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Northside Principal To Retire

After 20 years with the Farmingdale School District, Northside Elementary School Principal Elizabeth Craig Garavuso plans to retire at the end of the 2014-2015 school year. 

 

“I love the people here,” Garavuso said. “Farmingdale is a solid middle-class community, where I found lots of families were very receptive to working with the schools and taking advice from teachers and administrators.” 

 

Prior to her tenure in the Farmingdale Schools, Garavuso worked for St. Agnes Catholic School in Rockville Centre, as a math and computer teacher in the East Meadow Schools, and as the assistant principal of Oldfield Middle School in the Harborfields Central School District. 

 

“Liz is truly an educational leader and will be extremely missed,” said Diane Anderson, assistant principal at Northside Elementary. 

 

For Garavuso, the decision to become an administrator was cemented in curriculum, having wanted to assist teachers in finding ways to make students more successful. Her fondest memories with the school district have been times when she helped teachers gain a new set of skills. 

 

“I came in this to help teachers,” she said, “and I have an extraordinary group of teachers, who are helpful and supportive.” 

 

Following her retirement, Garavuso said she intends to move north of Albany, where she plans to build a home with her husband. Although she does not intend to continue her career as an educator or an administrator, she plans to use her time to travel and accomplish some of the other things she couldn’t do as principal. 

 

“Liz has been a part of the Farmingdale schools since 1994 and has been a leader in our elementary program all that time,” said Farmingdale Schools Superintendent John Lorentz.  “She will be sorely missed.”

 

According to Lorentz, with the school Board of Education’s acceptance of Garavuso’s retirement, it will begin its search for a new elementary school principal, with the goal of selecting someone by July 1. 

 

Over the years, Garavuso said she worked with several superintendents over the years, but commended the fiscal planning of Lorentz and the Farmingdale schools above the rest.

 

“Finally, being able to work in a school district, where the present superintendent has done such extraordinary fiscal planning made me able to weather the first round of tax caps that allowed me to focus on the school instead of cuts,” Garavuso said.  


News

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. 

The Farmingdale Baseball League recently capped off its fourth annual 9/11 baseball tournament with a series of championship games, to ultimately determine which Long Island town reigns supreme. On Aug. 16, teams from 8U to 14U fought tooth and nail for the ultimate prize.

 

One of the most exciting games was the 12U championship between the Long Island Devils and hometown Farmingdale Greendogs. Farmingdale started off the tournament path by going 6-0 in group play as the Devils went 3-3. In the playoff portion of the tournament, the Greendogs shellacked the Ozone Howard Renegades 11-3, on Aug. 14, while the Devils staved off East Meadow from getting on the scoreboard, beating them 5-0.


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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