Written by Chris Boyle Thursday, 12 September 2013 00:00
Recognizing her accomplishments and selfless work for the benefit of Farmingdale youth, Mayor Ralph Ekstrand and the Village Board of Trustees honored longtime resident and education activist Tina Diamond at Tuesday’s meeting.
Diamond, who announced her retirement this past June, served on the village Board of Education for 13 years. She was presented with a certificate of merit by Ekstrand, who praised the educator for her dedication.
“Tina has been a community activist for many years,” he said. “We just wanted to thank her for everything that she has done during her many years of service.”
Ekstrand highlighted a few of Diamond’s many accomplishments: She is largely responsible for the district’s new state-of-the-art kitchen facility, the formation of the Tech-Honor Society, and the pay-as-you-go Driver’s Ed course installed after funding was pulled. She was instrumental in creating the Farmingdale Summit, a crucial part of the communication between the PTA and the Farmingdale community; and, most importantly, was a constant and fearless lobbyist for more tax dollars through both the Farmingdale School Board and Action Committee.
Friday, 13 December 2013 00:00
After filing Chapter 11 bankruptcy, the Atlantic Express Bus Company—the major bus contractor for the Farmingdale School District—will soon begin the task of liquidating its assets.
According to Assistant Superintendent Barbara Horsley, the company is currently planning to sell its fleet through an open bidding process, as it prepares to go out of business at the end of the year.
“What we’re doing is making arrangements for students next semester,” Horsley said. “It hasn’t impacted us at all yet.”
Wednesday, 11 December 2013 00:00
This past Fall, Farmingdale village officials approved plans to construct the proposed Staller Project—located at 285 Eastern Parkway in Farmingdale—which will usher in 27 residential housing units. Now, after further discussion with village officials, developers with Staller Associates, Inc. have modified their original renderings to change the once olive-colored facade with steel panels to red brick, to better match the motif of downtown Farmingdale.
After discussing the initial proposal with several residents, some of whom did not feel the cold steel panels were a good fit with some of the surrounding buildings, Farmingdale Mayor Ralph Ekstrand said he contacted the Hauppague-based developers to find a way to better compliment the community.
Thursday, 12 December 2013 00:00
Thirteen male and female student-athletes at Farmingdale High School have signed scholarship letters of intent to continue their academic and athletic careers at prestigious schools around the county. During the “College signing day” ceremony, on Dec. 5, friends, families, faculty, academic advisors, coaches, and parents joined student athletes in support of their collegiate careers.
The following students have signed letters of intent:
Thursday, 12 December 2013 00:00
Franklin Diaz of Farmingdale scored as the third overall finisher in the 21st annual Rob’s Run—a 5-kilometer cross-country style race through Stillwell Woods in Woodbury, hosted by New York Blood Services,
Diaz finished with a total time of 16 minutes and 43 seconds.
After finishing the race, on Dec. 1, Franklin went back out onto the course to run with his nephew Anthony Diaz, who was celebrating his 10th birthday. Anthony finished the run with a total time of 29 minutes and 37 seconds.
534 competitors finished this year’s run which was put together by the Greater Long Island Running Club, in memorium of Rob Lauterborn.