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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

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.


Calendar

Les Miserables - November 21

The Wedding Singer - November 21

Holiday Parade - November 22


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