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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

Oyster Bay Town officials are mulling an override of the state’s 2 percent property tax cap for the second consecutive fiscal year. On Aug. 12, the town held a hearing to approve local legislation, giving the Town Council authority to pierce the cap.

 

However, according to Marta Kane, a spokesperson with the Town of Oyster Bay, Supervisor John Venditto and the members of the Oyster Bay Town Council are not certain if they will entertain a repeat of last year, when the board adopted a $277 million budget, increasing the tax levy by $15,964,647—or 8.8 percent. 

Village officials have teamed up with James Faith Entertainment—founders of the Great South Bay Music Festival in Patchogue—to organize Farmingdale’s first ever two-day music festival, this September 13 and 14. 

 

“Farmingdale is another town that is starting to move forward,” festival producer Jim Faith told the Farmingdale Observer, last May. “[The inaugural festival] will be small, but we’ll start growing it... music festival always take a few years to catch on.” 

 

Faith said that when he first started the Great South Bay Music Festival, back in 2007, it too started small, growing little by little each year. For its inaugural year, Faith booked folk musician Richie

Havens to headline the event. Now, more than eight years later, the festival has featured numerous big name musicians, including: the Doobie Brothers, WAR, Billy Squier, Taking Back Sunday, moe., and Blues legend B.B. King, to name a few. 


Sports

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.” 

After more than a month of group play, on Aug. 16, fourteen teams went head-to-head for a shot at the 2014 Farmingdale Baseball League’s 9/11 Tournament Championship. Here are some highlights from Saturday’s championships. 

 

8U Finals

Long Island Rangers 8 - Farmingdale Greendogs 9


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