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Farmingdale Schools Lobby Albany

The Farmingdale School District’s Legislative Action Committee recently traveled to Albany to present the district’s legislative proposals for the 2014-2015 school year, which include a request for more state aid. Based on the preliminary state budget figures, the Farmingdale School District will receive $746,419 more than last year—an increase of 2.74 percent. However, school officials say it isn’t enough.

On Jan. 28, the Legislative Action Committee, which is comprised of students, teachers, administrators, community leaders and the district’s Board of Education, met with distinguished state officials—including state Senators John Flanagan and Kemp Hannon and

Assemblymen Steven Englebright, Chad Lupinacci, Thomas McKevitt, Michael Montesano, Joseph Saladino, Robert Sweeney and Fred Thiele—to urge the state remove the Gap Elimination Adjustment, which reduced $1 billion in state aid funding to Long Island schools over the last three years. Committee members also called for replacement of the foundation formula, which is currently used to determine how much state aid is allocated to a school district, but does not take into account the high cost of living on Long Island. 

 

“The goal of Farmingdale’s Legislative Action Committee is to advocate for the educational needs that our students deserve in order to reach their full potential,” said Farmingdale Schools Superintendent John Lorentz. “The [committee’s] annual trip to Albany is a terrific opportunity, especially for our students, to meet with our elected officials to discuss state aid necessary to maintain our vital programs.” 

 

During their trip to Albany, the committee also discussed the state property tax cap, which Lorentz previously told the Farmingdale Observer could leave the district with some tough decisions in the year ahead. School officials added that being held to the state tax levy cap could potentially result in an annual loss of programs and services to students without mandate relief or additional state funding. 

News

There was a time when people knew what they were eating. Frozen meals, fast food chains and ingredients impossible to pronounce were non-existent. Instead, simple ingredients and meals were all made from scratch.

Joann P. Magri, owner of The Divine Olive, is keeping this way of eating alive. Offering hungry customers with a choice in quality foods and ingredients, Magri encourages customers to make their own meals. With shelves stocked full of 18-year-old vinegars straight from Modena, Italy, to extra virgin olive oils infused with various herbs and flavors, the Divine Olive features a variety of organic and vegan products, all 100 percent natural. It even has handmade spaghetti and fresh bread, which perfectly pairs with all of their other products.

It’s a cute little ‘bug.’ What it represents, however, is anything but cute.

An unusual-looking Volkswagen is toodling around Long Island this month. Painted to resemble the Asian longhorned beetle (ALB), the VW Beetle is part of efforts by the US Department of Agriculture to eliminate the pest, which can destroy 70 percent of an area’s tree canopy, according to the agency. Initially, officials held hope for complete eradication from about 23 square miles of LI designated as infested or at risk by 2016. Instead, this “landcape-altering pest” is spreading.


Sports

It will be difficult to top the exhilaration of being crowned Nassau County Champs, but the 2014 Farmingdale Dalers will begin their defense of the title on Sept. 13 at rival Massapequa—whom they beat to claim the crown.

“The attitude is that we have to prove it again,” said Head Coach Buddy Krumenacker, who has been at the helm since 1993. “But I think we’ll be okay,” he added.

Register now as classes fill up quickly and you don’t want to miss out on the chance to join in trapeze workshops at Eisenhower Park’s I.FLY this fall.

 

“I.FLY was designed to give kids and adults the ability to fulfill their dreams of being in the circus,” says instructor Anthony Rosamilia.  “Flying through the air never gets boring.  At I.FLY, we help people create lifelong memories.” 


Calendar

Board of Education Special Meeting

Wednesday, Aug. 27

Movies on the Green: The Nut Job

Thursday, Aug. 28

Warbirds Legends Weekend

Friday, Aug. 29



Columns

1959: The Year The Music Stopped Playing
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com

The Eccentric Heiress Of ‘Empty Mansions’
Written by Mike Barry, MFBarry@optonline.net

Yellow Margarine And A Pitch For The Ages
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com