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Farmingdale Honors Year Of The Horse

Farmingdale’s Breakfast Rotary Club welcomed the Year Of The Horse to town with a celebration at The Lotus Garden Restaurant on Sunday, Feb. 9, which the club holds annually to raise money for its endeavors through the year.

 

“The Chinese put a lot of emphasis on the new year,” said Ying Xing, reference librarian of the Farmingdale Public Library, who was on-hand to explain the meaning and customs of Chinese New Year. “It is important and everyone is expected on Chinese New Year to come home.” 

 

Xing also brought authentic Chinese props, like firecrackers and lanterns, to show off to the crowd and explained their importance as well as their usage in the celebration.  

 

With a ticket price of $45, attendees were treated to a full meal of Chinese fare, a traditional Chinese Dragon Line Dance, a tutorial about Chinese New Year and a Chinese auction, explained Brendan Mahoney, president of the Farmingdale Breakfast Rotary Club. 

 

“We are always looking for ways to raise money and this is something fun and really different from the rest of our fundraisers,” Mahoney said. “We’ve been doing this for the past few years and it’s just an exciting, different way to help raise funds to carry out of mission in the Farmingdale community. My favorite part about this whole thing is the multi-cultural aspect. It’s a new experience for a lot of people here in Farmingdale that don’t always get to see this kind of thing. I don’t know about you, but I’ve never seen a traditional Dragon Dance before.”

 

Mahoney told Farmingdale Observer that Carol Ross, another member of the rotary club, is the chief organizer for the event and spends a lot of time with the restaurant to ensure a great night. He said that she also coordinates with Xing and the Chinese Cultural

Center of Long Island for the presentations and Dragon Dance, respectively, as well as works with local business to gather donations and put together gifts for the Chinese Auction.  “She organizes this whole thing every year and really does a great, great job. It takes a lot of effort to coordinate everything and to make all the baskets for the auction and set everything up,” Mahoney said. 

 

A successful event, Mahoney said that the most important thing is that the money raised by the group goes right back into the community. “Every penny raised is used to fund things right here in town,” Mahoney said. He explained that the money will go towards scholarships that are given to seniors at Farmingdale High School upon graduation, food drives and to help families in need with things like school supplies and other expenses. “I think its incumbent upon each and every citizen to give back to their community. We are all blessed to be here, to be in America, to be on Long Island,” he said. 


News

Bring your four-legged friends—in costume if they’d like—to roam Old Westbury Gardens during ‘Dog Days.’ Twice a year canines are welcome to accompany their (leashed) humans around the grounds of the mansion, and this is Fido’s last shot until spring. On Sunday, enjoy exhibits from rescue groups and animal welfare organizations from 1 to 4 p.m. A dog costume contest and parade takes place at 3 p.m. All activities included with admission: $8, $5 for seniors and $3 for children ages 7 to 17. At 71 Old Westbury Rd., Westbury, Saturday, Oct. 25 and Sunday, Oct. 26 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tel: 516-333-0048.


Mentorship is one of those goals rotary clubs strive for, particularly when it comes to grooming future community business leaders. Nowhere was this more important than when the most recent Farmingdale Breakfast Rotary meeting’s guests were Stanley Pelech, director of Integrated Academic and Technical studies and Jodi Haniquet, advisor of the Farmingdale High School (FHS) Interact club. Interact is Rotary International’s service club for young people. The Farmingdale Breakfast Rotary is the sponsor of the 75-plus student strong high school club. Advisor Jodi Haniquet reported to Rotary club members what  fundraising events the Interact Club will participate in for the 2015 school year. The service group will once again team with FHS student government in a food drive – donations collected for Island Harvest pantries. They will also participate in Ronald McDonald house dinner program – cooking and serving meals on the premises in New Hyde Park for the many families staying at the residence while their seriously ill children receive treatment at nearby hospitals.


Sports

The Farmingdale State College Women’s Volleyball team earned a three-set victory of York in a non-conference match on Oct. 8. 

 

Tied 4-4 in the opening set, Farmingdale State freshman defensive specialist Gina Giacalone served for 14 consecutive points to extend the advantage 18-4. The Rams cruised to a 25-8 victory in the first set. 

Farmingdale team wins annual Bethpage Ocean to Sound Race

On Sunday, Sept. 28, the Farmingdale-based Runner’s Edge team earned first place overall in the 29th annual Bethpage Ocean to Sound Relay. The team, representing the Runner’s Edge running and multisport specialty store located at 242 Main St. in Farmingdale, consisted of Boyd Carrington, Andrew Coelho, Nick Pampena, Tim Lee, Shawn Anderson, Ryan Healy, Kevin Galante, and Brandon Abasolo. It completed the 50-mile course from Jones Beach State Park to Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Park in Oyster Bay in 4 hours, 41 minutes, 58 seconds. The runners won by a margin of more than 10 minutes over the runner-up team from the Sayville & Smithtown Running Company, with much of the difference supplied by the strong Leg 2 performance by Andrew Coelho. Runner’s Edge Teams also took second place honors in the Mixed Open and Men’s Masters Divisions of the Relay. The Relay was sponsored by Bethpage Federal Credit Union (“Built to Give You More”), with new Race Directors Glen Wolther and Keith Montgomery managing the event for the host Greater Long Island Running Club.


Calendar

Women's Club of Farmingdale - October 16

Board of Trustees Work Session - October 20

Jack O'Lantern Extravaganza - November 2


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