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Columbus Day Carnival

Thursday, October 10

Parade

Sunday, October 13

Halloween Party

Wednesday, October 16


Thursday, October 10

Columbus Day Carnival

The annual Columbus Day carnival, Main Street street fair, parade, and fireworks will be held from Oct. 10 through Oct. 13. Visit www.farmingdalevillage.com for information.


Sunday, October 13

Parade

The annual Columbus Day Parade will be held down Main Street on Oct. 13, stepping off at 5 p.m. Visit www.farmingdalevillage.com for information.


Wednesday, October 16

Halloween Party

Annual Haunted Halloween party on Oct. 16 at 1 p.m. at Tackapausha Museum. Enjoy animal presentations, crafts, games. Costumes are encouraged. Call 516-571-7443 for information.


Thursday, October 17

Marching Band Competition

The Farmingdale High School Marching Band will compete in the annual Marching Band Festival at Hofstra University on Oct. 17 at 7 p.m. Admission is $10.


Friday, October 18

Homecoming

Farmingdale High School will celebrate Homecoming on Oct. 18 beginning with a pep rally at 5 p.m. The football game versus Valley Stream Central will begin at 6:30 p.m. at 150 Lincoln Street. Call 516-752-6600 for information.


Saturday, October 19

Special Olympics Softball Tournament

The Special Olympics of New York will hold the Long Island Softball Tournament on Oct. 19 at the East Meadow Softball Complex. Participant registration due before Oct. 11. Volunteers needed. Visit www.nyso.org for information.

Concert Festival

First annual music festival at Eisenhower Park on Oct. 19. Free and open to public. This year featuring Gloria Gaynor and many top local talent. Call 516-572-0200 for information.

Mounted Cowboy Shooting Match

Step back into the later 1800s and watch history come alive as cowboys saddle up and engage in a shooting match at the Old Bethpage Village Restoration on Oct. 19. Call 516-572-8400 for information.

Haunted Halloween Celebration

Haunted Halloween at the Old Bethpage Village Restoration on Oct. 19-20, 26-27. Includes a monster scavenger hunt, tales from the grave digger, pumpkin carving demonstrations, tarot card readings, broom making for witches, and more. Call 516-572-8400 for information.


Tuesday, October 22

Golf Classic

County’s 2nd Annual Fall Golf Classic at Eisenhower Park. Participants treated to giveaways, prizes, raffles, and a catered lunch. Registration began on June 1. Call 516-572-0328 for information.


Thursday, November 21

Community Summit Meeting

The Community Summit meeting will be held on Nov. 21 at 7 p.m. at the Farmingdale Public Library.

News

Holidays Increase Daily Congestion 

While parking around LIRR train stations is typically a challenge, even on a regular work day, the holidays create more of a struggle for commuters in search of parking spots. LIRR spokesman Salvatore Arena said that ridership between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day increases by at least 10 percent; last year it was by 12 percent. Though the MTA is adding more trains to the schedule, that doesn’t ease the parking situation, which is operated not by the LIRR, but by individual municipalities in each town. 

 

“Every station is different,” Arena said. “A good part of our parking is in the hands of the locality. They set the rules essentially.”

In celebration of Veteran’s Day, the Farmingdale Breakfast Rotary chose to mark the occasion by welcoming Lieutenant Colonel Gary Dolan, a heralded U.S. Army Ranger and Vietnam War veteran, to its ranks.

 

Vice President Dan Aldieri said that his fellow members feel he is “a worthy representative” and that he “posesses qualities that exemplify the true spirit of Rotary in public, business, social and private life.” 

 

Lt. Col. Dolan was inducted into the U.S. Army Rangers Hall of Fame for his heroism, acts of bravery and exemplary military service. His experiences were recounted in his book Of Their Own Accord. 


Sports

At a special “wrap up “ meeting for the 2014 Marcum Workplace Challenge, Greater Long Island Running Club Vice President and Event Director Mindy Davidson of Farmingdale, presented a special plaque to Winsome Foulkes, team captain of the Farmingdale-based Telephonics Corporation.  Winsome is retiring from Telephonics after a long and successful career and has led the Telephonics Corporation in the Marcum Workplace Challenge since its inception.  

There is simply no better way for runners and their families to celebrate the Holiday Season than by being part of the fun at the Carter, DeLuca, Farrell & Schmidt Holiday 5 Kilometer Run, and on Saturday morning, Dec. 20, the Run will be celebrating its 27th anniversary edition at the John F. Kennedy Middle School in Bethpage. The run will start at 9:30 a.m. on Broadway in Bethpage.


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