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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.”


Last year, U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer stopped at Moby Drugs in Farmingdale to highlight the launch of a drug take-back program, which was designed to help residents remove addictive prescriptions out of their medicine cabinets. 


Yet, despite studies conducted by the Center for Disease Control—which found 70 percent of those addicted to prescription drugs get them from home, family or friends—federal regulations have prevented pharmacies in New York State from hosting the take-back program. 

Lt. Matt Komorowski of Farmingdale was recently honored with the first annual American Heroes award, for showing bravery when faced with impossible odds. 


On Sept. 11, 2001, Komorowski was one of  six FDNY firefighters with Ladder Co. 6, called to the World Trade Center just a short while before the tower collapsed. Arriving at the scene, Komorowski and the members of his ladder company rushed inside the building. As they rushed up the stairs the men of Ladder 6 stopped to assist Josephine Harris, a then 60-year-old Brooklyn grandmother, who was stuck in the stairwell of the building. 



The 2014 Farmingdale Flag Football season kicked off with a blast on Sept. 7.


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The Texans and the Jets played a great opening weekend game, with the Texans getting the victory.  For the Texans, touchdown pass from Joseph Spano to Jaxon Parisi with 20 seconds in the half broke a tie that the Jets never came back from.  The Jets were led by Brendan O’Keefe, who had two rushing touchdowns and Jimmy Caputo, who picked off a pass at the goal line.


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