the JC Café at Farmingdale United Methodist Church, 407 Main St., (corner of Grant Ave), Farmingdale. Doors open at 7 p.m. with complimentary coffee and dessert.  Program begins at 7:30 p.m. Suggested donation: $5. For further information call 516-694-3424 or visit: farmingdaleumc.org.


Thursday, September 27

Free Public Appearance

Dr. Duffy Spencer, social psychologist, will be presenting “Dealing With Harsh Criticism” at Bethpage Library, 47 Powell Ave., Bethpage at 7:30 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, call 516-931-3907 or 516-334-8985.


Upcoming Events

Village of Farmingdale Board of Trustees

Meetings held at the village hall:

•Aug. 27: 7 p.m. work session.

•Sept. 4: 7 p.m. work session. 8 p.m. BOT meeting with counsel.

•Sept. 10: 7 p.m. work session.

•Sept. 17: 7 p.m. work session with counsel.

•Sept. 24: 7 p.m. work session.

•Oct. 1: 7 p.m. work session. 8 p.m. BOT meeting with counsel.

•Oct. 8: No meeting/Columbus Day.

•Oct. 15: 7 p.m. work session with counsel.

•Oct. 22: 7 p.m. work session.

•Oct. 29: 7 p.m. work session.

St. Thomas’ Fellowship Café

An outreach program that is open to everyone no matter what age who would like to have a good meal and get together with other people in the community. There is no charge for this and it is open the last Saturday of each month from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at St. Thomas’ Episcopal Church, 298 Conklin St., Farmingdale. At the end of every café take home meals are offered. Sponsored by Episcopal Charities of Long Island and St. Thomas’ Church. Call 516-752-9254. Schedule: Aug. 25, Sept. 29, Oct. 27, Nov. 24, Dec. 29.

Holiday Craft Fair Vendors Wanted

The Friends of the Farmingdale Library are seeking crafters and flea market vendors for their Holiday Craft Fair to be held on Saturday, Nov. 3 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Table space is $40 and may be reserved by calling either 516-454-6813 or 516-244-0829. Space is limited.


Ongoing Events

Christmas in July Food Drive

The Eve Foundation announces its 9th Annual Christmas in July Food Drive. During these difficult economic times, many households have found that the purchase of food as well as many items of necessity have become a significant problem. Hunger exists in our area throughout the year. Your assistance is requested in donating food to the collection following collection sites. Additionally, gift cards to local supermarkets and stores such as Wal-Mart and Target may be donated directly to the Foundation. Thank you for helping your neighbors in need:

•Farmingdale Library, 116 Merritts Rd. 516-249-9090.

•Dr. Shari Eskin, 47-3 Boundary Ave., S. Farmingdale. 516-694-1590

•Village Pops Concerts, Main St., Farmingdale - Wednesday evenings in July.

Twin County Chorus

Ladies, do you love to sing? Then we’ve got a place for you. Join Twin County Chorus in the joys of a cappella harmony. We rehearse every Thursday evening in Levittown from 7 p.m. to 9:45 p.m. Call Bobbi at 516-798-4325 or Susan at 516-729-8323 for more information. Or visit our website: www.twincounty.org.


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.

•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 Library. Call Ann Derasmo 631-694-2371.

•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

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.

Farmingdale State College Offers Free Instruction

In college preparation including: English, reading, math, biology and chemistry, preGED/College Prep. reading and math; business education including: word processing and computer literacy; health care programs, nurse assistant training, clinical training given in area nursing homes, phlebotomy, high school equivalency, English for international students, adult basic education and more. Come in today! Farmingdale State College, Hooper Hall. Call 420-2280. Financial eligibility required. Course offerings may vary according to unit EEO/AA.

At the Farmingdale Wantagh Jewish Center

Located at 3710 Woodbine Ave., Wantagh. Call 785-2445 for information on the following:

•Learning the Torah and Haftorah Trops on Mondays at 7 p.m. Instructor Rabbi Alan Lavin. This is a practical course for those who can read Hebrew to learn how to participate more easily at services and lead prayers. The course is open to all men and women.

•Beginners Hebrew course, sponsored by Hadassah, will be held at on Mondays at 7 p.m. Instructor Murray Zwerling. For those who would like to learn or improve their basic Hebrew reading.

•Introduction to Jewish Prayer on Mondays at 8:15 p.m. Text: To Pray as a Jew by Rabbi Haim Donnin. Instructor Rabbi Alan Lavin. The course is designed for those who would like to learn the history, meaning and structure of the siddur.

•Sisterhood Book Club – If you have an interest in reading, the Sisterhood Book Club is for you. Join other women to discuss interesting books. Call the synagogue office for more information about the Book Club and Sisterhood events.

Adults and Children With Learning Disabilities

ACLD, a private not-for-profit agency, is offering individual and family counseling for the primary caregivers of individuals with developmental disabilities. Support groups are available for parents and siblings and new groups for senior parents, parents of transitioning high school students as well as a group for parents who have a developmental disability. Groups are held during day and evening hours and will be facilitated by a social worker at 807 South Oyster Bay Rd., Bethpage. Call Florence Horne 822-0028, ext. 167.

News

Due to what appears to be a colossal error on the part of the Nassau County Assessor’s office, or perhaps an errant interpretation of state law, 1,100 military veterans and Gold Star families in Farmingdale will have to wait for their tax break until next year.

 

The Farmingdale School District is among several local school districts that recently approved resolutions extending the exemption to local veterans, even though budgets and Albany’s tax cap make it a tough choice. Earlier this year, school board trustees uanimously voted to provide a school tax exemption for veterans living in the district, starting with the 2014-15 school year. 

In the aftermath of a fatal carbon monoxide leak at Legal Seafoods in Huntington, the Village of Farmingdale passed new legislation requiring all residential and commercial properties carry a carbon monoxide detector. 

 

“The whole idea behind this is public safety,” said Farmingdale Mayor Ralph Ekstrand.

 

On April 7, Farmingdale Trustees unanimously voted to amend village code as a proactive measure to prevent future harm from carbon monoxide poisioning.   


Sports

The Farmingdale Devils  U10 Travel Baseball team defeated the West Islip Gold team 11-6 to win the Bayport Bash baseball tournament last weekend. The Devils swept both games on Saturday to advance to the championship game. In the championship The Devils struck for four runs in the first inning. Nick Napolitano and Nick Disanti  started it off with singles and were driven home by Gavin Weinstock’s 200 foot blast off the left field wall. Timmy Purack and Matt Brandimarte followed with run scoring singles and the Devils were on their way to their first title of 2014. Nicholas Napolitano pitched three solid inning for the win. The Devils will now compete in the Half Hollow Invitational Spring Tournament. 

 

— Submitted by The Farmingdale Devils

The Dalers Boys Varsity Lacrosse team (3-2) are putting their best foot forward, after losing two games this season.  

 

On March 25, the Dalers took their home turf to face the Lynbrook Owls. During the game, the Dalers Tom McPartland and Chris Brown each scored two goals, while goalies Matt Deluca and Scott dePalmer racked up a total of 11 saves. Despite the valiant effort, the Dalers lost to Lynbrook High School 11-7. 

 

The Dalers are currently 3-2 this season. Their next game will be held on April 17 at Long Beach. 


Calendar

Women's Club of Farmingdale - April 17

Maundy Thursday - April 17

Good Friday - April 18


Columns

1959: The Year The Music Stopped Playing
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