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Board of Education - March 5

Chamber of Commerce - March 6

St. Patrick's Dinner - March 9

 

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. 

 

Farmingdale Cinema Presents Lamb of God: As The Palaces Burn

At 8 p.m., on March 6, come to the Farmingdale Multiplex Cinemas, located at 1001 Broad Hollow Road, for a special one-time showing of Lamb of God: As The Palaces Burn, a documentary that follows heavy metal band Lamb of God and their fans throughout the world.

 

During the filming process, in 2012, the story took a dramatic turn when singer Randy Blythe was arrested on charges of manslaughter. What followed was a heart-wrenching courtroom drama that left fans, friends, and curious onlookers around the world on the edge of their seats. The film will include a new/pre-recorded Q&A with the band members that will be available exclusively to audiences attending the theatrical screenings.

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

St. Patrick’s Day Dinner

On March 9, St. Thomas Episcopal Church, located at 298 Conklin Street in Farmingdale, will hold its annual  St. Patrick’s Day dinner fundraiser, at 5 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for children under 12. For reservations call 516-752-9254. 

 

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.

Tuesday, March 11

Department of Environmental Conservation

The state DEC will be holding a public meeting, at 7 p.m. on March 11, at Village Hall, located at 361 Main Street, to discuss a remedy for the proposed Farmingdale Plaza Cleaners Superfund site.

Wednesday, March 12

Farmingdale School Budget Workshop

On March 12, the Farmingdale School District Board of Education will meet for a special workshop on the district’s proposed spending plan for the 2014-2015 school year. 

Thursday, March 13

Zoning Board of Appeals

The next meeting of the Village of Farmingdale Zoning Board of Appeals will be held on at 8 p.m., on March 13, at Village Hall, located at 361 Main Street. 

 

Farmingdale State College Performs Eve Ensler’s Monologue

Farmingdale State College’s Back Stage Theater Co. will be performing “A Memory, A Monologue, A Rant and A Prayer” from March 13-15 at 8 p.m. 

This work is an anthology of writings about violence against women that was co-edited by Eve Ensler, the author of The Vagina Monologues. 

Tickets are $5 and all profits will go towards local organizations that benefit female victims of domestic violence. Performances will be held in Sinclair Hall, with the exception of the March 14 performance, which will be held in Roosevelt Hall.  For more information, call 631-420-2552 or 631-794-6258.

 

Chamber Concert

Farmingdale High School’s Chamber Choir will be holding a concert inside the lecture hall on March 13, at 6:30 p.m. 

Monday, March 17

Board of Trustees Work Session

The next public work session of the Village of Farmingdale Board of Trustees will be held on March 17, at 7 p.m., at Village Hall, located at 361 Main Street.

Tuesday, March 18

Special Elections

Polls will be open from noon to 9 p.m., on March 18, at Farmingdale Village Hall, where local voters will cast ballots for the position of court justice and village trustee. 

Thursday, March 20

Women’s Club of Farmingdale

The next meeting of the Women’s Club of Farmingdale will be held from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. on March 20, at Village Hall, located at 361 Main Street in Farmingdale. 

 

Farmingdale Hawks

The next meeting of the Farmingdale Hawks will be held from 8:30-10 p.m. on March 20, inside Village Hall, located at 361 Main Street in Farmingdale. 


News

Bring your four-legged friends—in costume if they’d like—to roam Old Westbury Gardens during ‘Dog Days.’ Twice a year canines are welcome to accompany their (leashed) humans around the grounds of the mansion, and this is Fido’s last shot until spring. On Sunday, enjoy exhibits from rescue groups and animal welfare organizations from 1 to 4 p.m. A dog costume contest and parade takes place at 3 p.m. All activities included with admission: $8, $5 for seniors and $3 for children ages 7 to 17. At 71 Old Westbury Rd., Westbury, Saturday, Oct. 25 and Sunday, Oct. 26 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tel: 516-333-0048.


Mentorship is one of those goals rotary clubs strive for, particularly when it comes to grooming future community business leaders. Nowhere was this more important than when the most recent Farmingdale Breakfast Rotary meeting’s guests were Stanley Pelech, director of Integrated Academic and Technical studies and Jodi Haniquet, advisor of the Farmingdale High School (FHS) Interact club. Interact is Rotary International’s service club for young people. The Farmingdale Breakfast Rotary is the sponsor of the 75-plus student strong high school club. Advisor Jodi Haniquet reported to Rotary club members what  fundraising events the Interact Club will participate in for the 2015 school year. The service group will once again team with FHS student government in a food drive – donations collected for Island Harvest pantries. They will also participate in Ronald McDonald house dinner program – cooking and serving meals on the premises in New Hyde Park for the many families staying at the residence while their seriously ill children receive treatment at nearby hospitals.


Sports

The Farmingdale State College Women’s Volleyball team earned a three-set victory of York in a non-conference match on Oct. 8. 

 

Tied 4-4 in the opening set, Farmingdale State freshman defensive specialist Gina Giacalone served for 14 consecutive points to extend the advantage 18-4. The Rams cruised to a 25-8 victory in the first set. 

Farmingdale team wins annual Bethpage Ocean to Sound Race

On Sunday, Sept. 28, the Farmingdale-based Runner’s Edge team earned first place overall in the 29th annual Bethpage Ocean to Sound Relay. The team, representing the Runner’s Edge running and multisport specialty store located at 242 Main St. in Farmingdale, consisted of Boyd Carrington, Andrew Coelho, Nick Pampena, Tim Lee, Shawn Anderson, Ryan Healy, Kevin Galante, and Brandon Abasolo. It completed the 50-mile course from Jones Beach State Park to Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Park in Oyster Bay in 4 hours, 41 minutes, 58 seconds. The runners won by a margin of more than 10 minutes over the runner-up team from the Sayville & Smithtown Running Company, with much of the difference supplied by the strong Leg 2 performance by Andrew Coelho. Runner’s Edge Teams also took second place honors in the Mixed Open and Men’s Masters Divisions of the Relay. The Relay was sponsored by Bethpage Federal Credit Union (“Built to Give You More”), with new Race Directors Glen Wolther and Keith Montgomery managing the event for the host Greater Long Island Running Club.


Calendar

Women's Club of Farmingdale - October 16

Board of Trustees Work Session - October 20

Jack O'Lantern Extravaganza - November 2


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