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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


News

Lt. Matt Komorowski of Farmingdale was recently honored with the first annual American Heroes award, for showing bravery when faced with impossible odds. 

 

On Sept. 11, 2001, Komorowski was one of  six FDNY firefighters with Ladder Co. 6, called to the World Trade Center just a short while before the tower collapsed. Arriving at the scene, Komorowski and the members of his ladder company rushed inside the building. As they rushed up the stairs the men of Ladder 6 stopped to assist Josephine Harris, a then 60-year-old Brooklyn grandmother, who was stuck in the stairwell of the building. 

Thirteen years since the tragic events of Sept. 11, 2001, hundreds of residents flocked to Town Park Point Lookout, to witness a compelling new memorial tribute honoring all those who lost their lives that day.

 

At the center of the ceremony were two 18-foot-tall, sand-crafted tribute towers set against a 35-foot-long “Wall of Heroes” mural, which depicts the Manhattan skyline, and a reflecting pool at the base of the memorial display. 


Sports

 

The 2014 Farmingdale Flag Football season kicked off with a blast on Sept. 7.

 

3rd Grade Division

 

The Texans and the Jets played a great opening weekend game, with the Texans getting the victory.  For the Texans, touchdown pass from Joseph Spano to Jaxon Parisi with 20 seconds in the half broke a tie that the Jets never came back from.  The Jets were led by Brendan O’Keefe, who had two rushing touchdowns and Jimmy Caputo, who picked off a pass at the goal line.

 

Farmingdale State College’s women’s tennis team opened the 2014 season with an 8-1 victory over John Jay College (0-1) on Sept. 3. The Rams (1-0) held a 2-1 advantage after doubles play before sweeping the singles matches.


Calendar

Board of Education - September 17

A Town of the Taste - September 18

Evening with Jeffery Wands - September 19


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