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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

Due to what appears to be a colossal error on the part of the Nassau County Assessor’s office, or perhaps an errant interpretation of state law, 1,100 military veterans and Gold Star families in Farmingdale will have to wait for their tax break until next year.

 

The Farmingdale School District is among several local school districts that recently approved resolutions extending the exemption to local veterans, even though budgets and Albany’s tax cap make it a tough choice. Earlier this year, school board trustees uanimously voted to provide a school tax exemption for veterans living in the district, starting with the 2014-15 school year. 

In the aftermath of a fatal carbon monoxide leak at Legal Seafoods in Huntington, the Village of Farmingdale passed new legislation requiring all residential and commercial properties carry a carbon monoxide detector. 

 

“The whole idea behind this is public safety,” said Farmingdale Mayor Ralph Ekstrand.

 

On April 7, Farmingdale Trustees unanimously voted to amend village code as a proactive measure to prevent future harm from carbon monoxide poisioning.   


Sports

The Farmingdale Devils  U10 Travel Baseball team defeated the West Islip Gold team 11-6 to win the Bayport Bash baseball tournament last weekend. The Devils swept both games on Saturday to advance to the championship game. In the championship The Devils struck for four runs in the first inning. Nick Napolitano and Nick Disanti  started it off with singles and were driven home by Gavin Weinstock’s 200 foot blast off the left field wall. Timmy Purack and Matt Brandimarte followed with run scoring singles and the Devils were on their way to their first title of 2014. Nicholas Napolitano pitched three solid inning for the win. The Devils will now compete in the Half Hollow Invitational Spring Tournament. 

 

— Submitted by The Farmingdale Devils

The Dalers Boys Varsity Lacrosse team (3-2) are putting their best foot forward, after losing two games this season.  

 

On March 25, the Dalers took their home turf to face the Lynbrook Owls. During the game, the Dalers Tom McPartland and Chris Brown each scored two goals, while goalies Matt Deluca and Scott dePalmer racked up a total of 11 saves. Despite the valiant effort, the Dalers lost to Lynbrook High School 11-7. 

 

The Dalers are currently 3-2 this season. Their next game will be held on April 17 at Long Beach. 


Calendar

Women's Club of Farmingdale - April 17

Maundy Thursday - April 17

Good Friday - April 18


Columns

1959: The Year The Music Stopped Playing
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com

The Eccentric Heiress Of ‘Empty Mansions’
Written by Mike Barry, MFBarry@optonline.net

Yellow Margarine And A Pitch For The Ages
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com