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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.

De-Stuff

Dr. Duffy Spencer, social psychologist, will be presenting “The Stress of Stuff: How to ‘De-Stuff’, De-Stress and Get the Life You Deserve!” at Bethpage Library, 47 Powell Avenue on May 15 at 7:30 p.m. Admission is free. For information, call 516-931-3907 or 516-334-8985.

Thursday, May 16

Anti-bullying Session

Girl Scouts of Nassau County will hold an anti-bullying session for all girls in grades 6-8 on May 16, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Hicksville Community Center, 28 West Carl Street. Cost is  $20 per girl, includes annual membership fee. For more information, contact Eliza Zipper, program and critical issues manager by email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 516-741-2550 x254.

Saturday, May 18

Beautification Volunteers

Members of the Village Beautification Committee will be planting flowers on Main Street and in Village Green on Saturday, May 18 and May 25 beginning at 9 a.m. at village hall. All residents are invited and encouraged to volunteer to help beautify our village. Bring your trowels and gardening gloves. Refreshments served.

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. 

Saturday, June 8

JC Café  

The JC Café at Farmingdale United Methodist Church, 407 Main Street (corner of Grant Ave), will host well-known contemporary Christian singers and musicians Sam Powell and Friends on June 8.  Doors open at 7 p.m. with complimentary coffee and desserts and the program begins at 7:30 p.m.; suggested donation is $5. The public is invited. For information call  516-694-3424 or visit farmingdaleumc.org.


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


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