Written by Daniel Offner Wednesday, 07 May 2014 00:00
As term limits set to expire for two positions on the Farmingdale School District Board of Education, one incumbent will not be seeking re-election this year, prompting two uncontested races for the board.
On April 30, members of the Concerned Citizens Association of Farmingdale met with the two candidates—incumbent John Capobianco and newcomer Ralph Morales—to discuss their plans for the district in the years ahead.
First elected in 2008, Capobianco said he ran for school board after opening up his school tax bill.
“All my illusions of how a school district operates were shattered within the first year,” Capobianco said.
Now, with six years experience under his belt, Capobianco said he has a much greater understanding of the financial difficulties facing public school districts. For Capobianco, the source of the district’s money woes stems from the state government.
“Until we, as an electorate, stand up to these bullies, we’re going to be nickled and dimed and eventually we’re going to run out of money,” Capobianco said.
Since Farmingdale Board of Education Vice President Steve Wilson has decided not to seek re-election this year, newcomer Ralph Morales decided to take out petitions and stake an uncontested bid for Wilson’s seat.
With over 18 years of experience in law, Morales has picked up a few things that he feels will make him an asset to the Farmingdale Board of Education—namely the ability to listen and analyze a topic instead of impulsively casting a vote.
“The best attorneys are parents,” Morales said.
During the forum, one of the more outspoken parents in the district brought forward concerns pertaining to the security of the students in the district. Citing an incident that occurred last year, when police apprehended two female suspects who allegedly broke into the high school and stole electronic devices, he asked if the district has improved security since then.
“We all have these concerns because bad things do happen,” Morales said. “We want to be as proactive as we can be about them and to learn from what happens.”
Wednesday, 30 July 2014 00:00
This month, the Professional Golfers Association of America [PGA] hosted the Barclays Tournament—part of the first round of PGA’s FedEx Tournament with a $1 million prize—at the Bethpage Black Golf Course. From the event, the PGA released $50,000 to the Village of Farmingdale.
“It was great working with the Farmingdale community, one of the best host communities in the country”, said Peter Mele, PGA Tour Director.
Thursday, 31 July 2014 00:00
Secatogue Avenue between the LIRR train station and Eastern Parkway will be closed until September 1, due to the ongoing construction of Jefferson Plaza—a $59 million transit-oriented development project next to the LIRR station—which will involve installation of water, gas, cable and electrical utility lines underground. When finished, the two phase construction project is expected to end in 154 new apartment units as well as another approximately 19,400 square feet of retail space.
“The main reason for doing this now is that there is much less traffic in July and August around the train station,” said Farmingdale Village Mayor Ralph Ekstrand.
Thursday, 24 July 2014 00:00
Throughout the summer, the Farmingdale Observer will feature the box scores from the Farmingdale Baseball League Inc.’s 9/11 Baseball Tournament.
Plainedge 12 - Island Trees 2 (9UB)
Ozone Howard Huskies 14 - Wantagh Hawks 1 (9UA)
Thursday, 24 July 2014 00:00
The Farmingale Devils Travel Baseball teams were in action during The 4th of July weekend and provided fireworks in two different states.
The 11U Devils won their third tournament this year. They traveled to Connecticut for the fourth of July tournament. The Devils lost game one on Saturday 7-5 to the Connecticut Defenders and won game two 17-0,The Devils advanced to the playoff round and would meet the Defenders again .The bats were on fire all day led by Big Joe Mcgrath and Nick Franco.The Devils beat the Defenders 11-5 and advanced to the championship to play the number one seed and undefeated Hit Club. The Devils jumped out to 4-2 to lead .The game was tied at 9-9 going to the 6th inning and the Devils would score 2 runs and hold on to win the tournament. The Devils had 52 hits and scored 44 runs,Big Joe had 4 doubles a triple, Nick Franco had 8 hits. Anthony Quatromani 8hits.Matt DiSanti drove in the last run in the championship game. Tim Dorman 6 hits. Patrick Quinn 5 hits and 6 stolen bases. Nick O'Connor 3 hits and 4 stolen bases. Kyle Gaertner 6 hits and was winner pitcher in championship game. Patrick Sanchez was the winning pitcher in semi-final game.