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Winter Wonderland Expo - February 27

Common Core Seminar - February 27

Farmingdale HS Fashion Show - March 1

 

Wednesday,February 26

Farmingdale Board of Education 

The next meeting of the Farmingdale Board of Education will be held on Feb. 26, at 8 p.m., in the Howitt Middle School cafeteria. 

Thursday, February 27

Winter Wonderland Expo

On Feb. 27, the Village of Farmingdale and the Farmingdale Chamber of Commerce will throw the first-ever Winter Wonderland Expo at Village Hall, located at 361 Main St. The event will run from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m., and will include a Taste of Farmingdale, a meet and greet, a community open house for neighbors, merchants, friends and family. 

 

Common Core Seminar

On Feb. 27, New York State Assemblyman Thomas McKevitt will host a seminar, from 7-9 p.m., to discuss the Common Core Learning Standards.

 

American Planning Association

On Feb. 27, at 4 p.m. approximately 20-25 people will assemble in front of Village Hall in Farmingdale for a walking tour run by the American Planning Association Long Island Section.

Saturday, March 1

Farmingdale HS Fashion Show 

The annual school fashion show will take place on March 1, at 6 p.m. inside Farmingdale High School. Tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for students. All proceeds go to the scholarship fund. So come support this great event and watch our models (both students and faculty) strut their stuff on the runway.

Sunday, March 2

St. Luke’s Mardi Gras Parade

On March 2, St. Luke’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Farmingdale will be celebrating Mardi Gras with a parade along Prospect Street, which will begin at noon and will be followed by the Burning of the Palms. 

 

23rd Annual Bethpage St. Patrick’s Parade

Festivities begin at 1 p.m. with a Mass at St. Martin of Tours Church. The parade steps off at 2 p.m. and begins along Central Ave. in Bethpage, down Stewart Ave. and returning on Broadway to the Showmobile where the Grand Marshal and elected officials will view the parade. 

 

Grand Marshal Tess Steubing, family, friends and visiting dignitaries will join the color guard, pipe bands and marching units to lead the parade through downtown Bethpage.

Monday, March 3
Farmingdale Board of Trustees

The next meeting of the Incorporated Village of Farmingdale Board of Trustees will be held at 8 p.m., on March 3, inside Village Hall, located at 361 Main Street.

Tuesday, March 4

Elementary Schools PTA

The next meeting of the joint-Albany Avenue, Northside, Saltzman East Memorial, and Woodward Parkway Elementary schools PTA will be held March 4 at 7:30 p.m.  

Wednesday, March 5

Ash Wednesday

On March 5, the Farmingdale United Methodist Church, located at 407 Main Street, will conduct Ash Wednesday services at noon. Call 516-694-3424 for more information. Seven Methodist Churches in the area will also offer a combined Ash Wednesday service at 7:30 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church, located at 25 Broadway in Amityville. All are welcome.

 

Farmingdale Board of Education

The next meeting of the Farmingdale School District Board of Education will be held on March 5, at 8 p.m., in the Howitt Middle School cafeteria. 

Thursday, March 6

Chamber of Commerce Meeting

The Farmingdale Chamber of Commerce will be hosting its next general meeting at noon on March 6 at Bellagio Pizza Restaurant, located at 211 Airport Plaza. At the meeting, there will be a presentation on holding government accountable from guest speaker Susan Lerner, executive director of Common Cause New York.

 

Junior Women’s Club Meeting

The next meeting of the Junior Women’s Club of Farmingdale will be held from 7:30-10:00 p.m., on March 6, at Village Hall, located at 361 Main Street in Farmingdale. 

Friday, March 7

St. Patrick's Day Parade Deadline 

If you or your organization would like to march in the second annual Village of Farmingdale St. Patrick’s Day parade please email either John Court, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or Chuck Gosline, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for more details. The parade will be held on March 23, along Main Street in Farmingdale.    

Sunday, March 9

Pasta Dinner and Toy Drive

On March 9, the Village of Farmingdale Fire Department’s Junior Brigade is having a pasta dinner and toy drive, from 1-5 p.m., at Village Hall, located at 361 Main Street in Farmingdale. The event costs $10 for adults and $5 for children. All unwrapped toy donations will go to the Cohen Childrens Hospital at LIJ. Call 516-531-9820 for more details.

 

Backyard Horticulture

On March 9, the Farmingdale-Bethpage Historical Society will be hosting this gardening program just in time for Spring planting. Organized by JoAnne Bihary, the event starts at 2 p.m. at the Farmingdale Public Library.   

Monday, March 10

Board of Trustees Work Session

The next public work session of the Village of Farmingdale Board of Trustees will be held on March 10, at 7 p.m., inside Village Hall, located at 361 Main Street in Farmingdale.

Ongoing Events

St. Kilian’s Food Pantry

Located at 140 Elizabeth Street, St. Kilian’s church serves anyone who lives within our parish boundaries regardless of religion, race or ethnicity. The Food Pantry is open Monday to Friday from 10 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. We are also available certain Saturdays by appointment only. Spanish translators are available Tuesdays and Fridays. For further information please call Director of Outreach Nina Petersen at 516-756-9656.

 

Weight Watchers

Looking to shed a few pounds? The Farmingdale United Methodist Church’s Weight Watchers program meets every Wednesday at 5 p.m.  

 

Alcoholics Anonymous

Every Friday, from 5:30-8:45 p.m., the Farmingdale United Methodist Church, located at 407 Main Street, holds Alcoholics Anonymous meetings.


News

While the Asian longhorned beetle is most active in the summer months, Farmingdale residents are being advised to be on the lookout for these insidious insects. 

 

First discovered in Amityville in 1996, Asian longhorned beetles are destructive wood-boring pests that feed on hardwood. To prevent the infestation from spreading, the United States Department of Agriculture issued a federal order to quarantine the area, that originally extended from Massapequa into Amityville. 

The Farmingdale Public Library was recently the site of the rumbling feet and powerful roars of the mighty dinosaur, come to life in modern times... at least in the form of some dedicated actors playing the parts to the hilt for the sake of education and fun. 

 

The Wildlife Theater, a part of the Wildlife Conservation Society’s educational department, was on-hand at the library on April 17, bringing its unique form of lighthearted children’s entertainment containing vital information about the world in which kids live, and the fascinating creatures that share it with them.

 

The Wildlife Theater works out of the Central Park Zoo, traveling around the five boroughs of New York—as well as Long Island—to put on shows at venues such as elementary schools, libraries, and hospitals; they specialize in taking their conservation message along with them in the form of plays about animals and the environment, according to the Conservation Society’s Michael Birch.


Sports

The Over the Hill Gang softball league opened its 39th season Friday, April 11 with six games at Allen Park.  Bar-Boy began with an impressive 25-8 win over Bethpage Pharmacy. After scoring one run in the first, BB exploded for 7 runs in the 2nd inning and never looked back.    For the night, Ken Kuzman went 4 for 6 with 2 RBIs, Steve Kirk went 4 for 5 with 2 RBIs, Frank Badalmenti went 5 for 6 with 5 RBIs and a homer, pitcher John Czarnecki went 5 for 6 with 5 RBIs, rookie Jason Cinnelli went 3 for 6 with a homer and manager Ken Kohlmann went 3 for 4 with 2 RBIs. 

Farmingdale athletes Franklin Diaz, Billy Allen, and Chris Daily put on award winning performances during the 37th annual All Round Foods 10 kilometer run for ASPIRE, through the streets of Plainview and Old Bethpage on April 5. 

 

Diaz crossed the finish line at the H.B. Mattlin Middle School in Plainview in 34 minutes and 34 seconds, for sixth place overall and first in the 30-34 age group. Allen finished in seventh place overall with a time of 35 minutes and 26 seconds, to earn the third place trophy in the 20-24 age group. Daily scored in 38 minutes, 45 seconds, in 17th place overall and first in the 50-54 age group, in what was one of the most competitive races on Long Island in the past year. 


Calendar

Boating Class - April 22

Board of Fire Commissioners - April 24

Earth Day Fair - April 27 

Tuesday, April 22

Power Squadrons Boating Class

On April 22, Captree Power Squadron will be holding boating classes at Howitt Middle School, located at 70 Van Cott Ave.,from 7-9 p.m. Upon course completion students will be issued certificates that are accepted by local police, bay constables, and the U.S. Coast Guard. All classes take place five successive weeks on same day as start. There is a fee of $50 to attend, which will cover the cost of books and materials. For more information call Gene at 631-242-6117 or Charlie at 631-957-8604.

 

Planning Board

The next meeting of the Farmingdale Planning Board will be held on April 22, at 7 p.m.

 

FBHS 50th Anniversary Dinner

On April 22, the Farmingdale Bethpage Historical Society will celebrate its 50th anniversary with a special Founders’ Day Dinner at 6:30pm at the Blue Lagoon Restaurant, located off of Rt. 109 in West Babylon. 

 Thursday, April 24

Board of Fire Commissioners

The next meeting of the Farmingdale Board of Fire Commissioners will be held on April 24, at 8 p.m., inside Village Hall, located at 361 Main St.

Saturday, April 26

Getting By With A Little Help From Our Friends

On April 26, YES Community Counseling Center invite you to attend a special concert/fundraiser at the Nutty Irishman in Farmingdale. 

 

The concert, “Getting By with a Little Help from Our Friends,” begins at 3:30 p.m. and will feature the dynamic music of Half Step, The Therapy Band, and Something In Between.  

 

Tickets are $40 per person and includes a dinner buffet. Proceeds raised will go to help ensure the YES Community Counseling Center has resources to respond to anyone requesting their help.

Sunday, April 27

Earth Day Fair

On April 27, the Village of Farmingdale will be host Earth Day festivities at noon on the Village Green located along Main Street downtown. 

Baseball Parade

 

On April 27, the Village of Farmingdale will hold its annual Baseball Parade. Beginning at 2 p.m., participants will gather outside the Howitt Middle School, located at 70 Van Cott Ave., before marching down Main St. to Allen Park, at 45 Motor Ave. 

High School Go Green Club

 

On April 27, Farmingdale High School’s Go Green Club will celebrate Earth Day from noon-4 p.m. on the village green along Main St. in Farmingdale.

St. Kilian RC Church Blood Drive

 

St. Kilian Church along with the New York Blood Center will be coordinating a blood drive on April 27 from 8:15 a.m.- 2:15 p.m. The drive will take place in the St. Kilian Auditorium on Cherry Street in Farmingdale. For information on St. Kilian’s Blood Drive or to schedule an appointment, please contact Ray Redina at 516-523-7130 or Chris Hillier at 631-445-9026. Your donation will help to save up to three lives. Our community hospitals need your aid. Bring your ID with signature or photo. Eligibility criteria include you to be a minimum weight of 110 lbs., age 16-75 (16-olds need to have parental permission, 76-year olds and over need a doctor’s note), eat well, drink fluids and no tattoos for the past 12 months. For questions concerning medical eligibility call the New York Blood Center at 1-800-688-0900. 

Monday, April 28

Board of Trustees Worksession

The next public work session of the Village of Farmingdale Board of Trustees will be held at 7 p.m., on April 28, inside Village Hall, located at 361 Main St. in Farmingdale. 

Tuesday, April 29

Farmingdale PTA Council

The next meeting of the Farmingdale School District PTA Council will be held at 7 p.m., on April 29, inside Howitt Middle School, located at 70 Van Cott Ave. in Farmingdale. 

Thursday, May 1

Chamber of Commerce Meeting

The next general meeting of the Farmingdale Chamber of Commerce will be held on May 1, at noon, at Dominican Restaurant 4, located at 305 Main St. in Farmingdale. 

Farmingdale High School Honor Society

 

On May 1, Farmingdale High School’s technology honor society will hold its annual induction ceremony at the American Airpower Museum, located at 1230 New Highway in Farmingdale. 

Saturday, May 3

Mother’s Day Family Fair

On May 3, Friends of the Farmingdale Public Library will be holding a “giant” Mother’s Day Family Fair, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Come buy a present for Mom or find just the thing you wanted for yourself or a family member. The Farmingdale Library will also be holding a book sale in conjunction with the fair. For more information, call 516-454-6813 or 516-244-0829.



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