Written by Emily Cappiello Wednesday, 12 February 2014 00:00
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.
Saturday, 30 August 2014 00:00
There was a time when people knew what they were eating. Frozen meals, fast food chains and ingredients impossible to pronounce were non-existent. Instead, simple ingredients and meals were all made from scratch.
Joann P. Magri, owner of The Divine Olive, is keeping this way of eating alive. Offering hungry customers with a choice in quality foods and ingredients, Magri encourages customers to make their own meals. With shelves stocked full of 18-year-old vinegars straight from Modena, Italy, to extra virgin olive oils infused with various herbs and flavors, the Divine Olive features a variety of organic and vegan products, all 100 percent natural. It even has handmade spaghetti and fresh bread, which perfectly pairs with all of their other products.
Friday, 29 August 2014 00:00
It’s a cute little ‘bug.’ What it represents, however, is anything but cute.
An unusual-looking Volkswagen is toodling around Long Island this month. Painted to resemble the Asian longhorned beetle (ALB), the VW Beetle is part of efforts by the US Department of Agriculture to eliminate the pest, which can destroy 70 percent of an area’s tree canopy, according to the agency. Initially, officials held hope for complete eradication from about 23 square miles of LI designated as infested or at risk by 2016. Instead, this “landcape-altering pest” is spreading.
Thursday, 28 August 2014 00:00
It will be difficult to top the exhilaration of being crowned Nassau County Champs, but the 2014 Farmingdale Dalers will begin their defense of the title on Sept. 13 at rival Massapequa—whom they beat to claim the crown.
“The attitude is that we have to prove it again,” said Head Coach Buddy Krumenacker, who has been at the helm since 1993. “But I think we’ll be okay,” he added.
Thursday, 21 August 2014 00:00
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.”