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From the desk of Senator Charles Fuschillo: May 2, 2012

Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. has announced that the New York State Senate recently passed legislation to help prevent teen driving deaths and crashes.

The legislation (S3546) would create a Teen Driver Safety Commission to examine ways to improve driver education and training programs so that teens are better prepared to handle the challenges they will face on the road.

“Motor vehicle crashes are the number one cause of death among teenagers, and sadly, we’ve all seen instances where teens lost their lives on the road.  The best way to stop these tragedies is to ensure that teens have the best training possible before getting behind the wheel,” said Senator Fuschillo, chairman of the Senate Transportation Committee. “Examining ways to better train teen drivers and combat the causes of teen driving crashes will help save lives and prevent senseless deaths on our roads.”

Additionally, the commission would review and assess the problems of driving under the influence, distracted driving, and aggressive driving among teenagers, as well as determine the type of motor vehicle violations that are most often associated with accidents involving teen drivers. Following the conclusion of its study, the commission would report its findings, recommendations, and conclusions to the senate, assembly and governor.

Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death among teenagers, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Teen drivers ages 16 to 19 are four times more likely than older drivers to be involved in a crash.

The legislation has been sent to the assembly.

News

It’s been more than 50 years since the Farmingdale High School class of 1964 roamed the halls of their beloved high school, but that doesn’t mean that the memories have faded. The class—the first to graduate from Farmingdale High—came together on Saturday, October 18 at the Marriott in Islandia to celebrate all of the good times past and make new memories as a class.  

Despite the national media attention about Ebola in recent weeks, there is one virus that is actually affecting Long Islanders, Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68), with one of the first cases identified in North Hempstead on Sept. 18 and a recent case on Oct. 15 in Suffolk County, which school officials called for the closing of school, as a health precaution. 

 

In Farmingdale, school district officials have been vigilant in their efforts to combat the virus. 


Sports

3rd Grade Division

The Giants and Jets met for the 2nd time this season, with the Giants again getting the victory over the Jets.  Jalen Gordon scored late into the 1st half for the Giants, which turned out to be the only points in the half.  The Giants shut the Jets down for both halves, keeping the offense off the board.  The Jets strong point this weekend was the defense, with Kyle June and Jake Kuller picking up the weekly William June Foundation awards.  In what is turning into a rough offensive season for the Jets, these awards continue to remind the boys of the perseverance and determination of the award’s namesake and his “never say quit” attitude.

 

—Submitted by Paul Caputo


William Merola, a member of the Farmingdale School District’s wrestling program, was recently selected to attend the third annual U.S. Marine Corps Summer Leadership and

Character Development program, which is limited to 150 sophomores and juniors throughout the nation.

 

Over the summer, from July 20-26, Merola attended the third annual Marine Corps recruiting command summer leadership and character academy at the USMC base in Quantico. 

 

The SLCDA (Summer Leadership and Character Development Program) educates high school leaders about Marine Corps Officer Programs by participating in classroom academics, ethics training, accelerated college prep, physical fitness training, a field exercise, a community service component and a field trip to Washington, D.C.


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