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Janet Sierzant Publishes Second Novel

Books’ content based on growing up on Long Island

Janet (Finno) Sierzant, a hometown girl from North Massapequa, and student from Farmingdale High School, has just released her second novel Searching for the Shire.

In Shire, Amanda Marcella wanted to be a housewife. After 20 years, she finds herself divorced and begins to rebuild her life. But someone is watching. Her life begins to unravel and she is thrust into a world of jealousy, obsession and revenge.  Shire begins in Massapequa and Farmingdale, and then moves to Georgia with frequent return visits to Long Island.

Sierzant confides that her novels are truth-based, and she says many tell her that her works are easy-reads.

Her first book, Gemini Joe, Son of a Mobster is about Joe, the main character, growing up in Brooklyn, during the Depression-era. After his father’s death, he moves to Long Island and gets involved with politics during the Nixon campaign.

When the Observer asked what kind of readers would find each of her books most fascinating, she said, “My target market for Searching for the Shire are women readers, especially women ages 18 and up, who are juggling careers and family life or those women who are settling in their marriage; and my target market for Gemini Joe are readers, [ages] 18 and up, especially those who are familiar with Brooklyn and Long Island.”

Her research for Gemini was based on audio recordings from her own father “about his youth in Brooklyn and his experiences on Long Island.”

“The later half of Gemini Joe is based in Massapequa, Amityville, Town of Oyster Bay, Mineola...etc.,” said Sierzant.

Gemini took her five years to complete, from start to finish. Shire took three years, and a third book that she is currently working on is nearly finished.

“I write all genres,” said Sierzant. “I have written a poetry book which won the Paris Book Festival Award in 2009, two children’s books, and I am currently working on a screenplay for Gemini Joe.”

Sierzant has been affected with the writing bug. She told the Observer, “I can never stop writing.” Her next project is a book based on “a true story about a woman who gets tangled up with a good looking, smooth talking sociopath.” She continues to gather material for a fourth book, a screenplay, and “perhaps one more children’s book for my granddaughter.”

She still has family in Farmingdale, and scattered around Long Island. “I visit at least two times per year and miss Long Island terribly,” Sierzant said.

She told the Observer that her fondest memories of growing up in the area were cutting school, and hanging out at the Village Green in Farmingdale. Although Sierzant says she really was not inspired to write when she was younger, she maintains that Dean Murphy and a teacher, Mr. Libberman, were some of the biggest influences in her life in general.

Sierzant, who was born in Brooklyn and grew up on Long Island, now lives in Florida. She is a graduate of Kennesaw State University with a Bachelor’s of Arts Degree. She is a member of the Florida Writer’s Association and the Treasure Coast Writer’s Guild. Her books are available at http://www.lamaisonpub.com/ and also at Amazon.com, in print or Kindle editions.

News

Driving rain and cold temperatures could not keep Long Islanders from coming out to support the first annual DogFest Walk ‘n Roll, a fundraiser for Canine Companions for Independence. Held for the first time at Marjorie Post Park in nearby Massapequa, dogs of all breeds and sizes came with their humans with one goal in mind; to raise funds for CCI.

 

Event organizer Yvonne Dagger, past president and now board member, discussed the importance of the event. 

It’s been more than 50 years since the Farmingdale High School class of 1964 roamed the halls of their beloved high school, but that doesn’t mean that the memories have faded. The class—the first to graduate from Farmingdale High—came together on Saturday, October 18 at the Marriott in Islandia to celebrate all of the good times past and make new memories as a class.  


Sports

3rd Grade Division

The Giants and Jets met for the 2nd time this season, with the Giants again getting the victory over the Jets.  Jalen Gordon scored late into the 1st half for the Giants, which turned out to be the only points in the half.  The Giants shut the Jets down for both halves, keeping the offense off the board.  The Jets strong point this weekend was the defense, with Kyle June and Jake Kuller picking up the weekly William June Foundation awards.  In what is turning into a rough offensive season for the Jets, these awards continue to remind the boys of the perseverance and determination of the award’s namesake and his “never say quit” attitude.

 

—Submitted by Paul Caputo


William Merola, a member of the Farmingdale School District’s wrestling program, was recently selected to attend the third annual U.S. Marine Corps Summer Leadership and

Character Development program, which is limited to 150 sophomores and juniors throughout the nation.

 

Over the summer, from July 20-26, Merola attended the third annual Marine Corps recruiting command summer leadership and character academy at the USMC base in Quantico. 

 

The SLCDA (Summer Leadership and Character Development Program) educates high school leaders about Marine Corps Officer Programs by participating in classroom academics, ethics training, accelerated college prep, physical fitness training, a field exercise, a community service component and a field trip to Washington, D.C.


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