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Farmingdale Girls Bring Thanksgiving

For most, the Thanksgiving holiday is a time to gather with family and feast on a smorgasbord of traditional holiday cuisine. 

 

But for six Farmingdale High School Seniors, it means helping others have a full meal. 

 

Since 2006, seniors Samantha Brescia, Lauren Pizzamenti, Victoria Martin, Taylor Verdi, Melissa Leone and Christine Kelly have worked with a social worker in the school district, to put together gift baskets for a Farmingdale family in need. 

 

“It has been the same family for several years,” said Samantha’s mother, Barbara Brescia.

 

Although the girls donate gift baskets to the same family, each year, they are not allowed to know who the particular family is due to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act [HIPAA]. Brescia’s mother said that in addition to their own donations—which includes a gift card from Stop and Shop—the girls place letters in neighbors’ mailboxes to collect more food for their gift baskets.  

 

All of the food that doesn’t make it into the baskets, the girls donate to local food pantries or Island Harvest—a non-profit organization, which donates food to soup kitchens, shelters, food pantries, low-income daycare centers, and senior/youth outreach and rehabilitation centers in Nassau and Suffolk counties.  

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. 


Calendar

Women's Club of Farmingdale - April 17

Maundy Thursday - April 17

Good Friday - April 18


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