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Historical Society Reaches Milestone

To commemorate 50 years in the community, members of the Farmingdale-Bethpage Historical Society celebrated its milestone anniversary with a special Founder’s Day dinner at the Blue Lagoon Restaurant in West Babylon.

 

According to Farmingdale-Bethpage Historical Society President Eric Goldschrafe, the organization has celebrated Founder’s Day every year since it began in 1964. 

 

As a member for the past 23 years, Goldschrafe was surprised at the number of members attending the 50th anniversary dinner, on April 22. 

 

“We got a really good turn out this year,” said Goldschrafe. “We haven’t had this many people come out as long as I’ve been a member.” 

 

Goldschrafe, who is on permanent disability said he has benefited from his work with the historical society over the years. As the president of the society, Goldschrafe makes the arrangements for all the meetings and events.

 

“I edit and publish our newsletter, The Yeoman, and I take care of the membership too,” Goldschrafe said. “They don’t want me to travel... so I keep busy with the historical society.”

 

The Farmingdale-Bethpage Historical Society promotes appreciation of the area’s heritage by collecting and keeping historic mementos and photographs, which it keeps on display at the lower level of the Farmingdale Public Library.

 

“We do rotating displays,” added Goldschrafe. “We have the last part of the Civil War tricentennial setup in there now.”

 

The society has done work around the Village of Farmingdale as well. They have dedicated a memorial for the Civil War veterans buried in Farmingdale, and also recently agreed to put up a historic marker at the Van Cott Cemetery.

 

During the event, Nassau County Legislator Rose Walker stopped by to present the Farmingdale-Bethpage Historical Society with a citation in honor of its 50th anniversary.

 

“This is a moment to thank each and every one of you for keeping the history of our area alive,” said Walker. “It’s nice to be able to reach back into history and talk about all the things that were a part of the community that they live in.”

 

William Law Trudden also attended the ceremony to present members of the historical society with a citation on behalf of Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano.

 

“When you think about how long we’ve been in existence and how much we’ve been able to do, we think we’ve been pretty successful,” Goldschrafe said.

 

— Photos By Paige McAtee


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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. 

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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.


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