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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 


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. 



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


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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.


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