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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

After spotting an abandoned cemetery at the corner of Grant Avenue and Rose Street in the heart of downtown Farmingdale, resident Vicki Gruber became inspired to trace the lineage of the Van Cott family—some of the earliest settlers in the Farmingdale community. Gruber, a corporate and securities attorney, said that after approaching the village about the history of the cemetery, she took it upon herself to do the research. Compiling three or four years worth of newfound information, Gruber discovered that each of the 16 plots in the cemetery are direct descendants of Claes Cornelissen Van Cats, a Dutch settler and firm believer in democracy, home rule and civil liberty. 

Farmingdale village officials will be holding a public hearing on Dec. 1, to reexamine school speed zones throughout the village, in order to establish a consistent school speed zone limit. 


Sports

At a special “wrap up “ meeting for the 2014 Marcum Workplace Challenge, Greater Long Island Running Club Vice President and Event Director Mindy Davidson of Farmingdale, presented a special plaque to Winsome Foulkes, team captain of the Farmingdale-based Telephonics Corporation.  Winsome is retiring from Telephonics after a long and successful career and has led the Telephonics Corporation in the Marcum Workplace Challenge since its inception.  

There is simply no better way for runners and their families to celebrate the Holiday Season than by being part of the fun at the Carter, DeLuca, Farrell & Schmidt Holiday 5 Kilometer Run, and on Saturday morning, Dec. 20, the Run will be celebrating its 27th anniversary edition at the John F. Kennedy Middle School in Bethpage. The run will start at 9:30 a.m. on Broadway in Bethpage.


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