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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.

Plant Sale

The Farmingdale State College Ornamental Horticulture Department will hold a plant sale on May 7, 8, and 9 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., rain or shine, at the college campus greenhouses, entrance off the campus’ north entrance on Route 110. Choose from a wide variety of flowering annuals in flats, baskets and pots. Many Farmingdale-grown vegetables, perennials, tropicals, and houseplants available. 

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.

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. 

Monday, May 13

Blood Drive

St. Luke’s Annual Blood Drive on May 13 from 3 to 9 p.m. at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, Fellowship Hall, 145 Prospect Street, in Farmingdale. For more information or to make an appointment call Sue Hickey @ 516-293-5236 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Wednesday, May 15

Special Needs Bowling

On May 15, Farmingdale Lanes at 999 Conklin Street, will host a free special needs bowling day, sponsored by the Town of Babylon.  Visit www.farmingdalelanes.com for more information.

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

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