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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

Four years after the Hempstead Town Board of Appeals denied a proposal to construct six T-Mobile transmitters on the roof of the Farmingdale-Wantagh Jewish Center along Woodbine Avenue, a federal district court decision, on July 22, dismissed the case.

 

“The court’s decision to dismiss this case signifies another crucial victory for Hempstead Town and Wantagh neighbors,” said Town Supervisor Kate Murray. “The proposal never conformed to the character of this cherished suburban community, and we’re thrilled that our preservation efforts have been rewarded.”

If you’ve never heard of Falun Dafa, you’re not alone. Instructor Suzanne Eckler said it’s not widely practiced in Long Island, but she and her assistant William Jin are offering a series of six free classes at the Farmingdale Library on Thursday nights.  

 

“When something makes you happy, you want to share it,” Eckler said.

 

Falun Dafa is a meditation practice that originated in China in 1992.


Sports

Lacrosse teams from across the region are invited to a major fall tournament sponsored by the 2014 Nassau County Champions, Farmingdale’s Lady Dalers.

 

The event, scheduled for September 28 at Farmingdale High School, is open to any and all teams ranging from grades 5 through 12. The all-day event runs from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.

 

All levels will play 7-v-7 plus a goalie in the tournament’s format. The team fee is $575.00 per team, with an unlimited roster.  

Throughout the summer, the Farmingdale Observer will feature the box scores from the Farmingdale Baseball League Inc.’s 9/11 Baseball Tournament. 

August 1

Island Trees 16 - East Meadow Blue 0 (9UB)

 

Farmingdale Greendogs 9 - LSW Red 4 (12U)


Calendar

DJ Dancetime - August 14

High School Reunion - August 15

Kayak the Nissequogue River - August 16


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