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Farmingdale State College Children’s Center Groundbreaking

Increased capacity responds to needs of parents

Farmingdale State College’s President W. Hubert Keen welcomed approximately 100 guests on Oct. 11 who attended the groundbreaking ceremony of the campus’s Children’s Center, which will be relocated from its existing building. School officials, local politicians, and influential campus and community members gathered at the construction site entrance to symbolically break ground on what will be the new daycare facility.

“The new facility for our Children’s Center will benefit our students, faculty, and staff, and most importantly—the children,” said President Keen.

Senator Charles Fuschillo, Jr. and Assemblymen Bob Sweeney and David McDonough were in attendance to help show support for the exciting new developments happening at the SUNY campus.

“Farmingdale State College continues to grow, and this new childcare center is the latest step forward,” said Fuschillo, who helped secure state funding for the project. “I am pleased to have been able to assist Farmingdale State College in moving this important new project forward.”

Children’s Center Director Linda Crispi and current student Guisseppe Conigliaro offered their remarks and shared their excitement for the expansion and new structure that is being built to accommodate the growing number of staff, faculty, students, and local residents who have used the Children’s Center services for years.

Conigliaro, a full-time mechanical engineering student said, “The Children’s Center has done a good job of creating an environment where children can create and explore.” He said it’s comforting to know that his daughter is in a safe and comfortable place, being taken care of while he is working on his degree and even joked, “My three-year-old daughter and her 27-year-old father go to the same school.” He said the center already has a great staff, but having an indoor playground will be terrific.

Keen explained that research indicates that more than a quarter of undergraduates in the United States are parents. He said, “On-campus centers like ours lower the absentee rate of student-parents and increases the likelihood that they will graduate and gain employment.”

Crispi told Anton Community Newspapers that the majority of the students who are enrolled at the center are the children of members of the campus community. She said she hopes to be able to accommodate many more children, although the enrollment has been steady over the past couple of years.

“Being located on the Farmingdale campus means the children have access to beautiful gardens and facilities, as well as activities sponsored by the college,” said Crispi.

Approximately 40 children from the day care center were in attendance for the groundbreaking ceremony. There are 68 children currently enrolled in the center, fluctuating slightly each semester, with the expectation that enrollment will grow once the new facility is completed.

The overall cost of the project is $7.5 million. Expected to open in the fall of 2013, the new 11,700 square foot Children’s Center will provide much-needed space to expand classrooms and provide an indoor playground for use during inclement weather. The center will feature two infant daycare rooms, three toddler rooms, four preschool rooms and a gross-motor room. It will also include staff office space, meeting rooms, and a kitchen.

Keen said that with the expansion, the campus anticipates offering more programming at the Children’s Center, including vacation care and an expanded summer camp program.

The contracting company for the project is Fratello Construction. Adama Collier, of D.W. Arthur Associations Architecture, Inc. is the building’s architect. Brian Clarke, a Farmingdale State College Class of 1999 alumni, of Hill International, Inc is the construction manager, and Lauri Seline and Kim Pomerantz are the chairs for the State University Construction Fund.

News

More than 2,000 Long Islanders enjoyed the festivities at Captree State Park as Assemblyman Joseph Saladino hosted the ninth annual Marine and Outdoor Recreation Expo on Sept. 15.

Attendees learned about sustainable sources of energy as well as ways to protect the planet, especially the island’s marine environment. There were demonstrations in camping, boating, water safety, renewable energy, wildlife and environmental education, fly fishing, arts and crafts, face painting, clowns, touch tanks, ballon animals and plenty of rock and roll.

The founders of the popular Facebook group “Massapequa Moms,” a ‘virtual living room with 6,700 people,’ are leveraging their social media power to create a new discount loyalty card good all over Long Island—including, they hope, in Farmingdale.

With a hugely popular Facebook community, co-founders Dawn Boyle Kostakis and Stephanie Hartman wanted to “figure out a way that we could help the consumer and the business owner at the same time; keeping commerce going, keeping it all local and having the people get a little bang for their buck,” said Kostakis. They wanted to serve more than just Massapequa, too, and the Long Island Loyalty card was born.


Sports

Farmingdale squeaks by Massapequa

The rivalry between the Farmingdale Dalers and the Massapequa Chiefs is a big one. So big that the school districts and the Nassau County Police Department had to take extra precautions to maintain security. Not everyone who wanted to see this game at Masspequa High School were allowed access to the game. In the past, there was some unruly behavior. So, if you were from Farmingdale you parked on the right side of the school and from Massapequa you were on the left. The stands on both side were full and hundreds standing along the fence to watch this game.

The Chiefs would score first in the first quarter with a 9-yard run by Paul Dilena for a touchdown. The Dalers had some problems moving the ball down field until Daler Danny Mckeon intercepted a pass and ran it back into the Chiefs side of the field. This would set up a 6-yard run for a touchdown for Michael Outing who had 19 carries for 84 yards. With the score tied 7-7, Zach Kolodny kicked a 22-yard field goal to put the Dalers up 10-7 shortly before  halftime and the heavy rain that followed.

Town sports shifts to hockey

It’s almost time to hit the ice again.

The Town of Oyster Bay Youth Ice Hockey Program will hold its registration on Monday, Oct. 6 and Wednesday, Oct. 8, from 6 to 9 p.m. on both nights. Registration takes place at the Town of Oyster Bay Ice Skating Center in Bethpage.

“The Youth Ice Hockey Program provides youngsters, ages three to 13, with the opportunity to hone their skating and hockey skills under the guidance of ice hockey coaches,” Councilman Joe Pinto stated. “The highly regarded program has earned it recognition by the NHL, which has partnered with the Town to promote hockey programming and youth enrichment through its ‘Hockey is For Everyone’ initiative.”


Calendar

Junior Varsity Football At Baldwin High School

Saturday, September 27

Girls Varsity Tennis At Malverne High School

Tuesday, September 30

Boys Varsity Volleyball Versus Massapequa High School

Wednesday, October 1



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