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FHS Plants First Outdoor Classroom

All summer long, a collective of Farmingdale High School students have been getting down and dirty to construct a sustainable garden behind the school, which they are hope will serve as an outdoor classroom for students in the district. 


Lorie Sheinwald, a Farmingdale High School biology teacher and supervisor of the FHS Environmental Club, said that the club provides students with a new learning experience—one which they would not get in a traditional classroom setting—while also making the school yard pretty before the buses roll in this September. 


“People need nature… some of us spend way too much time inside,” Sheinwald said. “We are learning while we’re doing.”

Working with her father, who is a landscaper with Millimar Landscaping, Sheinwald was able to teach the students the basic masonry skills needed to make cement. With an additional donation of bricks from the Old Bethpage Village Restoration, the club has been working to frame their garden beds. 


According to Sheinwald, the finished garden will serve as a place for students with an interest in horticulture and culinary arts as well as the high school’s core classes like English, Math and Science.


 “I love gardening,” said Jasmine Singh, a junior at Farmingdale High School who has been working to help spread awareness of the club’s efforts. 


Singh serves as co-president of the environmental club and has spearheaded a webpage for the group to try and elicit donations through the crowdsourcing website. So far, Singh and the Environmental club have raised $180 online, as of press time. 


Several of the students participating first learned of the club’s efforts after competing in the Long Island Environthon, an annual competition pitting students from different school districts all across

Long Island against one another in a series of written exams and outdoor challenges in aquatics, forestry, soil and wildlife.  


Julia Piraino, who will be entering her senior year this fall, said she first joined the club after competing against other high schools. 


“We took our competition knowledge and put it to a more practical use,” Piraino said.  


According to Piraino, the club provides students with a venue to put their problem solving skills to use in real-time and has taught them the basic masonry skills necessary to construct a sustainable garden. 


With some added assistance from the high school’s Go Green Club and the National Honor Society, the students have constructed four garden beds already and plan to continue to work on more throughout the summer. 


Though the club does serve as a school activity, members of the Environmental Club welcome anyone in the community willing to get their hands a little dirty, to come and lend a hand with the construction of the high school’s first ever outdoor classroom. 


The Farmingdale High School Environmental club meets behind the school, across from the tennis courts near the intersection of Intervale Ave. and Grand St., every Wednesday morning at 10 a.m. For more on the club’s efforts visit, or to make a donation visit 


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. 


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. 


Homecoming - October 24

Autumn Fair - October 25

St. Kilian Blood Drive - October 26


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