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Stranger Danger At High School

Farmingdale School District officials are alerting parents to review safety concerns with their children, after last week, when a high school student reported that an unidentified male was following her while she walked home from school. 

 

The individual, who had followed the student down Lincoln Street, also attempted to have a dialogue with the student, who entered her home safely and without incident. 

 

The following day, both the parent and the student reported the incident to school administrators. In response, Farmingdale High School Principal Glen Zakian sent a letter to parents in the district, alerting them to the incident.

 

“Farmingdale continues to be a safe place to live and work,” Zakian says in his letter. “However, it is always a good idea to periodically review safety concerns with your children.”

 

Despite the fact that school administrators were the first to be alerted of the incident, Nassau County Police Det. Vincent Garcia said he could not find any indication that the police were notified. 

 

“The family apparently notified the school, but never reported it to us,” Garcia said.

 

While police had not been privvy to the incident, Farmingdale Schools Superintendent John Lorentz said that since the incident did not happen on school grounds and had not been observed by anyone at the school, it was the obligation of the student or parent involved to report the incident to police. 

 

“Our obligation is to notify the students and parents,” Lorentz said. “We can’t make a statement on behalf of the student.” 

 

Although the district could not comment as to why the unidentified student had not reported the incident to police, school district officials assured parents that the safety and well-being of all students continues to be the school district’s number one priority. 

 

“We encourage parents and guardians to use the letter as an opportunity to talk to their children and educate them on what to do and how to respond if they become uncomfortable with a stranger,” Lorentz said. 

 

In the initial letter to parents, Principal Zakian stressed the importance for parents to have a conversation with their children about not talking with strangers and to bring any concerns they might have to an adult in school or at home. 

 

“Whether walking to and from school, riding their bikes or going to the park, it is extremely important that we teach our children to be aware of their surroundings at all times in order to keep themselves safe,” Zakian said. 

News

Due to what appears to be a colossal error on the part of the Nassau County Assessor’s office, or perhaps an errant interpretation of state law, 1,100 military veterans and Gold Star families in Farmingdale will have to wait for their tax break until next year.

 

The Farmingdale School District is among several local school districts that recently approved resolutions extending the exemption to local veterans, even though budgets and Albany’s tax cap make it a tough choice. Earlier this year, school board trustees uanimously voted to provide a school tax exemption for veterans living in the district, starting with the 2014-15 school year. 

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.   


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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