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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

Farmingdale village officials will be holding a public hearing on Dec. 1, to reexamine school speed zones throughout the village, in order to establish a consistent school speed zone limit. 

Holidays Increase Daily Congestion 

While parking around LIRR train stations is typically a challenge, even on a regular work day, the holidays create more of a struggle for commuters in search of parking spots. LIRR spokesman Salvatore Arena said that ridership between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day increases by at least 10 percent; last year it was by 12 percent. Though the MTA is adding more trains to the schedule, that doesn’t ease the parking situation, which is operated not by the LIRR, but by individual municipalities in each town. 

 

“Every station is different,” Arena said. “A good part of our parking is in the hands of the locality. They set the rules essentially.”


Sports

At a special “wrap up “ meeting for the 2014 Marcum Workplace Challenge, Greater Long Island Running Club Vice President and Event Director Mindy Davidson of Farmingdale, presented a special plaque to Winsome Foulkes, team captain of the Farmingdale-based Telephonics Corporation.  Winsome is retiring from Telephonics after a long and successful career and has led the Telephonics Corporation in the Marcum Workplace Challenge since its inception.  

There is simply no better way for runners and their families to celebrate the Holiday Season than by being part of the fun at the Carter, DeLuca, Farrell & Schmidt Holiday 5 Kilometer Run, and on Saturday morning, Dec. 20, the Run will be celebrating its 27th anniversary edition at the John F. Kennedy Middle School in Bethpage. The run will start at 9:30 a.m. on Broadway in Bethpage.


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