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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

Oyster Bay Town officials are mulling an override of the state’s 2 percent property tax cap for the second consecutive fiscal year. On Aug. 12, the town held a hearing to approve local legislation, giving the Town Council authority to pierce the cap.

 

However, according to Marta Kane, a spokesperson with the Town of Oyster Bay, Supervisor John Venditto and the members of the Oyster Bay Town Council are not certain if they will entertain a repeat of last year, when the board adopted a $277 million budget, increasing the tax levy by $15,964,647—or 8.8 percent. 

Village officials have teamed up with James Faith Entertainment—founders of the Great South Bay Music Festival in Patchogue—to organize Farmingdale’s first ever two-day music festival, this September 13 and 14. 

 

“Farmingdale is another town that is starting to move forward,” festival producer Jim Faith told the Farmingdale Observer, last May. “[The inaugural festival] will be small, but we’ll start growing it... music festival always take a few years to catch on.” 

 

Faith said that when he first started the Great South Bay Music Festival, back in 2007, it too started small, growing little by little each year. For its inaugural year, Faith booked folk musician Richie

Havens to headline the event. Now, more than eight years later, the festival has featured numerous big name musicians, including: the Doobie Brothers, WAR, Billy Squier, Taking Back Sunday, moe., and Blues legend B.B. King, to name a few. 


Sports

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.” 

After more than a month of group play, on Aug. 16, fourteen teams went head-to-head for a shot at the 2014 Farmingdale Baseball League’s 9/11 Tournament Championship. Here are some highlights from Saturday’s championships. 

 

8U Finals

Long Island Rangers 8 - Farmingdale Greendogs 9


Calendar

McKevitt Mobile Office Hours - August 21

Artisan Market - August 23

Blood Drive - August 24


Columns

1959: The Year The Music Stopped Playing
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The Eccentric Heiress Of ‘Empty Mansions’
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