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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

At a recent meeting of the Farmingdale Board of Education, school district superintendent John Lorentz discussed New York State’s proposal to invest $2 billion into districts statewide

through the Smart Schools Bond Act.

 

If approved by voters in the upcoming general elections, the act would allow the state to borrow $2 billion in the form of a capital bond to provide students with access to classroom

technology and high-speed internet connectivity, with the goal of equalizing opportunities for children to learn, adding classroom space, expanding pre-kindergarten programs, replacing classroom trailers with permanent instructional space and installing high-tech security features in schools. 

Over the weekend, thousands of Long Island residents flocked to the Village of Farmingdale for its 26th annual Columbus Day Weekend Fair and Fireman’s carnival. Running from Oct. 9

to 13, the five-day affair featured live music from Farmingdale’s own Electric Dudes and Long Island party band Superbad, a Fire Department barbecue, food vendors, a street fair, fireworks, carnival rides, games for kids of all ages and, of course, the Columbus Day parade. 


Sports

Last week, officials with the St. Kilian Saints baseball team inducted John Lombardi and Aaron Powell into their Hall of Fame. 

 

—Submitted by Farmingdale PAL and St. Kilian Baseball 


The 2014 Reilly Cup finals featured the two most successful OTHG teams over the last 9 years. Sal’s Place and Singleton’s have had 11 finals appearances and 7 championships between them during this period of time. They split 2 games during the regular season and Singleton’s became the winner’s bracket representative in the 2014 Cup by beating Sal’s deep in the tournament.

 

Sal’s took the first game 14-7. The game was close until the 8th inning when Sal’s broke it open with some timely hits and taking advantage of a Singleton’s miscue or two.  Sal’s held

Singleton’s to 7 runs with outstanding all-around defense, which was particularly impressive given that some of their significant contributors were visibly fighting through late-season injuries. 


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Homecoming - October 24

Autumn Fair - October 25

St. Kilian Blood Drive - October 26


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