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Farmingdale HS Class Of 2014

A high school diploma—for some it is a stepping stone to their collegiate futures, for others it embodies thirteen years of hard work. 

 

On June 24, 452 Farmingdale High School seniors in the graduating class of 2014 adorned their cap and gown for its commencement ceremony at Hofstra University’s David S. Mack Sports & Exhibition

Complex. Friends, family, alumni and community members were in attendance to watch the newest graduates walk across the stage.

 

At the ceremony, class salutatorian Minhal Ahmed and valedictorians Leah Ragno and Elijah Mas shared a few words with the audience about their experiences in Farmingdale and the journey ahead. 

 

Afterwards, Farmingdale High School Principal Glen Zakian took the podium, to tell the students how proud he is that each and everyone in the Class of 2014 has embraced the meaning of “Daler Pride.” 

 

“I have had the pleasure to watch these students mature and grow into fine young men and woman in four years,” Zakian said. “Not only did they succeed in the classroom and reach this level of achievement, but they have become role models and valuable members in our community.”

 

After receiving their diplomas, students turned their tassels to the right, so as to turn over a new leaf into their newest life journey as young adults, before tossing their caps into the air.  

 

“We are extremely proud of our graduates who worked hard to achieve their goals and earn their high school diplomas,” said Farmingdale School District Superintendent John Lorentz. “Our high-level course offerings and extensive programs have provided the Class of 2014 with the necessary skills and foundation to pursue their dreams, in both, higher education and in the workforce.  We look forward to hearing back from our new alumni in the future, and for them to share their success stories with us.”

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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