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Roses Honor 72 Years Since Pearl Harbor

Local veterans gathered at the American Airpower Museum in Farmingdale, in remembrance of the 72nd anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor—a day that will forever live in infamy. 


Each year, the Long Island Air Force Association commemorates the attack—which launched the U.S. involvement in World War II—by gathering with veterans, elected officials and residents in the community for the “Dropping of the Roses” ceremony. 


First started in 1970 by the late Joseph Stanley Hydrusko, the Dropping of the Roses is held each December to honor the men and women who died in the attack. After blessing the roses with water from Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, the GEICO Skytypers pilot a WWII aircraft from Republic Airport to drop the roses over the Statue of Liberty. 


This year, 72 roses were dropped at precisely 12:55 p.m. [Eastern Time], which was the same time the attack on Pearl Harbor began. 


In addition to the Dropping of the Roses, local officials honored three veterans from the community who were stationed in Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941 and fought back against the attacking Japanese forces. This year’s honorees included veterans Gerard Barbosa, 89, of East Meadow, who fought aboard the USS Raleigh during the attacks; Richard Abeles, 92, of Brentwood, who served as a radio operator aboard the USS Dale; and Seymour Blutt, 95, of Manhattan, who served at Hickam Field. 


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.   


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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