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Students Spread Love For Local Cause

This St. Valentine’s Day, more than 600 Farmingdale High School students celebrated the holiday in a non-traditional manner to spread awareness to the growing concern of suicide and depression amongst teens and adults. 

 

On Feb. 14, students and faculty dressed in all-purple attire in recognition of the “P.S. I Love You” initiative—a campaign created by West Islip High School senior Brook DiPalma, after her father committed suicide. From the tragedy, DiPalma said she was able to take away something positive, and has since been an advocate for suicide prevention on Long Island. 

 

“It’s really starting to catch on,” said faculty advisor Megan Grant. 

 

In an effort to help spread her message, members of the Farmingdale High School student government created a schoolwide campaign advocating against depression and suicide, while celebrating the importance of unity and togetherness.

 

Leading the charge, Farmingdale high school senior Molly Retinger said she was insipired to bring “P.S. I Love You” to Farmingdale after meeting with DiPalma at an event last year. 

 

“We wanted to do justice for her,” said Retinger, “by helping spread the word and making everyone know that they are not alone.”

 

A suicide survivor herself, Retinger said she understands how it feels to be depressed and wanted to bring “P.S. I Love You Day” to Farmingdale to share DiPalma’s message with her peers and let them know they’re not alone.

 

“It’s a day for friends to put aside all of their differences and just be positive,” Retinger added. 

 

Members of the high school student government celebrated “P.S. I Love You Day” by writing positive affirmations, inspirational messages and taking pictures with friends in a photo booth built by the technology classes. They also helped sell purple t-shirts, bracelets and cookies, the proceeds of which were donated to the Long Island Crisis Center.

 

Farmingdale High School Principal Glen Zakian praised the student-run government for their efforts to spread awareness through DiPalma’s powerful message—which was simulcast to every classroom in the school. 

 

“If this can help just one person, it would be worth everything,” Zakian said. 

 
 

News

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. 

Holidays Increase Daily Congestion 

While parking around LIRR train stations is typically a challenge, even on a regular work day, the holidays create more of a struggle for commuters in search of parking spots. LIRR spokesman Salvatore Arena said that ridership between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day increases by at least 10 percent; last year it was by 12 percent. Though the MTA is adding more trains to the schedule, that doesn’t ease the parking situation, which is operated not by the LIRR, but by individual municipalities in each town. 

 

“Every station is different,” Arena said. “A good part of our parking is in the hands of the locality. They set the rules essentially.”


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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