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Board of Education Meeting - April 2

Chamber of Commerce Meeting - April 3 

Pediatric Nursing Conference - April 5 

Wednesday, April 2

Farmingdale Board of Education

The next meeting of the Farmingdale Board of Education will be held on April 2, at 8 p.m., inside the Howitt Middle School cafeteria. 

Thursday, April 3

Chamber of Commerce

The next general meeting of the Farmingdale Chamber of Commerce will be held at noon on April 3, at Absolutely Mario Restaurant and Bar, located at 10 Allen Blvd. in Farmingdale. 

Saturday, April 5

Pediatric Nursing Conference

On April 5, Farmingdale State College will host the Pediatric Nursing Conference, from 8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. inside Gleeson Hall. For more information contact Joanne Lapidus-Graham at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Sunday, April 6

Albany Avenue 5K

On April 6, join the Albany Avenue PTA for their 4th annual 5K race. The race will begin promptly at 9 a.m., outside the Albany Avenue School, located at 101 N. Albany Ave. in North Massapequa. There will be refreshments, bagels, t-shirts, a barbecue (provided by Chili’s), and a post-race ceremony for award winners. For more details call Lisa Pugliese before race time at 516-249-1061. 

Monday, April 7

Board of Trustees

The next meeting of the Village of Farmingdale Board of Trustees will be held on April 7, at 8 p.m., inside Village Hall, located at 361 Main St. in Farmingdale. 

 

Farmingdale PAL Meeting

The next meeting of the Farmingdale Police Activity League will be held at the PAL clubhouse, on April 7, at 7 p.m. 

Tuesday, April 8

ASL Honor Society Induction

At 7 p.m., on April 8, Farmingdale High School will hold a special ceremony for students achieving honors in American Sign Language. 

 

Mobile for Businesses 

Today, lots of customers are using mobile devices to find what they need, to assess their options, to make decisions, and to make purchases. Small businesses who start embracing mobile now will be the ones best able to compete. 

On April 8, Farmingdale State College, located at 2350 Broadhollow Road in Farmingdale, will help participants better understand this mobile transition so they will not get left behind. The program runs from 9-11 a.m. at the SBDC Conference Center. Cost is $12 to participate, and pre-registration is required.

Wednesday, April 9

School Board Budget Adoption

On April 9, the Farmingdale School District’s Board of Education will hold a special meeting, at 8 p.m., to adopt the proposed budget for the 2014-2015 fiscal year. 

Saturday, April 12

Easter Celebration

The Farmingdale Chamber of Commerce is hosting its annual Easter festivities on April 12, at the Farmingdale Village Green. At 11:30 a.m., kids are welcome to line-up before the big Easter egg hunt, which begins at noon. The Easter Bunny will also be stopping by to take photos with the kids. 

Sunday, April 13

3rd PTSD Awareness Benefit

The Main Event, located at 1815 Broad Hollow Road in Farmingdale, will host the third annual PTSD Awareness fundraiser, on April 13, from 1:30-6 p.m. Held in honor of Robert Cafici—a combat Marine OIF Veteran who passed away in 2007 after a long fight with the horrors he witnessed in Iraq—the annual fundraiser helps support the Veteran Activity Center, giving vets a safe place to gather and support each other. 

The fundraiser will also feature a DJ, live music, auctions, a raffle, 50/50, and a cash bar. Tickets cost $50 per person, or $42 online at www.bootsonthegroundny.com. For more information call 631-615-2200 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Ongoing Events

St. Kilian’s Food Pantry

Located at 140 Elizabeth St., St. Kilian’s church serves anyone who lives within the parish boundaries regardless of religion, race or ethnicity. The Food Pantry is open Monday to Friday from 10 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. It is 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 St., holds Alcoholics Anonymous meetings.

 

Bell Choir

Put some jingle into your evening. Come join the Bell Choir every Thursday at 7 p.m., the Farmingdale United Methodist Church, located at 407 Main St.

 

Kid’s Choir

The Living Faith Christian Church’s Kid’s Choir meets every Thursday, from 6:45-7:30 p.m., at the church, located at 25 Hempstead Tpke. 

News

It’s been more than 50 years since the Farmingdale High School class of 1964 roamed the halls of their beloved high school, but that doesn’t mean that the memories have faded. The class—the first to graduate from Farmingdale High—came together on Saturday, October 18 at the Marriott in Islandia to celebrate all of the good times past and make new memories as a class.  

Despite the national media attention about Ebola in recent weeks, there is one virus that is actually affecting Long Islanders, Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68), with one of the first cases identified in North Hempstead on Sept. 18 and a recent case on Oct. 15 in Suffolk County, which school officials called for the closing of school, as a health precaution. 

 

In Farmingdale, school district officials have been vigilant in their efforts to combat the virus. 


Sports

3rd Grade Division

The Giants and Jets met for the 2nd time this season, with the Giants again getting the victory over the Jets.  Jalen Gordon scored late into the 1st half for the Giants, which turned out to be the only points in the half.  The Giants shut the Jets down for both halves, keeping the offense off the board.  The Jets strong point this weekend was the defense, with Kyle June and Jake Kuller picking up the weekly William June Foundation awards.  In what is turning into a rough offensive season for the Jets, these awards continue to remind the boys of the perseverance and determination of the award’s namesake and his “never say quit” attitude.

 

—Submitted by Paul Caputo


William Merola, a member of the Farmingdale School District’s wrestling program, was recently selected to attend the third annual U.S. Marine Corps Summer Leadership and

Character Development program, which is limited to 150 sophomores and juniors throughout the nation.

 

Over the summer, from July 20-26, Merola attended the third annual Marine Corps recruiting command summer leadership and character academy at the USMC base in Quantico. 

 

The SLCDA (Summer Leadership and Character Development Program) educates high school leaders about Marine Corps Officer Programs by participating in classroom academics, ethics training, accelerated college prep, physical fitness training, a field exercise, a community service component and a field trip to Washington, D.C.


Calendar

Networking Event - October 29

Halloween Parade - October 31

Holiday Craft and Vendor Fair - November 2


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