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Holiday Army Truck/Tram Ride - November 30

Holiday Services - December 1

Village Board Of Trustees - December 2

 

Saturday, November 30

 

Holiday Army Truck/Tram Ride

Santa is coming to the American Airpower Museum in East Farmingdale on Nov. 30 and Dec. 14, from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. for truck rides around the Republic airfield. The event will also include hot chocolate, candy canes and a chance to get your picture taken with Santa Claus. Truck rides are $5 plus the cost of admission. Call 631-454-2039 for more details. 

 

Sunday, December 1

 

Holiday Services Open

The Farmingdale United Methodist Church, 407 Main Street (corner of Grant Ave), will hold special services at 9:30am and 11:30am on the four Sundays in Advent beginning on Dec. 1,  2013.

 

Monday, December 2

 

Village Board of Trustees Meeting

The Farmingdale Village Board of Trustees will hold its next public meeting on Dec. 2, at 8 p.m. at Village Hall on 361 Main St. 

 

Joe Belisi Day 

On Dec. 2, the Village of Farmingdale will commemorate the career of Nassau County legislator Joe Belisi with a special day in his honor. 

 

Tuesday, December 3

 

Tree Lighting

The annual lighting of the tricentennial tree will be held on the village green at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 3, with a rain date on Dec. 5.  Refreshments are immediately following in Village Hall, sponsored by the Farmingdale-Bethpage Historical Society.  

 

Airport Commission Meeting

The Republican Airport Commission will hold its next public meeting on Dec. 3 at 7 p.m. in Conference Room 201 of the Main Terminal.  

 

Wednesday, December 4

 

Farmingdale Board of Ed

The Farmingdale School District Board of Education will hold its next meeting at 8 p.m. on Dec. 4, at Howitt Middle School.

 

Math Workshop [3rd-5th]

Parents of students [grades 3 - 5] enrolled in the Farmingdale School District are invited to attend a workshop at the Howitt Middle School Library, providing an in-depth look at the mathematics curriculum that is being taught to students throughout the 2013-2014 school year.  

 

Thursday, December 5

 

Chamber’s Holiday Party

The Farmingdale Chamber of Commerce will hold its annual Holiday Party on Thursday, Dec. 5, at Carlyle on the Green at 5:30 p.m. This year, the Chamber will celebrate silver anniversary members, in honor of those with 25 years in Farmingdale. 

 

Friday, December 6

 

First Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony at Gerngras Park

On Friday, Dec. 6, the Village of Farmingdale will hold its first ever tree lighting ceremony at Gerngras Park, on Staples Street at 6 p.m.

 

Chinese Auction

Help for people, a non-profit organization in Farmingdale, will be holding a Chinese auction on Friday Dec. 6, from 6:30 p.m. - 11:00 p.m., at Firemen’s Memorial Park in Lindenhurst Admission is $8 in advance, or $10 at the door, and includes one sheet of 25 raffle tickets. Raffle prizes include: Disney Park Hopper Passes, Basket of Cheer, Restaurant Gift Certificates, Themed Baskets and much more. There will also be door prizes and a 50/50 raffle. 

 

Holiday Special at FUMC

Farmingdale United Methodist Church, located at 407 Main Street, will present two performances of the advent opera “Amahl and the Night Visitors” on Friday, December 6 and Saturday, December 7, 2013. The hour-long opera, by Gian-Carlo Menotti, will be performed in English by professional singers, dancers and chorus under the direction of David Majoros, D.M.A., Music Director of FUMC. It’s charming story and colorful numbers make it perfect for children. Friday evening’s performance begins at 7:30pm and the Saturday matinee at 4:00pm. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children and can be reserved by calling the church office at 516 694-3424.

 

Saturday, December 7

 

St. Luke’s Christmas Tree Lighting

On Saturday, Dec. 7, from 4 p.m. - 6 p.m., St. Luke’s Evangelical Lutheran Church will hold its 2nd annual Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony. For more details visit stlukesfarmingdale.org. 

 

JC Cafe hosts Servants of the Shepherd

The JC Cafe at Farmingdale United Methodist Church on Main Street will host Servants of the Shepherd, a well-known contemporary Christian music group, to perform a variety of music including familiar Christmas hymns. Doors open at 7PM with complimentary coffee and desserts and the program begins at 7:30PM; suggested donation is $5.00. For additional information call 516-694-3424 or visit farmingdaleumc.org.

 

Tuesday, December 10

 

Math Workshop [K-2nd]

Parents of students [grades K - 2] enrolled in the Farmingdale School District are invited to attend a workshop at the Howitt Middle School Library, providing an in-depth look at the mathematics curriculum that is being taught to students throughout the 2013-2014 school year. 

 

Saturday, December 28

 

Flap-Jack Breakfast for Alex

On Dec. 28, from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m., the American Legion Post 449 in Farmingdale will sponsor a flap-jack breakfast at the Airport Plaza Applebee’s. The event is being held to benefit the son of one of the Legion’s members, Alex, a former Farmingdale EMS, and recovering cancer survivor.  Tickets cost $13. For advance tickets call 516-314-6406 or send $13 for each ticket with checks made out to the American Legion Post 449, Farmingdale, Box 4000.

News

Farmingdale village officials will be holding a public hearing on Dec. 1, to reexamine school speed zones throughout the village, in order to establish a consistent school speed zone limit. 

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.”


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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