Written by FarmingDale Observer Staff Wednesday, 02 October 2013 00:00
Next time you’re sitting in your doctor’s waiting room, watch out for a white-haired man who suddenly jumps up from behind his walker and belts out a Broadway show tune. Even more head-scratching is that he suddenly stops and quietly walks into the examination room as the receptionist says, “Mr. Scafuri, the doctor will see you now.”
Punked? The old Candid Camera? No, it’s Frank Scafuri having a little musical fun.
Parishioners at St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church of Bethpage will recognize Scafuri as a regular substitute singer/organist. Those who have heard him sing, know that this 1971 Julliard graduate certainly has a powerful, well-trained voice.
“About a month ago, I was waiting to be seen by a doctor, and I was very bored,” said Scafuri. “The rest of the waiting room patients seemed equally bored, and were just looking at their cell phones. I thought it would be pretty funny if I stood up, sang this big Broadway song and left the room once I was called by receptionist.”
While most of us would merely daydream about a prank, Scafuri proposed the stunt to two doctors. They were as enthusiastic as he was. Using three iPhones, with the camera operators pretending to be bored patients, he had the performance recorded.
“They were astonished,” Scafuri said of his waiting room audience. “They were looking at the floor. Then they would look up and smile. You could tell, everyone one was thinking, ‘What’s going on?’”
Even more people got in on the joke when he posted the video on YouTube.
“Since Sept. 10, the video has gained 10,100-plus views,” said the 63-year-old Scafuri, who hopes the exposure boosts his singing and acting career. “I will be producing more videos over the course of the year to put smiles on ‘waiting patients.’”
In fact, Scafuri, who with his wife is a 38-year resident of Rockville Centre, is offering to take his act on the road.
To watch the video, perform a web search of “Frank’s Waiting! Who’s Got Rhythm?”
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, 12 December 2013 00:00
Thirteen male and female student-athletes at Farmingdale High School have signed scholarship letters of intent to continue their academic and athletic careers at prestigious schools around the county. During the “College signing day” ceremony, on Dec. 5, friends, families, faculty, academic advisors, coaches, and parents joined student athletes in support of their collegiate careers.
The following students have signed letters of intent:
Thursday, 12 December 2013 00:00
Franklin Diaz of Farmingdale scored as the third overall finisher in the 21st annual Rob’s Run—a 5-kilometer cross-country style race through Stillwell Woods in Woodbury, hosted by New York Blood Services,
Diaz finished with a total time of 16 minutes and 43 seconds.
After finishing the race, on Dec. 1, Franklin went back out onto the course to run with his nephew Anthony Diaz, who was celebrating his 10th birthday. Anthony finished the run with a total time of 29 minutes and 37 seconds.
534 competitors finished this year’s run which was put together by the Greater Long Island Running Club, in memorium of Rob Lauterborn.