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Friday, April 26

Bingo, Chinese Auction

The Ladies Auxiliary of the Bellmore Fire Department is holding a Bingo and Chinese Auction Night on Friday, April 26. It will be held at the Bellmore Fire Department Headquarters, 230 Pettit Avenue. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the first game of bingo starts at 7:30 p.m. Admission for adults is $8 and children 10 years and under is $4. Admission includes a bingo card pack, door prize, coffee, tea and dessert.  Food and refreshments available for purchase. Handicap accessible, ample parking at adjacent LIRR station. No outside food or beverages are allowed.  To purchase tickets or reserve tables call Valerie at 516-860-9389.

Night At The Races 

Farmingdale Columbiettes at 2204 1 Morton  Street will hold a fundraiser on April 26. Doors open at 7 p.m. Post time is 8 p.m. A $10 donation, includes home cooked food, coffee, dessert. Tickets available at the door. Family fun for all door prizes, lotto tree. Call Donna at 631-649-5959 for tickets or information.

Adult Retreat

St. William the Abbot Parish, 2001 Jackson Avenue, in Seaford, will hold a weekend retreat of stories, reflections, prayer, mass, relaxation, and food, beginning on Friday, April 26 at 7:30 p.m. This is not a sleepover retreat. It is open to anyone over 18 years of age. For information call Sandy at 516-987-9589. Registration required.  Visit http://antiochweekend.blogspot.com.

Saturday, April 27

Spring Cleaning Yard Sale

The Hicksville Boys & Girls Club will be holding a Spring Yard Sale, on April 27, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the club. Should you have any items that you’ve been thinking of getting rid of, please consider donating it, located at 79 West Old Country Road, in Hicksville, directly across from IHOP. Should you have a treasure to donate, just give us a call at 516-822-5437.

Sunday, April 28

Musical Tribute To Danny Kaye

Join Congregation Beth Tikvah, 3710 Woodbine Ave., Wantagh, on Sunday, April 28, at 5 p.m. for a musical review honoring the life and work of the multi-talented Danny Kaye. Bob Spiotto will present song, dance, and an uncanny impersonation. Hors d’oeuves. Dinner, and show for $36 per person. Everyone is welcome. Call 516-785-2445 for reservations.

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.

Thursday, May 2

Casino Night

Treat yourself to a good bet while raising funds and awareness for suicide prevention. Join the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) for an exciting evening of fine food and drink, delectable desserts, and fantastic casino fun on May 2 at The Carltun located in Eisenhower Park in East Meadow. The event begins at 6:30 p.m., a fabulous night of casino fun with great prizes. Tickets are $125. Checks may be made payable to AFSP, 25 Pepperidge Road, East Rockaway, NY 11518. Credit cards are also accepted. On-line ticket sales are available at www.afspli.org. Proceeds will benefit the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

Saturday, May 4

Family Fair, Book Sale

A giant Mother’s Day Family Fair will be held inside the Farmingdale Library, Merritts Road, on Saturday, May 4 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Something for everyone! For  information, call 516-454-6813 or 516-244-0829. Special note- the Farmingdale Library will also be holding a book sale in conjunction with the Fair. Great bargains on used books.

Tuesday, May 7

Homemakers Meeting

There will be a meeting of the Farmingdale Chapter of the Homemakers Council of Nassau County on Tuesday, May 7 at Ellsworth Allen Town Park, Motor Avenue, Farmingdale at 10 a.m. New members welcome.  Join for programs and refreshments. Contact Barbara at 516-249-0976 for information.

Thursday, May 9

Free Voice Lessons

Ladies, do you love to sing? Twin County Chorus has a place for you. Women of all ages who enjoy singing are invited to join the Twin County Chorus of Sweet Adelines International in the joys of a cappella harmony. For four weeks starting.

Saturday, May 11

POW-MIA service 

Non-sectarian memorial service held for the remembrance of all brethren who are still listed as POW-MIA. Service on May 11 at 2 p.m. at St. Francis DeChantal, 1309 Wantagh Avenue, Wantagh. 

Sunday, May 26

Memorial Day Service

The UVO Memorial Day Service will be held at Veterans Plaza in Eisenhower Park, near parking field #6 on Sunday, May 26 at 10:30 a.m. For information call: 516-343-0106.

Sunday, June 2

Strawberry Festival

The Farmingdale Bethpage Historical Society of Long Island will hold their annual strawberry festival on the Village Green at 2 p.m. 


News

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.” 

Farmingdale High School recently celebrated National Foreign Language Week, with food, fun, and festivities that made the week all the more special for everyone involved. 

 

Foreign Language Week is a time for schools across the country to not only acknowledge the various dialects in our nation, but to embrace the culture they accompany. In Farmingdale, students celebrate by specifically recognizing languages that are taught in the district, including: Spanish, French, Italian and American Sign Language.


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


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