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Bikes, Trikes, Toddlers, Oh My

Farmingdale High School’s student commons was swarming with tykes on trikes, wheeling around for the Farmingdale Community Summit’s annual trike-a-thon. 

 

Each year, the community summit organizes the trike-a-thon as a fundraiser for Farmingdale families in need. Students participate from the high school’s child development program and Universal Pre-Kindergarten program, by getting friends, families, and neighbors to sponsor them. 

 

Volunteers from the Farmingdale High School’s Child Development Lab and internship classes helped out with this year’s event by encouraging the kids, while preventing any disastrous traffic jams on the track. 

 

“I love it. It’s a great starter for kids who want to go into child development or work with younger kids,” said one volunteer. 

 

Child development classes allow students to learn to teach kids in a pre-kindergarten setting. During the program, students make lesson plans, organize projects for the kids, and gain a better understanding of the skills necessary for effectively working with kids. The

pre-kindergartners involved with the program are children ages 3-4 years old in the Farmingdale School district. 

 

Parents already involved with the program love it: “It’s a great program” said one of the moms attending the race. 

 

The trike-a-thon was a surprisingly simple, fun, and productive activity for the younger kids in the district. 

 

According to program director Lynne Brewer, last year’s trike-a-thon helped raise $1,200 in sponsorships for families in need.

 

“The trike-a-thon is a fun way to teach kids how to help people,” said Brewer, “and it’s a great way to get the community to come together. That’s one of the reasons I love Farmingdale.” 

 

This year’s trike-a-thon was a huge success with both parents and kids looking forward to next year.

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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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