Concerned Citizens of Farmingdale Continues Enhancement Efforts
In a little over three years since its inception, the Concerned Citizens Association of Farmingdale (CCAF) has tackled a long list of community enhancement and awareness projects.
Village Pops Concerts Coming Back to the Green
The Farmingdale Village Pops Concerts are returning to the Village Green for their 22nd year. Under the direction of founder Brad DeMilo, the concerts will enjoy a new home for at least part of the season, in the newly constructed and, as of this week, almost completed, gazebo bandstand. The Village Pops Concerts are held Wednesdays throughout the summer, beginning at 7:30 p.m. Beginning next week, on June 30, the shows will run for seven consecutive weeks. In event of rain next Wednesday and throughout July, the concerts will be moved to Howitt Middle School. An August location has yet to be determined. According to DeMilo, included on this year's concert calendar is a WWII concert, a children's concert and patriotic concerts. Guest conductors will again be called up from the audience to lead the band and residents can again look forward to an ice cream giveaway. DeMilo added that the community band will be performing some of the old classics, in addition to some new repertoire. "We try to keep it fresh," he said. The Minute of Farmingdale History, a series of lectures provided by local community members and representatives about the community's past, will also continue. This way of focusing on Farmingdale's heritage was begun by DeMilo as part of the community's Tricentennial of Settlement observance in 1987. Some of this year's speeches will undoubtedly focus on the 100th anniversary of the village's incorporation. The popularity of the annual concerts keeps growing from year to year and residents are once again invited to bring down their lawn chairs and blankets, with their family and friends, to enjoy the festivities. DeMilo said he is particularly excited to have the use of the new gazebo bandstand. "The man responsible for its beauty is Mr. [Vincent] Sotis," DeMilo said, noting that Sotis' architectural firm provided the design. DeMilo also recognized Sotis' son for his contribution in designing the gazebo. For further information about the Village Pops Concert Series, one may call Farmingdale Village Hall at 249-0093.
St. Kilian-2 Blanks St. Thomas 7-0
Entering their game with St. Thomas on Monday, June 7, St. Kilian's record was 4 wins and 5 losses. The boys took the field at Saltzman-East Memorial Elementary School with a desire to cap their inaugural season with a .500 record.
Over the Hill Softball Report
After nine weeks of play (6/11), the lead story for the OTH League continues to be the play of Singleton's, as no team has been able to step up to defeat "Big Red." The latest Singleton victim being Bar Boy, in a match-up of division leaders, fell victim in an exciting game but with the same results of the previous eight challenges. This definitely wasn't a low-scoring pitcher's duel as were Singleton's last two wins, as they broke out with an early 6-4 lead before both teams started pouring it on. Singletons put up 7 more in the 5th only to have Bar Boy answer with 4 of their own. Again in the 7th, Red scored 5 with BB putting up the same in their half, ending the inning with Singletons up by 5. Singleton's bats roared again in the 9th for another 5 only this time Bar Boy was unable to respond resulting in a 23-13 win for Red, dropping Bar Boy to 3rd with a 5-3-1 record (.610 percent). For Singletons, defensive stars were OF Tom "Tino" Sorrentino and IF Dennis Passaretti. Leading the offense were Dennis Passaretti with 7 RBIs, Bob Davis with 5 RBIs, and Tom Sorrentino & Paul Canalattos with 4 RBIs each. Contributing with 3 clutch hits apiece were Al Veneziano & Tom "Satch" Camarda. Moving into 2nd place in the National Division with a 6-3 record (.670 percent) was O'Sheas with a 29-10 win over M&T. O'Sheas bats again pounded out a slew of runs as they were led by Rob Kirk, 4-5 2 HRs 7 RBIs, Jay Donovan, HR 4 RBIs, and Carl Willemin, triple 3 RBIs. Pitcher Bob Meyers returned from an injury to pitch 4 innings, only giving up 4 before turning the ball over to Bob Thompson. O'Sheas defense sparkled as both the infield & outfield continued to make terrific plays in keeping their opponents off the board. Now leading the National Division with their 3rd win in a row is Mers, now 5-2-1 (.690 percent). Mers defeated Barco in a seesaw battle by the score of 17-13. Barco opened the game with 3 in the 1st but Mers responded with 4, and then opened up an 11-5 lead before Barco tied it up in the 7th. From that point on it was all Mers as they outscored Barco 6-2 over the last 2 1/2 innings. Leading the way for Barco was the hot Kevin Moloney, 3-4 3 RBIs, Dennis Ryan, 4-4 double & triple, Dave Ringer, triple 2 RBIs, and Bob "Woody" Diamond, 2-2 double (before going out injured). The loss dropped Barco to 6-3 and into 3rd in the American Division. In an attempt to keep pace with Singletons, 2nd place (American) Synergy improved their record to 6-1-2 with a 16-15 nail-bitter win over Changing Times. CT lead off with 8 in the 1st, then added another 6 in the 4th to take a commanding lead before the semi-green (Bob's description) team bounced back for the win. Bob Joyce came in to relieve starter Denny Oehl and all but shut down CT enabling Synergy bats to catch up. John Penza was on fire at the plate with four hits at crucial moments. Larry Lembo was a perfect 5-5, while Bob Joyce, Big Mike Mormino, Bob Cruickshank, Denny Oehl and Joe Lutz banged out 3 hits apiece. Tom Vanasco, nursing a bum knee, and Bob Cruickshank both hit HRs. Incidentally, Synergy now has Al Devine (fractured ankle), Bill Fitzpatrick (bad back), and Rich Dargie (knee injury) on the DL. Heal fast guys. Steve Johnsen, Tom Bagnasco, and Ed Cullen led Changing Times, all with good games. All was missing for CT was that last key hit as the game ended with the tying and winning runs in scoring portion as the game ended after 8 due to time restraints. Results from other games had Moby edging Bethpage PT 10-8 and Hampton Air beating B&M 18-6.
From the Desk of Senator Charles Fuschillo
From the Desk of Legislator Dave Mejias