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Musicians Achieve Outstanding Ratings

Fifteen performing ensembles from the Farmingdale schools performed for an objective evaluation of their skills at the New York State School Music Association Festival (NYSSMA) Large Organization Festival held at Hofstra University. Many school districts participated but Farmingdale sent the largest number of groups and students to be adjudicated by certified judges.  

After months of diligent work, each group performed three NYSSMA approved musical selections at a specific level of difficulty. The NYSSMA judges scored the groups on rhythm, intonation, phrasing, dynamics, interpretation, tone and musicianship.  

“In preparing for NYSSMA Majors each teacher works very carefully preparing students to improve their sound quality, to become very focused, and to be aware of musical nuances. In the preparation process students improve their abilities and learn to make the written notes transform into beautiful music,” said Rita Zirpolo Padden, fine arts director. “This year I saw teachers incorporate what they learned from last year’s NYSSMA experience and what they learned in this year’s professional development seminars and clinics.“

Awards:

Katie Duke, Northside Band Level 1 Silver

Matt DeMasi, Albany Avenue Band Level 1 Gold

Becky Korn, Woodward Parkway Chorus Level 2 Gold

Therese Mannino, Woodward Parkway Orchestra Level 1 Gold

Erica Hartmann, Woodward Parkway Band Level 1 Gold with Distinction

Howitt Middle School:

Joe Deangelis 6th Grade White Band Level 2 Silver

Joe DeAngelis 6th Grade Green Band Level 2 Gold

Samuel Gelfer Howitt Chamber Orchestra Level 3 Silver

Danielle Tucker Women’s Chorus Level 3 Gold

Jessica Mischke Lunch Chorus Level 3 Gold with Distinction

Andy Segale Howitt Wind Ensemble Level 4 Gold

High School:

Sam Gelfer High School String Orchestra Level 4 Silver

Claire Zatorski High School Women’s Chorus Level 4 Gold

Barbara Lieberman High School Symphonic Band Level 5 Silver

Gina Pellettiere High School Wind Ensemble Level 6 Gold

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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