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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

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. 


Calendar

Homecoming - October 24

Autumn Fair - October 25

St. Kilian Blood Drive - October 26


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