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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

In the aftermath of a fatal carbon monoxide leak at Legal Seafoods in Huntington, the Village of Farmingdale passed new legislation requiring all residential and commercial properties carry a carbon monoxide detector. 

 

“The whole idea behind this is public safety,” said Farmingdale Mayor Ralph Ekstrand.

 

On April 7, Farmingdale Trustees unanimously voted to amend village code as a proactive measure to prevent future harm from carbon monoxide poisioning.   

During a recent meeting of the Farmingdale Board of Education, President Shari Bardash-Eivers addressed a controversy that had erupted among parents in the district surrounding comments that were made online about student data mining. Initially proposed as a component of New York State’s Common Core Learning Standards, data mining is used to gather information on students through a company called InBloom. However, the proposal to allow data mining through the use of InBloom was defeated by state lawmakers. 

 

For Eivers, the controversy had come about after she had made comments on social media sites regarding parents who were opposed to student data mining. Many referred to her comments as “insensitive,” for use of the terms “paranoid” and “ignorant” whilst noting that the same parents opposed to data mining seemed to have no qualms about activities such as using Google or their credit cards online—acts which she said carry many of the same risks. 


Sports

The Farmingdale Devils  U10 Travel Baseball team defeated the West Islip Gold team 11-6 to win the Bayport Bash baseball tournament last weekend. The Devils swept both games on Saturday to advance to the championship game. In the championship The Devils struck for four runs in the first inning. Nick Napolitano and Nick Disanti  started it off with singles and were driven home by Gavin Weinstock’s 200 foot blast off the left field wall. Timmy Purack and Matt Brandimarte followed with run scoring singles and the Devils were on their way to their first title of 2014. Nicholas Napolitano pitched three solid inning for the win. The Devils will now compete in the Half Hollow Invitational Spring Tournament. 

 

— Submitted by The Farmingdale Devils

The Dalers Boys Varsity Lacrosse team (3-2) are putting their best foot forward, after losing two games this season.  

 

On March 25, the Dalers took their home turf to face the Lynbrook Owls. During the game, the Dalers Tom McPartland and Chris Brown each scored two goals, while goalies Matt Deluca and Scott dePalmer racked up a total of 11 saves. Despite the valiant effort, the Dalers lost to Lynbrook High School 11-7. 

 

The Dalers are currently 3-2 this season. Their next game will be held on April 17 at Long Beach. 


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