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Tuesday, Feb. 12

Stock Market Seminar

The Long Island Stock Traders Meetup Group presents a free seminar on Feb. 12, 6:45 to 9:15 p.m., to educate on investing strategies, at the Plainview-Old Bethpage Public Library 999 Old Country Rd. Guest Speakers: Best-selling author and options specialist Larry McMillan, and Stanley Dash of TradeStation. Topic: Using technical analysis to pick winning stocks and options. All levels of experience welcome. For more info and directions go to: www.meetup.com/LISTMG or call 516-385-8244.

Wednesday, Feb. 13 

Grumman Hearing

The New York State Department of Health will hold a public meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 13 to discuss its recently released evaluation of cancer occurrence and environmental exposures in the area of the Naval Weapons Industrial Reserve Plant and Grumman sites in Bethpage. The public meeting will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the auditorium of Bethpage High School at 10 Cherry Avenue, Bethpage.

Friday, Feb. 15

Bowl-a-thon To Benefit Animal Rescue 

The Last Hope Animal Rescue will host a bowl-a-thon on Friday, Feb. 15 from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. at Farmingdale Lanes on Conklin Street. Three hours of bowling excitement and raffles benefiting the organization’s animal rescue and community outreach efforts Event registration begins at 7 p.m. Shoe rental, pizza and soda are included. $25 per person. Bowlers are encouraged to seek sponsors for the event. For information visit www.lasthopeanimalrescue.org or call (631) 332-6606.

Saturday, Feb. 16

Gun Buy Back Program 

Gun Buy Back Program to be held on Saturday, Feb. 16 from 9 a.m. to noon at Grace Cathedral, 944 Jerusalem Avenue in Uniondale. The program is anonymous and individuals will be paid $100 cash for every turned in operable rifle, $200 cash for each turned in operable handgun and $400 cash for each turned in operable assault rifle. Not accepted are: licensed guns, BB Guns, air pistols, long guns and replicas. Guns transported by car must be transported in the trunk of the car and must be unloaded and put in a plastic or paper bag or in a shoebox.

Wednesday, Feb. 20

League Of Women Voters: Is Democracy for Sale?  

New York’s campaign contribution limits are sky high. Learn what can be done to increase voter participation in elections and to enable candidates to compete more equitably for public office. Learn why we need Fair Elections in New York State. Come to the League of Women Voter’s meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 20 at 3:30 p.m. at the Levittown Library, 2 Bluegrass Lane. The speaker, Carol Mellor, is a member of the LWV of NYS Board. For information, call 516-785-3213 or 516-221-1948.


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