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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

While the Asian longhorned beetle is most active in the summer months, Farmingdale residents are being advised to be on the lookout for these insidious insects. 

 

First discovered in Amityville in 1996, Asian longhorned beetles are destructive wood-boring pests that feed on hardwood. To prevent the infestation from spreading, the United States Department of Agriculture issued a federal order to quarantine the area, that originally extended from Massapequa into Amityville. 

The Farmingdale Public Library was recently the site of the rumbling feet and powerful roars of the mighty dinosaur, come to life in modern times... at least in the form of some dedicated actors playing the parts to the hilt for the sake of education and fun. 

 

The Wildlife Theater, a part of the Wildlife Conservation Society’s educational department, was on-hand at the library on April 17, bringing its unique form of lighthearted children’s entertainment containing vital information about the world in which kids live, and the fascinating creatures that share it with them.

 

The Wildlife Theater works out of the Central Park Zoo, traveling around the five boroughs of New York—as well as Long Island—to put on shows at venues such as elementary schools, libraries, and hospitals; they specialize in taking their conservation message along with them in the form of plays about animals and the environment, according to the Conservation Society’s Michael Birch.


Sports

The Over the Hill Gang softball league opened its 39th season Friday, April 11 with six games at Allen Park.  Bar-Boy began with an impressive 25-8 win over Bethpage Pharmacy. After scoring one run in the first, BB exploded for 7 runs in the 2nd inning and never looked back.    For the night, Ken Kuzman went 4 for 6 with 2 RBIs, Steve Kirk went 4 for 5 with 2 RBIs, Frank Badalmenti went 5 for 6 with 5 RBIs and a homer, pitcher John Czarnecki went 5 for 6 with 5 RBIs, rookie Jason Cinnelli went 3 for 6 with a homer and manager Ken Kohlmann went 3 for 4 with 2 RBIs. 

Farmingdale athletes Franklin Diaz, Billy Allen, and Chris Daily put on award winning performances during the 37th annual All Round Foods 10 kilometer run for ASPIRE, through the streets of Plainview and Old Bethpage on April 5. 

 

Diaz crossed the finish line at the H.B. Mattlin Middle School in Plainview in 34 minutes and 34 seconds, for sixth place overall and first in the 30-34 age group. Allen finished in seventh place overall with a time of 35 minutes and 26 seconds, to earn the third place trophy in the 20-24 age group. Daily scored in 38 minutes, 45 seconds, in 17th place overall and first in the 50-54 age group, in what was one of the most competitive races on Long Island in the past year. 


Calendar

Boating Class - April 22

Board of Fire Commissioners - April 24

Earth Day Fair - April 27 

Tuesday, April 22

Power Squadrons Boating Class

On April 22, Captree Power Squadron will be holding boating classes at Howitt Middle School, located at 70 Van Cott Ave.,from 7-9 p.m. Upon course completion students will be issued certificates that are accepted by local police, bay constables, and the U.S. Coast Guard. All classes take place five successive weeks on same day as start. There is a fee of $50 to attend, which will cover the cost of books and materials. For more information call Gene at 631-242-6117 or Charlie at 631-957-8604.

 

Planning Board

The next meeting of the Farmingdale Planning Board will be held on April 22, at 7 p.m.

 

FBHS 50th Anniversary Dinner

On April 22, the Farmingdale Bethpage Historical Society will celebrate its 50th anniversary with a special Founders’ Day Dinner at 6:30pm at the Blue Lagoon Restaurant, located off of Rt. 109 in West Babylon. 

 Thursday, April 24

Board of Fire Commissioners

The next meeting of the Farmingdale Board of Fire Commissioners will be held on April 24, at 8 p.m., inside Village Hall, located at 361 Main St.

Saturday, April 26

Getting By With A Little Help From Our Friends

On April 26, YES Community Counseling Center invite you to attend a special concert/fundraiser at the Nutty Irishman in Farmingdale. 

 

The concert, “Getting By with a Little Help from Our Friends,” begins at 3:30 p.m. and will feature the dynamic music of Half Step, The Therapy Band, and Something In Between.  

 

Tickets are $40 per person and includes a dinner buffet. Proceeds raised will go to help ensure the YES Community Counseling Center has resources to respond to anyone requesting their help.

Sunday, April 27

Earth Day Fair

On April 27, the Village of Farmingdale will be host Earth Day festivities at noon on the Village Green located along Main Street downtown. 

Baseball Parade

 

On April 27, the Village of Farmingdale will hold its annual Baseball Parade. Beginning at 2 p.m., participants will gather outside the Howitt Middle School, located at 70 Van Cott Ave., before marching down Main St. to Allen Park, at 45 Motor Ave. 

High School Go Green Club

 

On April 27, Farmingdale High School’s Go Green Club will celebrate Earth Day from noon-4 p.m. on the village green along Main St. in Farmingdale.

St. Kilian RC Church Blood Drive

 

St. Kilian Church along with the New York Blood Center will be coordinating a blood drive on April 27 from 8:15 a.m.- 2:15 p.m. The drive will take place in the St. Kilian Auditorium on Cherry Street in Farmingdale. For information on St. Kilian’s Blood Drive or to schedule an appointment, please contact Ray Redina at 516-523-7130 or Chris Hillier at 631-445-9026. Your donation will help to save up to three lives. Our community hospitals need your aid. Bring your ID with signature or photo. Eligibility criteria include you to be a minimum weight of 110 lbs., age 16-75 (16-olds need to have parental permission, 76-year olds and over need a doctor’s note), eat well, drink fluids and no tattoos for the past 12 months. For questions concerning medical eligibility call the New York Blood Center at 1-800-688-0900. 

Monday, April 28

Board of Trustees Worksession

The next public work session of the Village of Farmingdale Board of Trustees will be held at 7 p.m., on April 28, inside Village Hall, located at 361 Main St. in Farmingdale. 

Tuesday, April 29

Farmingdale PTA Council

The next meeting of the Farmingdale School District PTA Council will be held at 7 p.m., on April 29, inside Howitt Middle School, located at 70 Van Cott Ave. in Farmingdale. 

Thursday, May 1

Chamber of Commerce Meeting

The next general meeting of the Farmingdale Chamber of Commerce will be held on May 1, at noon, at Dominican Restaurant 4, located at 305 Main St. in Farmingdale. 

Farmingdale High School Honor Society

 

On May 1, Farmingdale High School’s technology honor society will hold its annual induction ceremony at the American Airpower Museum, located at 1230 New Highway in Farmingdale. 

Saturday, May 3

Mother’s Day Family Fair

On May 3, Friends of the Farmingdale Public Library will be holding a “giant” Mother’s Day Family Fair, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Come buy a present for Mom or find just the thing you wanted for yourself or a family member. The Farmingdale Library will also be holding a book sale in conjunction with the fair. For more information, call 516-454-6813 or 516-244-0829.



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