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Hail To The Chief

On April 4, members of the Farmingdale Board of Fire Commissioners appointed three new Chiefs of the Farmingdale Fire Department. After 14 years of service with the department, the newly minted Chief Patrick Tortoso is ambitious about his new title. 

 

“I wouldn’t be here without my members' backing,” Tortoso said.

 

At the ceremony, Frank Romano, ex-Chief of the Farmingdale Fire Department, gave his final rundown of the 997 calls the department handled in 2013, before handing over the proverbial reigns to Tortoso. 

 

“You guys always did a standup job,” Romano said congratulating his commrades. “This has been a rewarding experience.” 

 

Romano explained that Fire Chiefs are elected to two-year terms of office, after which they typically appoint the First Assistant Chief to the rank of Chief of the Department. 

 

“I loved it, but it was not without its challenges,” Romano added. “When people work together like this... it makes it much easier.”

 

After some heartfelt congratulations, Romano was presented with a proclaimation for his years of service with the department by Farmingdale Mayor Ralph Ekstrand, who also swore-in Chief Tortoso and presented him with his new badge and title. According to

Ekstrand, the mayor welcomes working with the new Fire Chief. 

 

As a result of the department’s recent elections, the Board of Fire Commissioners appointed the following officers for 2014-2015:

 

Chief of Department - Patrick Tortoso

 

1st Assistant Chief - Keith Ryan

 

2nd Assistant Chief - Ryan C. Tortoso

 

Water Witch Engine and Hose Company No. 1

 

Captain - Matthew Pullaro

 

1st Lieutenant - Keith Ryan Jr. 

 

2nd Lieutenant - Matthew Hammond

 

Chief Chauffeur - Matthew Oppedisano

 

Hook Ladder and Hose Company No. 1

Captain - Michael DiBartolo

 

1st Lieutenant - Michael Tortoso

 

2nd Lieutenant - Thomas Kelly 

 

Chief Chauffeur - Roger Schlingloff

 

Recording Secretary - Henry J. Pieloch

 

Financial Secretary - Kenneth Tortoso, Sr. 

 

Treasurer - Donald Tortoso

 

Fire Police

Captain - Richard “Irish” Fitzpatrick

 

1st Lieutenant - Rose Amereno

 

2nd Lieutenant - Robert Jensen

 

Chief Chauffeur - William Brochu

 

Recording Secretary - Shirley Cote

 

Rescue Squad

Captain - Frank J. Romano

 

1st Lieutenant - Christopher Walsh

 

2nd Lieutenant - Shirley Cote

 

Chief Chauffeur - Jason Flemmings

 

Recording Secretary - Robert Aaronson

 

Junior Brigade

Captain - Anthony Dagan 

 

1st Lieutenant - Ryan Hunt

 

2nt Lieutenant - John Russo 

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


Columns

1959: The Year The Music Stopped Playing
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com

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