Written by Daniel Offner Friday, 21 February 2014 00:00
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.
Saturday, 08 March 2014 00:00
It may have been a polar vortex outside, but inside Farmingdale’s Village hall things were heating up with the first annual Winter wonderland. Close to 800 people filled the village hall over two hours on a frigid Wednesday evening to eat, laugh, and mingle with Main
Street’s finest, the business owners. While K 98.3 played music outside, inside the wonderful aromas of a variety of hot food from the local restaurants filled the air. There were rice balls, and chicken picatta, pastas and meat balls supplied by Cascarino’s and Palmer’s
Grill, along with Shepard’s pie, hot wings from Croxley’s Ale House. The guacamole from Caracara Mexican Grill was so fresh and delicious it would make a Texan jealous. There were 37 business represented all giving away free samples, food, and discounts to a packed crowd ranging in age from infants to seniors.
Friday, 07 March 2014 00:00
On Feb. 27, parents in the Farmingdale, East Meadow, Massapequa and Levittown school districts came together for an informal panel discussion on the New York State Education Department and the implementation of the state Common Core Learning Standards.
Panelists included New York State Assemblyman Thomas McKevitt, Jeanette Deutermann of the Long Island Opt Out Facebook page, and former public school teacher David Greene, who came to the Farmingdale Public Library to talk with local parents about key concerns and questions with the curriculum.
An outspoken parent and founder of the Long Island Opt Out movement, Deutermann delved into some of the factors behind what led to the state’s adoption of the Common Core, and how the state education department cites High School graduation rates as its reasoning behind the curriculum.
Thursday, 06 March 2014 00:00
On an uncharacteristically beautiful, Feb. 23, the local running community responded in a big way. Between 450 and 500 people showed up at the Runner’s Edge in Farmingdale for the annual Winter Fun Run co-sponsored by the Runner’s Edge and the Greater Long Island Running Club.
Thursday, 27 February 2014 00:00
Oyster Bay Town Councilman Anthony D. Macagnone (center) recently attended the Farmingdale Firehawks Football Luncheon at Carlyle On The Green in Farmingdale. The Farmingdale Hawks players ages 5 to 13, along with their coaches, parents and team moms all attended the luncheon to show their support and receive annual awards. Pictured behind the players from left to right are Board Members Bob McCormic and Tim Greco, Village Trustee Patricia A. Christainsen, Village Trustee Cheryl Parisi, Nassau County Legislator Michael Venditto, President Bob Dentato, Councilman Macagnone, Vice President Regina Mott, and Board Members Mike Ippolitti, Andrew Frigerio, and Steve Licata.
— Submitted by The Town of Oyster Bay