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St. Lukes Gets A Taste Of Community

Despite the bitter cold and a few inches of fresh snow covering the ground, the St. Luke’s Lutheran Church Community came out in droves on Saturday, Jan. 25 for the first “Taste Of St. Luke’s” event. More than 125 people chowed down on dishes made by more than 30 church members in an effort to raise money for a new community center.

 

“A lot of people don’t know, but we bought the Chase bank next door, the building,” explained Karen Wiking, organizer of the event and the director of Christian education for the parish community. “Even though all of the teller windows and all of the bank stuff is gone—we already ripped that out—it still very much a bank. All of the proceeds from this event are going towards renovations on that building for more community programs.”

 

Put on by the church’s women’s group, Wings, a ticket price of $20 per person not only bought some delicious food, but also included beer and wine tastings for a fun night out. There were four categories—appetizer, entrée, dessert and other for things such as soups, stews and chili—and each attendee was able to cast their vote for their favorite dishes of the night. The winner, said Wiking, would be given a gift card to a local restaurant as a prize, all of which were donated from those in the community. 

 

“It was basically a step up from a traditional church pot luck. This is the very first time we are doing this and it’s so nice to see everyone so excited,” Wiking said. 

 

Deidre Schelling, a member of Wings, made chocolate chip cookies for the occasion because she loves to bake, she said. “I make them a lot, so I’m used to making them and it’s easy to make them small,” she said. However, it was her love for the church community that kept her smile on her face as she served those stopping by her table. 

 

“It’s so nice to see the people from the church get together because you really don’t see that often,” Schelling said. “It’s a nice night out.”

 

People lined up for seconds and thirds of Christine Krauss’ turkey chili, a definite crowd-pleaser. “It was an old Weight Watchers recipe that I just modified. I thought it would be a good idea because it’s easy to serve to a lot of people,” she said.  Krauss, also part of the Wings group, explained that even though she worked hard to prepare the chili—as well as the dessert—it was worth it. “Having everyone come together for something like the new community center is really great,” she said. 

 

And those that came out were not disappointed. “Everyone keeps calling this the ‘first annual’ so it looks like it’s a hit,” Wiking said. 


News

Last year, U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer stopped at Moby Drugs in Farmingdale to highlight the launch of a drug take-back program, which was designed to help residents remove addictive prescriptions out of their medicine cabinets. 

 

Yet, despite studies conducted by the Center for Disease Control—which found 70 percent of those addicted to prescription drugs get them from home, family or friends—federal regulations have prevented pharmacies in New York State from hosting the take-back program. 

Lt. Matt Komorowski of Farmingdale was recently honored with the first annual American Heroes award, for showing bravery when faced with impossible odds. 

 

On Sept. 11, 2001, Komorowski was one of  six FDNY firefighters with Ladder Co. 6, called to the World Trade Center just a short while before the tower collapsed. Arriving at the scene, Komorowski and the members of his ladder company rushed inside the building. As they rushed up the stairs the men of Ladder 6 stopped to assist Josephine Harris, a then 60-year-old Brooklyn grandmother, who was stuck in the stairwell of the building. 


Sports

 

The 2014 Farmingdale Flag Football season kicked off with a blast on Sept. 7.

 

3rd Grade Division

 

The Texans and the Jets played a great opening weekend game, with the Texans getting the victory.  For the Texans, touchdown pass from Joseph Spano to Jaxon Parisi with 20 seconds in the half broke a tie that the Jets never came back from.  The Jets were led by Brendan O’Keefe, who had two rushing touchdowns and Jimmy Caputo, who picked off a pass at the goal line.

 

Farmingdale State College’s women’s tennis team opened the 2014 season with an 8-1 victory over John Jay College (0-1) on Sept. 3. The Rams (1-0) held a 2-1 advantage after doubles play before sweeping the singles matches.


Calendar

Board of Education - September 17

A Town of the Taste - September 18

Evening with Jeffery Wands - September 19


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