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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

At a recent meeting of the Farmingdale Board of Education, school district superintendent John Lorentz discussed New York State’s proposal to invest $2 billion into districts statewide

through the Smart Schools Bond Act.

 

If approved by voters in the upcoming general elections, the act would allow the state to borrow $2 billion in the form of a capital bond to provide students with access to classroom

technology and high-speed internet connectivity, with the goal of equalizing opportunities for children to learn, adding classroom space, expanding pre-kindergarten programs, replacing classroom trailers with permanent instructional space and installing high-tech security features in schools. 

Over the weekend, thousands of Long Island residents flocked to the Village of Farmingdale for its 26th annual Columbus Day Weekend Fair and Fireman’s carnival. Running from Oct. 9

to 13, the five-day affair featured live music from Farmingdale’s own Electric Dudes and Long Island party band Superbad, a Fire Department barbecue, food vendors, a street fair, fireworks, carnival rides, games for kids of all ages and, of course, the Columbus Day parade. 


Sports

Last week, officials with the St. Kilian Saints baseball team inducted John Lombardi and Aaron Powell into their Hall of Fame. 

 

—Submitted by Farmingdale PAL and St. Kilian Baseball 


The 2014 Reilly Cup finals featured the two most successful OTHG teams over the last 9 years. Sal’s Place and Singleton’s have had 11 finals appearances and 7 championships between them during this period of time. They split 2 games during the regular season and Singleton’s became the winner’s bracket representative in the 2014 Cup by beating Sal’s deep in the tournament.

 

Sal’s took the first game 14-7. The game was close until the 8th inning when Sal’s broke it open with some timely hits and taking advantage of a Singleton’s miscue or two.  Sal’s held

Singleton’s to 7 runs with outstanding all-around defense, which was particularly impressive given that some of their significant contributors were visibly fighting through late-season injuries. 


Calendar

Homecoming - October 24

Autumn Fair - October 25

St. Kilian Blood Drive - October 26


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