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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

Due to what appears to be a colossal error on the part of the Nassau County Assessor’s office, or perhaps an errant interpretation of state law, 1,100 military veterans and Gold Star families in Farmingdale will have to wait for their tax break until next year.

 

The Farmingdale School District is among several local school districts that recently approved resolutions extending the exemption to local veterans, even though budgets and Albany’s tax cap make it a tough choice. Earlier this year, school board trustees uanimously voted to provide a school tax exemption for veterans living in the district, starting with the 2014-15 school year. 

In the aftermath of a fatal carbon monoxide leak at Legal Seafoods in Huntington, the Village of Farmingdale passed new legislation requiring all residential and commercial properties carry a carbon monoxide detector. 

 

“The whole idea behind this is public safety,” said Farmingdale Mayor Ralph Ekstrand.

 

On April 7, Farmingdale Trustees unanimously voted to amend village code as a proactive measure to prevent future harm from carbon monoxide poisioning.   


Sports

The Farmingdale Devils  U10 Travel Baseball team defeated the West Islip Gold team 11-6 to win the Bayport Bash baseball tournament last weekend. The Devils swept both games on Saturday to advance to the championship game. In the championship The Devils struck for four runs in the first inning. Nick Napolitano and Nick Disanti  started it off with singles and were driven home by Gavin Weinstock’s 200 foot blast off the left field wall. Timmy Purack and Matt Brandimarte followed with run scoring singles and the Devils were on their way to their first title of 2014. Nicholas Napolitano pitched three solid inning for the win. The Devils will now compete in the Half Hollow Invitational Spring Tournament. 

 

— Submitted by The Farmingdale Devils

The Dalers Boys Varsity Lacrosse team (3-2) are putting their best foot forward, after losing two games this season.  

 

On March 25, the Dalers took their home turf to face the Lynbrook Owls. During the game, the Dalers Tom McPartland and Chris Brown each scored two goals, while goalies Matt Deluca and Scott dePalmer racked up a total of 11 saves. Despite the valiant effort, the Dalers lost to Lynbrook High School 11-7. 

 

The Dalers are currently 3-2 this season. Their next game will be held on April 17 at Long Beach. 


Calendar

Women's Club of Farmingdale - April 17

Maundy Thursday - April 17

Good Friday - April 18


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