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Dream Season Comes To Close

After capturing their first Nassau County ‘AA’ Boys Basketball title since 1980, the Farmingdale Dalers made it difficult for anyone to count them out. With a team that arguablely has the most tenacious defense on Long Island, the Dalers put the community on their collective backs for an incredible playoff run. But, ultimately, the Dalers were cut short in the Long Island Championship game agains the Brentwood Indians, by a score of 61-41. 

 

“Basically it’s the little end of an era,” said Head Coach Jim Pastier who helped guide the Dalers to this point.

 

The initial sentiment regarding the season-ending loss was disappointment. “Obviously, everybody is crushed and devastated from this loss,” Pastier said. When the team takes a step back, however, they will appreciate how incredible their season was. From feeling that “nobody gave us a chance in the beginning,” according to Malik Seelal, to the team cutting down the net on their home court, to hoisting the county championship at Adelphi University, this was a team that thrived on adversity and played up to its competition. 

“These guys drove themselves to winning the county title, every time they mentioned it I had to tell them ‘alright relax yourselves,’” Pastier said. “Over the past 34 years there have basically been three teams that have won county, so you’re chasing something that is not really attainable.” 

The players proved to be prophetic and made their dream a reality. But, in their fourth loss of the season, after an incredible 18 wins, the Dalers were pit against a team that rivaled some NCAA programs. Pastier acknowledged the difficulty of matching up against a team with three Division I prospects in athletes Allen, Almonacy and Olujobi. 

 

The Dalers got off to an uncharacteristic slow start, giving the Indians an early lead. By the second quarter, the Dalers would find several offensive chances. Yet, despite the effort, the offense went stagnant as they entered the half trailing by eight points. 

 

The third quarter also featured more scoring, but unfortunately, that was as close as the Dalers would get, letting the game to slip away in the fourth. Despite the loss, the Dalers look to pick up where they left off this season, next year, when a new team will defend the county title.

News

There was a time when people knew what they were eating. Frozen meals, fast food chains and ingredients impossible to pronounce were non-existent. Instead, simple ingredients and meals were all made from scratch.

Joann P. Magri, owner of The Divine Olive, is keeping this way of eating alive. Offering hungry customers with a choice in quality foods and ingredients, Magri encourages customers to make their own meals. With shelves stocked full of 18-year-old vinegars straight from Modena, Italy, to extra virgin olive oils infused with various herbs and flavors, the Divine Olive features a variety of organic and vegan products, all 100 percent natural. It even has handmade spaghetti and fresh bread, which perfectly pairs with all of their other products.

It’s a cute little ‘bug.’ What it represents, however, is anything but cute.

An unusual-looking Volkswagen is toodling around Long Island this month. Painted to resemble the Asian longhorned beetle (ALB), the VW Beetle is part of efforts by the US Department of Agriculture to eliminate the pest, which can destroy 70 percent of an area’s tree canopy, according to the agency. Initially, officials held hope for complete eradication from about 23 square miles of LI designated as infested or at risk by 2016. Instead, this “landcape-altering pest” is spreading.


Sports

It will be difficult to top the exhilaration of being crowned Nassau County Champs, but the 2014 Farmingdale Dalers will begin their defense of the title on Sept. 13 at rival Massapequa—whom they beat to claim the crown.

“The attitude is that we have to prove it again,” said Head Coach Buddy Krumenacker, who has been at the helm since 1993. “But I think we’ll be okay,” he added.

Register now as classes fill up quickly and you don’t want to miss out on the chance to join in trapeze workshops at Eisenhower Park’s I.FLY this fall.

 

“I.FLY was designed to give kids and adults the ability to fulfill their dreams of being in the circus,” says instructor Anthony Rosamilia.  “Flying through the air never gets boring.  At I.FLY, we help people create lifelong memories.” 


Calendar

Board of Education Special Meeting

Wednesday, Aug. 27

Movies on the Green: The Nut Job

Thursday, Aug. 28

Warbirds Legends Weekend

Friday, Aug. 29



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