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Colleen Gardner Wins Award At RunNassau Series Race No. 3

Congratulations to veteran Farmingdale runner Colleen Gardner, who scored as the second woman in the 30-35-39 age group in the third race in the RunNassau Series of races leading up to the Long Island Marathon. The race was a 5-mile event at Cedar Creek Park on April 7.

Gardner, 35, raced to a 40-minute, 27-second finish, a pace of 8:05 per mile that got her to the finish line a strong 15 seconds in front of third-place age group award winner Irena Brobston of Oceanside. Jenn Thelian of Hempstead took first place honors in the age group.

The series, conducted by the Greater Long Island Running Club (GLIRC) under the auspices of Nassau County and the Friends of Nassau Recreation, consists of four races. The finale will be at Eisenhower Park on Saturday, April 28.

“This is a great new concept that has been long overdue,” observed Walter Kueffner of the Running Club, who heads up the race committee. “We thank County Executive Ed Mangano and the County Parks Department for cooperating in adding all these new programs leading up to the Long Island Marathon, and we are thrilled that so accomplished a runner as Colleen Gardner Klarfeld was on hand to help us celebrate this great series!”

News

During a recent meeting of the Farmingdale Board of Education, President Shari Bardash-Eivers addressed a controversy that had erupted among parents in the district surrounding comments that were made online about student data mining. Initially proposed as a component of New York State’s Common Core Learning Standards, data mining is used to gather information on students through a company called InBloom. However, the proposal to allow data mining through the use of InBloom was defeated by state lawmakers. 

 

For Eivers, the controversy had come about after she had made comments on social media sites regarding parents who were opposed to student data mining. Many referred to her comments as “insensitive,” for use of the terms “paranoid” and “ignorant” whilst noting that the same parents opposed to data mining seemed to have no qualms about activities such as using Google or their credit cards online—acts which she said carry many of the same risks. 

On April 4, members of the Farmingdale Board of Fire Commissioners appointed three new Chiefs of the Farmingdale Fire Department. After 14 years of service with the department, the newly minted Chief Patrick Tortoso is ambitious about his new title. 

 

“I wouldn’t be here without my members' backing,” Tortoso said.

 

At the ceremony, Frank Romano, ex-Chief of the Farmingdale Fire Department, gave his final rundown of the 997 calls the department handled in 2013, before handing over the proverbial reigns to Tortoso. 

 

“You guys always did a standup job,” Romano said congratulating his commrades. “This has been a rewarding experience.” 


Sports

John Galanoudis of Farmingdale, a junior student at Molloy College, batted .462 for the week with a .562 on-base percentage and a .615 slugging clip to help Molloy to a 3-1 series win over St. Thomas Aquinas. He scored four times, had six hits including two doubles, and drove in three runs. Galanoudis also stole a base and walked once.

 

— Submitted By ECC Sports

 

Erin Donovan of Farmingdale, a sophomore at Farmingdale State College, finished 6th in the High Jump at the St. Joseph’s Invitational competition. Her mark of 4 feet, 8.25 inches moves her to No. 7 on the All-Time list. 

 

— Submitted by the Farmingdale State College Athletics Department


Farmingdale High School’s Lady Dalers have staked an early lead in Nassau County Girl’s Varsity Lacrosse Conference I, after winning each of their last three games this season. Starting the season on the road, the Lady Dalers would open with a non-league victory over Sacred Heart on March 20. The Lady Dalers would go on to win the exhibition match 10-8, thanks to Tara Wahl who scored six goals to put Farmingdale in the lead. On March 22, the Lady Dalers would compete in their first game of the regular season against

South Side High School. During the game Jill Alonso put up two goals and four assists, helping the team to secure its 13-4 road win. 


Calendar

School Board Budget Adoption - April 9

CSEA Training - April 11

Comedy Dinner - April 11


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