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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.

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.


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