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A Student’s Perspective

During these final months of the school year, death is the furthest thing from a high school student’s mind. We are too busy being excited for summer and the end of another school year to worry about something so far away and foreign as death. 

 

“Death is for the old and sickly; not for us, we can’t die, there’s too much for us to do, to experience, to see.” 

 

If we read the front page of a newspaper we might see a story about a teen or two tragically dead before their time, but they’re so far away, “that’s not us, that could never be us.” 

 

Unfortunately the accident, which took the lives of five teens, reminded us of the frailty of our lives and that it could have been anyone us. Those kids were us. 

 

It seemed as if everyone had a different story about the accident: how many were dead, how exactly it happened, who was involved. The only thing anybody was sure of was that lives were lost. The lives of teenagers, of our classmates, our friends, and our children. 

 

The community reacted almost instantly. There were pages posted on social media for people to share their condolences, vigils and fundraisers were organized, people were reaching out to help in any way they could.

 

The scene on the lawn of St. Kilians church Sunday night was heartdropping, as thousands of people from the community came to the church to show their support with a candlelight vigil. 

 

As the church bells tolled preceeding the vigil, time felt suspended. The air surrounding the church was alarmingly and respectfully quiet. During those moments a distinct feeling of regret, sadness and sorrow could be felt. “If only,” and “what if,” were common thought.

 

An online fund was set up on Saturday to help pay for Noah Francis’ funeral. In August, the Francis family lost Noah’s dad. His mother died fourteen years prior. The fund has already raised over $19,000 since its creation, anyone interested can donate online at http://www.gofundme.com/92i2o4. Farmingdale High School students will be wearing green on Monday to remember their lost Dalers. Despite the tragedy, it is refreshing to see the community come together to support those who have lost someone they love. After all, once a Daler, always a Daler.

News

Last year, U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer stopped at Moby Drugs in Farmingdale to highlight the launch of a drug take-back program, which was designed to help residents remove addictive prescriptions out of their medicine cabinets. 

 

Yet, despite studies conducted by the Center for Disease Control—which found 70 percent of those addicted to prescription drugs get them from home, family or friends—federal regulations have prevented pharmacies in New York State from hosting the take-back program. 

Lt. Matt Komorowski of Farmingdale was recently honored with the first annual American Heroes award, for showing bravery when faced with impossible odds. 

 

On Sept. 11, 2001, Komorowski was one of  six FDNY firefighters with Ladder Co. 6, called to the World Trade Center just a short while before the tower collapsed. Arriving at the scene, Komorowski and the members of his ladder company rushed inside the building. As they rushed up the stairs the men of Ladder 6 stopped to assist Josephine Harris, a then 60-year-old Brooklyn grandmother, who was stuck in the stairwell of the building. 


Sports

 

The 2014 Farmingdale Flag Football season kicked off with a blast on Sept. 7.

 

3rd Grade Division

 

The Texans and the Jets played a great opening weekend game, with the Texans getting the victory.  For the Texans, touchdown pass from Joseph Spano to Jaxon Parisi with 20 seconds in the half broke a tie that the Jets never came back from.  The Jets were led by Brendan O’Keefe, who had two rushing touchdowns and Jimmy Caputo, who picked off a pass at the goal line.

 

Farmingdale State College’s women’s tennis team opened the 2014 season with an 8-1 victory over John Jay College (0-1) on Sept. 3. The Rams (1-0) held a 2-1 advantage after doubles play before sweeping the singles matches.


Calendar

Board of Education - September 17

A Town of the Taste - September 18

Evening with Jeffery Wands - September 19


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