Written by Peter Cappiello Friday, 01 February 2013 00:00
If there’s strength in numbers, the Farmingdale baseball team is in for good fortune during the upcoming season.
On Thursday, Dec. 20, the Farmingdale State College Rams were ranked No. 19 in the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper’s NCAA Division III preseason poll after finishing the 2012 season with a 32-12 overall record, including a 15-1 mark in Skyline Conference play.
Coach Keith Osik, who has been at the helm of Farmingdale since July 6, 2005, believes the accolade is a culmination of his team’s efforts.
“I think it’s a product of the hard work that’s been put in in the last eight years and how we’ve represented ourselves,” Osik said. “Whenever you’re ranked preseason, it’s a [result] of what you’ve done in the past, but we look forward to moving up, not just staying at 19. We’d hopefully like to crack the top 10 and keep moving forward.”
Leading his team to five straight Skyline Championships that resulted in NCAA tournament berths since 2008, Osik said the ranking doesn’t change the preparation for the 2013 campaign.
“Overall it is a nice feather in our cap that people from around the United States have taken notice of what we’ve done in our program,” Osik said. “But to be ranked really doesn’t change anything. I think people would be lying if they tell you they didn’t want to be ranked, but all teams play for the ends, not the beginning.”
With high expectations heading into next season, Osik said the Rams are primed to meet any challenge.
“Our kids know going into this, regardless of who we have to play, every year the NCAA tournament is why they work hard,” Osik said. “They’re probably lifting weights and running on their own to be prepared come first practice. My kids know that anything less than a Skyline Championship, for us, would be a failure.”
Farmingdale kicks off its 2013 season in Florida on Feb. 21-25 during an annual spring trip.
Friday, 07 March 2014 00:00
On Feb. 27, parents in the Farmingdale, East Meadow, Massapequa and Levittown school districts came together for an informal panel discussion on the New York State Education Department and the implementation of the state Common Core Learning Standards.
Panelists included New York State Assemblyman Thomas McKevitt, Jeanette Deutermann of the Long Island Opt Out Facebook page, and former public school teacher David Greene, who came to the Farmingdale Public Library to talk with local parents about key concerns and questions with the curriculum.
An outspoken parent and founder of the Long Island Opt Out movement, Deutermann delved into some of the factors behind what led to the state’s adoption of the Common Core, and how the state education department cites High School graduation rates as its reasoning behind the curriculum.
Thursday, 06 March 2014 00:00
With the quest to craft the Farmingdale Schools’ 2014-2015 spending plan underway, the Board of Education met on Feb. 26 to discuss the financial well-being of the District; a topic that the support—or lack thereof—from New York State will have a very direct impact upon.
Superintendent of Schools John Lorentz discussed how New York State Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s proposed budget for the 2014-2015 fiscal year is slated to include additional financial support for school districts; however, Lorentz said the increase in aid is still far short of what Farmingdale needs to ensure its standards of learning are kept intact going forward.
Thursday, 06 March 2014 00:00
On an uncharacteristically beautiful, Feb. 23, the local running community responded in a big way. Between 450 and 500 people showed up at the Runner’s Edge in Farmingdale for the annual Winter Fun Run co-sponsored by the Runner’s Edge and the Greater Long Island Running Club.
Thursday, 27 February 2014 00:00
Oyster Bay Town Councilman Anthony D. Macagnone (center) recently attended the Farmingdale Firehawks Football Luncheon at Carlyle On The Green in Farmingdale. The Farmingdale Hawks players ages 5 to 13, along with their coaches, parents and team moms all attended the luncheon to show their support and receive annual awards. Pictured behind the players from left to right are Board Members Bob McCormic and Tim Greco, Village Trustee Patricia A. Christainsen, Village Trustee Cheryl Parisi, Nassau County Legislator Michael Venditto, President Bob Dentato, Councilman Macagnone, Vice President Regina Mott, and Board Members Mike Ippolitti, Andrew Frigerio, and Steve Licata.
— Submitted by The Town of Oyster Bay