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Peaceful Practice Comes To Library

If you’ve never heard of Falun Dafa, you’re not alone. Instructor Suzanne Eckler said it’s not widely practiced in Long Island, but she and her assistant William Jin are offering a series of six free classes at the Farmingdale Library on Thursday nights.  


“When something makes you happy, you want to share it,” Eckler said.


Falun Dafa is a meditation practice that originated in China in 1992.


It involves five sets of exercises and it emphasizes virtues such as truthfulness, compassion, and forbearance. 


“I don’t know much about this,” said Marie-Laetitia, 60, of Farmingdale. “I’m an avid practitioner of yoga and Tai Chi so I was very excited when I found out that the library was offering this class for free.”


The class of eight gently raised their arms above their head to form an arc as relaxing music played in the background.


“They are all doing very well,” Eckler said to her partner. “They learn very quickly.”


She and Jin walked around the room to help attendees strike the proper pose. Jin said that Falun Dafa benefits practitioner’s health. 


“Before I practiced Falun Dafa I had stomach aches,” Jin said. “After I practice, I feel relaxed and my health is getting better.”


For Eckler, the practice helps her emotionally. Eckler was in a bad state after her mother passed away, so she sought out the advice of a homeopathic doctor who recommended that she try out Falun

Dafa. And she has been practicing ever since, for the last 13 years. 


“I wouldn’t be here today without Falun Dafa,” she said. 


Falun Dafa was once widespread in China with over 100 million people practitioners. However, since 1999 practitioners have been persecuted, abducted, tortured, imprisoned, and killed by the Chinese government, and persecutions are still happening today.


“Falun Dafa makes you strong and fearless,” Eckler said. “But, the Communist party in China wants people to live under fear.” 


The practice has since reached the United States where it is taught free of charge. 


“I found the practice to be very invigorating because I’m very stressed,” Marie-Laetitia said. “I think I’m going to be hooked on this.”


At a recent meeting of the Farmingdale Board of Education, school district superintendent John Lorentz discussed New York State’s proposal to invest $2 billion into districts statewide

through the Smart Schools Bond Act.


If approved by voters in the upcoming general elections, the act would allow the state to borrow $2 billion in the form of a capital bond to provide students with access to classroom

technology and high-speed internet connectivity, with the goal of equalizing opportunities for children to learn, adding classroom space, expanding pre-kindergarten programs, replacing classroom trailers with permanent instructional space and installing high-tech security features in schools. 

Over the weekend, thousands of Long Island residents flocked to the Village of Farmingdale for its 26th annual Columbus Day Weekend Fair and Fireman’s carnival. Running from Oct. 9

to 13, the five-day affair featured live music from Farmingdale’s own Electric Dudes and Long Island party band Superbad, a Fire Department barbecue, food vendors, a street fair, fireworks, carnival rides, games for kids of all ages and, of course, the Columbus Day parade. 


Last week, officials with the St. Kilian Saints baseball team inducted John Lombardi and Aaron Powell into their Hall of Fame. 


—Submitted by Farmingdale PAL and St. Kilian Baseball 

The 2014 Reilly Cup finals featured the two most successful OTHG teams over the last 9 years. Sal’s Place and Singleton’s have had 11 finals appearances and 7 championships between them during this period of time. They split 2 games during the regular season and Singleton’s became the winner’s bracket representative in the 2014 Cup by beating Sal’s deep in the tournament.


Sal’s took the first game 14-7. The game was close until the 8th inning when Sal’s broke it open with some timely hits and taking advantage of a Singleton’s miscue or two.  Sal’s held

Singleton’s to 7 runs with outstanding all-around defense, which was particularly impressive given that some of their significant contributors were visibly fighting through late-season injuries. 


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