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Farmingdale Artists Showcase Talent

Farmingdale’s student artists are showcasing their creative talents as part of the district’s annual Art Show, open until May 29. Students in grades K-12 have proudly put drawings, paintings, photos, sculptures and more on display at Weldon E. Howitt Middle School. 

 

The exhibit opened with a reception on May 13, when parents were given the opportunity to stop and admire their student’s hardwork. Fine Arts Director Rita Padden gave a brief presentation on the district’s art curriculum, and thanked parents and teachers of these art students from Northside, Albany Avenue, Woodward Parkway, Saltzman East Memorial Elementary schools, Howitt Middle School and Farmingdale High School.

 

Padden started by acknowledging the five students whose lives were tragically taken in a car accident on May 10. Students, families, teachers and friends observed a moment of silence in honor of the children that passed. In an effort to maintain unity and affection, Padden added, some classmates at the high school are finishing art projects started by their departed friends. 

 

A slide show documenting their artistic journey of the students who took part in the Olympics of the Visual Arts (OVA) competition that was recently held in Saratoga Springs was also presented. The OVA participant’s outstanding creations were also put on display in the Howitt gymnasium. 

 

As teachers and guests perused students' work, members of the Farmingdale High School orchestra, under the direction of Howitt Middle School orchestra instructor Samuel Gelfer, gave a superb performance. Following the reception, student-artists posed with their instructors to take photos of their work. 

 

Student artwork will continue to adorn the walls of Howitt Middle School’s lobby and hallways until the end of May. If you haven’t already done so, go witness it for yourself. 

News

Oyster Bay Town officials are mulling an override of the state’s 2 percent property tax cap for the second consecutive fiscal year. On Aug. 12, the town held a hearing to approve local legislation, giving the Town Council authority to pierce the cap.

 

However, according to Marta Kane, a spokesperson with the Town of Oyster Bay, Supervisor John Venditto and the members of the Oyster Bay Town Council are not certain if they will entertain a repeat of last year, when the board adopted a $277 million budget, increasing the tax levy by $15,964,647—or 8.8 percent. 

Village officials have teamed up with James Faith Entertainment—founders of the Great South Bay Music Festival in Patchogue—to organize Farmingdale’s first ever two-day music festival, this September 13 and 14. 

 

“Farmingdale is another town that is starting to move forward,” festival producer Jim Faith told the Farmingdale Observer, last May. “[The inaugural festival] will be small, but we’ll start growing it... music festival always take a few years to catch on.” 

 

Faith said that when he first started the Great South Bay Music Festival, back in 2007, it too started small, growing little by little each year. For its inaugural year, Faith booked folk musician Richie

Havens to headline the event. Now, more than eight years later, the festival has featured numerous big name musicians, including: the Doobie Brothers, WAR, Billy Squier, Taking Back Sunday, moe., and Blues legend B.B. King, to name a few. 


Sports

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.” 

After more than a month of group play, on Aug. 16, fourteen teams went head-to-head for a shot at the 2014 Farmingdale Baseball League’s 9/11 Tournament Championship. Here are some highlights from Saturday’s championships. 

 

8U Finals

Long Island Rangers 8 - Farmingdale Greendogs 9


Calendar

McKevitt Mobile Office Hours - August 21

Artisan Market - August 23

Blood Drive - August 24


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