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Two-Sport Athlete Brings Double Trouble

Daler's Curtis Jenkins leads team trom gridiron to hardwood

Even though his football uniform resembles that of the New York Jets, Curtis Jenkins is not one to boast like the players on Rex Ryan football team. The ever-humble dual sport athlete just led his Farmingdale Dalers to the Nassau County title on the hardwood, just three months after doing the same on the gridiron over rival Massapequa.

 

In fact, Jenkins has a demeanor that is more like his favorite rapper J. Cole, the modest emcee from North Carolina, than most professional athletes. 

 

He was very excited about winning the title; you just wouldn’t be able to tell by his body language.  “It’s a great feeling,” he said. “It’s really unexplainable,” he said in a modest tone. Most athletes that accomplish such lofty feats are overcome with excitement, but

Jenkins seems to expect these results. After a 34-year drought, it could be that Farmingdale has been waiting for a mellow athlete like Jenkins who does not feel pressure.

 

Having watched a lot of Jenkins in both sports, it is clear he is one of the most laidback superstars I have ever witnessed. During a mid-February victor over Freeport, he hit two clutch free throws in OT to put his team on top. After the victory, when asked about tuning out the crowd and eliminating the pressure, he simply stated that there was “no pressure,” and it’s “his job as a leader of the team.” Just doing his job comes natural to Jenkins, not so much for everyone else.

 

Going back to the comparison of J. Cole, he is similar in interviews. Whenever he has the opportunity to boast, he throws cold water on it and praises his upbringing and mentor Jay-Z. It can be stated that Jenkins has a legendary mentor in Buddy Krumenacker, the longtime coach of the football squad. 

 

Although he is not one to star confrontation, Jenkins was motivated to get redemption against Uniondale. Having lost to them in the county semifinals last season, he admits they were on his radar this season.

 

“Oh yeah,” he said. “I’m glad we were finally able to conquer them.” 

 

Jenkins has made his impact on Farmingdale High School and will graduate as one of the best athletes in school history. And regardless of the outcome, Jenkins will still be the laidback superstar that does not like to show off. 

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Bring your four-legged friends—in costume if they’d like—to roam Old Westbury Gardens during ‘Dog Days.’ Twice a year canines are welcome to accompany their (leashed) humans around the grounds of the mansion, and this is Fido’s last shot until spring. On Sunday, enjoy exhibits from rescue groups and animal welfare organizations from 1 to 4 p.m. A dog costume contest and parade takes place at 3 p.m. All activities included with admission: $8, $5 for seniors and $3 for children ages 7 to 17. At 71 Old Westbury Rd., Westbury, Saturday, Oct. 25 and Sunday, Oct. 26 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tel: 516-333-0048.


Mentorship is one of those goals rotary clubs strive for, particularly when it comes to grooming future community business leaders. Nowhere was this more important than when the most recent Farmingdale Breakfast Rotary meeting’s guests were Stanley Pelech, director of Integrated Academic and Technical studies and Jodi Haniquet, advisor of the Farmingdale High School (FHS) Interact club. Interact is Rotary International’s service club for young people. The Farmingdale Breakfast Rotary is the sponsor of the 75-plus student strong high school club. Advisor Jodi Haniquet reported to Rotary club members what  fundraising events the Interact Club will participate in for the 2015 school year. The service group will once again team with FHS student government in a food drive – donations collected for Island Harvest pantries. They will also participate in Ronald McDonald house dinner program – cooking and serving meals on the premises in New Hyde Park for the many families staying at the residence while their seriously ill children receive treatment at nearby hospitals.


Sports

The Farmingdale State College Women’s Volleyball team earned a three-set victory of York in a non-conference match on Oct. 8. 

 

Tied 4-4 in the opening set, Farmingdale State freshman defensive specialist Gina Giacalone served for 14 consecutive points to extend the advantage 18-4. The Rams cruised to a 25-8 victory in the first set. 

Farmingdale team wins annual Bethpage Ocean to Sound Race

On Sunday, Sept. 28, the Farmingdale-based Runner’s Edge team earned first place overall in the 29th annual Bethpage Ocean to Sound Relay. The team, representing the Runner’s Edge running and multisport specialty store located at 242 Main St. in Farmingdale, consisted of Boyd Carrington, Andrew Coelho, Nick Pampena, Tim Lee, Shawn Anderson, Ryan Healy, Kevin Galante, and Brandon Abasolo. It completed the 50-mile course from Jones Beach State Park to Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Park in Oyster Bay in 4 hours, 41 minutes, 58 seconds. The runners won by a margin of more than 10 minutes over the runner-up team from the Sayville & Smithtown Running Company, with much of the difference supplied by the strong Leg 2 performance by Andrew Coelho. Runner’s Edge Teams also took second place honors in the Mixed Open and Men’s Masters Divisions of the Relay. The Relay was sponsored by Bethpage Federal Credit Union (“Built to Give You More”), with new Race Directors Glen Wolther and Keith Montgomery managing the event for the host Greater Long Island Running Club.


Calendar

Women's Club of Farmingdale - October 16

Board of Trustees Work Session - October 20

Jack O'Lantern Extravaganza - November 2


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