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.”
Saturday, 30 August 2014 00:00
There was a time when people knew what they were eating. Frozen meals, fast food chains and ingredients impossible to pronounce were non-existent. Instead, simple ingredients and meals were all made from scratch.
Joann P. Magri, owner of The Divine Olive, is keeping this way of eating alive. Offering hungry customers with a choice in quality foods and ingredients, Magri encourages customers to make their own meals. With shelves stocked full of 18-year-old vinegars straight from Modena, Italy, to extra virgin olive oils infused with various herbs and flavors, the Divine Olive features a variety of organic and vegan products, all 100 percent natural. It even has handmade spaghetti and fresh bread, which perfectly pairs with all of their other products.
Friday, 29 August 2014 00:00
It’s a cute little ‘bug.’ What it represents, however, is anything but cute.
An unusual-looking Volkswagen is toodling around Long Island this month. Painted to resemble the Asian longhorned beetle (ALB), the VW Beetle is part of efforts by the US Department of Agriculture to eliminate the pest, which can destroy 70 percent of an area’s tree canopy, according to the agency. Initially, officials held hope for complete eradication from about 23 square miles of LI designated as infested or at risk by 2016. Instead, this “landcape-altering pest” is spreading.
Thursday, 28 August 2014 00:00
It will be difficult to top the exhilaration of being crowned Nassau County Champs, but the 2014 Farmingdale Dalers will begin their defense of the title on Sept. 13 at rival Massapequa—whom they beat to claim the crown.
“The attitude is that we have to prove it again,” said Head Coach Buddy Krumenacker, who has been at the helm since 1993. “But I think we’ll be okay,” he added.
Thursday, 21 August 2014 00:00
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.”