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Farmingdale Schools Hike Lunch Price

Students returning from their two-week hiatus, will find that the cost of lunch at Farmingdale High School and Howitt Middle School has increased for the first time in nine years. Effective Jan. 1, 2014, the Farmingdale school district will increase all full priced school lunches by .25 cents. This will not affect the school breakfast program, nor will it affect students who qualify for free or reduced price meals.

 

“The Farmingdale school district is committed to providing all students with nutritious, well-balanced meals in a welcoming environment while striving to maintain low school lunch prices,” said Assistant Superintendent Paul Defendini, in a letter to parents in the school district.

 

In a presentation to the Farmingdale Board of Education, last October, Defendini told parents that increases to the state Employee Retirement System, the increased cost of food and ingredients and changes to the Healthy Hunger Free Kids Act all played a factor to the district’s food service program running a deficit in the 2012-2013 school year. 

 

Due to the deficit, members of the Board of Education unanimously voted, last month, to increase the cost of school lunches in two parts—once in January, with an additional .25 cent increase scheduled to go in affect next September. 

 

Starting January, the price of lunch for Farmingdale High School students will increase from $1.75 to $2, while lunch for Howitt Middle Schoolers will go up from $1.50 to $1.75. In September 2014, students returning to Farmingdale High School can expect the prices to go up again, from $2 to $2.25. Middle school lunch will also increase from $1.75 to $2. 

 

Apart from the increased cost, the Farmingdale school district also plans to change its a-la-carte lunch menu items, next September, in order to comply with the federal Healthy Hunger Free Kids Act. Based on the HHFKA requirements, a-la-carte items will need to be either a whole grain rich product; contain a fruit, vegetable, dairy product or protein as the main ingredient; be a combination food with at least 1/4 cup of fruit or vegetables; or contain 10 percent of the daily value of one nutrient of public concern, such as calcium, potassium, vitamin D and dietary fiber. 

News

There was a time when people knew what they were eating. Frozen meals, fast food chains and ingredients impossible to pronounce were non-existent. Instead, simple ingredients and meals were all made from scratch.

Joann P. Magri, owner of The Divine Olive, is keeping this way of eating alive. Offering hungry customers with a choice in quality foods and ingredients, Magri encourages customers to make their own meals. With shelves stocked full of 18-year-old vinegars straight from Modena, Italy, to extra virgin olive oils infused with various herbs and flavors, the Divine Olive features a variety of organic and vegan products, all 100 percent natural. It even has handmade spaghetti and fresh bread, which perfectly pairs with all of their other products.

It’s a cute little ‘bug.’ What it represents, however, is anything but cute.

An unusual-looking Volkswagen is toodling around Long Island this month. Painted to resemble the Asian longhorned beetle (ALB), the VW Beetle is part of efforts by the US Department of Agriculture to eliminate the pest, which can destroy 70 percent of an area’s tree canopy, according to the agency. Initially, officials held hope for complete eradication from about 23 square miles of LI designated as infested or at risk by 2016. Instead, this “landcape-altering pest” is spreading.


Sports

It will be difficult to top the exhilaration of being crowned Nassau County Champs, but the 2014 Farmingdale Dalers will begin their defense of the title on Sept. 13 at rival Massapequa—whom they beat to claim the crown.

“The attitude is that we have to prove it again,” said Head Coach Buddy Krumenacker, who has been at the helm since 1993. “But I think we’ll be okay,” he added.

Register now as classes fill up quickly and you don’t want to miss out on the chance to join in trapeze workshops at Eisenhower Park’s I.FLY this fall.

 

“I.FLY was designed to give kids and adults the ability to fulfill their dreams of being in the circus,” says instructor Anthony Rosamilia.  “Flying through the air never gets boring.  At I.FLY, we help people create lifelong memories.” 


Calendar

Board of Education Special Meeting

Wednesday, Aug. 27

Movies on the Green: The Nut Job

Thursday, Aug. 28

Warbirds Legends Weekend

Friday, Aug. 29



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