Written by Gregory Giaconelli Friday, 30 August 2013 00:00
Honor Flight Long Island is looking for men and women who have proudly served their country during WWII. The next scheduled flight for WWII veterans will take flight in just one more month.
Honor Flight Long Island is part of a national, non-profit organization called Honor Flight, which was established in 2004 and made to honor American veterans for their sacrifices. Our nation’s heroes will be paired up with a volunteer guardian, who will escort them on a flight to Baltimore and then on a bus to Washington, D.C.to visit the memorial that is built in their honor. The trip is free and is also a day to remember for the soldiers who fought bravely and helped keep our country safe and strong. “I can’t express what this generation has done for us,” said Honor Flight Long Island President Chris Cosich. “These guys were all together and had amazing stories to tell.” They also paid tribute to those who served in the Korean and Vietnam wars.
HFLI operates on donations from organizations and individuals locally and regionally. The guardians pay their own way and donations are made to escort the veterans. They strive to make everything possible to provide for the veterans. Everything they receive is for free from the flights to bus services to meals. Depending on the flight, HFLI charter between 35 and 70 veterans. However, they could use from 60 to 120 guardians to assist the veterans. Guardians must be physically fit to help most of the veterans because many of them cannot get around on their own. The oldest member that was brought down was at age 97 while the youngest was 87. “We don’t discriminate against any veterans,” said Cosich. “Whether it is age 87 or 97, it doesn’t matter; the Honor Flight is a thank you they deserve.”
Commission Officer Reginald Ballantyne, who served in Italy for four years, took the time to explain his tours during the war. He even gave his take on what he sees now in what goes on with our forces in present time. “In our time, we were brought up and we did not question our duties,” explained Ballantyne. “I think it’s awful today that soldiers are sent back 2 or 3 times overseas.” Ballantyne was very happy when he went to the memorial in Washington and had nothing but wonderful things to say about this special day.
“Honor Flight was very prepared and organized in recognizing the veterans who served in World War II,” said Ballantyne. “It’s very moving and brings you to tears; when you think of World War II, it brings us together.”
The next flight is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 28. This flight is full now but there is a waiting list. They will also take off again in the spring 2014 but those flights. If you are interested or know of someone who was a veteran and has not yet visited the memorial, submit your application so your name can be added to the waiting list. Also check for flights through the national website at www.honorflight.org or www.honorflightlongisland.org.
Wednesday, 11 December 2013 00:00
This past Fall, Farmingdale village officials approved plans to construct the proposed Staller Project—located at 285 Eastern Parkway in Farmingdale—which will usher in 27 residential housing units. Now, after further discussion with village officials, developers with Staller Associates, Inc. have modified their original renderings to change the once olive-colored facade with steel panels to red brick, to better match the motif of downtown Farmingdale.
After discussing the initial proposal with several residents, some of whom did not feel the cold steel panels were a good fit with some of the surrounding buildings, Farmingdale Mayor Ralph Ekstrand said he contacted the Hauppague-based developers to find a way to better compliment the community.
Friday, 06 December 2013 00:00
Bethpage Water District officials recently filed a federal lawsuit against Northrop Grumman Corp., claiming the company’s facilities caused “irreparable harm” by creating a toxic plume that has contaminated the groundwater, costing the district millions of dollars and threatening more than 33,000 customers in Bethpage, Old Bethpage, Farmingdale, Levittown and Plainview.
According to the lawsuit, the district is demanding a jury trial to determine whether Grumman owes compensation for the costs of monitoring contaminants, operations, maintenance, treatment upgrades, and equipment required to comply with state and federal safe drinking water law; or whether Grumman would bear the expense of securing an alternative source of clean drinking water.
Thursday, 05 December 2013 00:00
The Farmingdale Dalers took on the Sachem North Flaming Arrows last Saturday afternoon at Stony Brook’s LaValle Stadium for the Long Island Conference I Championship in front of 7,200 fans. This was the Dalers second trip to the finals since losing to Floyd last year. The Dalers went into the game looking to finish a perfect season.
Thursday, 28 November 2013 00:00
The Farmingdale Dalers, ranked first in the division (11-0), came out to defend their title as Nassau County champions against the no. 3 seed, the Massapequa Chiefs (8-3), who attempted to take it away. The Chiefs, after losing to the Dalers 33-8 in week 4, would of liked nothing better then to defeat the Dalers in front of 4,000 people at Hofstra and grab the title. The rivalry was all the talk this week and the Nassau County Police had extra Officers all around the stadium at Hofstra.