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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

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.   

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. 


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
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com

The Eccentric Heiress Of ‘Empty Mansions’
Written by Mike Barry, MFBarry@optonline.net

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