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Sunday, March 10

Rumrunning On LI

The Farmingdale Bethpage Historical Society of Long Island will host the presentation on March 10 at 2 p.m. at the Farmingdale Public Library, 116 Merritts Road. Program is free and open to the public. Refreshments and social hour will be held following the program. 

St. Pat’s Dinner

St. Thomas Episcopal Churchwomen, 298 Conklin Street is having their St. Patrick’s Day Dinner on Sunday, March 10 at 5 p.m. The cost is $15 per adult, $5 per child under 12. The menu consists of corn beer, cabbage, potatoes, hot dogs, macaroni and cheese, Irish soda bread, rye bread, dessert, coffee, and tea. 

St. Baldrick’s

Join the St. Baldrick’s event at Jackie Reilly’s, 3964 Hempstead Turnpike in Bethpage, beginning at noon on Sunday, March 10. For more information call Monica at 516-756-1849 or Bill at 516-581-2227. Register or make donations to the event at http://www.stbaldricks.org/events/mypage/5766/2013

Friday, March 15

Eve Eskin Foundation’s Psychic Evening Reading

The Eve Eskin Foundation will host an evening with Psychic Richard on Friday, March 15 beginning with coffee, tea, soda and desserts at 7:30 p.m. at the VFW Post 516, 635 Main Street in Farmingdale. Tickets for the group reading are $55 each. All guests must be paid in full, in advance via check or Paypal. Visit www.evefoundation.com or call 516-293-1457 for more information.

Sunday, March 17

Blood Drive

Athletes for Life Blood Drive on March 17 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Long Island Blood Services, 905 Broadhollow Road (Rte. 110, just north of the Northern State Pkwy) in Melville. Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 516-655-2299 for more information.

Farmingdale’s Inaugural Saint Patrick’s Day Parade

Save the date: First-ever Saint Patrick’s Day Parade along Main Street in Farmingdale, rain or shine. Details to follow.

Senior Pops Orchestra Of Long Island

The Senior Pops Orchestra, under the direction of Stephen Michael Smith, will team up with the students of Huntington High School in an intergenerational concert on March 17, at 2 p.m. in the Huntington High School Auditorium located at 188 Oakwood Road. Some of the selections include “A Night on Bald Mountain” by Mussorgsky, “A Salute to the Big Apple” and “Dances Fantasticas, Orgia” by Turina. Sponsored by Bethpage Federal Credit Union. For information, including directions, visit www.seniorpops.org or call 516-414-1831.

Sunday, March 17

Pet Photos With Easter Bunny

Easter photos, family and pet photos with the Easter bunny on March 17 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Last Hope parking lot, 3300 Beltagh Avenue in Wantagh. Benefits the Last Hope Animal Rescue. Photo costs: $5 for emailed copies, $9 for printed-mailed copies. Call Joanne at 631-671-2588 for information.

Thursday, March 21

Community Summit Expo and Health Fair

The Farmingdale Community Summit Expo and Health Fair is Farmingdale’s premier event for bringing business and community together. This year’s event will be held on Thursday, March 21 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at Farmingdale High School on Lincoln Street. This event is organized by the Farmingdale Community Summit Council and sponsored by the Farmingdale Chamber.

Sunday, April 7

Free Legal Assistance

On April 7 Hofstra Law will host a free legal assistance clinic for all veterans. Free consultations with pro-bono attorneys who specialize in elder law, tax, wills, estate, family law, VA benefits, claims, disability, employment, USERRA, housing, bankruptcy, debtor/creditor matters, Medi­care/Medicaid, landlord-tenant issues and more. To schedule a consultation, contact the Hofstra Veterans Law Student Association at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 516-468-3551.

Tuesday, April 23

Founders’ Day Dinner

The Farmingdale Bethpage Historical Society of Long Island will hold their 49th Annual Founders’ Day Dinner on April 23 at 6:30 p.m. at the Blue Lagoon Restaurant at 677 Farmingdale Road (Route 109) in West Babylon. John Hanc will be the guest speaker. Call 516-694-5392 for more information. Registration suggested before April 12. 

Wednesday, May 1

Tolerance Benefit and Auction

One of the most enjoyable benefits on Long Island, the event brings together leading philanthropists and community leaders to support the Holocaust Memorial and Tolerance Center’s emphasis on teaching children how to be Upstanders against hatred, intolerance and bullying. Event will be held at Carlyle on the Green in Bethpage at 6:15 p.m. In addition to an exceptional atmosphere and dinner, we will feature exciting new auction packages, vacation getaways, celebrity memorabilia, and more! Two educational scholarships will be presented. Proceeds benefit the Holocaust Memorial and Tolerance Center’s education programs. For tickets and sponsorship information, visit www.karma411.com/tolerancebenefit or call 516-571-8040.


News

It’s a cute little ‘bug.’ What it represents, however, is anything but cute.

An unusual-looking Volkswagen is toodling around Long Island this month. Painted to resemble the Asian longhorned beetle (ALB), the VW Beetle is part of efforts by the US Department of Agriculture to eliminate the pest, which can destroy 70 percent of an area’s tree canopy, according to the agency. Initially, officials held hope for complete eradication from about 23 square miles of LI designated as infested or at risk by 2016. Instead, this “landcape-altering pest” is spreading.

Farmingdale residents are being urged to use caution when answering the doorbell due to ongoing concerns of imposters posing as utility workers. On Aug. 19, officials with the South Farmingdale Water District—covering the Farmingdale, Bethpage, Seaford, North Massapequa and Massapequa Park communities—sent out an advisory warning customers not to let anyone into their homes claiming to be a water district employee without first showing photo identification. The advisory was sent as a safety precaution, instructing residents to immediately contact the police if they are suspicious of anyone identifying his or herself as a “water district” employee.

According to the South Farmingdale Water District Commissioners, it is rare for any water district employees to show up at a home or business unannounced in order to read a water meter or confirm a leak, as most, if not all, residential visits are done by appointment.


Sports

It will be difficult to top the exhilaration of being crowned Nassau County Champs, but the 2014 Farmingdale Dalers will begin their defense of the title on Sept. 13 at rival Massapequa—whom they beat to claim the crown.

“The attitude is that we have to prove it again,” said Head Coach Buddy Krumenacker, who has been at the helm since 1993. “But I think we’ll be okay,” he added.

Register now as classes fill up quickly and you don’t want to miss out on the chance to join in trapeze workshops at Eisenhower Park’s I.FLY this fall.

 

“I.FLY was designed to give kids and adults the ability to fulfill their dreams of being in the circus,” says instructor Anthony Rosamilia.  “Flying through the air never gets boring.  At I.FLY, we help people create lifelong memories.” 


Calendar

Board of Education Special Meeting

Wednesday, Aug. 27

Movies on the Green: The Nut Job

Thursday, Aug. 28

Warbirds Legends Weekend

Friday, Aug. 29



Columns

1959: The Year The Music Stopped Playing
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The Eccentric Heiress Of ‘Empty Mansions’
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