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Spotlight On Local Grad

The world is an open book for Sarina Turbendian, a Farmingdale State College Class of 2014 graduate and village resident. 

 

During the commencement ceremony at Hofstra University last May — when over 1,000 Farmingdale State College students received a diploma — Turbendian said that as she waited with anticipation to hear her name read over the sound system, she was more focused on making sure she did not fall down or shake anybody’s hand the wrong way. She said that it wasn’t until she had gotten home that the realization started to sink in. 

 

“Then it hit me… I graduated,” Turbendian said. “Four years went by so quickly.” 

 

Earning her degree in professional communications, Turbendian said she will be taking a break from her studies, at least for now, but plans to return to school to pursue a Master’s in didactic literature. Her goal is to get into publishing, preferably of young adult fiction novels, although she is open to other publications. 

 

Last year, Turbendian became an intern at Callis Editora, where she edited several children’s books that were translated from Portuguese to English. She said this would give her the necessary foot-in-the-door that she needs to kick-start her career in publishing. 

 

“So much of our lives are embedded in storytelling,” she said. “It is interacting... but we do not entirely realize it in our [day-to-day] life.” 

 

As a child, Turbendian remembers she always loved writing. Whether it was poems scribbled onto little pieces of paper for her mom and dad or short stories, she was always passionate about the written word. Learning from her “childish” poems, Turbendian said she leaves Farmingdale State College with a better sense of grammar and diction which she hopes to carry proudly as she embarks on pursing her career.

 

But Turbendian is not only a wordsmith; she is also a vocal activist for social justice. 

 

“Now that I have graduated college, I want to be able to focus a good amount of my energy to help elicit change in government regarding human rights issues and equality,” Turbendian adds. “Thankfully, we live in a world where it is no longer acceptable to marginalize certain groups of people based on demographics. I want to be on the frontline, so to speak, when it comes to fighting for equality for all people.”

 

Motivated and goal-oriented, Turbendian, and the other Class of 2014 graduates—high school, college and otherwise—have so much ahead of them. Congratulations.

News

If you stopped by the Farmingdale Public Library this past week, perhaps you noticed all of the paintings and art pieces currently on display. For the entire month of July, the library will feature the many styles of artist/poet Ruth Lawrence.

 

“I’ve been exhibiting for quite a few years,” said Lawrence, “I am always happy to show my work.”

 

Lawrence, 87, of East Meadow, said she first began painting at just 12 years old. She recalls, at the time her sister had been dating someone who worked at an art supply store, and had gotten her some oil-based paints as a present. 

Two inventors, one local and one international, have come together to launch an online fundraising campaign for a product they hope to bring to the market by the end of the year. 

 

Farmingdale resident Rafael Avila is one half of the duo behind the Chocolazer, which is a hot glue gun used to melt chocolate for culinary purposes. 

 

The Chocolazer is branded as a no-mess product that is meant to inspire people to be creative with chocolate. The gadget features a removable heating barrel, wherein special chocolate sticks are melted down into a manageable liquid form. 


Sports

Throughout the summer, the Farmingdale Observer will feature the box scores from the Farmingdale Baseball League Inc.’s 9/11 Baseball Tournament. 

July 6

Farmingdale Greendogs 7 - Seaford Vikings 6 (8U)

 

Syosset Cubs 18 - Plainview Hawks 1 (12U)

Runners and walkers from Farmingdale and all over Long Island and beyond are invited to join in the fun on one of the most unusual 5 Kilometer courses on Long Island at the Saturday, August 9th Lynn, Gartner, Dunne & Covello Sands Point Sprint.

 

The Run presents the Long Island running community with an opportunity to traverse a unique combination of paved paths and runner-friendly woodland trails at the Sands Point Preserve. 

 

The leading Nassau County law firm of Lynn, Gartner, Dunne & Covello has signed on to be the new lead sponsor of the event, with partner John Dunne and his wife planning on running the 5K distance. The Lynbrook Runner’s Stop will be back as the presenting sponsor.  


Calendar

Wounded Warrior Dinner - July 16

Youth Council Concert - July 17

Roller Rebels Tryouts - July 19


Columns

1959: The Year The Music Stopped Playing
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com

The Eccentric Heiress Of ‘Empty Mansions’
Written by Mike Barry, MFBarry@optonline.net

Yellow Margarine And A Pitch For The Ages
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com